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  1. Luke, Savannah, and Lila yesterday visited the Exotic Animal Petting Zoo located near Gatlinburg, Tennessee.  They had an absolutely wonderful time, EXCEPT Lila is totally "NOT COOL"  with sharing her slushy with a camel!!!

  2. It is an absolute amazement to me how artists in the entertainment industry go from a normal life one day, to on stage in front of thousands of people the next, and then at warp speed, back to normal life.  Here you see us all relic hunting with Josh Turner, and the very next evening, he is on stage at the Grand Old Opry, live in front of thousands of people.  Then, within the hour, we are back at his tour bus doing research - just makes my head spin.  I asked Josh how he was able to do that, and he said, "I just go to my happy place."  I still can't imagine, because two weeks from now, I would still be trying to come down.  He is able to do it, apparently near effortlessly.

  3. Spring is well underway when the Azalea and Clematis are in full bloom!

  4. Super rare, massive estate from the Hebron family of Ohio.  This estate is from two brothers and a cousin, and only one of the three survived the war.  The estate consists of 150 fully transcribed letters from the sole surviving brother - John L. Hebron - who served with the 2nd Ohio Infantry.  Included in this estate are four hard images, two of John Hebron and one each of his brother and his cousin who did not survive the war.  There are in addition to the 150 letters from John, his personal Bible, his discharge papers, two hard images of John, a "dog tag" made from a large cent by John himself and described in one of the letters, and also a Lincoln assassination newspaper that John brought home as a souvenir.  In addition to the artifacts in this estate that belong to John Hebron, there is a hard image of John's brother, Charles Hebron, and his cavalry saber carried by Charles who was a member of the 13th Ohio Cavalry who did not survive the war.  There is also a hard image of John's cousin, Hans, who is buried in the National Cemetery in Vicksburg, Mississippi.  I personally purchased this fine estate directly from family heirs many years ago, and it has been in a friend's collection since that time.  It is virtually unheard of to find Civil War estates of this magnitude anymore.  I have no doubt that an excellent book could be written from this magnificent estate.  Here is a conservative breakdown of value  150 letters averaging $50. each  -  John Hebron's bible - $200.  Hand made ID tag with the actual soldier's letter describing making it - $850.  Lincoln assassination newspaper - $450. Four IDed hard images - $600. Excellent condition IDed 1840 Heavy Cavalry saber - $850. John Hebron's discharge - $150.  Now - Add those numbers up {OVER $10,000.}and check out this bargain price !!!--$7,500.

  5. SUPER RARE, Paris Transition Model Lemat.  This is one of the most formidable handguns of the American Civil War Era.  It could fire nine shots of .42 cal. from the cylinder and one shotgun blast of .63 cal. from a smooth bore shotgun barrel around which the cylinder revolved.  The 7 inch octagonal barrel has rifling remaining about as crisp as new.  This revolver has a nice early matching serial number of "797" and has original finish remaining in many areas.  The barrel is marked "Col. Lemat Bte sgdg - Paris" in script.  This revolver is out of the nationally known Don Bryan collection and has been a part of Don's award winning Lemat display for many years.  (The Lemat display is pictured above.)  Some of the South's most famous figures, including Jefferson Davis - P. G. T. Beauregard, and Jeb Stuart, just to name a few, carried this fearsome weapon.  A beautiful Lemat revolver in your collection would definitely go a long way in making your collection one of the most elite around.--$23,500.

  6. dogriver.JPG (11494 bytes)dogriveropn.JPG (17419 bytes)dogrivercls.JPG (65607 bytes)"Attic Pretty" Confederate Manufactured "DOG RIVER" C.S. Cavalry Saber And Scabbard.  This saber was just brought in out of the local area here in Middle Tennessee, and is believed to have been carried by one of the "Dibrell" boys from the area around Sparta, TN.  The blade is classic C.S. manufacture "unstopped fuller",  and is just beginning to grey with age.  The guard is richly patinaed Confederate "Red Brass", and the grip is original - but is worn through to wood beneath the leather in some areas -  from actually being carried.  The scabbard is classic "brass mounted - lap seam" Confederate, and has a thick brown patina - top to bottom, but has lost the little brass plate at the top somewhere along the line over the past 150 years.  If you've always wanted a pure "C.S." Cavalry saber that CLEARLY plays "Dixie" when you hold it up to your ear - here it is !!!--$3,450.

  7. Just brought in - Beautiful .58 cal. Austrian Lorenz 3-band rifled musket complete with original 4-side bayonet in original black leather scabbard.  This musket has a thick - NEVER CLEANED - attic brown patina.  Lots of rifling remains and the action still works perfectly.  Austrian muskets were extensively carried by both Union and Confederate forces during the American Civil War as evidenced by the fact that we recover Austrian projectiles equally as often from Union and Confederate campsites.  If you like untouched thick attic brown patina on your relics - You will love this musket.--$1,450.

  8. Very attractive .58 cal. "Trenton" 3-band contract rifled musket.  The metal has a pleasing, gently aging grey/brown color with lockplate markings of "Trenton - 1864 - U.S. - and the eagle" and the barrel is marked "NJ", and is dated "1863" which is often the case as they used up barrel inventory from earlier production.  The wood is in very nice condition with a visible inspector mark, but does show rounded corners, and small dings and marks from being carried.  There is very good bore remaining.  This is a good honest, solid "Trenton".--$1,450.SOLD

  9. Nice condition, .32 cal., Model 1849 Colt Pocket Revolver.  The revolver has an all matching serial # of 94515 (including the wedge) which is extremely desirable 1851 early production.  It retains about 70% original cylinder scene and has about 80% original silver wash on the brass trigger guard and brass back strap.  The grips are original and retain at least 90% original lacquer.  The revolver has crisp, sharp action and a bore about as nice as when it was new.  When it came in, it was in a nice condition, hand stitched, dark brown leather Confederate holster.  We are going to price this piece as the revolver only, and as the revolver with the Confederate holster, your choice.--$1,250 for the revolver only or $1,650 for the revolver and Confederate holster.SOLD

  10. Extremely rare, complete Model 1832 Federal Artillery short sword and belt rig.  The sword itself has a clean blade just beginning to darken in areas with age.  The blade is marked "N.P. Ames Springfield" on one side and "United States - 1835" on the other.  The short sword is mounted on the extremely rare, original, white buff belt with the two disc style cast brass buckle.  The belt remains complete and quite pliable.  It has been close to two years since I've had a complete rig like this one.--$2,450.

  11. Just in -- Rare, Rare non-excavated coat size CONFEDERATE LOCAL MISSISSIPPI "I".  A beautiful button with some gilt remaining - especially in the depressed channel.  The shank remains perfectly intact as well.  It's been 2 or 3 years since I've had one of these.--$695.

  12. Really pretty excavated coat size gilted Confederate used floral button.  This button was recovered from the camp of the 51st AL. Cavalry.  It has nice gold gilt and shank is intact on the reverse.--$38.SOLD

  13. Beautiful condition hand stitched - single wide belt loop - CONFEDERATE MANUFACTURE percussion cap box.  This is out of a Grundy County, TN. estate, and still has original percussion caps inside.  You rarely find C.S. leather this complete and pliable.--$895.SOLD

  14. Crisp, clear fully cased 1/6th plate tintype of a young DOUBLE ARMED CONFEDERATE.  His Colt Navy revolver is behind his belt one way, and his sideknife behind his belt the other way.  This is going to be a nice addition to someone's Confederate collection.--$750.

  15. Exceptionally nice condition Model 1864 .58 cal. Federal cartridge box complete with original cartridge tins remaining inside.  The leather remains soft and pliable with both belt loops - both iron roller buckles - and the original leather closure tab - as well as both cartridge tins - all remaining perfectly intact.--$350.

  16. $38.SOLD

  17. Two SUPER COOL excavated carved bullets.  One is a mean looking snake head with open mouth reovered from a Confederate camp located along Duck River near Shelbyville, TN. -- The second is a carved "Acorn" - 14th Army Corp that was recovered from a Federal camp near Chattanooga, TN.  Both pieces - SO HARD - to come by.--$150. for BOTH

  18. Excavated 8-side aqua unbrella inkwell--$45.

  19. Really nice collection of 10 excavated carved bullets recovered from Union and Confederate camps here in Middle Tennessee--$65.SOLD

  20. $38. for BOTH

  21. Beautiful condition, excavated, "Super Heavy," triangular teeth, Georgia Frame Confederate waist belt plate.  This buckle was recovered from a Confederate Camp on private property near Savannah, Georgia, and has the prettiest green patina you could hope to see.--$650.SOLD

  22. Really pretty, .36 cal., 6-shot, Allen and Thurber pepperbox revolver.  The revolver has intricate engraving remaining and is marked "Allen and Thurber - Worcester - 1837".  It has a smooth, gently graying, aged patina, and I'm pretty sure that this revolver is a female in that its action works when it's in the mood and doesn't when it's not !!!   {I was just told that if I talked to it sweeter - held it a bit more gently - etc. etc. - then it would likely work !!!  {Not Sure !!}--$695.

  23. Beautiful, rich aged, bronze patina on this "1850" dated "Batty Peace Flask".  The flask shows only slight wear to the fine intricate detail.  This is one that you rarely see offered for sale.--$650.SOLD

  24. Nice condition, Model 1858, 9 ring, Federal issue bullseye canteen, complete with cover, stopper, and a fragment of the original linen sling.  The pewter spout is maker marked "J. Hall Rohrman, Philad." and has the soldiers initials, "W. A. H." carved into the pewter spout with a pin knife.  The cover is complete and in nice condition, but does show clear evidence of rubbing back and forth on the soldier's side.  Every collection should include a nice canteen.--$350.

  25. Drop dead perfect excavated coat size "Pelican Feeding the Young" Louisiana State Seal Confederate button.  It has a smooth - near reflective - chocolate brown patina with super crisp detail.  This was recovered about 30 years ago by one of my old digging buddies from an 1863 Confederate winter camp on private property along Duck River near Shelbyville, TN.  The reverse is perfect with "Waterbury - Scovill" backmark and shank intact.--$275.

  26. Very rare, 1867 Book of the Revised Report, made to the Legislature of Pennsylvania, relative to the "Soldiers National Cemetery at Gettysburg".  This book was printed by Singerly & Myers, State Printers, Harrisburg, PA - 1867.  The book has a listing of the soldiers buried in the National Cemetery as well as an excellent, intricate map of the battle along with various reports and speeches relative to the Gettysburg Soldiers National Cemetery.  This particular book is in excellent condition and belonged to William(?) Buchanan of Co. A, 61st Pennsylvania Regt.  It has been a couple of years since I've had an original copy of this book, and even it was not in as nice condition as this example.--$125.SOLD

  27. Beautiful condition (possibly uncirculated) February 17, 1864, issue $50 Confederate Note picturing President Jefferson Davis.  Only about one Confederate Note out of ten will have the red Confederate Treasury stamp on the reverse of the note.  It just so happens that this note has the red Treasury stamp on the reverse.  It is serial number 83145 and is a beauty.--$125.SOLD

  28. Two professionally framed State of Georgia Confederate Notes.  One is a $5 note from the Mechanics Savings and Loan Association, Savannah, GA, August 1, 1862.  The second is a 50 cent note from the Macon Savings Bank in Macon, GA, and is dated October 15, 1863.  The notes are professionally framed using acid-free matting and light filtering glass.  The frame itself is made from barn wood and looks beautiful.--$150.

  29. Excellent condition, non-excavated, matching pair of cast brass Confederate Cavalry spurs.  Both spurs have their original rowels intact, and the original attachment strap is still with the spurs.  This set of spurs has traits that suggest that they may be products of Leech & Rigdon, Memphis, Tennessee.--$650.SOLD

  30. Nice solid condition, small leather Federal Percussion Capbox.  The box is maker marked "S. Baker, New York".  It remains pliable, and both belt loops are intact on the reverse.  There is a letter "B" carved into the outside flap of the box.  Every Civil War collection must have an original percussion capbox.--$125.

  31. Excellent condition, complete excavated, .69 cal., Model 1842, Springfield triangular socket bayonet.  This bayonet was recovered on private property at 2nd Manassas in January of 1954.  The relic's excellent excavated condition is a clear indication of the fact that iron artifacts are gradually decaying away.--$125.SOLD

  32. Original, non-excavated, stamped brass hat wreath that is off of an 1870's era United Confederate Veteran hat.  The hatpin has lots of original gilting, and both attachment wires remain intact on the reverse.--$48.SOLD

  33. Beautiful condition, original, non-excavated, Civil War cannon friction primer.  It is totally possible that we might be able to still fire a cannon with this jewel.--$55.

  34. Professionally framed using light filtering glass and acid free matting quite rare December, 1861 {War Date} 25 cent - BANK OF TENNESSEE - NASHVILLE note.  Nashville was a Confederate held city at the time this note was printed.  A very sought after TENNESSEE note priced at little more than the cost of professional framing.--$125.SOLD

  35. Beautiful condition professionally framed "State Of Georgia" 1862 date $10. note issued out of Milledgeville, GA.  The professional frame job is just beautiful, and used light filtering glass, and acid free matting.  Ready to hang.--$125.

  36. Nice clear fully cased early war 1/9th plate tintype of a young Federal soldier IDed in the back of the image as J. M. Curtis {and information behind the image says that he went on to become Capt. of "Co. A" - 88th {or 188th} NYSVols.}  Nice clear image of a very determined young Federal soldier.--$150.

  37. "1862" date "SOLDIER'S HYMN BOOK".  Religion was very important to soldiers on both sides during the American Civil War.  This little hymn book shows clear evidence of having been extensively carried.--$85.SOLD

  38. Very nice condition excavated "1848" date large cent recovered from the 1863 camp of the 16th Alabama Inf. located along Duck River near Shelbyville, TN.--$35.SOLD

  39. Excavated .36 cal. Model 1851 Colt Navy Revolver.  It is serial number "110700" which is MOST desirable "1861 - 1862" production.  It was recovered from the dirt floor of where an old log barn had stood located very near the 1863 camp of the 8th TEXAS CAVALRY.  The bullet was not present when found and has been inserted for display.  If you have been wanting a KILLER center piece for your excavated Civil War artifact display - HERE IT IS !!--$975.SOLD

  40. Very sought after early Hartford production .36 cal. Colt Navy Model revolver.  This revolver is serial # "100544" and is all matching, except for the wedge which is an old replacement.  This revolver was produced in 1861/1862 and has a barrel marking of "Address Saml Colt - Hartfort CT".  There is faint cylinder scene remaining and about 30% of the original silver wash on the brass trigger guard.  This revolver is out of a local estate and very likely was Confederate carried.  There are faint initials cut with a pin knife into the brass butt strap of the revolver.  They appear to be "A.P.F."  It still has crisp action and a very respectable bore.--$1,650.SOLD

  41. Nice condition and quite rare .32 cal. rimfire Smith and Wesson "Number 2 Old Model Army Revolver".  This is a 6-shot revolver with the more desirable "6 inch" barrel.  It is serial number "28528" which is 1864 Civil War production.  It has a smooth gently aging grey/brown patina, perfect action, and a deep, sharp bore.  The original Rosewood grips are intact and in near perfect condition.--$975.

  42. Nice condition and EXTREMELY RARE CONFEDERATE MANUFACTURE hand stitched brown leather holster for a .36 cal. "Navy Size" revolver.  This just came in out of a local estate, and had a Colt .36 cal. Navy revolver in it.  If you have been wanting a sweet Confederate holster for your C.S. carried Colt Navy - Here it is.--$895.

  43. SOLD
  44. Excavated, coat size, Federal Navy button.  The face has about 90% bright gold gilt, and the reverse is backmarked "Waterbury Scovill & Co".  The shank is missing which is likely why the button was lost.  You couldn't hope to find a button with a more beautiful face.--$95.

