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Click here to enlarge image and see more about item 5743: hand crafted Civil War vintage CLOTHES PINS
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5743

hand crafted Civil War vintage CLOTHES PINS

Packed away since we acquired them years ago when Maine country attics held a myriad of such 19th century remnants of everyday use, we have uncovered a small lot of earlier through mid 1800s clothes pins and are offering them here priced by the pair for the collector who would like a couple for display. These antique clothes pins were hand cut from a sapling or small tree branch which was split then bound with a strip of tinned iron to form what must have been a very effective clothes pin. We have seen this style in years past but like most everyday utilitarian items of the period, they seem to have mostly vanished. With pleasing age and originality, a pair of these original will go well with other period country items or in any grouping of Civil War vintage personal things. ALL ITEMS ARE CURRENT & AVAILABLE UNLESS MARKED SOLD!! Thanks for visiting Gunsight Antiques!
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CIVIL WAR era MISER’S PURSE

A nice Civil War vintage crochet cotton misers purse. Narrow in the middle and closed at both ends, miser's purses ranged in the course of their history from 8 to 10 inches long. A knitted or crocheted tube with short slit in the narrow midsection to let the carrier drop coins or other small objects into either end of the tube. The purse was closed by moving the rings, or sliders toward the ends, gathering the fabric snugly around the contents. The toesor ends were usually tasseled, one end was generally square the other rounded. Frequently categorized by collectors as being exclusively for ladies use, the misers purse was an equally popular personal item of both sexes. All in excellent original condition, this classic example of period ladies or men’s fare remains solid and suitable for careful use or will fit well in any period accessory or personal item collection. 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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5761

Early iron WICK TRIMMER

Nice early wick trimmer shears. Unmarked as to maker, as is most commonly the case in American country made products, these iron trimmers remain in excellent condition and are the style of the 2nd quarter of the 19th century. A nice companion item for the 1812 through Civil War eras. please note: ALL ITEMS ARE CURRENT & AVAILABLE UNLESS MARKED SOLD!! If you are new to our catalog and wish additional ordering information or just to learn who we are, please check out our home page. Thanks for visiting our catalog!!

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5770

Civil War MAINE DOCUMENTS – MISCELLANEOUS MAINE CIVIL WAR MILITARY PAPER

We have all manner of state of Maine Civil War MILITARY paper! (Muster Rolls, Equipment Issue & Military Stores, Commissions, Discharges &c ) If you have a special interest in someone in any of the following Maine Regiments let us know who you are looking for with Regiment & name of the specific person you are seeking and as time permits we will check for your wants. If we have something we will get back to you with price and particulars.

1st Heavy Art., 2nd Cav., 2nd Bat. Lt. Art., 2nd Inf., 4th Inf., 6th Inf., 11th Inf., 12th Inf., 13th Inf., 14th Inf., 15th Inf., 16th Inf., 17th Inf., 19th Inf., 23rd Inf., 24th inf., 26th Inf.


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Click here to enlarge image and see more about item 5771: extra nice! Civil War era turned birch Chess Set in MEDICAL BOX
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extra nice! Civil War era turned birch Chess Set in MEDICAL BOX

Still housed as found in a period dovetailed slide top box from the pharmaceutical company POWERS & WEIGHTMAN, Philadelphia, this nice old chess set remains in fine condition and is offered here untouched just as it came from a country Maine attic. Illustrated here with a US quarter for size comparison, the game pieces are of turned white birch with the black pieces of the same material, stained. A staple of the 19th century era turning mills here in Maine as they produced clothespins, spools, dowels and all manner of goods from this tight grain North Woods white birch. An extra nice period chess set, complete and ready to set in any Civil War era grouping. The identification to J. H. Griffin will be of special interest as the set came out of a Freeport, Maine where James H. Griffin of the 30th Maine Infantry lived. The only Maine J. H. Griffin serving in the Civil War, Griffin enlisted and was mustered in on December 18, 1863 as a Private of Co. B 30th Maine Vols. He mustered out in Savannah, Georgia on August 20, 1865. Not as tight a provenance as is most desirable but a probable connection to a good, hard fought, Maine regiment worthy of passing along to be preserved with this nice chess set. 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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antique sand cast - Robert E. Lee DOORSTOP

