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  1. offsash.JPG (67060 bytes)Nice condition original Civil War Maroon Officer's Sash.  This was recently brought in out of the local area, and was quite likely  C.S. used.  If you have a pretty Frock coat - This is all you need to be "Museum Ready".--$750.
  2. csdogrivsbr.JPG (44004 bytes)csdogrivsbropn.JPG (47999 bytes)csdogrivsbrclose.JPG (61583 bytes)csdogrivsbrgrd.JPG (61587 bytes)csdogrivsbrgrp.JPG (57267 bytes)REAL NICE so-called "DOG RIVER" CONFEDERATE MANUFACTURED cavalry saber and scabbard.  The blade is clean with absolutely no pitting at all and has the classic hand forged unstopped fuller.  The grip is nicer than usual with complete leather and single strand copper wire.  The scabbard is brass mounted and has a nice crude "lap seam".  Both the scabbard and high copper content brass guard have a rich - never cleaned - 150 year old bronze-brown patina.  A museum grade addition to your Confederate collection.--$3,850.
  3. scrptc.JPG (49838 bytes) scrptcrev.JPG (67587 bytes)Absolutely "Drop Dead Beautiful" - "11" on a scale of "10" excavated coat size Confederate Manuscript "C" with Isaacs-Campbell backmark.  This button was recovered on private property about 40 years ago and shows it.  Don't even bother looking for a prettier example.--$475.SOLD
  4. chicopee.JPG (12469 bytes)chicopeeopn.JPG (18844 bytes)chicopeegrp.JPG (61432 bytes)chicopeedte.JPG (59475 bytes)chicopeemkr.JPG (58884 bytes)Extremely Rare to Find - 1859 date Ames Light Cavalry saber and scabbard.  The blade has a pretty aged grey/brown patina and is crisply marked "1859 - Ames Mfg. Co. - Chicopee, Mass.".  The grip has original wrap and wire with just the right amount of wear to know for sure that this saber was actually carried.  The scabbard a dark - chocolate brown - attic patina with several small dings and marks from actual service in the field.  It is well documented that a good number of "1859" date Ames Sabers went South and were Southern carried.  This one came out of a Williamson Co., TN. estate and was very likely "C.S." carried.--$950.
  5. metroarmspst.JPG (45818 bytes)metroarmspstlrev.JPG (53099 bytes)metroarmspstlcrv.JPG (66732 bytes)metroarmspstlmkr.JPG (41930 bytes)metroarmspstlsrl.JPG (43763 bytes)metroarmspstlsrl2.JPG (48684 bytes)metroarmspstlsrl3.JPG (59279 bytes)Quite rare to find .36 cal. "Metropolitan Arms Co." 6-shot "Navy Model" revolver.  Metropolitan Navy revolvers were made from 1864 through 1866 and were nearly exact copies of the .36 cal. Model 1851 Colt Navy revolver with a total production of only about 6,000 weapons.  Serial numbers range from 1 on up to about 7100 with a break in numbers for Metropolitan's production of a copy of the Colt Model 1861 Navy.  This example has an all matching serial number of 5751 {including the wedge} which is likely 1864 - 1865 production.  The revolver has crisp action - considerable cylinder scene remaining - and some original finish in recessed areas.  During the last couple years of the Civil War Metropolitan was a competitor to Colt for the .36 cal. Navy Revolver market.  This is as nice an example that I have seen in a long, long time.--$1,450.
  6. egleflsk.JPG (53613 bytes)egleflskrev.JPG (59427 bytes)Absolutely beautiful military motif Civil War era brass powder flask of the correct size to accompany a .36 cal. Navy Model revolver, and actually came into the shop with the above Metropolitan Navy Model Revolver.  This flask has the nicest - rich aged bronze patina that you are ever going to see, and will give your Navy Model Revolver a Museum Grade display.  SO PRETTY !!--$395.SOLD
  7. 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.
  8. missibtn.JPG (66594 bytes)missibtnrev.JPG (73761 bytes)Really nice excavated coat size MISSISSIPPI "I" button with a slick brown patina and bright gold gilt around all the letters and completely filling the "I".  This is the very sought after "Hyde and Goodrich - New Orleans" backmark and shank perfectly intact.--$425.SOLD
  9. bldr.JPG (57386 bytes)bldrrev.JPG (67962 bytes)bldrclsd.JPG (64325 bytes)Out of a local estate sale - 3-blade Civil War era Fleam {or Bleeder}.  This is the type with three blades that folds into a brass case.  It is nice condition with a pretty aged patina overall.--$95.SOLD
  10. snydug.JPG (75394 bytes)snydugrev.JPG (67855 bytes)Quite attractive excavated large oval lead filled "S.N.Y." waist belt plate.  This plate was recovered quite a number of years ago and was recovered on private property at Cold Harbor.  When recovered the plate had chipping around a portion of the rim due to ground action deterioration and has been professionally stabilized and restored.  It is now a very good looking plate.--$550.
  11. ppawhks.JPG (69015 bytes)ppawhksrev.JPG (68629 bytes)Excavated set of "Puppy Paw" belt hooks that were recovered from a Confederate camp site here.  We have found that Confederates would quite often melt the belt hooks out of the back of Federal belt plates and wear the "hook device" only as a waist belt buckle {not wanting to wear the "U.S." part}.  This set of hooks was recovered from an Alabama Infantry camp site here.--$48.
  12. amesholt.JPG (12928 bytes)amesholtopn.JPG (19408 bytes)amesholtgrp.JPG (69883 bytes)amesholtgrp2.JPG (61185 bytes)amesholteng.JPG (77225 bytes)amesholteng2.JPG (61997 bytes)amesholtmrk.JPG (60100 bytes)Very Rare PRESENTATION Model 1872 Cavalry Officer's saber and scabbard made by Ames Mfg. Co. - Chicopee, Mass.  The blade is "frosty" bright with the Presentation "Capt. George S. Holt" and the ornate officer's brass mounted scabbard has the full Presentation "Presented To Capt. George S. Holt By Members Of The National Lancers - June 14, 1877".  The grip has full original sharkskin and the very ornate Officer's brass guard retains nearly 100% bright gold gilt.  We haven't had the time to properly research Capt. Holt - so I would be very grateful to hear anything interesting that you guys might learn about him.  It is entirely possible that he could have even seen Civil War service.  What a Beautiful Saber this is.--$1,850.
  13. clbrgswd.JPG (33211 bytes)clbrgswdopn.JPG (41110 bytes)clbrgswdgrp.JPG (68390 bytes)clbrgswdeng.JPG (64566 bytes)clbrgswdmrk.JPG (64484 bytes)clbrgswdjht.JPG (48079 bytes)clbrgswddoc.JPG (162689 bytes)Beautiful Hi-Grade Federal Cavalry Officer's Saber and Scabbard out of well known author John Thillmann's personal collection and is the "ACTUAL SWORD" pictured on page "147" of his book - "Civil War Cavalry and Artillery Sabers".  The blade is sparkling bright with beautiful engraving and frosting top to bottom.  The original rayskin grip is in excellent condition and is 100% original.  The ornate cast brass guard is in nice condition as well, but is missing the tip end {small flower stem} emanating off the bottom branch.  This beautiful saber shows clear evidence of having been actually carried in the Civil War.  This RARE saber sold for $4,000. back in "better economy" days.  How about this for a "Smoking Good Deal !!!--$2,650.SOLD
  14. casedcolt.JPG (60883 bytes)casedcoltclsd.JPG (57266 bytes)casedcoltbrl.JPG (41980 bytes)casedcoltmkg.JPG (70071 bytes)casedcoltptnt.JPG (59809 bytes)casedcoltsrl.JPG (38377 bytes)casedcoltsrl2.JPG (53056 bytes)casedcoltsrl3.JPG (56872 bytes)casedcoltsrl4.JPG (53604 bytes)Quite attractive .36 cal. CASED LONDON COLT NAVY MODEL REVOLVER.  The revolver is serial number "38480" and is all matching except for the wedge which is an old replacement.  This is very sought after "early 1850s" production and was very likely "C.S." carried considering that it is extremely early production and surfaced in the deep South.  The revolver is clean with crisp action and some cylinder scene remaining.  The case is in nice condition and is an original Civil War era case.  In the case is an original .36 cal. double cavity Colt bullet mold - an original tin for caps, - and an original brass powder flask.  Any "London" Colt Navy is rare to find, but a CASED London Navy is nothing less than SUPER-RARE to find.--$3,750.
  15. 1856rem.JPG (11972 bytes)1856rembrl.JPG (29978 bytes)1856remlckplt.JPG (56585 bytes)1856remmrk.JPG (64654 bytes)1856remsght.JPG (48449 bytes)1856remopn.JPG (58384 bytes).69 cal. Model 1816 musket originally produced in flint and in the late 1850s Remington Firearms Co. was given a contract to convert these old out-dated flint muskets to the "then current" Maynard Tape Primer System.  This example has nice metal just starting to gently grey with age and has lockplate markings of "Remington Arms Co. - 1857 - U.S.".  The Maynard Tape Primer System still works perfectly and the musket still has nice deep rifling.  The musket has nice wood and the action still works as well as when it was new.  The musket was rifled and fitted with a long range site by Remington, but the musket was fired in competition in the late 1960s and at that time was equipted with a "more precision" long range site.  This is a nice Civil War Firearm that would - no doubt - still be deadly today.--$1,295.
  16. 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.
  17. usswrdeng.JPG (62900 bytes)usswrdeng2.JPG (58944 bytes)Model 1850 Federal "Field and Staff" Officer's sword and scabbard that I do believe has the most "service wear" in the brass ring mount that I have EVER SEEN on a Civil War sword.  It has literally been carried to the point that only a "sliver" remains of what started as nearly a quarter inch ring mount.  If there were a movie about this "Old Warrior's" career - I'd be in line to see it.  This one came out of an Ohio estate sale many years ago.  I 100% guarantee that this sword will stimulate lots of conversation EVERY time folks look at your collection.--$1,150.
  18. eagflsk.JPG (47801 bytes)eaflskrev.JPG (46504 bytes)eagflskcls.JPG (51727 bytes)eagflskus.JPG (67547 bytes)eagflskmkr.JPG (51780 bytes)eagflskdte.JPG (47672 bytes)Beautiful deep - rich - never cleaned aged bronze patina on this "1838" date "Peace Flask" manufactured by "N. P. Ames".  It has been ages since I've seen a Peace Flask with an aged patina this pretty.--$450.SOLD
  19. amesnvl.JPG (16498 bytes)amesnvlopn.JPG (21111 bytes)amesnvldte.JPG (68745 bytes)amesnvlmrk.JPG (61891 bytes)Model 1860 Federal Naval Cutlass made by Ames Mfg. Co. and dated "1862".  The blade has a nice aged grey-brown patina and is marked "Ames Mfg. Co. - Chicopee, Mass. - 1862".  The scabbard is very stable and solid, but is missing the last 3 inches or so.  The grip is worn to polished wood in most areas and some leather in other areas.  The massive brass guard is in exceptionally nice condition, and isn't all dented up like they usually are.  Model 1860 Cutlasses have become scarce to find.--$595.
