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CIVIL WAR 'SEGARS' - You always see tobacco plugs and twists, when did
you last see a period cigar? These vary in size but are approx. 1/2" in dia. x 4
1/4" in length. Tightly wrapped and a rich deep brown color of leaves that
are 150 years old. Previous owner had taken information from a label on the
container they were taken from: "Grown and Made in Richmond by Noah
Merrill - 1864". These are being sold as antique and curiosity items and not
as usable tobacco products for human use.
ACTUAL PERIOD 'CARPET BAG' WITH LOCK AND KEY - Nearly
identical in every way to the period example shown in Lord's Encyclopedia of
the Civil War. Approx. 14" wide by 10" in height (without the flap and
strap). It has the round lock and best of all the key which works. Short top
flap and what looks to be a sewn in pocket. Strap has been repaired (ages ago
with thread). Some worn areas but otherwise in darn good condition. Have
only owned two period carpet bags in the past 36 years.
CIVIL WAR METAL BACKED PERIOD EMBROIDERED
CAVALRY HAT INSIGNIA
- Approx. 2 3/16" x 3 5/16". Front
typical bullion in very good condition. Reverse has one of two type
backings you like to see on period insignia - the brown polished
cotton backing, all there. These don't show up much anymore
and this is about as good as they come.
$ 1,250.
$ 275.
$ 115. each
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TRAVELING ROSEWOOD INKWELL - Approx. 1 1/8" dia x 2" high.
Rosewood with screw off top that contains a glass vial for the ink. Many a
soldier would carry these to compose letters home. VGC.
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$ 48.
SOLDIER'S HAND CARVED BONE RING - Carved bone ring
usually made by soldiers to pass the time in camp or as prisoners
of war. This ring has the initials W.U.S., with a heart carved on
both sides. Not sure if this could be meant for the corps badge of
the 23rd Army Corps or just meant as a romantic gesture.
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$ 245.
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SOUTH CAROLINA PALMETTO SECESSION BADGE - These aren't
seen often and when they are they mainly consist of a cockade with a
button or palmetto frond attachment. This is a very large badge made of
woven palmetto fronds and has a second Confederate National Flag
incorporated into the cockade - also made of a palmetto frond. Storage
of the badge has pretty much limited the option of extending this as it
was meant to be worn. If it was fully extended it would be 27" in overall
length and the cockade is approx. 2 3/4" in diameter. There are two red
and one white ribbons attached to the cockade and red ribbons tying the
tossles. The woven palmetto chain has several places where it has broken
or come loose but not to the point of complete separation. A truly
incredible piece which has survived  approx. 153 years.
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$ 1,850.
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CIVIL WAR VETERAN'S 8TH CORPS BADGE - Post War badge made
from stamped German silver for the Veterans. Enameled with red in center
designating the First Division of the 8th Corps. The Eighth Army Corps
was in defense of Washington, D.C. and also in the Army of West Virginia.
This
is the badge used for and shown on page 153 in the Civil War Corps
Badge Book by Stanley Phillips. VGC
$ 245.
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DECK OF PERIOD MINIATURE PLAYING CARDS -  Full deck
of 52 cards, each measuring approx. 1.3" x 1.7". All of the high
face cards are watercolored, the reverse are all dark brown. No
box - all are loose and in very good condition. Probably date
c-1850. Favorite camp activity for the soldiers.
$ 225.
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CIVIL WAR PERIOD 'SHARPSHOOTERS' GLASSES -  The
jury is still somewhat out on these. Francis Lord in the
Encyclopedia of the Civil War' and the antique spectacle
collectors on their sites list them as sharpshooter's glasses due to
the frosted amber lenses with a round clear amber center. Many
believe these were developed for a medical eye condition. Either
way it seems every Civil War collection has a pair. Good
condition.
$ 78.
