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3601

brass PATRIOTIC FASTENER

Illustrated here with a quarter for size comparison is a cast and die struck brass screw back fastener with an attractive American Eagle with shield and the words WARRANTED SUPERIOR. Tool collectors will recognize this attractive patriotically designed fastener for its primary or intended use as a hand saw grip fastener while others may remember seeing the fastener re-purposed as a button for heavy web material or leather. We first experienced this re-purposing on a harness strap and have seen an example of use on a combination poncho / shelter half. While examples of such fasteners may be found in period hardware and tool sales sheets we suppose potential use for the fastener was limited only by need and imagination. Found in variation, sometimes with no design at all, sometimes with a maker name and some with only the WARRANTED SUPERIOR the decorated examples seem always to utilize the American eagle. A lot to say about a simple object but worthy of note, this little patriotic fastener will set well with period hand tools or as a re-purposed fastener for any number of purposes.
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3747

original! Civil War era Invalid Corps / Veteran Reserve Corps HAT CORD

This original Civil War wool worsted hat cord retains that rarely seen and desirable light grey-tan color that knowledgeable collectors associate with the earlier Civil War Invalid Corps, re- designated as the Veteran Reserve Corps in 1863. Once fairly common as period surplus (mostly in artillery red) the scarcity of originals, even in the originally more common colors, has fostered manufacture of reproductions for the re-enactor market. We recently acquired a small collection of originals from an old collector friend and are offering them individually to the collector who would like a specific example. As one would expect the vast majority are artillery red with only single examples of the now extremely scarce variations. (use hat cord in our search feature to see other available variations ) This scarce Veteran Reserve Corps cord is fashioned from coarse wool worsted 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. ) Not to be confused with an infantry cord faded to blue-gray, this original grey-tan Invalid Corps / Veteran Reserve cord is fashioned from that distinctive period worsted wool and remains in excellent as issued condition with the exception of the post Civil War Bannerman splice.
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3728

Civil War era YANKEE SHAVING SOAP BOX

With our base here in New England we have acquired infrequent examples of these advertising pasteboard soap boxes over a period of our nearly forty years of searching out such things but this is the best we have seen in condition as they were generally used as utility or ditty boxes once empty of their original content of one dozen bars of soap and were well used up. GENUINE YANKEE SOAP by Chemists & Apothecaries , Williams & Brothers is the proclamation on the box cover making this an especially nice inclusion in any Civil War era personal item, medical, or country store grouping. Marked Entered according to Congress 1857, the pasteboard box measures 4 5/8 X 6 ¾ inches and remains in excellent condition. Will display well on its own or would make an especially attractive backdrop as a ditty box containing other personal items. Especially nice for period writing implements, envelopes and stationery. please note: ALL ITEMS ARE CURRENT & AVAILABLE UNLESS MARKED SOLD!! Thanks for visiting Gunsight Antiques!!
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3738

mid 1850s through Civil War CIVILIAN VEST

In wonderful untouched and as found condition after decades of attic trunk storage this beautiful old velvet gentleman’s vest retains its original rich coloration with wonderful color contrast, lots of evidence of period wear with even some period mending but no fading or major condition issues to distract from display as is. Classic hand stitched construction throughout with a heavily padded breast and low cut lapels are set off by natural pattern brass mounted glass buttons. (Ring fastened through hand bound holes for easy removal.) The vest inside features a natural color polished linen and is patent leather bound at the waist. A good honest example of period textile and gentleman fashion deserving of placement in any quality mid 1850 / Civil War vintage grouping. 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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3712

1863 Cooper Vol. SALOON / WORKER PAY RECEIPT

This COOPER SHOP VOLUNTEER REFRESHMENT SALOON pay receipt is dated just one month before Gettysburg when thousands of Union volunteers were streaming though Philadelphia and filling the halls of the most well known soldiers respite of the Civil War. The receipt, dated June 4, 1863, makes record of the payment of $7.00 for wages for the Cooper Volunteer Saloon. The payment is made out to William Citheart. A fun research project for those who enjoy such. In our preliminary effort we found that Citheart was an uncommon name to say the least. We found only 2 examples in the Army and they were both in the 4th New Jersey Infantry. We did find a Citheart in Civil War period Baltimore. please note: ALL ITEMS ARE CURRENT & AVAILABLE UNLESS MARKED SOLD!! Thanks for visiting our catalog!!