  20. 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.
  21. 1863muir.JPG (21855 bytes)1863muirbrl.JPG (28510 bytes)1863usmuirlckplt.JPG (58493 bytes)1863usmuirmkr.JPG (84126 bytes)1863usmuirdte.JPG (72839 bytes)1863usmuirdte2.JPG (72877 bytes)Very sought after .58 cal. William Muir and Co. contract .58 cal. 3-band percussion rifled musket.  The metal is overall clean just beginning to darken with age with lockplate markings of "Wm. Muir - Windsor Locks - 1863 - U.S." and the barrel has a similar patina and has a matching "1863" date.  William Muir had a contract for 30,000 muskets during the years of 1863 and 1864.  The metal has sharp - clear marks and the action is about as crisp as the day it was made.  The original ramrod - long range site - and both sling swivels all remain intact, and it retains lots of original rifling.  The wood is quite nice as well with a visible inspector cartouche still remaining.  Most any Civil War collector would like having this musket on his wall.--$1,650.
  22. pstlstarrarms.JPG (52924 bytes)pstlstarrarmsrev.JPG (52925 bytes)pstlstarrarmscls.JPG (76101 bytes)pstlstarrarmsmkr.JPG (68446 bytes)pstlstarrarmsptnt.JPG (50442 bytes)pstlstarrarmsser.JPG (69431 bytes)pstlstarrarmscart.JPG (65280 bytes)Nice condition Starr Arms Co. single action Model 1863 Army Revolver.  These revolvers were produced between 1863 and 1865 and only about 32,000 were ever produced.  The revolver has a smooth ageing grey patina with some traces of original finish in the recessed areas.  The serial number is "29102" and has a nice clear inspector cartouche on the grip.  The action works nicely most of the time, but "once in a while" the cylinder doesn't advance.  This is a nicer Single Action Starr than most that come through the shop.--$1,450.
  23. eagbrplt.JPG (76163 bytes)eaglebpltrev.JPG (60489 bytes)Absolutely "drop dead" mint beautiful excavated circular Federal eagle breastplate.  This plate was recovered on private property near Chickamauga, GA. by Dr. Rees Buttram in the mid 1960s.  WOW - You could literally put this plate back on and wear it.--$250.
  24. pdrhrn.JPG (45203 bytes)pdrhrncrvg.JPG (50472 bytes)Massive HUGE 1840 era 14 inch long and 3 inches across Powder Horn.  The horn remains in very nice condition and has ornate designs carved into both top and bottom.  Many young Confederates left home in 1861 carrying a Fowling Rifle and a Powder Horn just like this.--$175.
  25. uscrtbxonblt.JPG (51522 bytes)uscrtbxonbltcls.JPG (64203 bytes)uscrtbxonbltopn.JPG (50584 bytes)Complete Civil War issue Federal U.S. belt rig with large size "U.S. Oval" belt plate - original Civil War leather waist belt - and an original Civil War leather percussion cap box.  Every Civil War collection should have an example of a nice complete "U.S." belt rig.--$495.
  26. soldier.JPG (69186 bytes)soldierrev.JPG (73421 bytes)Nice clear early War 1/9th plate RUBY AMBROTYPE of a young Federal Infantryman.  The image is in a 1/2 hard case.  Ruby Ambrotypes are rare and quite sought after.--$125.
  27. sprgfldsw.JPG (47612 bytes)sprgfldswrev.JPG (49937 bytes)sprgfldser.JPG (42454 bytes)sprgfldmrk.JPG (42749 bytes)Nice condition 6-shot  Smith and Wesson "No. 2 - Old Model Army" Revolver.  This one is serial number 23542 - which is most desirable 1862 - 1663 production.  The revolver has original Civil War era "cream colored bone like material" grips and is crisply marked "Smith and Wesson - Springfield, Mass."  This revolver is museum quality and would be a fine addition to any Civil War Display.--$1,450.SOLD
  28. 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.
  29. snkbklrev.JPG (88207 bytes)snkbkl.JPG (82339 bytes)Excavated cast brass center "snake" portion of a Confederate "Snake buckle".  This relic was recently recovered from an 1863 Confederate winter camp located on private property along Duck River near Shelbyville, TN.--$125.SOLD
  30. uscartbx.JPG (61704 bytes)uscartbxrev.JPG (63099 bytes)uscartbxopn.JPG (59553 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.
  31. uspltmon.JPG (72055 bytes)uspltmonrev.JPG (69133 bytes)Very sought after EARLY large size lead filled "Puppy Paw Hook" style U.S. oval waist belt plate.  It has a really pretty face - full - lead - and all three hooks intact on the reverse.  We mostly recover these in Federal 1861 and 1862 camp sites.--$275.
  32. eaglebplt.JPG (69571 bytes)eaglebpltrev.JPG (60489 bytes)Absolutely beautiful condition non-excavated circular lead filled Federal eagle breastplate.  The face has a rich  - aged bronze patina, and the reverse has full lead and both wire loops remaining intact.  This recently came out of a Southern Maryland estate sale.--$250.
  33. cnteenwslng.JPG (55539 bytes)cnteenwslngrev.JPG (56591 bytes)cnteenwslngltrs.JPG (98143 bytes)cnteenwslnglotz.JPG (56173 bytes)Very nice condition circular, smooth type Federal Model 1858 canteen complete with original butternut cover - stopper with chain - and linen sling - and has the soldier's initials "A.B.T." stenciled on the side.  This canteen was on display for a number of years in the old Lotz House Museum at The Battle of Franklin, TN.--$425.
  34. 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.
  35. souvnrcase.JPG (74938 bytes)Really pretty small glass display of Federal "G.A.R." items.  The display consists of 10 original "G.A.R." uniform buttons - one crossed cannon artillery hat pin with the loops still intact on the reverse {this could actually be Civil War era} - and a beautiful 1897 Buffalo, NY 31st National G.A.R. Reunion Medal.--$150. for all
  36. 1864sprngfld.JPG (28503 bytes)1864sprngfldbrl.JPG (39076 bytes)1864sprngfldlckplt.JPG (60116 bytes)1864sprngflddte.JPG (73021 bytes)1864sprngfldmrk.JPG (63733 bytes)1864sprngfldus.JPG (60495 bytes)Very nice looking .58 cal. Model 1863 Type I Springfield 3-band percussion rifled musket.  Nice clean lockplate with markings of "1864 - U.S. - Springfield" and are about deep enough to cut your finger.  This is a type I with rounded screw tighten bands and with no retainer springs.  The eagle on the bolster is usually almost to dim to even see - You can see this eagle from 10 feet away !!  It has action nearly as crisp as new and good bore remaining.  The .58 cal. Springfield musket is considered to be the classic representative musket of the American Civil War.--$1,650.
  37. 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.
  38. 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
  39. eaglebtn.JPG (63201 bytes)eaglebtnrev.JPG (57496 bytes)Really pretty excavated CS-26A Confederate "Drooped Wing Eagle" Staff Officer's button.  This rare button was recovered by Dr. Rees Buttram on private property on Missionary Ridge at Chattanooga, TN.  It has a smooth chocolate brown - completely uncleaned patina.--$250.
  40. 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.
  41. 61sprngfld.JPG (25626 bytes)61sprngfldbrl.JPG (34882 bytes)61sprngfldcrvg.JPG (71111 bytes)61sprngflddte.JPG (79088 bytes)61sprngfldmrk.JPG (96321 bytes)61sprngfldlckplt.JPG (60505 bytes)Quite scarce and sought after .58 cal. Model 1861 Springfield 3-band rifled musket.  The .58 cal. Springfield 3-band rifled musket is considered by many to be the most representative musket of the American Civil War.  The lockplate has a gently ageing grey-brown patina with markings of "U.S. - 1861 - Springfield" and the barrel has a nice thick - never cleaned - attic brown patina, and has decent rifling.  The original walnut stock is very nice as well with the normal small dings and marks of actual field service, and the soldier's initials "J.S." are neatly cut into the right hand side of the walnut stock.  The action is tight and still works perfectly, and the original ramrod - both sling swivels - and long range site all remain intact.  An original "1861" dated Springfield is VERY SCARCE to come by.--$1,650.
  42. 1864hamnd.jpg (46022 bytes)1864hamndscab.jpg (56973 bytes)1864hamndclose.JPG (60214 bytes)1864hamndgrp.JPG (69235 bytes)1864hamndmrk.JPG (61968 bytes)1864hamndmrk2.JPG (55419 bytes)Quite attractive Model 1840 Federal light Artillery Saber and Original scabbard.  The blade has a gently ageing grey-brown patina and is marked "U.S. - 1864 - Ames Mfg. Co. - Chicopee, Mass."  The grip is in good shape with original leather and the wire looks to have been replaced many years ago.  The scabbard is really pretty without even a single dent.  This saber is going to look great on someone's wall.--$895.
  43. 1861art.JPG (43972 bytes)1861artopn.JPG (47099 bytes)1861artgrd.JPG (60811 bytes)1861artdte.JPG (55126 bytes)1861artmrk.JPG (64586 bytes)Nice looking Federal Model 1840 Light Artillery Saber and Scabbard.  The blade is clean with good clear markings of "U.S. - Ames Mfg. Co. - 1861".  The leather grip was restored many years ago and looks very nice now.  The scabbard is pretty with a smooth aged chocolate brown patina, and just a couple small war-date service dings.--$850.
  44. 20dlrnote.JPG (58127 bytes)20dlrnoterev.JPG (52423 bytes)Nice condition circulated "1863" date Confederate $20. note picturing our current standing State Capitol at Nashville, TN.  This note was found in a family bible during the settling of an estate here in Rutherford Co., TN.--$85.
  45. 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.
  46. 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.
  47. leech.JPG (69654 bytes)leechrev.JPG (65174 bytes)Absolutely beautiful condition excavated large size "Leech And Rigdon" 2-Piece "C.S." Tongue and Wreath saber belt plate.  This plate was recovered in 1974 from a Confederate Cavalry camp located on private property near Port Hudson, LA.  The 2 pieces were found together and fit and match perfectly.  It would be hard to find a nicer example.--$2,650.SOLD
  48. 7canstr.JPG (46447 bytes)7canstrrev.JPG (49186 bytes)This is believed to be the finest excavated BIG 7" canister in private hands.  It was recovered on private property about 30 years ago and is just a SUPER NICE artifact.  We CAN'T ship this one for fear of damaging it.   You will need to pick it up here or we can bring it to the upcoming Franklin Civil War Show.  This jewel is HEAVY !!--$3,500.