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42 STAR U.S. PARADE FLAG - c-1890 - Cotton parade flag,
approx. 11 7/8" x 17 3/8" - great size for display. For the
admission of Washington in November, 1889. Four states came
in the same cycle year making the official flag go from 38 to 42
stars but Washington was actually the 42nd admitted to the
Union. Bottom red stripe just a bit narrow, due to the printing.
Very nice condition.
$ 185.
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CIVIL WAR PERIOD ID'd PRESENTATION POST-MORTEM
SURGEON'S KIT - DATED 1863
 - Wade & Ford, NY
post-mortem kit - case approx. (5 3/4" x 10 3/4" x 3"H)
Engraved presentation on top: "DOCTOR H.J. DEVLIN / FIRST
PRIZE FOR / CLINICAL RECORD / SESSION 1862-63 / FROM
PROFESSOR JOHN T. METCALFE". Metcalfe was a graduate
of West Point in the 1830's and grew to be a major player in
medicine. Henry J. Devlin, for all his talent unfortunately died
in April, 1864 of Typhus Fever while a house physician at
Bellview Hospital in New York at the age of 25. This is a partial
set, many pieces marked Wade & Ford, NY (1860-66) and there
are also pieces that are unmarked or substituted and several spots
missing instruments. There are two pieces that are post War. The
case is missing one of the re-enforced corners but otherwise in
very good condition. Pieces marked Wade & Ford include:
Lifting Backbone Saw, Bowel Scissors, Costotome (Hammer),
severasl scalpels tenaculeum. One piece is a period Tiemann
(Post-Mortem Knife). Set also includes Disection Tweezers,
Suture Needles, Reaction Chains & Hooks.
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EARLY TO MID-1800'S MEDICINE CHEST OR
APOTHECARY CHEST
 -  Chest approx. (6 5/8" x 9 1/4" x
8"H) Pressed leather designed chest, is missing lock, hinges and
top strap. Top tray holds the medicine bottles and has 19 inserts
for bottles. I believe that of the 14 bottles included, at least 9 are
original to the case and perhaps as many as 11. These bottles fit
very well to each of the pockets and 9 have an embossed "N.S"
on their sides. Pulling out the bottle tray there are several items
in the case, a Medicine Glass in the original glass case, a leather
pouch, an early wallet with writing that I can't make out, scalpel
/ eraser, partial balance scale, 2 trays and an old Loewy Drug
container (this may date much later than the chest). Neat
looking chest for a medical display.
$ 2250.
$ 695.
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DRUM IDENTIFIED TO THE 18TH MICHIGAN
INFANTRY
- Drum belonging to Squire Johnson,
musician in the 18th Michigan Infantry. The top head
has his name "S Johnson" in pencil and inside the
drum, opposite the vent hole, also period pencil is the
repair notation "Whitehall  Sept. 16th 1876 / Repaired
by O.W. Horton / for M.B. Johnson / 18th M.V.R.". It
was common practice for instrument repairmen to
place these notations inside the drums when repairing
them. M.R. Johnson was Miles R. Johnson, also of the
18th Michigan Regiment (and previously in the 7th
Michigan Infantry). I have been unable to confirm
whether this was a brother, cousin, etc.. Squire
Johnson enlisted in the 18th at Monroe, Mi as a
musician on August 14, 1862 and was discharged on
June 26, 1865. The drum appears to have a maple
shell with brass tack design and a bone (?) vent piece.
It is approx. 16 1/2" in diameter and 11' high. There
is a repaired crack in the side that can be seen in the
photos and probably the one responsible for the repair
notation inside. The drum has been restrung, has
several replaced ears, repaired torn heads. Snares are
present. The 18th was not in an extremely active
combat unit but did participate in actions at Snow's
Pond, KY., Danville, KY., Nashville, Decatur, AL.,
Courtland, AL. and Athens, AL. They had 8 KIA, 3
Died of Wounds, 208 Died of Disease, 12 Died in CS
Prisons and 68 that Died in the Explosion of the
Sultana.
