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  1. It is Youth Contest time again.  After a New Years break, we are beginning our 6th Youth Contest Relic Giveaway.  This is an especially nice display including an original, excavated Federal breast plate, an original Confederate $20 note, a nice excavated North Carolina Confederate uniform button, and numerous other genuine Civil War artifacts.  This is a display that even a seasoned adult Civil War collector would be excited to receive.  The collection would have a retail value of somewhere in the neighborhood of $400.  We have carried all entries forward, and we invite and encourage any young folks age 14 and under to send us a letter telling us why they would like to win this Civil War display, and we will get you entered into the contest.  We will draw the winner on August 1, 2022, and best of luck to everyone.  The following individuals, along with Nita & myself have contributed artifacts to make these youth relic give-away displays possible: Eric Lawson - Ted and B. J. Campbell- David Hadden - Russ and Dottie Wunker - Jerry Emberlin - Tom Stone - William Briner - Jody Wright - Ed Heck - Charlie Williams - Kenny Brown - Jeff and Theresa Ruth - Gerard Simoneaux - Gary Strobel - Jeff Anderson - Lael Nelson - Ken Fleming, and Justin Simpson.  IF YOU GUYS HAPPEN TO KNOW ANY YOUNG FOLKS THAT REALLY LIKE HISTORY - PLEASE MAKE THEM AWARE OF THESE CONTESTS !!!  I'D REALLY APPRECIATE YOUR HELP IN SPREADING THE WORD !!! BEST OF LUCK TO EVERYONE !!!

  2. I HAVE ONLY "FAILED" ONE COURSE IN LIFE, AND THAT IS "ASS KISSING", AND I REALLY DON'T WANT TO TAKE THE COURSE OVER - SO I'M JUST GOING TO KEEP THE GRADE !!!

  3. This is a very special "Throwback" relic digging memory.  This was my very first cast brass rectangular "CSA" to recover, and it was a thick, Atlanta style.  I dug this buckle exactly 50 years ago this year.  I dug the buckle on private property literally about 20 steps from Columbia Pike along the route that the Army of Tennessee charged over on November 30, 1864, at the famous Battle of Franklin, Tennessee.  This buckle has never even been under a water faucet and to this day, 50 years later, I could go back to within one foot of the dig hole !!!  What an exciting day !!!

  4. About 40 years ago, my hunting buddy, Claiborne Lytle, and myself were able to find the line of Confederate sharp shooters along the Brentwood hills at the 2nd day Battle of Nashville fighting.  Over a period of a couple of years, I was able to recover 136 dropped Whitworth bullets, and Claiborne recovered a similar number.  There was a point in time that I could spell out "Whitworth Rifle" with dropped Whitworth bullets.  During that era, I had two little girls at home as well as house and shop payment - insurance payment - and lots of other payments.  Every so often "lean months" came along, and I would need to sell a few Whitworth bullets to make that month's payments.  I don't have 136 Whitworths anymore, but I do still have a few and some very exciting memories.  I had one "12 Whitworth" day where they were all dropped in close proximity to each other.  Both Claiborne and myself always wondered why there were over 200 Whitworths lying on the ground rather than fired at the Yankees??  The area now has million dollar homes and electronic gates.

  5. Throw-Back DIGGING Time !!!!  I dug this beauty 42 years ago almost to the day !!!  They sure don't come out of the ground looking like this anymore !!!  I almost needed sunglasses !!!

  6. Here is another "throw-back" relic.  I recovered this WESTERN THEATER type CS "sardine style" waist belt plate at a Confederate hospital site on private property here at Stones River over 40 years ago.  It is absolutely perfect and has all three original hooks remaining intact.  This jewel will rank VERY high on being one of my "Lifetime Best Finds", and was beyond exciting to recover !!!

  7. Here is another "throw-back relic digging" memory.  Back in the fall of 1975, (47 years ago) my buddy Bob Ward and his hunting partner Wayne Read hit this "battlefield clean-up" glory hole.  This was here at Stones River and, at the time, was in a private property rock glade thicket.  The site is unfortunately now under a motorcycle dealership.  This find included seven Union plates, four musket barrels, four bayonets, two canteens, one smashed brass bugle, thirteen artillery shells, and a boatload of bullets.  Finds like this are memories worth their weight in gold !!!  (Second picture is current.)

  8. These are some fun memories from 35 years ago of one GREAT day digging at a newly found "Polk's Corp" Army Of Tennessee 1862 - 1863 winter camp located along the Duck River near Shelbyville, TN.  The day's finds include 2 nice arrow hook "U.S." oval waist belt plates - one C.S. manufacture plain face pewter waist belt plate - one very rare "Rope Border" style C.S. oval waist belt plate - A beautiful Leech and Rigdon style "CS" marked Confederate Cavalry Officer's spur - and over 100 bullets and buttons.  Now those are some priceless memories !!

  9. Last Thursday (now years ago !!) 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 in the ground 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 !!}

  10. We first want to send a huge thank you to Robert Hooven of Madison, Alabama, for his hard work and prompt attention to my Great Grandfather's grave stone.  My Great Grandfather is buried in the very old cemetery at the Madison Crossroads Presbyterian Church located near Huntsville, Alabama, near the Tennessee Alabama line.  A while back, one of the pieces of maintenance equipment at the cemetery hit our Great Grandfather's head stone and broke it loose from the base it was anchored to.  Robert was kind of enough to, the very next day, go and find the damaged stone, thoroughly clean and reseat it.  Our entire family send our heartfelt gratitude to Robert for taking care of this for us.  We could sure use more folks like Robert!!!

  11. Huge congratulations go out to 11-year-old Madison Brewer.  Madison is the lucky winner of our Garrett Ground Hog metal detector.  We hope that it is the beginning of a very enjoyable hobby and that Madison has lots of fun looking for Civil War relics with her Grandfather who has done it for many years.  (This really makes us happy!!!)  Madison is ready to go Civil War relic hunting with her Granddad -- Charlie Adams.  VERY IMPORTANT:  What time is it - what time is it???  It is Youth Relic Giveaway time again.  And this time, we are stepping up our game.  We are giving away a used Garrett Groundhog VLF/TR metal detector complete with a new high fidelity set of headphones and also a new Whites Bullseye pinpointer for locating your target.  This detector is several years old but still works perfectly and even comes with experience as this detector has already recovered a US belt buckle and a Confederate belt buckle.  The "Groundhog" takes some practice in getting used to, but even though it's a few years old, will still dig relics perfectly well.  Several years back, this detector was cutting-edge technology, but today there have been numerous improvements.  It is our hope that this detector will help inspire some young person toward many years of coin and/or relic recovery.  We have carried all entries forward, and we invite and encourage any young folks age 14 and under to send us a letter telling us why they would like to win this Civil War display, and we will get you entered into the contest.  We will draw the winner on October 2, 2021, (my 70th birthday) and best of luck to everyone.  The following individuals, along with Nita & myself have contributed artifacts to make these youth relic give-away displays possible: Eric Lawson - Ted and B. J. Campbell- David Hadden - Russ and Dottie Wunker - Jerry Emberlin - Tom Stone - William Briner - Jody Wright - Ed Heck - Charlie Williams - Kenny Brown - Jeff and Theresa Ruth - Gerard Simoneaux - Gary Strobel - Jeff Anderson - Lael Nelson, and Justin Simpson.  IF YOU GUYS HAPPEN TO KNOW ANY YOUNG FOLKS THAT REALLY LIKE HISTORY - PLEASE MAKE THEM AWARE OF THESE CONTESTS !!!  I'D REALLY APPRECIATE YOUR HELP IN SPREADING THE WORD !!! BEST OF LUCK TO EVERYONE !!!

  12. My apprentice, Tigger, is paying close attention to his musket lesson!!!

  13. This is what happens when two does have a disagreement on who has rights to the food block.  It may look like they are dancing, but they are not!!!

  14. Congratulations to the winner of our 6th Youth Civil War Relic Contest, "Tennessee Smith", of Mineral, Virginia.  This display is in a beautiful walnut display case and consists of an excavated Federal Eagle breast plate, four original Civil War uniform buttons, an original excavated Civil War domino, five different types of Civil War bullets, and an original $100 Bank of Louisiana Civil War note.  We hope this display helps to encourage Tennessee's interest in Civil War artifacts, history, and heritage.  We have carried all entries forward, and we invite and encourage any young folks age 14 and under to send us a letter telling us why they would like to win this Civil War display, and we will get you entered into the contest.  The following individuals, along with Nita & myself have contributed artifacts to make these youth relic give-away displays possible: Eric Lawson - Ted and B. J. Campbell- David Hadden - Russ and Dottie Wunker - Jerry Emberlin - Tom Stone - William Briner - Jody Wright - Ed Heck - Charlie Williams - Jeff Anderson - Gary Strobel - Justin Simpson - and Gerard Simoneaux.  IF YOU GUYS HAPPEN TO KNOW ANY YOUNG FOLKS THAT REALLY LIKE HISTORY - PLEASE MAKE THEM AWARE OF THESE CONTESTS !!!  I'D REALLY APPRECIATE YOUR HELP IN SPREADING THE WORD !!! BEST OF LUCK TO EVERYONE !!!

  15. Meet my future replacement already in training.  This is "Stonewall Jackson" Todd.  Jackson is the son of Jon and Amy Todd.  I knew Jon had a keeper in Amy when they came in the shop in hip waders having been "water relic hunting" that day.  Finding a girl who likes going relic hunting is tough enough, not to mention relic hunting in the water with all kinds of creatures.  Amy is nothing short of a sweetheart!!!

  16. Here is a picture of myself and my "little friend" Castibelle Schweinfurth and her mom at the Civil War Show in Mansfield, Ohio, in 2015, and here is a picture of Castibelle and me at the Civil War Show this past weekend "2021" in Mansfield, Ohio.  She is growing into quite the "living history" young lady.  She even recently had the honor of firing a real Civil War cannon.  She and I also share a love for home made ice cream, and we got us a couple of cones at the show.  She is a genuine treat to spend time with, and her parents are doing an incredible job exposing her to Civil War history!!!

  17. WINNER, WINNER - chicken dinner - We have just had our drawing for the FIFTH Youth Civil War Relic Display Giveaway, and our winner is LILLY HICKOX from Arlington, Virginia.  We send our congratulations to Lilly and we will carry forward all our Youth entries for the next relic display giveaway which will begin soon.  Once again, Congratulations to Lilly !!!  ------  It is once again Youth Relic Display Contest time in Tennessee.  This relic display is, in my opinion, one of the most attractive to this point.  The display consists of a Droop Wing Eagle Confederate Officer's button, a camp site recovered soldier's Crucifix, a very attractive excavated lead-filled Eagle breast plate from here at Stones River, a stamped brass Cavalry rosette with the raised heart, an original pair of soldier's reading glasses, an original 1862 Wilmington, North Carolina, Confederate note, an original Civil War era domino, several bullets, a musket gun tool, a canteen stopper pull, and a coat size Federal Eagle button all displayed in a professionally made oak display case.  This collection is easily worth over $400.  So, young folks, get busy and let me hear from you.  The following individuals, along with Nita & myself have contributed artifacts to make these youth relic displays possible: Eric Lawson - Ted and B. J. Campbell- David Hadden - Russ and Dottie Wunker - Jerry Emberlin - Tom Stone - William Briner - Jody Wright - Ed Heck - Charlie Williams - Jeff Anderson - Gary Strobel - and Gerard Simoneaux.  We will carry forward all entries from the first, second, third, and fourth giveaways.  We encourage ANY other interested youths (14 years of age and younger) who have not yet entered to send a letter telling why you would like to win the Civil War artifact giveaway display, and you will be entered as well.  We want to do our part to encourage our youth to be interested in our heritage.    IF YOU GUYS HAPPEN TO KNOW ANY YOUNG FOLKS THAT REALLY LIKE HISTORY - PLEASE MAKE THEM AWARE OF THESE CONTESTS !!!  I'D REALLY APPRECIATE YOUR HELP IN SPREADING THE WORD !!!  This contest has ended October 31, 2020.

  18. Quite a few of you folks that were shop regulars, a few years back, will remember Lorenzo from his time apprenticing in the shop.  We are very proud of Lorenzo having just finished his final field training exercise.  We wish the very best for Lorenzo and think he looks every bit the part of PVT Lorenzo Grover-Rizzo, Cavalry Scout, US Army !!!  I'd say the physical training program is working QUITE WELL !!!  All that I can say is -- "Twin brother "Iniko" might better start hitting the gym !!!