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3719

Early steal frame PINCE-NEZ SPECTACLES

Though used in Europe as early as the 16th and 17th centuries the pince-neztype spectacles are thought to have been seldom used in this country until the 1840s. Though popularity of the delicate style grew slowly limited use of these classy spectacles continued through the Civil War and on into the 1880s when used by President Teddy Roosevelt put the pince-nez on the map. The pair offered here are in excellent original condition of fine steel with even to the natural cork remaining on the nose pieces. Though fashioned from the finest high carbon steel of the day and with the best of workmanship, these earlier through Civil War period pince-nez glasses were quite fragile by nature of their design seldom surviving without broken and or missing components. This pair is in excellent complete and functioning condition. Thanks for visiting Gunsight Antiques!!
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3718

Civil War Vets Auxiliary –DAUGHTERS of VETERANS – MEDAL

Our illustrations will do best to describe this beautiful bronze Daughters of Veterans medal except to advise that the medal is all original and is photographed here with a US quarter for size comparison. A nice display item without spending a ton of money.


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3725

c. 1846 BITTERS –Label & Handbill - PRINTERS SHEET

This all original uncut printers sheet measures 12 X 18 inches and remains in nice original condition with a pleasing soft age coloration and that classic block printing that leaves an embossed effect telltale of the old printing presses. The sheet contains FOUR LABELS and FOUR HANDBILLS promoting Dr. Israel Newton's JAUNDICE BITTERS & ANTI-BILIOUS BITTERS. This piece is dated 1846 and will go especially well when laid in with a quality Mexican War era grouping. Under a warning against COUNTERFEIT preparations Dr. Israel Newton assures customers that those Bitters which accompany this bill of 1846 and with my name, shall be prepared according to my directions. Dr. Newton informs prospective purchasers that the bitters would be available at Windsor, Vermont, at the shop of druggist M.K. Paine and dates the handbill at Norwich, Vt., January 1846. It is interesting to note the fact that, Dr. Newton lived until 1856 and was, indeed, a trained physician. He served in the American Revolution and was the last surviving veteran of Norwich. A man of diverse abilities, Dr. Newton invented and built an organ which was installed at the old First Church where it served for many years. please note: ALL ITEMS ARE CURRENT & AVAILABLE UNLESS MARKED SOLD!! Thanks for visiting our catalog!!
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3710

C 1870s HAITIAN UNIFORM BUTTON by Scovill Mfg. Co.

A bit out of the norm of our usual fare but worthy of some note and a good home is a scarce SCOVILL Mfg. Co. * WATERBURY* backmarked three piece Haitian uniform button. Long enjoyed by military button collectors as one of the most beautiful of military designs this Connecticut made muffin button offers the attractive crest of Haiti and emanates from that countries turbulent 1870s and 1880s period. At this writing we have a string of five of these full size jacket or frock Haiti uniform buttons and are offering them here individually for the collector who would enjoy one. A scarce button! please note: ALL ITEMS ARE CURRENT & AVAILABLE UNLESS MARKED SOLD!! Thanks for visiting our catalog!!
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2744

HARD RUBBER WALKING STICK

One always wonders; is it a cane or is it a walking stick? Actually what is the difference? One of Janet’s relatives was Chaplain of the House of Representatives before the outbreak of the Civil War. I imagine he carried a walking stick. My great grandfather, on the other hand was a simple country blacksmith. He was an enlisted troop in the 17th Maine. I expect he had a cane in his elder years. ( Sorry, I seldom allow myself such wanderings here.) Any way this neat old hard rubber stick is a classic as is sometimes seen with the familiar old Goodyear 1850s patent markings. Though the frequently faint patent markings have been long since worn away on this example, students of Civil War period hard rubber collectables will appreciate its natural age and pleasing evidence of period use and carrying while remaining in excellent condition. (for an informative references see: India-Rubber & Gutta-Percha In The Civil War Era by Mike Woshner )
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3720

Civil War Veterans- G.A.R. BUTTON CAPS

We have a small number of these gold gild Grand Army of the Republic button caps in fine as new condition and are offering them here individually priced for the collector who would like one for the button collection or a couple for a GAR cap. (Should you need several for a vest or other application let us know how many you need and if we have them we will work with you on the price.) These are finely made heavily gilded uniform cuff, hat strap,vest or shirt size button caps. They are threaded so as to screw over the standard glass, shell, steal, or rubber shirt buttons of the period. If you are intending to apply these button caps remember we are offering the caps only as they were originally sold for application to standard buttons.

