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  1. csdogrivsbr.JPG (44004 bytes)csdogrivsbropn.JPG (47999 bytes)csdogrivsbrclose.JPG (61583 bytes)csdogrivsbrgrd.JPG (61587 bytes)csdogrivsbrgrp.JPG (57267 bytes)REAL NICE so-called "DOG RIVER" CONFEDERATE MANUFACTURED cavalry saber and scabbard.  The blade is clean with absolutely no pitting at all and has the classic hand forged unstopped fuller.  The grip is nicer than usual with complete leather and single strand copper wire.  The scabbard is brass mounted and has a nice crude "lap seam".  Both the scabbard and high copper content brass guard have a rich - never cleaned - 150 year old bronze-brown patina.  A museum grade addition to your Confederate collection.--$3,850.
  2. 1850footoff.JPG (39712 bytes) 185footoffopn.JPG (43858 bytes)1850footoffclose.JPG (62683 bytes)1850offusmrk.JPG (55237 bytes)1850footoffgrd.JPG (56296 bytes)1850footoffmrk1.JPG (73939 bytes)1850footoffmrk2.JPG (70773 bytes)1850footofgrp.JPG (55317 bytes)Very nice condition Model 1850 Federal Foot Officer's Sword and Leather Scabbard.  The blade remains sparkling bright with sharp, clear engraving top to bottom, and is marked "Horstmann - Philadelphia".  The grip is excellent with original sharkskin wrap and wire, and the ornate cast brass guard has a beautiful aged bronze patina.  The scabbard is complete and nicer than most that you see.  Both brass snaps from the leather drops from the belt remain on the sword.  This beautiful sword was purchased about 30 years ago out of a central Pennsylvania estate.  It is possible - even likely - that this sword might have been at The Battle of Gettysburg, PA.--$950.
  3. Very nice condition 9-inch overall Confederate blacksmith made sideknife in it's original leather scabbard.  Many of the teeth are still visible from the file that the knife blade was made from.  It was on display many years ago in a G.A.R. Hall and actually has a "G.A.R." button inset in the tang of the grip.  We are also including a perfect G.A.R. button of the same type to display with the knife.  A very cool little Confederate relic.--$750. {A Cool Confederate Weapon Priced AT LESS Than A Pocket Model Colt !!}
  4. 60sbronly.JPG (45595 bytes)60sbrgrip.JPG (60312 bytes)60sbrmrk.JPG (72860 bytes)Very attractive Model 1860 Light Cavalry Saber {without scabbard} that was found in the attic of an old home here at Stones River a few years back.  The blade has a nice attic brown patina and is marked "U.S. - 1861"   {I can clearly see the 186, but the "1" is not struck as deeply, and not as easy to see}.  There are other markings as well under the patina, but I can't {for positive} read them without cleaning the saber up some.  The leather scabbard bumper pad remains intact, and the original leather grip is attractive, and remains intact as well.  A nice artifact that was likely left over from the Battle of Stones River in late 1862.--$450.
  5. avsbttn.JPG (60541 bytes)avsbttnrev.JPG (84591 bytes)Absolutely beautiful excavated coat size "AVC" -{Alabama Volunteer Corp} Confederate uniform button.  It has a smooth chocolate brown patina with bright gold around the letters and the eagle.  This beautiful Alabama button was recovered by Dr. Don Orth about 40 years ago from an Alabama Infantry camp on private property in central Virginia.  It has a Scovoll backmark and shank perfectly intact.--$395.SOLD
  6. nativesldr.JPG (83727 bytes)nativesldrcase.JPG (69884 bytes)Very rare 1/6th plate tintype of a double armed Confederate Native American in a 1/2 hard case.  He has a .69 cal. imported musket across his chest, and a striped linen sling going down to his Confederate drum canteen.  In addition to his musket there is a small caliber revolver stuck behind his belt.  His cap box - cartridge box - and belt buckle are all visible.  The buckle itself isn't gilted, and I can very faintly see the letters - but I can't tell for sure if he is wearing a "U.S." or a "C.S." belt plate.  I have a number of images with Confederate soldiers wearing "U.S." plates - some upside down and some right side up.  The image has pretty good clarity, but there is one spot flaked  just to the side of his nose and mouth.  I generally get only about one or two Native American images per year.  THEY ARE RARE.--$495.
  7. 1862enfield.JPG (30009 bytes)1862enfieldbrl.JPG (34075 bytes)1862enfieldclose.JPG (44832 bytes)1862enfielddte.JPG (66849 bytes)1862enfieldmrk.JPG (70367 bytes)1862enfieldmrk2.JPG (46111 bytes)Just in "1862" date .577 cal. Enfield 3-band rifled musket complete with bayonet - original long range site - and both sling swivels intact.  The ramrod is also intact, but looks to be an old correct type replacement.  The musket has a pretty attic chocolate brown patina, and the barrel has the desirable "upside down 25 - 25" marks.  The action - both full cock and half cock - work as well as the day it was made.  The .577 cal. 3-band Enfield musket was a favorite among Confederate infantry, and this one is going to look sweet on someone's wall.--$1,650. complete with bayonet
  8. 1858starr.JPG (55677 bytes)1858starrrev.JPG (60128 bytes)1858starrmrk.JPG (64742 bytes)1858starrmrk2.JPG (62995 bytes)1858starrcrtche.JPG (44214 bytes).44 cal.  Model 1858 Starr Double Action Army Revolver.  It has a pretty chocolate brown attic patina overall and a visible inspector cartouche on the walnut grips.  This is a nice untouched example.--$1,295.SOLD
  9. spoon.JPG (66300 bytes)spoon2.JPG (69514 bytes)Excellent condition folding Officer's Camp Spoon with silver "Shield" inlay.  This will display "museum like" in a camp scene.--$175.
  10. Just in fresh out of a local Williamson Co., TN family, and quite likely C.S. carried.  This is a .31 cal. Model 1849 Colt Pocket Revolver.  It has a smooth, darkened attic brown patina, and has a matching serial number of "133982" which is nice early 1856 - 1857 production and typical of what many Confederates carried.  The revolver shows average wear, and has a small chip out of the corner of the right grip.  This little jewel sings Dixie loud and clear !!--$975.SOLD
  11. cartridge.JPG (69521 bytes)Quite rare to come across.  This is an original .69 cal. 3-ring Minie in it's original paper wrap.  This would be a fine compliment to display with your pretty rifled Model 1842 musket.  I get at least 10 .58 cal. minies in original paper wrap cart. per getting a single .69 cal. example.--$125.
  12. "1837" date 6-shot "Pepperbox" revolver.  These are clearly pre-Civil War, but I have seen numerous photographs of Confederates carrying these. It has a smooth, slick, uncleaned attic brown patina and is marked "1837 - Allen and Thurber - Worcester".  No Civil War era collection is complete without a little "Pepperbox Revolver".--$650.
  13. blksldr.JPG (82846 bytes)blksldrclose.JPG (90139 bytes)blksldrcase.JPG (74968 bytes)Very, very rare 1/6th plate tintype of a Confederate Captain wearing a C.S. Officer's triple breasted frock coat with 3 stripes on the collar.  His belt rig is visible including his holstered Colt revolver.  The image is in a 1/2 hard case and has been clear coated to stop some light flaking that had begun in recent years.  Images of ARMED Southern Officers are very tough to come by.--$550.SOLD
  14. Very ornate and absolutely beautiful condition .44 cal. single shot 1840 - 1860 era percussion pistol.  The pistol has intricate inlay and beautiful silver accents.  It is maker marked "Mewis & Co."  These fine quality pistols were generally European made and private purchased by both Union and Confederate soldiers.--$950.
  15. Attractive attic brown-grey patina on this .28 cal. 6-shot Manhattan produced Pepperbox revolver.  These were produced between 1856 and 1860 and a number of these were actually carried in the American Civil War.  This revolver is "Manhattan" marked and retains good action and is nicely engraved.--$550.
  16. us.JPG (75825 bytes)usrev.JPG (76338 bytes)Drop dead beautiful excavated large size lead filled "U.S." oval cartridge boxplate.  The plate has an excellent face - full lead - and both wire loops perfectly intact.  This plate was recovered about 40 years ago on private property near Chickamauga by Dr. Rees Buttram.  Plates are not being recovered any more with this level of beauty and perfection.--$225.
  17. Quite scarce to recover - Small cast brass "Indiana" state pin.  These were worn by Federal soldiers when they re-enlisted for a second tour.  This is a nice one and was recovered on private property near Chickamauga, GA.--$595.
  18. snake.JPG (86301 bytes)Excavated "Snake Portion" of an English Snake Buckle recovered from an 1863 Confederate camp located on private property along Duck River near Shelbyville, TN.  These were issued to Confederate troops with Enfield rifled muskets.--$150.SOLD
  19. rifmnbkl.JPG (77921 bytes)Excavated 4-Piece Rifleman's cast brass buckle missing only one part out of the middle area.  This distinctive buckle was issued with Mississippi Rifles.  The buckle was recovered from the 1862 camp of the 16th Alabama Volunteer Infantry - C.S.A. - located on private property near Shelbyville, TN.--$295.
  20. rfbkle.JPG (67234 bytes)Excavated center portion of a 4-piece Mississippi Rifleman's buckle.  This was recently recovered from the 1862 camp of the 16th Alabama Infantry located along Duck River near Shelbyville, TN.--$48.
  21. eagle.JPG (90011 bytes)eaglerev.JPG (88583 bytes)Beautiful excavated lead filled circular 1850 era Militia Officer's bridle rosette.  This was recovered on private property near Resaca, GA. about 40 years ago.  WOW - This is really a pretty piece.--$275.SOLD
  22. Model 1860 light cavalry saber and scabbard brought in just a few minutes ago out of this local area.  The blade has a grey-brown aged patina and is marked "Ames Manufacturing Co. - 1862 - U.S."  The grip has original wrap and wire, but clearly shows a lot of field service and is worn through to wood in some areas.  The scabbard has a thick brown aged patina as well.  If you've been looking for a nice early date cav. saber and scabbard that you can clearly see saw lots of actual service in the saddle - Here it is.  It is entirely possible that this saber may have been C.S. carried.--$850.
  23. Fresh out of the bushes rare "Ames" Model 1840 "Old Wristbreaker" Heavy Cavalry Saber and Scabbard.  The blade has a gently aging grey-brown patina with knee deep markings of "Ames Mfg. Co. - Cabotville - 1849 - U.S."  The wrap has original leather and wire and remains in quite nice condition.  The brass guard is perfect with a thick - never cleaned bronze/brown patina.  The scabbard is very nice, as well,  with a couple small service dings and a thick brown patina.  A pretty 1840 Ames "Heavy Cav." is tough to come by and very possibly C.S. carried.--$950.
  24. saddlebag.JPG (59013 bytes)saddlebagmrk.JPG (86349 bytes)1800s era "U.S." marked set of brown leather saddlebags.  The leather remains reasonably pliable, but the saddlebags are separated in the narrow area in the center.  The center could quite easily be stitched back together, and they will display really - really well.--$195.
  25. ibuton.JPG (59389 bytes)ibutonrev.JPG (87309 bytes)Beautiful condition excavated Confederate solid cast "I" Infantry button recovered on private property off Lewisburg Pike near The O'More School Of Design at The Battle of Franklin, TN. - Very Nice One.--$150.
  26. ucvreunion.JPG (101847 bytes)Rare little pin and ribbon from the 1934 joint Re-Union of the U.C.V. and U.S. sponsored by the American Legion and held at Chattanooga, TN.  The pin pictures LookOut Mountain.--$65.