  19. AND THE WINNER OF OUR FOURTH YOUTH RELIC DISPLAY CONTEST IS JAX BLEVINS (WHO CAN BE SEEN ABOVE WORKING ON HIS LETTER).  We will soon have our fifth Civil War display put together and a new contest underway.  All entries will be carried forward to the next contest, so if you haven't won so far -- Keep the faith - You might very well win the next one !!!  CONGRATULATIONS JAX !!!  IT IS TIME FOR OUR FOURTH YOUTH RELIC GIVEAWAY.  This display contains a genuine, excavated, lead-filled, Federal Eagle breast plate, a brass bayonet scabbard tip, a $15 coupon from a Confederate Loan Bond, an original Civil War domino, a .54 cal., ring tail Sharps Cavalry bullet, a coat size Federal Infantry Officer button, and a gilted cuff size New York State Seal button.  The following individuals, along with Nita & myself have contributed artifacts to make these youth relic displays possible: Eric Lawson Ted and B. J. Campbell- David Hadden - Russ and Dottie Wunker - Jerry Emberlin - Tom Stone - William Briner - Jody Wright - Ed Heck - and Charlie Williams.  We will carry forward all entries from the first, second, and third giveaways.  We encourage ANY other interested youths (14 years of age and younger) who have not yet entered to send a letter telling why you would like to win the Civil War artifact giveaway display, and you will be entered as well.  We want to do our part to encourage our youth to be interested in our heritage.    IF YOU GUYS HAPPEN TO KNOW ANY YOUNG FOLKS THAT REALLY LIKE HISTORY - PLEASE MAKE THEM AWARE OF THESE CONTESTS !!!  I'D REALLY APPRECIATE YOUR HELP IN SPREADING THE WORD !!!  This contest will end July 31, 2020

  20. AND WE HAVE A WINNER - OUR FIRST YOUNG LADY - MS. CASTIBELLE SCHWEINFURTH !!!  EVEN AT HER TENDER YOUNG AGE CASTIBELLE IS A FAMILIAR FACE AROUND THE CIVIL WAR LIVING HISTORY COMMUNITY, AND THAT IS THANKS TO THE DELIGENT EFFORTS OF HER MOM AND DAD - (BRET AND KELLY).  MY CONGRATULATIONS TO A VERY DESERVING YOUNG LADY !!!  IT IS YOUTH RELIC DISPLAY GIVEAWAY CONTEST TIME AGAIN !!!  This is our THIRD youth relic display give-away, and this beautiful display consists of an original VIRGINIA Confederate note - several bullets - one beautiful gilted Federal Infantry officer button - one bayonet scabbard tip - one sword belt length adjuster - a right and a left Civil War knapsack J-hook - a baggage trunk key - and a harmonica board.  I would like to thank Eric Lawson - Ted and B. J. Campbell- David Hadden - Russ and Dottie Wunker - Jerry Emberlin - Tom Stone - William Briner - Jody Wright - Ed Heck - and Charlie Williams who along with Nita and myself made this display possible.  We encourage ANY other interested youths (14 years of age and younger) who have not yet entered to send a letter telling why you would like to win the Civil War artifact giveaway display, and you will be entered as well.  We want to do our part to encourage our youth to be interested in our heritage.    IF YOU GUYS HAPPEN TO KNOW ANY YOUNG FOLKS THAT REALLY LIKE HISTORY - PLEASE MAKE THEM AWARE OF THESE CONTESTS !!!  I'D REALLY APPRECIATE YOUR HELP IN SPREADING THE WORD !!!  THIS CONTEST WILL END MARCH 31, 2020.  If any of you old time relic hunter/collectors would like to help support these youth relic give-aways, please just send over any relics to help us out.  Your help will certainly be appreciated and go for a good endeavor !!  TRIVIA QUESTION -- CAN ANYONE GUESS WHY CASTIBELLE IS HOLDING THE CANNON !!!  (HINT -- THE ANSWER IS IN THE QUESTION !!) - (ANOTHER HINT - WHAT IS THE NAME OF THE PART OF THE CANNON THAT CASTIBELLE IS HOLDING !!!)

  21. We just received the most current issue of "North South Trader", and, low and behold, there is Adian on page 19 - Youth Division.  Apparently, when you're hot, you're hot!!!   CONGRATULATIONS!!!  We have just held our drawing for our SECOND Youth Relic Giveaway, and our winner is - ADIAN HARWICK - from Lititz, PA.  Soon after the Thanksgiving holiday, we will begin our third Youth Relic Giveaway, and we will carry forward all entries from the first and second giveaways.  This is a fantastic display, and we congratulate Adian on his win!!!  We appreciate all of the youths who entered the first and second drawings.  We encourage ANY other interested youths (14 years of age and younger)  who have not yet entered to send a letter telling why you would like to win the Civil War artifact giveaway display, and you will be entered as well.  We want to do our part to encourage our youth to be interested in our heritage.  IF YOU GUYS HAPPEN TO KNOW ANY YOUNG FOLKS THAT REALLY LIKE HISTORY - PLEASE MAKE THEM AWARE OF THESE CONTESTS !!!  I'D REALLY APPRECIATE YOUR HELP IN SPREADING THE WORD !!!  ADIAN - YOUR PRIZE IS ON THE WAY TO YOU !!!

  22. ATTENTION - OUR "FIRST" YOUTH RELIC GIVE AWAY !!! - I was asked by a friend (MR. DICK TIMPANO) to give away this nice starter Civil War Bullet collection to a deserving young collector.  If you are 14 years old or younger and are really interested in Civil War history - please send me a letter as to why you would like to have this collection, and in a couple weeks we are going to have a drawing from all the names of young folks that sent me a letter wanting this collection.  We will show pictures of the drawing and post the WINNER on the page here !!!  GOOD LUCK !!!  SEND LETTER TO:  Larry Hicklen -- 3511 Old Nashville Hwy. - Murfreesboro, TN. -- 37129  (WE ARE GOING TO ACCEPT ENTRIES ARRIVING IN PERSON OR THROUGH MAIL DELIVERY ON OR BEFORE SEP. 30, 2019 !!!)  IF YOU ARE AN OLD SCHOOL CIVIL WAR COLLECTOR AND WOULD LIKE TO DONATE RELICS IN SUPPORT OF THESE RELIC GIVE-AWAYS TO YOUNG FOLKS -- PLEASE LET ME HEAR FROM YOU !!  THIS CONTEST IS NOW OVER AND WE WILL VERY SOON HAVE THE DRAWING.  BUT --- WE WILL SOON ANNOUNCE THE NEXT CONTEST, AND EVERYONE THAT ENTERED INTO THIS CONTEST WILL BE CARRIED OVER, -- SO YOU ARE ALREADY REGISTERED !!  MANY THANKS TO MR. DICK TIMPANO FOR THE ARTIFACTS !!!  AND OUR WINNER IS - JONATHAN PRIOR - 5TH GRADE, AGE 10!!!  CONGRATULATIONS, JONATHAN.

  23. A little while earlier today (7-12-19), I had a couple of fellows in the shop from near Perryville, Kentucky.  In the course of looking at relics and discussing various battlefields, one of the gentlemen said, "I visit your nature area at the Battlefield of Perryville quite often."  I had absolutely no idea what he was talking about.  A good many years ago, I purchased a 54-acre farm on the Battlefield of Perryville, Kentucky, that was in danger of being developed.  I held the farm for several years until the Civil War Preservation Trust was in a position to acquire it.  Little did I know that in appreciation for saving that part of the Battlefield, I have a pond and nature area marked with our family name.  How cool is that!!!

  24. Here is an interesting set of 4 photographs contrasting the panther and the bobcat.  These four photographs were taken by the same game cam at the same location a few days apart.  Notice aside from the obvious (the panther has a long tail and the bobcat has virtually no tail), that they are structurally different as well.  The panther is overall larger, more muscular, especially in the front shoulders, than the bobcat.  The bobcat has a more slender profile with his back legs almost appearing longer than his front legs.  Also, the two cats make very different screams.  On the bright side, one would think that we shouldn't have a mouse problem on the mountain!!!

  25. We are headed to the mountain today, and hopefully there will be some cool new trail cam pictures to share !!  For the past couple of months, our neighbors and ourselves have been hearing the cry of an unusual animal.  About a month ago, I caught sight of what appeared to be a large cat moving through the woods.  Several weeks ago we installed a game cam to be able to see what type animals were passing.  One of the locations of the game camera was where several roads and paths came together.  At this location, we saw more different type animals than any other location of the camera.  We have been scattering corn and cut the Halloween pumpkins into and placed them in front of the camera.  We have seen many different type mountain animals including deer, armadillos, red fox, coyote, and raccoons.  A couple of nights ago, we captured a couple photographs of this huge Mountain Bobcat - (We at first thought Panther, but markings suggest a LARGE male Bobcat rather than Panther.)  As you guys can now clearly see - WE DEFINITELY HAVE A PANTHER (aka Eastern Mountain Lion) - (as well as a Bobcat) !!!  We have no doubt that he was drawn to this location by the smell of the presence of all the other wild animals that had been there eating.  To give a size reference, the pumpkin halves beside the cat are ten inches in diameter.  Notice the power and muscle mass of this big cat.  We will likely think twice now about taking night walks through the woods!!!  A few nights ago our next door neighbor found a deer slain, and litereally shreded - I wonder who might have done THAT !!!  Outside "MAN WITH GUN" - This guy really is "King Of The Woods" !!!

  26. Really pretty and quite rare, excavated, thick Atlanta style cast brass "Rectangle C.S.A." Confederate waist belt plate.  This buckle was recovered at a Civil War era home site located near Corinth, Mississippi.  The buckle was likely lost after the Confederate soldier returned home from the Civil War rather than when the Confederates were camped around Corinth in 1862.  This style Confederate belt plate was issued in quantity during the winter of 1863 - 1864 when the Army Of Tennessee was camped around Dalton, GA.  The plate has a nice brown-green patina, and has all three brass attachment hooks intact on the reverse.  The front hook had an air bubble casting flaw into the tip of the hook when recovered.  This created a hollow hole in the tip of the front hook, and we have had this filled for good hook strength.  It is almost certain that a young Mississippi soldier wore this plate from Dalton, GA to Atlanta, and then on to Franklin, and Nashville, and eventually on to Greensboro, NC.  This would be a fine addition to even the most advanced Confederate display.--$3,500.

  27. Very nice, old early 1900's relic board from Petersburg, Virginia.  The board has a total of 16 artifacts including a nice condition, large size, lead filled US oval, two pewter Parrott artillery shell fuses (one is percussion and one is timed), a cast brass, 3-branch Cavalry saber guard, one Spencer Carbine cartridge, 9 assorted bullets, and two buttons.  During the early days of relic hunting, antique relic boards like this one were quite common to find.  They have become scarce to find nowadays.--$395.SOLD

  28. Just in, very nice condition, Confederate manufactured, tin drum canteen.  This canteen measures just over 6 inches and is 1 7/8 inch in width.  All three strap holders remain intact, and this is the style with a reinforced collar around the spout to give it additional strength.  There appears to be remnants of an old tag on one side of the canteen, but I can't make anything out.  This will be a fine addition to someone's Confederate display.--$750.SOLD

  29. Small, leather, Cavalry, .52 cal. cartridge box.  The box is marked "E. Gaylord - Chicopee Mass" on the inside flap and still has the wooden cartridge block intact inside.  The box would be correct for Spencer ammunition and came from an estate near Hoover's Gap, Tennessee.  This could very well be from one of the "Lightning Brigade" troops as they passed following the Battle of Hoover's Gap.  It will make an excellent compliment for a Cavalry or Carbine display.--$375.

  30. Very attractive, NON-EXCAVATED, coat size, Virginia State Seal.  We believe this to be VA13A5, and it still has some thread in the shank.  The button has a blank depressed channel.  There is one minor press just to the side of the figure.  This is a nice Virginia button that no doubt actually saw service in the Civil War.--$295.

  31. Circular UCV Reunion button from August 6 - 7 - 8, 1902, at Greenville, South Carolina.  The button pictures the Confederate Battle Flag, the First National Confederate Flag, and the Third National Confederate Flag.  The attachment pin remains intact on the reverse, and it has a nice, clear "Whitehead and Hogue" manufacture mark.--$125.

  32. Quite rare, unissued, Andrew Jackson Confederate Red two cent postage stamp.  This example remains in near perfect condition.--$75.

  33. Very attractive, .36 cal., Savage Navy Model revolver.  This is a very distinctive weapon that has a figure 8 trigger system with one portion of the figure 8 cocking and advancing the cylinder, and the top portion firing the gun.  This revolver is out of a central Pennsylvania estate and has a smooth, gray/brown, attic patina and is serial number 10488.  The action still advances correctly, and the revolver has good bore.  It shows clear, honest service but remains in nice, solid condition.--$1,650.

  34. Very attractive Model 1851 "Script NY" sword belt plate on original black leather waist belt.  This is the early pattern Script NY with the very narrow tongue.  The belt is complete and remains pliable with only one weak spot that has been supported from the reverse for strength.  The plate has a rich aged patina and is one that you do not encounter very often.--$1,295.

  35. Beautiful excavated large size oval "VMM" (Volunteer Maine Militia) cartridge boxplate.  This plate was recovered about 40 years ago on private property near Port Hudson, LA.  The face has a slick chocolate brown patina and sharp, crisp letters and the plate has literally never even been rinsed off.  The plate is the pattern ""VMM" with very little lead in the back - Actually just barely enough to keep the wire loops in place.  Rusty residue of the wire loops still remains.  This is one of the prettiest "VMM"s from that area that I have seen.--$1,150.

  36. Just brought in by a local family, and is 100% untouched.  This is a very nice hand-me-down Confederate local made "CS DOG RIVER" Cavalry saber and scabbard.  The blade has a pretty gently greying aged patina, and the brass guard has a thick - never touched - brown patina.  The grip is down to the wood with only a few fragments of the leather and single strands of iron wire.  The scabbard is a classic lap seamed - brass mounted CS made scabbard.  This is a very nice, straight out of the Southern estate and untouched for the last 150 years, Confederate manufactured, "Dog River" CS Cavalry saber and scabbard.--$3,850.

  37. Virtually drop dead beautiful MINT large size "puppy-paw" U.S. oval waist belt plate on it's original mint unissued brown buff leather belt.  This belt rig was no nicer 150 years ago than it is today !!--$695.

  38. Very pretty condition, excavated, 3 inch, Confederate Read projectile.  This projectile was recovered from private property near the Battle of Chickamauga, Georgia.  It has been disarmed, cleaned, coated, and the beautifully rifled brass sabot remains completely intact as well as the brass time fuse.  Confederate artillery shells this nice are seldom being recovered any more.--$695.

  39. Quite rare, smooth type, Model 1858, Federal canteen with the "dark blue" wool cover.  The dark blue cover has a few small moth holes but is overall nice and complete.  The canteen also has a non-regulation original linen sling and the original stopper.  Very few museums have an example of a Federal canteen with a dark blue cover.--$425.SOLD

  40. Absolutely drop dead perfect and beautiful non-excavated coat size Confederate stippled Old English "E" (Engineer).  This button literally has 100 % bright gold gilt - "H. T. & B. - Manchester" Backmark - and shank straight and intact.  It is "CS153A" in Albert.   I recently saw one of these sell for $2,000. - and was not one bit nicer than this one.--$1,450.

