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earlier 19th century through Civil War era FOLDING KNIFE

Likely of earlier 19th century or even late 18th century origin, use of this wonderful old jack-knife could well have passed through the period of the American Civil War. With two cutting blades, saw and an all important awl for working harness leather, heavy sail or tent canvas, this wonderful old knife remains in unusually nice as found, functional condition with a pleasing patina yet in a condition that supports the likelihood that it was put away unused decades ago. The knife is iron bound and hand wrought with slabbed cow horn grips. Likely the product of a skilled iron smith, the piece is unmarked as to maker with
the exception of a small G touch mark on the master blade. The knife measures just over 4 inches in length when closed. The largest cutting blade is approximately 3 3/8 inches in length and just under ¾ of an inch wide. the saw blade is about 3 ½ inches long. The butt end of the knife offers an accommodation for fastening a lanyard. A must have personal utility in the day, period working knives of any origin are tough to acquire now as most were used up from repeated sharpening or broken and thrown away. ( While clearly period and original this example appears never to have been on a sharpening stone.) In a period when imported, especially Sheffield made, knives were the favor of those who could afford them, a knife such as this one of domestic origin is especially scarce and desirable. If you like this example we recommend you use our search feature to view item 2857. That one is well used but so similar it is likely to have been made by the same craftsman. We have had both for some years, both acquired at the same country sale. 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 3776: 1831 BLACK UPRISING News account / forerunner, NAT TURNER Affair
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1831 BLACK UPRISING News account / forerunner, NAT TURNER Affair

Nestled away on the second page of this September 30, 1831 edition of the Portland [Maine] Adviser is a small but historically compelling Sept. 21, 1831 dispatch from the Fayetteville[N.C.] Observer offering The Conspiracy. – On Wednesday last, Nat was arrested but advises that the slave denies the charges against him. Two other men were arrested and two more runaways were apprehended near a meeting, about twelve miles south east from town. After the infliction of some punishment, they confessed that they had been sent ahead to get information by a small party of runaways, some of them armed. Though the article emphasizes that all seemed under control and that the incident, in the opinion of the writer, had been overstated in other news accounts, the correspondent advises that Women and children in several of the counties have fled to the swamps, from which, after a day or two, they emerge, wet, muddy, and half starved. Seeming protective of public opinion north of us the Fayetteville North Carolina writer laments that reports are extravagantand not having the shadow of foundation while at the same time advising in his report that; Thousands of militia have assembled in arms, even in the upper counties, which might have been supposed beyond the influence of the supposed danger.
While the author of this reported Black uprising fails to record a surname for the runaway leader Nat, (an all too common occurrence in a time when many slaves had no surname) the simple reference to Nat and date of this report (Sept. 21, 1831) in relation to the time frame of the historic Nat Turner Slave Rebellion in the fall of 1831 offers reasonable speculation. Is this period news account, found buried in the folds of a Northern New England newspaper, a record of activity of Nat Turner just days before the historic Slave Rebellion that carries his name to this day? Or is it a simple case of confusion by a correspondent and a melding together of occurrences in North Carolina with slave unrest lead by Nat Turner in boarding Southhampton County, Virginia ?
This offering is complete in four pages each measuring approximately 11 ½ X 17 inches offering, aside from the subject article, the usual mix of period newspaper fair of commercial adds, time tables &c with the usual smattering of articled intended to inform and entertain. Though trimmed at the left margin edge to be removed from a period binding, the old paper remains in excellent condition and all original with no tears or repairs. A nice piece of Americana. Thanks for visiting Gunsight Antiques!!



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Civil War era Street Cobbler ALBUMIN PHOTO

This 4 1/8 X 5 ¾ inch albumin is mounted on it’s original 6 ½ X 8 ½ inch mounting card. Depicting a bespectacled and bearded street character plying his trade repairing shoes, our blue shirted cobbler will speak best for himself. A wonderful image for the occupational collector this piece remains in excellent condition with good contrast and sharp focus. please note: ALL ITEMS ARE CURRENT & AVAILABLE UNLESS MARKED SOLD!! Thanks for visiting Gunsight Antiques!!