  27. coltpistol.JPG (55976 bytes)coltpistolmnted.JPG (54355 bytes)coltpistolrev.JPG (55249 bytes)coltpistolmrk.JPG (43973 bytes)coldpistolmrk2.JPG (39473 bytes)coltpistolsrl.JPG (51681 bytes)coltpistolptnt.JPG (64150 bytes)Quite attractive .44 cal. Model 1860 Colt Army Revolver.  This is serial number "101859" which is very desirable mid-war "1863 - 1864" production.  It has an all matching serial number except for the wedge which is an old replacement.  The revolver has an uncleaned - attic brown patina overall and it comes with a really nice walnut mount for displaying it on the wall.  The original walnut grips are in good condition and a faint cartouche {in good light} can still be seen, and the bore remains deep and sharp.  This is an honest - attractive .44 cal. Colt Army revolver that saw real service in the War.--$1,295.SOLD
  28. 2imagegutta.JPG (57990 bytes)2imageguttacase.JPG (76654 bytes)2imageguttamkr.JPG (47132 bytes)2imageguttasldr.JPG (85446 bytes)2imageguttafthr.JPG (78850 bytes)2imageguttapin.JPG (49338 bytes)Excellent condition double cased images of a father and son in a fine "Holmes, Booth, & Hayden" Guttapercha case.  The image of the son is a nice, clear military with a Colt revolver across his chest.  The image of the father is clear as well with a gilted masonic pin clearly visible.  Just a fine condition case and set of images.--$425.
  29. Just in fresh out of a North Alabama estate - nice condition C.S. carried Pre-War single shot percussion pistol in it's brown leather hand stitched Confederate holster.  A beautiful Confederate rig at the price of a "middle-grade" Colt Pocket Model revolver.--$1,250.
  30. 1864hamnd.jpg (46022 bytes)1864hamndscab.jpg (56973 bytes)1864hamndclose.JPG (60214 bytes)1864hamndgrp.JPG (69235 bytes)1864hamndmrk.JPG (61968 bytes)1864hamndmrk2.JPG (55419 bytes)Quite attractive Model 1840 Federal light Artillery Saber and Original scabbard.  The blade has a gently ageing grey-brown patina and is marked "U.S. - 1864 - Ames Mfg. Co. - Chicopee, Mass."  The grip is in good shape with original leather and the wire looks to have been replaced many years ago.  The scabbard is really pretty without even a single dent.  This saber is going to look great on someone's wall.--$895.
  31. canball.JPG (47019 bytes)Nice condition excavated 6 # Confederate solid shot cannonball.  This ball was recovered on private property near Shiloh and has a mold seam that you can see from 10 feet away.  It has been cleaned - coated - and is ready to display.--$175.SOLD
  32. spur.JPG (66041 bytes)VERY, VERY  RARE  NON-EXCAVATED CONFEDERATE MANUFACTURE cast brass Mississippi style C.S. spur.  The rowel slot is open if you'd like to install a rowel.  You seldom see NON-EXCAVATED Confederate spurs offered for sale.--$295.
  33. sny.JPG (72353 bytes)snyrev.JPG (71311 bytes)Really pretty large size lead filled "SNY" oval waist belt plate.  This plate was recovered from the James River about 30 years ago and has as nicer face as you are going to see.  The reverse has full lead and rusty remnants of the three iron hooks.  The "SNY" letters are very crisp and bold.--$695.
  34. uswthmrk.JPG (72681 bytes)uswthmrkrev.JPG (71955 bytes)uswthmrkmrk.JPG (91497 bytes)Beautiful excavated large size lead filled "U.S." oval waist belt plate.  This buckle was recovered on private property near Resaca, GA. about 40 years ago and has a gorgeous face full, smooth lead in the reverse - all three hooks - and has a knee deep "W. H. Smith - Brooklyn" backmark.  It's hard to find them now days this excellent.--$295.SOLD
  35. 2c.JPG (115999 bytes)2crev.JPG (99226 bytes)Two absolutely beautiful excavated cuff size Federal buttons.  One is a gilted Federal "C" {Cavalry} button and the other is a gilted Federal Staff Officer, and it too, is loaded with gold gilt.  Both were recovered about 40 years ago by Dr. Rees Buttram on private property near Shiloh.--$65. for both
  36. ibtn.JPG (75028 bytes)ibtnrev.JPG (75668 bytes)Large size excavated one piece Confederate coat size CAST PEWTER Block "I" uniform button.  This was recovered by "Sarge" Windrow from an 1863 Confederate camp here located about one mile North of Salem, TN.--$135.
  37. csbkl.JPG (76909 bytes)csbklrev.JPG (65373 bytes)Absolutely DROP DEAD BEAUTIFUL excavated Richmond Arsenal Pattern "C.S." Tongue and Wreath saber belt plate.  This excellent plate was recovered by Wallace Markert in the mid-1980s on private property from a Confederate Cavalry Camp located near Brandy Station, VA.  The two parts were dug right together and fit perfectly.  The pretty brown-green woods mulch build-up has never even been washed off the plate.  This is an "as good as it gets" type plate that you'd never need to upgrade.--$2,650.SOLD
  38. brasstrup.JPG (58729 bytes)brasstrup2.JPG (57489 bytes)brasstrupmrk.JPG (55851 bytes)Excavated Pretty slick green MASSIVE cast brass Dragoon type Cavalry Stirrup.  This fine artifact was recovered in 1986 on private property where the Confederate Cavalry were camped near Corinth, MS.  Just a fine relic.--$195.
  39. dugpistolcase.JPG (59545 bytes)dugpistolbullet.JPG (56450 bytes)Nicely shadowboxed excavated COMPLETE Civil War "Allen And Wheelock" .32 cal. "Side Hammer"  6-shot revolver.  This revolver was recovered on private property at The Battle Of Picket's Mill, GA.  about 40 years ago.  It has been cleaned - coated - and preserved, and ready to go on the wall or shelf.--$495.
  40. Nice condition little .32 cal. Allen and Wheelock "Sidehammer" black powder cartridge revolver.  These were manufactured between 1859 and 1862 with a total production of around 1,000.  It is marked "July 3, 1860" on the frame.  This is a quite rare little DEFINITELY Civil War revolver at a very affordable price.--$495.SOLD
  41. msriflpart.JPG (54414 bytes)msriflpart2.JPG (57309 bytes)Beautiful condition non-excavated cast brass trigger guard for a "Mississippi Rifle".  This was found in an old home in North Alabama.  Very hard to find when you need one, and this one has faint soldier's initials cut into it.  A Bargain !!--$125.SOLD
  42. ibutn.JPG (67274 bytes)ibutnrev.JPG (67134 bytes)Drop Dead beautiful, perfect condition excavated coat size Confederate solid cast brass "I" {Infantry} button recovered from a lawn off Lewisburg Pike at the Battle of Franklin, TN.  You won't see a finer example.--$150.SOLD
  43. cssaber.JPG (47812 bytes)Extremely Rare excavated broken Confederate manufactured "Dog River" Style C.S. Cavalry Saber.  This was recovered many, many years ago on private property along the retreat route from Shiloh towards Corinth, MS.  It has the classic "unstopped fuller" C.S. blade.  GREAT RELIC--$650.
  44. crvedbrstpltes.JPG (64278 bytes)Coolest soldier art EVER.  The soldier very carefully carved the eagle out of one Federal Breastplate, and was well underway at carving a second one out.  The soldier's knife and both plates were practically in one hole found in a Federal camp on private property near Shiloh.   What a fantastic soldier art display this will be.--$395. for all-SOLD
  45. Drop dead beautiful excavated coat size excavated Confederate "Lined A" Artillery button.  This button was recovered many years ago from the Confederate "Artillery Park Camp" located 4 miles outside Shelbyville, TN. on the Lewisburg Pike.  This camp was occupied by the Artillery of Polk's Corp - Army of Tennessee in March - April, 1863.  It has a smooth slick brown patina - no dents, and shank intact.--$395.
  46. snakecs.JPG (71484 bytes)Excavated large size Confederate snake buckle recovered from an 1863 Confederate Alabama Cavalry Camp located along 231 South near Fosterville, TN.  It only needs the keeper loop on one side to be complete.  The buckle has a really pretty uncleaned brown-green patina.--$350.
  47. greencavfrme.JPG (76667 bytes)Beautiful excavated pea green small cavalry size Confederate Georgia Frame waist belt plate.  This plate was recovered from the camp of the 51st Alabama Cavalry located along Lee's Knob - South of Murfreesboro, TN.  I dug an almost identical one in the same camp and have it in my own collection.--$595.
  48. Scarce excavated large size lead filled regulation Federal Cavalry "Martingale Heart".  This was recovered here at Stones River and had a little rim damage when found.  The fragile area has been stabilized and the heart now displays very nicely.--$395.
  49. 1992 Printing of "Pictorial Encyclopedia of Civil War Medical Instruments and Equipment" by Dr. Gordon Dammann.  This is a very useful reference book.--$25.
  50. Beautiful condition and one of less than 20 known - excavated smooth "Artillery Style" Confederate wreath for the Leech and Rigdon "Artillery Type" 2-Piece "C.S." saber belt plate.  This was recovered by Nationally known Relic Hunter - Mr. John Marks - out of Eastport, MS.  When the right Leech and Rigdon "C.S." tongue comes along --- Talk about having a SUPER RARE AND BIG DOLLAR "C.S." 2-piece saber belt plate.  {Rarity 9}--$895.
  51. Civil War outdoor albumin photograph showing a camp scene with a number of visible soldiers, tents, weapons, and even uncleaned fish no-doubt for supper that night.  It remains in a very old frame.  The image has faded and is somewhat light, but everything is still visible - even the fish !!!--$350.
  52. "1862" date Federal Model 1860 Navy Cutlass in original black leather scabbard.  The blade is clean with really no pitting at all, but the markings are worn a bit dim.  The brass guard is in nice shape -- {not all bent up like they so often are} and the leather is 100 % intact on the grip.  There is no wire on the grip as is generally the case.  The leather scabbard is in good condition, but is missing the last 3 inches or so.  All in all -- a very attractive example of the Model 1860 Navy Cutlass at a great price.--$795.
  53. burnsides.JPG (256113 bytes)goldcoin.JPG (169346 bytes)My congratulations go out to Randy Harville on a Fantastic Group of 2nd Day Battle of Nashville Relics that he recovered yesterday.  In virtually one hole there were something like 30 dropped Burnside and Spencer cartridges AND a couple steps away was the prettiest 1862 "One Doller" gold coin that you are going to see !!!   Way To Go Randy !!!!!!!!!
  54. beforeviper.JPG (186170 bytes)viperface.JPG (243051 bytes)Taco Lacy just learned a valuable lesson -- "KEEP YOUR HEAD AWAY FROM COPPERHEADS !!!"  This was fourth day -- The first three days her head looked like a softball.  The vet gave her all sorts of shots and she is thankfully going to be fine, but at one time "the jury was out".  This is why most of us don't relic hunt much in the summer time !!!
  55. bltmld.JPG (60485 bytes)bltmldmrk.JPG (38378 bytes)Beautiful condition and quite rare style on this .577 cal. Enfield bullet mold.  The mold opens from the bottom rather than the typical sideways opening pattern.  In addition, this Enfield mold came out of the deep South and has the "25" mark that we all like to see on our imported Enfield muskets.  This will be a fantastic compliment to your Enfield musket.--$895.