  41. Excavated Confederate copper Bormann fuse under plug.  This CS under plug was recovered on private property at the Battle of Nashville, Tennessee.--$65.

  42. Extremely rare and in very nice condition, Confederate manufacture, short Artillery sword.  This style unmarked Confederate sword is a product of "E. J. Johnston & Company" of Macon, Georgia.  This company provided the Confederacy with many different types and models of edged weapons.  A few of the weapons of this type are actually maker marked, but far and away most are unmarked.  This example has a nice, clean blade, gently darkening with age, and the classic concentric ring cast brass guard that has a rich, aged never cleaned patina.  This is a nicer example than what most museums have.--$1,895.

  43. A very pretty Texas Cavalry display consisting of a rare, stamped brass, lead-filled shield with star Martingale and a super rare, excavated, pewter Texas produced Cavalry saddle corner device.  Both artifacts remain in excellent condition.--$750. for the entire display.

  44. Excellent condition, excavated, Confederate, large size, cast brass "forked tongue" or "wishbone" CS Enlistedman's waist belt buckle.  This buckle was recovered about 30 years ago from Polk's Corp, Army of Tennessee Confederate camps located along Duck River near Shelbyville, Tennessee, in 1863.  It has an excellent, never cleaned, brown/green patina.--$895.

  45. Beautiful condition, excavated, large size, sharp pointed hook, Confederate Georgia frame waist belt plate.  This plate was recovered a number of years ago from Starnes Confederate Cavalry camp located near McMinnville, Tennessee.  The plate has a smooth, reflective, brown/green patina and really could not be much nicer.--$650.

  46. Drop dead beautiful excavated cast brass OFFICER'S Model 1851 rectangular Federal eagle sword belt plate.  This is the style sword belt plate that was made for officers with the wreath solid cast. It was recovered by Art Keene on (private property at the Wilderness.) Get this !! (50 YEARS AGO THIS PAST JAN. -"1972")  Good luck even finding a place to put your coil to the ground there now !!!.--$425.

  47. Solid cast, excavated, Confederate coat size Block "I" (Infantry) uniform button.  This button was recovered in 1997 form 1863 - 1864 Army of Tennessee winter camps at Dalton, Georgia.  Part of the shank is missing which is why the button was lost or discarded.--$95.

  48. Quite attractive, .577 cal., Enfield triangular socket bayonet in original leather scabbard.  This would display very nicely with your .577 cal., 3-band Enfield musket.--$395.

  49. Very nice condition, folding, 3-blade, Civil War Era, cased bleeder.  This bleeder is maker marked, "Wismar Cutlery Co. - England".  This is out of a local Middle Tennessee estate and could have been here for the battle.--$175.

  50. Excellent condition, original, Springfield or contract musket combination nipple wrench and screwdriver gun tool.  This gun tool has 90% original bluing and clear inspector initials still visible.  This would be an excellent compliment to display with your Civil War musket.--$65.

  51. Really pretty, non-excavated set of crossed sabers stamped brass hat insignia.  Although this is a Federal style hat insignia, it came out of a local estate that had ancestors in the 8th and 13th Tennessee Cavalry.  The pin has very nice patina, and three of the four attaching loops are intact on the reverse.  The pin shows clear evidence of lots of usage with old bends and ripples from campaigns gone by.  This pin would be fine displayed alone or could easily be put back on a Kepi or a Hardee hat.--$375.

  52. Extremely rare, excavated, 1826 pattern, US NCO Eagle breast plate with three iron attachment hooks on the reverse.  This excellent buckle was recovered many years ago on private property near the Battle of Chancellorsville, Virginia.  It has a smooth, chocolate patina on the face with just a couple minor rust spots and has full lead in the reverse.  This is a pattern breast plate that is rarely recovered, especially in nice condition with all the hooks.--$350.

  53. Beautiful condition non-excavated regulation U.S. cavalry "hi-port" bit.  This bit has a smooth, chocolate brown patina and could easily still be used today.  It has both cast brass US rosettes intact as well as the lower crossbar (which is usually missing) and both rings.  The bit also has the original hook intact for the brass curb chain.  If you have been looking for a really nice Federal Cavalry bit, this one should fit the bill.--$225

  54. Really nice little display.  In this display is a TINY pinfire revolver replica that just came in in a United Confederate Veteran collection.  I suspect the little pinfire revolver was a novelty given out at one of the reunions much like tiny canteens that I have seen.  The detail is absolutely unbelievable even with wooden grips.  We have included in the display with the little pinfire revolver an original, 12mm pinfire cartridge that we recovered in a Confederate Cavalry camp here.  The tiny little pinfire revolver has detail that is truly amazing.--$95.

  55. This is one of the most popular of the Confederate sword makers during the Civil War Era.  It is a "Thomas Griswold - New Orleans" Confederate manufactured and marked Foot Officer's sword.  This was purchased many years ago out of a New Orleans estate sale.  The blade is clean, just beginning to darken with age and has Thomas Griswold that you can see from ten feet away.  The sword has original wrap and wire and an excellent cast brass, Confederate Thomas Griswold guard.  It has never been cleaned and has a rich, bronzed patina.  This Confederate Officer's sword is literally nice enough for any museum.--$5,850.

  56. Very pretty, excavated, coat size, Mississippi "I" (Infantry).  This button was recovered about 50 years ago from Camp Withers which was a Mississippi Brigade camp located along the Elk River here in Middle Tennessee and occupied during 1862.  This button is slick as can be with gold around each letter, around the star, and completely filling the "I" in the center.  It has the normal "Hyde & Goodrich - NO" backmark.  This is an artifact that will be a compliment to any collection.--$595.

  57. Excavated, large size, "snake buckle centerpiece" to a 3-piece English belt rig snake buckle.  This was recovered from an Alabama Cavalry site near Fosterville, Tennessee, and the majority of bullets that we recovered from the camp were .577 cal. Enfield bullets.--$95.

  58. Drop-dead beautiful condition, excavated, lead-filled, large size US oval cartridge box plate.  This plate was recovered something like 40 years ago from private property at the Battle of Chickamauga and simply could not be prettier.  It has a flawless, smooth, chocolate brown face, full lead in the reverse, and both attachment loops remain intact.  We think there may be faint soldier's initials in the lead in the reverse.--$250.

  59. Excellent condition, non-excavated, brass cased, 4-blade, Civil War Era bleeder.  This bleeder has three lancing blades and one regular knife blade.  Most Civil War Era bleeders do not have the knife blade.  It remains "razor sharp" and would still work just fine.--$175.

  60. Extremely rare, 1/6th plate, ruby ambrotype of an armed Confederate soldier.  This image came out of a local Tennessee estate, and the soldier is holding a Colt Pocket Model revolver across his chest.  He is wearing an early war "roller buckle" style Confederate belt rig.  There is writing done with a pin knife in the upper left corner of the image.  It appears to likely be a name, but we are unable to decipher it.  This would be a fine Confederate image to add to any CS image collection.--$1,250.

  61. Very pretty condition, empty, full 1/6th plate, molded thermoplastic display case.  This case is marked on the inside, "Genuine Union Case - Improved - Fine Gilt and Burnished Hinge - Scovill Mfg. Co."  If you have an image worthy of a REALLY nice full case, here it is.--$195.

  62. Really pretty and quite rare, excavated, thick Atlanta style cast brass "Rectangle C.S.A." Confederate waist belt plate.  This buckle was recovered at a Civil War era home site located near Corinth, Mississippi.  The buckle was likely lost after the Confederate soldier returned home from the Civil War rather than when the Confederates were camped around Corinth in 1862.  This style Confederate belt plate was issued in quantity during the winter of 1863 - 1864 when the Army Of Tennessee was camped around Dalton, GA.  The plate has a nice brown-green patina, and has all three brass attachment hooks intact on the reverse.  The front hook had an air bubble casting flaw into the tip of the hook when recovered.  This created a hollow hole in the tip of the front hook, and we have had this filled for good hook strength.  It is almost certain that a young Mississippi soldier wore this plate from Dalton, GA to Atlanta, and then on to Franklin, and Nashville, and eventually on to Greensboro, NC.  This would be a fine addition to even the most advanced Confederate display.--$3,500.SOLD

  63. Excellent condition, super thick, cast brass, triangle tooth, Georgia frame Confederate waist belt plate.  This buckle has never even had the dirt washed off and was recovered near Selma, Alabama, and was likely a product of that arsenal.  This style Georgia frame is considered one of the rarest to recover.--$850.

  64. Very pretty condition, Model 1861, US Navy rifle saber bayonet.  This style saber pattern bayonet was made for the Model 1861 Plymouth Navy rifle.  This example has a bright, clean blade marked, "Collins & Co- Hartford, Conn."  The cast brass guard remains in perfect condition with the attaching spring intact and strong.  The saber bayonet remains in its original leather scabbard, and we have added a reproduction leather carrying frog for display.  If you have a Model 1861 Plymouth Navy rifle, this would make a fantastic compliment to complete your musket display.--$650.

  65. Very nice condition, Model 1849, Colt 5-shot, .32 cal., 4-inch barrel, pocket model revolver.  This revolver is out of a local estate and is serial number 188385 - all matching except for the wedge which is a field-made replacement.  Serial number 188385 is most desirable 1860 production.  The revolver has a "soldier-made" lanyard ring from a knapsack triangle.  This little Colt is about as Confederate carried as you can get.--$1,250.

  66. Very nice condition, non-excavated, Enfield saber bayonet with pressed leather grips.  The blade on this bayonet has a smooth, gently aging, brown/gray patina, and the checkered pressed leather grips remain completely intact.  This would be an excellent addition to any Confederate relic display.--$295.

  67. Nice condition, Model 1864, .58 cal., Federal cartridge box.  This cartridge box has the embossed US oval on the flap, but during the Civil War Era had a standard US oval cartridge box plate attached over the embossed US mark.  The box is maker marked, "W. H. Wilkinson Maker - Springfield Mass."  This cartridge box has no flaking at all and remains quite pliable with both iron roller buckles intact as well as both belt loops, the leather closure tab, and both cartridge tins intact inside.  This is a really nice Civil War Federal cartridge box.--$595.

  68. Very attractive, non-excavated, .58 cal., triangular socket bayonet correct for Model 1855 or Model 1861 or 1863 Springfield or contract 3-band rifled muskets.  This would be an excellent compliment to enhance your Civil War musket display.  The bayonet remains clean, just beginning to darken in some areas.--$195.

  69. Very attractive, Model 1864, .58 cal., Federal leather cartridge box.  The box remains pliable and is maker marked, "Metzger Phila." and is inspector marked, "H. H. Hartzell - US Ordnance Dept. Sub Inspector".  Both iron buckles and both belt loops remain intact on the box as well as the original leather closure tab and both metal cartridge tins.  The small leather closure tab remains perfectly intact, and it snaps over the brass closure finial.  This box is museum quality and has an excellent display appearance.--$450.

  70. Model 1858, "tin spout", smooth type canteen out of a north Georgia estate.  The canteen is overall quite crude and is either St. Louis Arsenal production or a Confederate local.  It was without a doubt Confederate carried and quite possibly Confederate manufactured.--$250.

  71. Quite rare to find, non-excavated, .69 cal., triangular bayonet for a Model 1842 Springfield or Harpers Ferry rifled musket.  The bayonet is full length and just beginning to gray with age.  The lock ring remains intact, and the US stamping is deep and clear.  This will be a perfect compliment for your Model 1842 musket.--$250.

  72. Excavated, .54 cal., 4-side Austrian socket bayonet.  This was recovered over 20 years ago along the Confederate line on private property here at the Battle of Stones River.--$98.

  73. Exceptionally nice, 1862 date, .577 cal., Confederate carried, 3-band, percussion, Enfield/Towers rifled musket.  This musket was just brought in out of a local estate, and I have information as to who actually likely carried it.  The musket has smooth, gently darkening with age barrel patina with lockplate markings of "1862 - Tower - the British Crown", and, on the barrel, the classic upside down "25 - 25".  The musket has both sling swivels, long-range site, and the original ramrod all remaining intact.  The action works perfectly, and the main spring remains strong, and it has good rifling top to bottom.  The stock remains in nice condition as well with pretty tiger striping.--$1,895.

  74. Nice, clean, Model 1850, Foot Officer's sword (without scabbard) out of a Central Ohio estate.  The blade remains clean with clearly visible engraving from top to bottom.  The brass guard remains in very nice condition with rich, aged patina and gold gilt showing through in areas.  The grip has original sharkskin and some of the original wire.  The sword shows honest wear and no doubt saw action.--$595.

  75. Very attractive, Model 1832, Federal Short Artillery sword.  This is a massive, Roman style sword with blade markings of, "US - 1843".  The blade has a gently aging, gray/brown patina, and the guard is massive cast brass fish scale.  The scabbard is a 1960's era reproduction and was carried in many Living History programs.  Every collection should have one of these massive Short Artillery swords.--$650.

  76. Excavated CARVED .69 cal., 3-ring Minie Ball.  This was recovered from a Confederate camp along Duck River near Shelbyville, Tennessee.  The bullet is carved to almost look like a space ship.--$25.

  77. Excavated, circular, lead-filled, Federal Eagle breast plate.  This plate was recovered at the Battle of Nashville, Tennessee, 2nd day fighting.  It has a smooth, chocolate brown patina and full lead in the reverse, but only rusty stubs remain of the iron attachment loops.--$125.

  78. Very pretty condition, excavated, coat size, Confederate local "Droop-wing Eagle" Staff Officer button.  This button was recovered from the 1862 8th Texas Cavalry camp located near Knob Gap, Tennessee.--$195.

