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Click here to enlarge image and see more about item 4381: antique Lignum Vitae Truncheon
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4381

antique Lignum Vitae Truncheon

Whether called a night stick, Billy club or truncheon, the site of this stout 12 ¾ inch weapon of hand turned lignum vitae would most likely serve as a satisfactory deterrent on any lantern lit waterfront street. In dark alleys though and in different hands many a young man out on the town would feel the sting of such only to come around in the morning as an unintended ships crewman bound for some unknown far away port. Hand turned variants of the more commonly shaped and finer made Constable of Police are considered to be more than likely the choice of the ruffian in the dark alley than to be a companion of the Law. The weight and density of the exotic lignum vitae wood offered special properties which made it a common material of the ships carpenter shop. A neat piece for the 18th and 19th century collector of nautical related memorabilia, we have left this example untouched and as found, solid as stone and nearly as heavy with that natural opening at the grain that vintage lignum vitae is known for. Will polish to an attractive luster if you choose but we would leave the age of the wood and natural patina of the cotton cord just as the decades have put them there. ALL ITEMS ARE CURRENT & AVAILABLE UNLESS MARKED SOLD!! Thanks for visiting Gunsight Antiques !
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E. HARTSHORN & SON / ESTABLISHED 1850 - Worm Extract – medicine bottle

A neat item simply as a Civil War era personal item or period medical component, the bottle collector will quickly recognize the rare embossing variation E. HARTSHORN & SON [singular] / ESTABLISHED 1850 / BOSTON, MASS instead of the usual E HARTSHORN & SONS [plural with a reverse order of: ] BOSTON MASS. - ESTABLISHED 1850 as seen on these bottles. (The only such variation example we have found.) Likely an important feature with respect to desirability for the bottle collector, though as Civil War era collectors we were most pleased with the presence of the original label. Dr. Edward Hartshorn was born in Gloucester, Mass. 1817 and graduated from the Harvard Medical School in 1840. After practicing medicine for some time Dr. Hartshorn turned his attention to pharmaceuticals taking his sons aboard each in turn as they reached the age of majority. The bottle is in pleasing condition and the label, as you can see remains in excellent condition. A neat display item! 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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4545

Lord collection - post Civil War - Veteran 7th CORPS BADGE

Illustrated here with a US quarter for size comparison is a post Civil War veteran’s 7th Army Corps badge. Of interest to the collector and preserved in our accompanying letter will be the fact that we acquired this piece several years ago when we were fortunate enough to purchase several groupings from the personal collection of our longtime 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 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.) Thanks for visiting Gunsight Antiques!
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Click here to enlarge image and see more about item 5569: early India Rubber TELESCOPING CUP with TRAVEL CASE
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5569

early India Rubber TELESCOPING CUP with TRAVEL CASE

A fine condition early design Goodyear’s Patent antique hard rubber cup completeand in its original blue lacquered tin travel case. The case lid is embossed INDIA RUBBER – TELESCOPING TUMBLER – MADE BY – THE INDIA RUBBER – COMB C. The original case remains in pleasing condition and retains a good amount of its period blue finish. Difficult to find as they frequently lost a section and were cast aside in the period, this design pre dated the Niles Patent 1860 cup which added a base flange to prevent separation and a cover to make the cup self-contained. (see: India-Rubber & Gutta-Percha In The Civil War Era by Mike Woshner ) A nice item for the Civil War smalls, personal item or hard rubber 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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4382

mid to late 1700s through early 1800s KNIFE & FORK

This nice stained bone mounted, two tine fork and matching knife will be best described by our photographs. All in nice original condition with no cracks in the classic green stained bone, this later 18th century / early 19th century will make an attractive companion set laid in a Revolutionary War era haversack or with a period mess grouping . 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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4365

Civil War era SAIL MAKERS NEEDLE PACKET

This nice original earlier to mid 19th century W. Smith & Son sail makers needle packet still contains 9 period needles in a variety of stout sizes. A neat item for the Civil War era and collector, these heavy, hand cut needles will clean up nicely however they are offered here just as they came to us after decades of storage and likely just as they were carried in an original W. Smith & Son needle case. A necessary utility to the soldier in the field for repair of shelter half, Sibly tent, or leather accoutrement, these heavy steel needles were a staple among entrepreneurial soldiers and sailors who considered them a primary tool as they cut fanciful scrimshaw decorations in beef, whale bone or ivory for trade, sale or to send back home. A nice original and as found period personal item. (If you would like a single example of a slightly smaller #12 needle use the search word needle see our Item # 900 ) Thanks for visiting Gunsight Antiques !
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Click here to enlarge image and see more about item 5564: rare! 1862 Slave Labor Receipt for: FORTIFICATIONS  IN AND AROUND RICHMOND
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5564

rare! 1862 Slave Labor Receipt for: FORTIFICATIONS IN AND AROUND RICHMOND

Measuring approximately 5 ½ X 4 1/8 inches this small preprinted and hand completed receipt confirms the extensive utilization of slave labor on fortifications at and near the City as Richmond prepared for the Seven Days Battles that would soon swirl around the Capitol City. The slave Booker was provided by Anne Belle Leftwich, child bride of [destined to be Colonel] Alexander Hamilton Leftwich who would serve in Co. B VMI Corps of Cadets at the Battle of Newmarket. Ordered by regular Confederate Engineer, Lt. Col. W. H. Stevens who was responsible for Richmond’s fortifications. He was promoted to Brig. General in August 1864 and is said to have been the last man to cross the Mayo Bridge the night Richmond was evacuated. All original and in pleasing condition with no rips, tears or repairs. 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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4366

