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Click here to enlarge image and see more about item 3521: Gettysburg recovery ‘Modern Woodmen of America’ - Drill Team BELT PLATE
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3521

Gettysburg recovery ‘Modern Woodmen of America’ - Drill Team BELT PLATE

An interesting piece for the fraternal collector this relic die struck brass plate of the Modern Woodmen of America (founded in 1883) has association for the Civil War collector only in that it came out of the well known and widely displayed Civil War relic collection of Dr. Francis Lord who had identified the piece as having been picked up on the Gettysburg battlefield. Clearly a post Civil War loss, likely by one of the thousands of veterans who returned to Gettysburg for reunion, this early fraternal plate with the association devices and the insertion of the letter ‘F’ was likely worn by a member of the well known Modern Woodmen of America Foresters a drill team that performed at numerous parades and patriotic gatherings in the early days of the M W A.
This piece will come with our letter preserving the fact that we acquired this piece several years ago now when we were fortunate enough to directly purchase several large groupings from the personal collection of our long time friend, Dr. Francis Lord. A pioneer 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 and value of Civil War collectables increased so dramatically over the years, Dr. Lord’s authoritative volumes to include his Civil War Suttlers & Their Wares continue to offer valuable reference to Civil War collectors. Among the treasures we acquired from Dr. Lord were examples of relics gathered in his early collecting that reflected his passion for a class of relics commonly referred to as battlefield pickups. Long gone even in the time of Lord’s first collecting efforts, this class of relics came from a time before metal detecting made digging popularly productive. These battlefield pickup recoveries were credited to early Civil War relic hunters commonly called eye-ballers. These early relic collectors visibly searched out treasures remaining on top of the ground or only partially covered by time. Post Civil War relics such as our offering here are clear evidence of personal items dropped or lost by early post Civil War veteran relic hunters. 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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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.
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3515

Civil War era TINNED IRON PUSH-UP CANDLESTICK

An especially nice mid 19th century candlestick. All in original, unpolished and retaining a soft age patina. A simple type of the period, (approximately 6.5 inches in diameter and 5.5 inches high) with that tinned sheet iron construction and applied finger loop that collectors appreciate. Complete and all original with a functioning push-up mechanism. Clearly established Civil War vintage examples of the type appear in several major museum collections with excavated examples well known to collectors. (see: Philip’s Excavated Artifacts from Battlefields & Campsites of the Civil War) An attractive lighting device, in fine original condition, all original and ready for inclusion in your collection. Buy with confidence! We understand the hesitance of those new to the internet or those new to us when it comes to sending off your hard earned money, accordingly do your research then buy and we will be pleased to offer a no questions asked three day inspection with return as purchased.


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Click here to enlarge image and see more about item 3532: Civil War CDV - Mjr. General Robert S. Granger as Captain
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3532

Civil War CDV - Mjr. General Robert S. Granger as Captain

This nice Civil War vintage CDV of Major General Robert S. Granger is backmarked by E. WOODWARD of New York and offers the early Civil War image of Robert S. Granger as Captain. All in excellent condition with strong contrast and a nice crisp focus, our photo illustration will do best to describe this image leaving us only to advise that Robert S. Granger was born in Zanesville, Ohio, May 24, 1816. He was graduated at the United States
Military Academy at West Point in 1839 and saw his first active service in the Seminole War in Florida in 1840/42. He subsequently served as an instructor of military tactics at West Point before assignment in the Mexican War. After the war then Captain Granger served on the Texas frontier until on April 27, 1861 was captured by Confederates on the Texas coast. Upon his exchange in August, 1862 Granger was commissioned Brig. General of Kentucky troops. He saw service against Confederate troops at Shepherdsville, Lebanon Junction and was brevetted to Colonel of the regular army for action at Lawrenceburg. In October, 1862 he was commissioned Brig. General of U. S. Volunteers. With service as a division commander Granger commanded the districts of Nashville and Middle Tennessee in 1863. He subsequently commanded the District of Northern Alabama where he captured Confederate General Roddey’s camp and drove Gen. Joseph Wheeler out of Middle Tennessee. Gen. Granger defended his district against the raid of Gen. Forrest, and Decatur, Ala., against the army of Gen. Hood. He was brevetted Brigadier-General in the regular army for these services and was awarded the Brevet of Major-General U. S. A. for services during the war. A rare early view of the Civil War commander and Major General as a Captain.
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Click here to enlarge image and see more about item 3571: Major Gen. Ambrose Burnside CDV - scarce view
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3571

Major Gen. Ambrose Burnside CDV - scarce view

A rarely seen view of Mjr. Gen. Ambrose Burnside as he appears to be glancing away from the camera as the shutter was released. A scarce view by a prominent Portland Maine photographer A. M. McKenney, this photo was likely not a favorite of one of the more pretentious public figures of the period. Our illustration will do best to speak to the pleasing condition of this CDV. 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 3546: Civil War ere PATENT 1861 C. L. W. BAKER PATENT MOP
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3546