  49. politpnsldr.JPG (77708 bytes)politpnclose.JPG (63058 bytes)Fully cased and clear as a bell 1/6th plate tintype of a Federal soldier wearing a Political Ferrotype around his neck.  Unbelievably - This image is SO CLEAR that you can see that it is a "Douglas - Hershel" Political Pin with Hershel's image facing the camera.  In 40 years, I can't remember ever having an image before that you could make out who was on the political pin.  This is astounding.--$475.
  50. hatltrset.JPG (60714 bytes)Absolutely beautiful collector set of excavated Company Letters, and an excellent set of non-excavated branch of service hat pins.  This fine collection is out of the famous personal Civil War collection of Dr. Francis Lord -{author of the original "Lord's Civil War Collector Encyclopedia"}  This was one of my very first Civil War Books as a youngster and I still have it and use it from time to time yet today.  It was my honor and privilege to get to know and spend time with Dr. Francis Lord, and you will not find a finer gentleman and mentor for what we do.  An excellent collection.--$850. for the entire collection
  51. 1862sprngfld.JPG (39262 bytes)1862sprngfldbrl.JPG (27365 bytes)1862sprngfldclose.JPG (61096 bytes)1862sprngflddte.JPG (75426 bytes)1862sprngfldmrk.JPG (76494 bytes)1862sprngfldusmrk.JPG (50255 bytes)Considered by many to be the most representative weapon of the American Civil War.  This is the .58 cal. Model "1861" Springfield 3-band percussion rifled musket.  The lockplate is marked "U.S. - Springfield - 1862" and the musket has a thick "never cleaned" attic brown patina from tip to tip.  This musket is out of a Pennsylvania estate sale, and remains just as found.  If you'd like a musket on your wall with LOT'S of stories to tell - This will suit perfectly {and has an excellent chance to have been right there at Gettysburg, PA.--$1,295. 
  52. 1863croby.JPG (40324 bytes)1863crobyscab.JPG (45275 bytes)1863crobyclose.JPG (63134 bytes)1863crobygrp.JPG (48964 bytes)1863crobymrk.JPG (51404 bytes)1863crobymrk1.JPG (54820 bytes)1863crobymrk2.JPG (38068 bytes)Model 1840 Federal N.C.O. {Non-Commissioned Officer} sword in original leather scabbard.  The sword has a beautiful sparkling bright blade and is marked "C. Roby - 1863 - U.S."  The original leather scabbard is in very nice condition - except the brass drag on the end has at some point been lost off.  It isn't uncommon to see loose brass drags offered for sale quite reasonably around the shows.--Only $450.
  53. porthudslngbkl.JPG (71638 bytes)Excavated Federal carbine sling buckle and tip recovered from a Federal Cavalry camp on private property near Port Hudson, LA. about 30 years ago.--$115.
  54. cndlshell.JPG (43691 bytes)Very Cool candle holder made from the top of an exploded  Confederate "wood drive-in fuze" type cannon ball.  This was recovered many years ago on private property near Chickamauga.--$45.
  55. sprswthstrps.JPG (50717 bytes)Beautiful condition non-excavated PAIR of private purchase cast brass spurs of a style that we often recover in Confederate Cavalry camp sites.  This set of spurs are as nice as any that you will see in any museum.--$395. for the pair
  56. cssaber.JPG (47812 bytes)cssabergrd.JPG (62490 bytes)Extremely Rare excavated broken Confederate manufactured "Dog River" Style C.S. Cavalry Saber.  This was recovered many, many years ago on private property along the retreat route from Shiloh towards Corinth, MS.  It has the classic "unstopped fuller" C.S. blade.  GREAT RELIC--$650.
  57. nashhotksnose.JPG (59651 bytes)Excavated 3 inch nose section of a Federal Hotchkiss projectile.  It was recovered many years ago along Leland Lane at the Battle of Nashville, TN.--$125.
  58. csacast.JPG (82411 bytes)csacastrev.JPG (82182 bytes)Excavated coat size Confederate solid cast brass "C.S.A." uniform button.  This was recovered from a Confederate winter camp on private property in central VA.  It remains just as it was dug.--$395.
  59. 1863robnson.JPG (30529 bytes)1863robnsonbrl.JPG (35890 bytes)1863robnsonclose.JPG (63731 bytes)1863robnsoncrtche.JPG (111410 bytes)1863robnsoncrtche2.JPG (58526 bytes)1863robnsondte.JPG (67266 bytes)1863robnsondte2.JPG (73021 bytes)1863robnsonmrk.JPG (66885 bytes)1863robnsonmrk1.JPG (62972 bytes)Fresh out of a Pennsylvania estate sale - Smooth "attic brown" untouched patina tip to tip.  This is a rare .58 cal. "E. Robinson" contract Model 1861 3-band rifled musket.  The lockplate is crisply marked "E. Robinson - New York - 1863" and the barrel has a matching "1863" date.  The action remains nearly as crisp as new and there is lots of rifling remaining in the bore.  The wood is really pretty too, with two inspector cartouches that you don't have to have "good light" to see.  You just don't see very many nice untampered with quality family estate muskets being offered for sale anymore.--$1,650.SOLD
  60. uspltesat.JPG (78328 bytes)uspltesatrev.JPG (85466 bytes)Beautiful condition excavated large size lead filled "Puppy Paw" hook style U.S. oval waist belt plate.  One of my early Relic Hunting buddies dug this and actually wore it for quite a number of years.  It was recovered near Franklin, TN. and is nice enough to put on and wear today.--$275.
  61. bllseyecntn.JPG (62805 bytes)bllseyecntnrev.JPG (54741 bytes)bllseyecntnmrk.JPG (55708 bytes)bllseyecntnplug.JPG (84370 bytes)Non-excavated Model 1858 Federal "Bullseye" canteen complete with it's original cover - stopper - and sling.  The original wool cover is in quite good condition, but does have the normal 2 or 3 small moth holes.  This canteen was at one time on display in the Lotz House Civil War Museum in Franklin, TN.  It's an attractive,  nice quality canteen that shows honest use and service.--$395.SOLD
  62. uspltesat1.JPG (67649 bytes)uspltesat1rev.JPG (67856 bytes)Excavated complete lead filled large oval "arrow hook style" U.S. waist belt plate.  This was recovered a number of years ago on private property just off Battery Lane at The Dec. 1864 Battle of Nashville Tennessee.  This one is just as dug and hasn't even really been washed off.--$250.
  63. 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.
  64. ncmsstrk.JPG (75315 bytes)ncmsstrkrev.JPG (75886 bytes)Beautiful condition excavated SILVERED North Carolina Sunburst button.  This button was recovered by Benny Anderson from 1863 Army of Tennessee camps on private property near Dalton, GA.  It is a real "oddity" in that something was apparently stuck under the die and about 1/3rd of the button is a "mis-strike".  Really unusual in that the button still retains about 80 to 90 % original silver wash.--$175.
  65. 60lghtunmrkd.JPG (44497 bytes)60lghtunmrkdopn.JPG (43952 bytes)60lghtunmrkdgrd.JPG (64952 bytes)Very attractive Model 1860 import light cavalry saber and scabbard.  It has a nice clean unmarked blade, and the scabbard has a rich aged patina with the normal small dings and marks from actual use.  The grip was worn down to wood and has been professionally restored.  The South traded cotton to European countries for these, and considering that this one is out of a Southern estate - it is quite likely that it may have been "C.S." carried.--$595.
  66. frktnge.JPG (87054 bytes)If you have an excavated large size Confederate "Fork Tongue Frame" waist belt plate missing the tongue -- Here is your chance to complete your Confederate buckle.  This tongue was recovered about 20 years ago by Wayne Tucker from the 1863 camp of Ector's Texas Cavalry located near Shelbyville, TN.  It has a very nice brown-green woods patina.  You won't see one of these per year come up for sale.--$125.
  67. gettysbrgpic.JPG (51808 bytes) gettysbrgpic1.JPG (54025 bytes)gettysbrgpic2.JPG (72932 bytes)gettysbrgpic3.JPG (35126 bytes)gettysbrgpic4.JPG (42107 bytes)Professionally framed "Federal Soldier" display containing an excellent condition original 1/9th plate tintype of a young Federal soldier - a non-excavated Federal hatplate - 2 non-excavated perfect condition Federal Infantry officer Eagle "I" buttons and an original "Harper's Weekly" sketch of "The Battle of Gettysburg".  Very nice display tastefully presented and framed.--ONLY $295. READY TO HANG-SOLD
  68. stonrivrbp.JPG (70634 bytes)stonrivrbprev.JPG (71480 bytes)Very attractive excavated circular lead filled Federal eagle breastplate.  It has a nice face with chocolate brown patina - full lead in the reverse and both iron loops intact on the reverse.  This was recovered on private property about 30 years ago at the Battle of Franklin, TN.--$195.
  69. 1859twrlckplte.JPG (70206 bytes)1859twrlckpltecrn.JPG (59821 bytes)1859twrlckplterev.JPG (71324 bytes)1859twrlckpltedate.JPG (67535 bytes)Very - very hard to find when you need one.  Perfect condition early date "1859" Enfield-Tower lockplate and hammer assembly with all the parts intact in the reverse and works perfectly with nice crisp half cock and full cock.  If you have a nice Enfield musket, but with a worn or pitted lockplate - this will make all the difference in the world in the quality of your musket.--$195.
  70. ebarnes.JPG (96912 bytes)ebarnesopn.JPG (93531 bytes)ebarnesmrk.JPG (58985 bytes)Beautiful condition English made MASSIVE - 13 inch overall SILVER GRIP Bowie knife in original red lacquer leather sheath.  The blade is maker marked "E. Barnes & Son - Sheffield".  This came out of a Southern {Central Virginia} estate and was almost surely C.S. carried.  This is a very nice knife.--$895.SOLD
  71. gabttn.JPG (70485 bytes)gabttnrev.JPG (89347 bytes)Pretty chocolate brown excavated coat size Confederate worn Georgia State Seal uniform button.  This button was recovered near New Hope Church, GA.  It has a rmdc "Steele and Johnson" backmark with shank intact.  There is just a little ground action around the edge, but the button remains very attractive, solid, and stable.--$150.
  72. navycapbx.JPG (70154 bytes)navycapbxopn.JPG (55256 bytes)navycapbxrev.JPG (68274 bytes)Absolutely beautiful condition "1863" date leather Federal Naval Fuze Pouch.  The box is marked "NAVY YARD - PHILA. - 1863" and is literally just as nice as the day it was issued.--$425.