Patent 1853 ‘PUSH-UP’ CANDLESTICK

Illustrated here with a quarter for size comparison, our photographs will likely do best to describe this nice all untouched and original patent 1853 marked pushup candlestick. Fashioned from tinned sheet iron this candlestick offers good evidence of age and originality yet remains in pleasing condition. 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 4391: original - 1864 Abraham Lincoln PRESIDENTIAL BALLOT
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original - 1864 Abraham Lincoln PRESIDENTIAL BALLOT

Measuring approximately 3 X 7 ¼ inches and remaining in nice all original condition with no rips, tears or repairs, this 1864 presidential ballot for Abraham Lincoln and Andrew Johnson was printed for use in the field in voting for the Lincoln / Johnson ticket under newly established absentee voting provisions. With no federal statute addressing absentee voting, each state determined their own process for its soldiers' to vote. California, Connecticut, Iowa, Kansas, Kentucky, Maine, Maryland, Massachusetts, Michigan, Minnesota, Missouri, New Hampshire, New York, Ohio, Pennsylvania and Wisconsin establishing absentee voting procedures. Delaware, Illinois, Indiana, Nevada, New Jersey, Oregon, and Rhode Island, did not pass legislation allowing soldiers to vote in the field. The Ohio ticket offered here reflects that state’s process of balloting by home county. A nice piece of political Americana. 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 5606: 19th century word & picture PUZZLE
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5606

19th century word & picture PUZZLE

Measuring 7 1/8 inches square when completed this six piece pasteboard SCOTCH puzzle remains in eye appealing condition with bright color yet with good evidence of age and originality. An attractive display item illustrated here with a quarter for size comparison. 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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4398

19th century occupational Clay Pipe

Illustrated here with a quarter for size comparison our photographs will likely do best to describe this outstanding old clay pipe except to advise that after decades of attic trunk storage it remains in excellent un-smoked condition yet shows good evidence of age and originality. 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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5511

working model - Salesman’s Sample CLOTHES WRINGER

This antique salesman’s sample is a scaled down working, demonstration model of the full scale, hand crank, cloths wringer by the American Wringer Company of New York. [Seldon A. Bailey invented the mechanical clothes wringer in 1859 and began producing the wringers on a small scale in 1860 as the American Wringer Co.. The company prospered for years until the powered washing machine became widely available.] Fashioned of wood with tinned cast iron components and rubber rollers, the body of the wringer (minus the crank) is 5 ¾ inches wide. This miniature remains in nice all original condition. A really neat little collectable, this wringer will come with a copy of a wringer advertisement taken from a Civil War era Leslies. 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 5572: Francis Lord collection- post Civil War HOUSUM ZOUAVES belt plate.
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5572

Francis Lord collection- post Civil War HOUSUM ZOUAVES belt plate.

Acquired several years ago when we were fortunate enough to purchase several groupings from the personal collections of our longtime friend, Dr. Francis Lord, this just post Civil War militia piece was noted by Lord as a waist belt plate of the HOUSUM ZOUAVES worn by John C. Gerbig. (Will come with our letter to preserve its origin.) A quick google search found John C. Gerbig and the Housum Zouaves in the 1902 Pennsylvania Adjutant General Report where the following is offered on page 421:

Capt. John C. Gerbig He was a private in Chambers Artillery, April 1860. Pvt. Co. A 2nd Penn. Vol. Inf. three months service, 1861. Quartermaster Sgt. under Capt. P. L. Pearse, Co. A, 2nd Maine Infantry to 1864. Sergeant, Housum Zouaves August 13, 1868. 2nd Lt. Co. C 8th Regt. Infantry, Oct. 6, 1882. 1st Lt. Aug. 2, 1883, honorably discharged June 19, 1884.

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 had an abiding interest in all manner of 19th century military equipage. His primary interest was in Civil War however and led to his 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 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.) 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 !

