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Click here to enlarge image and see more about item 3372: Civil War MAGIC LANTERN SLIDE
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3372

Civil War MAGIC LANTERN SLIDE

This wood framed magic lantern slide measures a standard 6 7/8" X 4" and houses a brilliantly hand colored 3 1/4" diameter sealed glass slide image depicting a colorful school yard scene set off by a colorful American flag fluttering high atop the magnificent old school. The image remains in excellent condition with no fading of the old oil coloration and will display well before a lighted backdrop, projected, or simply placed over white background. ALL ITEMS ARE CURRENT & AVAILABLE UNLESS MARKED SOLD!! Thanks for visiting our catalog!!
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3377

Civil War era Dr. Strong’s STOMACH PILLS / UN-OPENED PACKET

All original and still sealed with a spot of that old orange sealing wax that will be familiar to Civil War era collectors, this packet of DR. STRONG’S vegetable STOMACH PILLS will set in nicely with any mid 19th century medical, apothecary, or personal grouping. Illustrated here with a quarter for size comparison this little packet will unwrap to reveal a 6 X 9 ¾ inch printed sheet offering directions for use and claims as a curative for all manner of ailments from dyspepsia to coughs, colds as well as asthma and bronchitis. Inside this colorful wrapping is the pill container it self; a wonderful little 2x1 inch oval shaped wooden box. In the box are the 30 original vegetable pills as promised on Dr. Strong’s colorful outer label (not offered here for consumption).
We acquired a number of these original packets years ago when such things could occasionally be found and thought they were long gone until we recently discovered a few while digging through our considerable accumulation of period stuff. Offered here individually priced, if you would like one to preserve as is and one to open for display let us know and we will give you a lesser price for the second one. ALL ITEMS ARE CURRENT & AVAILABLE UNLESS MARKED SOLD!! Thanks for visiting Gunsight Antiques!!
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Click here to enlarge image and see more about item 3385: R. E. LEE CDV / early Civil War publication
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3385

R. E. LEE CDV / early Civil War publication

Published early in the Civil War when properWar of the Rebellion views of the new Confederate commander were not available to meet the demand in the Union East, this view of an earlier Robert E. Lee, still dark haired and wearing a Virginia Militia uniform, found its’ way into many a Yankee CDV album. Not a particularly high quality effort, these inexpensive un-backmarked, early photographs, were frequently replaced later on when Union photographers began to pirate more timely Confederate views of Lee. Unlike this example which remains in especially fine original condition most of these early views that have survived are in rather poor condition with creased and doggy mounts. With the exception of a small, finely penned, period brown ink collection number on the back, this original example remains absolutely as new.

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Click here to enlarge image and see more about item 3390: early OCTAGONAL SPECTACLES
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3390

early OCTAGONAL SPECTACLES

Unlike the more finely made spectacles of silver or gold the common man’s steel framed spectacles were generally used up and cast away in the period seldom to be preserved for the appreciative modern day collector. Our illustrations should do best to describe this wonderful pair of steel framed spectacles except to remind the viewer that all is original and in fine condition just as laid away decades ago. With lots of original fire blue on the delicate steel frame and the classic octagonal lens shape, this pair of early eye ware appear nearly unused. Set off by the original patent leather pocket case, these glasses will fit well in any early American grouping. ALL ITEMS ARE CURRENT & AVAILABLE UNLESS MARKED SOLD!! Thanks for visiting Gunsight Antiques!!
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Click here to enlarge image and see more about item 3410: c. 1860 STEPHEN A. DOUGLASS -  POLITICAL / PATRIOTIC -  ENVELOPE
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3410

c. 1860 STEPHEN A. DOUGLASS - POLITICAL / PATRIOTIC - 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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Click here to enlarge image and see more about item 3407: extra large - 18th / early 19th Century LADY'S HORN COMB
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3407

extra large - 18th / early 19th Century LADY'S HORN COMB

A wonderful large (7 X 4 ¾ inch) early lady’s comb, hand cut from cow horn and worked thin so as to be light and translucent. Clearly not a relic of the refined well to do who could afford the more fashionable imported combs of pressed tortuous or fine embossed horn, this comb was hand made of domestic material likely by someone special to the lady who received it. All in perfect condition with no splits, cracks or stains, this lovely early American comb offers a beautiful delicate color with an attractive age patina and good evidence of hand crafting. A nice, hard to find lady’s accessory attic stored for safe keeping decades ago.
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3439