  56. mntgomerybuttn.JPG (66445 bytes)mntgomerybuttnrev.JPG (64108 bytes)Quite rare and sought after non-excavated coat size Confederate Lined Manuscript Old English "I" {CS175A1} with the most sought after "Halfmann & Taylor - Montgomery, ALABAM"D" backmark.  It has a rich, pretty aged patina with easy to read backmark and shank intact.--$350.SOLD
  57. eglebltplte.JPG (86854 bytes)eglebltplterev.JPG (73083 bytes)Nice condition non-excavated Federal Officer's Pattern Model 1851 cast brass eagle sword belt plate with integrally cast wreaths.  The buckle has lots of gold gilt remaining and is benchmark number "331".  The buckle is complete with both the belt loop and the buckle attachment hook remaining intact.--$295.
  58. csabutton.JPG (75600 bytes)csabuttonrev.JPG (93604 bytes)Excellent condition non-excavated coat size "C.S.A." Confederate officer's uniform button.  This is a "CS-81" with the correct "Superior Quality" backmark.--$225.
  59. niagraindenture.JPG (51191 bytes)niagraindenture1.JPG (45786 bytes)niagraindenturecnty.JPG (54797 bytes)niagraindentureday.JPG (64940 bytes)niagrandenturesignatures.JPG (53132 bytes)niagraindentureyear.JPG (64940 bytes)This is an item that I've never had before and dates well before the Civil War.  It is a double side glass framed Indenture dated 1814 and bargaining to sell 85 acres of land in Niagara, New York to Elisha Clark for the sum of $224.25.  Each signature on the document has applied seals.  This is a cool early Niagara, NY item and in very nice condition.--$195.
  60. Beautiful condition non-excavated gilted coat size Confederate "Droop Wing" officer's button.  This is a "CS-5" with a "Treble Gilt" backmark.  You couldn't ask for a nicer example.--$250.
  61. ustrentonbutt.JPG (31098 bytes)ustrentonbrl.JPG (31668 bytes)ustrentonclose.JPG (57840 bytes)ustrentonname.JPG (88014 bytes)ustrentoncrtche.JPG (90904 bytes)ustrentondate.JPG (74607 bytes)Quite rare and nice condition .58 cal. "New Jersey" marked Trenton 3-band percussion rifled musket.  The metal is nice and smooth - just beginning to darken with age.  The lockplate is marked "U.S.-Trenton-1863" and the barrel is marked "N.J.-1864" which is the standard marking found on New Jersey issued Trenton muskets.  The musket retains lots of rifling, and the action is about as crisp as when issued.  It's wood is very nice with just the normal small dings from actual field service.  This is a nicer musket than most you see now days.--$1,650.
  62. baynet.JPG (46677 bytes)baynetclose.JPG (45781 bytes)Nice condition .69 cal. Model 1816 friction fit triangular socket bayonet.  The "U.S." markings on this bayonet are deep and sharp, and the bayonet has literally no pitting at all.  Now -- the bad news -- At some point long, long ago the bayonet was shortened about an inch or so and perfectly re-tipped.  My guess is that somehow the tip got broken, and re-tipping was needed.  It's a very nice looking bayonet and will really set off someone's Model 1816 musket, and a BARGAIN because of being shortened just a bit.--$125.
  63. ibutton.JPG (60337 bytes)ibuttonrev.JPG (81252 bytes)Excellent condition non-excavated coat size Confederate Lined "I" uniform button.  This is a "CS172A1" with Superior Quality backmark.  It has near 100% bright gold gilt and shank intact.--$275.
  64. forkedplte.JPG (60634 bytes)Rare excavated "Medium Size" Confederate cast brass "Forked Tongue" frame waist belt plate.  This plate was recovered from a Confederate camp on private property near Winchester, VA.  It has a really pretty "pea green" patina.--$795.
  65. brkdie1.JPG (80297 bytes)brkdie1rev.JPG (82488 bytes)Excavated Confederate 2-piece block "I" Infantry button recovered about 30 years ago by Benny Anderson on private property near Dalton, GA.  The cool part about this button is that it was struck with a broken die and you can see the die's break line across the button.--$115.SOLD
  66. 12sidldr.JPG (60391 bytes)12sidldrtop.JPG (72725 bytes)12sidldrside.JPG (54310 bytes)Excellent condition excavated Confederate 12 lb. "lead side-loader" cannon ball.  This ball was recovered many years ago from private property near Petersburg, VA.  The ball has excellent metal and a mold seam that you can see from 10 feet away.  This is a beauty.--$450.SOLD
  67. ibttnwed.JPG (89820 bytes)ibttnwedrev.JPG (93063 bytes)Excavated coat size rare "Tennessee Puff Rim" Confederate Infantry button.  This button was recovered about 40 years ago on private property near Chickamauga, GA. by Dr. Rees Buttram.  The button is just as dug - hasn't even been washed off.--$115.
  68. ibuttn.JPG (55802 bytes)ibuttnrev.JPG (78040 bytes)Beautiful condition excavated cast pewter Confederate block "I" uniform button.  It was recovered from an 1862 Confederate camp located just North of Salem, TN.  The cast pewter loop is missing as is the case - by far - most of the time.--$125.SOLD
  69. mandmbook.JPG (35833 bytes)mandmmason.JPG (32411 bytes)mandm69.JPG (26789 bytes)mandmcpyrght.JPG (27192 bytes)RARE - RARE - RARE "FIRST ISSUE"  MCKEE AND MASON CIVIL WAR BULLET REFERENCE BOOK.  This is book number "69" of the first 500 Registered issue in "1971" and is signed by Mac Mason.  A TRUE CIVIL WAR COLLECTOR RARITY.--$150.
  70. Just came in fresh out of the local area.  A "VERY NICE" Ames produced "1850" date "Old Wristbreaker" heavy cavalry saber and scabbard.  The blade has a nice gently toning aged patina with markings of "Ames Mfg. Co. - 1850 - U.S. - Cabotville".  The brass guard has a beautiful rich, aged - never cleaned - bronze patina and the grip has really pretty original wrap and wire.  The scabbard is in nice condition as well with a smooth brown patina.  This is an exceptionally pretty example and almost surely C.S. carried considering where it came from.--$1,150.
  71. 1863lg&ybutt.JPG (36079 bytes)1863lg&gbrl.JPG (30236 bytes)1863lg&yclose.JPG (51639 bytes)1863lg&ydte.JPG (80932 bytes)1863lg&yname.JPG (47127 bytes)Fresh out of the attic "1863" date .58 cal. "L.G.&Y. - U.S. - Windsor, VT."  1861 "Special Model" Percussion Rifled Musket  The musket has a very nice "never cleaned" smooth chocolate patina on the metal from tip to tip.  The wood is nice as well with just the normal small dings and marks of actual field service.  The action is as crisp as the day it was made, and it retains lots of original rifling.  Anyone would be proud to have this rare musket in their collection.--$1,650.
  72. goldgltplte.JPG (64892 bytes) goldgltplterev.JPG (35881 bytes)Excavated BEAUTIFUL GILTED Officer's Style Model 1851 Federal Sword Belt Plate.  This buckle has a rich, aged brown patina with bright gold gilt around all the detail.  The plate is missing the keeper hook on the reverse which is almost surely why it was discarded.  You just aren't going to see a prettier face.--$375.SOLD
  73. bultwthpulr.JPG (65484 bytes)Excavated .58 cal. minie ball with puller imbedded and recovered over 40 years ago by Dr. Rees Buttram on private property at Shiloh.  This is something that you don't recover every day.--$48.
  74. SUPER-RARE sectioned Confederate copper time fused - lead sideloader 12lb. cannon ball.  Not only is ever part of this rare C.S. shell clearly visible, but every part is nicely labeled as well.--$350.SOLD
  75. Nicely sectioned 12 lb. Bormann "case-shot" ball.  The ball is perfectly cut to beautifully show the Bormann underplug - the powder channel - the lead case-shot balls - and the matrix for holding the case-shot balls in place.  Excellent educational tool for showing how explosive Civil War ordnance worked.--$250.
  76. Fresh dug 3 inch Percussion fuzed Hotchkiss projectile recovered by my buddy - Kent Wall - along Tyne Blvd. which is 2nd Days Fighting at the 1864 Battle of Nashville, TN.  The cup wasn't with the shell when found - just an extra one I had and am including for better display of the projectile.  I have drilled it, but you get the "fun" to clean it to your own taste.--$250.
  77. plate.JPG (61842 bytes)Excavated soldier's copper mess plate along with an eating knife - a pocket knife - and a straight razor.  These items were recovered by Chris Havner on private property near Tullahoma, TN. where Hardee's Corp of The Army Of  Tennessee were encamped for the winter of 1863.--$45. for all-SOLD
  78. 12cswoodplug.JPG (52424 bytes)Excellent condition excavated 12 lb. Confederate wood drive-in fuze type cannon ball.  This ball was recovered on private property near Pulaski, TN. along the Confederate retreat route from Franklin, TN. as the Army of Tennessee fell back toward the Tennessee River.  This is an unusually nice example.--$295. 
  79. Excavated large oval S.N.Y. ( State of New York) waist beltplate.  This buckle was recovered about 20 years ago near Cold Harbor, VA.  The face does have a little ground action, but has a nice appearance with brown green patina.--$595.
  80. buttonthurs.JPG (80752 bytes)buttonthursrev.JPG (68158 bytes)Recently excavated GILTED Federal Infantry Officer's Eagle "I" button.  This was recovered on private property along the Battle Line at the Nov. 30, 1864 Battle of Franklin, TN.--only $35.
  81. 36cltgrp.JPG (66659 bytes)Here is something that you rarely see offered for sale.  It is a complete original set of walnut grips for a Model 1851 Colt .36 cal. Navy Revolver.  The grips show wear, but are not cracked or broken.  If you have a Colt .36 Navy with broken or missing grips - here is your chance to complete your weapon.  The grips show lots of wear and rounded corners, but are complete, and are out of the "Deep South" - and could have quite likely been C.S. carried.--$175.
  82. confeddrum.JPG (70525 bytes)confeddrumrev.JPG (59313 bytes)Very, very nice Confederate tin drum canteen that about 40 years ago was purchased out of a North Carolina estate and is a SUPER RARITY being complete with cover and sling.  Any Confederate artifact collector would enjoy having this piece.--$2,450.
  83. uspltewed.JPG (72918 bytes)uspltewedrev.JPG (66844 bytes)Beautiful condition non-excavated lead filled U.S. oval cartridge boxplate.  The cartridge box itself was found in the attic of an old PA. home, and it had just about completely fallen apart, and the plate has a beautiful - never cleaned - chocolate brown patina.  It has full lead and both iron loops remain perfectly intact and are located 2-5/8s inches apart.--$295.
  84. alabama50.JPG (62157 bytes)alabama50rev.JPG (54193 bytes)Quite rare 1859 date $50. note from the "Commercial Bank Of Alabama" at Selma.  The note is circulated, but in nice solid condition, EXCEPT for the fact that a spot of blue-green ink got spilled on it at some point.  This would be a $150. to $200. note were it not for the ink spot.  It is quite possible that there could be a product to remove the ink spot, but I'm pricing it very low in case the ink spot won't come out.--only $65.
  85. hatpin.JPG (42087 bytes)hatpinrev.JPG (68669 bytes)Very nice condition non-excavated stamped brass original Federal "French Horn" infantry hat insignia.  Stubs of the two loops can be seen, but the loops are not complete.--$79.
  86. shoespkes.JPG (59049 bytes)1800s era blacksmith forged antique "ice creepers" that are of the exact type often worn on boots by Civil War soldiers serving in colder climates.  You could still use these today.--$95.
  87. woundedcnfedsldr.JPG (100452 bytes)woundedcnfedsldrcase.JPG (75046 bytes)SUPER RARE 1/9th plate "Ruby Ambro." of a WOUNDED Civil War soldier on crutches.  In almost 40 years I've only had 3 of these.  The image is clear as a bell.--$395.