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3264

Civil War Confederate Reference Set – NORTH CAROLINA REGIMENTS

Officially titled HISTORIES OF THE SEVERAL REGIMENTS & BATTALIONS FROM NORTH CAROLINA IN THE GREAT WAR 1861-1865
this 5 volume set including index is a compilation of histories of each regiment and organization from North Carolina which served in the Confederate army. A massive work of five volumes totaling more than 4,000 pages, in addition to Regimental Histories the set contains sketches of brigades, accounts of battles in which North Carolinians fought. This set is a must have for any serious North Carolina collector, offering lists of officers, a roster of North Carolinians who surrendered at Appomattox, and articles on North Carolina prisoners in the North, the Home Guard, the Medical Corps, and numerous other topics all written by Confederate North Carolina participants, the set provides several hundred portraits, many available only in this set. Reprinted by Broadfoot Publishing in 1996, this set was originally edited by Walter Clark (Lt. Col. 70th N.C.) and published by the State in 1901. We bought this Broadfoot set directly from Tom (a neat fellow by the way) several years ago for some special project that we can’t even remember. It remains in as new condition and will make a fine addition to any Confederate reference library at something less thsn the going price.
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early 1800s - BOSTON NAVY YARD MEMENTO

This hand wrought sheet iron box demonstrates all the classic features collector / historians appreciate in mid early 1800s construction and material. The oval box measures approximately 2 ¼ x 1 3/8 inches with domed bottom and lid atop 9/16 inch sides. The little box is lead soldered at the seams with a single pin hinge. The box is offered as found and as set aside decades ago with it’s content of a small 1 3/16 inch hand forged, black iron chain link. In the box with the link is a period brown ink penned note: ’The smallest chain link that was ever made in Equip. Dept. Boston Navy Yard.’ Held in hand one only wishes he knew more of the shipyard craftsman who forge welded the link and penned the little note. More than likely a proud journeyman’s test piece, well forged and set aside with documentation as a testimony to his level of skill. In 1799 the United States was engaged in a naval war with France, and Congress called for the building of six battle ships. The consequence of the call was the establishment of the Charlestown Yard (a.k.a. Boston Navy Yard) where the U. S. Navy’s first ship of the line, the 74-gun Independence was completed. Later in the Civil War period Boston Navy Yard ships would make important contributions to the fleet: the Merrimack became the famous Confederate ironclad Virginia; the Cumberland, which met her end in battle with the CSS Virginia; and Admiral Farragut's flagship the Hartford. A nice piece of Americana.
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Click here to enlarge image and see more about item 3282: original Civil War Uncle Sam & Jeff  - SATIRICAL  ENVELOPE
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original Civil War Uncle Sam & Jeff - SATIRICAL ENVELOPE

Patriotic and politically satirical postal covers were a popularly circulated art form in the turbulent times of the American Civil War with virtually every subject and opinion of the day expressed. Political and social satire envelopes were second only to patriotic subjects with both pro Union and pro Confederate bent. While the vast majority were put to use in the mails and have not survived, the wide variety of subject matter made the little covers a natural collectible even in the period. An ever dwindling supply of nice condition, unused examples have thus survived offering today’s collector / historian an opportunity to put together a respectable collection of quality original examples. A rather uncommon opportunity on today’s market to accumulate a category of original Civil War artifacts and watch them grow in interest and value all at a relatively modest initial cost. We try to keep a small and varying supply of these on our site for those folks who might enjoy them. You can bring them all up for viewing by entering satirical envelope in our search feature.
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3278