Pat. 1864 dated - PASTEBOARD THREAD BOX

This neat little pasteboard advertising box measures approximately 2 ¾ X 4 5/16 and remains in excellent condition, solid and with only the most minimal evidence of period use as testimony to it’s age and originality. The label identifies the original content as 25 spools of Pat. April 5, 1864 Button Hole Twist. Seldom found today as most examples were used up in the period as handy catch-all containers for sewing implements, writing material, and all manner of small personal use items, such old advertising boxes make attractive additions to period groupings. please note: ALL ITEMS ARE CURRENT & AVAILABLE UNLESS MARKED SOLD!! Thanks for visiting Gunsight Antiques!!

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Click here to enlarge image and see more about item 3437: Civil War era  PASTEBOARD - AMERICAN PIN Co. - BOX
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3437

Civil War era PASTEBOARD - AMERICAN PIN Co. - BOX

In eye appealing subtle colors typical of the time, this Civil War vintage pasteboard box remains in excellent all original condition with only minor evidence of period use attesting to it’s age and originality. Measuring approximately 3 ¾ X 5 1/8 inches X 1 inch deep, the original content is recorded on the cover as 2 Gro. SILVERED No. 2 HOOKS & EYES MANUFACTURED BY THE American Pin Co. WATERBURY, CONN. (see: Civil War vintage Business Directories) (Hook & Eye fasteners were in common use both in lady’s and men’s garments and will be familiar to the military uniform enthusiast by virtue of their use at the collar of cavalry and mounted artillery shell jackets.) Seldom found today as most examples were used up in the period as handy catch-all containers for sewing implements, writing material, and all manner of small personal use items, such old advertising boxes make attractive additions to period groupings. please note: ALL ITEMS ARE CURRENT & AVAILABLE UNLESS MARKED SOLD!! Thanks for visiting our catalog!!

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Click here to enlarge image and see more about item 3444: Civil War era BOOT & SHOE SCUFF PLATES
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3444

Civil War era BOOT & SHOE SCUFF PLATES

These PAT. NOV. 29, 1853 brass scuff plates were a popular addition to the toe caps of period children’s and men’s utility boots and shoes. Fastened over the toe by two small brads into the sole welt these handy little gadgets would undoubtedly extend the life of a new pair of boots or shoes by several fold. A common type used in the Civil War says Stanley Philips in his classic reference Excavated Artifacts from Battlefields & Campsites of the Civil War Shown here with a Gettysburg excavated example in our own collection. (not included) These offer a nice even age patina, have never been used and remain as they would have been out of the box. A neat item reminiscent of 19th century Yankee ingenuity. 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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Click here to enlarge image and see more about item 3452: Civil War - Gen. Phil Sheridan  ADVERTISING CDV
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3452

Civil War - Gen. Phil Sheridan ADVERTISING CDV

All in fine original condition just as it must have appeared when placed in a parlor photograph album in the period, this patent patriotically embossed CDV with it’s photo of Civil War Gen. Philip Sheridan, was an advertising hand-out distributed by Salisbury, Bro. & Co., Providence, R.I. . As purveyors of GOLD & GOLD PLATED JEWELRY the Road Island jewelers would have been an obvious local source of private purchase Corps devices, and other patriotic identification pins.
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Click here to enlarge image and see more about item 3466: Civil War era French Import : CIGARETTE (CIGARILLO) PAPERS
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3466

Civil War era French Import : CIGARETTE (CIGARILLO) PAPERS

Offered here from an original package of same, found wrapped in period news print, is a single packet of 50 individual Lemaire - Daime tube cigarette papers. An import from a time when the more progressive (well to do) utilized such as a badge of social stature, the withdrawing of a single paper from the packet and filling it with a medium fine cut Virginia tobacco made a special statement. Dating circa 1860 / 1863 (see: Catalog of Cigarette Rolling Papers 1850 / 1950 by P. Ellis) original single examples, to say nothing of full booklets of 50, of these flattened tubular papers are extremely rare. Photographed here with a period quarter for size comparison, we have illustrated the original news paper wrapped package as found and individual packets (as offered for sale here) each containing 50 individual cigarette papers (Enter the number 3472 in our search feature to see a nice companion item.)