  45. Very attractive .577 cal., Enfield 3-band, percussion, rifled musket.  This musket was just brought in out of the local area today.  It shows clear evidence of having been carried with rounded corners and the small dings and marks of field service.  The metal has a smooth, attic gray-brown patina with lockplate markings of "1863-Tower-and the British Crown".  The barrel has the desirable upside down "25-25" import mark.  This example has the original ramrod, both sling swivels, and the original long range site all remaining intact.  Enfield muskets were used by both Union and Confederate forces, but in this theater, we find far more Enfield bullets in Confederate sites than in Union sites.  Every Civil War collection should include an Enfield rifled musket.--$1,450.SOLD

  46. Absolutely beautiful condition MATCHING PAIR of Confederate heavy cast brass cavalry spurs with strap.  This pair of Confederate spurs has a beautiful, rich, aged patina, and both spurs have original rowels completely intact.  You are not going to find a more perfect pair of non-excavated Confederate Cavalry spurs.--$595.

  47. Intricate, interlocking, brass sword drop that is identical to the example sold years ago for BIG BUCKS that was on General Nathan Bedford Forrest's sword.  This one remains in beautiful complete condition.--$250.SOLD

  48. Lead filled, circular, Eagle breastplate recovered on March 27, 1975, by J. Roger from private property near Gettysburg, PA.  This plate was recovered long enough ago that it almost has an early battlefield pick-up look.  It has full lead in the reverse, but the two wire loops are broken off.--$150.SOLD

  49. Excellent condition pair of Civil War Era maple drumsticks, absolutely perfect if you have a Civil War drum lacking sticks, or would be perfectly fine displayed on their own.--$150.

  50. Hand made in camp (plum-bob), made from a Williams Cleaner bullet with a square nail going through it to provide the place to tie the string.  These were used around camp in constructing huts and buildings.  This particular one was excavated from a Federal 1863 camp at Murfreesboro.--$48.SOLD

  51. Excellent example of a dropped, excavated, field molded, "blob top" .58 cal. Confederate 3-ring minie.  This rare bullet was recovered from a Confederate Camp on private property along Duck River near Shelbyville, Tennessee.--$25.

  52. Very scarce, excavated, tiny, cuff size, Kentucky State Seal Staff Officer's button.  The button does have a push, but remains very solid with a smooth brown patina and crisp detail.  There are hints of gold gilt around the perimeter, and the shank remains intact on the reverse.--$250.

  53. Pair of excellent condition, excavated, 8-point star, flat, one piece, coat size buttons.  These were recovered years ago from a Texas Cavalry Camp located near Unionville, Tennessee.  Both are in excellent condition with shanks intact.--$68 for the pair.-SOLD

  54. Quite rare, excavated, coat size "CONFEDERATE LOCAL" Script (I) uniform button.  Far and away, most Script I's recovered are English imports rather than a southern local like this example.  It has a smooth, chocolate brown patina and a blank depressed channel reverse with the shank intact.  It was recovered on private property near Richmond, Virginia.  The button is solid as can be but does have a couple of little dents.--$125.SOLD

  55. Rare - rare - rare, excavated, large size, lead filled, Eagle Martingale Heart.  This example is the actual relic pictured in Charlie Harris's book, "Civil War Relics of the Western Campaigns" on page 201.  This artifact was actually recovered by Charlie Harris himself from a North Georgia Federal Cavalry Camp.  Here is your chance to own an extremely rare artifact that is not only published, but was recovered by the Author of the book.--$895.SOLD

  56. Rare - Rare - Rare Kraft, Goldschmidt and Kraft, Columbia, South Carolina, Confederate produced Foot Officer's saber and scabbard.  There are believed to be only 20 or so of this rare Confederate manufactured sword remaining in existence.  The blade remains clean and bright with absolutely no pitting whatsoever.  The grip retains about 80% original leather, but is missing the single strand copper wire.  The brass guard is in excellent condition and has the small brass collar at the front of the grip distinctive to this maker's swords.  The sword remains in its original, brass mounted, lap seam, metal scabbard.  It was originally purchased from the White family estate from near Charleston, South Carolina.  This family had several members in Company E, 25th South Carolina Infantry, also know as the "Beauregard Light Infantry".  This sword is both museum grade quality and rarity and would be a fine addition to any Confederate collection.--$4,500.

  57. Extremely rare, 1/9th plate, crisp, clear, ruby ambrotype of an early war Federal Infantryman wearing his sky blue great coat with cape, Model 1858 Union canteen with linen sling over his shoulder, and tar cloth haversack hanging under the canteen with tar cloth strap over his shoulder and under the linen canteen sling.  I could count on my fingers how many images I have had over the last 40 years with canteen and haversack.  If you remove the image from the case and matting, you can see much more of the canteen and haversack.--$395.

  58. Extremely rare, .52 cal. Sharps Model 1853 percussion carbine, known as the famous "John Brown" model.  This example is in very nice condition showing only evidence of normal service wear.  The metal has a smooth, gently aging gray/brown patina with lockplate markings of "Sharps Patent - 1852" and "Hartford Conn" marking on the barrel.  This example is serial # 14087 and still has a clearly visible military inspectors cartouche on the stock.  It has an excellent bore about as crisp as when it was made.  The long range site remains intact as well as the brass patchbox and the extra long sling bar and ring.  This type Sharps was extensively carried by southern cavalry.  It was brought into the shop today and quite likely saw CS service.  This rare model Sharps is in considerably nicer condition than you usually find and would be an excellent addition to any Confederate Cavalry display.--$4,500.SOLD

  59. Non-excavated, COMPLETE, "1863" date .58 cal. U.S. Springfield lockplate - hammer and all internal parts.  This lockplate works perfectly and is ready to drop into a musket.--$175.

  60. Excavated, 12 pound Confederate cannonball with an open fuse hole for a copper Confederate time fuse.  This ball was recovered from somewhat low ground on private property near Petersburg, VA.  It does have some ground action, but is preserved, coated, and is very stable at this point.--$175.

  61. Original, brass cased, percussion fused, .50 cal. Gallagher carbine cartridge.  The cartridge has a beautiful, rich, aged patina and will display nicely with your Gallagher carbine.--$75.

  62. Excavated, large cent recovered from an 1863 Confederate Camp located on private property along Duck River near Shelbyville, Tennessee.  I think the date is "1848" but it's difficult to see through the patina.  A little more cleaning would probably bring it out.--$25.

  63. One of the most desirable and sought after of all Confederate manufactured sabers.  This is the "NASHVILLE PLOW WORKS" Confederate Cavalry Officer's saber.  Only a few Confederate manufactured sabers are actually "C.S.A." marked, and only a few are maker marked as far as who actually made the saber, and even rarer are the handful of Confederate manufactured swords that are both C.S.A. marked and maker marked, and that is the case with the Nashville Plow Works Cavalry Officer's saber.  Added to this, is the reversal of the Biblical passage, "turn your swords into plowshares".  Nashville Plow Works turned their plowshares into swords.  This example has a nice, clean blade with practically no pitting whatsoever.  The brass guard has a rich, aged patina and one of the clearest "Nashville Plow Works" marks that you are going to see.  This Confederate Cavalry Officer's saber is going to be a beautiful addition to someone's Confederate edged weapon display.--$6,500.SOLD

  64. eagbltrig.JPG (53544 bytes)eagbltrigrev.JPG (48364 bytes)eagbltrigplt.JPG (81621 bytes)Model 1851 Federal Cavalryman's saber belt rig with the excellent condition cast brass eagle saber belt plate with applied silver wreath remaining perfectly intact, and the original leather waist belt is complete and remains reasonably pliable.  This would be a great addition to your collection.--$650.

  65. capbox.JPG (73417 bytes)capboxrev.JPG (72033 bytes)capboxopn.JPG (21670 bytes)capboxwool.JPG (73342 bytes)Small leather Federal Percussion cap box - quite unusual to find with 100 % of the lamb's wool still intact inside.  Both belt loops and the leather closure tab all remain intact.  Also, the nipple pick is still inside as well as original percussion caps.--$175.SOLD

  66. Very nice condition, excavated, coat size, Connecticut State Seal button.  This button was recovered from a Connecticut Camp on private property in Northern Virginia.  It has crisp detail with gold gilt in the recessed areas.  The reverse is backmarked "R. M. D. C." (Waterbury), and the shank remains perfectly intact.--$75.

  67. Very nice condition, excavated, coat size, Confederate two-piece "Block I" (Infantry) button.  The face couldn't be prettier with a slick, chocolate brown patina, and the reverse is rusty iron as usual.  This button was recovered on private property from a Confederate Camp along Duck River near Shelbyville, Tennessee.--$95.

  68. Beautiful condition, excavated, matching pair of Confederate style cast brass Cavalry spurs.  These were recovered from a Mississippi Cavalry Camp on private property in North Mississippi.  They are the style with the very long extended necks.  Both spurs retain complete rowels.  Matching pairs of Confederate spurs this nice simply are not being recovered anymore.--$650.

  69. Excavated, "bullet in wood".  This is a .58 cal. 3-ring Minie ball imbedded in a piece of heartwood pine.  This was recovered many years ago on private property in Chickamauga, Georgia.--$45.

  70. Non-excavated, small oval "NG" (National Guard) cartridge box plate.  Some collectors feel that some of these plates made it into the Civil War period.  I personally believe they date 1870 - 1880.  This example is in perfect condition with a rich, aged patina with both iron attachment loops remaining intact on the reverse.--$48.

  71. Excavated male phallic symbol recovered from an 1863 Confederate winter camp on private property along Duck River near Shelbyville, Tennessee.  I was a little surprised that this bullet did not have carved into it "Lorena Bobbitt was here".--$75.

  72. FRESH OUT OF THE GROUND !!!  - As in the last 10 days !!!  Absolutely beautiful excavated large size lead filled rectangular Louisiana State Seal waist belt plate.  This buckle is solid as a rock, and has a nice smooth olive patina with crisp detail, and full lead in the reverse - and all three brass attachment hooks remain perfectly intact.  The plate was recovered from the camp of the "Washington Artillery" located on private property near Bardstown, KY.  For this point in time - this is the prettiest Confederate plate that I have seen dug in ages.  Someone is fixing to add a "KILLER NICE PLATE" to their collection.--$4,250.SOLD

  73. Extremely rare, .58 cal., Fayetteville Armory - Fayetteville, NC, rifle.   The rifle is standard production, 2 brass barrel band type, with lockplate markings of "FAYETTEVILLE - C.S.A." with an eagle motif just above the C.S.A., and 1862 just in rear of the hammer.  The metal overall has a thick, uncleaned, attic brown patina, and the brass butt plate has the standard crisp, clear "CSA" marking.  The rifle shows evidence of extensive use with a literal hole burned in the wood just behind the nipple.  The stock has the initials of at least three different Confederate soldiers, "T.F.", on the left side, and "T.M." and "T.H.A." on the right side.  Multiple soldier initials on one weapon often indicate that one soldier was killed and the weapon picked up and carried by another.  Fayetteville, NC, rifles are among the most sought after collectible firearms of the Confederacy and are often priced in the $10,000 - $15,000 range.  This weapon has seen extensive service, but still displays quite nicely and at a price that you probably haven't seen a Fayetteville offered for in years.--$6,500.SOLD

  74. Really pretty Model 1850 Federal Foot Officer's Sword in its original brass mounted metal scabbard.  The blade is clean and bright with crisp engraving up and down both sides of the blade, and is clearly marked "EISENHAUER".  The brass guard has an attractive, and uncleaned aged bronze patina - and original wrap and wire intact on the grip.  This sword would look great in anyone's collection.--$1,150.

  75. Model 1840 era, Horstmann & Sons, Militia Foot Officer sword.  It was brought into the shop this morning by a local family and was quite likely Confederate carried.  The blade is cleaned with markings of "Horstmann & Sons, Philadelphia".  The ornate cast brass guard has a pretty, aged, bronze/brown patina.  The grip is, for the most part, worn down to polished wood with only small areas of leather remaining.  This is a very attractive and quite ornate early sword that was likely Confederate used.--$425.

  76. Beautiful condition, non-excavated, Federal Cavalry Officer's cast brass spur.  This spur started out as a standard regulation Federal "roosterneck" cavalry spur.  A jeweler has finely stippled the spur over the entire outside body of the spur.  This would have been privately contract done by the individual soldier.  The original rowel remains intact and spins freely.--$195.

  77. Excavated, silvered, coat size, one piece, NY State Militia button.  This button is a very early 1820 - 1840 era NY Militia button and was recovered from 1863 NY Camps near Chattanooga, TN.  It is missing the shank but is otherwise a beautiful excavated example.--$65.

  78. Excavated, time fused, nose section of a 3 inch Hotchkiss shell recovered from a lawn along Tyne Blvd. at the second days' fighting at the December, 1864, Battle of Nashville, Tennessee.  I have already cleaned it and disarmed it, and it is ready for display.--$150.

  79. Really pretty, excavated, coat size, gilted Louisiana State Seal button.  This button was recovered from a Confederate Camp on private property near Shelbyville, Tennessee.  The face has crisp detail and beautiful bright gold gilt outlining the pelican and the young.  The reverse is backmarked "Hyde & Goodrich, New Orleans" and has the shank remaining intact.  This is a beautiful button that anyone would like to have in their collection.--$375.

  80. Non-excavated, .58 cal., Springfield triangular socket bayonet.  This bayonet has a smooth, attic brown patina with a crisp "US" mark and would make an excellent compliment to your Springfield or contract .58 cal. rifled musket.  This bayonet could easily clean to a brighter look to match a musket if so desired.--$195.

  81. Excavated early production .28 cal. "Colt Root" Model 1855 Side Hammer Pocket Revolver.  This was a turn of the century find on private property near Chickamauga, GA.  The revolver is mostly complete - even with remnants of the original grips.  It is, however, missing the hammer and loading lever.  This revolver will make a wonderful center piece to any excavated relics display.--$650.

  82. Very nice condition, excavated, 1840 era, large oval - "puppy paw" hook style US Oval waist belt plate.  The face has a smooth chocolate brown patina, and the reverse has full lead - all three hooks intact - and a good size portion of the leather belt still under the back two hooks.  This was recovered 8-24-74 by Norman Hornlonger on private property in Central Virginia.--$325.SOLD

  83. Excellent condition, excavated, dye stamped brass, Company hat letter "B".  This was recovered by Wayne Tucker on private property near Mobile, Alabama, about 30 years ago.--$75.

  84. Excellent condition, original pair of Civil War Era maple drumsticks.  This pair of drumsticks would display perfectly on their own, or would be a fine compliment to an original Civil War drum.--$175.

  85. Excavated, gilted, coat size, Federal Eagle "C" button.  This button has beautiful eye appeal with gold gilt outlining the Eagle and the "C".  There is, unfortunately, a very slight press on the Eagle's right wing.  The reverse of the button is backmarked "Steele & Johnson" with the shank intact.--$85.

  86. Among the Rarest and most sought after Confederate Naval cutlasses of the American Civil War.  This is the "COOK & BROTHER" - New Orleans C.S. Naval cutlass.  The blade has a smooth - never cleaned - grey-brown attic patina, and the massive cast brass guard has a beautiful - never cleaned - patina as well.  The "COOK & BROTHER" mark is so clear and deeply stamped that you can read it with ease THROUGH the thick bronze aged patina.  This is, without question, as nice an example as you will see in any museum.--$4,250.SOLD

  87. Extremely rare and very nice condition, excavated, coat size, Confederate local, Alabama "Map on Tree" State Seal.  This button was recovered from a Confederate Camp on private property near Savannah, Georgia.  It is an AB7B - and has a smooth chocolate brown patina with no dents or cracks, and the shank remains intact.--$650.

  88. Very nice condition, excavated, 10 pound size time fused Parrott projectile.  This was recovered about 35 years ago by Wade Buchanan here at Stones River, and this was one of the shells that I disarmed back when I was young, stupid, and bullet proof!  I was literally two feet from the shell while disarming it.  Now that I am old, that was not just stupid, but REALLY stupid!--$295.SOLD

  89. Small, leather, regulation, Federal percussion cap box.  The box remains quite pliable with a makers mark on the interior flap of "Young, Newark, NJ".  The closure tab remains intact as well as both belt loops on the back.  And, there remains some original percussion caps inside.  There is a faint US marking on the outside flap as well.  The wool and pic are not present inside as is generally the case.--$150.