Civil War ere PATENT 1861 C. L. W. BAKER PATENT MOP

You can put this in the seldom seen, generally used up and discarded in the period category. All original, un-used and as new, is this NEW IMPROVED MOP manufactured by C.L. W. Baker of Hartford Conn. Made especially for the O’Brian patent mop and brush holder. Per U. S. patent office records Baker was issued a patent for his mop in June 11, 1861. This example actually pre-dates the June 1861 award as it is marked PATENT APPLIED FOR. Our photos will do best to describe this piece except to advise that the old label measures 6 X 2 ¾ inches. All original and un-used after decades of storage, this old utility will make a wonderful addition to any period display. A neat kitchen item or will fit in especially well in a Civil War era medical or hospital setting. 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 3582: original - July 29,1865 RICHMOND TIMES
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3582

original - July 29,1865 RICHMOND TIMES

A complete 8 page July 29, 1865 edition of the Richmond Times newspaper. As found folded as you see it here with wear through the 5.5inch center fold of the front page solid. Good reading as you can imagine with details of Jeff Davis to include reports of his condition at Fortress Monroe, his health and his trial. Lots of good reading to include advertisements and other material reflecting the early, just post Civil War life and attitude in the Capitol City. 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 3611: Civil War era Patent Medicine LABEL
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3611

Civil War era Patent Medicine LABEL

This attractive patent medicine label measures approximately 3 ¾ X 2 7/8 inches, is entirely original and dates to the earlier through mid 19th century. I. Newton was in business in Norwich, Vermont. Beautiful color and a neat piece to go with a period bottle or simply to display as is.

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Click here to enlarge image and see more about item 3553: Civil War - Gen. William T.  Sherman  ADVERTISING CDV
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3553

Civil War - Gen. William T. Sherman ADVERTISING CDV

All in fine original condition just as it must have appeared when placed in a parlor photograph album in the period, this patent patriotically embossed CDV with it’s photo of Civil War Mjr. Gen. William T. Sherman, was an advertising hand-out distributed by Salisbury, Bro. & Co., Providence, R.I. . As purveyors of GOLD & GOLD PLATED JEWELRY the Road Island jewelers would have been an obvious local source of private purchase Corps devices, and other patriotic identification pins. 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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3629

Campaigns of the First Maine and First District of Columbia Cavalry

A scarce and desirable Civil War regimental history the book Campaigns of the First Maine and First District of Columbia Cavalry Chaplain Samuel H. Merrill was published in 1866 by Bailey & Noyes of Portland, Maine. This original first edition remains in good solid condition with no loose or torn pages and yet demonstrates good evidence of age and careful period handling. Hard bound in boards with gold gilt crossed sabers embossed on its library cloth cover, this 436 page history rosters, a list of engagements and what is considered by Civil War scholars to be among the most reliable accounts of Union Cavalry operations, particularly in 1864 Virginia. 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 3631: late 1700s / early 1800s - COMPOUND MARKING GAUGE
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3631

late 1700s / early 1800s - COMPOUND MARKING GAUGE

A wonderful early brass mounted rosewood compound marking gauge suitable for inclusion in any quality 18th through early 19th century wood working tool grouping. Utilized by the period cabinet and furniture maker to lay out mortise and tennon work the compound gauge was also in common use by flint and percussion era stock makers to lay out barrel inletting. All original and in excellent working condition, this tool will make a wonderful display item. ALL ITEMS ARE CURRENT & AVAILABLE UNLESS MARKED SOLD!! Thanks for visiting our catalog!!

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Click here to enlarge image and see more about item 3575: extra nice Civil War vintage DANIEL WEBSTER CDV
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3575

extra nice Civil War vintage DANIEL WEBSTER CDV

An especially nice example of a Daniel Webster portrait published by Anthony from a Matthew Brady plate. Clipped mount at the top otherwise in exceptional condition. 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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3639

Victorian Perforated Paper Needlework

Our photographs should do best to describe this attractive and collectable offering except to advise that it measures approximately 3 ¾ X 3 1/8 inches and remains in excellent original condition. ( Illustrated here with a vintage quarter for size comparison. ) An attractive example of a colorful handcraft popular from the 1850s through the Civil War and reconstruction period. Thanks for visiting Gunsight Antiques!!
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Click here to enlarge image and see more about item 3581: original -William Sartain – U. S. GRANT & SHERMAN PRINT
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3581

original -William Sartain – U. S. GRANT & SHERMAN PRINT

This scarce print by William Sartain, was published in 1865 and is titled THE COUNCIL OF WAR. We will let the print subject speak for itself except to say that it measures 10 X 15.5 inches and will make an especially desirable piece for the cigar and tobacco aficionado as both U. S. Grant and Sherman light up with a large open cigar box behind Grant for backup. Some age foxing and a small tear or two around the edge will not impact negatively once properly matted. A difficult example to find. 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!
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Click here to enlarge image and see more about item 3587: Civil War Promotional Warrant to 6th Corporal - 22nd MAINE INFANTRY
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3587