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Click here to enlarge image and see more about item 3472: Civil War era Cherry Wood - CIGARETTE (CIGARILLO) HOLDER
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3472

Civil War era Cherry Wood - CIGARETTE (CIGARILLO) HOLDER

We have a small number of these original Civil War era cigarillo (a small cigar frequently referred to as a cigarette in the period) holders and are offering them here individually priced for the collector who would like one to lay in with other tobacco, smoking or period personal items. In as new and un-used condition, we have illustrated this one with a US quarter for size comparison. A neat companion piece for our original period cigarette / cigarillo paper packets, (Item 3466)


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Click here to enlarge image and see more about item 3453: Civil War era French Mustard Jar
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3453

Civil War era French Mustard Jar

This classic Civil War vintage condiment jar will display well in any period grouping. The type is well documented by such archeological finds as that of the steam river freighter Bertrand (sunk in 1865) who’s wreck site yielded cases of French import barrelmustard jars; (see: Fig.68,The Bertrand Bottles by Ronald Switzer). This jar measures approximately 5.25 inches high and remains in nice condition with no discoloration, staining, cracks or chips. The jar is boldly embossed MOUTARDE DIAPHANE (‘Diaphane’ implying a very fine product) and LOUIT FRERES & Co. (see: Fig. 60, Civil War Bottles by Parks & Pasvantis)

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Click here to enlarge image and see more about item 3465: early Diamond Match Co. ‘HOTEL PLUG’ MATCH PACKET
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3465

early Diamond Match Co. ‘HOTEL PLUG’ MATCH PACKET

Illustrated here with a Civil War era quarter for size comparison is a full, all original packet of stick matches just as it was found in the remnants of it’s tattered old store package. While the store package was long gone before we could save it we were successful in acquiring a hand full of the original packets and are offering them here by the single packet for the collector who would enjoy having one. A nice companion piece for any period personal item display or to set in with antique lighting or tobacco smoking material. Each packet is full of matches, remains in nice condition and is just as it was removed from the store packet. (see collection display: National Civil War Museum, Harrisburg, Pennsylvania.)
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Click here to enlarge image and see more about item 3463: 19th century HAND TOOL SET
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3463

19th century HAND TOOL SET

One would expect to find this nice little turned maple set in the tool chest of a 19th century artificer such as a clock maker, gunsmith, tool maker or any craftsman who specialized in fine detailed work. It would not be out of place in among the personal things of a scrimshaw artist or anyone who enjoyed the fabrication of small finely crafted things from wood or bone. The bulbous grip is fashioned from turned rock maple and measures approximately 5 inches in length to include it’s iron chuck. ( Illustrated here with a U.S. quarter for size comparison.) The butt end of the grip screws off to reveal a tool compartment containing 6 handmade iron bits, each designed by the maker for a specific purpose (see illustration). Included among the bits is a small spanner wrench to secure a selected bit in the chuck. Don't forget to give our search feature a try for special wants. A simple key word in lower case works best.

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Click here to enlarge image and see more about item 3479: American Flag / FOLK-ART WATERCOLORS
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3479

American Flag / FOLK-ART WATERCOLORS

This neat little 4.5 X 6 inch handmade, ribbon bound booklet, contains colorful folk-art watercolors of six of our colonial and early American flag variation. A bit crude but colorful with lots of eye appeal. 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 3505: Rare TURNER SOCIETY Civil War BUCKLE /  8th MARYLAND INFANTRY
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3505