  90. Very unusual, excavated, cast brass "stud type", Confederate Cavalry spur recovered from the site of Starne's Confederate Cavalry Camp located on private property off the Old Anderson Turnpike over Signal Mountain.  The spur had one leg broken when recovered (which is why the spur was discarded).  It has been professionally restored and put back together using pins.  This is a style Confederate spur that you do not often see.--$195.

  91. Absolutely beautiful condition, excavated, regulation, circular, Eagle breastplate.  This plate was recovered over 40 years ago from private property near Chickamauga, Georgia.  The plate has an excellent, smooth brown patina on the face with crisp detail with full lead and both loops intact on the reverse.  It would be hard to find a nicer Eagle breastplate than this one.--$225

  92. Small "1861" date book entitled Poems of Womanhood.  There are poems in this booklet that every woman should read, such as "She Was a Phantom of Delight" and "The Widow to Her Hourglass", or maybe "Be Gentle, Husband"!!--$75.

  93. Excavated, lead filled, circular Federal Eagle Breastplate.  This plate was recovered on private property near Chickamauga, Georgia, about 30 years ago and is backmarked "Boyd & Sons Boston".  The plate remains in good, solid, stable condition with a completely uncleaned brown/green patina.  It has full lead fill in the reverse and iron stubs remain of the two iron loops.  The "Boyd & Sons Boston" backmark is one of the harder to come by.--$175. 

  94. Very nice condition .577 cal. Enfield 3-band rifled musket triangular socket bayonet in original leather scabbard.  If you have a nice 3-band Enfield rifled musket - Here is the perfect compliment to make it "Museum Ready".--$295.

  95. Very attractive, .36 cal. Model 1851, Colt Navy Revolver.  This is a very sought after early "Hartford" production.  The metal has a smooth, gently aging, gray patina with a barrel marking of "Address SAML Colt - Hartford, CT".  The revolver has an all matching serial number (including the wedge) of 94994 which is most sought after "1860 - 1861" production.  This revolver came out of a North Georgia estate, and was almost certainly Confederate carried.  It has a good bore remaining, and the action works properly; although the spring isn't as tight as it once was.  The cylinder retains traces of original cylinder scene.  This revolver would fit perfectly into a nice Confederate display.  It retains original grips, but the corners are rounded due to having been extensively carried.--$1,850.SOLD

  96. Complete, Model 1851, Federal Cavalry saber belt and buckle.  The buckle itself remains in excellent condition with 100% of the applied silver wreath remaining intact.  The belt remains pliable with the brass hangers for the leather sword drops both remaining intact.--$695.

  97. Very nice condition, non-excavated, original, Civil War Era eating fork and knife.  Both fork and knife have orignal walnut handles.  I am including with the two eating utensils a bone that we recovered from a Civil War trash pit that would have been from a food source.--$45.  (This grouping would display nicely with the following folding spoon.)

  98. 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.

  99. Original, Civil War, maroon Officer's sash purchased out of the local area and very likely C.S. worn.  The sash does have several small areas of mothing but can be wrapped and displayed in a manner where the mothing does not detract from the way the sash exhibits.  It retains bright vivid color and all the tassles remain intact.--$695.

  100. Beautiful condition, excavated, rare pattern, cast brass, matching pair of Confederate Cavalry spurs.  These spurs were recovered about 40 years ago from a Confederate Cavalry Camp on private property in the Shenandoah Valley of Virginia.--$695 for the pair.SOLD

  101. Original nice condition gilted Civil War officer's sword knot that was on a Confederate carried import Foot Officer's sword that came in earlier today.  I'll bet someone has a nice Union or Confederate Officer's sword that needs this little jewel.--$295.SOLD

  102. Excavated, 3 inch, copper time fused, Confederate Read projectile.  This shell was recovered on private property near Sulfur Branch Trestle, Alabama.  The Federal stockade positioned beside the railroad track was fired on by General Nathan Bedford Forrest's artillery until it surrendered.  This projectile was recovered about 30 years ago.--$450.SOLD

  103. Very nice condition early "Battlefield Pick-Up" .69 cal. Model 1816 friction fit triangular socket bayonet.  This was picked up around 1900 on private property near Chickamauga, GA.--$150.

  104. Excavated, .577 cal., Enfield triangular socket bayonet.  This bayonet is very rusty, just as recovered.  It was dug many years ago on private property near Chickamauga, Georgia, and the blade is bent in a way suggesting that it was run over by a wagon or canon wheel.  In our current era, it is quite rare to recover a complete bayonet at all.--$95.SOLD

  105. SUPER NICE small leather Federal Percussion Cap Box.  The box remains pliable with full wool - nipple pick - and original percussion caps still inside.  It is maker marked "Young - Newark, N.J." and is military inspector marked on the outside flap.  This is nothing less than a "Museum Grade" Cap Box.--$195.SOLD

  106. Exceptionally nice condition Model 1864 .58 cal. Federal cartridge box complete with original cartridge tins remaining inside.  The leather remains soft and pliable with both belt loops - both iron roller buckles - and the original leather closure tab - as well as both cartridge tins - all remaining perfectly intact.--$450.

  107. pike.jpg (44751 bytes)pikedesc.jpg (52672 bytes)Beautiful condition Confederate Pike complete with cuff and several inches of the original pole.  These original Confederate Pikes were sold by Bannerman during the 1950's era and he cut the poles into so that they were much easier and less expensive to ship.  Every Confederate collection should have an example of an original Confederate Pike.--$1,150.

  108. Absolutely beautiful condition, excavated, circular, Federal Eagle breast plate backmarked "W. H. Smith - Brooklyn".  This beautiful condition plate was recovered over 40 years ago from private property near Chickamauga.  You would be hard pressed to find a nicer example of this rare maker-marked plate.--$295.SOLD

  109. Nice condition, 5-section, brass spyglass, measuring 36 inches when fully extended.  This spyglass, according to the family, belonged to a Captain Hedges of General Wade Hampton's Legion.  It remained in the family until 2007 when it was sold at an estate sale.  It has a beautiful, rich, aged, never cleaned, brown patina and will be a fine addition to any collection.--$295.SOLD

  110. Beautiful condition, original .577 cal., Enfield, triangular, socket bayonet in its original brass mounted leather scabbard.  This will be an excellent compliment for someone's nice .577 cal. Enfield 3-band rifled musket.--$295.

  111. cartboxbelt.JPG (45781 bytes)cartboxbeltrev.JPG (49729 bytes)cartboxbeltopn2.JPG (54173 bytes)cartboxbeltopn.JPG (64810 bytes)cartboxbelthks.JPG (65923 bytes)Very nice condition regulation .58 cal. Model 1864 Federal Infantry rig complete with waist belt - large size U.S. oval waist belt plate - cartridge box complete with all straps - belt loops - and original tins intact.  Every Civil War collection needs a nice complete infantry belt rig.  The leather remains about as pliable as when itwas new.--$795.

  112. Very attractive, Model 1816, .69 cal., Harpers Ferry smooth-bore musket originally produced in flint and converted to percussion for Civil War use.  This musket has a smooth, dark, chocolate patina tip to tip with lockplate markings of "Harpers Ferry - 1836 - US".  The original stock is in very nice condition with a clearly visible inspector cartouche remaining.  Old soldiers initials "W.G.P." are cut into the stock on the right hand side.  We believe this musket to have been carried by William G. Payne of Company K, 2nd Regiment Tennessee Infantry - CSA.  The original ramrod to this musket was apparently lost or damaged and was long ago replaced with an Enfield ramrod.  The musket has had stock repair under the back band long ago, but was very well done and displays nicely.--$975.SOLD

  113. Model 1840, heavy cavalry saber "Old Wristbreaker" that was for many years displayed in a UCV Hall in North Alabama.  The saber scabbard still has remnants of old gold paint from its years on display in the Veterans Hall.  The blade is in nice condition with a smooth, gray brown patina, and is marked "W. Clauberg - Solingen".  The grip is quite worn with remnants of original leather and still has the original wire.  1840 heavy cavalry sabers were extensively carried during the Civil War by both Union and Confederate Cavalry.  The famous southern cavalry leader, General Nathan Bedford Forrest carried one as did many of the men in his command.  With this saber, I am including an original, 1973, portrait of General Forrest that was published by the Sons of Confederate Veterans as a fundraiser in that year.  We have this exact model saber and portrait of General Forrest over our fireplace.--$695 for saber and print.

  114. Model 1860, light cavalry saber and scabbard.  The blade is clean - just beginning to darken with age.  It is marked "C. Roby - W. Chelmsford, Mass. - 1865".  The scabbard is in nice condition with remnants of old black paint.  The cast brass guard has a rich - never cleaned - aged bronze-brown patina, and the grip has original wrap and wire.--only $695.

  115. Extremely scarce, fully cased, 1/6th plate, ruby ambrotype of a triple-armed Confederate Infantryman.  This is a seated pose with his bowie knife behind his belt one way and his colt navy revolver behind his belt the other way.  He is wearing an "upside down" U.S. oval waist beltplate and has what appears to be a .69 cal. Model 1816 conversion musket standing by his side.  This determined looking young soldier is extremely cross-eyed with one eye looking at the camera and the other eye looking off to the left.  It is a very rare thing anymore for a triple-armed Confederate image to come up for sale.--SOLD

  116. Absolutely beautiful condition, original, Civil War drum type tin canteen.  This style drum canteen is generally considered to be a slightly pre-war militia style canteen that was often carried over and was generally found being carried by Confederate forces.  The canteen has a smooth, attic brown patina and literally couldn't be more perfect with all three sling loops intact as well as its original spout and cork.  Neither side of the canteen has a single dent.  You couldn't ask for a nicer example of a quite typical style southern carried canteen, and is, without question museum quality.--$450.

  117. Drop dead beautiful example of a non-excavated heavy cast brass cavalry spur of a style that we often recover in Confederate 1863 Cavalry camps here.  This style spur is sometimes called a "Richmond Arsenal Variant" and sometimes referred to as a "Private Purchase".  I actually recovered a twin to this one a while back in the camp of Starnes Confederate Cavalry located near Altamont, TN.  You will not see a finer example.--$375.

  118. Just in, seldom encountered, Model 1863, Mann's patent, cavalry pistol box rig complete with original tin inside and both shoulder straps remaining intact.  This box remains reasonably pliable but does show considerable wear and service.  This is a cartridge box not present in most Civil War collections.--$395.SOLD

  119. Excellent condition, excavated, complete set of Williams Cleaner bullets including type 1, type 2, and type 3.  All three bullets are perfect drops and were recovered by Dr. Rees Buttram about 40 years ago on private property near Chickamauga, Georgia.  The bullets are displayed in a glass Riker case.--$48 for the entire display.SOLD

  120. Excavated, lower and middle sections of a dropped 3-piece Shaler bullet.  This is the long pattern, and all you need is the top section to have a very rare and expensive bullet for your collection.  This bullet was recovered on private property on the Gettysburg Campaign.--$55.

  121. Beautiful condition, excavated, coat size, Federal Infantry Officer button.  This button was recovered here at Stones River on private property many years ago and has a smooth, chocolate brown patina with gold gilt around the Eagle and around the "I".  The reverse is perfect with a "Goddard" backmark with shank intact.--$45.

  122. Nice condition excavated "pair" {one open end and one closed end} Springfield musket combination gun tools.  These were recovered about 40 years ago on Private property near Chickamauga by Dr. Rees Buttram.  You don't often see a nice excavated "set" for sale.--$95.SOLD

  123. 1840militia.JPG (12764 bytes)1840militiaopn.JPG (18907 bytes)1840militiacls.JPG (52444 bytes)1840militiaarm.JPG (58283 bytes)1840militiaarmrev.JPG (56455 bytes)1840militiaflag.JPG (75461 bytes)1840militiaus.JPG (72429 bytes)1840militiaeng.JPG (59180 bytes)1840militiaeng2.JPG (67084 bytes)1840militiaeng3.JPG (55838 bytes)1840militiaeng4.JPG (76130 bytes)1840militiahorstman.JPG (70818 bytes)1840militiascabdes.JPG (71502 bytes)Absolutely beautiful 1840 era militia officer's sword in its original ornate brass scabbard with the Horstmann and Son's motif actually a part of the scabbard.  The grip is beautiful "Mother of Pearl", and the ornate cast brass guard forms a large Federal shield, and has a knight's head pommel cap.  The blade is pretty and clean - just beginning to darken with age - and has pretty and very ornate engraving top to bottom.  This surfaced in Atlanta, GA. and was very likely "C.S." carried as is often the case with prewar Militia Officer Swords.  This is so pretty that it is nearly a "work of art".--$1,895.Absolutely beautiful 1840 era militia officer's sword in its original ornate brass scabbard with the Horstmann and Son's motif actually a part of the scabbard.  The grip is beautiful "Mother of Pearl", and the ornate cast brass guard forms a large Federal shield, and has a knight's head pommel cap.  The blade is pretty and clean - just beginning to darken with age - and has pretty and very ornate engraving top to bottom.  This surfaced in Atlanta, GA. and was very likely "C.S." carried as is often the case with prewar Militia Officer Swords.  This is so pretty that it is nearly a "work of art".--$1,895.

  124. ornateswd.JPG (12115 bytes)ornateswdopn.JPG (17871 bytes)ornateswdcls2.JPG (49777 bytes)ornateswdgrd.JPG (63202 bytes)ornatesedeagl.JPG (58129 bytes)ornateswdgrp.JPG (61235 bytes)ornateswdeng.JPG (60419 bytes)ornateswdeng2.JPG (95821 bytes)Absolutely breathtakingly beautiful high grade 1840 era Militia Officer's sword and scabbard.  The pommel cap is an intricate, finely detailed gilted cast brass eagle, as is the sword's cast brass cross guard.  BOTH the brass scabbard and the blade have finely detailed engraving, and the grip is very old ivory.  Only a high ranking officer would have carried a sword of this fine grade.  Anyone that comes to look at your collection will stop in their tracks when they get to this one.  Swords of this type were carried by both Union and Confederate High Ranking Officers.--$1,850.

  125. coltpkt107084.JPG (61604 bytes)coltpkt107084rev.JPG (64253 bytes)coltpkt107084mrk1.JPG (66606 bytes)coltpkt107084mrk2.JPG (42547 bytes)coltpkt107084mrk3.JPG (47965 bytes)coltpkt107084mrk4.JPG (41359 bytes)coltpkt107084mrk5.JPG (73370 bytes)coltpkt107084mtk.JPG (69177 bytes)coltpkt107084sn.JPG (44988 bytes)Really pretty Model 1849 .31 cal. Colt Pocket revolver.  It has nice clean metal with an all matching serial number of "107084" {except for the wedge which is an old replacement}.  This is nice early 1852  - 1853 production, and what you would expect surfacing here in the "Sunny South".  The brass trigger guard still has a nice amount of original silver wash, and the cylinder still retains lots of original scene.  It has action about as crisp as new, and a near perfect bore remains.  This is a real nice little Colt Pocket Revolver.--$1,250.

  126. Very scarce first pattern Confederate saber made in the facility in Nashville, TN, that would eventually produce the famous Nashville Plow Works Confederate Cavalry Officers sabers.  This type cavalry saber was produced by "Sharps and Hamilton" and consists of a long sweeping unstopped fuller blade and a massive cast bronze "D-Guard".  The Sharps and Hamilton saber has an iron backstrap and capstan nut on the rear of the tang.  As can be seen in the photographs above, the very first Nashville Plow Works Cavalry Officers sabers continued several of the Sharps and Hamilton traits, including the capstan nut and the iron backstrap.  After Nashville Plow Works' earliest production, they went to a brass backstrap and dropped the capstan nut in favor of simply bradding.  This example has a very nice condition clean blade with unstopped fuller and clear evidence of being hand forged.  The massive bronze guard is in excellent condition with a rich, aged patina.  The saber's grip shows extensive use being worn down to polished wood.  Here is your opportunity to own one of the very first Confederate sabers (saber only without scabbard) out of Nashville, TN.--$2,850.