Patterned after the well-known wartime photo of the Confederate General Robert E. Lee taken in the Richmond, Virginia studio of Vannerson & Jones, this cast iron doorstop is reminiscent of the turn of the century casting by the John Wright Co. (founded in the 1880’s) yet a close examination of this piece reveals a crudeness with pronounced cast marks not found with the finer Wright Co. examples. We believe this piece is either an early pre-production example of the John Wright, Lee doorstop or a much earlier sand casting taken from the 1863 Richmond pose and rendered by an entirely different foundry. Standing approximately 7 ½ inches the figure offers a natural age patina as it was acquired in a Virginia estate some twenty years past. Upon the closest examination, a few tiny flex of black enamel show that the piece was originally painted. A bit of an enigma but whether a very early pre-production casting by John Wright or (wouldn’t we like to think so) a war time casting inspired by the Richmond photographer’s image of General Lee, this old cast iron doorstop is deserving of a new home as we clear away some of our many years accumulation. 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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5521

hand crafted Antique Shot Pouch

This attractive little hunting utility measures approximately 4 inches in diameter and is of hand stitched leather with a carved wooden spout and stopper. All in excellent, even useable condition containing a full complement of antique dropped shot. (Irregular in size such shot was made by sprinkling molten lead into cool water, dropped-shot.) The leather remains pliable and all is original even to some remaining teeth marks on the carved stopped. A neat companion item to go with a period fouler or to lay with a period hunting bag or powder horn. please note: ALL ITEMS ARE CURRENT & AVAILABLE UNLESS MARKED SOLD!! Thanks for visiting Gunsight Antiques !!
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5734

Civil War era personal TIN CUP

Standing just under 3 niches and measuring 2 ¾ inches in diameter, this neat little tinned sheet iron cup would have been just the thing for personal use. Large enough to offer a good drink or helping of soup or stew for the luckier troop yet lighter and more easily carried on the march, such sturdily fashioned iron cups are well documented in period photography and public and private Civil War collections. The cup is fashioned of heavy sheet iron rolled and soldered with the classic flat bottom, a durable handle is secured by swaged iron pins with all then hot-dipped in molten tin to produce a campaign worthy personal utility. We discovered three of these period tin cups here in an early 19th century Maine attic where they had been set aside for decades and are offering each here individually for the collector / historian who would like one. Each is entirely original and hand crafted in the period and remains in fine, likely unused condition with lots of still bright tin finish yet with age patches and lots of good evidence of un-touched period originality.


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Revolutionary War relic- June 17, 1775 - BUNKER HILL – POWDER HORN

Another remnant of our nearly fifty years of New England antique picking it is time to move this treasure on to a deserving home. Measuring approximately 10 ¾ inches from butt to spout, this well patinated old powder horn is quite rudimentary at a casual glance. Nice age for sure, with pleasing color but relatively crudely fashioned and plain with the exception of brass tack embellishment on the butt plug. What we’d call a working man’s horn by construction and likely use. A closer look however offers up the clearly period scratch engraved inscription With JAMES FRYE and a nearly obliterated from wear Ju 17 1775 still discernable with close inspection. Enthusiasts of American Revolutionary War history will recognize the date as that of the battle of Bunker Hill with a quick resource check confirming that Col. James Frye was in command of troops there on June 17, 1775. While some time on the internet will offer all the particulars of the action recorded as the Battle of Bunker Hill and Col. James Frye’s roll in the continental military, the identity of the colonist who so proudly preserved his presence on that date has been lost to history. A desirable relic of our American past! 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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5786

Wisconsin’s General T. S. Allen - SIGNED CHECK

This circa 1864 check bears the ink signature of Bvt. Brig. Gen. Thomas S. Allen who served in the Civil War as Lt. Col. 2nd Wisconsin Infantry and then as Colonel of the 5th Wisconsin Infantry. The Civil War history of Gen. Allen includes command service with the famous Iron Brigade and action at 1st Bull Run and South Mountain where Allen lead his command as the 2nd stormed the enemy's position and as the brigade dislodged Confederate forces at Antietam. At Fredericksburg the 2nd held an exposed position taking heavy artillery fire. Thomas Allen’s baptism of fire in the Iron Brigade would serve well as he was commissioned as Colonel of the 5th Wisconsin on Christmas day 1862. Colonel Allen would command at Chancellorsville, the Wilderness, Spotsylvania, Cold Harbor and at Petersburg. He was listed as wounded 11/7/1863 Rappahannock Station, Virginia. On March 13, 1865 Colonel Allen was promoted Brig. General by Brevet for meritorious services during the war. The check measures approximately 7 ¾" X 3 5/8" and remains in crisp condition with brown ink signature. Gen. Allen’s bold endorsement is as Wisconsin’s Secretary of State. A nice original item for easy display or framing at a reasonable price. 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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5739