  79. Very pretty, excavated, coat size, Confederate local Staff Officer button.  This is a CS26B and was recovered from General Lucius Polk's 1863 Army of Tennessee winter camp located near Tullahoma, Tennessee.  It has nice detail and a little gold surrounding the Eagle.  It does have one small, hairline freeze crack that is barely visible.--$195.

  80. Absolutely beautiful excavated coat size gilted Federal Eagle "R" (Rifleman) uniform button.  As is usually the case, this button was being Confederate worn, and was recovered from the winter 1863 camp of the 51st Confederate Alabama Cavalry located near Fosterville, TN.--$95.

  81. Very attractive, .69 cal., smooth bore, Springfield 3-band musket.  This musket was originally produced in flintlock, but at the time of the Civil War, was converted to percussion.  This musket was just brought in out of the local Middle Tennessee area and was no doubt Confederate carried.  The metal has a smooth, chocolate brown, aged patina with lockplate markings of, "US - Springfield - 1841".  The action still works perfectly and locks into both half-cock and full-cock.  The walnut stock remains in nice condition, but as expected, has numerous dings and marks from extensive service.  This musket is a perfect representation of what most Army of Tennessee Infantry soldiers carried the first year of the Civil War.  By 1862 and 1863, the Confederacy was importing lots of Enfield muskets from England as well as long arms from France, Belgium, Germany, and other countries.  This would be an excellent addition to any Civil War display especially depicting the early war Confederacy.--$1,250.

  82. Very pretty condition, Model 1840, NCO (Non-commissioned Officer) sword and scabbard.  The sword blade remains bright and clean with a crisp "Ames Mfg. Co. - 1864 - ADK - US" blade marking.  The cast brass guard remains in perfect condition.  The sword remains in its original leather scabbard, and the scabbard is complete but does have an old repair to a weak area a few inches above the brass drag.  This Model 1840 NCO sword and scabbard is definitely nicer than most that you see.--$695.

  83. Quite unique relic.  This is one compartment of a wooden block containing six Colt .36 cal. Navy size cartridges.  There is one complete, original .36 cal. Colt cartridge in the wooden block.  This would be an excellent compliment to display with you Colt Navy Model revolver.--$95.

  84. Perfect condition, non-excavated, 12mm pinfire cartridge.  This would be a perfect compliment to display with your pinfire revolver.--$25.

  85. Beautiful condition, large size, 3-blade, cased bleeder.  This bleeder is maker marked, "Thomas Turner & Co. - Sheffield".  It remains 100% complete and is literally still sharp as a razor.  This was a widely used medical device during the Civil War, and every collection should have an example.--$125.

  86. Civil War Era CDV (Carte De Viste) of General George B. McClellan and wife.  This is a "from life" photo.--$89.

  87. Nice condition, excavated, coat size, Confederate local Block "I" (Infantry) uniform button.  This button was recovered from an 1863 Confederate camp along Duck River near Shelbyville, Tennessee.--$89.

  88. 1862 issue, Confederate States of America $2 note.  This note depicts the South striking down the North.  It is a circulated note but remains complete and fully intact.--$85.

  89. Very pretty condition, excavated, large size, lead-filled, arrow hook pattern, US oval waist belt plate.  This buckle was recovered over 40 years ago by Claiborne Lytle on private property here at Stones River.  The buckle still has a little bit of leather belt under each arrow hook.--$250.

  90. Excavated, original, regulation "Hi-Port" Federal Cavalry bit with both cast-brass rosettes remaining intact.  This bit was recovered from "Camp Stanley" which was the 1863 Federal winter Cavalry camp here at Murfreesboro, Tennessee, named in honor of General David Stanley.  The bit is rusty, but remains quite stable with both brass rosettes intact.--$150.

  91. Very rare to find, original CASED Civil War Era spring-loaded fleam.  This type fleam (or bleeder) was activated by "cocking" the blade and then placing it against the area that needed to be lansed and pulling the trigger.  The third picture demonstrates the blade piercing paper that it was placed against.  It has been a couple of years since I had a medical fleam in its original folding case.--$195.

  92. Excavated, coat size, Confederate local North Carolina State Seal uniform button.  This button has a smooth, chocolate brown patina with an unmarked Confederate local back and shank intact.  This button was recovered near Brandy Station, Virginia.--$125.

  93. Excavated, coat size, Block "I" (Infantry) Confederate uniform button.  This is a CS local with a brass face and an iron reverse.  It was recovered from an Army of Tennessee winter Infantry camp located along Duck River near Shelbyville, Tennessee.--$89.

  94. Excavated, two-piece, stamped brass, Confederate local Block "I" (Infantry) uniform button.  This button was recovered about 40 years ago from General Breckenridge's "Orphan Brigade" camp located near Readyville, Tennessee.  It is a very attractive button with shank intact and still dirt covered.--$95.

  95. Very attractive, small display case of artifacts recovered on private property here at the Battle of Stones River.  The display includes an original, brass bayonet scabbard tip with a little bit of the original leather scabbard sticking out the top of the scabbard tip.  There is in addition an excellent condition, coat size, Federal Officer's Eagle "I" (Infantry) uniform button and also a nice condition, excavated Federal Enlistedman's coat size Eagle button.--$55 for the entire display, case and all.

  96. Quite rare, July 1, 1862 date, State of Virginia, Fluvanna County $1 Civil War note.  The really cool thing about this note is that it was printed on the reverse of a sheet of already printed pre-war currency.  This was done due to the scarcity of paper in the South during the Civil War years.--$85.

  97. Quite rare, war date, March 10, 1863, 75 cent note issued by the Macon (GA) Savings Bank in Macon, Georgia.  The note is redeemable in Confederate Central Government currency.--$65.

  98. Excavated, silver seated Liberty dime.  This dime was recovered from the camp of the 8th Texas Cavalry and is dated 1838.  The camp where this coin was recovered was occupied in 1863 which means that the coin had already been in circulation 25 years and explains why the coin shows wear.  In just a few years, this coin will be 200 years old--$48.

  99. Very pretty, uncirculated condition, Confederate $10 note dated February 17, 1864, and picturing the horses pulling the cannon.  It is serial number 60124 and actually does not appear to have ever been bent or folded.--$89.

  100. Very rare, 1862 date, State of Florida $10 note.  This note pictures three maidens in the center and two blacks working in cotton on the left.  The note is serial number 985 and was issued January 1, 1862, from Tallahassee, Florida.  The note remains complete and shows mild circulation.--$225.

  101. Very nice condition, original 1863 dated Wilmot Patent, .58 cal., musket tompion.  This tompion has a never-cleaned, rich, aged patina and yet today still works perfectly.--$75.

  102. Quite rare to find anymore, excavated, complete, .577 cal., Enfield nipple protector with chain.--$48.

  103. Excavated, super rare, "Confederate States Navy" uniform button.  This button was recovered about 20 years ago from a Confederate Infantry camp located near Triune, Tennessee.  The button has a drop-dead beautiful face, but the reverse was partially damaged.  The button originally had a "Hebbert - London" backmark.  The London part of the backmark remains clearly visible, but the Hebbert part was pushed in.  The button has been nicely restored and displays like a million bucks.  If this button had not had damage to the reverse, it would have been an $800 button.  But, since the reverse required some restoration, we are pricing it at virtually half price.--$350.

  104. Really nice excavated coat size CS26A Confederate Staff Officer's button.  This was recovered by my old relic hunting buddy - Claiborne Lytle - from the 1862/1863 winter camp of the 1st Alabama Cavalry located near Midland, Tennessee.  The button has a smooth, brown patina with traces of gold gilt, and the reverse has gold gilt in the channel with shank intact.   I have learned that this button had a couple cracks in the face when found and that they have been expertly stabilized.--$150.

  105. Very nice detail, excavated, die struck, brass, one-piece North Carolina sunburst coat size uniform button.  This button was recovered along the Confederate line at the Battle of Nashville, Tennessee.  The Confederate government purchased several thousand shell jackets from the State of North Carolina and issued them to Army of Tennessee troops camped around Dalton, Georgia.  These are the same troops that would later be involved in the Battles of Franklin and Nashville.--$125.

  106. Nice condition excavated "Crescent Hatpin" recovered over 30 years ago from an 1862 Louisiana camp located in the Shenandoah Valley.  This was recovered from the same camp as the one pictured in the Jan. - Feb., 1987 North - South Trader magazine.  This will be a fine compliment to a display of Louisiana State Seal buttons.--$175.

  107. Early battlefield pick-up, "raised rib", 3.67 inch Shenkl fragment.  This was picked up long ago here at Stones River and almost appears non-dug.--$25.

  108. Quite unique, excavated, cuff size, stamped brass uniform button.  This button was recovered from the camp of the 8th Texas Cavalry and has what appears to be a "star" or a flower in the center surrounded by 12 additional stars or flowers.  It is a nice little button, and my guess is that it was being worn because it appears to have stars.--$25.

  109. Excellent uncirculated condition State of Alabama, January 1, 1863, 25 cent State note.  This note is serial number 821 and has the State Seal of Alabama in the upper corner and slaves hauling cotton in the center.--$48.

  110. Excellent condition, excavated, stamped brass, regimental number "0".  This would have been worn on the kepi designating 10th, 20th, 30th, etc. regiment.  This is the smaller size stamped brass number measuring 5/8 inch in height.  It was recovered from a Confederate camp on private property here in Middle Tennessee.--$38.

  111. Excellent excavated coat size gilted Federal eagle "I" (Infantry) officer's button.  This was recovered on private property at the now destroyed "Jenkins House" hospital here at the Battle of Stones River.  This historic old 1850s home stood until just a few years ago.  The button has a rmdc "Schuyler- New York" backmark.--$35.

  112. Early 45 - 70 trapdoor bayonet (Indian Wars era) picked-up near Fort Leavenworth, Kansas.  This fort has been active for almost 200 years with lots of activity during the Indian War's Era.  The bayonet and scabbard are rusty from many years exposure, but everything remains intact and stable.--$125.

  113. Beautiful condition, non-excavated, coat size, Missouri State Seal Officer's button.  This is a M0205A3 in Tice and is exactly the same strike and backmark as the Missouri buttons recovered by Meigs Brainard and Bill Gurley from the Arkansas camp of Mosby Parson's Missourians.  This button could not be a nicer example with 100% bright gold gilt and shank intact.--$395.

  114. Absolutely beautiful condition, Federal, coat size, Army Engineers button.  This is an EG9A with a "D. Evans & Co./NO. Attleboro Mass" backmark.  Most button collectors believe this button to be Circa right at the end of the Civil War.  You couldn't ask for a more beautiful example.--$150.

  115. Nice condition, non-excavated, Model 1842, .69 cal., Springfield complete lockplate and hammer assembly.  The hammer locks firmly into both half-cock and full-cock positions, and the main spring is as strong as when it was issued in 1850.  The lockplate is marked, "Springfield - 1850 - US - and the American Eagle."  If you have a Model 1842 Springfield musket that needs a nice lockplate, here is your chance.--$225.

  116. Beautiful condition, excavated, large size, lead-filled US oval waist belt plate.  This plate was recovered about 40 years ago by my hunting buddy, Claiborne Lytle, on private property near Franklin Road where the Battle of Stones River first started on December 31, 1862.  The plate has full lead and a smooth, chocolate patina on the face, but only rusty stubs where the iron hooks once were.--$195.

  117. During the mid-1970's, Claiborne and I were able to find the position of the Confederate Sharp Shooters on the Brentwood Hills during the 2nd day's fighting at the Battle of Nashville, Tennessee.  The Confederate Sharp Shooters had a good many of the famous English Whitworth scoped sniper rifles.  Claiborne and I together found a good many beautiful drop, .45 cal., Whitworth sniper projectiles.  This particular bullet is a beautiful example and is one that Claiborne recovered on this line.--$225.

  118. Nicer and more complete than normal, .58 cal., Model 1855, Federal musket cartridge box.  The box is crisply marked, "Baker & McKinney - New York".  This cartridge box was purchased several years ago from a central Ohio estate sale and is complete with both iron roller buckles, brass finial, closure tab, both belt loops, and original cartridge tins inside.  It is quite rare now that a museum quality Civil War cartridge box comes available.--$595.

  119. Very rare to come by, excavated, Richmond Arsenal CS two-piece wreath.  This wreath fits the standard Richmond Arsenal Enlistedman's CS two-piece.  The tongue disc size needs to be about 1 1/8th inch in diameter, and the belt loop is 1 7/8 inches outside to outside.  This wreath was recovered from a Confederate Cavalry camp near Brandy Station, Virginia.  The belt loop was broken from the circular wreath when found, but the two pieces were there together.  It has been expertly repaired using pins by Robert McDaniel.  If you have a correct tongue, this will make a beautiful complete buckle.--$850.

  120. Excavated, cast brass, Model 1851, Federal Cavalry sword belt plate.  This buckle was recovered here in Murfreesboro, Tennessee, from "Camp Stanley" which was the 1863 winter Cavalry camp of the Army of the Cumberland.  The buckle was no doubt discarded because the attachment hook on the back broke.  It has a smooth, chocolate patina, crisp detail, and still has body curve.--$295.

  121. Very pretty condition, Model 1840, Federal Light Artillery saber and scabbard.  The saber itself has a bright, clean blade, marked, "Ames - Chicopee Mass - 1854".  The saber retains original wrap and wire on the grip, and the classic cast "D-guard" has a rich, never cleaned, aged patina.  I believe the saber was likely at one time on display in a "GAR" post, as the scabbard is lightly nickel plated, which many GAR posts did so that very little cleaning and maintenance was required.  If a person so desires, the nickel plating can be removed.  This is a nice quality Federal Artillery saber.--$895.

  122. Quite rare to recover, a coat size, VA3 "soup bowl", Virginia State Seal uniform button.  This button was recovered in Madison County, Virginia, several years ago.  It has a smooth, chocolate patina, and the shank remains intact.  It definitely is not a type Virginia that you recover every day.--$225.