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U.S. Cavalry - Indian Wars era Watering Bit & Reins

All complete and in unused condition but with good evidence of age and originality the Mod. 1885 watering bit and reins were carried in the trooper’s saddlebags until needed at which time the curb bit and bridle were removed, leaving the halter in place and the watering bit was snapped to both halter squares and the jointed steel mouth piece was inserted. The black leather reins are made in two pieces, sewed together at the center, with the ends sewed to the bit. The reins are 7/8 of an inch wide and 10 ft. long. Bit remains untouched and as found showing a considerable amount of the old bright arsenal blue and will clean to excellent plus with a touch of WD-40 and a knowing hand. The reins are solid with no cracks or weak spots and are soft and pliable with a nice original finish. Like the bit the reins are untouched and will restore to excellent plus with application of a proper leather dressing. Complete and untouched with the reins tied with jute as issued, we would oil the bit and leave the reins as is. . 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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3717

Civil War Vets Auxiliary –WOMAN’S RELIEF CORPS – PRESIDENTS MEDAL

Our illustrations will do best to describe this beautiful bronze Womans Relief Corps president’s medal except to advise that the Pat. 1886 medal is all original and is photographed here with a US quarter for size comparison. A nice display item without spending a ton of money. 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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3786

Medal of Honor - 46th Mass. CIVIL WAR Vet’s 8 RIBBON GROUP

Offered here from a small cash of Co. A 46th Mass. Regimental Association ribbons emanating from Congressional Medal of Honor winner and association Commander, Andrew S. Bryant are eight ribbons beginning with a fine circa 1880 ribbon that doubled as a pass to the festivities. The ribbon bears the identification Com. A. S. Andrews, Co. A 46 M. V. M. on the back with the following in gold print on the face Co. A. Association, 46th Regt. M.V.M., sixth annual, REUNION AND CLAM BAKE, at Callup’s Grove, Wednesday, July 21, 1880, show this badge at the boat and tables, STEAMER RIVER BELL, Will leave pier one, foot of State Street, half past one o’clock P. M. sharp. The group contains seven additional ribbons, one each for the 9th, 10th, 14th, 15th, 16th, 18th and finally the 23rd reunion held September 25, 1895. These ribbons came together from among Andrew Bryant’s things left from when he was Commander of the 46th Mass Veteran Association and are in excellent condition after decades of storage.
Andrew Symmes Bryant was a 21 year old banker in Springfield Mass. when he enlisted and mustered in on August 15, 1862 as a Sergeant of Co. A 46th Massachusetts Volunteer Infantry. Bryant would be promoted to Sgt. Major and was awarded the Medal of Honor for bravery on the field at the Battle of New Bern, North Carolina on May 23, 1863. His citation reads: The President of the United States of America, in the name of Congress, takes pleasure in presenting the Medal of Honor to Sergeant Andrew Symmes Bryant, United States Army, for extraordinary heroism on 23 May 1863, while serving with Company A, 46th Massachusetts Infantry, in action at New Bern, North Carolina. By his courage and judicious disposition of his guard of 16 men, stationed in a small earthwork at the head of the bridge, Sergeant Bryant held in check and repulsed for a half hour a fierce attack of a strong force of the enemy, thus probably saving the city New Bern from capture.
After the Civil War Bryant returned to Springfield where he was an active member of the Co. A 46th MVM Veteran Association and GAR Post 16. He died on October 6, 1931 and rests in Springfield Cemetery, Springfield, Massachusetts. A really nice Civil War veteran group with association to one of the war’s Medal of Honor recipients. You will be well pleased with the condition of the old man’s ribbons.
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3768

Civil War era nickel-silver BELL

With classic style and construction of the Civil War era (see the Virginia Military Institute Museum collection) this beautiful nickel-silver bell stands approximately 9.5 inches high and measures about 5.75 inches across the mouth. All original even to its turned maple grip and wonderful old cast clapper. This bell has lots of eye appeal with examples of the popular period design in the best of collections to include the Museum of the Confederacy and Gettysburg Visitor’s Center. A premium in its period and to today’s antique enthusiast the high nickel-silver content of the bell alloy offered an especially crisp ring. The telltale high, almost silver luster of these old nickel-silver bells set them apart to the eye while there ring is distinctive to the ear. . 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.