1863 FARMER’S ALMANAC

All complete with the exception of the missing back cover, this original Leavitt’s Farmer’s Almanac for 1863 was published for Edison C. Eastman, publisher, bookseller & stationer of Concord, New Hampshire. No exception to the popular format of the time, this example offers the typical weather prognostications, phases of the moon, good advice and advertisements that made it a staple on the farm at home and a common source of recreational reading when sent to the soldier in camp and field. Some neat period illustrations and forty-eight pages of period charm are offered by this little soft bound almanac. Measuring approximately 5 1/4 X 8 inches, this is one of those simple little remnants of days gone by that, fragile to begin with and heavily used was generally cast away when outdated. Surviving examples quite hard to come by today. Well worn with lots of eye appeal in the form of nicks, folds and rounded corners from period use but no missing or loose pages this is a neat display item to augment any period collection. please note: ALL ITEMS ARE CURRENT & AVAILABLE UNLESS MARKED SOLD!!.
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3297

19th century BLEEDING CUP

This nice glass cupping device with rolled rim remains in excellent condition and is larger than the most common example (shown here with a quarter for size comparison). These glass medical devices were used in the widely utilized medical cure process of bleeding with examples dating in the late 1700s and early 1800s with use into the Civil War period. This cupping device or bleeding cup would be a staple in any physician's bag or medical chest of the period. A nice original example, in excellent condition with no chips or flakes, this piece demonstrates all the characteristics glass collectors of the period appreciate . We are fortunate to have a small number of these of varying size shape and construction (use our search feature to see item #2710) and are offering them individually priced for the antique medical collector who would like one. please note: ALL ITEMS ARE CURRENT & AVAILABLE UNLESS MARKED SOLD!! Thanks for visiting Gunsight Antiques !!

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Civil War era CARVING SET

This classic 1850s / 1860s carving set remains in nice all original condition with good evidence of age, originality and period use. The matching knife and fork are silver mounted with heavy stag grips. The fork is approximately 10 ½ inches in total length and the knife is 14 ½ inches over all with a 9 1/5 inch blade. The blade is marked MERIDEN CUTLERY – COMPANY in two lines. This company was founded in Meriden, Connecticut in 1855 and was a popular cutler in the time of the Civil War era. A nice all original Civil War era display item without spending a lot of money, this set will lay in well in a period country store, sutler or period kitchen grouping. 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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Civil War vintage Mjr. Gen. McDowell – Brady C.D.V.

All in excellent original condition this photograph is on it’s original Matthew Brady, Washington, D. C. studio mount. Back-marked as such, the face of the mount is printed to identify the subject as Major Gen’l. I. McDowell. Fine print advises that the photograph was recorded according to act of Congress, in the year 1862, by M. B. Brady. Worthy of interest to a New York collector is the fact that this image was removed from the personal C. D. V. album of Col. William H. Christian, who was the first commanding officer of the 26th New York Volunteer Infantry. A nice early Civil War photograph of the Army of the Potomac commander. 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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3312

c. 1876 Centennial Fair - Stevensgraph silk ribbon

Centennial Stevensgraph silk ribbon with portrait of George Washington over ‘The First in Peace, The First in War, The First in the Hearts of His Countrymen’ below is the Centennial Fair, Horticultural Hall with flags and shield over ‘Philadelphia 1876’. The book-mark size ribbon measures approximately 7 ¼ inches long by 2 1/16 inches wide and remains in nice solid condition with no splits as are so frequently found in old silk. It’s color reflects a soft patina and it does have a small hole in the margin just above and to the left of Washington’s portrait. An attractive original example of a decorative textile art taking it’s name from Thomas Stevens (1828 – 1888) an English silk weaver who developed a mechanical technique which produced fine pictures, portraits and lettering woven in silk thread. A nice piece of decretive Americana.
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early Civil War- FORT SUMTER / Major Robert Anderson C. D. V.