  123. Beautiful face, excavated, circular, lead-filled, Federal Eagle breast plate.  This was recovered on private property here at the Battle of Stones River many years ago.  There is writing literally all over the back, but I have not been able to unravel what it says.  This plate will be an excellent addition to any Civil War collection.--$250.

  124. Now here is a cool artifact from 60 years ago.  It is a nice condition, 1862 date, original Confederate $2 note.  The note was being offered (and purchased) in 1962, 100 years later, for a whopping $1.95.  After 100 years, the Confederate note was finally worth basically $2 again.  But, my how the last 60 years have changed things.  We are leaving it on the old 1962 card, but the price is now--$85.

  125. This is one of the more popular of all Civil War Confederate notes.  It is the 1862 date, "Negros Chopping Cotton" $100 Confederate note with the orange over-print.  The note has "Interest Paid" stamps on the back where it was reissued for three consecutive years.  The note is circulated and shows use, but remains completely intact.--$125.

  126. Very pretty condition, virtually uncirculated, State of North Carolina $1 note.  This note was issued on January 1, 1863, from Raleigh, North Carolina.  This would be a very nice addition to any Civil War collection.--$75.

  127. Extremely rare, excavated, coat size, Confederate local, LA12, Louisiana Pelican uniform button.  This button was recovered in 1986 from one of Stonewall Jackson's camp in the Shenandoah Valley by Mr. Ed Heck.  This button is sometimes called a "puff back" Louisiana State Seal.  It is actually pictured in the recently dug section of the January/February issue of "North South Trader".  Very few folks have ever recovered an LA12 Confederate local Louisiana.--$350.

  128. Just brought in - A very pretty condition, Model 1860, Federal Light Cavalry saber and scabbard.  This saber has a nice clean blade marked "1864 - US - C. ROBY".  The saber has original wrap and wire, and the cast brass guard has a nice uncleaned, aged patina.  The scabbard has an uncleaned brown/black patina with only a couple minor service dings.  The saber has the type aged look we all really like.--$895.

  129. Very pretty condition, regulation, Federal percussion cap box with original nipple pick and still filled with percussion caps.  Clearly written on the outside flap is the soldier's name, Thomas Miller.  Here's the problem - this percussion cap pouch was purchased a number of years ago from a Central Ohio estate sale, and the problem is, there are about twenty Thomas Millers out of Central Ohio.  Still an excellent ID'd relic in beautiful condition.--$225.

  130. REALLY pretty excavated Model 1851 cast brass Federal Cavalry enlistedman's eagle sword belt plate.  This cast eagle plate was recovered long, long ago from a Federal cavalry camp located near Winchester, TN. and occupied during Aug. of 1863.  The brass keeper was with the plate when found.  Anyone would be thrilled to recover this plate !!--$425.

  131. Very pretty, excavated, stamped brass, "Hardee" Eagle hatpin.  These were worn on the side of the Hardee hat that was folded up.  This example remains in nice condition and was recovered on private property near the rock quarry here at the Battle of Stones River.  These stamped brass hatpins are quite thin and a rarity to get out of the ground without breaking them.--$175.

  132. Rich, aged, bronze/brown patina on this 1840's era "Peace Flask".  These flasks were often carried with the Model 1841 "Mississippi" rifle.  This example shows numerous small dings and marks from actual field service.--$395.

  133. Excavated Federal carbine sling buckle with matching cast brass belt tip.  This buckle was recovered many years ago at Camp Stanley here at Murfreesboro, Tennessee.  It remains dirt covered just as found.--$125.

  134. Just in out of a local estate, very nice condition, Model 1851, .36 cal., Colt 6-shot Navy Model revolver.  This revolver has a smooth, gently aging, gray patina with barrel markings of, "Address Col Saml Colt - New York - US America".  The cylinder retains about 50% original engraving, and the revolver has an all-matching serial number (even the wedge) of 130947, which is most desirable 1862 - 1863 mid-war production.  The revolver has crisp, perfect action - original walnut grips - and would be a fine addition to any Civil War collection.--$2,450.

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

  136. Just in out of a central Ohio estate, very nice condition, .58 cal., Model 1863, type II Springfield 3-band percussion rifled musket.  This musket shows just honest use, and remains clean overall with lockplate markings of "U.S. - Springfield - 1864".  The action remains crisp and sharp locking firmly into both half cock, and full cock positions.  Both sling swivels - long range site - and ramrod all remain intact.  It has nice deep rifling, and both military inspector cartouches remain easily visible in the stock opposite the lockplate.  The .58 cal. Springfield musket is considered by many to be the classic musket of the American Civil War.  Every Civil War collection needs one of these.--$2,150.

  137. I've just purchased 10,000 mixed excavated Civil War bullets.  Bag of 50 mixed dropped and fired U.S. and C.S. bullets (Aproximately 2/3 dropped and 1/3 fired) - each bag includes a variety of different type bullets at a low cost of $1.78 per bullet--$89. per bag.

  138. One of the most sought after and useful set of reference books that are out there.  1) Confederate Faces, by William Albaugh 2) More Confederate Faces, by William Albaugh, 3) Even More Confederate Faces, by Bill Turner.  Confederate Faces is autographed by William Albaugh.--$395. for the entire set.

  139. Very attractive pair of Indian War Era Eagle belt plates.  One of the plates is a die-struck plate, and the other plate is solid cast.  Both plates date the 1870's era and are from the Ft. Leavenworth, Kansas, area.--$295. for both.

  140. Beautiful condition, excavated, coat size, gilted South Carolina State Seal.  This button was recovered near Charleston, South Carolina, and has a beautiful face with 70% bright gold gilt and a "Waterbury Scovill"backmark.  The shank remains intact and straight.--$195.

  141. Beautiful condition, excavated, Federal Cavalry Enlistedman's cast brass, Model 1851, Eagle sword belt plate.  This buckle has a beautiful, brown/green patina and excellent detail.  The buckle was recovered about 40 years ago from Camp Stanley (the Army of the Cumberland's 1863 winter Cavalry camp) here at Murfreesboro, Tennessee.  The camp was named for the Federal Cavalry commanding General David Stanley.  The buckle was recovered with the original brass belt keeper intact with the buckle.  This is a first class example.--$395.

  142. Absolutely beautiful condition, excavated, large size, US, lead-filled, oval cartridge box plate.  This plate has a smooth, chocolate brown face with full lead in the reverse, and both iron attachment loops remain perfectly intact.  This plate was recovered back in the 1970's by my old relic-hunting buddy, Claiborne Lytle, from limestone outcroppings on private property here at Stones River.  This plate looks like it's ready to go right back on the box.--$225.

  143. Very pretty, T64, Confederate States of America $500 note picturing Stonewall Jackson and dated February 17, 1864.  This note has good color and remains crisp and strong but does show mild evidence of circulation.  It is serial number 25739.  I have recently seen this note priced at well over $1,000.  This is a very nice example and reasonably priced.--$595.

  144. Very nice condition, Model 1863, type II, .58 cal., Springfield, 3-band, percussion, rifled musket.  This musket is out of a Pittsburgh, PA, estate and has been nicely taken care of and remains just as it was 150 years ago.  The lockplate is marked, "1864 - Springfield - US" and both the lockplate and bolster have a sharp Federal Eagle.  The metal is just beginning to turn a gray/brown with practically no pitting at all.  The musket has both sling swivels, original ram rod, and the original long-range site.  The musket locks firmly into both half-cock and full-cock and has deep, crisp rifling from to to bottom.  I have no doubt that this musket would still be quite accurate at 200 - 300 yards.  Many students of history consider the .58 cal. Springfield musket the most representative musket of the American Civil War.  We are including with the musket a small display with an original Minie ball and a percussion cap.  This musket is nice enough for any museum and would be a weapon that you could hand down to future generations with pride.--$1,950.

  145. Superb condition, group of four, excavated, and nicely gilted, Federal Officer buttons.  This group consists of 1) coat size Eagle "I" (Infantry) Officer, 2) coat size, gilted, Eagle "A" (Artillery) Officer, 3) excellent, gilted, coat size, Eagle "R" (Rifleman) Officer, and 4) nicely gilted, coat size, Eagle "C" (Cavalry) Officer button.--$295. for the entire set.

  146. Very pretty, excavated, coat size, "VMI" (Virginia Military Institute) uniform button.  This button was recovered from an 1863 Army of Tennessee winter camp site located near Shelbyville, Tennessee.  The face has nice detail with 80% gold gilt still intact.  The reverse has a "Robinson" backmark but isn't easy to see due to patina build-up over it.  The shank remains intact.--$175.

  147. Very attractive, Model 1860, Light Cavalry saber and scabbard.  The blade has a gently aging, gray/brown patina with blade markings of, "Ames Mfg - Chicopee - 1863 - US - ADK" (Alias King).  The three-branch brass guard remains in very nice condition with original wrap and wire on the grip.  The iron scabbard has a deep, aged, chocolate brown patina with only one dent near the lower mount.  This saber shows wear evidence indicating quite a lot of use.--$895.

  148. Very nice, coat size, Confederate "Droop Wing Eagle" Staff Officer's button.  This button has a smooth, chocolate brown patina and Confederate Local back with shank intact.  It was recovered from the camp of the 1st Alabama Cavalry.--$225.

  149. Very attractive, excavated, coat size, two piece Virginia State Seal.  This is a VA7A4 and has a smooth, chocolate patina with gold gilt surrounding the figures.  The button was recovered from a Confederate Artillery camp near Shelbyville, Tennessee, and is one of two that were found in the camp.--$175.

  150. Bright, clean, .69 cal., friction fit, triangular socket bayonet often seen on Remington conversions of the Model 1816 muskets.  This style bayonet will also fit most Springfield and Harpers Ferry Model 1816 muskets.--$225.

  151. Extremely rare Civil War date, State of Florida, $20 note.  This note was issued October 10, 1861, out of Tallahassee, Florida.  It is serial number 4161.--$225.

  152. Very attractive, .54 cal., Model 1842, percussion, single-shot "Horse Pistol".  This pistol was brought into the North Georgia Dalton Civil War Relics Show by some local folks whose Confederate ancestor carried it in the Civil War.  The pistol has a smooth, gray/brown, aged patina with lockplate markings of, "H. Aston - US - 1846 - Middtn Conn".  It has a strong main spring, and the action works perfectly.  The original walnut stock has two clearly visible military inspector cartouches.  There is an old age crack across the walnut stock just above the butt of the gun.  This would be a very easy repair, and the knurled very top portion of the hammer is broken off but is also a repair that any gunsmith could make.  This is otherwise a very nice example with the original pivoting ramrod completely intact.--$795.

  153. Very nice condition Model 1860 Federal light cavalry saber and scabbard.  This saber has a nice clean blade, and is marked "1864 - C. ROBY - W. Chelmsford, MASS."  It was in a central Ohio G.A.R. Hall for many years, and that is likely where the scabbard got some Nickel plating.  The idea was to plate the scabbard, and you wouldn't have to clean it anymore.  The saber remains in nice condition with excellent original wrap and wire on the grip.--$750.

  154. Really nice reproduction US Model 1840 short Mountain Howitzer on a very nicely crafted white oak carriage.  The barrel is 33 inches in length with a bore of 2.5 inches.  The carriage is 80 inches tip to tip in length, 49 inches wide, and 43 inches high.  The owner has fired the cannon with powder and wadding only numerous times.  This will be a beautiful piece to display under a gazebo in front of an Antebellum home.--$7,500.  You pick it up here or we can likely arrange delivery for a fee.

  155. Extremely rare, .54 cal., Starr carbine with breach markings of "1ARK/K" (1st Arkansas, Troop K).  This carbine is serial number 14509.  These Starr carbines were issued to Arkansas Federal Cavalry units, 1st, 2nd, 3rd, & 4th Cavalry.  This carbine has the initials "F.M.H." carved into the stock.  There is only one single Arkansas soldier with those initials in the 1st Arkansas Troop K.  His name was Frances Marion Holt.  He mustered both in and out as a private mustering in on July 20, 1862, and mustering out on August 20, 1865.  This particular carbine is crisply marked and in very nice overall condition, but does have a slight bulge in the barrel a couple of inches from the end of the barrel resulting from being fired with mud in the end of the barrel.  This is an extremely rare Arkansas artifact, because there were only a few thousand issued to begin with.  This artifact is out of the nationally known Charlie Harris collection.  Charlie is a well known Civil War authority and author.--$3,250.

  156. Beautiful condition, 1/6th plate tintype of a pair of Union soldiers, both fully equipped with frock coat, kepi, belt rig, cross belt plate, and musket with bayonet.  The two images are cased in an excellent condition, full thermoplastic display case.  This is a first class image with nice clarity and with both subjects having a musket.--$425.

  157. Very pretty condition Civil War era Belgium 7mm Pinfire 6 shot revolver.  Small Pinfire revolvers were very popular as a last resort weapon among Confederate officers.  It is difficult to find one of these that is all complete and functions properly.  This is a beauty with folding trigger - ejector rod - and cartridge door all remaining intact, and everything works perfectly.  The revolver has ornate gutta percha grips that are without a single chip.  This is a museum quality example.--$595.

  158. Very nice condition, excavated, "snake" and one keeper of an English 3-piece snake buckle.  This buckle was recovered from the camp of the 51st Alabama Cavalry located near Fosterville, Tennessee.  We have attached a picture of a soldier wearing a similar buckle and can provide a copy of the image with the buckle.--$395.

  159. Non-excavated, Model 1851, Federal Cavalryman cast Eagle sword belt plate with keeper and a portion of the leather belt.  This was found in an old Civil War Era home here in Murfreesboro and was likely left over from the Battle of Stones River.  The sword plate retains nice detail but is missing the applied silver wreaths.--$375.

  160. Absolutely beautiful condition, excavated, solid cast brass, Model 1851, Officer's grade, Eagle sword belt plate.  This buckle has the integrally cast wreaths with keeper loop and attaching belt hook all remaining perfectly intact.  This buckle was recovered in 2012 by Jeff Clayburn near Corinth, Mississippi.  You couldn't ask for a prettier Officer's sword belt plate.--$375.