Civil War Veteran – Co. K 82nd Indiana – REGIMENTAL ASSOCIATION RIBBON

All in nice solid condition with no splits or tears, this rare Co. K 82 Indiana Infantry ribbon shows some fading as good evidence of age and originality but will make a hard to find addition to any Civil War veteran collection. The hard fought 82nd Indiana participated in the battles of Perryville, Stones River, Chickamauga, Chattanooga, Missionary Ridge, Atlanta Campaign, battles of Resaca, Kennesaw Mountain, Siege of Atlanta, battle of Jonesborough, Sherman's March to the Sea and the battle of Bentonville. 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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5715

Gettysburg Battlefield Souvenir

This Gettysburg souvenir book containing a full complement of twenty chromolithograph images on heavy linen embossed post card like stock as one would expect of mid through third quarter 1900s. The images sport a string binding and cedar covers of battlefield recovered wood. Souvenir knickknacks of battlefield cut cedar have long since passed in the local gift shops and have now become a collectable in and of themselves as so many visiting tourists and earlier day aging Civil War veterans wanted something of the battlefield to take home. (use our search feature to see items 4515 and 2000) The front cover (2 7/8 X 3 ¾ inches) features inset photos of battle commanders Meade and Lee, with Gettysburg, PA July 1, 2, 3, 1863 in the lower right corner. Images include such well known battlefield locations as the Pennsylvania State Memorial, Spangler's Spring, Little Round Top and the Warren Monument, Hancock Avenue Looking South, Alabama Memorial, North Carolina Memorial, Statutes of Generals Buford and Reynolds and Hall's Maine Battery, New York Memorial and National Cemetery, Lincoln Speech Memorial, Eternal Light Peach Monument, General Meade's Headquarters, General Lee's Headquarters, US National Cemetery, Minnesota Monument, Jennie Wade House, Big Round Top From The Valley Of Death, Monument of Father Corby - Chaplain of the New York Irish Brigade and Virginia State Memorial. This all original Gettysburg Battlefield souvenir remains complete and in nice condition yet offers good evidence of age. 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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attractive antique BRONZE BELL

Once a relatively common find as they were released to antique sales from decades of attic storage such little bronze bells with its turned maple handle and iron clapper is now a scarce item on the antique and decorator market. (The awful habit of polishing off the decades of rich age patina only makes the original pure examples more desirable.) Illustrated here with a quarter for size comparison, this little bronze bell stands approximately 6 inches high and measures just under 3 ¼ inches across the mouth. A good size for desk or counter, this bell remains in untouched and completely original with no condition issues. 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 5483: earlier to mid 1800s Millers River Cotton Mill - TEXTILE STAMP
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5483

earlier to mid 1800s Millers River Cotton Mill - TEXTILE STAMP

A wonderful display item for the 19th century textile enthusiast, this MILLERS RIVER SHEETING marking stamp emanates from the Millers River Mfg. textile mill located in Massachusetts. (see: Civil War years Mass. business directories as well as The New England Business Directory by Adams, Sampson & Co.) Located in a cradle of 19th century water powered manufacturing of all manner of goods, Millers River Sheeting was best known in this period for production of cotton sheeting and printing cloth. This textile hand stamp measures approximately 12 X 14 ½ inches and is a stout 3/4 inch thick. Constructed in the mid-19th century fashion with good evidence of hand chiseling, classic iron hardware and retaining lots of the old blue powder marking paint this hand stamp would have been applied to the outer sheet of large bundles or bales of sheeting destined for textile printing and fabrication mills. Rarely seen outside of dedicated museum collections and even then seldom found, this period original from the heart of New England’s 19th century textile region will make a decorative addition to any textile grouping. 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!