Seldom seen in this quality and condition, this armed photo of the Hero of Fort Sumter is as nice as it looks here with only the most minimal age as evidence to it’s originality. This photo is sharply in focus and displays strong tone contrast with no evidence of fading. Below the photograph the original mounting card is printed : MAJOR ANDERSON, U. S. A. / taken at Fort Sumter, Feb’y 8, 1861, PUBLISHED BY E. ANTHONY, 501 BROADWAY, entered according to Act of Congress, in the year 1861&c. Actually a pre Civil War photo as coincidently, the Confederate States of America was only just forming on the very day this photograph of Major Anderson was captured. The Constitution of the Confederate States was being adopted in Montgomery, Alabama on February 8, 1861. Jefferson Davis and A H Stephens were elected to be President and Vice President of the C. S. A. on this day and just four days later that fledgling Government would open fire on Major Anderson and his small command inside Fort Sumter. please note: ALL ITEMS ARE CURRENT & AVAILABLE UNLESS MARKED SOLD!!
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Click here to enlarge image and see more about item 3326: silver mounted  CROSBY marked  FIFE by Civil War maker Geo. Cloos
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silver mounted CROSBY marked FIFE by Civil War maker Geo. Cloos

A most desirable instrument in style, condition and maker, this beautiful fife remains in wonderful condition with classic long silver ferrules and a smooth age patina over good evidence of period use and carrying. The fife is approximately 17 inches in length and is nicely marked CROSBY over the intertwined G. C. familiar to period musical instrument collectors as the mark of Civil War era New York, maker GEO. CLOOS. A well known maker in his own rite the CROSBY became synonymous with the instrument type in the period thus it's use by Cloos. All original and in outstanding condition with just enough evidence of careful period use to add to it’s charm and desirability. (see: Bazelon & McGuinn Directory of American Military Goods Dealers & Makers ) Don't forget to give our search feature a try for special wants.
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earlier 1800s through Civil War era TRAVELING INK

This screw top traveling ink should not be confused with the bottle type used with ready to use liquid ink but was intended for the carrying of ink powder generally in travel. The small amount of powder or pellets held by this screw top container would make as much as a quart of writing ink when dissolved in water. As such, dissolved and mixed as needed, a little at a time, the little traveling ink could supply sufficient writing ink to last the average traveler or soldier for an indefinite period. This example was turned from walnut and remains in excellent original condition with no cracks of flaws. A rich natural patina and evidence of period use is testimony of age and originality.
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Civil War era BONE DOMINOES

An especially attractive full set of ebony mounted bone dominoes. With all the evidence of Civil War era construction and materials, each game piece measures a substantial 7/8 x 1 ¾ x 7/16 of an inch thick and is fashioned from slab sawed bone and black ebony held together by a single brass pin. ( Illustrated here with a Civil War vintage quarter for size comparison. ) A full set of twenty-eight game pieces all matching and in fine condition, this is an especially nice set for the collector who strives for authenticity and period charm. The set offers an attractive smooth age patina with no splits, chips or cracks in the game pieces, each with distinctive red dots which set the whole thing apart from the more common set with black dots. This eye appealing, fine condition, Civil War period game, will fit well in any personal grouping Union or Confederate.
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Civil War tinned sheet-iron ARMY MESS PAN

This neat Civil War mess pan measures 6 5/8 inches across the mouth, tapering to a 4 ¼ inch diameter base and stands approximately 2 inches high. It is constructed of tinned sheet iron in the classic three section fashion (two side panels & a bottom sheet) with hand soldered joints. The piece was acquired some years ago in a small grouping from the inventory of period military equipage Civil War surplus dealer, Francis Bannerman. The type is well illustrated in BANNERMAN’S MILLITARY GOODS Catalog of 1903 where these ARMY mess pans were offered from his government purchases after the Civil War. A rare opportunity to acquire an example of the type in something more than excavated condition. This one remains in excellent as issue condition with the exception of a nice unpolished age patina. 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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scarce: Southern Patriotic - thermoplastic PHOTO CASE