  127. 69calflint.JPG (24013 bytes)69calflintlockplt.JPG (52786 bytes)69calflintlckpltrev.JPG (50129 bytes)69calflinteng.JPG (62440 bytes)Very nice .69 cal. Model 1812 military musket IN ORIGINAL FLINT with Mass. and Luke Harrington marks.  The musket has crisp action - sharp marks - and is dated "1821".  It came directly out of a North Carolina estate many, many years ago, and has the prettiest - never cleaned - attic grey/brown patina that you could hope to see.  Many young Confederates first left home carrying muskets of this type, and many were still being carried at the Battle of Mill Springs, KY.  I can't imagine any Civil War and earlier collector not being very proud of having this jewel in their collection.--$2,250.SOLD

  128. csegg.jpg (81867 bytes)cseggrev.jpg (87056 bytes)Nice condition excavated die-struck, copper-brass "C.S. EGG SHAPED OVAL". This plate is made from significantly heavier stock than most egg shaped CS Oval plates.  It was recovered from Army of Tennessee CS winter camps along Duck River.  The letters CS stand out nicely, and the rusty solder remains are on the back where the iron frog hooks once were.  This is a nice quality plate that would be a fine addition to any Confederate Buckle collection.--$2,150

  129. Extremely rare, early pattern, thinner Tennessee style, cast brass rectangular C.S.A. on its original brown/black leather belt.  The buckle has Civil War Era field repaired rear hooks that were hand crafted and have been soldered onto the back of the buckle replacing the original cast brass hooks that apparently had broken off.  The buckle has a beautiful, rich, aged patina, and the belt is in nice condition as well with no breaks or repairs.--$3,850.

  130. 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..

  131. As pretty as they get - excavated large size lead filled U.S. oval cartridge boxplate.  This was recovered about 40 years ago on private property near Shiloh by Dr. Rees Buttram.  What I would give to once again dig plates of this quality !!--$250.

  132. Excellent condition set of four January, 1863, issue Alabama State notes.  The grouping consists of a 10 cent fractional note, a 25 cent fractional note, a 50 cent fractional note, and a one dollar Alabama note.  All four notes were printed in Montgomery, Alabama, and are redeemable in Confederate States funds.  For the group of four--$150.

  133. Excavated, dropped, .577 cal., "L" basemarked Enfield projectile.  This was recovered a number of years ago on private property along the Confederate battle line here at Stones River.--$20.

  134. Very nice condition, original, matched pair of Civil War drumsticks.  This set of sticks is rather crudely manufactured and likely Confederate used.--$175 for the pair.SOLD

  135. Quite scarce, original, first edition, "Confederate Edged Weapons" by William A. Albaugh, III.  This is an excellent example with the original dust jacket still intact.--$95.

  136. Excellent condition, January 24, 1862, "Providence Tool Company" document.  This document is a receipt to Providence Tool Company for freight charges for 45 bars of raw iron shipped from New York to Providence Tool Company on the Steamer Ospray.  Providence Tool Company was a manufacturer of both Civil War sabers and muskets.  This raw iron would, no doubt, eventually become Civil War weapons.--$85.

  137. Fresh in the door, crude, blacksmith-made, 17" Confederate Bowie Knife.  The blade is blacksmith handcrafted from a large rasp and has many rasp teeth still remaining visible, both on the flats of the blade and along the upper edge.  The copper ferrule around the walnut handle and the brass washer around the riveted tang have a 150-year-old, never cleaned, rich bronze/brown aged patina.  This is a wicked hand-made Confederate weapon, and still remains sharp enough to easily cut you.  It is going to be a fine addition to someone's Confederate blade display.--$1,250.

  138. archershell (1).JPG (55851 bytes)archershell (2).JPG (56006 bytes)REALLY tough to come by - Excavated 3 inch Confederate Archer SHELL.  Nice condition and was recovered about 30 years ago by Tedford Kohn on private property at Shiloh.  The shell remains virtually just as dug, and could easily be cleaned up more.  Archer shells are far tougher to find than Archer bolts.--$895.

  139. Really pretty non-excavated large size lead filled "S.N.Y." waist belt plate on original black leather belt.  This is the more sought after "Puppy Paw" hook style plate.  The soldier's name "Airus J. Morse" {or something like that} is faintly stenciled on the inside of the waist belt.  This is an excellent New York artifact that would be a fine addition to any collection.  It was recently purchased out of a central PA. estate.--$1,150.

  140. Very attractive excavated large oval lead filled "SNY" waist belt plate.  This plate was recovered on private property near Cold Harbor over 20 years ago.  The face is complete , and has a pretty brown-green patina with good crisp detail.  The reverse is lead filled, and all three attachment hooks remaining intact.  At the time this plate was recovered the lead on the reverse was flaking a bit along one edge.  This has been professionally stabilized, and this is now a very nice plate that most any collector would be very proud to have in his collection.--$650..

  141. Beautiful condition, excavated, large size, lead filled U.S. Oval Cartridge Box Plate.  This plate was recovered over 40 years ago on private property near Shiloh by Dr. Rees Buttram.  The quality of this plate is literally nice enough that it could be put back on a cartridge box today.--$250.

  142. Very nice condition, excavated, approximately .50 cal. Enfield type projectile.  This bullet was recovered from the camp of Wharton's Confederate Texas Cavalry and looks very similar to products produced at the Marshall Texas Arsenal.  It is a bullet that is very rare to recover in this area.--$65.

  143. Nice condition, Richmond Daily Dispatch Confederate newspaper for Monday, August 12, 1861.  Military operations from many different areas of the Confederacy are written about.  The price of this newspaper at the time was "one cent".--$125.

  144. Really pretty .54 cal. breechloading "Standard Model" Burnside Carbine.  This example has a nice early matching serial number of "10694".  Many, many Civil War Federal Cavalry units were armed with this weapon including the 1st Michigan - 3rd Indiana - 5th, 6th, and 7th Ohio - 1st New Jersey - 3rd West Virginia - 2nd, 12th, 14th, and16th Ill. - 3rd, 14th, and 18th PA. Cav.  This carbine has a crisp bore, action almost like new, and both inspector cartouches easily visible.  I think that most any collector would be happy to have this weapon in their collection.--$1,650.SOLD

  145. Excavated Enfield nipple protector with chain and a nice drop Enfield bullet recovered together on private property along the Confederate Battle line here at Stones River.--$48.

  146. Very nice condition, excavated, drop, .36 cal. Savage revolver projectile.  This bullet was recovered quite a number of years ago on private property that was at one time part of Camp Stanley located here at Murfreesboro, TN, during the Spring of 1863.--$25.

  147. Model 1858 "Bullseye" canteen with original wool cover intact, original stopper intact, and a portion of the linen sling.  The cover is quite sound and looks like it might have originally been blue, with only one or two very small moth holes.  The pewter spout is maker marked "J. H. Rohrman & Co".  No Civil War collection is complete without an original canteen.--$295.

  148. Absolutely beautiful, untouched, museum quality Kenansville "CSA in the guard" Field and Staff Officer's Sword captured by James Fickel, of Co. K, 2nd Regiment, Iowa Cavalry during the November - December, 1864, Campaigns of Franklin/Nashville, TN.  This excellent condition, extremely rare Confederate Staff Officer's Sword was recently purchased at the family estate auction held near Grove City, Ohio.  The cast brass guard has a beautiful, untouched, brown/bronze patina and is one of the most perfect castings of the "CSA" that I have seen.  The grip retains 90% of the original leather wrap, and 100% of the wire remains intact.  The blade has a smooth, dark, never touched attic brown patina.  This is the sword only, without scabbard, exactly as it was brought home and is a nicer example than most in National Museum collections.  It will be a long, long time before you get a chance at another one of these, straight out of the original estate of the man that brought it home.--$7,850.SOLD

  149. Absolutely beautiful condition, excavated, large size, US oval cartridge box plate.  It has a slick, perfect face with a smooth brown patina.  The reverse has full lead and both wire attachment loops intact.  This plate was recovered over 40 years ago by Dr. Rees Buttram from private property near Chickamauga, GA.  Plates this flawless are no longer being recovered.--$250.SOLD

  150. Beautiful condition, excavated, regulation, cast brass, Civil War, rooster neck, cavalry spur along with an excavated, Confederate style, cast iron stirrup.  Both artifacts were recovered on private property from an 1863 Confederate Alabama Cavalry camp located near Shelbyville, TN.--$125 for both.

  151. Large, glass jug of mixed fired bullets, chewed bullets, and assorted camp lead brought into the shop today and all recovered on private property here at Stones River over the past six years.  I estimate the jug weighs 12 - 14 pounds, and I would say there are between 200 and 300 pieces in the jug.  There is no telling how many tens of hours relic hunting are represented by this jug of artifacts (especially considering how difficult it is now to recover artifacts).  This entire jug -- $95.

  152. Very nice condition, excavated, coat size, Virginia State Seal, Confederate uniform button.  It has a smooth, brown patina with all detail outlined in bright gold gilt.  It has a Horstmann backmark with shank intact.  It was recovered from a Confederate camp in the Shenandoah Valley of Virginia.--$250.

  153. Very ornate, war date (December 30, 1863), shipping document to Providence Tool Company Armory in Providence, Rhode Island from the Arcade Malt Iron Company.  Providence Tool Company is a well known sword and musket manufacturer during the Civil War, and quite likely, that is what these materials were to be used for.--$95.

  154. Nice condition, ordinance document for Company J, 63rd Regiment, Illinois Volunteer Infantry.  Per this document, Company J of the 63rd Illinois received 69 Prussian muskets with bayonets, gunslings, bayonet scabbards, cartridge boxes, cartridge box plates, cap pouches, belts, and US waist belt plates.  The Prussian muskets that were issued at this time proved to be quite unsatisfactory and were replaced with Springfields as soon as possible.--$48.

  155. Very nice condition Federal Navy leather fuze pouch.  The pouch remains soft and pliable and is marked on the outside flap "Navy Yard - Philadelphia - 1863".  Both the leather closure tab and the leather belt loop remain intact on the box.--$425..

  156. Absolutely perfect, beautiful non-excavated Richmond Arsenal Pattern Confederate "C.S." 2-piece saber belt plate.  This plate was purchased a few years ago out of an estate near Richmond, VA.  The plate has a nice rich aged bronze-brown patina, and is the style pictured on page 9 - Plate - 003, in original Mullinax, and is known for it's high copper content.  You are not going to find a nicer example.--$3,500.SOLD

  157. Excellent condition, excavated, Confederate Cavalry spur recovered from a Confederate Cavalry camp on private property in the Shenandoah Valley in Virginia.  This spur is a crude Confederate copy of the regulation style Federal spur of the Civil War Era.--$195.

  158. Model 1860, light cavalry saber and scabbard.  The blade has a gently aging gray patina with markings of (US - 1864 - E. Roby West Chelmsford, Mass.)  The brass guard has an aged, brown-bronze patina with the top of the guard bent forward for better thumb control of the saber.  The scabbard is in nice condition with remnants of old silver paint likely from being in an old GAR Veterans Hall.--$750.

  159. Absolutely, drop-dead beautiful condition, excavated, Jeff Davis hat pin.  This pin was recovered on private property here at Stones River (only about one mile from the shop).  It is as near a perfect dug example as can be recovered at this point in time.--$175.

  160. Absolutely beautiful, flawless condition, excavated, large oval, lead filled, U.S. Cartridge box plate.  This plate was recovered about forty years ago by Dr. Rees Buttram on private property near the Battle of Chickamauga, Georgia.  It has a beautiful, slick, green-brown face, full lead, and both attachment loops remain intact.  Plates this nice are just not being recovered anymore.--$250.SOLD

  161. Excavated, coat size, Federal Cavalry Officer's button.  It has a smooth, brown patina and crisp detail.  The button was recovered on private property at Gravely Springs, Alabama.--$45.

  162. Broken, excavated, regulation, Federal Cavalry horse bit with cast brass "U.S." rosette remaining intact.  This bit was recovered on private property from a Federal Cavalry campsite located near Winchester, Virginia.--$125.

  163. Excavated, Confederate manufactured, solid cast brass saber scabbard ring mount recovered from a Confederate 1863 camp located on private property along Duck River near Shelbyville, TN.  We aren't recovering many cool little brass items like this anymore.--$75.  

  164. Very nice condition non-excavated folding .31 cal. double cavity bullet mold that would be the perfect compliment to display with your .31 cal. Model 1849 Colt Pocket Model Revolver.--$125.Very nice condition non-excavated folding .31 cal. double cavity bullet mold that would be the perfect compliment to display with your .31 cal. Model 1849 Colt Pocket Model Revolver.--$125.

  165. Extremely rare, Nashville Plow Works Cavalry Saber brought home from the Civil War as a war trophy by General Nathaniel Michler.  The saber was taken at the Battle of Shiloh in 1862.  This is the saber only without scabbard.  The blade has a thick aged chocolate patina, and the cast brass guard is marked Nashville Plow Works - CSA with a beautiful, uncleaned aged patina as well.  The grip is worn to wood in most areas, but does have some of the original leather and also the original wire.  This saber remained in the Michler family of Easton, PA, for over 100 years until being purchased out of the family during the 1970's.  The Confederate casting on the guard of this saber ranks as one of the more clear and distinct that I have seen and has the stippled background which is found in only about 20% of Nashville Plow Work sabers.  This is a museum quality artifact that any collector would be proud to have in their display.--SOLD

  166. Tintype, 1/6 plate, of a seated, seasoned Federal Infantryman wearing his great coat with cape.  It is quite uncommon to find an image of a Federal soldier wearing a great coat.  The image is cased in a 1/2 hard case having an ornate patriotic eagle motif on the reverse.--$125.

  167. Absolutely fantastic diary kept by William H. Polk of Company D, 21st Illinois Volunteer Infantry.  This diary is for the first half of 1864, and in intricate detail covers the Army of the Cumberland's fighting from Chattanooga to Atlanta, sometimes referred to as the "Atlanta Campaign".  William Polk was a gifted writer even owning a couple of newspapers following the Civil War.  The diary is clearly written, and is in minute detail containing descriptions of desperate fighting almost every day.  Literally, a history of the Atlanta Campaign could be written from this journal.  With the journal comes several photographs of W.H. Polk, including his 1864 war date photograph.  Also included is a large bound book written by W.H. Polk and containing the complete Polk family history including chapter "LXIII" which is the chapter on William H. Polk himself.  This is without question one of the most detailed and best written soldier's diary that I have ever had, and contains literally page after page of intense battle action.--$1,495.SOLD

  168. Very rare Confederate manufacturaed Foot Officer's sword by "A. Dufilho".   This is a classic example of a New Orleans, LA, made Confederate Foot Officer's sword.  Prior to the Civil War, Agruider Dufilho had been a former cutlery manufacturer, and during the Civil War, turned swordmaker.  One of Dufilho's primary products was a well made Foot Officer's sword that bears some resemblance to the Federal Model 1850 Foot Officer's sword.  His New Orleans firm stamped some of his swords with his name and address but equally as many were left unmarked without any stampings or markings at all.  Dufilho's products, though, can be easily recognized by classic features of this well known maker.  This example has a clean, unmarked, 29" long blade with a 23" long unstopped fuller down each side.  The original Dufilho cast brass guard remains intact and in very nice condition with a rich, aged patina.  The grip retains the sword's original black leather and is in excellent condition.  The fine twisted brass wire is missing and has been for many, many years.  This Confederate manufactured Foot Officer's sword made in New Orleans by A. Dufilho represents a classic, original, southern sword of the Civil War that is in very nice, honest condition.  This is a quality CS manufactured edged weapon at a very fair price.--$2,850.

  169. Beautiful condition, non-excavated, coat size, two piece, gilted Georgia State Seal uniform button.  This button has 100% bright gold gilt with shank intact and is back marked "Van Wart & Son Co."--$195.

  170. Gilted, two-piece, G.A.R. (Grand Army of the Republic) medal for the 31st encampment held August 22 & 23, at Buffalo New York in 1897.  The medal remains in excellent condition with the attaching pin still intact on the reverse.--$48..

