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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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AMERICAN ALMANAC of USEFUL KNOWLEDGE for 1839

The American Almanac and Repository of Useful Knowledge for the Year 1837, published in wraps in Boston by Charles Bowen, this 5" X 8", 324 page wealth of contemporary material remains in nice solid condition with no lose or torn pages and only a bit of old staining and wear as evidence of careful period use and decades of storage. The Almanac bears the period seal of a contemporary New England library. Complete and all inclusive for the year 1835 this volume will offer hours of enjoyable reading as well as providing a research ‘snap-shot’ of all manner of world, national, state and even some local material of the time. Of particular note to us was the contemporary material on Texas and the obituary of Seminole Chief Osceola. In the ‘Chronicle of Events – 1837 /1838, there is note of the treaty signed in Washington with the Winnebago Indians in which they relinquished rights to all their land west of the Mississippi, the capture of Osceola. All are a small part of what is too extensive to mention here.
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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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Civil War Veteran – 105th Ill. Vols. REGIMENTAL ASSOCIATION RIBBON

A nice (2 3/8" x 7") regimental association ribbon for the 1892, 28th annual reunion of the hard fought 105th Illinois Volunteer Infantry. All in nice condition with no stains or breaks in the silk, this ribbon retains it’s bright color print. The 105th saw considerable action against Confederate forces in the Civil War to include, the battle of Resaca, battles about Dallas, New Hope Church and Allatoona Hills, Pine Hill, Lost Mountain, Assault on Kenesaw, Peach Tree Creek, Siege of Atlanta, Battle of Bentonville and more to inclued participation in the Grand Review. A nice ribbon and an exceptional regiment. 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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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 $400.00 to the city by The Northern Soup Society. The loan bond is issued on the 15th 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. Thanks for visiting Gunsight Antiques!!
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ANDERSONVILLE TRIAL PLAY 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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HALL’S COMBINATION SEWING MACHINE ATTACHMENT

This H. M. Hall’s Combination Sewing Machine Attachment is complete, and unused just as it came from the stock of a mid 19th century country store. The just post Civil War Pat. April 6, 1869 attachment was manufactured by T. B. Bishop of Philadelphia and remains in the original manufacturer’s labeled 6 ¼" long pasteboard box with multi page instruction folder . The instruction sheet boasts that the wonder guides the work without HELP from the operator to a great extent, leaving the hands and eyes to their ease further that It requires no Basting of the work. Instructions are offered for sewing two or more pieces in one Seam – to put Staying on the edge of the Seam – to make a Seam for Felling – to put on Braid & Binding – Hemming – Gathering & Ruffling – Tucking & Marking – Quilting - and more ! It appears by the instructions the attachment was designed for use on any machine of the period making this little gem a neat accessory to set with any Civil War era sewing machine.
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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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MEDAL of HONOR winner Gen. J. C. Black – ILLINOIS Civil War Vet. MEDAL

This 1899 Illinois Department Encampment medal of the Grand Army of the Republic representative’s medal remains in fine original condition. It bears the figure of Department Commander and CONGRESSIONAL MEDAL OF HONOR winner and late commander of the 27th Illinois Volunteer Infantry John Charles Black. Black was a 22 year old resident of Crawfordsville, Indiana when he enlisted as Sergt. Major on April 14, 1861. On September 18 he was mustered into the Field & Staff as Major of the 37th Illinois Infantry. He was severely wounded at Pea Ridge on March 7, 1862 and was promoted Lt. Col. the following July. He was again listed as receiving severe wounds on December 7, 1862 at Prairie Grove. It was for his extreme gallantry here that John Charles Black would receive the Congressional Medal of Honor (see: Deeds of Valor). Black was promoted to full Colonel of that regiment on February 1, 1863 and would be brevetted to Brig. General on March 13, 1865. After the war Black held membership in the Geo. H. Thomas G. A. R. Post # 5 in Chicago. Before his passing in 1915 Black would serve both as the Illinois Department Commander and National Commander in Chief of the Grand Army of the Republic. Thanks for visiting Gunsight Antiques!!
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Civil War PATENT OFFICE REPORT of 1862

A bit faded at the spine, this 1862 PATENT OFFICE REPORT remains in nice tight condition and is without the expected tears, repairs, or other problems of the usual Civil War government publication. This is the more desirable volume II edition that presents the mechanical drawings of patents issued in the manufacturers class. This category included the essence of development of most interest to today’s collectors. Patent drawings of military equipage, arms and munitions are presented with the latest in lighting, farming, medical and more social developments as those in the smoking, skating and every other category imaginable are presented. A wealth of material that if nothing else will provide hours of entertainment for the true connoisseur of the Civil War era.
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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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Revolutionary War era EXCAVATED SHOE & KNEE BUCKLES

An attractive little grouping of excavated colonial era shoe & knee buckles. These classic Revolutionary War vintage buckles are offered as found with a rich age patina and lots of character. The largest of the buckles is approximately 2 1/4 x 1 3/4 inches. The buckles are priced as a group and will make a neat display by themselves or laid in among other artifacts. (see: N.Y. Hist. Society’s HISTORY WRITTEN BY PICK & SHOVEL by Calver & Bolton; also: Newman & Kravic's COLLECTOR'S ILLUSTRATED ENCYCLOPEDIA of the AMERICAN REVOLUTION )
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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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1863 READY RECKONER

An original copy of Daboll's READY RECKONER for SHIP BUILDERS & ALL PERSONS WHO BUY, SELL OR MEASURE TIMBER. Daboll's little pocket references were published in various categories. This particular one contains tables that would enable the user to calculate by sight the quantity of stacked, milled, or log timber. We suspect the billing by the New England publisher / author as a shipbuilder's reference was more a reflection of marketing than common practice as the little book of tables saw nearly as wide use as the farmer's almanac of the day. All complete and original with good evidence of age and decades of storage this little twelve page pocket reference with it's boldly printed 1863 date on the cover will lay nicely in any personal grouping of the Civil War era. With it's title the book will offer an eye catching addition to a period nautical grouping. A neat and inexpensive every day item of the period.
1957
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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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