Our Price: $ 175.00

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4560

antique HOUR GLASS

Acquired from among a number of 19th century apothecary instruments and equipment, this antique blown hour glass stands approximately 7 ¾ inches and remains in perfect original condition with no chips, cracks, or stains. An essential of any well-equipped 18th and early through mid 19th century apothecary, this classic early time piece will set in nicely with earlier through Civil War era medical or scientific material. Original, period examples like this one are extremely difficult to come by. 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 5552: fine! c. 1821- 1835 Massachusetts Militia Shako Plate
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fine! c. 1821- 1835 Massachusetts Militia Shako Plate

This early Massachusetts Militia Shako Plate remains in excellent plus original condition with an attractive natural age patina that sets off exceptionally fine detail of its deeply struck die work. Struck from sheet copper 4 ½ inches high with a tin plume holder and two fastening eyes on the back, this outstanding plate emanates from the James Hart collection and comes with Hart’s original card display mount. Hart’s long time dedication to the collection of antique American military insignia will be familiar to collectors in this field as examples were displayed and extensively published. (see: acknowledgements & credits: Campbell and O'Donnell - American Military Headgear Insignia ) An outstanding acquisition opportunity for the early American insignia enthusiast! 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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5553

Victorian INK SCRAPER

A must have for the complete Victorian era writing kit or desk, few remain complete with the elusive paper mache
travel case. Illustrated here with a quarter for size comparison, this all original example is bone mounted with that pleasing soft age patina that comes to bone with period handling. The blade is marked ROGERS CUTLERS TO HER MAJESTY. A remains solid and in nice condition with the charm of age, period use and originality. 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 4526: late 18th early 19th century comic HORN TOOTHPICK & EAR SPOON
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late 18th early 19th century comic HORN TOOTHPICK & EAR SPOON

All original and period with absolutely no condition issues is this carved horn toothpick and ear spoon. Rendered in the form of what we will call the happy monk we have laid a quarter in with our friend for size comparison and will, for obvious reasons, let the illustrations of our little friend provide the description. An unusual comic utility of the late 1700s through early 1800, someone will love this unusual form of an otherwise common personal hygiene instrument. 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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5506

c. 1800s Infantry Sargent STRIPES

With that distinctively deep chevron shape most familiarly seen on cadet and militia tail coats from the 1820s through the post-Civil War era, dating this attractive pair of sargent stripes will depend on interpretation of construction and material. As such we’ll let our photographs and the opinion of the viewer set the bar as to period of this pair. Fashioned with that gold bullion tape on a heavy wool backing as was utilized through the 19th century the look and feel of this pair will satisfy the knowledgeable collector looking for a pair of Mexican War through Civil War and early Indian Wars militia or cadet sargent chevrons. 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 5607: 20th MAINE SURGEON  Dr. Abner O. Shaw -  SELF ADDRESSED Postal Cover
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20th MAINE SURGEON Dr. Abner O. Shaw - SELF ADDRESSED Postal Cover

This cover is postmark dated 1860, retains its original stamp, and is self-addressed in Shaw’s hand Dr. A. O. Shaw at his home address in Portland Maine. As surgeon, 20th Maine Infantry Regiment , Maine physician, Abner O. Shaw had a distinguished Civil War record and is best remembered for his night long work in a Petersburg field hospital when he was brought to the aid of the horribly wounded Col. Joshua L. Chamberlain by the fallen hero’s brother, Capt. Thomas Chamberlain. Surgeon Abner O. Shaw would be credited with saving the life of the Colonel, soon to be Brigadier General Joshua Lawrence Chamberlain. The skilled regimental surgeon remained a close friend and the lifelong personal physician to Chamberlain. A nice Chamberlain, 20th Maine related Civil War relic without spending a lot of money. 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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Pvt. Asa L. Gowell-10th Mass. Battery Mounted Artillery & son - TINTYPE with CDV

Gleaned from a country sale some years ago when they came out of attic trunk storage carefully tied together just as they remain today, we were impressed enough with the prophetic inscription penned on the back of Little Freddy’s image to keep the pair together as they had been for decades. Faded with age but still clearly legible is ’My Darling little Freddy - From his Father in camp at Poolsvill -Sargent 10th Mass Battery - In the great Rebellion of 1862 and 1863 to his Mother - Croline Gwell’ on the back of this image of Little Frederick. Set aside years ago as a some-day research project the little group just came out of our own storage accumulation. Now with the benefit of the internet and some helpful data base access, we were able to take advantage of what fragments the inscription provided to complete the story with only a few key strokes. Asa L. Gowell, the only Gowell in the 10th Mass. Battery, was a 27 year old Boston teamster when, in the summer of 1862, he mustered in as a member of the 10th Massachusetts Light Artillery Assigned to the defenses of Washington in the fall of 1862, the 10th Battery with its six 3 inch Rodman guns, started for Poolesviille, Md. and winter camp the day after Christmas.
Gowell remained with his unit throughout the Civil War mustering out with the Battery back in Boston on June 9, 1865. During his tenure with the 10th the hard fought battery saw action at such as Mine Run. Brandy Station, Battles of the Wilderness, Deep Bottom, Ream’s Station Hatcher’s Run, Petersburg, Sailor’s Creek, Appomattox C. H. and many more. Born in Litchfield, Maine, Asa and Caroline were married in 1858. When he went off to war Little Freddy (Fredrick Meriam Gowell )was their second of two children. At the time of his passing in 1902 Asa Gowell had been an active member of G.A.R. Post # 200 in Jamaica Plain, Mass. 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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