  88. enfldslng.JPG (44012 bytes)Nice condition original Enfield musket sling that will make your nice Enfield musket display "even nicer" !!--$175.SOLD
  89. gltus.JPG (47005 bytes)gltusrev.JPG (40839 bytes)Excellent condition non-excavated rare GILTED large size lead filled U.S. oval waist belt plate.  Beautiful face with full lead in the reverse and all three hooks intact.--$275.
  90. Civil War era brass cased 2-blade bleeder recently found in the attic of an old Civil War era home here in Middle Tennessee.  A very nice addition to your Civil War "Medical Display".--$95.
  91. blltmldgrp.JPG (62425 bytes)blltmldgrpopen.JPG (59311 bytes)blltmldgrpptnt.JPG (56876 bytes)Beautiful grouping including an "Eagle Flask" - a .36 cal. double cavity Colt mold - a percussion cap tin - and four Battlefield recovered .36 cal. Colt bullets.  This grouping will make your .36 cal. Colt Navy Model Revolver into a museum worthy display.--$450. for all.
  92. Very Cool little Confederate infantry grouping out of North Alabama.  The group consists of a quite rare .69 cal. prewar leather cartridge box - complete with excellent condition "upside down" large size "U.S." oval cartridge boxplate {upside down "U.S." becomes "S.N." which {in the South} means "Southern Nation"} complete with the tins still inside, BUT the tins are for .58 cal. and one of the original .58 cal. cartridges was still inside.  The rare Confederate manufacture dark brown leather belt is still with the box as well.  Also, the original butternut wool covered Model 1858 "Bullseye" canteen is with the group and still has the old brown leather  Confederate sling with it.  And possibly the coolest piece of all is an absolutely beautifully written {in old brown ink} 29 page manuscript document honoring  "The Mothers of The Confederacy" and pleading to have a monument built to them.  I really don't know if this monument was actually ever constructed or not.  I do know some family history, but am not certain which soldier these items actually belonged too.  With some digging that could likely be unraveled.  Very nice relics clearly demonstrating how many a Confederate soldier's Civil War equipment was actually "pre-Civil War" outdated Federal equipment.--$1,650. for all
  93. savage.JPG (30048 bytes)savagebrl.JPG (35366 bytes)savageclose.JPG (55248 bytes)savagemrk.JPG (80160 bytes)savagemrk1.JPG (70877 bytes)Restored .58 cal. 3-band rifled musket that had been brought home from the Civil War and "sporterized" {stock cut back to first band} for hunting game and feeding the family after the Civil War.  The musket was purchased back in the 1960s and nicely restored back to it's original "full stock" and "3-band" look.  It has, over the years, been carried in many re-enactments - a couple movies - and many "living history" programs.  The lockplate is marked "U.S. - Savage Firearms Co. - Middletown, Ct."  Not collector grade, but real as can be and will display nicely at a price that is less than a reproduction runs.--Only $695.SOLD
  94. bullseyecntn.JPG (55291 bytes)bullseyecntnmrk.JPG (42056 bytes)Just brought in out of the local area and likely a left-over from the Battle of Stones River.  This is a 9-ring Model 1858 Federal "Bullseye" canteen and has a Philadelphia maker's mark.  A nice solid artifact.--$195.
  95. confedsklt.JPG (51835 bytes)confedskltrev.JPG (87955 bytes)BIG blacksmith forged frying pan that was handed down through a North Carolina estate and is said to have cooked meals for 6 Confederates.  This information is written in old white lettering on the bottom of the pan.  This will be an excellent item in a "camp scene" display.--$125.SOLD
  96. 6lb.JPG (57536 bytes)Very nice condition excavated 6 # size cannon ball - recovered about 40 years ago by Dr. Rees Buttram on private property near Shiloh.--$175.SOLD
  97. 1864sprgflddte.JPG (64330 bytes)1864sprgfldbutt.JPG (30359 bytes)1864sprgfldbrl.JPG (37415 bytes)1864sprgfldnme.JPG (72348 bytes)Very attractive Model 1863 - Type II .58 cal. Springfield 3-band rifled musket.  The metal is clean - just beginning to grey with age - with markings of "U.S. - 1864 - Springfield".  It still retains quite decent bore, but the cartouche and barrel date are pretty much worn away.  The action still works great.  This is quite a historical weapon being the last percussion weapon of the American military.--$1,450.SOLD
  98. ibttn.JPG (70521 bytes)ibttnrev.JPG (81968 bytes)Beautiful condition excavated coat size Confederate "Cast I" {Infantry} button.   This button was recovered on private property near Spring Hill, TN. near where Gen. Schofield and the Union Army slid right past Gen. Bragg and the Army of Tennessee resulting, of course, in the Battle of Franklin, TN.  You won't find a nicer example.--$150.SOLD
  99. grape.JPG (58806 bytes)Excavated large size "Naval Grape" ball recovered on private property near Vicksburg.  About "Tennis Ball" size.--$48.50SOLD
  100. canteenrev.JPG (60665 bytes)canteenmrk.JPG (52425 bytes)canteenmrk1.JPG (39824 bytes)canteenmrk2.JPG (58920 bytes)REALLY NICE Model 1858 Federal Bullseye canteen complete with original cover - stopper - sling - and a VERY old tag.  There is LOT'S of writing on both the pewter spout and some on the old tag.  The problem is - I can't figure out what any of it says !!!   This came out of a Southern estate , so was quite likely Confederate carried.  It has wonderful - museum like - display eye appeal - A great piece.--$425.SOLD
  101. usplate.JPG (71516 bytes)usplaterev.JPG (59091 bytes)Excavated large oval lead filled "U.S." cartridge boxplate.  This plate was recently recovered here at the Battle of Stones River.--$125.
  102. Stunning - mint condition - with 100 % bright gold gilt non-excavated coat size Confederate "H. T. & B. - Manchester" stippled block "R" {Rifleman}.  This button literally couldn't be nicer and in years gone by would have sold for a solid $850.  This beautiful Confederate button is friendly priced to move in THIS economy.--$650.
  103. tncvlwrbooks.JPG (49755 bytes)This is a "MUST HAVE" set of books if you are in Tennessee.  One volume lists every unit along with company by company histories, and the other volume is an alphabetical listing of all Tennesseans in the Civil War - both Union and Confederate.  I personally use this set of books nearly daily.--$95. for the set of 2 books-SOLD
  104. spr.JPG (30299 bytes)sprclose.JPG (30046 bytes)Very scarce excavated "Mississippi Style" Confederate Cavalry Spur.  The spur is complete with remnants of the rusty rowel.  It was recovered from a Confederate Cavalry camp located along Duck River occupied in early 1863 following the Battle of Stones River.--$295.SOLD
  105. dgrivrcs.JPG (47599 bytes)dgrivrcsopn.JPG (51370 bytes)dgrivrcsclose.JPG (51936 bytes)dgrivrcsgrd.JPG (59850 bytes)dgrivrcsgrp.JPG (54151 bytes)"Dog River" Confederate Manufactured Cavalry saber and original brass mounted C.S. scabbard.  The blade has the classic C.S. "unstopped fuller" and has a pretty gently greying aged patina and practically no pitting at all.  The grip is original and is 100% still intact, and the high copper content "red brass" guard has a super nice rich aged bronze patina just like we all love to see.  The scabbard is purely C.S. manufacture with lap seam and is brass mounted.  The scabbard has a never cleaned thick "attic brown" patina from top to bottom, and there is nice service wear inside the ring-mounts.--$3,650.
  106. eglewthbag.JPG (57025 bytes)eglewthbagrev.JPG (48109 bytes)SUPER - SUPER RARE to find for sale now.  This is an actual beautiful condition Federal eagle breastplate recovered in Aug. 1965 by Sid Kirksis at Eastport, TN. AND STILL IN SID'S DISTINCTIVE little storage packet.  As most of you know - Sid Kirksis was the author of the first major book on belt plates of the American Civil War.  This plate is an absolute beauty to boot.--$350.
  107. spursrev.JPG (46943 bytes)spurs.JPG (54037 bytes)spurs1.JPG (32736 bytes)spurs2.JPG (57724 bytes)spurs3.JPG (57452 bytes)Two nice condition excavated Confederate cast brass cavalry spurs.  Both have nice brown-green patinas, are complete and very sound, and both have open rowel slots.  These were recovered  many years ago from Confederate camps in this area.--$275. each or $500. for the pair
  108. Large 1/4th plate fully cased image of a "State Of New York" Infantry soldier.  This is a full standing pose tintype with his Springfield musket at his side and wearing a large size "SNY" {State Of New York} waist belt plate with his cap box visible as well.  The image is cased in a rare large size Gutta Percha case that is in good condition but does have a chip off one corner.  It's been ages since I've had a tintype of a soldier wearing an S.N.Y. waist belt plate.--$475.
  109. 1872potts&huntbut.JPG (36274 bytes)1872potts&huntbrl.JPG (29216 bytes)1872potts&huntclose.JPG (54394 bytes)1872potts&huntdte.JPG (69159 bytes)1872potts&huntintls.JPG (68605 bytes)1872potts&huntmrk.JPG (47668 bytes)1872potts&huntnme.JPG (83642 bytes)Fresh in the door out of the local area.  Very attractive .577 cal. Enfield 3-band rifled musket by "Potts and Hunt" of London.  The "Potts and Hunt" Enfield is a very well made musket and was an absolute favorite among Confederate infantry soldiers.  The metal has a smooth ageing grey patina with lockplate markings of "Potts and Hunt -- London" and a "25" barrel mark.  The English Walnut stock is pretty with only the expected small dings and marks of being carried.  The brass buttplate has "J. P. -- 13th" very nicely cut in with a pinknife -- This could be "J. Parham - 13th Tennessee Volunteer Infantry", but can't say for sure.  The site is an old replacement, and the musket is otherwise original and quite nice.  There is even a fair amount of bore remaining.  This weapon would be sweet on anyone's wall.--$1,450.SOLD
  110. 2blksldrsclose.JPG (76529 bytes)2blksldrs.JPG (87697 bytes)2blksldrscase.JPG (72988 bytes)2blksldrsmag.JPG (74827 bytes)This is one of the ABSOLUTE RAREST images that I've had in a long, long time.  It is a fully cased 1/6th plate tintype of TWO CONFEDERATE NATIVE AMERICANS in full Confederate uniform and each has his Confederate wooden drum canteen at his side, AND the soldier on the left has his tarcloth haversack hanging in front of him.  I am told by folks in the Native American circle that these two are likely Cherokee.  It will be a long - long time before you see another image like this offered for sale.--SOLD.