  171. Excavated dropped two pieces of a quite rare "long pattern" three piece Shaler projectile.  This is one of the rarer patterns and was recovered on private property near Gettysburg, PA.  This is going to be a real bargain if you are willing to go on the search for the missing section.--$55.

  172. Very attractive collection of various caliber Civil War era pinfire cartridges.  The group consists of five cartridges measuring 2 mm, 5 mm, 9 mm, 11 mm, and 12 mm.  This will be an excellent compliment to display with your Civil War pinfire revolvers.--$125 for all.

  173. Grouping of four original documents relating to late 1800's "G.A.R." reunions of the 18th Ohio Volunteer Infantry.  All four documents are in excellent condition and relate to reunions held at Nelsonville, Ohio.--$75 for all four.

  174. Pair of very colorful, unused, but original Union patriotic covers.  Both of these are satirical in nature.--$48.50

  175. Original December 7, 1925, General Order "# 6" from the United Confederate Veteran Headquarters.  And with this original 1925 United Confederate Veteran's Document are two sets of unused United States postal stamps.  One set of stamps is honoring the Federal GAR Veteran's organization, and the other set of stamps is honoring the United Confederate Veteran's Organization.  (I'm thinking that they would be holding ice olympics in hell before this set would be issued today.)--$55.

  176. Original 1921 imprint concerning the origin of Memorial Day.  This document was authored by Federal General Norton P. Chipman (who was Col. of the 2nd Ohio Infantry during the Civil War and was later Judge Advocate for the famous Andersonville Prison trial of Commandant Henry Wirz) and has an original "N. P. Chipman" autograph on the reverse of the document.  This is a very cool document and completely pertinent today.--$55.

  177. Beautiful condition, excavated "1841" date one fourth franc silver coin.  This coin was recovered from the camp of Wharton's 8th Texas Cavalry camp - C.S.A. - located on private property near Unionville, TN, and occupied during the spring of 1863.--$55.

  178. Excellent condition, excavated "1839" date silver "half-dime".  This coin was recovered from the camp of the 2nd Tennessee Infantry - C.S.A. - located near Tullahoma, TN.  It has crisp detail with the "O" (New Orleans) mint mark.--$75.SOLD

  179. Non-excavated, four side, socket bayonet correct for the .54 cal. Austrian Lorenz musket.  This will be an excellent compliment to display with your Austrian musket.--$175.

  180. Civil War era CDV of General U.S. Grant holding a child.  This image is known as the "Grant in Peace" image.--$48.

  181. Rather scarce September 2, 1862, "T46 Confederate 10-Dollar note" picturing Ceres reclining on a cotton bale and R. M. T. Hunter in the right corner.  This is a solid, attractive note, but is circulated with some water staining.--$75.

  182. Bank of Chattanooga, Tennessee.  This is a 5 dollar note dated September, 1862.  The note is complete, but very circulated with a little water staining.--$48.

  183. Original autograph of Brigadier General Ramsey Potts.  General Potts was one of America's most decorated and successful bomber pilots of the 2nd World War.  Interestingly, during his time, as a bomb group commander, the well know actor, James "Jimmy" Stewart, was his Operations Officer.  At age 27, Potts was promoted to full Colonel and assumed command of the 453rd Bomb Group based in Norfolk.  Among Potts' accolades, he was awarded "The Distinguished Service Cross", two Silver Stars, the Legion of Merit medal, three DFCs, the Bronze Star, five Air Medals, and was awarded the British "DFC" for his outstanding courage and heroism.  He retired from the Air Force as a Major General in 1972.  Major General Potts lived to age 89.--$50.

  184. Beautiful condition, large, soldered seam soldier's camp bucket.  I have excavated buckets almost identical to this one in Civil War campsites.--$85..

  185. Excellent condition, leather folding Civil War era soldier's mirror.  This item will display beautifully in a camp scene exhibit.--$75.Excellent condition, leather folding Civil War era soldier's mirror.  This item will display beautifully in a camp scene exhibit.--$75.

  186. Original cast brass 1870's era Federal Eagle saber belt plate on an orignal Civil War Era linen belt.  Rigs like this were commonly worn by military academy cadets in the years just following the Civil War.  Very nice condition throughout.--$175.

  187. Beautiful condition, non-excavated, coat size Federal Infantry "I" Officer's button.  The face has 100% bright gold gilt, and the reverse is backmarked "Fine Gold Plate" in a ribbon with an eagle between the ends of the ribbon.  The shank is intact on the reverse.--$45.

  188. Very nice excavated "dropped" .577 cal. Enfield projectile. This bullet has a smooth, white patina with a raised "57" in the base indicating pattern of 1857, and the original boxwood plug remains intact.--$20.

  189. Quite rare .44 cal. Colt Army revolver cartridge with compressed powder type cartridge.  This will be an excellent compliment to display with your .44 cal. Colt Army revolver.--$65.

  190. Nice condition excavated .52 cal. complete Spencer cartridge.  This cartridge was recovered from private property in Hoovers Gap where Wilders Lightning Brigade is famous for the use of their Spencer repeating rifles at this engagement.--$38.

  191. Very nice condition complete excavated 12mm French pinfire cartridge.  This cartridge was recovered from Confederate camps along Duck River near Shelbyville, TN,  and occupied during the spring of 1863.--$25.

  192. bgratzbrown.JPG (38860 bytes)Civil War Era CDV of Benjamin Gratz Brown.  B. Gratz Brown was a well known Civil War Era legislator from Missouri.  Brown is most well known for his extreme - near radical anti-slavery position.  A rather scarce CDV to find.--$48.Civil War Era CDV of Benjamin Gratz Brown.  B. Gratz Brown was a well known Civil War Era legislator from Missouri.  Brown is most well known for his extreme - near radical anti-slavery position.  A rather scarce CDV to find.--$48.

  193. josmcushing.JPG (45610 bytes)josmcushingrev.JPG (45014 bytes)Bust view CDV of Joseph M. Cushing taken in January of 1864.  Joseph Cushing was a member of Company C, 39th Massachusetts Volunteer Infantry.  He was a baker by trade and enlisted in 1862 and served until the end of the war.  He was in many major battles, including the Wilderness Campaign.  The photograph was apparently taken while home on leave as the image has a backmark of "G.R. Wilkinson, Medford, Mass."  And, Medford, Mass., is listed as his home residence.--$65.

  194. confeddogriver.JPG (12806 bytes)confeddogriveropn1.JPG (17994 bytes)confeddogriveropn.JPG (59831 bytes)Just in, out of a North Carolina estate, Confederate "Dog River" style cavalry  saber in original brass mounted lap seamed Confederate scabbard.  The blade is in very nice condition with no pitting at all and just beginning to darken with age.  It is a classic Confederate manufactured blade with unstopped fuller, and the blade has three or four small blade to blade contact nicks.  The grip has original wrap and wire, and the leather is quite nice being close to 90% intact.  The brass guard is in nice condition as well showing classic Confederate high copper content with rich aged, never cleaned patina.  The scabbard has manufacture traits that are often associated with Kenansville Confederate States Armory, North Carolina.  The scabbard has a Civil War Era braised field repair just below the lower mount.  Back in better economy days, this Dog River style Confederate cavalry saber and scabbard would have sold for around $5,500, but in our current economy, is a seriously good buy.--$3,850.

  195. gallager2.JPG (10702 bytes)gallager.jpg (10128 bytes)gallagerlckplt.JPG (42830 bytes)gallagercls.JPG (40748 bytes)gallager1860.JPG (67099 bytes)gallagersrl.JPG (68786 bytes)gallagercmpt.JPG (70938 bytes)gallagercrvg.JPG (67028 bytes)gallagerw.JPG (74459 bytes)Attractive, honest "and actually carried" .50 cal. Gallager Carbine - The metal has a smooth attic brown patina with lockplate markings of "Richardson and Overman - July 17, 1860" and serial number "17024".  The action still works correctly and a good bore remains.  The patch box - sling ring - and long range site all remain intact.  The original walnut stock is in nice condition with just the normal small dings and marks from service, and the soldier has carved an unusual symbol into the stock just in front of the butt plate.  This is a nice quality carbine that doesn't come along every day.--$1,450.SOLD

  196. sideknife.JPG (48219 bytes)Very nice condition excavated 10-inch Confederate sideknife recovered many, many years ago by legendary relic hunter - Mr. John Marks of Memphis, TN.  Mr. Marks recovered the knife from a Confederate camp on private property located near Eastport, MS.  Some of the original bone handle still remains intact.--$375.

  197. carbinebullet.JPG (77309 bytes)VERY HARD TO FIND NOW !!  Nice condition original .52 cal. linen Sharps and PERFECT to display with your pretty Sharps carbine.  I only get about one of these per year anymore.--$150..

  198. nashploworks.JPG (11043 bytes)nashploworksopn.JPG (15729 bytes)nashploworkscls.JPG (53610 bytes)nashploworksgrp.JPG (53414 bytes)nashploworkscsa.JPG (54755 bytes)nashploworksmkr.JPG (70651 bytes)This is one of the earliest and most sought after patterns of the famous "Nashville Plow Works" Confederate Cavalry Officer's Saber and Scabbard.  A precious few of the VERY FIRST Nashville Plow Works Cavalry Officer's Sabers carried over traits from it's predecessor "Sharps and Hamilton - Nashville" products.  Sharps and Hamilton products are known for the presence of a "capstan nut" on the rear of the pommel of the saber, and also "Sharps and Hamilton" had - as standard - iron grip back straps.  The very - very first Nashville Plow Works Sabers carried these two traits over, and were very quickly replaced with brass backstraps, and were bradded.  This example has BOTH traits and is in exceptionally nice condition with original wrap and wire intact on the grip.  When the economy was in better shape - I saw a Nashville Plow of this Model {and NOT AS NICE} sell for $14,500.  Here is a "VERY NICE" and ULTRA-RARE EARLY PRODUCTION NASHVILLE PLOW WORKS CAVALRY OFFICER'S SABER AND SCABBARD AT ONE HECK OF A BARGAIN.--$12,500.SOLDThis is one of the earliest and most sought after patterns of the famous "Nashville Plow Works" Confederate Cavalry Officer's Saber and Scabbard.  A precious few of the VERY FIRST Nashville Plow Works Cavalry Officer's Sabers carried over traits from it's predecessor "Sharps and Hamilton - Nashville" products.  Sharps and Hamilton products are known for the presence of a "capstan nut" on the rear of the pommel of the saber, and also "Sharps and Hamilton" had - as standard - iron grip back straps.  The very - very first Nashville Plow Works Sabers carried these two traits over, and were very quickly replaced with brass backstraps, and were bradded.  This example has BOTH traits and is in exceptionally nice condition with original wrap and wire intact on the grip.  When the economy was in better shape - I saw a Nashville Plow of this Model {and NOT AS NICE} sell for $14,500.  Here is a "VERY NICE" and ULTRA-RARE EARLY PRODUCTION NASHVILLE PLOW WORKS CAVALRY OFFICER'S SABER AND SCABBARD AT ONE HECK OF A BARGAIN.--$12,500.SOLD

  199. equipbuckles.JPG (90828 bytes)equipbucklesrev.JPG (92309 bytes)Two excavated sword belt plate keepers and one sword belt adjuster buckle.  These artifacts are all in excellent condition and were recovered from one of John Hunt Morgan's 1863 winter Confederate cavalry camps near Liberty, Tennessee.--$125. for alll

  200. brigshields.JPG (29799 bytes)brigsheildsrev.JPG (37807 bytes)CDV of Federal General Jas. Shields.--$48.CDV of Federal General Jas. Shields.--$48.

  201. blobtopmnie.JPG (79917 bytes)Quite sought after by Civil War bullet collectors - nice drop Confederate field mold "Blob Top" C.S. three ring Minie.--$25.

  202. carbinecart.JPG (70404 bytes)Very nice condition non-excavated .50 cal. Flat Top Maynard Carbine Cartridge.  An excellent compliment to display with your Civil War Maynard Carbine.--$48.

  203. remingtonck.JPG (45604 bytes)remingtonsig.JPG (53365 bytes)Very nice condition check from Remington Arms Co. dated Sept. 27, 1854 and signed by Samuel Remington {one of three owners along with brothers Philo and Eliphalet III} during the Civil War era.  Remington Firearms were very well thought of during the Civil War era.--$48.

  204. pattersonnotary.JPG (36298 bytes)pattersonnotarysig.JPG (51967 bytes)pattersonnotaryseal.JPG (50254 bytes)pattersonnotaryrev.JPG (41400 bytes)Beautiful condition Tennessee Governor's Commission signed by John W. Morton - then Secretary of State and during the Civil War was General Nathan Bedford Forrest's "Chief of Artillery", and who later authored the definitive book entitled "Forrest's Artillery".  The document is in beautiful, perfect condition and John Morton's signature is clear and perfect.--$150.

  205. teatfire.jpg (68914 bytes)Excellent condition original non-excavated .32 cal. {round teat variety} teat fire cartridge for the .32 cal. National revolver.--$38.SOLD

  206. 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..

  207. unioneaglebtn.JPG (83519 bytes)unioneaglebtnrev.JPG (80884 bytes)Beautiful condition non-excavated coat size Federal 3-piece staff officer's eagle button.  Shank intact with "Horstmann" backmark.--$45.SOLD

  208. eaglebeltplate.JPG (93288 bytes)eaglebeltplaterev.JPG (88042 bytes)Really pretty excavated Model 1851 officer grade eagle sword belt plate with integrally cast wreaths and gold gilt still remaining in recessed areas.  This belt plate was recovered on private property near Winchester, Virginia.--$425.

  209. northcarolina.JPG (62222 bytes)northcarolinarev.JPG (74673 bytes)Excavated Coat size Confederate local North Carolina State Seal button.  This was recovered from a Confederate camp located on private property near Brandy Station, VA.--$125.

  210. droopwing.JPG (66120 bytes)droopwingrev.JPG (77456 bytes)Excellent condition non-excavated coat size CS-5 Confederate Droop Wing Officer's button with "Treble Gilt- Extra Rich" backmark.  It has lots of original gold gilt and a beautiful rich aged patina.--$250..

  211. usbayonet.JPG (12140 bytes)usbayonetus.JPG (87331 bytes)Nice condition original .58 cal. triangular socket bayonet correct for the Model 1861 and Model 1863 Springfield muskets and for all of the Model 1861 contract muskets.  This would be an excellent compliment to display with your .58 cal. three-band rifled musket.--$195.

  212. fridaybayonet.JPG (36652 bytes)Nice clean non-excavated .69 cal. Model 1816 friction fit triangular socket bayonet.  This would be a State or private purchase as there are no "U.S." markings.  This bayonet was most likely Confederate used, and perfect to display with your .69 cal. Model 1816 Flint or conversion musket.--$195.

  213. boylegamble.JPG (330412 bytes)boylegamblecls.JPG (630886 bytes)boylegamblegrd.JPG (2374079 bytes)Very rare pattern Confederate - Richmond, Virginia - Boyle and Gamble Foot Officer's sword.  This sword is an attic find, and the blade has a thick never-cleaned chocolate brown patina with classic Confederate unstopped fuller.  The cast brass guard is a seldom seen pattern and the pommel cap is classic cast brass smooth pattern Boyle and Gamble.  The leather grip has been professionally restored and helps the sword to display much nicer.  Back when the economy was better, this sword would have brought $2,000 - $2,500; reasonably priced in our "now economy" now for only.-- $1,650.

  214. bulletdisplay.JPG (56835 bytes)Collection of eighteen various type Civil War pistol bullets, including Savage, Smith & Wesson, Remington, Colt, Whitney, as well as others.  This collection of bullets was recovered by Dr. Rees Buttram during the mid 1960's on private property at Shiloh and Chickamauga.  The bullet collection is displayed in a very nice black walnut display case.--$195.