SOLD
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CIRCA 1880-90's NEW YORK NATIONAL GUARD JACKET
- 107th INFANTRY ID'd
- Nice National Guard jacket with
honest light amount of wear (mainly to piping and collar
areas), inside very much intact and good condition. Some
small repairs. Label inside identifies it to Company C of the
107th New York National Guard. That label is stitched over
the manufacturer's label. There are also three names in period
ink (one on the tag and three more in the lining - one the
same as on the tag). Buttons are marked Scovill Mfg. Co. -
Waterbury, Conn. 7th Regt - Standard. Jacket is missing only
one button, that being on the collar. There are 49 buttons on
the jacket, all the same Excelsior National Guard New York
State Artillery. Epaulette tabs are still intact.
$ 295.
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EARLY WOOD COMPASS FOUND AT CHANCELLORSVILLE -
Approx. 2 1/8" square x 1/2" in height when closed.ID is written very
lightly on the bottom in period pencil. The best I can make out as I see it
is " Joseph Laninly Lebanon County Kentucky (?) July 14". Case is
missing clasp, mahogany looking finish and has a hand colored dial.
Good early piece.
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SUGAR CANE NIPPERS - c-1800  Approx. 7 1/2" in height - back in
the late 1700's - early 1800's sugar was sold in cone shaped sugar loafs
and sold by weight. In order to then use it in the kitchen, sugar cane or
loaf nippers were used to cut off the needed amount. These nippers are
rather early, crude and a very interesting item for the early Colonial and
American household. Very good condition but missing a wire that would
normally be attached to the end of the handle to keep them closed.
$ 110.
SOLD
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FLAG - 7TH OHIO VOLUNTEER INFANTRY - Approx. 69" in
height x 74" in length - not including the gold fringe. Reproduction
34 star flag in double layered nylon (two layers sewn together so the
printed stars and the "7th OHIO VOL. INF." is seen correctly on both
sides. Does have some staining. These flags are not cheap to make,
especially when it comes to specialty canton arrangements.
SOLD
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CORPS BADGE (20th CORPS) OF WILLIAM C. CAMPBELL OF THE
2nd MICHIGAN CAVALRY.
- Badge is made of sheet silver approx. .047"
in thickness and no sign of a pin having been attached. This was probably
sewn on if it was worn on clothing. 1 1/2"(H) x 1 1/2"(W) and has black
tarnishing in places. Inscribed with his initials "WCC". Campbell was
bugler in the 2nd Cavalry from Sept. 11, 1861 till October 22, 1864..
During that time the regiment took part in the battles of New Madrid, Mo.,
Shiloh, Corinth, Perryville, Franklin, Chicamauga, Resaca along with close
to 150 other engagements. This was purchased in a large collection from
western Michigan where the owner had made a notation of who it belonged
to.
$ 675.
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SIGNED 3 PULL TELESCOPE - WHEELING, WV - Brass
body telescope signed 'H. Sheff / Wheeling, W. Va". Best I
have found was that the Sheff Brothers had a retail store in
Wheeling in the 1870's. Closed, the length is 9 3/4" and
completely pulled is approx. 29 1/4". Diameter of the body is
approx. 1.8". The optics are extremely good.
$ 195.
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EARLY SET OF BALANCE SCALES - Brass scales in a wood box,
includes 5 weights. Box is approx. 3 1/8" x 6 1/2" x 1" in height. It
is lined with red felt and has a compartment for the weights. Box is
covered in a textured paper that has signs of a maker on the top
when viewed closely but can not make it out. Judging by the
construction of the box, locking hooks & loops and scales, I would
say this was c-1830-40's at the latest. Good condition.
$ 135.
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DRAKE'S PLANTATION BITTERS BOTTLE - PAT. 1860 - Approx. 3"
square and 10 1/4" in height. Looks to have been excavated but very little
ground action. Embossed text on the top angled area "DRAKE / 1860 /
PLANTATION / X / BITTERS" and on the opposite side, "PATENTED /
1862". Through the brown glass can be seen many flaws and air bubbles. Top
spout has a shallow 'V' which is smooth to the touch so as these were not
known to have this 'flaw' I would assume that it was at one time chipped and
then touched up and ground smooth. Good condition.