  73. capbx.JPG (75813 bytes)capbxopn.JPG (66562 bytes)capbxrev.JPG (71183 bytes)capbxinsde.JPG (61539 bytes)Regulation issue small leather Federal "Percussion Capbox".  The box is in good condition, but definitely has been carried, and shows expected wear.  The leather closure tab - brass finial - and both belt loops all remain intact.--ONLY $125.
  74. pwderhrn.JPG (54417 bytes)1840 era small 5 inch pistol or rifle powder horn.  Many young Confederates left home for the Civil War carrying a "hunting rifle" and a powder horn exactly like this one.--$65.
  75. Very nice condition original .577 cal. Enfield musket tompion.  A fantastic final touch for your nice Enfield musket.--$65.
  76. 1848bible.JPG (66544 bytes)1848bibleinside.JPG (44496 bytes)1848biblemrk.JPG (38540 bytes)1848bibledte.JPG (42768 bytes)"1848" date folding flap bible of the exact type carried by many soldiers - both North and South - during the American Civil War.  This one remains in very nice condition with both the small leather tab and the closure strap both still completely intact.  It was published in "1848" out of "New York" by "The American Bible Society".--$150.
  77. kenanswd.JPG (42989 bytes)kenanswdclsd.JPG (44338 bytes)kenanswdgrp.JPG (60080 bytes)kenanswdmrk.JPG (47888 bytes)kenanswdmrkscab.JPG (66227 bytes)This is one of the nicest excavated 2nd Model Kenansville Confederate Manufactured Cavalry sabers that I have ever had.  It was recovered many, many years ago on private property near Farmville, VA.  Both the scabbard and the saber have a matching Roman numeral of "XLIIII".  It will likely be a very long time before you see another excavated Kenansville Confederate Cavalry Saber {especially this nice} offered for sale.--$4,500.
  78. boypic.JPG (49209 bytes)boypicclsd.JPG (59834 bytes)COOL - COOL - COOL fully cased clear glass ambrotype of a very young {6 years old or so} child wearing a Confederate uniform {Kepi and all} just like Dad's !!!   This little guy will touch your heart.--$275.SOLD
  79. 1836prusnbut.JPG (34728 bytes)1836prusn.JPG (29010 bytes)1836prusnclose.JPG (55948 bytes)1836prusncrtche.JPG (88562 bytes)1836prusndte.JPG (45970 bytes)1836prusnmrk.JPG (99018 bytes)1836prusnmrk2.JPG (85098 bytes)1836prusnmrk3.JPG (70109 bytes)1836prusnmrk4.JPG (73494 bytes)Fresh out of a Central Ohio estate sale.  Nice condition .69 cal. 3-band "Prussian Rifled Musket".  It has a very smooth, chocolate brown attic patina with markings of "1826" {on the barrel before conversion to percussion} and date of "1856" {on the lockplate after conversion to percussion}.  The State of Ohio purchased these muskets for their troops as they first left the State of Ohio for the Civil War in "1861".  We always know that we are digging in an early War Ohio infantry camp site when we start digging "Prussian" bullets.  By late 1862 most Ohio Troops had exchanged these old weapons for "up-to-date" .58 cal. rifled Springfield muskets.--$1,150.
  80. spencercart.JPG (81422 bytes)Nice condition excavated .52 cal. Spencer Carbine/Rifle cartridge recovered on private property near Hoover's Gap, TN. and would without question have come from "Wilder's Lightening Brigade".--$35.
  81. 2sabots.JPG (54164 bytes)Two quite large and heavy excavated artillery projectile sabots recovered on private property near Vicksburg, MS.  One is a pretty white lead Hotchkiss sabot, and the other is a massive cast brass Parrott sabot.--$45. for both
  82. 1862enfield.JPG (30009 bytes)1862enfieldbrl.JPG (34075 bytes)1862enfieldclose.JPG (44832 bytes)1862enfielddte.JPG (66849 bytes)1862enfieldmrk.JPG (70367 bytes)1862enfieldmrk2.JPG (46111 bytes)Just in "1862" date .577 cal. Enfield 3-band rifled musket complete with bayonet - original long range site - and both sling swivels intact.  The ramrod is also intact, but looks to be an old correct type replacement.  The musket has a pretty attic chocolate brown patina, and the barrel has the desirable "upside down 25 - 25" marks.  The action - both full cock and half cock - work as well as the day it was made.  The .577 cal. 3-band Enfield musket was a favorite among Confederate infantry, and this one is going to look sweet on someone's wall.--{$1,450 for the musket} or {$1,650. complete with bayonet}
  83. greencavfrme.JPG (76667 bytes)Beautiful excavated pea green small cavalry size Confederate Georgia Frame waist belt plate.  This plate was recovered from the camp of the 51st Alabama Cavalry located along Lee's Knob - South of Murfreesboro, TN.  I dug an almost identical one in the same camp and have it in my own collection.--$595.
  84. brmnfuze.JPG (70623 bytes)Excavated Bormann cannon ball time fuze recovered a few days ago here at "The Battle of Stones River".  This fuze was fired Dec. 31st, 1862 or Jan. 2nd, 1863.--$48.50
  85. carbnslngswvl.JPG (58384 bytes)Original long pattern Civil War "Carbine Snap Swivel" - A very nice example and a great compliment to display with your Civil War Carbine.--$89.
  86. nonrgcav.JPG (41033 bytes)nonrgcav1850.JPG (57522 bytes)nonrgcavclos.JPG (56928 bytes)nonrgcavsk.JPG (73707 bytes)Just brought in out of the local area "1850" date Non-Regulation import Cavalry saber {saber only without scabbard}.  The saber is marked "S & K" - "1850" which is a German import and quite typical of what Confederates in this area were carrying early in the War.  A very affordable piece of history that is going to look great on someone's wall.--$450.
  87. shiloeag.JPG (72336 bytes)shiloeagrev.JPG (67657 bytes)Drop dead beautiful excavated circular Federal eagle breastplate recovered by Dr. Rees Buttram over 40 years ago on private property near Shiloh.  You will not see a more beautiful perfect example.  Flawless face - full lead - and both loops intact and about as strong as when issued.--$225.
  88. isaccshk.JPG (74038 bytes)Excavated cast brass Confederate "Issacs - Campbell" knapsack hook.  This was recovered here at The Battle of Stones River on the Confederate battle line under what is now "The Avenues" Shopping Center.  There will be no more relics from this site.--$65.
  89. trpdrbynt.JPG (38900 bytes)trpdrbynt2us.JPG (61592 bytes)trpdrbyntrv.JPG (37340 bytes)trpdrbyntus.JPG (65857 bytes)A family just brought this in - an original ".45-70" 1880s Trapdoor Springfield triangular socket bayonet in original metal scabbard with leather top and brass "U.S." boss intact.--only $125.
  90. shldrstte.JPG (74197 bytes)My congratulations go out to Steve Maloney - a local "Water Hunter" here who a couple days ago made a wonderful find.  This is a cast brass "U. S. Topographical Engineer" bit boss with the "raised shield".   In thirty years I've only had 3 or 4 of these - A VERY rare boss to recover.
  91. priprchasespr.JPG (58500 bytes)Non-Excavated "private purchase" cast brass Civil War Cavalry Spur.  This spur is in beautiful condition with original rowel perfectly intact.  I have recovered several examples of this exact style spur over the years, and each one was in a C.S. Cavalry site.--$195.
  92. sngshtpstl.JPG (58978 bytes)Excavated complete iron single shot boot pistol recovered from an 1863 Confederate Camp site located near Resaca, GA.  It's in a glass case for nice display and really has an excellent display look.--$225.
  93. 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.
  94. 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.
  95. ustrentonbutt.JPG (31098 bytes)ustrentonbrl.JPG (31668 bytes)ustrentonclose.JPG (57840 bytes)ustrentonname.JPG (88014 bytes)ustrentoncrtche.JPG (90904 bytes)ustrentondate.JPG (74607 bytes)Quite rare and nice condition .58 cal. "New Jersey" marked Trenton 3-band percussion rifled musket.  The metal is nice and smooth - just beginning to darken with age.  The lockplate is marked "U.S.-Trenton-1863" and the barrel is marked "N.J.-1864" which is the standard marking found on New Jersey issued Trenton muskets.  The musket retains lots of rifling, and the action is about as crisp as when issued.  It's wood is very nice with just the normal small dings from actual field service.  This is a nicer musket than most you see now days.--$1,650.
  96. 1834sprngfld.JPG (27921 bytes)1834sprngfldbrl.JPG (31907 bytes)1834sprngflddte.JPG (48605 bytes)1834sprngfldflnt.JPG (65198 bytes)1834sprngfldflnt1.JPG (62517 bytes)1834sprngfldflnt2.JPG (62749 bytes)1834sprngfldmrk.JPG (47329 bytes)1834sprngfldmrk3.JPG (54966 bytes)1834sprngfldusmrk.JPG (65158 bytes)Very, very RARE and in uncommonly nice condition .69 cal. Model 1816 Springfield smoothbore musket REMAINING IN ORIGINAL FLINT.  The musket is clean with virtually no pitting what-so-ever.  The lockplate is marked "1834 - U.S. - Springfield" and the barrel has a crisp matching "1834" date.  There is hardly any burnout at all and the flint mechanism works as perfectly as the day it was made.  I don't even see a replaced screw - What a fine museum grade weapon this is.--$2,650.   {I have in recent times seen original flints no nicer than this one priced at $3,500.}-{HOLD}
  97. csabutton.JPG (73169 bytes)Excellent condition non-excavated coat size "C.S.A." Confederate officer's uniform button.  This is a "CS-81" with the correct "Superior Quality" backmark.--$225.
  98. forkedplte.JPG (60634 bytes)Rare excavated "Medium Size" Confederate cast brass "Forked Tongue" frame waist belt plate.  This plate was recovered from a Confederate camp on private property near Winchester, VA.  It has a really pretty "pea green" patina.--$795.
  99. 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.
  100. Very nice condition 9-inch overall Confederate blacksmith made sideknife in it's original leather scabbard.  Many of the teeth are still visible from the file that the knife blade was made from.  It was on display many years ago in a G.A.R. Hall and actually has a "G.A.R." button inset in the tang of the grip.  We are also including a perfect G.A.R. button of the same type to display with the knife.  A very cool little Confederate relic.--$750. {A Cool Confederate Weapon Priced AT LESS Than A Pocket Model Colt !!}
  101. 1858starr.JPG (55677 bytes)1858starrrev.JPG (60128 bytes)1858starrmrk.JPG (64742 bytes)1858starrmrk2.JPG (62995 bytes)1858starrcrtche.JPG (44214 bytes).44 cal.  Model 1858 Starr Double Action Army Revolver.  It has a pretty chocolate brown attic patina overall and a visible inspector cartouche on the walnut grips.  This is a nice untouched example.--$1,295.SOLD
  102. spoon.JPG (66300 bytes)spoon2.JPG (69514 bytes)Excellent condition folding Officer's Camp Spoon with silver "Shield" inlay.  This will display "museum like" in a camp scene.--$175.