  215. bfbrgs.JPG (52047 bytes)bfbrgsrev.JPG (44662 bytes)Nice condition framed LARGE 4 inch by 6 inch original Civil War era albumin photograph of Benjamin Franklin Burgess of Company "D" 107 New York Volunteer Infantry.  B. F. Burgess participated in Shermann's "March to the Sea", but was captured 11-18-1864 at Social Circle, GA.  He was eventually released and was promoted to Corporal.   Burgess remained in the Union Army until the very end and was eventually mustered out on 6 - 5 - 1865.--$295.

  216. lematsrl4.JPG (51937 bytes)lematsrl5.JPG (57684 bytes)lematsrl3.JPG (39497 bytes)lematscr.jpg (88039 bytes)lematscr6.JPG (81366 bytes)lematscr2.JPG (62343 bytes)lematscr4.JPG (52989 bytes)lematscr5.JPG (56908 bytes)lematscr7.JPG (51866 bytes)Absolutely drop-dead beautiful condition most notable revolver of the American Civil War, the famous "LeMat" Paris Second Model production.  This revolver is serial# 1811 and is matching on all parts.  This serial number falls in mid-range Civil War production.  The LeMat second model range runs from the low 1000's to serial# 2494.  This revolver is from the nationally known Don Bryan collection and has original finish over at least 90% of the revolver.  The action on the revolver is perfect and all marks are as deep and crisp as the day it was made.  Any museum in the nation would be thrilled to have this fine revolver in its collection.  It is quite possible that you may never see another LeMat this nice offered for sale.--$23,000.SOLD

  217. 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.--$595. {A Cool Confederate Weapon Priced AT MUCH LESS Than EVEN A Pocket Model Colt !!}}

  218. photoback.JPG (76128 bytes)photobackrev.JPG (86672 bytes)Excavated 1/6 plate Daguerreotype recovered from an 1863 Confederate winter camp along Duck River near Shelbyville, TN.--$45.Excavated 1/6 plate Daguerreotype recovered from an 1863 Confederate winter camp along Duck River near Shelbyville, TN.--$45.

  219. mbthreeringer.JPG (53568 bytes)mbthreeringerbase.JPG (46611 bytes)Excellent condition excavated "Blob Top" Confederate field molded .58 caliber Minie Ball.--$25.

  220. swdmount.jpg (88629 bytes)Excavated solid cast brass saber scabbard ring mount recovered from a Confederate 1863 camp located on private property along Duck River near Shelbyville, TN.  We aren't recovering many cool little brass items like this anymore.--$75.  

  221. howitzerrear.jpg (1289193 bytes)howitzer.jpg (1227670 bytes)howitzerrev.jpg (1318867 bytes)howitzerside.jpg (1175111 bytes)howitzerdstnt.jpg (1309053 bytes)howitzermkr.jpg (740994 bytes)howitzernmbr.jpg (916256 bytes)howitzercstbl.jpg (774920 bytes)howitzerdte.jpg (826019 bytes)This is as rare as it gets in Civil War collecting !!  ORIGINAL 12 pound bronze Mountain Howitzer on a fine quality "Cannons Ltd." carriage with complete implements.  This is a "Cyrus Alger" 12 # bronze tube and is marked "C.A. & Co. - Boston" on the right trunnion, and is dated "1861" on the left trunnion.  The muzzle has "180" on the top face, and "T.J.R." on the bottom face.  "U.S." is nicely stamped on the top of the tube between the trunnions, and on the cascabel is the number "224".  The tube has a beautiful - uncleaned - aged pea green patina - no shiny brass here !!  The vent hole is open and we are supplying 20 friction primers with the cannon, SO look out neighbors !!!  A finer ORIGINAL and "1861" dated Civil War cannon you just will not see.  You can pick it up here, or we can help in arranging delivery.  A BARGAIN AT--$58,500.This is as rare as it gets in Civil War collecting !!  ORIGINAL 12 pound bronze Mountain Howitzer on a fine quality "Cannons Ltd." carriage with complete implements.  This is a "Cyrus Alger" 12 # bronze tube and is marked "C.A. & Co. - Boston" on the right trunnion, and is dated "1861" on the left trunnion.  The muzzle has "180" on the top face, and "T.J.R." on the bottom face.  "U.S." is nicely stamped on the top of the tube between the trunnions, and on the cascabel is the number "224".  The tube has a beautiful - uncleaned - aged pea green patina - no shiny brass here !!  The vent hole is open and we are supplying 20 friction primers with the cannon, SO look out neighbors !!!  A finer ORIGINAL and "1861" dated Civil War cannon you just will not see.  You can pick it up here, or we can help in arranging delivery.  A BARGAIN AT--$58,500.

  222. kgkcav.jpg (15928 bytes)kgkcavopn.JPG (19912 bytes)kgkcavgrp.JPG (67292 bytes)kgkfrprev.JPG (67658 bytes)Very, very scarce K.G.&K. [Kraft, Goldschmidt, and Kraft - Columbia, S.C.] Confederate Cavalry saber in it's original brass mounted metal scabbard.  This saber is, by far, most often encountered in the "Wooden Scabbard".  The saber is in very nice condition, but clearly shows that it actually saw service.  The blade is clean with no pitting what so ever, and the grip has original wrap and wire.  Most quite advanced collections do not have an example of this rare saber.--$4,250.

  223. rugglesltr.JPG (37666 bytes)rugglesltr2.JPG (42633 bytes)rugglesltr3.JPG (31639 bytes)rugglesltrsig.JPG (40886 bytes)SUPER - SUPER RARE actual 3-page manuscript Battle Report written by "L. Norton" of Norton's Battery of Light Artillery of Ruggle's Division covering the part taken by Norton's Artillery in the "Battle of Farmington on May 9, 1862".  The report is actually signed by Confederate Gen. Daniel Ruggles himself.  The document was written from Corinth, Miss. on May 12, 1862, and is in excellent condition.--$750.

  224. bulletone.JPG (43663 bytes)bulletonevase.JPG (45465 bytes)Nice excavated drop .69 cal. Confederate "plug base" Towers bullet.  This was recovered from an 1863 Army of Tennessee camp located along Duck River near Shelbyville, TN.--$45.

  225. bullettwo.JPG (59751 bytes)bullettwobase.JPG (43734 bytes)Quite rare excavated drop FIELD MOLD .50 cal. Confederate Sharpshooter's bullet.  The bullet has "cold mold" lines all over it from being field molded.  It was recovered on the Brentwood Hills at the Battle of Nashville - mixed right in with standard .45 cal. cylindrical Whitworth bullets.  Some say this bullet was for a Greene Sharpshooter rifle, and others feel that there were actually a few .50 cal. Whitworths here.  A very cool bullet in any case.--$65.

  226. 1839usoval.JPG (88311 bytes)1839usovalrev.JPG (86923 bytes)Very pretty non-excavated rare Model 1839 "small oval" U.S. waist belt plate.  The face couldn't be more beautiful and perfect, and the reverse has nice full lead, and both hooks intact for display - HOWEVER, the plate was missing the single arrow hook when it came in.  As luck would have it - a while back I dug the exact arrow hook that this plate was missing from an Ohio Infantry camp here, and decided to give up my hook to let this plate display more perfectly.  I have simply glued the hook in place if, for some reason, you'd like to removed it.--$295.

  227. ibuttonscript.JPG (93533 bytes)ibuttonscriptrev.JPG (84098 bytes)Very nice condition excavated coat size Confederate "Script I" (infantry) uniform button.  This button was recovered from Polk's Corp 1863 winter camps along the Duck River near Shelbyville, Tennessee.  It has a smooth chocolate brown patina, "Quality" backmark, nice detail, and shank intact.--$175.

  228. dugbreastplate.JPG (85272 bytes)dugbreastplaterev.JPG (93795 bytes)Excavated, lead filled, circular Federal eagle breastplate.  This was recovered on private property here at the Battle of Stones River and remains green and dirt covered just as recovered.  The lead fill remains in the reverse, but the wire attachment loops are rusted away.  Plates of any kind have become very rare to recover.--$115.

  229. eaglea.jpg (86086 bytes)eaglearev.JPG (100270 bytes)Excavated coat size Federal "Eagle A" artillery button.  The button has a smooth brown patina with the shank remaining intact and was recovered from private property here at the Battle of Stones River.--$28.SOLD

  230. northcaro.JPG (115529 bytes)northcarorev.JPG (113369 bytes)Excavated die struck coat size North Carolina "Sunburst" Confederate uniform button.  This was recovered by Dr. Rees Buttram from Confederate camps near Dalton, GA.  The button has nice detail and some pretty silver wash in recessed areas.  These buttons were on shell jackets purchased by the Confederate Govt. from the State of North Carolina, and issued to the Army of Tennessee while in winter camp near Dalton, GA.--$125.

  231. onedime.jpg (116010 bytes)onedimerev.JPG (110044 bytes)Excavated "1838-O" dime recovered from a Confederate 1863 winter camp here.  Look this jewel up as it is a rare bird and in very pretty condition !!--$95.

  232. 1824dime.jpg (110298 bytes)1824dimerev.JPG (98757 bytes)Excavated dime dated "1824" and recovered from an 1863 Confederate cavalry camp here in Middle Tennessee.  It has wear, but the date is clear and easy to read.--$48.

  233. enfield.jpg (66702 bytes)enfieldbase.JPG (40629 bytes)Excavated .50 cal. "Whitworth-like" smooth sided projectile recovered among .45 cal. Whitworth bullets in the Brentwood Hills at the Battle of Nashville, TN.  Many collectors believe this to be from a Confederate Sharp-Shooter's weapon - possibly a Greene Rifle.--$45.

  234. ibuttondimes.JPG (98771 bytes)ibuttondimesrev.JPG (94429 bytes)Excavated Confederate "I" {Infantry button} and three silver coins - {a "1783" Spanish Reale - an  "1856" Half Dime - and a bust half dime with a hole through part of the date} For the Confederate "I" button and all three silver coins.--$150.

  235. breckenridge.JPG (35523 bytes)breckenridgemrk.JPG (63186 bytes)Beautiful condition one half plate albumin photograph of Kentucky Confederate General John Breckenridge.  The photograph was taken by M. Miley and Son in Lexington, Virginia, using the carbon method of photography.  The photograph has a crisp, clear VA. photographers mark in the lower right corner.--$295..

  236. confindltr.JPG (52057 bytes)confindltrdesc.JPG (81146 bytes)Extremely rare letter from Private M. L. Mullican of Company K, Hamptons Legion, South Carolina Infantry communicating with Confederate Indians.  He is writing to the Indian Chiefs.  He tells them, "It will be pleasure to meet when my time is out - I will call on you, and if you wish a recommendation, you shall have it."  The letter is dated June 21st, 1861.  It is extremely rare to find a "war date" Civil War letter addressing Confederate Indians.--$295.

  237. implekitopn.JPG (48462 bytes)implekit.jpg (80114 bytes)implekitrev.JPG (74890 bytes)implekitmkr.JPG (106334 bytes)Small folding leather surgeon's field kit made by Stevens and Son, London, and containing eight instruments, including a folding bleeder.  The instruments are all metal rather than bone or ivory handled indicating it is an 1880 to 1890's era kit.  Not Civil War, but will be an attractive addition to an early medical display.-- Only $125.

  238. eaglecrest.JPG (46817 bytes)eaglecrestrev.JPG (50160 bytes)Beautiful condition gilted coat size Federal Staff Officer's button.  Crisp detail - shank intact - and backmarked "Mintzer - Phila."--$45.SOLD

  239. engravedsword.JPG (13090 bytes)engravedswordcls.JPG (70573 bytes)engravedswordeng.JPG (66319 bytes)engravedswordms.JPG (52526 bytes)Fresh out of a North Alabama estate sale - Quite scarce Model 1833 Ames "Dragoon" saber.  The blade is clean and nicely engraved "United States - 1838 - Ames Cutler - Springfield".  The brass guard has a rich - bronze/brown never cleaned patina and has the "MS" Massachusetts mark.  The grip is worn down to wood, and shows evidence of lots of service.  You can take it to the bank that this sword was carried by a soldier that had been in the military years earlier.  Anyone would be excited to add this rare weapon to their collection.--$595.

  240. scriptibutton.JPG (98130 bytes)scriptibuttonrev.JPG (90628 bytes)Nice crisp excavated coat size Confederate "Script "I" uniform button.  It has a smooth chocolate patina, with no dents and shank intact.  This button was recovered on private property located near Richmond, VA.--$165.

  241. VERY Pretty Model 1840 Ames Manufactured Federal Musician's Sword and Scabbard.  The blade is no less than SPARKLING bright and is marked "Ames Mfg. Co. - Chicopee, Mass. - U.S. - 1864" and the scabbard is in nice condition as well with only one little spot that has a little re-enforcing right at the bottom.--$595.
  242. cannisterballdisplay.JPG (41722 bytes)cannisterballdisplay1.JPG (52971 bytes)cannisterballdisplay2.JPG (35532 bytes)Nice little artillery grouping consisting of a mint condition red artillery hat cord, an excavated canister ball shot at Shiloh, and a cannon friction primer recovered from the Battle of Nashville.--$95.

  243. breckinridge.JPG (50848 bytes)Autographed card saying "Yours Truly" from U.S. Major General Joseph C. Breckinridge.   General Joseph C. Breckinridge was a cousin to the famous Vice President and Confederate Civil War General John C. Breckinridge.  Major General Joseph C. Breckinridge served in the Civil War with the Union forces (didn't achieve the rank of Major General until post-war years).  The Breckinridge family of Kentucky is a classic example of a family split by the Civil War with members serving on both sides.--$75.

  244. 3cartridges.JPG (94275 bytes)Group of three quite rare Civil War carbine cartridges.  Two of the cartridges are excavated and one is non-excavated.  The excavated cartridge on the left is a .50 cal. brass cased Gallagher carbine cartridge and was recovered at Pump Spring, Alabama.  The center cartridge is a flat top .50 cal. Maynard carbine cartridge and was recovered at the site of second day fighting Battle of Nashville near Granny White Gap.  And the cartridge on the right is a non-excavated nice condition .50 cal. foil and paper cartridge by Poultney for the .50 cal. Gallagher carbine.  If you happen to have a Maynard and/or a Gallagher carbine, this set would be a very nice compliment to display with your carbines.--$175. for the group of three.

  245. bulletthirs.JPG (61152 bytes)Beautiful condition excavated dropped .44 cal. ring tail Sharps for the Sharps slant-breech sporting model carbine.  This projectile was recovered from the 1863 winter camp of Wharton's 8th Texas Cavalry located near Nolensville, Tennessee.--$48.

  246. bleeder.jpg (65559 bytes)bleederrev1.JPG (55302 bytes)bleedermkr.JPG (79881 bytes)bleederclsd.JPG (72368 bytes)bleederclsdrev.JPG (69186 bytes)Very nice condition brass cased folding three blade medical bleeder.  The bleeder is maker marked "Hardy Bros. - Sheffield" and would be an excellent addition to any Civil War medical display.--$95.SOLD

  247. C.D.V. of Confederate General Braxton Bragg.  The image is marked "D. Murphy, 55 Broadway, New York".--$55.

  248. msgpapers.JPG (47416 bytes)msgpaperscls.JPG (48554 bytes)msgpaperscert.JPG (63813 bytes)Announcement of the compilation of the "1861-1865 -- The Message and Papers of the Confederacy" dated 1905 along with a certificate inviting the named individual the opportunity to subscribe to one set of the Messages and Papers of the Confederacy.  This particular certificate is addressed to H.B.W. Heartsill.--$48.

  249. CONFEDMONEY.JPG (33494 bytes)Set of three War Date issue North Carolina State notes.  The group consists of a 5 cent fractional note, and an 1861 $1. North Carolina note, and an 1861 $2. North Carolina State Note.  ALL THREE FOR ONLY.--$150..

  250. pittedibtn.JPG (83698 bytes)pittedibtnrev.JPG (93412 bytes)Really nice excavated coat size Confederate "Lined I" uniform button.  This was recovered on private property near Chickamauga, GA. and has a smooth chocolate patina with shank intact.  You just aren't going to dig a much nicer one.--$225.