  161. Excavated, coat size, "Mississippi I" uniform button.  This button was recovered about 30 years ago from Walthall's Mississippi Infantry camp located near Estill Springs, Tennessee, in 1862.  This button has a smooth, chocolate patina and gold gilt around the star and around the letters of Mississippi and in the "I" in the center.  The button is backmarked, "Hyde & Goodrich - New Orleans".  Unfortunately, the button was dented when found but still displays quite nicely.--$295.

  162. Beautiful display containing 40 carved and whittled Civil War projectiles.  These bullets were all recovered from Polk's Corps Confederate camps located around Shelbyville, Tennessee.  Some of the projectiles have been made into homemade lead nipple protectors while others are made into game tokens, and some resemble small spaceships.  The case itself is custom made of maple.  I am pricing the entire collection at basically $6 per bullet.--$250. for the entire collection and case.

  163. Very pretty display of six matching, coat size, Eagle "A" (Artillery) uniform buttons.  This set of buttons was purchased many years ago out of an Ohio estate sale and was no doubt off an ancestor's Civil War Artillery frock coat.  All six buttons and a custom oak display case.--$250.

  164. Very pretty, Confederate, large size, "forked tongue", cast brass, enlistedman's waist belt plate.  The plate has a slick, near reflective, brown/green patina and was no doubt discarded because the tip of one tongue broke.  This buckle was recovered around 1980 by Ray McMahon from a Confederate camp on private property near Kennesaw, Georgia.--$650.

  165. Very nice, excavated, Federal Cavalry Officer's spur.  This spur was recovered a couple of days ago on Christmas afternoon on private property here at Stones River.  It has a very nice, never cleaned, brown/green patina.--$275.

  166. Beautifully crafted, 13 inch, Confederate bone handle side knife, blacksmith made from an 1840 era Knight's Head Militia Officer's sword.  This knife has an 8 inch blade that remains razor sharp yet today.  This is out of our local area and was no doubt carried by a local Middle Tennessee Confederate.  This would be an excellent addition to any Confederate display.--$795.

  167. Nice condition, 1/6th plate, fully cased tintype of two Federal Cavalrymen seated with their Cavalry sabers over their shoulders and a Colt revolver stuck behind each of their Model 1851 sword belt rigs.  The cast brass, Model 1851, Eagle sword belt plate is clearly visible on each soldier.  This image is housed in an excellent condition gutta percha "Union Case" with the Constitution and an Eagle beautifully molded into the face of the case.  This is an excellent multi-subject, both DOUBLE armed, Civil War image in a perfect condition CONSTITUTION patriotic case.  Very rare to find.--$795.

  168. Extremely rare, excavated, COMPLETE, first model, cast brass guard for a Kenansville/Confederate States Armory Cavalry saber.  This guard was recovered about 40 years ago from a Confederate Cavalry camp in North Carolina not very far from the Kenansville factory site.--$450.

  169. Very nice condition, Model 1860, Ames produced Light Cavalry saber and scabbard.  This saber was brought home from the Civil War as a souvenir by a local Confederate Infantry soldier.  The saber has a clean blade just beginning to darken with age.  The blade is marked, "Ames Mfg. Co. - US - 1865".  The grip remains in excellent condition with original wire intact.  The scabbard is in nice condition and has been with the saber since the Civil War Era, but is actually for an 1840 Heavy Cavalry saber.  This would be a beautiful saber to go over someone's mantle.--$695.

  170. 40 volumes of UCV magazines nicely bound by the year and including 1893 - 1932 with 3 volumes of indexes.  I have found the Confederate Veterans magazines to be an excellent research source.  We are offering this complete set of bound UCV magazines for less than $19 per volume.--$750.

  171. Very pretty condition, 1820 - 1840 era, "P-Guard" Militia Officer's saber.  This saber is out of a Texas estate and is believed to have been carried by a Texas Cavalryman.  The grip on the saber is intricately carved bone, and the blade is nicely engraved with gilting and bluing.  It is quite a rarity to encounter a saber of this type with the original leather scabbard remaining completely intact with both mounts and original brass drag.  It is very likely that this saber was carried by a Texas Cavalryman and will be a museum quality addition to someone's Civil War collection.--$1,150.

  172. Beautiful condition, regulation issue, large oval, lead-filled, arrow hook, US waist belt plate on its original leather waist belt with brass adjuster remaining perfectly intact and also an 1863 Lewiston makers mark on the belt.  This belt rig is museum quality and remains completely pliable.--$650.

  173. Mint beautiful, matching pair of CS5 Confederate Staff Officer buttons in both 24 mm and 19 mm size.  These are in pristine condition with near 100% gilt on each button.  They have "Extra Rich/Treble Gilt" backmark.  You couldn't ask for nicer examples.--$450. for the matching pair.

  174. Fresh in out of a local Confederate estate, this is a Model 1855, .58 cal., Maynard primed, percussion "pistol - carbine" made only between 1855 and 1857 by the Springfield Armory with a total production of only 4,021.  Almost every one of these that I have encountered over the years have had Confederate association.  This example shows good wear, but remains in very decent displayable condition.  When the pistol was brought into the shop, it was missing the front barrel band, and I was able to locate one that fits reasonably well.  With the massive pistol carbine, we are including an excavated Maynard door from this exact type pistol.  I recovered that door many years ago from the camp of the 8th Texas Cavalry located near Unionville, Tennessee.  This is a weapon that most museums do not even have an example of.--$1,650.

  175. Quite rare, excavated, wreath half of a Confederate local Georgia State Seal two-piece sword belt plate.  This wreath was recovered from the camp of the 1st Georgia Cavalry CSA located just south of Hoovers Gap, Tennessee, in 1863.  The wreath remains in very nice condition and would be perfect to complete the crude Georgia local two-piece sword belt plate if you happen to have a Georgia State Seal tongue.--$850.

  176. Super, super rare and in beautiful condition, Model 1849, long barrel, Colt Pocket revolver with all matching serial numbers of 211975.  This revolver is inscribed to and was carried by Confederate General Thomas Benton Smith and what a story General T. B. Smith has to tell.  General Thomas Benton Smith was born near Mechanicsville, Tennessee, and grew up on a farm near Triune, Tennessee.  General Smith was widely known in the area as being incredibly, intellectually gifted.  By age 15, General Smith had been given a patent on a locomotive "cow-catcher" and appeared to be headed toward a lucrative career in railroading.  When the Civil War came, young Thomas Benton Smith was enrolled in the prestigious Nashville Military College in Nashville, Tennessee.  Upon the outbreak of the Civil War, Thomas Benton Smith would raise the unit that eventually became known as Co. B of the 20th Tennessee Infantry under the command of Col. Joel A. Battle.  At Shiloh, the regiment suffered over 50% casualties including the capture and imprisonment of the regiment's Colonel, Joel A. Battle.  Upon reorganization, a month after the battle, his fellow soldiers elected Thomas Benton Smith as their new Colonel.  As Colonel of the 20th Tennessee, he led them at Murfreesboro where he was shot through both the breast and left arm.  Over the coming months, Col. Smith recovered, and at Chickamauga, Col Smith was again wounded.  At Missionary Ridge, the brigade commander, Col. Tyler was wounded, and Col. Thomas Benton Smith was assigned command of the entire brigade.  Through the fighting toward Atlanta, Col. Thomas Benton Smith was so impressive that, on July 29, 1864, while in front of Atlanta, he received his commission as Brigadier General CSA.  At this point, he was the youngest Brigadier General in the Army of Tennessee.  On December 16, 1864, on the apex of Shy's Hill at the Battle of Nashville, stood the tattered remnants of the 20th Tennessee Volunteer Infantry.  At approximately 4:00 pm, on December 16, 1864, the Federal Infantry overran the Confederate lines on Shy's Hill at the Battle of Nashville.  General Thomas Benton Smith had been ordered by Confederate General William B. Bate to "hold the line at all hazards".  General Thomas Benton Smith and a small squad of his soldiers fought until they were totally surrounded, and at the bitter end, held a white handkerchief over his head surrendering himself and his few remaining men.  General Thomas Benton Smith was approached by Col. William Linn McMillan who appeared to be inebriated and began to curse and berate Gen. Smith.  All witnesses stated that General Smith's simple response to Col. McMillan was to state that, "I am a disarmed captured prisoner."  Col. McMillan was so enraged that, according to witnesses, he appeared temporarily insane.  The Colonel became so enraged that he drew his saber and struck General Thomas Benton Smith three times over the head, each blow cutting through Gen. Smith's hat and crashing into his skull.  Shocked by the action of their own officer, nearby Federals rushed General Smith to a field hospital where the attending surgeon examined the wound and remarked, "Well, sir, you are near the end of your battles, for I can see the brain oozing through the gap in your skull."  Much to everyone's surprise, the boy General, Thomas Benton Smith, would survive these horrific blows.  Unfortunately, in a short time following the war, General Thomas Benton Smith had to be admitted to the Tennessee State Asylum, also known as the Tennessee Central State Psychiatric Hospital.  On some days, General Smith appeared near normal while on other days he was ordering his troops forward.  Many more years passed until, on May 21, 1923, General Thomas Benton Smith was released from his earthly bondage.  His grave rests with his former comrades in the Confederate Circle of Mt. Olivet Cemetery in Nashville, Tennessee.  By all measures, Confederate General Thomas Benton Smith was a hero in every regard, and whoever becomes caretaker of his Colt revolver should treasure it and preserve and protect it.  This artifact is nothing less than an Absolute Civil War Southern Treasure.--$28,500.SOLD

  177. Absolutely beautiful condition, excavated, cuff size, Texas State Seal.  This button has 70% bright gold gilt surrounding the letters in Texas and the star.  The backmark is "Superior Quality" which dates the button to slightly after the Civil War period.  This button was recovered from a Civil War Era house site here in Middle Tennessee.  It has a smooth, chocolate brown patina totally surrounded by gold gilt and the shank intact on the reverse.  This button is just slightly post war and could easily fill the Texas slot in a collection if the $2,500 war date Texas isn't in the cards just yet.--$250.

  178. Excavated, coat size, Droop Wing Eagle "AVC" Confederate Alabama Officer's button.  This button was recovered many years ago from the camp of the 1st Alabama Cavalry located near Midland, Tennessee, and occupied in 1863.  The button has a dark brown patina with the shank intact on the reverse.  There ia a little bit of gold gilt surrounding the droop wing eagle.  It has a "Scovill" backmark.  It is a very attractive button, but does have a little ground action in some areas.--$225.

  179. Very nice condition, Confederate carried, carbine cartridge box.  This cartridge box is out of a north Florida estate and has an 1820 - 1840 pattern Infantry horn affixed to the front of the box.  The Infantry horn is a rare, very early pattern and has a near chocolate brown, never ever cleaned patina.  The box has the original cartridge tin remaining inside and also the loop for your belt to go through for the box to hang at your side.  This is a very nice example of a Southern Cavalry carried cartridge box.--$795.

  180. Very nice condition, 1st Model, Smith & Wesson 7-shot, .22 cal. revolver.  This revolver is serial number 64552 and is early Civil War production.  The "Smith & Wesson Springfield, Mass" marking on the barrel remains deep and crisp.  This little revolver has 90% silver wash intact and would be a very nice addition to any Civil War display.  They were very popular with officers in that they fired pre-manufactured, fixed ammunition.--$850.

  181. Absolutely beautiful, non-excavated, Confederate, coat size Script "A".  The face of this button remains perfect with an aged, chocolate brown patina.  The reverse has a rich, aged patina as well and is backmarked, "Isaac Campbell - London".  This button has literally never been cleaned and has one of the prettiest aged patinas you could hope for.  This is a 23 MM, CS107A1 and has a wonderful, never cleaned, aged bronze/brown patina.--$425.

  182. Absolutely mint perfect beautiful condition, excavated, coat size, 2-piece "CSA" uniform button.  This is a CS81A with the "S. Buckley & Co/Birmingham" backmark.  This button was recovered in 1979 from Drury's Bluff, Virginia.  You could not ask for a more drop-dead perfect example and hasn't even been washed off.--$650.

  183. Garrett "Sea Hunter" underwater metal detector.  This is a very popular unit in the "water hunting" community.  I am selling this machine to help settle an estate, and I know for sure that the machine was working correctly when it was put away in storage about a year ago.  The Garrett "Sea Hunter" sells new for something in the range of $700. to $750.  This guy can be yours for the super bargain price of $250. in order to get the estate settled.

  184. Very nice example of an original St. Louis Arsenal, solder seam, tin spout, Model 1858, smooth type canteen.  This canteen has a complete butternut wool cover and a small fragment of the original sling.  It is out of an Arkansas estate, was likely Confederate carried, and for many years, was on display in the private museum owned by Ann and C.W. Webb of Lowell, Arkansas.  This canteen would be an excellent addition to any Civil War collection of artifacts.(CW)--$350.

  185. Very attractive, Model 1840, Ames Artillery saber.  This saber is out of an Arkansas estate and was almost certainly Confederate carried in that all the US maker markings have been long ago filed away.  This saber was in an Arkansas museum for over 30 years.  We believe that at one time, the saber was in an old UCV Hall where it was lightly nickel plated as they often did in hopes of eliminating the need for cleaning.  Confederate carried, captured Federal guns and swords was quite common.  This would be a very nice addition to any Civil War display.--$750.

  186. Excellent condition, small 7 mm, Belgian Leige produced, 6-shot pinfire revolver.  This revolver has the folding trigger, cartridge ejector rod, and loading door all completely intact, and the action still works perfectly.  Confederate General Stonewall Jackson carried a pinfire revolver very much like this one except a larger caliber.  This revolver would make a nice addition to any Confederate display.--$595.