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PRE-CIVIL WAR MISSISSIPPI JUG - SIGNED - Approx. 10 1/2" high x 4
5/8"in diameter. Glazed jug signed by F.A. MEYER. Francois A. Meyer is
listed as a potter in Biloxi, Mississippi from approx. 1857-60. Rim of spout has
chips and is a bit rough and there are several areas where the glaze has been
worn off and has stained areas which you often see with these type of
containers. "F A MEYER" is struck deep on the upper cone portion of the
jug. Has it's flaws, but a good pre-Civil War item.
$ 245.
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9TH CORPS - PERIOD CORPS BADGE - Brass badge with white
enamel (indicating the 2nd Division of the 9th Corps) with a T-Bar
pin back. This badge can be seen on page 52 of the Stanley Phillips'
"CIVIL WAR CORPS BADGES" book (the one in the book has red
enamel for the 1st Division). The 9th Corps fought not only with
the Army of the Potomac but also in the Western Theatre. The 2nd
Division contained such Regiments as 6th & 9th NH Inf., 48th,
50th & 51st Pa Inf., 7th & 12th RI Inf, 2nd MD Inf., 21st, 29th  &
35th Mass Inf., 46th & 51st NY Inf., 86th & 129th Ohio Inf., 116th
& 118th Ind. Inf., as well as Batteries L & M of the 1st Mich. Lt.
Art., along with Batteries from the 2nd NY Art., 2nd U.S. Art., 15th
Ind. Art. as well as others. Very good condition.
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9TH CORPS - PERIOD CORPS BADGE - Heavy gauge stamped
brass badge , high relief, approx. 1 5/8" x 1 3/4".  This badge can
be seen on page 51 of the Stanley Phillips' "CIVIL WAR CORPS
BADGES". There are no loops or pin on reverse - may not have
been issued (or purchased). The 9th Corps fought not only with the
Army of the Potomac but also in the Western Theatre. The 2nd
Division contained such Regiments as 6th & 9th NH Inf., 48th,
50th & 51st Pa Inf., 7th & 12th RI Inf, 2nd MD Inf., 21st, 29th  &
35th Mass Inf., 46th & 51st NY Inf., 86th & 129th Ohio Inf., 116th
& 118th Ind. Inf., as well as Batteries L & M of the 1st Mich. Lt.
Art., along with Batteries from the 2nd NY Art., 2nd U.S. Art., 15th
Ind. Art. as well as others. Very good condition just a few dark spots.
$ 175.
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4TH MICHIGAN INFANTRY KIA GETTYSBURG CIVIL WAR
PERIOD MESS CUP
- Heavy gauge tin approx 4" in diameter and
4 1/2" in height, soldered construction and has the typical flat
bottom and looped pin handle construction you like to see in a good
Civil War cup. This is basically no more than a regular drinking
cup that had the wire hanger and lid added to it. NOW THE
INTERESTING PART !! Several years ago I purchased a massive
collection. This was a collection that came from a Civil War dealer /
collector that had passed away. In that collection was a huge box of
tin mess gear - some Civil War, some later period that included this
mess cup and the drinking cup also listed here. I am just now
getting around to going through it and while cleaning this piece I
see scratched in the bottom what I think is a '4'. Now, using a
magnifying glass I can clearly see "4th / Mich / Benson" (the Mich
is more difficult to make out but can). I checked the Michigan
rosters for Benson and the only Benson that was in any of the '4th'
Michigan Regiments (Inf., Cav. or Artillery) was  Adelbert Benson
of the 4th Michigan Infantry. Records show that he enlisted in the
4th Michigan - Company A at Adrian in June, 1861 and was Killed
at Gettysburg on July 2, 1863 (no doubt in the Wheatfield). I have
added a photo of the bottom but is difficult to make out in the
photos but it is definitely old scratching and the rust is seen through
the scratches.