  111. usplte.JPG (73205 bytes)usplltrev.JPG (74903 bytes)Excavated large size lead filled "U.S." oval waist belt plate.  This was recovered many years ago on private property here at Stones River.--$165.SOLD
  112. kepi.JPG (55517 bytes)kepibklsde.JPG (74627 bytes)kepibttnsde.JPG (66955 bytes)kepibttnclse.JPG (70821 bytes)1870s to 1880s era Artillery State Militia kepi.  The kepi is in very nice condition with bright, vivid colors, and actually has Civil War era kepi eagle buttons.  Both the original liner and the original sweat band still remain intact.  It is going to display with museum like beauty.--$450.SOLD
  113. forrestrailrdbnd.JPG (511837 bytes) forrestrailrdbndclose.JPG (583555 bytes) forrestrailrdbndsig2.JPG (301553 bytes)Absolutely beautifully "Museum Grade" framed "SINGLE SIGNED" - NATHAN BEDFORD FORREST - "SELMA, MARION, AND MEMPHIS RAILROAD BOND".  {There was originally a "second" Forrest signature on the reverse of the bond at the very top, but that area isn't present - We therefore have a single signature on the front of the bond.}  It is signed as President of the "Selma, Marion, & Memphis Railroad.  The bond itself measures 16" by 24" with 30 coupons remaining intact {numbers 11 through 40}.  During the Civil War General Nathan Bedford Forrest had 29 horses shot from underneath him while serving as Confederate Cavalry General.  Gen. Forrest served as President of the S.M.M. Railroad until 1874.  Both the bond and framing are in stunningly beautiful condition.  General Nathan Bedford Forrest is considered by many to be the greatest natural military figure to emerge from the American Civil War.--$1,495.SOLD
  114. Complete excavated Federal cavalry "Picket Pin" that was recovered by Dr. Rees Buttram on private property here at Stones River about 40 years ago.  The Federal Cavalryman was determined to drive this Picket Pin Through one of our Tennessee limestone rocks, and the rock won.  The picket pin is bent into a nice "S" shape.--$125.
  115. gallagher.JPG (29887 bytes) gallagherclose.JPG (53585 bytes) gallagherdate.JPG (78475 bytes) gallagherintls.JPG (74007 bytes) gallaghersrl.JPG (69219 bytes) gallagherstrg.JPG (56126 bytes)gallagherstrg.JPG (56126 bytes) gallagherstrgopn.JPG (53145 bytes)Really pretty and well marked .50 cal. Gallager breachloading percussion carbine.  The Gallager was produced by Richardson and Overman of Philadelphia with only 22,728 Gallager carbines  produced making it one of the rarer longarms of the war, and, therefore,  a quite sought after weapon.  This weapon has a smooth brown patina overall with faint case colors in some recessed areas.  This carbine is serial number "7017" which is good early production.  Both the action and the bore remain in nice condition and the wood shows clear evidence of "time in the saddle" with wear from the carbine sling snap swivel and the soldier's initials "J.B.B." cut into the left side of the stock.  There is also a small sliver of wood chipped out directly behind the hammer.  All in all,  though, this is a solid, quality Gallager that went to the Civil War and was "actually carried", and that is the kind of weapon many of us like.--SOLD
  116. 1850off.JPG (33100 bytes)1850offopn.JPG (123110 bytes)1850offgrp.JPG (61568 bytes)1850offgrd.JPG (64786 bytes)1850offmrk.JPG (45452 bytes)1850offusmrk.JPG (55237 bytes)Fresh out of a Pennsylvania estate sale - Model 1850 Federal import Foot Officer's Sword in it's original leather scabbard.  The blade is BEAUTIFUL with "frosty - reflect in the sunlight" U.S. engraving top to bottom.  The gilted brass guard is perfect with original wrap and wire on the grip, and the scabbard is nice with the exception that the brass drag at the base was lost off somewhere along the way.  A replacement brass drag should be a relatively easy item to locate.  Priced so reasonably that it is only slightly more than re-enactors pay for nice reproductions.--only $695.SOLD
  117. Very nice condition 1850s era .60 cal. French M. R. de Chatellerault single shot percussion pistol.  It is extremely well made with crisp action - sharp marks - a compartment on the butt with an extra nipple - and rifling that will cut your finger.  This is an exceptionally nice pistol.--$750.SOLD
  118. cavgaframe.JPG (152938 bytes)Pretty green excavated cavalry size Confederate GA. Frame waist belt plate.  This plate was recovered by Chris Havner from an 1863 Confederate Cavalry camp located near Tullahoma, TN.  It was broken into when recovered and has been expertly restored.  You literally can't even find where the break was.  If you've been wanting a pretty Confederate GA. Frame buckle for your collection, but the $600. to $800. prices have held you back.  Here is a really pretty Confederate GA. Frame plate for only.--$395.SOLD
  119. brstpltend.JPG (66528 bytes)brstpltendrev.JPG (59716 bytes)Absolutely beautiful condition non-excavated lead filled circular Federal eagle breastplate.  The face has a rich, aged patina - full lead fill in the reverse - and both attachment loops perfectly intact.  This is as nice as they come.--$250.SOLD
  120. flskandmld.JPG (57714 bytes)flskandmldopn.JPG (58497 bytes)Very nice addition to your .31 cal. Colt Pocket Model Display.  This set includes a pretty Colt .31 cal. bullet mold {that actually has 4 cavities - someone added 2 more bullets to the mold that are for another revolver}, and also a small military eagle flask of the correct size for the Colt Pocket Model Revolver.  Think how much cooler your Colt Pocket Model will look with these items displayed with it.--$375. for both items-SOLD
  121. Very nice condition "1861" date heavy cavalry saber {saber only without scabbard}.  The blade is sparkling clean with an "1861" date mark and numerous "blade to blade" nicks.  The saber has original complete wrap and wire on the grip, and the cast brass guard has taken a blow breaking out a section of the guard.  A nice looking saber that could certainly tell some hair raising Battle stories, and very possibly Confederate carried.--$450.SOLD
  122. Quite rare State Of Alabama Civil War Date $100. note printed at Montgomery, AL. in Jan. 1864.  This is one that you don't see everyday.  The note is circulated, but remains complete and sound.--$135.
  123. pliers.JPG (53121 bytes)Excavated pair of blacksmith forged pliers.  It was recovered over 40 years ago and has been cleaned up to operate and look exactly like it did during the Civil War.  The pliers were recovered from a Confederate 1862 camp here at Stones River.--$48.
  124. Nice condition and quite rare and ornate "Tennessee Brigade" United Confederate Veterans Reunion badge and ribbons for the 29th National Confederate Reunion held in Atlanta in 1919.  This is a difficult badge to find in a condition this nice.--$250.
  125. Really cool tiny little reunion canteen bearing the slogan "We Drank From The Same Canteen".  It's been years and years since I've seen one of these but if memory serves me right - This little canteen is from a famous {joint} "UCV - GAR" Reunion.  I can't remember when - where - or any of the details but I'm sure one of my good reunion buddies will send me the "scoop".  Anyway -- It's--$195.
  126. Very attractive and quite rare "1849" date "Sprague and Marston" .31 cal. 6-shot Pepper Box revolver.  The revolver has a smooth dark attic patina with lots of remaining engraving.  The action works sometimes and doesn't sometimes.  You see Pepper Box revolvers of this type being carried in many Civil War images.--$595.SOLD
  127. Beautiful excavated coat size "Droop Wing Eagle" Confederate Staff Officer's button.  This was dug in the early 1970s from the 1862 - 1863 winter camp of the 2nd Tennessee Volunteer Infantry located near Tullahoma, TN.- You couldn't ask to dig a nicer button.--$275.SOLD
  128. Very pretty excavated stamped brass "Hardee Eagle Hat Pin" recovered on private property here at Stones River several years ago by Danny Hammonds.  Danny recovered this hat plate about 600 yards from our shop here and where I am sitting right now !!!--$150.
  129. Nice condition and well marked .69 cal. Model 1816 friction fit triangular socket bayonet.  This would be just the item to compliment your .69 cal. Model 1816 musket display.--$195.
  130. Untouched attic chocolate brown .58 cal. Springfield triangular socket bayonet.  This would be the perfect compliment to complete your "attic untouched" .58 cal. Springfield or contract 3-band rifled musket.--$195.SOLD
  131. Really pretty excavated "P" base .577 cal. Enfield projectile recovered on private property here at Stones River many years ago.--$28.
  132. Absolutely beautiful condition excavated coat size Confederate 2-piece "block I" uniform button.  This button was recovered about 40 years ago from Gen. Breckenridge's Nov. - 1862 Kentucky Orphan Brigade camp located on private property near Readyville, TN.  It has a smooth chocolate brown patina on the face and is backmarked "E. M. L. & Co. - Richmond, VA." on the reverse.  Really nice.--$135.SOLD
  133. Excavated scarce "Pointed Nose" Maynard cartridge recovered years ago from Wilson's Federal Cavalry position at the Dec.- 1864 Battle of Nashville, TN. - Second Day Fighting.--$48.
  134. Nice condition and very scarce "1862" date "T. J. Millard" Model 1860 light cavalry saber and scabbard.  The blade is clean with several small "blade to blade" service nicks and is marked "1862 - T. J. Millard - U.S.".  The grip has original wrap and wire and has enough wear to indicate quite a bit of actual field use.  The scabbard is in nice condition as well with a smooth, chocolate brown attic patina and has just enough couple small dings and marks to clearly indicate actual service in the saddle.  This is a very scarce maker and date.--$950.
  135. Quite scarce .58 cal. "Providence Tool Co." - 1863 date Model 1861 3-band contract rifled musket.  This musket shows clear signs of having really been carried A LOT.  The metal has a smooth dark, attic brown patina with lockplate markings of "Providence Tool Co. - Providence, R.I. - 1863".  The markings are all visible, but worn down quite a bit from use.  The wood shows lots of use as well with corners rounded and all the normal bumps and bruises of a carried weapon.  The inspector's cartouche is worn, but you can still faintly make it out.  It is missing the rear sling swivel and has a "home grown" rear site.  This is a good, honest rare contract Civil War musket that without question "Saw The Elephant".--$1,150.
  136. This is one of the best and most sought after of all excavated relics reference books and has been out of print forever.  This is "Excavated Artifacts From Battlefields and Campsites of the Civil War" by Stanley Phillips.  It remains in very nice condition.--$115.
  137. Drop dead beautiful condition excavated large size lead filled U.S. oval cartridge boxplate.  This fine plate was recovered in 1968 on private property at Shiloh by Dr. Rees Buttram.  Wow -- Plates sure were pretty when they came out of the ground 45 years ago !!--$225.
  138. Excavated nice condition Leech and Rigdon style Confederate Manufactured Cavalry Spur recovered from Spring Hill, TN. on private property in areas that Forrest's and Van Dorn's Confederate Cavalry were camped in 1863.--$275.
  139. Absolutely beautiful coat and cuff set of excavated gilted Federal Staff Officer's buttons.  These were recovered about 40 years ago by Dr. Rees Buttram on private property near Shiloh.--$55. for both
  140. Nice condition and quite scarce "1862" date D. J. Millard Federal Light Cavalry Saber And Scabbard.  The blade has a smooth gently greying aged patina with deep, sharp marks of "1862 - D. J. Millard - U,S. - Clayville, N.Y."  The blade was sharpened a little bit back during the Civil War years, and is equally patinaed to the rest of the blade.  The original leather grip and wire are intact and in very nice condition.  The scabbard is excellent as well with a smooth, aged brown patina and is without even a single ding.--$895.
  141. Excavated remains of a .577 cal. Pattern 1853 Enfield triangular socket bayonet.  This was recovered from the camp of the 37th TN. INF. - C.S.A. located near Mill Springs, KY.--$75.
  142. Absolutely beautiful condition non-excavated .69 cal. Model 1816 triangular socket bayonet.  It has a deep, sharp "U.S." mark and will be a perfect compliment to your .69 cal. Model 1816 musket.--$195.
  143. Nice looking Model 1840 Federal Artillery saber and scabbard.  The blade is clean just beginning to darken in areas with age.  It is marked "Ames Mfg. Co. - 1864 - U.S. - Chicopee, Mass." and does have several blade to blade nicks up and down it's length.  The scabbard is in good condition as well, also beginning to darken in areas with age.  This is a good solid, attractive, middle grade example.--$850.
  144. Quite hard to find -- Lucy Pickens Confederate $100. note.  This is the Feb. 17th, 1864 issue and is a circulated note, but strong and complete.--$125.