  251. grantfamily.JPG (51895 bytes)Unusual horizontal shot C.D.V. of Gen. Grant with his entire family.--$65.

  252. buckl.jpg (73957 bytes)One excavated general service buckle and one excavated spur buckle recovered from the Confederate lines at the 1864 Battle of Nashville.  The general service buckle is probably an arsenal product as we find variations of this same buckle at many different locations and have even been found in both Western and Eastern theaters.--$75.

  253. wrofrebln.JPG (65276 bytes)wrofrebln1.JPG (54136 bytes)wrofreblnopn.JPG (35084 bytes)wrofreblndte.JPG (35728 bytes)This is one of the most sought after volumes of the original 1891 printing of the Officials Records of the War of the Rebellion.  This is volume 38 with all five parts intact which is the Battle of Atlanta Campaign.  The books are in relatively good condition considering they are something like 125 years old.--$125.

  254. cartridgebox.JPG (66492 bytes)cartridgeboxrev.JPG (68312 bytes)cartridgeboxcls.JPG (91376 bytes)cartridgeboxopn.JPG (50633 bytes)Regulation issue Federal 36 cal. leather pistol cartridge box.  This would be a very nice accessory to display with your Colt Navy revolver.  The leather remains quite pliable with typical flaking around the upper fold of the outside flap.--$195.

  255. hatpindisplay.JPG (48494 bytes)hatpindisplaycls.JPG (45787 bytes)Very attractive excavated "Jeff Davis" hat pin correct for the model 1858 Hardee style Federal hat.  This hat pin was recovered in northern Alabama and still has two of the small brass attachment wires intact on the reverse.  A small amount of the hat pin along the eagle's left wing is missing and may have been intentionally removed.  It has been beautifully matted and framed and is ready for display.--$150.

  256. gallaghercart.JPG (80915 bytes)Rather scarce .50 cal. paper and foil cartridge by Poultney for the Gallagher carbine.  This will be a fine addition to display with your Gallagher Carbine.--$85.

  257. arrowhooks.JPG (97877 bytes)Excavated set of arrow hooks melted out of a "U.S." oval waist belt plate and then worn as a "belt buckle" by a Confederate.  This - along with the brass belt adjuster - was recovered from the 1862 camp of the 16th AL. Infantry located on private property near Duck River and Shelbyville, TN.  A very nice set of artifacts showing the lengths that Confederates went to in order just to be clothed and on the firld.--$65. for both pieces  {Confederates had a severe shortage of most equipment items including belt plates, and were forced to adapt Union buckles to use.}

  258. relicsdug.JPG (73050 bytes)Maybe not the most pristine artifacts that you are ever going to see, but considering where they have spent the last 150 years, pretty amazing.  In the last few months, the city of Murfreesboro has been installing a new 36" sewer line right down the middle of the Old Nashville Highway which was the major highway during the Battle of Stones River.  These artifacts literally came out of the dirt right down the middle of the Old Nashville Highway over which we drive every day.  A very cool display from one of the most unusual sites ever.--$50.

  259. test7.jpg (1353421 bytes)Excavated brass tipped iron ramrod recovered from Confederate camps along Duck River near Shelbyville, Tennessee, occupied during the winter of 1863.  The ramrod appears to have been shaped into a utilitarian camp implement such as a pot hook.--$75.

  260. cribbon.jpg (64525 bytes)convribbonhstn.JPG (67881 bytes)Delegate ribbon for the 1890 TEXAS STATE DEMOCRATIC CONVENTION held in HOUSTON.  Scarce ribbon - but fragile in some areas.--$45..

  261. 50cents.jpg (80469 bytes)50centsrev.JPG (82340 bytes)Quite rare to come by anymore.  Original June, 1861 date 50 cent fractional Federal note.  The note pictures Samuel Dexter - early Sec. of Treasury.--$75.Quite rare to come by anymore.  Original June, 1861 date 50 cent fractional Federal note.  The note pictures Samuel Dexter - early Sec. of Treasury.--$75.

  262. usscb.jpg (39479 bytes)usscbopn.jpg (43821 bytes)usscbclose.JPG (56008 bytes)usscbmrk.jpg (63039 bytes)Very nice condition "1870s"  .45 -- 70 Trapdoor triangular socket bayonet in original black leather scabbard.  The cast brass circular "U.S." disc remains intact on the leather scabbard.  The scabbard leather is complete and quite pliable.--$175. complete in scabbard

  263. gardisplay.JPG (68699 bytes)Very nice condition 3 piece "G.A.R." grouping.  The group consists of one excellent condition 1909 PA. G.A.R. ribbon and medal, one 1932 New York ribbon and medal, and one coat size gilted "G.A.R." frock coat button.--$95. for the entire grouping.

  264. Perfect condition excavated heavy cast brass private purchase {but Confederate used} cavalry spur.  This one was recovered from Starnes 1863 C.S. Cavalry camp located near Altamont, TN.  It has the rowel perfectly intact and a nice green/brown uncleaned woods patina.  A very nice piece.--$275.

  265. 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.

  266. 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.                                         

  267. 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.

  268. 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.

  269. deanadams.JPG (90569 bytes)deanadamsbore.JPG (58743 bytes)Excavated set of 34 cal. projectiles for the 34 cal. Dean and Adams revolver.  These are quite rare to recover and were excavated from a Confederate camp on private property near Corinth, MS.--$35.

  270. smithwesson.JPG (62203 bytes)smithwessonrev.JPG (61049 bytes)smithwessonopn.JPG (56755 bytes)smithwessonmkr.JPG (42900 bytes)32 cal. Smith and Wesson 5-shot cartridge revolver.  This is early production with only the 1855 and 1859 patent dates present on the barrel.  The serial number is 10287 which is Civil War Era production.  Many Civil War officers carried the 32 cal. Smith and Wesson revolver as a last line of defense vest gun.  This example has perfect action and some case colors present in recessed areas.  A quality little gun that would be a nice addition to most any collection.--$650.

  271. 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.

  272. Mint condition original unissued "red" Federal Artillery hat cord for the "Hardee Style Hat".--$45.

  273. pairofbullets.JPG (79945 bytes)pairofbulletsinside.JPG (51109 bytes)Pair of excavated .577 cal. Confederate Enfield bullets with rare base markings.  One is base marked "L" {for London} and the second is base marked "L-2" {for London 2nd pattern}.  The "L-2" still has the original boxwood plug intact in the base and can be taken in and out.  They come in a nice glass display case.--$45. with case

  274. canteenstnd.JPG (59429 bytes)canteenstndcls.JPG (59303 bytes)canteenstndstns.JPG (95254 bytes)canteenrev.JPG (63506 bytes)Very cool Model 1858 Federal "Bullseye" canteen that is complete with cover - stopper - sling - and has the sling shortened indicating Cavalry service.  There are some "red-brown" splatters on it - Wonder if DNA works after 150 years ??--$495.SOLD

  275. prussion2.JPG (55722 bytes)Excavated drop 2-ring .69 cal. Prussian bullet recovered from an 1862 OHIO INF. camp located near Decherd, TN.  About 30 years ago I recovered a beautiful large oval O.V.M. buckle in this camp.--$35.

  276. carvedbullets3.JPG (83628 bytes)3 carved bullets from Confederate camps located near Franklin, TN.  One appears to be an unfinished nipple protector - one looks like a little space ship - and one is a whittled C. S. Gardner.  All 3 are displayed in a nice glass case.--$55. for all

  277. conf100.jpg (66161 bytes)conf100rev.JPG (42085 bytes)Nice solid circulated condition "Lucy Pickens" Feb. 17, 1864 Confederate $100. note.  This one is serial number "40417".--$125.

  278. sprwed.JPG (46015 bytes)sprwedcls.JPG (68908 bytes)Beautiful condition non-excavated cast brass Cavalry spur of a style generally recovered from Confederate Cavalry camps and does have similarities to the "Mississippi" pattern spurs.  This style spur is thought to be a privately purchased item.--$275.

  279. tribaseblt.JPG (52487 bytes)tribasebltbase.JPG (50518 bytes)Excavated drop .69 cal. triangle base French minie.  This was recovered from Gen. Brechinridge's  Nov. - Dec. 1862 Confederate Infantry camp that was located near Readyville, TN. and occupied just before the Battle of Stones River.--$35.

  280. dugpen.jpg (86933 bytes)dugpeninvoice.JPG (43444 bytes)dugpeninvoicesign.JPG (53488 bytes)Excavated solid silver mechanical pen recovered by Dr. Rees Buttram from an 1862 Confederate camp near Corinth, MS.  With the silver mechanical pen I am including an original 1863 Civil War document that is in excellent condition to display with it.--$95. for BOTH

  281. bayonetwed.JPG (35332 bytes)Early Battlefield Pick-up .577 cal. Enfield triangular socket bayonet picked up on private property near Chickamauga, GA, many, many years ago.--$150.

  282. soldierbook.JPG (78192 bytes)soldierbookclsd.JPG (78886 bytes)soldierbookclsd2.JPG (82384 bytes)Nice clear BIG 1/4th plate fully cased tintype of a Federal Chaplin.  This is a full standing pose with his bible in his hand.--$295.

  283. 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.

  284. 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.

  285. corporal1.JPG (80029 bytes)corporalclsd.JPG (94675 bytes)corporalrev.JPG (86173 bytes)Fully cased 1/6th plate tintype of a young Federal Corporal.  This is a seated outside camp view with his Corporal stripes clearly visible.  The case is a very cool Union Patriotic with the eagle and shield on both sides.--$275.

  286. richmond.JPG (76604 bytes)richmondrev.JPG (85286 bytes)Beautiful non-excavated gilted coat size VA. staff button with the VERY sought after "Mitchell and Tyler - Richmond" backmark.  The face could not be prettier with sharp detail and nearly 100 % bright gold gilt.  Unfortunately, the button was made into a lady's "stick pin" years and years ago, and because of that the shank is not present.  There are a couple guys out there who could definitely restore the shank, but on the other hand - the button displays beautifully just as it is.--only $195.

  287. burltimes.JPG (35061 bytes)burltimescls.JPG (81832 bytes)burltimesart.JPG (54159 bytes)burltimescolt.JPG (33629 bytes)burltimesmnhd.JPG (37573 bytes)Original Sat. - Feb. 25th, 1865 Civil War News Paper.  There are interesting articles and some very Cool ads.  There are ads for Regiments forming - Colt Revolvers for sale - AND "Glad News For The Unfortunate" - "Old Cherokee Remedy" that will cure Gonorrhea in from one to three days !!! {Yeah - Right !!}--$48.

  288. eagibtn.JPG (78667 bytes)eagibtnrev.JPG (75208 bytes)Beautiful condition non-excavated coat size Federal Infantry Officer Eagle "I" button.  It has 100 % bright gold gilt, and is backmarked "D. Evans - Attleboro", and has the shank intact and straight.  Just a choice button.--$35.

  289. sharpssptng.JPG (49234 bytes)Excavated drop MM197 - .44 cal. Slanting Breach Sharps - This was recovered from Wharton's Confederate Cavalry Camp located on private property near Nolensville, TN.--$48.

  290. 5dollarnote.JPG (64140 bytes)5dollarnoterev.JPG (61996 bytes)Nice condition January, 1864 issue Confederate $5. note.  This issue Confederate note has really pretty graphics on both front and back of the note.--$75.

  291. capcntnr.JPG (71444 bytes)capcntnrsd.JPG (60844 bytes)Original small percussion cap tin for any percussion revolver.  This would be a fine compliment to display with any Civil War era hand gun.--$48.

  292. imagewednes.JPG (77217 bytes)imagewednesclsd.JPG (81260 bytes)Fully cased 1/9th plate tintype of a young Confederate soldier.  This image was purchased out of a Winchester, VA. estate about 40 years ago.  Based on the fact that he is healthy and well dressed - I would think that this is an early {likely 1861} Civil War Confederate image.--$450.SOLD

  293. bugler.JPG (70709 bytes)If this image weren't so dark - It would be a BIG DOLLAR image.  It is a 1/9th plate tintype of a Federal BUGLER with his Bugle in his hand.  He is wearing a 9-button Federal enlistedman's frock coat, and is holding his bugle in his hand.  You can easily see the bugle, but the image is, unfortunately, quite dark.  Great content, but because it is so dark - priced to virtually give away.--$195.

  294. unioncase.JPG (52121 bytes)unioncasecls.JPG (50374 bytes)unioncaseclsd.JPG (80897 bytes)unioncaserev.JPG (83045 bytes)Nothing less than "Drop Dead" mint beautiful 1/9th plate gutta percha "S. Peck & Co. - Improved Union Case".  If you have a killer 1/9th plate image - Here is a case worthy of it.--$150.

  295. wdnchain.JPG (62015 bytes)30 inch long - Soldier HAND CARVED - wooden chain.  The chain consists of 19 links and appears to be carved from Yellow Poplar.  It has been the story with the family that this wooden chain was carved from one solid tree by an ancestor while in prison.  He definitely would have had some time on his hands, and I can tell you - This is a work of art and was not carved in a few minutes.--$375..

  296. trianglebase.JPG (58084 bytes)trianglebasebtm.JPG (48692 bytes)Excellent condition excavated drop .69 cal. triangle base imported French minie.  This was recovered from Breckinridge's Nov. 1862 camp near Readyville, TN. occupied just before the Battle Of Stones River.--$35.

  297. artillerybutton.JPG (76893 bytes)artillerybuttonrev.JPG (78501 bytes)Really pretty excavated coat size Confederate "Lined A" button recovered on private property from a Confederate camp near Richmond, VA.  It is a "CS102-A2" with Superior Quality backmark, smooth brown patina,  and shank intact.--$350.

  298. dblmold.JPG (61008 bytes)dblmold1.JPG (63279 bytes)dblmoldcls.JPG (72479 bytes)Very nice condition double cavity folding .36 cal. bullet mold for a Manhattan Navy Model revolver.  I am including two original bullets recovered here at Stones River to display with the mold.--$125.

  299. ncbutton.JPG (61263 bytes)ncbuttonrev.JPG (71447 bytes)Very - Very - Rare NON-EXCAVATED "Confederate Local" manufacture coat size North Carolina State Seal uniform button.  This recently turned up in a jar of buttons at a North Carolina estate sale.  You won't see a more beautiful example.--only $495. {often seen $650. or more}

  300. scripti.JPG (63016 bytes)scriptirev.JPG (74502 bytes)Mint perfect condition excavated coat size Confederate "Script I" button.  This button was recovered from 1863 Confederate camps on private property along Duck River near Shelbyville, TN.  It has a reflective slick chocolate brown patina - Isaac Campbell backmark - and shank intact.  You ARE NOT going to find a nicer one.--$175.SOLD

  301. missbutton.JPG (55608 bytes)missbuttonrev.JPG (70171 bytes)Beautiful excavated coat size CONFEDERATE LOCAL Mississippi "I".  This button was recovered from Camp Walthall which was an 1862 Mississippi Troop camp located near Estell Springs, TN.  The button is solid as can be with a pretty brown-green patina - with no dents, cracks - and shank is intact.  It's a very rare thing to recover a Confederate local Mississippi this nice.--$295.

  302. wiscncoat1.JPG (73974 bytes)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.

  303. eagcoatbtn.JPG (60078 bytes)eagcoatbtnrev.JPG (61109 bytes)Beautiful non-excavated Coat size Confederate CS-5 Staff Officer's button.  It has near 100% bright gold gilt - shank intact - and is backmarked "Treble Gilt - Extra Rich".  You just won't see a more beautiful - highly gilted -  example.--$275.

  304. cuffbtn.JPG (54838 bytes)cuffbtnrev.JPG (70704 bytes)cuffbtnsize.JPG (63933 bytes)RARE - RARE - RARE excavated TINY kepi size Confederate "Droop Wing Eagle" Staff Officer's button.  I can't remember when I last had one of these.  This button was recovered near Savannah, GA. and is solid as a rock with no dents - no cracks - and shank intact.--$295.