If you have an interest in neat Civil War period things or Maine in the time, you may enjoy our museum site at:

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classic late 18th early 19th century style - KNIFE & FORK

Plucked some years ago from a large collection of 18th century tableware, this attractive hand crafted knife and fork remain in exceptional condition with subtle evidence of age while appearing to be unused. Crafted in classic style with a knife offering a wide (1 1/8 inch) rounded blade tip for eating in the 1700s fashion. A classic two straight tine fork, both knife and fork of heavy forged construction, nicely finished yet, upon close inspection, with evidence of hand rasp shaping particularly on the inner surfaces of the fork’s tines. Both pieces have brass pinned, slabbed bone grips on classic tapered iron shanks. An outstanding pair that will display well with period eating and tableware. 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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Dr. Francis Lord’s own - Civil War LETTER & NUMBER DEVICE DISPLAY

Dr. Francis Lord’s Civil War show 19 X 22 ¾ inch letter and number display board is offered here untouched just as the pioneer Civil War collector and author created it. The display offers 100 original Civil War period letters and numbers organized in sets according to size and style then wired (a few are glued) to a sheet of heavy art board and backed with a second art board sheet. Please note: We hope this piece will remain intact as a collection and have priced it at much less than half the going retail total of its individual parts hoping that will encourage purchase by an appreciative collector.

A breakdown of the display with approximate size is as follows, sizes starting at the top by row:

7- 1 7/16 inch LETTERS ; 4- 1 3/8, 1- 1 5/8, 1-2, 1 2/4 inch NUMBERS; 8 – 1 1/16 inch LETTERS; 9 – 1 inch NUMBERS; 8 -1 inch LETTERS; 7- 1 inch LETTERS; 13 – ¾ inch NUMBERS; 13 – ¾ inch LETTERS; 7- ¾ inch LETTERS; 10- ½ inch NUMBERS; 12-1/2 inch LETTERS



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 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 any other Lord collection items.) Thanks for visiting Gunsight Antiques!

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Click here to enlarge image and see more about item 5583: original Civil War vintage ‘fly bonnet’ NETTED COVER FOR
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original Civil War vintage ‘fly bonnet’ NETTED COVER FOR

Referred to in the period as a fly bonnet or fly veil back in the day these netted ornamentations served far more as a practical utility than as a decoration. Our background illustration of such is from a crochet instruction sheet published in an 1863 Godey’s Ladies Book. Acquired years ago when such neat things sometimes surfaced, this antique hand crocheted bonnet remains in fine apparently unused condition after decades of attic storage and some years in our own accumulation. please note: ALL ITEMS ARE CURRENT & AVAILABLE UNLESS MARKED SOLD!! Thanks for visiting Gunsight Antiques !!

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88th New York IRISH BRIGADE Identification Disk

This attractive jeweler made identification pin was fashioned from a period silver quarter, smoothed on its face and engraved with the Harp and Shamrock design of the hard-fought Irish Brigade. The initials of the original wearer AO appear in old English under the harp. The back of the disk bears the stamped marking 88 NY (Clearly period to the piece but struck after the pin was made, the additional identification was likely the afterthought of the wearer.) Our research uncovered only one A.O. in the 88th N.Y.. Per the Regimental roster found in Vol. III of the 1893 publication of the N.Y. Adjutant’s Report Anthony O’Boye (a.k.a. Anthony O’Bogle) served as a Private in Co. E of the 88th. He was wounded art Totopotomy, Virginia and was listed as absent, wounded, at muster-out of company on June 30, 1865. 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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WW II - CHILDS ARMY AIR CORPS UNIFORM

A bit of a departure from our usual fare to be sure but we couldn’t resist this wonderful WW II vintage child’s representation of an Army Air Corps uniform. Clearly made in the period for a young boy of four or five years of age the outfit includes cap, Ike style jacket, Sam Brown style belt, tie and trousers. All remain in nice condition with no tears or repairs. Pleasing condition yet obviously lightly used in the period. Our photos should describe the outfit best. A really neat pre US Air Force outfit. 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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1800s SLATE PENCIL

Not a big deal but a nice companion item to go with Civil War era personal items, period writing instruments or just to lay with an old slate. All original with good age but likely never used. please note: ALL ITEMS ARE CURRENT & AVAILABLE UNLESS MARKED SOLD!! Thanks for visiting Gunsight Antiques !!

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