  145. Very pretty condition original Confederate Feb. 17th, 1864 Jeff Davis $50. note.  Note is circulated, but bright colors and strong edges.--$95.
  146. Beautiful pair of excavated Federal "I" - Infantry Officer's buttons recovered by Dr. Rees Buttram about 40 years ago on private property at Shiloh.  The REALLY COOL thing is that BOTH BUTTONS still have thread and cloth intact on the back.--$75. for both
  147. Pretty excavated circular lead filled Federal eagle breastplate.  This was recovered by Dr. Rees Buttram many, many years ago on private property near Chickamauga, GA.  It has a crisp face - full lead - and one of the two iron attachment loops remaining intact.  This is a nicer eagle breastplate than is typically being recovered now.--$175.
  148. Non-Excavated cast brass keeper for a Model 1851 Eagle Sword Belt Plate.  This keeper fits a buckle that is 2 1/8th inch in overall width and took a belt 1 7/8ths in width and had a tongue from 1/2 inch to 9/16ths in width.  It's really hard to find a keeper "that fits" to finish an eagle sword plate out.--$45.
  149. Excavated complete .50 cal. Gallagher carbine cartridge.  This one was recovered about 30 years ago from the Federal Cavalry Head Quarters camp located near Pump Springs, AL. and is a cartridge that is rarely recovered anymore.--$65.
  150. Nice quality excavated large size "U.S." oval arrow hook Federal waist belt plate.  This was recovered here at Stones River about 30 years ago by Gordon Summar.  The buckle is solid and strong enough that I feel sure that you could still wear it.--$250.
  151. Quite rare 2nd grip pattern "Bleckmann" Model 1860 Federal light cavalry saber and scabbard.  The blade is in nice condition just beginning to darken with age. The grip is very nice with complete original wrap and wire, and the scabbard is equally nice also just starting to darken with age.  You really don't see this pattern "Bleckmann" for sale very often and their distinctive mark is clear as can be.--$850.
  152. "Pair" of Confederate Gardner bullets fuzed by the campfire.  This was recovered many years ago from private property near Chickamauga, GA. - Unusual Confederate artifact.--$25.SOLD
  153. Scarce "Western Theater" produced "Lee and His Generals" C.D.V.  It has the rare "A. S. Morse - Photographer - Dept. of the Cumberland - Nashville, Tenn." backmark.--$275.
  154. Excavated Enfield musket nipple protector with original chain recovered from the Confederate Battle Line on private property here at Stones River.--$45.
  155. Rarest of the rare excavated silvered oak leaf "Lt. Col." shoulder strap insignia.  It is in beautiful condition and was recovered in the early 1970s near Brandy Station, VA. by Chuck Sykes.  In 35 years I have only had 3 of these - so how scarce is that ??--$395.
  156. Very, very nice Confederate tin drum canteen that about 40 years ago was purchased out of a North Carolina estate.  Any Confederate artifact collector would enjoy this piece.--$750.
  157. Model 1858 Federal "Bullseye" canteen with original cover and stopper.  It was recently purchased out of a North Georgia estate sale and has a "Philadelphia" maker's mark on the pewter spout.  You can clearly tell from the wear pattern on the wool cover that this canteen was actually carried.--$295.
  158. Excellent condition non-excavated coat size Confederate "Script I" {Infantry} Uniform Button.  It is just loaded with gold gilt and has shank straight and intact.  The reverse is plain.--$225.
  159. Recently excavated lead filled circular Federal eagle breastplate.  This was found on private property here at the Battle of Stones River.  It's a solid, attractive plate, but does have some rust residue showing through the face from the wire loops in the reverse.--only $125.SOLD
  160. Excavated large size "U.S." oval cartridge boxplate.  This was recovered on private property near Shiloh about 40 years ago by Dr. Rees Buttram.  The plate is quite attractive and displays nicely, but did get too close to the camp fire back 150 years ago.  The lead partially melted and migrated toward one end making it considerably thicker than normal on one half and thinner than normal on the other half.--$150.
  161. Fresh out of an Ill. estate sale - Really pretty attic untouched Model 1860 Federal Cavalry Saber and Scabbard.  The blade is clean just starting to turn grey-brown with age and is marked "U.S. - 1864 - Mansfield and Lamb".  The brass guard is perfect with a patina nearly as brown as an excavated example.  It has complete original wrap and wire on the grip and the twisted brass wire is almost brown in color now.  The scabbard is nice without a single dent and it also has a rich, thick, brown patina covering it.  If you enjoy an artifact with a pretty - never cleaned - aged patina, you'll really like this one.--$895.
  162. Very nice condition excavated coat size Confederate "Droop Wing Eagle" C.S. Staff Officer's button.  This is a scarce "CS26A" and was recovered by Dr. Rees Buttram about 40 years ago on private property near Chickamauga.--$195.
  163. Really pretty "1840 - 1850" era percussion long rifle of the type commonly used in the South for hunting or competition shooting prior to the Civil War and were often carried off to War by many young Confederates when they first left home for the  War in early 1861.  This one has an ornate brass patchbox and quite a bit of brass and silver inlay - is about .45 cal. and has a very thick, heavy barrel.  Talk about looking sweet over the fireplace in a nice den or study.  It is nearly identical to the one picture on page 137 -Gettysburg Relics and Souvenirs - by Mike O'Donnell.--$895.SOLD
  164. Just dug out of a lawn here at Stones River.  Coat size Confederate "Droop Wing Eagle" Staff Officer's button.  Solid as a rock with a pretty chocolate brown patina recovered from private property along the first day fighting Confederate line position along Old Wilkinson Pike.  This would be Dec. 31, 1862 fighting.--$175.
  165. Very attractive "1848 - Ames" NCO sword in original leather scabbard {missing only the brass tip} with the white over-the-shoulder sling - frog - and eagle breastplate.  The blade on this sword is "sparkling" bright with deep, sharp marks.  This rig will display with museum quality beauty.--$975.
  166. Last Thursday was absolutely beautiful and 67 degrees.  My daughter - Savannah - and I decided that it was a perfect day to play "Hooky" and go relic digging instead of opening the shop.  I had found a small Union camp a few weeks earlier and we decided to see what was there.  We got several bullets - a coat size eagle "I" button - and then I got this nice clear "80" reading on the scale.  At 14 inches deep and under several big roots was a beautiful early style - lead filled - "U.S." oval.  Notice the oval "ghost" where it has been laying for the last 150 years.  Savannah now has it in her display case to remember the experience !!!!!  {If a guy could bottle the rush that you get from digging a Civil War belt plate - It would put Cocaine right out of business !!!}
  167. I tried to get Rocky to smile, but all he wanted to do was eat and drink !!!!!!!
  168. Isn't this guy beautiful - almost neon green.  He came up while bullet digging today as if to say - " Hey Man - Digging Anything ??"
  169. Check out my new "Best Friend" !!!!  When I feed him - It's like he says "I Love You Man !!!!"
  170. My "Free Kitten" with every purchase promotion is winding up BUT My Free "Baby Raccoon" with every purchase is just getting started !!!  {I have 2 Moms and a total of 7 baby Raccoons !!!!}
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  172. annasoccer.JPG (39064 bytes)poppyana&rachJPG.JPG (253237 bytes)NEW PICTURE !!!  Guess who is celebrating 1 year old today ??  Yep -- "Lady A - Anastasia" .  I  just got back from Houston, TX. visiting my first "Grandchild - Lady-A" {Anastasia}.  She is an absolute little doll and has everyone wrapped around her tiny, little finger.  She has arrived at the conclusion - "If I'm awake, somebody best be holding me if you know what's good for you" -- {otherwise I'll give you the business} !!!  She and I have a lot in common -- Two of our favorite things on earth to do is "Eat and Sleep" !!!!  Jonathan {the pup} is a wonderful "Big Brother" -- As a matter of fact - He has a little sweater that has "Only Child" crossed out and "Big Brother" written beneath it.  She is something like 11 months old and already weighs 23 lbs. -- Texas thing I'm told !!!   {Make that "2 YEARS" old now !!!!}  WOW --- Time sure gets away !!!!
  173. Very nice 1/6th plate fully cased full standing view of a Union Cavalryman.  He is well equipted with his Colt revolver on one side and his cavalry saber presented on the other.  The image has good clarity, but does have a few small scratches here and there, but they don't affect the image subject.  The case itself is a beautiful brown patriotic gutta percha with a large shield filled with stars on both front and back.  This is a really nice image.--$450.
  174. Quite rare CDV picturing 14 individuals that were the leadership of the Confederacy and are labeled the, "Confederate Head."  Some of the individuals pictured are Jeb Stuart, Stonewall Jackson, Earl Van Dorn, NB Forrest, Leonidus Polk, and others.--$195.
  175. Perfect condition excavated .52 cal. dropped "Whitworth like" projectile.  This was recovered from one of Gen. Hood's Sharpshooter positions at the "Battle of Nashville".  It is a long bullet that looks just like a cylindrical Whitworth, but just a slightly bigger caliber.  I have been told that this was used in a "Greene Rifle" - but I'm not sure.  It is unquestionably of Sharpshooter nature.  We find these projectiles and actual .45 cal. cylindrical Whitworths in the same areas.--$25.
  176. Quite ornate non-regulation Model 1850 Federal Field and Staff Officer's sword and scabbard.  The blade is darkening with age, but easily visible engraving remains. The guard is iron and quite ornate with the "cut-out eagle and U.S. and E. Pluribus Unum".  The original leather grip remains intact in some areas and is worn through to polished wood in other areas.  The scabbard has a thick brown aged patina and several small dents from use.  A nice honest example that has clearly "seen the elephant".--$850.
  177. Very attractive and quite rare "1849" date "Sprague and Marston" .31 cal. 6-shot Pepper Box revolver.  The revolver has a smooth dark attic patina with lots of remaining engraving.  The action works sometimes and doesn't sometimes.  You see Pepper Box revolvers of this type being carried in many Civil War images.--$695.SOLD
  178. Excavated 3-inch Federal Hotchkiss projectile recovered by Guinn Coble from Columbia/Spring Hill, TN. area {prelude to The Battle Of Franklin, TN.}  The projectile was missing the lead sabot when it was recovered and Guinn molded one back in place for display {and it looks excellent}--only $195.
  179. Very nice condition excavated TINY silvered South Carolina State Seal kepi button.  There is pretty silver remaining outlining the motif and the shank is intact.  You have to be really paying attention and listening or you'll miss this little gem.  This button was recovered about 30 years ago from private property near Chickamauga, GA.--$175.
  180. Circulated, but very attractive and sound as can be - Lucy Pickens - Feb. 17th, 1864 - $100. Confederate note.--$125.
  181. Coat size non-excavated Federal Navy button.  "Waterbury" backmark and shank intact.--$45.
  182. Beautiful condition excavated coat size Federal eagle "I" Infantry officer with lots of original gold gilt.  This was recovered on private property at Shiloh many, many years ago.--$38.
  183. Perfect set of "arrow hooks" out of the reverse of a large size "U.S." oval Federal waist belt plate.  Here is the interesting part - This was recovered from an 1863 Confederate winter camp along Duck River near Shelbyville, TN.  The Confederates frequently melted these out and wore the "hooks only" as their waist belt plate.  It worked perfectly and no longer had the letters they didn't care for.--$48.
  184. Attractive and solid condition Model 1855 .58 cal. Federal leather cartridge box.  The box has leather closure tab - both iron roller buckles - brass finial - both leather belt loops - and inner compartment - all still intact.  It is maker marked "Dingee - New York".--$275.