  187. Absolutely beautiful condition, excavated, solid cast brass, coat size "CSA" uniform button.  This exceptional button was recovered in 1979 from a Confederate camp near Drury's Bluff, Virginia.  This button has never even been washed off and has an excellent brown/green woods patina throughout.  This is a CS86D in Albert.--$650.

  188. Very nice condition, excavated, coat size, Albert CS17, one-piece, Confederate Staff Officer with "CS" in the shield.  This beautiful button was recovered many years ago in a Confederate camp near Fredericksburg, Virginia.  It has nice, crisp detail and a smooth, chocolate brown patina, and the shank remains perfectly intact on the reverse.  This button was recovered over 30 years ago and ranks among the rarest to find.--$1,150.

  189. Quite rare to find, complete set of Civil War brown leather saddle bags.  These saddlebags came out of a local Middle Tennessee estate and were very likely Confederate used.  They will make a fine addition to any Cavalry display.--$895.

  190. Beautiful condition, excavated, coat size, Virginia State Seal.  This is a VA15B with a "Horstmann & Allien/New York" backmark.  The button has a smooth chocolate patina with bright gold gilt outlining the figures.  There are no dents or cracks, and the shank remains intact and straight.  This is actually just how you like to dig them.--$250.

  191. Extremely rare, excavated, cuff size, Kentucky State Seal, 3-piece staff uniform button.  The button has a light push to the high point of the dome.  It was recovered over 40 years ago from General Breckenridge's November 1863 camp located near Readyville, Tennessee.  There appears to possibly be a backmark on the button, but we are not able to make it out.  The shank remains intact on the reverse.  This is a button extremely rare to recover.--$250.

  192. Very pretty, non-excavated, small Model 1839 US oval, single arrow hook, lead-filled waist belt plate on the remnants of the original leather waist belt.  The buckle has a pleasing patina with full lead and both attachment hooks remaining intact.--$425.

  193. Original, .54 cal., leather cartridge box for the Model 1841 Mississippi rifle.  This box appears to be pre-Civil War Federal production but is out of a local family whose Confederate ancestor is said to have carried it.  There is absolutely no question that many .54 cal. Mississippi rifles were Confederate carried.  The box has clearly been used but remains quite stable.--$450.

  194. Beautiful condition, excavated, coat size, solid cast, "CSA" uniform button.  This extremely rare, solid cast CSA was recovered form General Longstreet's camp near Knoxville, Tennessee.  This camp was occupied following the Battle of Chickamauga.  The button has a very pretty, uncleaned, brown/green patina with the shank perfectly intact on the reverse.--$695.

  195. Very attractive, regulation, smooth type, Model 1858, Federal canteen with original butternut cover, linen sling, and stopper.  The butternut cover is exceptionally nice on one side, but is worn through on the side rubbing the body.  The linen sling is complete and remains in very nice condition.  Every Civil War collection should have an original canteen.--$375.

  196. Very attractive, 6 inch barrel, Model 1849, Colt .318 cal., 6-shot pocket revolver.  This revolver is out of a deep South estate and was quite likely Confederate carried.  It is serial number 209433 which is most desirable 1861 production.  The revolver has a smooth, uncleaned, chocolate patina overall and is marked, "Address Col. Saml. Colt - New York - US America".  The walnut grips are original and show nice, even, honest wear.  The main spring remains good and strong, and the action advances properly some of the time and some of the time it does not.  This would be a very nice addition to any Civil War collection and was very likely CS carried.--$975.

  197. Excavated, gilted, extremely rare, coat size, "MVC".  For many years these were thought to be "Mobile Volunteer Corps", but documents have surfaced in recent years that strongly suggest that "MVC" is Mississippi Volunteer Corps just like "AVC" is Alabama Volunteer Corps.  This is a very attractive button but has too much build up on the reverse to read the backmark, but it is almost certainly Scovill.  The face remains very attractive with no dents and nice gold gilt.  This button was recovered from the 1862/1863 camps of Walthall's Mississippi Infantry.--$425.

  198. Absolutely massive "Bad To The Bone" Confederate blacksmith hand crafted bowie out of a North Carolina estate many years ago.  This wicked weapon measures a full 19 inches overall with a spear shaped blade measuring just over 12 inches, and this thing is still lethal sharp.  The knife has an attractive hand crafted brass guard.  When you hold this guy in your hand - the words of "Crocodile Dundee" comes to mind -- "NO - This Is A Knife" !!--$850.

  199. Very attractive, excavated, coat size, Confederate lined "C" (Cavalry) uniform button.  This button was recovered many years ago near Brandy Station, Virginia, and has a smooth, chocolate brown patina with the shank intact.  It has excellent eye appeal but does have a tiny little mark on the interior of the "C".  The button remains solid as can be.--$350.SOLD

  200. This is one RARE MAMMA JAMMA. It is, I believe to be a TINY  excavated "CS5av" Confederate Staff Officer in Albert - I believe it to be one of only a handful known.  Half the shank is intact, and half missing.  There may be writing on the back, but I can't tell for sure.  In almost 50 years I have never had one of these before.  There is a little gold gilt around the "drooped wing eagle".--$450.

  201. This is the most mammoth size excavated wreath that I have ever seen.  As can be seen in the picture, the perimeter of the wreath is the same size as an Eagle breast plate (believe it or not).  This buckle was recovered from an 1863 Confederate winter camp on Duck River near Shelbyville, Tennessee.  The wreath measures 2 1/2 inches from outside to outside of the circular portion.  The belt loop is for a massive 2 1/2 inch wide belt.  The center disc would measure 1 5/8 inch across.  I believe this to be some sort of pre-war militia buckle, but I have never seen a two-piece buckle this large.  This thing reminds me of some of the Texas rodeo buckles!!  As can be seen in the picture, a section of the wreath has been intentionally cut out for some purpose.  To say the least, this is a super unusual plate.--$450.

  202. Really pretty, excavated, Model 1851, cast brass, Eagle sword belt plate.  This buckle was recovered from "Camp Stanley" here in Murfreesboro, Tennessee, which is the winter camp for the Cavalry attached to the Army of the Cumberland and was named for General David Stanley.  The plate has crisp detail - original body curve - and a smooth, chocolate brown patina.  We had an extra Model 1851 sword belt plate keeper that fit the buckle nicely, and we have included it for better display.--$375.

  203. Extremely rare to recover, massive 14 inch Confederate bowie knife blade recovered from the camp of the 8th Texas Cavalry.  This bowie knife was made from a huge rasp, and you can still see remnants of some of the rasp teeth in areas.  Apparently the Texas guys were much like Crocodile Dundee, "No, this is a knife."  This will be a fine addition to any excavated Confederate weapons display.--$750.

  204. Beautiful condition, coat size, Confederate Block "R" (Rifleman).  This button is in virtually mint condition with 100% bright gold gilt and a perfect reverse with "H.T. &B. - Manchester".  I don't think you could hope to find a more flawless example for your collection.(CW)--$650.

  205. Could not be nicer - mint beautiful as issued, large size, lead-filled US oval on original brown buff leather belt.  This belt rig was purchased almost 50 years ago and has been in the same private collection ever since.  Look as long as you like and you're not going to find a nicer example.--$650.

  206. Very nice condition, excavated, coat size, "CSA" Officer's button.  This is the very desirable "S. Buckley Birmingham" backmark.  It has a smooth, chocolate brown patina with crisp detail - nice clear backmark - and shank intact.--$595.

  207. Very pretty excavated coat size Confederate "C" (Cavalry) button.  This was recovered from a Confederate Cavalry camp located near Sayler's Creek, VA.  It has a slick brown patina with shank intact, and is backmarked "Superior Quality".--$425.

  208. Beautiful condition, regulation, Federal linen haversack complete with over-the-shoulder strap and both original buttons.  With the haversack is a complete soldier's mess kit, including a nice condition, original tin plate, two knives, a spoon, as well as scissors, era eyeglasses, and snuff or soap container.  All these items are in museum quality, beautiful condition and will make a soldier's camp items display worthy of any museum.--$895. for the entire group of eight items.

  209. Beautiful condition, original, Regimental size, 1855 to Civil War Era drum.  This drum measures 15 inches in height and 17 inches across and is a larger regimental size.  Both heads are intact and remain in nice condition with red trim top and bottom.  The label inside reads, "Bass and Tenor Drums - Porter Blanchard - Concord NH".  The drum has original ropes and has a museum worthy display presentation.(CW)--$1,450.

  210. Beautiful condition, large size, excavated, solid cast brass, 1812 era waist belt plate.  This buckle was recovered about 40 years ago from Polk's Corp, Army of Tennessee 1863 winter camps located along Duck River near Shelbyville, Tennessee.  The plate has a smooth, reflective, brown/green patina and all three attachment hooks intact on the reverse.(CW)--$695.

  211. Beautiful condition, excavated, coat size, solid cast "CSA" uniform button.  This button was recovered many years ago on private property near Chickamauga, Georgia.  It has a smooth, brown/green patina with the shank intact.--$750.

  212. Super rare, one of less than five known, excavated, kepi size, Confederate manuscript "A" button.  This beautiful button was recovered near Savannah, Georgia.  The button has a backmark, but is so tiny that I am not sure what it is, but my best guess is "Super Fine".  They just don't get nicer or rarer than this little gem.--$1,250.

  213. Absolutely beautiful, presentation grade, 1870's era, Fraternal sword in original ornate sheath.  The sword itself has an intricately engraved blade presented to "Benno Rohnert".  The sword has an inscribed ivory grip and an incredibly ornate, cast brass, scabbard throat and mount.  This is a Masonic Knights of Templar with IN HOC SIGNO VINCES around a "blood red passion cross".  It is my understanding that these ultra ornate Templar swords were reserved for the Masonic Commandery.  It is without a doubt the most ornate Fraternal sword that has come through this shop in many years.--$395.

  214. Very attractive, big 12 mm, "E. Lefaucheux" pinfire revolver.  This revolver is out of a private museum in Arkansas and is very similar to the pinfire revolver carried by General "Stonewall" Jackson.  It has intact both the loading door and cartridge ejector rod which are often missing.  The lanyard ring on the butt is not present and the trigger doesn't advance the cylinder "every time".  This will be a very nice addition to any Confederate display, and it is extra nice in that it is BIG caliber and is actually "E. Lefaucheux" marked.--$895.

  215. Extremely rare, 100% gold gilted, Confederate Staff Officer CS36A1.  I don't see how this button could possibly be any nicer.  The face is flawless with 100% bright gold gilt, and the reverse remains perfect as well and is marked, "H. T. & B. Manchester".  This is a Confederate button that you will NEVER, EVER need to upgrade.--$1,150.

  216. Very rare, stamped brass, Patriotic case for a gem size tintype.  On one side, there is a spread-wing eagle with stars above, and on the reverse is a shield with stars encircling.  These Patriotic cases are quite rare, and I generally only see one or two a year.--$295.

  217. Extremely rare, non-excavated, coat size, Charlotte Military Institute, Charlotte, North Carolina button.  This is "SU 55" in Albert and has a RMDC backmark of "Scovill Mfg Co/Waterbury".  This is an extremely rare Confederate used North Carolina Civil War button to come by in non-dug state with 90% bright gold gilt.  I do not recall ever having one of these non-dug before.(CW)--$795.

  218. Extremely rare and in drop-dead beautiful condition, excavated, Federal "cape hook".  This cape hook was recovered during the mid-1960's from a Federal camp located just north of Fredericksburg, Virginia.  The button portion of the cape hook itself is a cuff size Eagle "I" and has 90% bright gold gilt.  The hook remains perfect and is sharp as a needle.  The cape hook has the extremely rare backmark reading, "Pat. July 29, 1862", and that remains perfectly legible.--$325.

  219. Beautiful condition, non-excavated, coat size, Confederate manuscript "I".  This is a CS175A2 with the "Halfmann & Taylor - Montgomery Alabam"d".  The misspelling of Alabama is a well known trait of this button.  This is a beautiful example with crisp backmark and shank intact and would be a fine addition to any Civil War collection.(CW)--$325.

  220. Extremely RARE non-excavated CS107A3 - Confederate Coat Size non-excavated Script "A".  This button does actually show field use.--$795.

  221. Very nice condition, Model 1858, Federal bullseye canteen that is complete with butternut cover, linen sling, cork stopper, and chain.  Every Civil War display should have a nice original canteen.(CW)--$450.

  222. Absolutely beautiful condition, non-excavated, coat size, Maryland Staff Officer button.  This button has near 100% bright gold gilt and is backmarked, "Waterbury Scovill Mfg Co" in small letters.  The shank remains perfectly intact on the reverse.(CW)--$425.

  223. Beautiful condition, excavated, coat size, Mississippi "Militia" button.  This is an MP5A with the plain star and the word "Mississippi" perimetering the outside edge.  I personally recovered this button about 40 years ago from a Mississippi campsite located near Tullahoma, Tennessee.  This button remains absolutely solid as a rock.--$850.

  224. Beautifully ornate, 1840 - 1850 era, gilted, non-excavated, two-piece Militia sword belt plate.  This very ornate buckle retains near 100% bright gold gilt, and most that have been recovered come from Confederate sites.  This buckle would be a fine addition to any Civil War collection.--$450.

  225. Absolutely mint beautiful condition, non-excavated, cuff size, Confederate States Navy button.  This button has virtually 100% bright gold gilt, shank intact, and "Treble Gilt" backmark.  You won't find a more perfect example.--$595.

  226. Absolutely beautiful condition, excavated, coat size, LA8, Confederate Local Louisiana State Seal.  This beautiful button was recovered from General Hardee's 1862 - 1863 winter camps around Tullahoma, Tennessee.  Several rectangular Louisiana buckles were recovered from this same camp.  This excellent button has a flawless, smooth, chocolate brown face with gold outlining the detail and a perfect reverse with gold in the depressed channel and shank intact.--$395.