Rare TURNER SOCIETY Civil War BUCKLE / 8th MARYLAND INFANTRY

The beautifully engraved nickel-silver waist belt plate of William Eckhardt as a member of the German American TURNER SOCIETY. (An organization of German immigrants founded in this country in 1848, based on the political and cultural Turner societies that had existed in Germany since the Napoleonic Wars.) We will let the plate speak for itself through our illustrations leaving the bulk of our comment to the history. Rare though they rare, there are sufficient 0if these plates to indicate that each is unique. While they offer common society mottoes and signs with common construction, material and style, each seem to have been individually designed to the liking of the wearer. A common feature though is the identification of the specific society member. In this instance the plate offers the script engraved identification ofWilliam Eckhardt who is listed in the 1858 Baltimore directory as a tavern owner at 13 Second Street. He enlisted on October 29, 1862 to serve as a private of Co. K 8th Maryland Infantry. (His Co. K of the 8th was composed of drafted men and substitutes.) By the 1850s the Turner Society was operating in major American cities with Baltimore as a hub of their influence. Expansion spawned formation of the American Know-Nothing party and ultimately led to violent clashes between the two groups. As strong minded Unionists, Turners served in the Civil War Federal military in such numbers that many chapters became inactive or were disbanded because of the number serving in the army. Existing period images of members wearing these distinctive belt plates and at least one example of a battlefield recovery serves to document Civil War military use by Unionist German immigrants. See Thomas Rentschler’s work on German American service in the Civil War and O’Donnell & Campbell’s work on American Military Belt Plates offering an identified Shiloh battlefield recovery. Referred to by specialist collectors as Clear the road !! or Get out of the way!! waist belt plates for the ever present German ’Bahn Frei’ motto, existing examples are prized by specialty collectors. Thanks for visiting Gunsight Antiques!

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Click here to enlarge image and see more about item 3496: c.1821 – 1832  TOPOGRAPHICAL ENGINEER BELL CROWN DEVICES
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3496

c.1821 – 1832 TOPOGRAPHICAL ENGINEER BELL CROWN DEVICES

Though they could be properly utilized by militia through the Mexican War era, these are the larger strap buttons utilized with the regulation bell crown cap of 1821 through 1832. Acquired many years ago in a collection of early American military insignia, this pair remain in fine as new condition as a reflection of what was available from the large 1940s and 50s military surplus dealers. Nicely die struck from brass and lightly gold gilded with soldered on wire fasteners this fine example of the type should not be confused with the smaller counterparts of the 1870s and 80s or lesser quality modern reproductions. Priced for the pair. 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 3486: Civil War era CDV - Ford Theater, Lincoln Assassination Night - ACTOR
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Civil War era CDV - Ford Theater, Lincoln Assassination Night - ACTOR

Considered one of the most versatile actors of the period E. A. Sothern is nonetheless remembered primarily for the character Lord Dundreary, the prototypical (silly) English gentry, who he created and played in the popular comedy Our American Cousin. Southern was in fact on the Ford’s Theater stage as member of the cast Our American Cousin the night President Abraham Lincoln was shot by another popular thespian John Wilkes Booth. This all original, photograph is back marked PHOTOGRAPHED BY BASSANO, 122 REGENT ST.. Alexander Bassano, the leading high society portrait photographer in Victorian London, opened his first studio in 1850 at Regent St. in London’s fashionable West End. The studio moved to Piccadilly 1859 thus dating this image between 1850 and 1859. In addition Sothern is photographed here in character as Our American Cousin’s Lord Dundreary. An outstanding offering for the photography, Lincoln, or American theater enthusiast. ALL ITEMS ARE CURRENT & AVAILABLE UNLESS MARKED SOLD!! Thanks for visiting our catalog!!

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3508

CIVIL WAR era Virginia Military Institute BUTTON

An exceptionally nice non-dug coat-size example of a two-piece brass button as worn on the uniforms of the cadets at the Virginia Military Academy in Lexington, VA. This handsome button is of two-piece construction with a braided rope border and retains over 98% of original gold gilt on the face. The circular, 21-mm brass button sports the Virginia Military Academy seal with Virtus dressed in a helmet standing victoriously over the prostrate form of Tyranny. Raised block letters ‘C A D E T‘ are shown above Virtus, with the letters ‘V.M.I.’ appearing below her form. The back side of this example is in nice condition with a strong intact shank. The backmark is the desirable D. EVANS & CO. / ATTLEBORO within a pennant. Per McGuinn & Bazelon’s American Military Button Makers this backmark dates in the 1850s. A nice item for the Confederate enthusiasts as Civil War site excavations have yielded numerous examples of this backmark. We have a small number of these Virginia Military Institute buttons and are pricing them here individually for the collector who would like one. 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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