  185. Mint condition original unissued "red" Federal Artillery hat cord for the "Hardee Style Hat".--$45.
  186. Beautiful condition excavated coat size New York state seal button.  The button was recovered in the late 1960s by Dr. Rees Buttrum from the camp of Gen. Joseph Hooker's troops located near Tiftonia, TN.  The button is perfect with shank intact and lots of gold gilt remaining.--$35.
  187. Excellent condition excavated coat size Federal eagle Staff Officer's button.  It has crisp detail and the eagle is surrounded by gold gilt.  This was recovered about 40 years ago on private property near Chickamauga.--$38.
  188. Group of flattened bullets and a button used by soldiers for poker chips or game pieces.  These were recovered many years ago from private property near Shiloh.--$30. for all
  189. Beautiful condition excavated gilted coat size Federal Infantry Officer's button.  This button has a "Goddard" backmark and was recovered about 40 years ago on private property near Shiloh.--$38.
  190. Nice condition  Sept. 2, 1861 rare "Floating Sail Ship" Confederate $20. note.--$65.
  191. Now here is an item that you don't see offered for sale every day.  It is an "1842" printing of "The History Of America" in GERMAN and was presented to a soldier in "1864".  The book remains in very nice condition.--$95.
  192. Very attractive non-excavated large size "S.N.Y." cartridge boxplate.  The plate has a really nice aged patina and appears to be off an old relic board in that there are two old tack holes that have been solder filled where it was at one time tacked to the relic board.  It has full lead and one of the two iron loops remains intact on the reverse and it has excellent eye appeal in display.--$550.
  193. Excavated drop .69 cal. triangle base French Minie.  This was recovered near Readyville, TN. from Gen. Breckenridge's Nov. 1862 Army of Tennessee Confederate camp there occupied just before the Battle of Stones River.  This is one of my favorite bullets to dig.--$35.
  194. Very attractive Model 1858 "smooth type" Federal canteen.  The canteen shows actual wear from use and the pewter spout is marked "M.V.M." -- likely Massachusetts Volunteer Militia.  Every collection needs a nice original Civil War canteen.--$195.
  195. 1840 era 6-inch powder horn of the exact type that many young Confederates carried when they first left home for the war in 1861.  Very nice condition.--$65.
  196. Nice condition Civil War Federal Cavalry carbine cartridge box.  The box remains nice and pliable with both belt loops, brass finial, closure strap, original wooden block inside, soldier initials {H.E.F.}, and complete inner leather compartment.  The leather closure tab is complete, but has been reinforced with leather from the back to give it more strength.  This would be a wonderful compliment to display with your Civil War carbine.--$350. 
  197. Excavated coat size rare pattern {C.S.-26B} Confederate "Drooped Wing Eagle" Staff Officer's Button.  This is a local with chocolate brown patina and a little gold gilt.  It was recovered from Gen. Lucius Polk's 1863 Brigade winter camp located near Tullahoma, TN.--$195.
  198. Nice condition Model 1858 7-ring Federal Bullseye Canteen with all 3 strap loops and stopper intact.  This canteen is in nice solid condition but does have a couple dents from actual Civil War period field service.  No Civil War collection is complete without an original Civil War Canteen.--$175.
  199. Excellent condition non-excavated soldered seam Civil War tinware camp bucket.  This item would display wonderfully in a camp scene exhibit.--$85.
  200. Perfect condition original non-excavated musket nipple pick- perfect to complete your regulation issue Civil War leather cap box. --$45.
  201. Very nice condition original "1864 dated" unopened packet of Frankfort Arsenal 5 Second Artillery Fuzes--$95.
  202. Excavated coat size Confederate local Louisiana State Seal uniform button.  This button was recovered about 40 years ago by Dr. Rees Buttram on private property near Chickamauga, GA.  It has good detail with a dark brown patina and a little gold gilt left in the recessed areas.  The iron shank is rusted away, and only rusty remnants remain.  Confederate local manufactured State Seal buttons are scarce to recover.--$195.
  203. 1840 era 9-inch powder horn of the exact type that were carried from home by young Confederates in "1861" as they first left home for the Civil War.  Every Civil War display should have at least a couple original Civil War powder horns.--$65.
  204. Really cool original Civil War candle holder display.  I have mounted an original Civil War iron candle holder onto a piece of exploded Civil War cannon shell and put a candle in place for display.  Talk about a nice Civil War desk display item !!  The candle holder was recovered by Dr. Rees Buttram from private property near Shiloh in the early 1960s--$48.
  205. Rather scarce original Confederate June 2, 1862 "Sailing ships" One Dollar note.  The note is attractive, will display well, and reasonably sound, but quite circulated with a couple little holes.  Bargain priced for this hard to get note.--$48.50
  206. Really pretty excavated gilted coat size Federal eagle button.  It's actually quite rare to dig a common eagle button with gold gilt.  This one was recovered on private property near Chickamauga.--$25.
  207. Fresh out of the ground !!  Coat size Virginia State Seal button just recovered from a Confederate camp site located near Richmond, VA.  It hasn't been cleaned up at all, but you can already see pretty gold gilt showing through the dirt and patina here and there.  "Horstmann & Sons" backmark.--$150.
  208. Beautiful condition non-excavated coat size Civil War era Wisconsin State Seal Button.  This is a three piece staff with nice gold gilt, shank intact, and "Scovill" backmark.--$225.
  209. sixthcavsgt.JPG (72849 bytes)1/6th plate "Ruby" ambrotype of a seated federal cavalryman.  The image is in a 1/2 hard case and is quite clear.  He is wearing his Model 1851 sword belt rig with his Colt revolver clearly visible and also you can see his Sergeant rank stripes on his sleeves.  Very attractive image with good content.--$395.
  210. Just brought in out of our local area Model 1840 import "Old Wrist Breaker" Heavy Cavalry Saber in original metal scabbard.  Model 1840 Heavy Cavalry Sabers were extensively used by both US and CS Cavalry forces during the American Civil War.  The famous Southern Cavalry leader Gen. Nathan Bedford Forrest carried one as did many in his command. The blade has a smooth aging grey brown patina with the "Knight's Head" proof mark. The grip has some leather remaining, but it is mostly worn down to wood.  The brass guard has a rich aged never cleaned bronze patina and is in very nice condition.  The metal scabbard is in good condition as well, but does have some dings and marks from actual field service.--$695.
  211. Very rare extra "Hi-Base" 69 cal. French Dragoon triangle base projectile.  This is a nice drop , but does have a worm hole in the very top.  It's been ages since I've had one of these - This one was recovered near Corinth, Miss.--$85.
  212. Beautiful condition complete set of Federal Infantry Hat insignia.  This would be Union Infantry - 5th Regiment - Company "F".  Quite rare to find a nice complete set offered for sale.--$235. for all-SOLD
  213. Attractive excavated large size "U.S." oval lead filled cartridge boxplate.  This was recovered on private property at Chickamauga several years back.--$150.
  214. .69 cal. Prussian Musket which was purchased and imported early in the war by the Governor of Ohio for the issue to Ohio troops as they marched off to war in 1861.  These muskets fired an absolutely massive projectile, and they were very quickly found to not be as accurate and serviceable as the smaller cal. Springfield muskets.  Over the years as relic hunters we have learned that when you recover the huge Prussian projectiles that you are certainly in an Ohio camp and could very well be about to recover an "OVM" beltplate.  This particular musket is marked "Potsdam" and dated "1837."  Although the musket was brought in to the shop by a local family, it was learned that the family's ancestry was not unexpectedly out of Ohio.  It has a smooth, dark, uncleaned patina and will display very nicely.--$975.
  215. Excavated 3-inch Federal Hotchkiss projectile.  This projectile was recovered at Port Hudson, LA. and is complete with nose - brass fuze - cup - and lead sabot.  The shell has been cleaned, coated, disarmed, and is ready for display.--$250.
  216. Very pretty condition excavated large size lead filled US Oval Cartridge Boxplate.  This plate was recovered about 30 years ago by Dr. Rees Buttrum on private property near Shiloh, TN.  The face has a smooth brown patina with full lead in the reverse and both wire loops intact.-- $195.
  217. Excellent Condition Non-Excavated large coat size Gilted Eagle "I" - Federal Infantry Officer's Button.  It has 100% bright gold gilt with a " Waterbury" backmark.-- $38.
  218. Excellent condition non-excavated coat size "V.M.I." {Virginia Military Institute}.  It has virtually 100% bright gold gilt on the face - shank intact - and Civil War era "Evans in the ribbon" backmark.--$195.
  219. Attractive .69 cal. Potsdam musket dated "1826".  This one is out of an Ohio estate sale and has a smooth uncleaned attic patina.  A good number of these were purchased by the Governor of Ohio to arm troops from the state in early 1861 - some are even "OHIO" marked, but this one is unmarked.  The Ohio guys quickly realized that the rifled .58 cal. Springfield muskets were much better and more accurate and these ancient old muskets were soon replaced.  Confederates were also able to get some of these, and they used them until they were able to get the much superior and preferred .577 cal. Enfields.  This is a nice looking "early Civil War" weapon.--$895.
  220. Model 1860 Light Cavalry Saber and Scabbard.  The blade has an aging grey brown patina with markings of ?Mansfield and Lamb-1864- US? The grip has original wrap and wire with just a couple old age cracks.  The iron scabbard is in nice condition with a smooth chocolate brown aged patina and has a just a couple small dings from actual service.--$895.

  221. Excellent condition excavated coat size Confederate "Block A" {Artillery} button.  This was recovered from a Confederate winter camp near Richmond, VA. about 30 years ago.  The face has a nice uncleaned brown-green patina, and the iron reverse is solid as can be with shank intact.  It's really hard to find an iron back Confederate button this strong and solid.--$125.
  222. Beautiful condition Model 1840 "Ames" Federal Musician's Sword and Scabbard.  The blade remains sparkling bright and is marked "Ames Manufacturing Co. - U.S. - 1864" and is in it's original - near mint leather scabbard.  You don't run across Civil War swords this nice much anymore.--$650.
  223. Here is a "Motley Crew" of Relic Hunters on a pretty day in the late 1990s.  Our group on that day was Dr. Rees Buttram {on the extreme right} - Dennis Headley {the very large ugly one next} - and next is me {in front} with my trusty old 6000 Pro {the studly one !!!!} - and next in front is a young man with a shovel and a large smile.  He asked to be taken Civil War relic hunting for his 10th birthday.  After about 6 hours we had recovered 152 artifacts and made this young man a "Happy Birthday Display" that I will wager that he still has in his possession today - -  At age 25 or 26 or so by now !!!  Now that is a bunch of guys having SERIOUS fun !!!!!!!!!
  224. Excavated large size U.S. oval cartridge boxplate recovered from Chickamauga, GA. with a beautiful face and a "W. H. Smith - Brooklyn" maker's mark that you can read across the room.  This plate was dug almost 40 years ago and it's quality reflects that.--$295.
  225. Drop dead beautiful condition excavated coat size Virginia State Seal Button.  This is a VA 13 with "Canfield Bro. and Co.- Baltimore" backmark.  The button has a slick chocolate brown patina with the figures completely outlined in bright gold gilt.--$295.
  226. Excavated coat size block "A" (Confederate Artillery) button.  This button was recovered from the Army of Tennessee's Artillery Park for the winter of 1863 located on Lewisburg Pike just outside Shelbyville, TN.--$95.
  227. This 8 - page "Eye Witness" "Battle of Nashville, TN." letter isn't currently for sale, but is just to "historically cool" not to share.  One such bit of "NEW" information is this -- I have many times read where the citizens came out to watch the Battle almost like going to a Sporting Event -- BUT, This is the first time that I have read that it angered the Federal Generals WHO THEN PRESSED THEM INTO SERVICE DIGGING GRAVES !!!!  Just a great eye witness view into the history of this Battle -- Enjoy !!