  103. Very ornate and absolutely beautiful condition .44 cal. single shot 1840 - 1860 era percussion pistol.  The pistol has intricate inlay and beautiful silver accents.  It is maker marked "Mewis & Co."  These fine quality pistols were generally European made and private purchased by both Union and Confederate soldiers.--$950.
  104. Attractive attic brown-grey patina on this .28 cal. 6-shot Manhattan produced Pepperbox revolver.  These were produced between 1856 and 1860 and a number of these were actually carried in the American Civil War.  This revolver is "Manhattan" marked and retains good action and is nicely engraved.--$550.
  105. 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.
  106. Quite scarce to recover - Small cast brass "Indiana" state pin.  These were worn by Federal soldiers when they re-enlisted for a second tour.  This is a nice one and was recovered on private property near Chickamauga, GA.--$595.
  107. 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.
  108. 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.
  109. Model 1860 light cavalry saber and scabbard brought in just a few minutes ago out of this local area.  The blade has a grey-brown aged patina and is marked "Ames Manufacturing Co. - 1862 - U.S."  The grip has original wrap and wire, but clearly shows a lot of field service and is worn through to wood in some areas.  The scabbard has a thick brown aged patina as well.  If you've been looking for a nice early date cav. saber and scabbard that you can clearly see saw lots of actual service in the saddle - Here it is.  It is entirely possible that this saber may have been C.S. carried.--$850.
  110. Fresh out of the bushes rare "Ames" Model 1840 "Old Wristbreaker" Heavy Cavalry Saber and Scabbard.  The blade has a gently aging grey-brown patina with knee deep markings of "Ames Mfg. Co. - Cabotville - 1849 - U.S."  The wrap has original leather and wire and remains in quite nice condition.  The brass guard is perfect with a thick - never cleaned bronze/brown patina.  The scabbard is very nice, as well,  with a couple small service dings and a thick brown patina.  A pretty 1840 Ames "Heavy Cav." is tough to come by and very possibly C.S. carried.--$950.
  111. saddlebag.JPG (59013 bytes)saddlebagmrk.JPG (86349 bytes)1800s era "U.S." marked set of brown leather saddlebags.  The leather remains reasonably pliable, but the saddlebags are separated in the narrow area in the center.  The center could quite easily be stitched back together, and they will display really - really well.--$195.
  112. ucvreunion.JPG (101847 bytes)Rare little pin and ribbon from the 1934 joint Re-Union of the U.C.V. and U.S. sponsored by the American Legion and held at Chattanooga, TN.  The pin pictures LookOut Mountain.--$65.
  113. 2imagegutta.JPG (57990 bytes)2imageguttacase.JPG (76654 bytes)2imageguttamkr.JPG (47132 bytes)2imageguttasldr.JPG (85446 bytes)2imageguttafthr.JPG (78850 bytes)2imageguttapin.JPG (49338 bytes)Excellent condition double cased images of a father and son in a fine "Holmes, Booth, & Hayden" Guttapercha case.  The image of the son is a nice, clear military with a Colt revolver across his chest.  The image of the father is clear as well with a gilted masonic pin clearly visible.  Just a fine condition case and set of images.--$425.
  114. Just in fresh out of a North Alabama estate - nice condition C.S. carried Pre-War single shot percussion pistol in it's brown leather hand stitched Confederate holster.  A beautiful Confederate rig at the price of a "middle-grade" Colt Pocket Model revolver.--$1,250.
  115. spur.JPG (66041 bytes)VERY, VERY  RARE  NON-EXCAVATED CONFEDERATE MANUFACTURE cast brass Mississippi style C.S. spur.  The rowel slot is open if you'd like to install a rowel.  You seldom see NON-EXCAVATED Confederate spurs offered for sale.--$295.
  116. 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.
  117. ibtn.JPG (75028 bytes)ibtnrev.JPG (75668 bytes)Large size excavated one piece Confederate coat size CAST PEWTER Block "I" uniform button.  This was recovered by "Sarge" Windrow from an 1863 Confederate camp here located about one mile North of Salem, TN.--$135.
  118. dugpistolcase.JPG (59545 bytes)dugpistolbullet.JPG (56450 bytes)Nicely shadowboxed excavated COMPLETE Civil War "Allen And Wheelock" .32 cal. "Side Hammer"  6-shot revolver.  This revolver was recovered on private property at The Battle Of Picket's Mill, GA.  about 40 years ago.  It has been cleaned - coated - and preserved, and ready to go on the wall or shelf.--$495.SOLD
  119. 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)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 !!!!
  120. annasoccer.JPG (39064 bytes)poppyana&rachJPG.JPG (253237 bytes)anastasiaschool.JPG (25834 bytes)NEW PICTURE !!!  Guess who is celebrating 1 year old today ??  Yep -- "Lady A - Anastasia" .  I  just got back from Houston, TX. visiting my first "Grandchild - Lady-A" {Anastasia}.  She is an absolute little doll and has everyone wrapped around her tiny, little finger.  She has arrived at the conclusion - "If I'm awake, somebody best be holding me if you know what's good for you" -- {otherwise I'll give you the business} !!!  She and I have a lot in common -- Two of our favorite things on earth to do is "Eat and Sleep" !!!!  Jonathan {the pup} is a wonderful "Big Brother" -- As a matter of fact - He has a little sweater that has "Only Child" crossed out and "Big Brother" written beneath it.  She is something like 11 months old and already weighs 23 lbs. -- Texas thing I'm told !!!   {Make that "2 YEARS" old now !!!!}  WOW --- Time sure gets away !!!!
  121. Drop dead beautiful excavated coat size excavated Confederate "Lined A" Artillery button.  This button was recovered many years ago from the Confederate "Artillery Park Camp" located 4 miles outside Shelbyville, TN. on the Lewisburg Pike.  This camp was occupied by the Artillery of Polk's Corp - Army of Tennessee in March - April, 1863.  It has a smooth slick brown patina - no dents, and shank intact.--$395.
  122. Scarce excavated large size lead filled regulation Federal Cavalry "Martingale Heart".  This was recovered here at Stones River and had a little rim damage when found.  The fragile area has been stabilized and the heart now displays very nicely.--$395.SOLD
  123. 1992 Printing of "Pictorial Encyclopedia of Civil War Medical Instruments and Equipment" by Dr. Gordon Dammann.  This is a very useful reference book.--$25.
  124. 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.
  125. 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.
  126. "1862" date Federal Model 1860 Navy Cutlass in original black leather scabbard.  The blade is clean with really no pitting at all, but the markings are worn a bit dim.  The brass guard is in nice shape -- {not all bent up like they so often are} and the leather is 100 % intact on the grip.  There is no wire on the grip as is generally the case.  The leather scabbard is in good condition, but is missing the last 3 inches or so.  All in all -- a very attractive example of the Model 1860 Navy Cutlass at a great price.--$795.SOLD
  127. bltmld.JPG (60485 bytes)bltmldmrk.JPG (38378 bytes)Beautiful condition and quite rare style on this .577 cal. Enfield bullet mold.  The mold opens from the bottom rather than the typical sideways opening pattern.  In addition, this Enfield mold came out of the deep South and has the "25" mark that we all like to see on our imported Enfield muskets.  This will be a fantastic compliment to your Enfield musket.--$895.
  128. csabutton.JPG (75600 bytes)csabuttonrev.JPG (93604 bytes)Excellent condition non-excavated coat size "C.S.A." Confederate officer's uniform button.  This is a "CS-81" with the correct "Superior Quality" backmark.--$225.
  129. 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.
  130. 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.
  131. baynet.JPG (46677 bytes)baynetclose.JPG (45781 bytes)Nice condition .69 cal. Model 1816 friction fit triangular socket bayonet.  The "U.S." markings on this bayonet are deep and sharp, and the bayonet has literally no pitting at all.  Now -- the bad news -- At some point long, long ago the bayonet was shortened about an inch or so and perfectly re-tipped.  My guess is that somehow the tip got broken, and re-tipping was needed.  It's a very nice looking bayonet and will really set off someone's Model 1816 musket, and a BARGAIN because of being shortened just a bit.--$125.
  132. 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.
  133. ibttnwed.JPG (89820 bytes)ibttnwedrev.JPG (93063 bytes)Excavated coat size rare "Tennessee Puff Rim" Confederate Infantry button.  This button was recovered about 40 years ago on private property near Chickamauga, GA. by Dr. Rees Buttram.  The button is just as dug - hasn't even been washed off.--$115.
  134. mandmbook.JPG (35833 bytes)mandmmason.JPG (32411 bytes)mandm69.JPG (26789 bytes)mandmcpyrght.JPG (27192 bytes)RARE - RARE - RARE "FIRST ISSUE"  MCKEE AND MASON CIVIL WAR BULLET REFERENCE BOOK.  This is book number "69" of the first 500 Registered issue in "1971" and is signed by Mac Mason.  A TRUE CIVIL WAR COLLECTOR RARITY.--$150.
  135. 1863lg&ybutt.JPG (36079 bytes)1863lg&gbrl.JPG (30236 bytes)1863lg&yclose.JPG (51639 bytes)1863lg&ydte.JPG (80932 bytes)1863lg&yname.JPG (47127 bytes)Fresh out of the attic "1863" date .58 cal. "L.G.&Y. - U.S. - Windsor, VT."  1861 "Special Model" Percussion Rifled Musket  The musket has a very nice "never cleaned" smooth chocolate patina on the metal from tip to tip.  The wood is nice as well with just the normal small dings and marks of actual field service.  The action is as crisp as the day it was made, and it retains lots of original rifling.  Anyone would be proud to have this rare musket in their collection.--$1,650.
  136. bultwthpulr.JPG (65484 bytes)Excavated .58 cal. minie ball with puller imbedded and recovered over 40 years ago by Dr. Rees Buttram on private property at Shiloh.  This is something that you don't recover every day.--$48.
  137. Nicely sectioned 12 lb. Bormann "case-shot" ball.  The ball is perfectly cut to beautifully show the Bormann underplug - the powder channel - the lead case-shot balls - and the matrix for holding the case-shot balls in place.  Excellent educational tool for showing how explosive Civil War ordnance worked.--$250.SOLD
  138. 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.
  139. 12cswoodplug.JPG (52424 bytes)Excellent condition excavated 12 lb. Confederate wood drive-in fuze type cannon ball.  This ball was recovered on private property near Pulaski, TN. along the Confederate retreat route from Franklin, TN. as the Army of Tennessee fell back toward the Tennessee River.  This is an unusually nice example.--$295. 