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CIVIL WAR PERIOD DRINKING CUP - Heavy gauge tin approx 4"
in diameter and 4" in height, soldered construction and has the
typical flat bottom and looped pin handle construction you like to
see in a good Civil War cup. There is something scratched into the
bottom of the cup but unfortunately I can not decipher anything
through the rough finish that is left. Perhaps something might if
enough time was spent on it but . . . I doubt it. looks like it may
have had a hard life as it is bent out of the round shape at the top
and has a blackish color almost as though it had been in a fire. A
good honest Civil War soldier's cup.
$ 105.
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CIVIL WAR STYLE COFFEE POT - Heavy gauge tin approx 9" in
diameter at the bottom and 10" in height, soldered construction and
has the typical flat bottom. They made this style for a long period of
time so it's hard to say if it is as old as the Civil War. I did come
across a photo of 3 soldiers who had a pot very similar that included
the rolled 'stripes' (for lack of a better word) as are on this pot. I had
felt that these were of a slightly later period but I guess I stand
corrected. There are soldered remnants on side of where a plaque
was at one time.
$ 110.
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CIVIL WAR PERIOD TRAVELING CHESS SET - Nice set,
unfortunately missing 5 pieces. Players pieces, both white and red
are made of bone with a base approx. 3/4" and the squares on this
wood board with a cloth lined backing (made for rolling up) are
15/16" square. Box is approx. 4 1/4" x 9" x 2 3/8" in height. Looks
like it may have been recovered on the inside but difficult to tell. No
key for the lock. On the top is a very light stencilling in gold
"CHESS / & / BOARD". The bottom of the box has that old green
paper (some worn off. Some of the pieces have chips but for the
most part are in pretty good shape. The board, from being rolled for
so long will need to be kept in a flat state for a while if displayed as
such as it wants to curl slightly. This was one of the favorite past
times for soldiers in camp, especially in winter quarters. Great for a
camp display.
$ 245.
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TEXAS STAR STICK PIN - DALLAS 1906 - Not sure what may have
taken place in Dallas in 1906 but this Texas Star stickpin or perhaps a
hat pin was meant for something. White metal, star approx. 13/16"
across points. Has TEXAS letters on each point and 'DALLAS 1906'
in center. Comes with a postcard (in not such great shape) with a
poem 'HELL IN TEXAS' and if you've ever spent time there,
especially in the summer you will be able to relate with this poem.
Postcard has nothing to do with the pin (other than relating to Texas)
but it was included when I purchased it so it goes too.
$ 58.
SOLD
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FULL SIZE (OR VERY CLOSE TO) NAPOLEON 12 POUNDER  
WOOD REPRODUCTION CANNON TUBE
- From a distance of 10
feet you would think you're looking at an original cannon tube. Was
either made for something like a GAR Hall or perhaps a movie prop,
this is something for the artillery fan that wants one in the house for a
display (perhaps to mount upright like you see at the Gettysburg
National Museum). The body of the tube is about the size of a 12
pounder but the bore is more the size of a six pounder. The tube is
approximately 66" in total length, weighs approx. 65 pounds, 16"
from end of one trunion to the end of the other with each trunion
being 3 5/8" in diameter. The tube has an approx. diameter of 10 1/4"
on the 'breech' end and 8" diameter on the muzzle end and has a 3
5/8" bore that goes 5 3/4" deep. The only marking on it is '1828' on
the end of one of the trunions. One side up looks very displayable but
there are several long cracks (these can be filed and pained over if
desired), the bottom side displayed has a little bit of damage as can be
seen in the photos (there is a larger crack also on this side). One of the
trunions has a crack along the intersecting edge to the tube but mainly
on the 'bad side'. There are also paint scuffs and scrapes in various
spots throughout.  The two block stands shown are included. I will not
ship this but will either deliver within 200 miles of Utica, Mi (or can
otherwise work out other arrangements). Great looking indoor display
piece!
$ 1595.