  228. Quite scarce July 1st, 1852 - $3. Note from the Merchant's Bank of Washington D. C. - This note has the Tennessee Hero "Old Hickory" {Andrew Jackson} pictured on it.  The note is circulated, but is sound and has a very nice display look.  I have seen this note for as much as $195.  Here is a good buy on a very rare note.--$85.
  229. Very nice condition cast brass double cavity bullet mold for a Civil War era "Country Rifle".  This is what many young Confederates left home carrying in 1861.  Looks to be about 44 cal.--$150.
  230. Really pretty crisp, pliable small leather Federal percussion cap box.  You couldn't ask for a prettier example.  The pick is still inside, but no wool.--$165.
  231. Beautiful excavated drop .58 cal. 2-ring German Suhl projectile.  This extra nice and quite rare Confederate bullet was recovered by Mark Heath from an 1862 Wheeler Confederate Cavalry Camp located near Knob Gap, TN.--$65.
  232. Nose section of a 3-inch Percussion fuzed Hotchkiss projectile recovered at the second Day's Fighting at The Battle of Nashville, TN.  The plunger can still be seen intact on the interior of the brass percussion fuze.  This is a great little "Battle of Nashville, TN." conversation piece.--$48.
  233. Very nice condition non-excavated .50 cal. Flat Top Maynard Carbine Cartridge.  An excellent compliment to display with your Civil War Maynard Carbine.--$48.
  234. Solid, attractive "Middle-Grade" nice early Model 1855 .58 cal. Federal cartridge box.  The leather remains pliable with about an average amount of flaking.  The box has both belt loops and both iron roller buckles intact, but the tip of the closure tab is broken off.  The tip is present though - tucked inside the inner compartment of the box and could easily be repaired.  The box is slotted for a "U.S." cartridge boxplate, but there is not one currently on the box.  It is "New York" maker marked on the inside flap.--$250.
  235. Excellent condition non-excavated coat size Federal Navy button.  It has 100 % bright gold gilt - Waterbury backmark - and shank intact.--$48.
  236. Two unique Enfield musket artifacts  presented in a glass display case.  One of the artifacts is a brass Enfield Tompion and the other artifact is a very unusual Enfield Bullet.  The soldier loaded this bullet into his musket upside down and had to use his bullet extractor screwed onto the back end of his ramrod to remove it.  The interesting thing is that normally when a bullet has been extracted the extractor hole is in the nose, but on this bullet, because it was loaded upside down, the extractor hole is in the rear.--$45.
  237. Excavated circular brass cavalry Rossette.  This was recovered from the 1863 Winter Camp of the 51st Alabama Cavalry located near Fosterville, TN.--$35.
  238. Beautiful condition excavated coat size gilted Federal Infantry Officer's Button.  This button was recovered by Dr. Rees Buttram on private property in Chickamaga, GA.  Both the Eagle and the letter "I" are outlined with with bright gold gilt.--$38.
  239. Absolutely drop dead beautiful excavated "drop" .69 cal. Confederate used triangle base French minie.  It has a creamy, marble like white patina and was recovered here at Stones River in the late 1960s.  I don't know how it could possibly be any nicer.--$45.
  240. Very nice content cabinet card of a fully equipted Ill. Infantry soldier.  The image has a "Woldridge and King - Petersburg, ILL." Photographer's mark.--$75.
  241. Coat size, excavated, western theater, low convex Confederate Block "I" Infantry Button.  It is in good condition with a nice chocolate brown patina.--$95
  242. Group of PUBLISHED really pretty "North Carolina Sunburst" excavated buttons.  These buttons were recovered in the late 1960s from  Gen. Manigault's 1863 Army of Tennessee Confederate winter camp at Dalton, Ga.  Some of these very buttons are in the pile pictured on page 209 in Charlie Harris's book - "Civil War Relics of the Western Campaigns".   Just point out the one you want.--$110. each
  243. Excavated coat size North Carolina State Seal button.  This is the style with the star in the depressed channel on the reverse.  The button is very solid with a smooth chocolate brown patina.  There is a light dip in the face but nothing serious.  The reverse has shank intact and gold gilt in the channel.--$135.
  244. Excellent condition non-excavated 12 mm French Pinfire cartridge.  This will be a fine compliment to display with your French Pinfire revolver.--$25.
  245. Very attractive Model 1840 Federal light artillery saber and scabbard.  The blade is clean just beginning to gently mellow with age and does have a couple little blade to blade nicks.  It is marked "U.S. - 1864 - Ames Mfg. Co. - Chicopee".  The mark is visible, but deeper on one side than the other, which isn't uncommon to be the case.  The grip is nice with original wrap and wire and the cast brass guard has a beautiful - never cleaned - bronze age patina.  The scabbard is in good condition with a dark  - never cleaned - chocolate brown patina, but does have a little pitting here and there in some areas.--$850.
  246. 2ibuttons2.JPG (105432 bytes)Offered here is a "set" of excellent examples of the two different styles of coat size "brass face-iron reverse" - Confederate Infantry buttons recovered from Army of Tennessee 1863 winter camps here in the West.  These were recovered by Benny Anderson from Army of Tennessee 1863 winter camps at Dalton, GA.  Note the distinctively different rim and form "I" between the two.--$195. for the pair
  247. Excellent condition excavated gilted Federal "I" Infantry Officer's button.  This was recovered in the late 1960s by Dr. Rees Buttram on private property at Shiloh.  An excellent button.--$38.
  248. Pair {coat and cuff} of beautiful condition excavated "Gilted" Federal Infantry Officer's buttons.  These were recovered in the late 1960s from private property at Shiloh by Dr. Rees Buttram.  Just really, really pretty.--$48. for the pair
  249. Very nice excavated coat size gilted New York State Seal button.  This was recovered by Dr. Rees Buttram in the mid - 1970s from Gen. Joe Hookers camps located near Tiftonia, TN.--$35.SOLD.
  250. .Beautiful non-excavated coat size gilted "1861" date Mintzer manufactured Georgia State Seal.  This is an excellent example with 100% gilt on the face, and 100% silver on the reverse, and is backmarked "1861 - W. G. Mintzer - Phil.", and the shank is intact and straight.  Top Shelf In Every Way.--$250.
  251. mixedbullets.JPG (33975 bytes)bulkbullets.JPG (82496 bytes)I've just purchased 5000 mixed excavated Civil War bullets.  Bag of 50 mixed dropped and fired U.S. and C.S. bullets-each bag includes a variety of different type bullets at a low cost of $1.70 per bullet--$85. a bag.

  252. Pretty condition non-excavated large size lead filled "U.S." oval waist belt plate.  This is an example of the most worn waist belt plate of the American Civil War.--$250.
  253. Beautiful excavated gilted coat size New York State seal Button.  This button was recovered from private property near Tiftonia, TN. and has no dents - loads of gold gilt - and shank intact and straight.--$45.
  254. Very nice condition Confederate "Sep. 2, 1861" $20. note.  This one is known as the "Industry, Cupid, and Beehive" T20 note and is somewhat hard to find in nice condition.--$85.                                         
  255. Excavated coat size rare "low convex" Virginia State Seal button.  This button was dug by Chuck Sykes from a Virginia troops camp near Brandy Station, VA.  It is quite solid with a smooth brown patina and an "rmdc" Horstmann and Sons backmark.  It is missing the shank {which is probably why it got lost}.  A pretty button.--$195.
  256. Excavated 50 cal. Maynard cartridge recovered from Granny White Gap at the 2nd days fighting at the Battle of Nashville, TN.--$45.
  257. Excavated large size lead filled "U.S." oval cartridge boxplate.  This plate was recovered in the early 1980s on private property in central Virginia by Chuck Sykes.  It has a very attractive chocolate brown patina.--$125.
  258. Excavated Federal "hi-port" cavalry bit recovered from a Confederate cavalry camp at Corinth, MISS.  The Rebels had removed the  cast bras "U.S." rosettes from each side so that they could then use the bit themselves and it NOT be "U.S." marked.  A very neat  "U.S. to C.S." kind of relic.--$85.
  259. Rare drop "one ring" .58 cal Gardner projectile recovered at Chickamauga, GA.--$25.
  260. chickmagaus.JPG (57131 bytes)chickmagausrev.JPG (76851 bytes)Excavated large size lead filled "U.S." oval cartridge boxplate recovered at Chickamauga a few years ago.  The face has one little rust bump on the bottom of the "S" but is otherwise an excellent plate with a smooth chocolate brown patina on the face and full lead and both loops on the reverse.--$195.
  261. vastaff.JPG (76150 bytes)vastaffrev.JPG (73315 bytes)Beautiful condition non-excavated coat size Virginia staff officer's 3-piece button.  This is a 23 mm VA261C with near 100 % bright gold gilt.  The reverse has "Superior Quality" backmark with the shank intact.--$275.
  262. Quite scarce excavated "Long Tail" Confederate cavalry - Hall carbine projectile.  This is an excellent drop recovered from the camp of the 1st Confederate Cavalry located near the old academy at Unionville, TN.--$65.
  263. I'm betting that one of the reasons that you guys regularly check out Midtenrelics is that you are not only going to see some cool relics BUT you are going to see and learn some very interesting stuff.  How many of you have ever seen and read Gen. Nathan Bedford Forrest's Last Will and Testament.  Quite Interesting Reading !!!
  264. Nice condition 69 cal. Model 1816 friction fit triangular socket bayonet.  Deep, sharp "U.S." mark on the blade and a perfect compliment to display with your 69 cal. Model 1816 musket.--$195.
  265. Very nice condition 58 cal. triangular socket bayonet correct for the Springfield or any of the 1861 contract rifled muskets.  This was apparently state or private purchase as there is no "U.S." stamp.--$175.
  266. Absolutely beautiful condition non-excavated coat size gilted Virginia Staff Officer's button.  This looks like a VA-20 and has the shank intact and a "Superior Quality" backmark with LOTS of gold gilt.--$250.
  267. Model 1860 light cavalry saber and scabbard.  This one has a clean, bright blade just beginning to grey with age and having remnants of some old plating.  It is marked "Emerson and Silver - U.S. - 186 {1}" I think.  The last digit of the date is somewhat hard to make out.  The grip is pretty with original wrap and wire.  The scabbard is in nice condition as well, but it also has remnants of old plating.  My guess is that it is likely an old Veteran's Hall saber as they loved to paint and plate artifacts.  The saber has a great display look on the wall.--$750.
  268. "Attic" condition "1863" date Model 1860 light cavalry saber and scabbard.  The blade has a deep, dark 150 year old chocolate brown patina and is marked "U.S. - 1863 - Mansfield and Lamb".  The grip is worn down to wood and reminds you of an old banister rail.  The scabbard has a thick brown patina as well.  This saber has a pleasing "out of the attic" look and is a great buy for the money.--$695.
  269. niceusoval.JPG (66096 bytes)niceusovalrev.JPG (77057 bytes)Perfect condition unissued large size lead filled "U.S." oval waist belt plate.  This is the arrow hook variety and all three hooks remain intact.  This is the classic belt plate of the American Civil War.--$250.
  270. forrestprint.JPG (71374 bytes)Beautiful and tough to come by 1973 print of General Nathan Bedford Forrest that was done by the Sons of Confederate Veterans over 30 years ago.  The print is BIG measuring 24 inches by 30 inches before framing and is absolutely breathtaking once it's matted and framed.  I seldom get these in anymore.--$89.

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