  140. Excavated large oval S.N.Y. ( State of New York) waist beltplate.  This buckle was recovered about 20 years ago near Cold Harbor, VA.  The face does have a little ground action, but has a nice appearance with brown green patina.--$595.
  141. buttonthurs.JPG (80752 bytes)buttonthursrev.JPG (68158 bytes)Recently excavated GILTED Federal Infantry Officer's Eagle "I" button.  This was recovered on private property along the Battle Line at the Nov. 30, 1864 Battle of Franklin, TN.--only $35.
  142. 36cltgrp.JPG (66659 bytes)Here is something that you rarely see offered for sale.  It is a complete original set of walnut grips for a Model 1851 Colt .36 cal. Navy Revolver.  The grips show wear, but are not cracked or broken.  If you have a Colt .36 Navy with broken or missing grips - here is your chance to complete your weapon.  The grips show lots of wear and rounded corners, but are complete, and are out of the "Deep South" - and could have quite likely been C.S. carried.--$175.
  143. confeddrum.JPG (70525 bytes)confeddrumrev.JPG (59313 bytes)Very, very nice Confederate tin drum canteen that about 40 years ago was purchased out of a North Carolina estate and is a SUPER RARITY being complete with cover and sling.  Any Confederate artifact collector would enjoy having this piece.--$2,450.
  144. uspltewed.JPG (72918 bytes)uspltewedrev.JPG (66844 bytes)Beautiful condition non-excavated lead filled U.S. oval cartridge boxplate.  The cartridge box itself was found in the attic of an old PA. home, and it had just about completely fallen apart, and the plate has a beautiful - never cleaned - chocolate brown patina.  It has full lead and both iron loops remain perfectly intact and are located 2-5/8s inches apart.--$295.
  145. alabama50.JPG (62157 bytes)alabama50rev.JPG (54193 bytes)Quite rare 1859 date $50. note from the "Commercial Bank Of Alabama" at Selma.  The note is circulated, but in nice solid condition, EXCEPT for the fact that a spot of blue-green ink got spilled on it at some point.  This would be a $150. to $200. note were it not for the ink spot.  It is quite possible that there could be a product to remove the ink spot, but I'm pricing it very low in case the ink spot won't come out.--only $65.
  146. shoespkes.JPG (59049 bytes)1800s era blacksmith forged antique "ice creepers" that are of the exact type often worn on boots by Civil War soldiers serving in colder climates.  You could still use these today.--$95.
  147. woundedcnfedsldr.JPG (100452 bytes)woundedcnfedsldrcase.JPG (75046 bytes)SUPER RARE 1/9th plate "Ruby Ambro." of a WOUNDED Civil War soldier on crutches.  In almost 40 years I've only had 3 of these.  The image is clear as a bell.--$395.
  148. 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.
  149. Civil War era brass cased 2-blade bleeder recently found in the attic of an old Civil War era home here in Middle Tennessee.  A very nice addition to your Civil War "Medical Display".--$95.
  150. Very Cool little Confederate infantry grouping out of North Alabama.  The group consists of a quite rare .69 cal. prewar leather cartridge box - complete with excellent condition "upside down" large size "U.S." oval cartridge boxplate {upside down "U.S." becomes "S.N." which {in the South} means "Southern Nation"} complete with the tins still inside, BUT the tins are for .58 cal. and one of the original .58 cal. cartridges was still inside.  The rare Confederate manufacture dark brown leather belt is still with the box as well.  Also, the original butternut wool covered Model 1858 "Bullseye" canteen is with the group and still has the old brown leather  Confederate sling with it.  And possibly the coolest piece of all is an absolutely beautifully written {in old brown ink} 29 page manuscript document honoring  "The Mothers of The Confederacy" and pleading to have a monument built to them.  I really don't know if this monument was actually ever constructed or not.  I do know some family history, but am not certain which soldier these items actually belonged too.  With some digging that could likely be unraveled.  Very nice relics clearly demonstrating how many a Confederate soldier's Civil War equipment was actually "pre-Civil War" outdated Federal equipment.--$1,650. for all--SOLD
  151. bullseyecntn.JPG (55291 bytes)bullseyecntnmrk.JPG (42056 bytes)Just brought in out of the local area and likely a left-over from the Battle of Stones River.  This is a 9-ring Model 1858 Federal "Bullseye" canteen and has a Philadelphia maker's mark.  A nice solid artifact.--$195.
  152. usplate.JPG (71516 bytes)usplaterev.JPG (59091 bytes)Excavated large oval lead filled "U.S." cartridge boxplate.  This plate was recently recovered here at the Battle of Stones River.--$125.
  153. Stunning - mint condition - with 100 % bright gold gilt non-excavated coat size Confederate "H. T. & B. - Manchester" stippled block "R" {Rifleman}.  This button literally couldn't be nicer and in years gone by would have sold for a solid $850.  This beautiful Confederate button is friendly priced to move in THIS economy.--$650.
  154. dgrivrcs.JPG (47599 bytes)dgrivrcsopn.JPG (51370 bytes)dgrivrcsclose.JPG (51936 bytes)dgrivrcsgrd.JPG (59850 bytes)dgrivrcsgrp.JPG (54151 bytes)"Dog River" Confederate Manufactured Cavalry saber and original brass mounted C.S. scabbard.  The blade has the classic C.S. "unstopped fuller" and has a pretty gently greying aged patina and practically no pitting at all.  The grip is original and is 100% still intact, and the high copper content "red brass" guard has a super nice rich aged bronze patina just like we all love to see.  The scabbard is purely C.S. manufacture with lap seam and is brass mounted.  The scabbard has a never cleaned thick "attic brown" patina from top to bottom, and there is nice service wear inside the ring-mounts.--$3,650.
  155. 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.
  156. Large 1/4th plate fully cased image of a "State Of New York" Infantry soldier.  This is a full standing pose tintype with his Springfield musket at his side and wearing a large size "SNY" {State Of New York} waist belt plate with his cap box visible as well.  The image is cased in a rare large size Gutta Percha case that is in good condition but does have a chip off one corner.  It's been ages since I've had a tintype of a soldier wearing an S.N.Y. waist belt plate.--$475.
  157. kepi.JPG (55517 bytes)kepibklsde.JPG (74627 bytes)kepibttnsde.JPG (66955 bytes)kepibttnclse.JPG (70821 bytes)1870s to 1880s era Artillery State Militia kepi.  The kepi is in very nice condition with bright, vivid colors, and actually has Civil War era kepi eagle buttons.  Both the original liner and the original sweat band still remain intact.  It is going to display with museum like beauty.--$450.SOLD
  158. 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.
  159. pliers.JPG (53121 bytes)Excavated pair of blacksmith forged pliers.  It was recovered over 40 years ago and has been cleaned up to operate and look exactly like it did during the Civil War.  The pliers were recovered from a Confederate 1862 camp here at Stones River.--$48.
  160. Nice condition and quite rare and ornate "Tennessee Brigade" United Confederate Veterans Reunion badge and ribbons for the 29th National Confederate Reunion held in Atlanta in 1919.  This is a difficult badge to find in a condition this nice.--$250.
  161. Really cool tiny little reunion canteen bearing the slogan "We Drank From The Same Canteen".  It's been years and years since I've seen one of these but if memory serves me right - This little canteen is from a famous {joint} "UCV - GAR" Reunion.  I can't remember when - where - or any of the details but I'm sure one of my good reunion buddies will send me the "scoop".  Anyway -- It's--$195.
  162. Very pretty excavated stamped brass "Hardee Eagle Hat Pin" recovered on private property here at Stones River several years ago by Danny Hammonds.  Danny recovered this hat plate about 600 yards from our shop here and where I am sitting right now !!!--$150.
  163. 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.
  164. Untouched attic chocolate brown .58 cal. Springfield triangular socket bayonet.  This would be the perfect compliment to complete your "attic untouched" .58 cal. Springfield or contract 3-band rifled musket.--$195.SOLD
  165. Really pretty excavated "P" base .577 cal. Enfield projectile recovered on private property here at Stones River many years ago.--$28.
  166. 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.
  167. Nice condition and very scarce "1862" date "T. J. Millard" Model 1860 light cavalry saber and scabbard.  The blade is clean with several small "blade to blade" service nicks and is marked "1862 - T. J. Millard - U.S.".  The grip has original wrap and wire and has enough wear to indicate quite a bit of actual field use.  The scabbard is in nice condition as well with a smooth, chocolate brown attic patina and has just enough couple small dings and marks to clearly indicate actual service in the saddle.  This is a very scarce maker and date.--$950.
  168. 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.
  169. This is one of the best and most sought after of all excavated relics reference books and has been out of print forever.  This is "Excavated Artifacts From Battlefields and Campsites of the Civil War" by Stanley Phillips.  It remains in very nice condition.--$115.SOLD
  170. Drop dead beautiful condition excavated large size lead filled U.S. oval cartridge boxplate.  This fine plate was recovered in 1968 on private property at Shiloh by Dr. Rees Buttram.  Wow -- Plates sure were pretty when they came out of the ground 45 years ago !!--$225.
  171. Excavated nice condition Leech and Rigdon style Confederate Manufactured Cavalry Spur recovered from Spring Hill, TN. on private property in areas that Forrest's and Van Dorn's Confederate Cavalry were camped in 1863.--$275.
  172. 2bthur.JPG (76171 bytes)2bthurrev.JPG (73639 bytes)Absolutely beautiful coat and cuff set of excavated gilted Federal Staff Officer's buttons.  These were recovered about 40 years ago by Dr. Rees Buttram on private property near Shiloh.--$55. for both
  173. Nice condition and quite scarce "1862" date D. J. Millard Federal Light Cavalry Saber And Scabbard.  The blade has a smooth gently greying aged patina with deep, sharp marks of "1862 - D. J. Millard - U,S. - Clayville, N.Y."  The blade was sharpened a little bit back during the Civil War years, and is equally patinaed to the rest of the blade.  The original leather grip and wire are intact and in very nice condition.  The scabbard is excellent as well with a smooth, aged brown patina and is without even a single ding.--$895.
  174. Excavated remains of a .577 cal. Pattern 1853 Enfield triangular socket bayonet.  This was recovered from the camp of the 37th TN. INF. - C.S.A. located near Mill Springs, KY.--$75.
  175. Absolutely beautiful condition non-excavated .69 cal. Model 1816 triangular socket bayonet.  It has a deep, sharp "U.S." mark and will be a perfect compliment to your .69 cal. Model 1816 musket.--$195.