SOLD
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1858 PATENT GUTTA PERCHA GROOMING SET -  This is
one of the more attractive grooming sets I have seen for the
period. The brush has Patent dates of Sep. 8, '58, Jul 19, '66 and
Oc 1869. The Mirror has the Patent date of June 19, '66. Below
the patent dates is the name 'Florence'. I don't know if this was
the company or the pattern. The pattern on all pieces is identical.
Condition is very good though there is one tiny chip in the gutta
percha of the brush. There is one small crack in the gutta percha
of the mirror and several in the handle of the hair brush. This is
due much to the material. None of the cracks look to have ever
been through to the point that a repair was necessary yet I
wouldn't place a lot of stress on them. Perfect for a woman's
personal Civil War period display.
$ 245.
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IDENTIFIED CIVIL WAR PERIOD NAVAL EPAULETTES &
CASE
- Nice set of epaulettes belonging to Chief Engineer
George Walter Roche. Made by the English maker Starkey (whose
label is on the case) and sold by the Boston agent A.W. Pollard
(whose tag is still on one epaulette and remnants of the glue still
on the second). An old darkly faded tag is glued on the top of the
case, barely visible in normal light but with a bright light (as the
photo shows) in period ink, can be read "Chief Engr / Geo W.
Roche / USN / Navy Yard / Wash(?) / Clothing (?)  _____". The
Pollard tag would indicate that the set was sold sometime in the
1862-3 period as the company changed its name in 1863 and
again in 1867. With the ID tag reading 'Chief Engr' it would
seem that Roche purchased these when entering the Navy in 1862
and kept them throughout his career as he did not become Chief
Engineer until after the War (Roche's service record can be seen
in the 'Additional Images' page). War time cases have the velvet
lining as does this set. Outside of the case looks to be black paint
while the inside is japanned tin. The outside, as can be seen in
the photos is scraped up a bit exposing the bright tin and black
paint specks will fall off with handling. Overall a Nice identified
Civil War set.
$ 545.
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CORPS BADGE - 4TH CORPS 1ST DIVISION-  Approx. 7/8" from
flat to point, has cut out in center for material to designate division.
This is not like the usual badges seen as instead of a pin, this badge
has three soldered loops on the reverse to attach to (probably) a hat.
The red wool is cut to slip into the loops. Red wool appears to be period
but may have been  replaced. Metal is brass that has been silver plated
(now wearing off), much like the Colt M-1849 Pocket revolvers that
had the silver over the brass hardware. The Fouth Corps was attached
to the Army of the Cumberland by the consolidation of the 20th & 21st
Army Corps. Very good condition
$ 425.
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BRUCE CATTON HONORARY DOCTORATE - WAYNE
STATE UNIVERSITY
-  Approx. 6 1/2" x 8 1/2" (when closed)"
May 15, 1959 For many of us that grew up in the 60's during the
Civil War Centennial, the Pulitzer Prize winning Bruce Catton
was darn near a household name. He is greatly responsible for
bringing the general history of the Civil War to the masses.
Catton resided in Northern Michigan and this was obtained by a
collector / dealer here in the state. It was bestowed on him from
the Wayne State University in Detroit, Michigan. He is truly a
legend in the literary field. Very good condition
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SOLDIER'S PERIOD FOLDING PEWTER CUP WITH CASE-  
The japanned tin case is approx. 2 3/4" in diameter and 1 1/4"
in height. The pewter cup extends to a height of approx. 3 1/4".
Many soldiers carried these with them in addition to the tin cups
they used for meals. Top section of cup has a little distortion and
the case soldering has come loose through the years but has no
real problem keeping together.
$ 95.
SOLD
SOLD
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PERIOD MOUTH (OR JEWS) HARP - Unusual design of a liar
on the body of this harp - two piece construction with very visible
file markings on the reed. Body is cast metal. Popular with the
soldiers in camp. These have been around for over 400 years with
the first known written account in 1595 England. Very good
condition.
$ 60.
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