  305. ambroofblck.JPG (80922 bytes)ambroofblckclose.JPG (63340 bytes)SUPER RARE 1/9th plate ambrotype of a young black man wearing a CONFEDERATE Kepi, and holding up a document or piece of paper in front of him.   If he were wearing a more military outfit, I'd be totally convinced that he was a black Confederate soldier.  Over the past 40 years I have had about 4 of these, and usually the deal is that the young black man came to the Civil War field with a white officer from the plantation as the white officer's assistant.  I am unsure what the white document might be - {maybe his freedman papers or maybe even his Confederate enlistment papers}.  At the current rate - I should have another one of these in about 2025 !!!!--$1,850.

  306. dugmusket.JPG (13103 bytes)dugmusketbrl.JPG (11172 bytes)dugmusketlckplt.JPG (182464 bytes)dugmusketdte.JPG (81090 bytes)When was the last time that you saw a "fresh water" recovered 1862 date Springfield musket recovered with EVERYTHING intact and a lockplare that is still readable.  The musket was recovered in a creek 100% on private property, and has already been completely treated, and coated, and is quite stable.  Here is your chance to own a recovered "1862" date Civil War Springfield Musket with NOT {a little wood remaining} BUT ALLLLLL the wood remaining !!!!   Very nearly the ULTIMATE excavated Civil War relic.--$1,450.SOLD

  307. lilapic1.JPG (83855 bytes)lila2poppy.JPG (18033 bytes)lila3asleep.JPG (20264 bytes)lila5profpic.png (771077 bytes)lila5wrapped.jpeg (262144 bytes)lila4andmomhosp.JPG (141046 bytes)lila6reaction.JPG (23590 bytes)lila7goodmorning.jpg (65573 bytes)lila8happytues.jpg (59827 bytes)lili10pinksocks.JPG (26317 bytes)lila11withana.JPG (27622 bytes)lili12cheerldr.JPG (93658 bytes)savannahcheer.JPG (36520 bytes)lila13easterbunny.JPG (118941 bytes)lilasheep.JPG (27660 bytes)lilasthrnbell.JPG (28647 bytes)lilakitchen.jpg (37664 bytes)lilainstrawberries.JPG (702058 bytes) volcheerleader.JPG (647692 bytes)Meet "Lila Magnolia Blackwelder" !!!  She is my daughter - Savannah Cynthia and her husband - Luke Blackwelder's first child.  She was born December 4, 2013 at 3:25 pm weighing 7 pounds 4 ounces and was 19 3/4 inches long.  She was born with a head full of dark brown hair and a fine set of lungs.  She has a wonderful disposition, and loves to smile and giggle.  I plan to do my best to spoil her beyond belief !!!!

  308. annasoccer.JPG (39064 bytes)poppyana&rachJPG.JPG (253237 bytes)anastasiaschool.JPG (25834 bytes)larrya.jpg (610641 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 "3 YEARS" old now !!!!}  WOW --- Time sure gets away !!!!  And now ANOTHER year !!!!   I'm getting SOOO old, but beats the alternative !!!

  309. moldbullet.JPG (65804 bytes)moldbulletrev.JPG (64278 bytes)Single cavity cast brass "scissor type" bullet mold for the "Country Rifle or Picket Bullet".  This is a mold to make bullets for the rifles from home that many Confederates left home for the Civil War in 1861 carrying.  This one looks to be about .36 to .40 cal.  We primarily recover bullets of this type in 1861 and 1862 Confederate camps {but recently we recovered several from a mid-1863 Confederate camp.  Excellent condition.--$150.

  310. mnscrpti.JPG (87278 bytes)mnscrptirev.JPG (89404 bytes)Very nice condition excavated big 23 mm CS175A - by P. Tait with their distinctive floating shank.  It's a pretty button with a smooth brown woods patina and no dents or cracks.  This is a RARE Confederate button, and is certainly one you don't dig every day.--$325. {see all around priced at $450.}

  311. wreathdug.JPG (78488 bytes)wreathdugrev.JPG (85570 bytes)wreathdugwpctr.JPG (74899 bytes)Excavated wreath half of a state seal 2-piece - tongue and wreath State Seal Sword Belt Plate.  The wreath was recovered from one of General Manigault's South Carolina 1863 winter camps here - so it likely took a tongue like the one pictured above - HOWEVER - This same wreath would correctly fit a Louisiana tongue - a Virginia - a Georgia - or even the right Alabama.  If you have a nice State Tongue - Here is your chance to complete a VERY RARE and expensive Confederate 2-piece State Sword Belt Plate.--$850. {The tongue is worth $1,250. or so --- Yet the complete 2-piece buckle sells for $3,000. to $3,500. !!!!!}

  312. usonbelt.JPG (48606 bytes)Absolutely beautiful condition UNISSUED large size arrow hook style "U.S." oval waist belt plate on it's original brown buff leather waist belt with the original brass keeper intact.  This rig looks exactly as it did when they were issued 150 years ago.--$595..

  313. cs5note.JPG (57372 bytes)cs5noterev.JPG (57608 bytes)Nice condition circulated Confederate April 6th, 1863 $5. Confederate note.  This is a nice very early "T-60" picturing the State Capitol at Richmond, VA.--$79.

  314. bltmold.JPG (62088 bytes)bltmoldclsd.JPG (67190 bytes)Nice condition cast brass double cavity bullet mold for a "Country Rifle".  Many young Confederates left their Southern homes in 1861 carrying the family "Country Rifle", and was armed with this until a "more Military" type weapon came along.  This mold is out of a local estate and has a nice rich aged patina.--$125.

  315. .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.

  316. oldengibtn.JPG (75679 bytes)oldengibtnrev.JPG (87634 bytes)Beautiful non-excavated 23 mm {CS175A2} coat size lined manuscript Old English "I".  This is an exceptional example with nice straight shank and "Halfmann & Taylor - Montgomery" backmark.  WOW - This button is pretty!!--$325.

  317. missbtn.JPG (54773 bytes)missbtnrev.JPG (66845 bytes)Excavated coat size "Mississippi "I" Confederate uniform button.  This button was recovered on private property near Shelbyville, TN. from the 1863 camp occupied by Walthall's Mississippi Brigade of the Army of Tennessee.  It is very solid with a smooth brown patina and nice detail - But, it does, unfortunately, have a little dent on one point of the star.  The back looks great with shank intact and a "Hyde and Goodrich, N.O." backmark.--$225.

  318. drpwngegl1.JPG (52586 bytes)drpwngegl1rev.JPG (67318 bytes)Excavated coat size Confederate local Staff Officer's button -{CS26B} recovered on private property years ago here at the Battle of Stones River.  It had a couple freeze cracks when recovered that have been professionally stabilized, and the button is solid as can be now.--$195.

  319. guntools.JPG (54115 bytes)Group of 7 assorted musket parts that are either non-excavated or are early pick-ups or recoveries, and still remain in nice enough condition to use on a musket today.  There are {2} .58 cal. Springfield or contract musket breechplugs - one brass Mississippi trigger guard - {1} .58 cal. Springfield trigger guard - one cast brass Enfield nose cap {1} one .69 cal. Model 1816 musket buttplate and {1} cast brass trigger guard to an unknown musket.  A real bargain !!--$195. for all

  320. usplatefri.JPG (74727 bytes)usplatefrirev.JPG (71010 bytes)Excellent condition excavated large size U.S. oval cartridge boxplate - recovered 40 to 50 years ago and out of pioneer relic hunter - Bill Gavin's Personal Collection.  Bill is an icon in the relic collecting community, and author of the first definitive book on Civil War Belt Plates.  How cool would it be to have a plate from Bill Gavin's Collection in YOUR collection.--$250.

  321. lbsenfld.JPG (63348 bytes)lbsenfldl.JPG (11694 bytes)Excavated drop .577 cal. Enfield projectile with the raised "L" {London} basemark.  This was recovered here at Stones River and even still has the boxwood base plug with it.--$35.

  322. soldrwmskt.JPG (69851 bytes)soldrwmsktrev.JPG (73327 bytes)Crisp - clear CDV size tintype of a standing Federal Infantryman wearing his complete Federal "U.S." belt rig with his U.S. buckle - leather capbox - and leather bayonet scabbard, and has his 3-band rifled musket {with fixed bayonet} standing at his side.  He is wearing a 9 - button Federal enlistedman's frock coat - his kepi - and regulation Federal trousers.  This well equipted young Federal soldier has everything needed to head out to the front.--$395.SOLD

  323. boydbkl.JPG (75540 bytes)boydbklrev.JPG (60510 bytes)boydbklenv.JPG (46847 bytes)boydbklmrk.JPG (78654 bytes)Very sought after beautiful condition excavated large oval "U.S." cartridge boxplate recovered by none other than Sid Kirksis {author of the first major comprehensive book on Civil War Belt Plates} in August of 1956 on private property at the Battle of  Cedar Mountain.  The plate has never even been washed off with green woods mulch still adhering to the front of the plate.  On the reverse it has full lead - both attachment loops are intact - AND is backmarked "Boyd and Sons - Boston".  This beautiful plate still remains in Mr. Kirksis's personal distinctive little brown envelope with all the information written on it.  This plate is nothing short of superb.--$350.

  324. iowaid.JPG (80570 bytes)iowaidrev.JPG (70585 bytes)iowaidbk.JPG (61018 bytes)iowaidbkcls.JPG (78812 bytes)Recently recovered partial very rare lead "IOWA" state pin.  This pin was recovered by Brant Arnold and - as you can see - is actually pictured in the current issue of North - South Trader.  The pin is perfectly fine just as it is "IOW" and {matching it's picture in the North South Trader} OR could be easily restored by the master {Robert McDaniel} to display as nicely as any complete example.  And priced at a fraction of the $850. that complete ones sell for.--only $175.

  325. Private purchase heavy cast brass spur with a crude "Eagle Head" rowel holder.  Most of these that I have seen recovered have been from Confederate sites.  The spur is perfect with it's original rowel intact.--$275..

  326. ibtnfri.JPG (77612 bytes)ibtnfrirev.JPG (77879 bytes)Beautiful condition excavated CS173 Confederate 19 mm Lined "I" with "P. Tait and Co. - Limerick" backmark.  This button was recovered many years ago from a Confederate camp on private property near Richmond, VA.  It has crisp detail and the prettiest chocolate brown patina that you are going to see.--$225.Beautiful condition excavated CS173 Confederate 19 mm Lined "I" with "P. Tait and Co. - Limerick" backmark.  This button was recovered many years ago from a Confederate camp on private property near Richmond, VA.  It has crisp detail and the prettiest chocolate brown patina that you are going to see.--$225.

  327. offgrdspur.JPG (58152 bytes)offgrdspurcls.JPG (62506 bytes)Beautiful condition high quality private purchase prewar cast brass cavalry spur of a type that were often brought from home and worn by Southern Cavalry officers during the American Civil War.  Just perfect condition.--$275..

  328. uscartbx.JPG (61704 bytes)uscartbxrev.JPG (63099 bytes)cartridgeboxopn.JPG (50633 bytes)uscartbxmrk.JPG (102982 bytes)Nice looking Model 1864 Federal .58 cal. leather cartridge box.  The box remains strong and pliable with embossed "U.S." and is maker marked "S. H. Young and Co. - Newark".  Both leather belt loops - both iron roller buckles - leather closure tab - and brass finial all remain completely intact.  Every Civil War collection needs a nice original Civil War cartridge box.--$295.

  329. eagibtns.JPG (75483 bytes)eagibtsrev.JPG (76844 bytes)Very nice condition PAIR of excavated Federal Officer buttons.  One is a nicely gilted Federal "I" Infantry officer's button and the other is a gilted coat size Federal Staff officer's button.--$65. for the pair

  330. tool.JPG (75085 bytes)Original folding musket tool correct to display with any of the Models of Springfield or contract percussion muskets.  An excellent compliment to display with your musket.--$65.

  331. uswed.JPG (73118 bytes)uswedrev.JPG (71111 bytes)Drop dead beautiful non-excavated large size U.S. oval cartridge boxplate.  Beautiful "never cleaned" dark bronze/brown attic patina on the face and full lead and both wire loops intact on the reverse and the loops are  2 1/2 inches apart.   If you have a nice cartridge box needing a BEAUTIFUL plate - Here it is.--$250.SOLD

  332. drpwng.JPG (69802 bytes)drpwngrev.JPG (68545 bytes)Exceptionally nice condition excavated coat size Confederate local "Droop Wing Eagle" C.S. Staff Officer's button.  Recovered from the 1863 spring camp of the 1st Alabama Cavalry located near "Middleton, TN. {now Midland, TN.}  Crisp detail and smooth brown patina and not a hint of a dent or crack on this excellent button.--$250.

  333. unioncase.JPG (66572 bytes)unioncasecls.JPG (76244 bytes)unioncasebk.JPG (55756 bytes)Quite rare hanging style ornate gutta-percha case for a 1/6th plate tintype or ambrotype.  It is an "Improved UNION CASE" with an "1859" patent date.  When this case came out of the estate sale some of the corners were chipped, and I have had them professionally restored.  Perfect for your "extra nice image.--$150..

  334. 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.

  335. ibut.JPG (64948 bytes)ibut2.JPG (70902 bytes)Really, Really pretty excavated coat size Confederate "Lined I" uniform button.  Solid as a rock smooth woods chocolate brown patina - no dents - no cracks - and shank intact.  This is the way you like to dig them !!--$225.

  336. 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.

  337. 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.

  338. 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.

  339. 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.

  340. 1992 Printing of "Pictorial Encyclopedia of Civil War Medical Instruments and Equipment" by Dr. Gordon Dammann.  This is a very useful reference book.--$25.

  341. 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.

  342. 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.

  343. 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.

  344. 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.

  345. 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.

  346. 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.

  347. 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.

  348. 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.

  349. 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.

  350. 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.

  351. 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.

  352. canteenwostpr.JPG (52072 bytes)Model 1858 Federal "Bullseye" canteen with original cover.  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.

  353. 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.

  354. 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.

  355. 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 !!!}

  356. I tried to get Rocky to smile, but all he wanted to do was eat and drink !!!!!!!

  357. Isn't this guy beautiful - almost neon green.  He came up while bullet digging today as if to say - " Hey Man - Digging Anything ??"

  358. Check out my new "Best Friend" !!!!  When I feed him - It's like he says "I Love You Man !!!!"

  359. 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 !!!!}

  360. 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.

  361. Coat size non-excavated Federal Navy button.  "Waterbury" backmark and shank intact.--$45.

  362. 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.

  363. 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.

  364. 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.

  365. 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

  366. 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.

  367. Nice condition  Sept. 2, 1861 rare "Floating Sail Ship" Confederate $20. note.--$65.

  368. 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.

  369. 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.

  370. 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.

  371. 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.

  372. 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

  373. 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.

  374. 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.

  375. Attractive excavated large size "U.S." oval lead filled cartridge boxplate.  This was recovered on private property at Chickamauga several years back.--$150.

  376. 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.

  377. 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.

  378. 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.

  379. 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.

  380. carbinecart.JPG (70404 bytes)Very nice condition non-excavated .50 cal. Flat Top Maynard Carbine Cartridge.  An excellent compliment to display with your Civil War Maynard Carbine.--$48.

  381. 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.

  382. 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.

  383. Beautiful condition excavated coat size gilted Federal Infantry Officer's Button.  This button was recovered by Dr. Rees Buttram on private property in Chickamauga, GA.  Both the Eagle and the letter "I" are outlined with with bright gold gilt.--$38.

  384. 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.

  385. 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

  386. 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.

  387. 2ibut.JPG (75340 bytes)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

  388. .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.

  389. 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.

  390. 4relics.jpg (40397 bytes)4relicsrev.JPG (51730 bytes)Display of 4 excavated purely Confederate artifacts recovered from the 1863 winter camp of the 2nd Tennessee Infantry - C.S.A. -  located on private property near Tullahoma, TN.  The display consists of a coat size Confederate floral button - a purely Confederate lead Cartridge Box finial - a blob top Confederate nose pour Minie - and a .58 cal. "Richmond Lab." Gardner - all displayed in a glass display case.--$75. for all

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Larry Hicklen

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