This wonderful all original quarter-plate thermoplastic photo case remains in fine condition, tight at the hinges and clasp with no chips, cracks, or warping. Both front and back present the same high relief South Carolina scene of the famous 1836 wilderness dinner meeting between Southern Department of the Continental Army, partisan forces commander Genl. Francis Marion (The Swamp Fox.) and British officers. A clandestine meeting to arrange exchange of prisoners, the occasion would be brought before the American public and immortalized by South Carolina artist John Blake White’s painting which now hangs in the senate gallery in Washington. Credited with playing a key role in reclaiming most of South Carolina from the British in 1781 Gen. Marion became a lasting hero in the South extending through the Civil War era when the exploits of the Swamp Fox and his men became a Confederate rallying point. The scene then popularly known as the Sweet Potato Supper was utilized on the Confederate $10.00 bill and was preserved in a limited production run of decorative thermoplastic photo cases. A scarce piece of interest in a wide variety of collector categories the condition and originality of this offering is guaranteed to please. 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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Civil War era SMOKING CAP

A mark of the Victorian genteel , the mid 19th century smoking cap was an especially comforting accessory to many a socially minded officer of the more leisurely geared life of winter camp. A demonstration of individuality with a frequently rich gaudiness, the smoking cap, designed and stitched by loving hands, offered a most popular remembrance from home when shipped to the front. Examples of these highly prized camp or smoking caps may be seen in the more advanced public and private collections with published illustrations appearing in both of Time Life’s Echoes of Glory volumes. This offering is of hand stitched velvet construction set off by colorful hand needlework embellishment. The cap is in excellent all original condition with only the most minimal evidence of age and period use as testimony to originality. A wonderful all original example remaining in fine condition.
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New England Guards / ladies PIN & EARRINGS set

This wonderful ladies pin and earrings set was nicely jeweler made in the period from uniform buttons of the historic New England Guards militia of Boston. (see also our item 3122) Made from R. W. Robinson uniform buttons (in business from 1836 to 1848) this set properly dates from the Mexican War era with use through the Civil War. They are photographed here with a US quarter for size comparison and we have left the set un-cleaned and as found with a full complement of age patina.
Organized in Boston in the early fall of 1812, the New England Guards was comprised of Boston’s socially elite. A practice that would stay with the unit throughout it’s existence, passing through the Civil War when the NEG took up the mantle of war as the 24th Massachusetts Volunteer Infantry (1861-1866). As the 24th Mass. members of the New England Guards would see action at the battles of Roanoke Island, New Bern, Secessionville, the Assault on Fort Wagner, Drewry's Bluff, the Bermuda Hundred line, siege operations against Petersburg and Richmond, Strawberry Plains, Deep Bottom, and more. At the war’s closing the hard fought 24th performed guard duty in Richmond, not mustering out until January 20, 1866. A wonderful token of affection from a member of the elite NEG to a special lady, this jewelery set remains in excellent totally wearable condition just as it was set aside decades ago.

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Civil War era ‘Arms movement South’ - SATIRICAL ENVELOPE

Patriotic and politically satirical postal covers were a popularly circulated art form in the times of the American Civil War with virtually every subject and opinion of the day expressed. Political and social satire envelopes were second only to patriotic subjects with both pro Union and pro Confederate bent. While the vast majority were put to use in the mails and have not survived, the wide variety of subject matter made the little covers a natural collectible even in the period. An ever dwindling supply of nice condition, unused examples have thus survived offering today’s collector / historian an opportunity to put together a respectable collection of quality original examples. Though steadily growing in value these covers still offer an opportunity on to accumulate a category of original Civil War artifacts and watch them grow in interest and value all at a relatively modest initial cost. We try to keep a small and varying supply of these on our site for those folks who might enjoy them. You can bring them all up for viewing by entering satirical envelope in our search feature.
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