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Click here to enlarge image and see more about item 3769: Ken Burns - THE CIVIL WAR -  5 volume VCR documentary set
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3769

Ken Burns - THE CIVIL WAR - 5 volume VCR documentary set

Little need be said about this landmark Civil War documentary except to advise that this set of five volumes is complete and in nice condition. From our own library as like so many historians we continue to make room and upgrade to DVD format. A good opportunity to acquire an inexpensive copy for the old summer cottage or spare room VCR, we have watched this 1st edition with pride as we appear in the credits and remember a much younger Ken Burns as he energetically moved his, in those days, massive bug eyed close-up video camera from one subject in our Civil War photography collection to another. That now classic Ken Burns technique of panning across period stills and his exuberance for the subject would produce a breakthrough. Now established as the best of American documentary film makers in several subjects, this pioneer work is a must see for any serious Civil War historian. ALL ITEMS ARE CURRENT & AVAILABLE UNLESS MARKED SOLD!! Thanks for visiting our catalog!!
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3797

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!


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3791

Civil War era Telescoping PEWTER CUP

A nice Civil War vintage antique telescoping pewter cup, all original and in excellent condition. Un-polished and as found, the pewter displays a wonderful original luster. Though somewhat fragile, these soft pewter traveling cups were a popular item in the soldier’s collection of traveling personal items. A neat display item with period examples getting hard to acquire in this condition. 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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3794

Mid 1800’s Nursing BOTTLE & BOX

All in excellent condition is this antique special purpose bottle with its M. S. BURR & Co. BOSTON nomenclature embossed around an eye catching 11/2 inch American Eagle seal. With the bottle is its stopper fitting for a rubber tube a feeding tip and a cleaning brush. All are original to a nicely labeled pasteboard box with an attractive American eagle graphic. The label offers directions for use and patent dates from 1859 through 1872. The box measure approximately 5 ½ x 4 x 2 ¾ inches high and is a scarce and desirable addition (this is the only example we have seen in our 40 years of paying attention and seeking out such things,) but it deserves a proper restoration where the folds have been reinforced with a modern flat Scotch type tape. (Easily removable without damage by a knowledgeable person .) Though primarily promoted by maker and patent holder M. S. Burr & Co. (see Civil War era Boston Directories) as an infant feeder, their especially designed bottle would surely see use in the period to aid the feeding of bedridden and invalid medical patients. A scarce specialty item seldom if ever found in the original box. 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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3773

Women’s Overseas Service League - Gettysburg Address Narrative

Charles Scribner & Sons, New York, 1918 hard bound publication of The Perfect Tribute by Mary Raymond Shipman Andrews. Considered this author’s best work about Abraham Lincoln, this little forty-seven page book recounts the morning of November 18, 1863, when a special train drew out from Washington, carrying a most distinguished group of dignitaries. In addition to the U. S. Marine Band from the Navy Yard there were judges of the U. S. Supreme Court, governmental department heads, the general-in-chief of the army and his staff and members of the president’s cabinet. Oddly enough the most prominent personage in the group would have seemed out of place to one who would not recognize the towering awkward figure with the sad drawn face of Abraham Lincoln. The party was traveling to Gettysburg to consecrate the new national cemetery there. The authors narrative of the historic occasion is stirring in its simplicity and brevity while offering the reader a special insight not provided in the many other written accounts. Of interest to World War One and women’s history enthusiast will be that this volume bears the markings of the Women’s Overseas Service League library in Paris, France. The Women’s Overseas Service League was formed in the World War 1 era by and for women who served overseas with the Armed Forces. Library marked with natural age and minimal period wear, this offering remains tight and in pleasing condition with no tears, repairs or other condition issues.

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