  227. Nice, solid, excavated, Confederate "Droop Wing Eagle" Staff Officer's button.  This is a CS26B in Albert and is in very solid condition with no dents and shank remaining intact.  This is a Confederate Local and was recovered about 30 years ago by Kenny Banks from General Hardee's 1863 Confederate winter camps near Tullahoma, Tennessee.--$275.

  228. Beautiful condition, post Civil War Era, Federal Navy Officer's sword of the pattern of 1851.  The sword has a beautiful blade with 100% crisp, clear engraving and a presentation to "Tom Graham".  The sharkskin grip remains in very nice condition, and the scabbard remains in nice condition as well.  We are unsure as to the exact era that this sword falls, but we are confident that it is post Civil War Era.  This beautiful presentation sword will be a fun research project for someone.--$495.

  229. Very nice historic grouping containing three $50 Confederate notes that have been handed down and are original to the historic Cedar Grove plantation house that is located in Mecklenburg County, North Carolina.  The notes remain in solid condition but have clearly been circulated and come with a signed family affidavit verifying that these notes are original to the Cedar Grove plantation.  It isn't often that we have Confederate currency come in that has an iron-clad, single family history back to the Civil War.--$275.for all three notes along with their documenting history.

  230. Excellent condition, hand blacksmith crafted, 14 1/2 inch overall with a 9 inch blade, Confederate sideknife.  The knife has a walnut grip with a brass ferrule and will make a fine addition to your Confederate weapons display.--$695.

  231. Model 1840, "Ames" heavy Cavalry saber (Old Wristbreaker) found in a Civil War Era outbuilding located near Charleston, South Carolina.  The saber is complete but has a very dark patina overall with some pitting to the scabbard due to exposure to the elements for the last 150 years.  When found, the grip was decayed down to wood and has had the leather nicely restored for better display.  The blade is marked, "Ames Mfg Co - Chicopee Mass - 1855 - US - JB".  This is a quite rare saber that could be displayed equally well with an excavated or non-excavated collection.--$850.

  232. Model 1851, Federal Officer's cast brass Eagle sword belt plate with integrally cast wreaths on its original leather belt.  The belt remains pliable with no breaks or weak spots.  The cast brass Eagle Officer's buckle has a very nice, uncleaned, aged brown patina and would make a very nice addition to any Civil War display.--$650.

  233. Super rare, original die - counter die - and cut out die for the scarcest Sheridan Cavalry Corps badge.  These items have been in an old New England collection for many, many years.  They were originally purchased from Bannermann's Island, and I was able to purchase them as part of settling the estate.  I really don't have a clue how to price this, as in over 50 years - I have never seen one of these offered for sale.  SO -- I am just going to take a guess, and this price very well may be less than 50% of this group's actual value.--$1,500.

  234. Beautiful condition, Model 1840, Ames Non-Commissioned Officer, Federal sword and scabbard.  The blade remains clean and bright with Ames on the scroll marking on one side and dated 1864 and marked "US" on the other.  The leather scabbard remains complete and in very nice condition tip to tip.--$695.

  235. Very attractive condition, Model 1840, Ames production, N.C.O. (Non-commissioned officer) sword and original leather scabbard.  The sword has blade markings of "Ames Mfg. Co. - U.S. - 1862".  The original brass guard remains in excellent condition just beginning to tone with age.  The leather scabbard is complete with brass throat and drag intact.  There is a little black tape around the scabbard where the brass drag meets helping to support the weak area where the brass drag attaches to the leather scabbard.  Both the sword and scabbard remain in overall nice condition.--$595.

  236. Very attractive, Model 1850, Federal Foot Officer's sword and original, metal scabbard.  The sword has crisp, visible, Union engraving on the blade top to bottom.  The sword is a "Solingen" marked import manufactured under Federal contract.  The grip has original sharkskin and original wire.  The metal scabbard has a smooth, brown, aged patina and a couple of normal small service dings.  The brass drag has a rich, dark, never cleaned patina and is mounted "upside-down" to the way it usually is.  If you like a nice, honest sword that clearly saw service and has not been cleaned, you will enjoy this one.--$1,150.

  237. Model 1850, Federal Field & Staff Officer's sword in original, brass mounted metal scabbard.  The blade on this officer's sword was at some point in time plated and has residue of old plating remaining today.  The cast brass guard remains in nice condition with a good bit of original gold gilt still visible.  The grip remains very nice with original shark skin wrap and wire.  The metal scabbard remains in nice condition as well and also has residue of old plating.  Over the years, I have discovered that a good many Civil War guns and swords that were plated were on display in old GAR meeting halls and UCV meeting halls.  Their thinking apparently was, if we plate them, we won't have to keep cleaning them.  This is a very attractive sword and scabbard with the cut-out "US" in the guard.--$950.

  238. Beautiful cased artifact display purchased out of a local private museum.  This display consists of an excavated Model 1851, cast brass, sword belt plate recovered from an 1863 camp Stanley trash pit, an 1863 Patriotic token, an excavated soldier's pocket knife with bone handle intact, an excavated 12mm pinfire cartridge, an excavated .69 cal. Confederate buck and ball, an excavated tin containing percussion caps, an excavated bayonet scabbard tip with leather still inside, one CS used excavated floral button, 4 Federal Eagle buttons, two excavated knapsack hooks, and several other smaller artifacts.  These artifacts are all displayed in a very nice 12 x 18 glass face walnut display case.--$395. for the entire display.

  239. Very nice condition, non-excavated, Model 1850 Officer's sword belt plate with the integrally cast wreath.  The plate has nice detail and a nice, uncleaned, aged, bronze patina.  We have a correct belt keeper on hand for this buckle, and it is pictured above on the buckle.  We are going to offer the buckle itself without keeper, and also the buckle with correct keeper attached.--$315. without keeper or $350. with keeper.

  240. Very nice condition, cast brass, Model 1851 sword belt plate of Civil War issue on an original 1870's Indian War leather waist belt.  The belt remains soft and pliable and is marked, Watervliet Arsenal.  This would be the perfect belt rig if you happen to have an Indian War's Era jacket.--$495.

  241. Extremely rare, College Hill Arsenal, Confederate Foot Officer's sword and original scabbard.  The sword has a nice, clean blade with faint traces of original Confederate engraving.  The cast brass Foot Officer's guard remains in perfect condition with a never-cleaned, rich, aged, bronze patina.  The leather grip remains in nice condition as well, but we feel it may have had the leather restored during the 1960's era.  The original scabbard remains with the sword with no breaks or weak spots and all brass mounts intact.  This would be a museum quality addition to any Civil War Confederate collection.--$7,950.

  242. Confederate tin drum canteen with original linen strap.  The canteen measures 6 3/4 inches by 2 inches.  It has all three sling strap holders intact as well as the tin spout and cork stopper.  There appears to be some soldier initials in old brown ink on the linen sling.--$795.

  243. Nice condition, regulation, large size, US oval, lead-filled waist belt plate on original black leather waist belt with brass adjustor remaining perfectly intact.  This was likely worn by an Ohio Infantry soldier as it recently was purchased at a Central Ohio estate sale.  The buckle itself remains in beautiful condition with a rich, never cleaned, bronze/brown patina.  The reverse has full lead and all three attachment hooks intact.  The belt itself remains pliable with no breaks or weak spots and will be a fine addition to someone's collection.--$550.

  244. Uncommonly nice condition saber bayonet in its original leather sheath, correct for the Remington Zouave rifle.  The blade remains sparkling bright without even one hint of rust or darkening.  The heavy cast brass guard remains perfect as well and has a nice, untouched, bronze patina.  The original leather scabbard is complete and in nice condition, but the stitched seam has opened up in areas.  This would be an excellent compliment to display with your Remington Zouave rifle.--$395.

  245. Fresh out of a Florida estate sale, Federal Model 1840, N.C.O. (Non-commissioned Officer) sword in original scabbard.  The sword has a bright, clean blade marked, "Ames Mfg. Co. - 1864 - US".  The brass guard remains in excellent condition with some aged, bronze/brown patina remaining in recessed areas.  The leather scabbard remains complete with the brass top mount intact, but the brass drag has dropped off somewhere along the way.  These are fairly easy to locate for replacement.--$495.

  246. Very attractive, excavated, large oval, lead-filled, "SNY" (State of New York) waist belt plate.  This buckle was recovered over 30 years ago from private property near Cold Harbor, Virginia.  It has a smooth, chocolate brown patina on the face with full lead and all three hooks present on the reverse.  This plate would make an excellent addition to any collection.--$895.

  247. Very attractive, Model 1864, .58 cal., Federal cartridge box with embossed US on the outside flap.  This cartridge box remains complete and pliable with both cartridge tins remaining intact inside.  With this cartridge box is an over-the-shoulder leather sling that was purchased and carried in 1963 for the 100 year anniversary of the Battle of Gettysburg.  On the sling is a beautiful condition, original, circular, Federal Eagle breastplate.  This cartridge box and sling displays beautifully and at a very reasonable price.--$650.

  248. Regulation, black leather, Federal Civil War Enlistedman's US waist belt rig with original percussion cap box still intact.  The waist belt remains soft and pliable with no breaks or weak spots.  The buckle has a nice uncleaned, aged patina with all attaching hooks remaining intact.  Original Civil War percussion caps are still in the cap box.  Every Civil War collection should have a nice example of a typical Federal Enlistedman's waist belt rig.--$650.

  249. Very attractive, Federal enlistedman's regulation US oval waist beltrig with large size US buckle and percussion capbox with some original wool left inside.  The US buckle has a beautiful, rich, never cleaned, aged, bronze/brown patina and is the "arrow hook" variety.  This beltrig is out of a Central Illinois estate sale.--$595 complete.

  250. Quite scarce, Model 1839, small oval, US waist belt plate on original leather belt.  The original percussion cap box remains intact on the belt and still has percussion caps inside.  The belt is quite short and was probably a bit longer to begin with even for skinny Civil War soldiers.  You do not often see this small size, early model US oval on belt for sale.--$595.

  251. Regulation, black leather, Federal Civil War Enlistedman's US waist belt rig with original percussion cap box still intact.  The waist belt remains soft and pliable with no breaks or weak spots.  The buckle has a nice uncleaned, aged patina with all attaching hooks remaining intact.  Original Civil War percussion caps are still in the cap box.  Every Civil War collection should have a nice example of a typical Federal Enlistedman's waist belt rig.--$650.

  252. Original, early pattern, "Puppy-Paw" hook style, large oval, lead-filled, US Enlistedman's belt plate on original, black leather waist belt.  The buckle has a rich, uncleaned, aged patina on the face with full lead and all three attachment hooks on the reverse.  Every Civil War collection should have a nice US belt buckle on original belt.--$495.

  253. Very - very nice condition Model 1852 Federal Naval Officer's Sword and Scabbard.  The blade is beautiful with deep - crisp engraving from top to bottom.  The guard has a rich never cleaned thick bronze - brown patina, and the grip has the original sharkskin weap and wire.  The blade is bright with sparkling bright engraving and is marked "Philadelphia" and would have been also marked "Horstmann" -  but that mark has been intentionally removed.  The leather scabbard is exceptionally nice with "coiled rope" ring mounts and a Dolphin drag.  What a fantastic gift this would be for that Naval person in your family.--$1,250.

  254. A few days ago - April 10th, 2017 - was one of life's very best days.  My 3rd granddaughter (Isabella Rose) was born to my younger daughter Savannah Cynthia and her husband Luke.  Isabella Rose was born at 1:10 p.m. weighing 7 lbs. 11 oz. and was 19 1/4" long.  She appears very healthy and has a head full of dark brown hair.  To me, she looks like a near exact duplicate of her older sister, Lila Magnolia.  The birth went perfectly, and we hope to have both coming home soon.  Lila is very proud of her new baby sister, and we hope that sentiment lasts.

  255. lilapic1.JPG (83855 bytes)lila2poppy.JPG (18033 bytes)lila3asleep.JPG (20264 bytes)lila5profpic.png (771077 bytes)lila5wrapped.jpeg (262144 bytes)lila4andmomhosp.JPG (141046 bytes)lila6reaction.JPG (23590 bytes)lila7goodmorning.jpg (65573 bytes)lila8happytues.jpg (59827 bytes)lili10pinksocks.JPG (26317 bytes)lila11withana.JPG (27622 bytes)lili12cheerldr.JPG (93658 bytes)savannahcheer.JPG (36520 bytes)lila13easterbunny.JPG (118941 bytes)lilasheep.JPG (27660 bytes)lilasthrnbell.JPG (28647 bytes)lilakitchen.jpg (37664 bytes)lilainstrawberries.JPG (702058 bytes) volcheerleader.JPG (647692 bytes)Meet "Lila Magnolia Blackwelder" !!!  She is my younger 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 !!!!

  256. annasoccer.JPG (39064 bytes)poppyana&rachJPG.JPG (253237 bytes)anastasiaschool.JPG (25834 bytes)larrya.jpg (610641 bytes)NEW PICTURE !!!  Guess who is celebrating 1 year old today ??  Yep -- "Lady A - Anastasia" .  I  just got back from Houston, TX. visiting my first "Grandchild - Lady-A" {Anastasia}.  She is an absolute little doll and has everyone wrapped around her tiny, little finger.  She has arrived at the conclusion - "If I'm awake, somebody best be holding me if you know what's good for you" -- {otherwise I'll give you the business} !!!  She and I have a lot in common -- Two of our favorite things on earth to do is "Eat and Sleep" !!!!  Jonathan {the pup} is a wonderful "Big Brother" -- As a matter of fact - He has a little sweater that has "Only Child" crossed out and "Big Brother" written beneath it.  She is something like 11 months old and already weighs 23 lbs. -- Texas thing I'm told !!!   {Make that "5 YEARS" old now !!!!}  WOW --- Time sure gets away !!!!  And now ANOTHER year !!!!   I'm getting SOOO old, but beats the alternative !!!

  257. 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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