  176. Nice looking Model 1840 Federal Artillery saber and scabbard.  The blade is clean just beginning to darken in areas with age.  It is marked "Ames Mfg. Co. - 1864 - U.S. - Chicopee, Mass." and does have several blade to blade nicks up and down it's length.  The scabbard is in good condition as well, also beginning to darken in areas with age.  This is a good solid, attractive, middle grade example.--$850.
  177. Very pretty condition original Confederate Feb. 17th, 1864 Jeff Davis $50. note.  Note is circulated, but bright colors and strong edges.--$95.SOLD
  178. Beautiful pair of excavated Federal "I" - Infantry Officer's buttons recovered by Dr. Rees Buttram about 40 years ago on private property at Shiloh.  The REALLY COOL thing is that BOTH BUTTONS still have thread and cloth intact on the back.--$75. for both
  179. 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.
  180. Non-Excavated cast brass keeper for a Model 1851 Eagle Sword Belt Plate.  This keeper fits a buckle that is 2 1/8th inch in overall width and took a belt 1 7/8ths in width and had a tongue from 1/2 inch to 9/16ths in width.  It's really hard to find a keeper "that fits" to finish an eagle sword plate out.--$45.
  181. Excavated complete .50 cal. Gallagher carbine cartridge.  This one was recovered about 30 years ago from the Federal Cavalry Head Quarters camp located near Pump Springs, AL. and is a cartridge that is rarely recovered anymore.--$65.
  182. Nice quality excavated large size "U.S." oval arrow hook Federal waist belt plate.  This was recovered here at Stones River about 30 years ago by Gordon Summar.  The buckle is solid and strong enough that I feel sure that you could still wear it.--$250.
  183. Quite rare 2nd grip pattern "Bleckmann" Model 1860 Federal light cavalry saber and scabbard.  The blade is in nice condition just beginning to darken with age. The grip is very nice with complete original wrap and wire, and the scabbard is equally nice also just starting to darken with age.  You really don't see this pattern "Bleckmann" for sale very often and their distinctive mark is clear as can be.--$850.
  184. 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.
  185. Excavated Enfield musket nipple protector with original chain recovered from the Confederate Battle Line on private property here at Stones River.--$45.
  186. Rarest of the rare excavated silvered oak leaf "Lt. Col." shoulder strap insignia.  It is in beautiful condition and was recovered in the early 1970s near Brandy Station, VA. by Chuck Sykes.  In 35 years I have only had 3 of these - so how scarce is that ??--$395.
  187. Very, very nice Confederate tin drum canteen that about 40 years ago was purchased out of a North Carolina estate.  Any Confederate artifact collector would enjoy this piece.--$750.SOLD
  188. Model 1858 Federal "Bullseye" canteen with original cover and stopper.  It was recently purchased out of a North Georgia estate sale and has a "Philadelphia" maker's mark on the pewter spout.  You can clearly tell from the wear pattern on the wool cover that this canteen was actually carried.--$295.
  189. Excellent condition non-excavated coat size Confederate "Script I" {Infantry} Uniform Button.  It is just loaded with gold gilt and has shank straight and intact.  The reverse is plain.--$225.
  190. Excavated large size "U.S." oval cartridge boxplate.  This was recovered on private property near Shiloh about 40 years ago by Dr. Rees Buttram.  The plate is quite attractive and displays nicely, but did get too close to the camp fire back 150 years ago.  The lead partially melted and migrated toward one end making it considerably thicker than normal on one half and thinner than normal on the other half.--$150.
  191. 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.
  192. 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.
  193. Really pretty "1840 - 1850" era percussion long rifle of the type commonly used in the South for hunting or competition shooting prior to the Civil War and were often carried off to War by many young Confederates when they first left home for the  War in early 1861.  This one has an ornate brass patchbox and quite a bit of brass and silver inlay - is about .45 cal. and has a very thick, heavy barrel.  Talk about looking sweet over the fireplace in a nice den or study.  It is nearly identical to the one picture on page 137 -Gettysburg Relics and Souvenirs - by Mike O'Donnell.--$895.SOLD
  194. Just dug out of a lawn here at Stones River.  Coat size Confederate "Droop Wing Eagle" Staff Officer's button.  Solid as a rock with a pretty chocolate brown patina recovered from private property along the first day fighting Confederate line position along Old Wilkinson Pike.  This would be Dec. 31, 1862 fighting.--$175.
  195. 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 !!!}
  196. I tried to get Rocky to smile, but all he wanted to do was eat and drink !!!!!!!
  197. Isn't this guy beautiful - almost neon green.  He came up while bullet digging today as if to say - " Hey Man - Digging Anything ??"
  198. Check out my new "Best Friend" !!!!  When I feed him - It's like he says "I Love You Man !!!!"
  199. 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 !!!!}
  200. Very nice 1/6th plate fully cased full standing view of a Union Cavalryman.  He is well equipted with his Colt revolver on one side and his cavalry saber presented on the other.  The image has good clarity, but does have a few small scratches here and there, but they don't affect the image subject.  The case itself is a beautiful brown patriotic gutta percha with a large shield filled with stars on both front and back.  This is a really nice image.--$450.
  201. Quite rare CDV picturing 14 individuals that were the leadership of the Confederacy and are labeled the, "Confederate Head."  Some of the individuals pictured are Jeb Stuart, Stonewall Jackson, Earl Van Dorn, NB Forrest, Leonidus Polk, and others.--$195.
  202. 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.
  203. 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.
  204. Very attractive and quite rare "1849" date "Sprague and Marston" .31 cal. 6-shot Pepper Box revolver.  The revolver has a smooth dark attic patina with lots of remaining engraving.  The action works sometimes and doesn't sometimes.  You see Pepper Box revolvers of this type being carried in many Civil War images.--$695.SOLD
  205. Excavated 3-inch Federal Hotchkiss projectile recovered by Guinn Coble from Columbia/Spring Hill, TN. area {prelude to The Battle Of Franklin, TN.}  The projectile was missing the lead sabot when it was recovered and Guinn molded one back in place for display {and it looks excellent}--only $195.SOLD
  206. Very nice condition excavated TINY silvered South Carolina State Seal kepi button.  There is pretty silver remaining outlining the motif and the shank is intact.  You have to be really paying attention and listening or you'll miss this little gem.  This button was recovered about 30 years ago from private property near Chickamauga, GA.--$175.
  207. Circulated, but very attractive and sound as can be - Lucy Pickens - Feb. 17th, 1864 - $100. Confederate note.--$125.
  208. Coat size non-excavated Federal Navy button.  "Waterbury" backmark and shank intact.--$45.
  209. 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.
  210. 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.
  211. Mint condition original unissued "red" Federal Artillery hat cord for the "Hardee Style Hat".--$45.
  212. Beautiful condition excavated coat size New York state seal button.  The button was recovered in the late 1960s by Dr. Rees Buttrum from the camp of Gen. Joseph Hooker's troops located near Tiftonia, TN.  The button is perfect with shank intact and lots of gold gilt remaining.--$35.
  213. 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.
  214. 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
  215. 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.
  216. Nice condition  Sept. 2, 1861 rare "Floating Sail Ship" Confederate $20. note.--$65.
  217. 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.
  218. Excavated drop .69 cal. triangle base French Minie.  This was recovered near Readyville, TN. from Gen. Breckenridge's Nov. 1862 Army of Tennessee Confederate camp there occupied just before the Battle of Stones River.  This is one of my favorite bullets to dig.--$35.
  219. 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.
  220. Nice condition Civil War Federal Cavalry carbine cartridge box.  The box remains nice and pliable with both belt loops, brass finial, closure strap, original wooden block inside, soldier initials {H.E.F.}, and complete inner leather compartment.  The leather closure tab is complete, but has been reinforced with leather from the back to give it more strength.  This would be a wonderful compliment to display with your Civil War carbine.--$350. 
  221. 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.
  222. Nice condition Model 1858 7-ring Federal Bullseye Canteen with all 3 strap loops and stopper intact.  This canteen is in nice solid condition but does have a couple dents from actual Civil War period field service.  No Civil War collection is complete without an original Civil War Canteen.--$175.
  223. Excellent condition non-excavated soldered seam Civil War tinware camp bucket.  This item would display wonderfully in a camp scene exhibit.--$85.
  224. Perfect condition original non-excavated musket nipple pick- perfect to complete your regulation issue Civil War leather cap box. --$45.
  225. Very nice condition original "1864 dated" unopened packet of Frankfort Arsenal 5 Second Artillery Fuzes--$95.
  226. 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.
  227. Really cool original Civil War candle holder display.  I have mounted an original Civil War iron candle holder onto a piece of exploded Civil War cannon shell and put a candle in place for display.  Talk about a nice Civil War desk display item !!  The candle holder was recovered by Dr. Rees Buttram from private property near Shiloh in the early 1960s--$48.
  228. 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
  229. Really pretty excavated gilted coat size Federal eagle button.  It's actually quite rare to dig a common eagle button with gold gilt.  This one was recovered on private property near Chickamauga.--$25.
  230. 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.
  231. 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.
  232. Just brought in out of our local area Model 1840 import "Old Wrist Breaker" Heavy Cavalry Saber in original metal scabbard.  Model 1840 Heavy Cavalry Sabers were extensively used by both US and CS Cavalry forces during the American Civil War.  The famous Southern Cavalry leader Gen. Nathan Bedford Forrest carried one as did many in his command. The blade has a smooth aging grey brown patina with the "Knight's Head" proof mark. The grip has some leather remaining, but it is mostly worn down to wood.  The brass guard has a rich aged never cleaned bronze patina and is in very nice condition.  The metal scabbard is in good condition as well, but does have some dings and marks from actual field service.--$695.
  233. 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.
  234. Attractive excavated large size "U.S." oval lead filled cartridge boxplate.  This was recovered on private property at Chickamauga several years back.--$150.
  235. .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.
  236. 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.
  237. Very pretty condition excavated large size lead filled US Oval Cartridge Boxplate.  This plate was recovered about 30 years ago by Dr. Rees Buttrum on private property near Shiloh, TN.  The face has a smooth brown patina with full lead in the reverse and both wire loops intact.-- $195.
  238. 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.
  239. 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.
  240. Attractive .69 cal. Potsdam musket dated "1826".  This one is out of an Ohio estate sale and has a smooth uncleaned attic patina.  A good number of these were purchased by the Governor of Ohio to arm troops from the state in early 1861 - some are even "OHIO" marked, but this one is unmarked.  The Ohio guys quickly realized that the rifled .58 cal. Springfield muskets were much better and more accurate and these ancient old muskets were soon replaced.  Confederates were also able to get some of these, and they used them until they were able to get the much superior and preferred .577 cal. Enfields.  This is a nice looking "early Civil War" weapon.--$895.