Civil War Promotional Warrant to 6th Corporal - 22nd MAINE INFANTRY

An original Civil War promotional warrant to 6th Corporal issued at Baton Rouge, Louisiana, October 10, 1862 to Henry C. Spooner of Co. H 22nd Maine Volunteer Infantry. The warrant is signed by the regimental commander Col. Simon G. Jerrard. The 22nd Maine participated in the reconnaissance in the rear of Port Hudson and formed a part of the expedition up the Atchafalaya to attack the Confederate works in the rear. It defeated the enemy in a sharp engagement at Irish Bend and participated in two assaults on the works at Port Hudson. After the surrender of that place the 22nd was quartered inside the works.
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Click here to enlarge image and see more about item 3640: state issue  Model 1860 CAVALRY SABER
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3640

state issue Model 1860 CAVALRY SABER

Offered here uncleaned and untouched just as it was set aside in a Maine farm house sometime after the Civil War, is this nice old Mod. 1860 Civil War issue cavalry saber. If it is the authenticity and charm of a carried saber that you desire, this one will fit the bill. With no maker nor government inspector marking this well used but pleasing condition saber is clearly a state issue piece. As such it is a rather scarce example as the majority of Maine cavalry seemed to carry the earlier and heavier Mod. 1840 wrist breaker though identified period photographs have offered proof that the Mod. 1860 was indeed carried by troops of both the 1st and 2nd Maine Cavalry. This example shows good evidence of period use and carrying with the usual dents and dings of field use on the scabbard and guard with its original wire wrap over well worn but solid grip leather. The blade is in excellent original condition, full length with no chips or dings in its edge. The scabbard is minus its throat insert and retains a coarse coat of period tar based paint. Both conditions are original to the period and familiar to us as long time Maine Civil War collectors. Theories as to the purpose of removing the insert tend to center on ease of draw from the scabbard and opinions on application of the flat tar based paint run from protection from rain to toning down the glint of shiny scabbards in the sun and moonlight. At any rate we would recommend leaving all as is thus preserving the hard to find as carried Maine cavalry saber. 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. Thanks for visiting Gunsight Antiques!!


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Click here to enlarge image and see more about item 3576: U. S. Grant & Family CDV
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3576

U. S. Grant & Family CDV

Sold at an inexpensive price or given away as advertisements such views of prominent figures were popularly collected during the Civil War era. This example of U. S. Grant and family was put out by Geo. Stinson & Co. of Portland, Maine. A nice original period item without spending a lot of money. Thanks for visiting Gunsight Antiques!!
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3612

c. 1857 / BOSTON THEATRE / Ronzani Ballet Troop / BROADSIDE

Measuring approximately 16 1/2 X 18 inches, this original Boston Theater, play broadside, boast the renowned Ponzani Ballet Troop in FAUST. The bill touts the names of a number of the period theater’s successful performers and advises prospective attendees that A box in the second tier has been assigned for the use of Colored Persons who can only be admitted to this part of the Theatre. This original advertising broadside is dated November 13,1857 and remains in excellent condition. An outstanding piece of theatrical Americana, this bill will fit well in any quality advertising or ephemera grouping.
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3604

Civil War era & earlier - INSIGNIA STENCIL

This 2.5 X 2 inch hand cut sheet brass marking stencil is out of a small grouping of similar stencils used in the period as a marking guide in the hand stitching of military insignia and patriotic finery. ( Illustrated here with a Civil War vintage quarter for size comparison. ) A neat, hard to find item for the insignia collector or period needlework, sewing or textile enthusiast. 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 3643: Original! -Civil War era ARTILLERY  HAT CORD
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3643

Original! -Civil War era ARTILLERY HAT CORD

This original Civil War through Indian Wars U. S. artillery hat cord remains bright in color and will make a fine example of Civil War through American West army issue. Once fairly common as period surplus the scarcity of originals on today’s market has fostered manufacture of reproductions for the re-enactor market. We recently acquired a small number of originals saved out from Bannerman’s Island stock by an old collector friend and are offering them here individually for the collector who would like one. Each fashioned from that distinctive period wool worsted, bright red with no fading but with a distinctive splice in one cord which is indicative of the Bannerman examples. (With a considerable amount of War Surplus left in military stores after the Civil War, government agents busied themselves with clearing out surplus stockpiles. If no bulk buyers could be found for a particular item those items would be rendered useless for their intended purpose and sold at a reduced price as scrap or salvage. Closure straps would be cut off cartridge boxes, straps removed from knapsacks, roller buckles cut from leather straps &c. In the case of these wool hat cords, the cord was cut thus allowing use of the cord but taking away the intended use as a hat cord. Many large lots were purchased by Bannerman who promptly spliced the severed cords together with red thread and sold them as hat cords. ) 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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