  241. Model 1860 Light Cavalry Saber and Scabbard.  The blade has an aging grey brown patina with markings of ?Mansfield and Lamb-1864- US? The grip has original wrap and wire with just a couple old age cracks.  The iron scabbard is in nice condition with a smooth chocolate brown aged patina and has a just a couple small dings from actual service.--$895.

  242. Excellent condition excavated coat size Confederate "Block A" {Artillery} button.  This was recovered from a Confederate winter camp near Richmond, VA. about 30 years ago.  The face has a nice uncleaned brown-green patina, and the iron reverse is solid as can be with shank intact.  It's really hard to find an iron back Confederate button this strong and solid.--$125.
  243. Beautiful condition Model 1840 "Ames" Federal Musician's Sword and Scabbard.  The blade remains sparkling bright and is marked "Ames Manufacturing Co. - U.S. - 1864" and is in it's original - near mint leather scabbard.  You don't run across Civil War swords this nice much anymore.--$650.
  244. Here is a "Motley Crew" of Relic Hunters on a pretty day in the late 1990s.  Our group on that day was Dr. Rees Buttram {on the extreme right} - Dennis Headley {the very large ugly one next} - and next is me {in front} with my trusty old 6000 Pro {the studly one !!!!} - and next in front is a young man with a shovel and a large smile.  He asked to be taken Civil War relic hunting for his 10th birthday.  After about 6 hours we had recovered 152 artifacts and made this young man a "Happy Birthday Display" that I will wager that he still has in his possession today - -  At age 25 or 26 or so by now !!!  Now that is a bunch of guys having SERIOUS fun !!!!!!!!!
  245. Excavated large size U.S. oval cartridge boxplate recovered from Chickamauga, GA. with a beautiful face and a "W. H. Smith - Brooklyn" maker's mark that you can read across the room.  This plate was dug almost 40 years ago and it's quality reflects that.--$295.
  246. 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.
  247. Excavated coat size block "A" (Confederate Artillery) button.  This button was recovered from the Army of Tennessee's Artillery Park for the winter of 1863 located on Lewisburg Pike just outside Shelbyville, TN.--$95.
  248. This 8 - page "Eye Witness" "Battle of Nashville, TN." letter isn't currently for sale, but is just to "historically cool" not to share.  One such bit of "NEW" information is this -- I have many times read where the citizens came out to watch the Battle almost like going to a Sporting Event -- BUT, This is the first time that I have read that it angered the Federal Generals WHO THEN PRESSED THEM INTO SERVICE DIGGING GRAVES !!!!  Just a great eye witness view into the history of this Battle -- Enjoy !!
  249. Quite scarce July 1st, 1852 - $3. Note from the Merchant's Bank of Washington D. C. - This note has the Tennessee Hero "Old Hickory" {Andrew Jackson} pictured on it.  The note is circulated, but is sound and has a very nice display look.  I have seen this note for as much as $195.  Here is a good buy on a very rare note.--$85.
  250. Very nice condition cast brass double cavity bullet mold for a Civil War era "Country Rifle".  This is what many young Confederates left home carrying in 1861.  Looks to be about 44 cal.--$150.
  251. Really pretty crisp, pliable small leather Federal percussion cap box.  You couldn't ask for a prettier example.  The pick is still inside, but no wool.--$165.
  252. 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.
  253. Nose section of a 3-inch Percussion fuzed Hotchkiss projectile recovered at the second Day's Fighting at The Battle of Nashville, TN.  The plunger can still be seen intact on the interior of the brass percussion fuze.  This is a great little "Battle of Nashville, TN." conversation piece.--$48.
  254. Very nice condition non-excavated .50 cal. Flat Top Maynard Carbine Cartridge.  An excellent compliment to display with your Civil War Maynard Carbine.--$48.
  255. 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.
  256. Excellent condition non-excavated coat size Federal Navy button.  It has 100 % bright gold gilt - Waterbury backmark - and shank intact.--$48.
  257. 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.
  258. Excavated circular brass cavalry Rossette.  This was recovered from the 1863 Winter Camp of the 51st Alabama Cavalry located near Fosterville, TN.--$35.
  259. 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.
  260. 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.
  261. Very nice content cabinet card of a fully equipted Ill. Infantry soldier.  The image has a "Woldridge and King - Petersburg, ILL." Photographer's mark.--$75.
  262. Coat size, excavated, western theater, low convex Confederate Block "I" Infantry Button.  It is in good condition with a nice chocolate brown patina.--$95
  263. 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
  264. 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.
  265. Excellent condition non-excavated 12 mm French Pinfire cartridge.  This will be a fine compliment to display with your French Pinfire revolver.--$25.
  266. Very attractive Model 1840 Federal light artillery saber and scabbard.  The blade is clean just beginning to gently mellow with age and does have a couple little blade to blade nicks.  It is marked "U.S. - 1864 - Ames Mfg. Co. - Chicopee".  The mark is visible, but deeper on one side than the other, which isn't uncommon to be the case.  The grip is nice with original wrap and wire and the cast brass guard has a beautiful - never cleaned - bronze age patina.  The scabbard is in good condition with a dark  - never cleaned - chocolate brown patina, but does have a little pitting here and there in some areas.--$850.SOLD
  267. 2ibuttons2.JPG (105432 bytes)Offered here is a "set" of excellent examples of the two different styles of coat size "brass face-iron reverse" - Confederate Infantry buttons recovered from Army of Tennessee 1863 winter camps here in the West.  These were recovered by Benny Anderson from Army of Tennessee 1863 winter camps at Dalton, GA.  Note the distinctively different rim and form "I" between the two.--$195. for the pair
  268. Excellent condition excavated gilted Federal "I" Infantry Officer's button.  This was recovered in the late 1960s by Dr. Rees Buttram on private property at Shiloh.  An excellent button.--$38.
  269. 2ibut.JPG (75340 bytes)2ibutrev.JPG (73425 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
  270. Very nice excavated coat size gilted New York State Seal button.  This was recovered by Dr. Rees Buttram in the mid - 1970s from Gen. Joe Hookers camps located near Tiftonia, TN.--$35.SOLD.
  271. .Beautiful non-excavated coat size gilted "1861" date Mintzer manufactured Georgia State Seal.  This is an excellent example with 100% gilt on the face, and 100% silver on the reverse, and is backmarked "1861 - W. G. Mintzer - Phil.", and the shank is intact and straight.  Top Shelf In Every Way.--$250.
  272. 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.

  273. Pretty condition non-excavated large size lead filled "U.S." oval waist belt plate.  This is an example of the most worn waist belt plate of the American Civil War.--$250.
  274. Beautiful excavated gilted coat size New York State seal Button.  This button was recovered from private property near Tiftonia, TN. and has no dents - loads of gold gilt - and shank intact and straight.--$45.
  275. 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.                                         
  276. Excavated coat size rare "low convex" Virginia State Seal button.  This button was dug by Chuck Sykes from a Virginia troops camp near Brandy Station, VA.  It is quite solid with a smooth brown patina and an "rmdc" Horstmann and Sons backmark.  It is missing the shank {which is probably why it got lost}.  A pretty button.--$195.
  277. Excavated 50 cal. Maynard cartridge recovered from Granny White Gap at the 2nd days fighting at the Battle of Nashville, TN.--$45.
  278. Excavated large size lead filled "U.S." oval cartridge boxplate.  This plate was recovered in the early 1980s on private property in central Virginia by Chuck Sykes.  It has a very attractive chocolate brown patina.--$125.
  279. Excavated Federal "hi-port" cavalry bit recovered from a Confederate cavalry camp at Corinth, MISS.  The Rebels had removed the  cast bras "U.S." rosettes from each side so that they could then use the bit themselves and it NOT be "U.S." marked.  A very neat  "U.S. to C.S." kind of relic.--$85.
  280. chickmagaus.JPG (57131 bytes)chickmagausrev.JPG (76851 bytes)Excavated large size lead filled "U.S." oval cartridge boxplate recovered at Chickamauga a few years ago.  The face has one little rust bump on the bottom of the "S" but is otherwise an excellent plate with a smooth chocolate brown patina on the face and full lead and both loops on the reverse.--$195.
  281. vastaff.JPG (76150 bytes)vastaffrev.JPG (73315 bytes)Beautiful condition non-excavated coat size Virginia staff officer's 3-piece button.  This is a 23 mm VA261C with near 100 % bright gold gilt.  The reverse has "Superior Quality" backmark with the shank intact.--$275.
  282. Quite scarce excavated "Long Tail" Confederate cavalry - Hall carbine projectile.  This is an excellent drop recovered from the camp of the 1st Confederate Cavalry located near the old academy at Unionville, TN.--$65.
  283. I'm betting that one of the reasons that you guys regularly check out Midtenrelics is that you are not only going to see some cool relics BUT you are going to see and learn some very interesting stuff.  How many of you have ever seen and read Gen. Nathan Bedford Forrest's Last Will and Testament.  Quite Interesting Reading !!!
  284. Nice condition 69 cal. Model 1816 friction fit triangular socket bayonet.  Deep, sharp "U.S." mark on the blade and a perfect compliment to display with your 69 cal. Model 1816 musket.--$195.
  285. Very nice condition 58 cal. triangular socket bayonet correct for the Springfield or any of the 1861 contract rifled muskets.  This was apparently state or private purchase as there is no "U.S." stamp.--$175.
  286. 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.
  287. Model 1860 light cavalry saber and scabbard.  This one has a clean, bright blade just beginning to grey with age and having remnants of some old plating.  It is marked "Emerson and Silver - U.S. - 186 {1}" I think.  The last digit of the date is somewhat hard to make out.  The grip is pretty with original wrap and wire.  The scabbard is in nice condition as well, but it also has remnants of old plating.  My guess is that it is likely an old Veteran's Hall saber as they loved to paint and plate artifacts.  The saber has a great display look on the wall.--$750.
  288. "Attic" condition "1863" date Model 1860 light cavalry saber and scabbard.  The blade has a deep, dark 150 year old chocolate brown patina and is marked "U.S. - 1863 - Mansfield and Lamb".  The grip is worn down to wood and reminds you of an old banister rail.  The scabbard has a thick brown patina as well.  This saber has a pleasing "out of the attic" look and is a great buy for the money.--$695.
  289. niceusoval.JPG (66096 bytes)niceusovalrev.JPG (77057 bytes)Perfect condition unissued large size lead filled "U.S." oval waist belt plate.  This is the arrow hook variety and all three hooks remain intact.  This is the classic belt plate of the American Civil War.--$250.
  290. forrestprint.JPG (71374 bytes)Beautiful and tough to come by 1973 print of General Nathan Bedford Forrest that was done by the Sons of Confederate Veterans over 30 years ago.  The print is BIG measuring 24 inches by 30 inches before framing and is absolutely breathtaking once it's matted and framed.  I seldom get these in anymore.--$89.

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