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  1. beforeviper.JPG (186170 bytes)viperface.JPG (243051 bytes)Taco Lacy just learned a valuable lesson -- "KEEP YOUR HEAD AWAY FROM COPPERHEADS !!!"  This was fourth day -- The first three days her head looked like a softball.  The vet gave her all sorts of shots and she is thankfully going to be fine, but at one time "the jury was out".  This is why most of us don't relic hunt much in the summer time !!!
  2. csdogrivsbr.JPG (44004 bytes)csdogrivsbropn.JPG (47999 bytes)csdogrivsbrclose.JPG (61583 bytes)csdogrivsbrgrd.JPG (61587 bytes)csdogrivsbrgrp.JPG (57267 bytes)REAL NICE so-called "DOG RIVER" CONFEDERATE MANUFACTURED cavalry saber and scabbard.  The blade is clean with absolutely no pitting at all and has the classic hand forged unstopped fuller.  The grip is nicer than usual with complete leather and single strand copper wire.  The scabbard is brass mounted and has a nice crude "lap seam".  Both the scabbard and high copper content brass guard have a rich - never cleaned - 150 year old bronze-brown patina.  A museum grade addition to your Confederate collection.--$3,850.
  3. confeddrum.JPG (70525 bytes)confeddrumrev.JPG (59313 bytes)Very, very nice Confederate tin drum canteen that about 40 years ago was purchased out of a North Carolina estate and is a SUPER RARITY being complete with cover and sling.  Any Confederate artifact collector would enjoy having this piece.--$2,450.
  4. woundedcnfedsldr.JPG (100452 bytes)woundedcnfedsldrcase.JPG (75046 bytes)SUPER RARE 1/9th plate "Ruby Ambro." of a WOUNDED Civil War soldier on crutches.  In almost 40 years I've only had 3 of these.  The image is clear as a bell.--$395.
  5. uniform.JPG (42836 bytes) Absolutely beautiful hand sewn reproduction Confederate Cavalry Officer's complete uniform dating the 1960s era and was worn in a couple movies and tons of re-enactments - including the 100 year Anniversary at Gettysburg.  To display with this uniform I am including an original 1973 S.C.V. portrait of General Nathan Bedford Forrest wearing a very similar coat.  If you aren't quite ready for a $65,000. original - This will look great and does have a cool history - AND priced right to afford.--$275. for all
  6. enfldslng.JPG (44012 bytes)Nice condition original Enfield musket sling that will make your nice Enfield musket display "even nicer" !!--$175.
  7. gltus.JPG (47005 bytes)gltusrev.JPG (40839 bytes)Excellent condition non-excavated rare GILTED large size lead filled U.S. oval waist belt plate.  Beautiful face with full lead in the reverse and all three hooks intact.--$275.
  8. Civil War era brass cased 2-blade bleeder recently found in the attic of an old Civil War era home here in Middle Tennessee.  A very nice addition to your Civil War "Medical Display".--$95.
  9. blltmldgrp.JPG (62425 bytes)blltmldgrpopen.JPG (59311 bytes)blltmldgrpptnt.JPG (56876 bytes)Beautiful grouping including an "Eagle Flask" - a .36 cal. double cavity Colt mold - a percussion cap tin - and four Battlefield recovered .36 cal. Colt bullets.  This grouping will make your .36 cal. Colt Navy Model Revolver into a museum worthy display.--$450. for all.
  10. Very Cool little Confederate infantry grouping out of North Alabama.  The group consists of a quite rare .69 cal. prewar leather cartridge box - complete with excellent condition "upside down" large size "U.S." oval cartridge boxplate {upside down "U.S." becomes "S.N." which {in the South} means "Southern Nation"} complete with the tins still inside, BUT the tins are for .58 cal. and one of the original .58 cal. cartridges was still inside.  The rare Confederate manufacture dark brown leather belt is still with the box as well.  Also, the original butternut wool covered Model 1858 "Bullseye" canteen is with the group and still has the old brown leather  Confederate sling with it.  And possibly the coolest piece of all is an absolutely beautifully written {in old brown ink} 29 page manuscript document honoring  "The Mothers of The Confederacy" and pleading to have a monument built to them.  I really don't know if this monument was actually ever constructed or not.  I do know some family history, but am not certain which soldier these items actually belonged too.  With some digging that could likely be unraveled.  Very nice relics clearly demonstrating how many a Confederate soldier's Civil War equipment was actually "pre-Civil War" outdated Federal equipment.--$1,650. for all
  11. savage.JPG (30048 bytes)savagebrl.JPG (35366 bytes)savageclose.JPG (55248 bytes)savagemrk.JPG (80160 bytes)savagemrk1.JPG (70877 bytes)Restored .58 cal. 3-band rifled musket that had been brought home from the Civil War and "sporterized" {stock cut back to first band} for hunting game and feeding the family after the Civil War.  The musket was purchased back in the 1960s and nicely restored back to it's original "full stock" and "3-band" look.  It has, over the years, been carried in many re-enactments - a couple movies - and many "living history" programs.  The lockplate is marked "U.S. - Savage Firearms Co. - Middletown, Ct."  Not collector grade, but real as can be and will display nicely at a price that is less than a reproduction runs.--Only $695.
  12. bullseyecntn.JPG (55291 bytes)bullseyecntnmrk.JPG (42056 bytes)Just brought in out of the local area and likely a left-over from the Battle of Stones River.  This is a 9-ring Model 1858 Federal "Bullseye" canteen and has a Philadelphia maker's mark.  A nice solid artifact.--$195.
  13. confedsklt.JPG (51835 bytes)confedskltrev.JPG (87955 bytes)BIG blacksmith forged frying pan that was handed down through a North Carolina estate and is said to have cooked meals for 6 Confederates.  This information is written in old white lettering on the bottom of the pan.  This will be an excellent item in a "camp scene" display.--$125.
  14. 6lb.JPG (57536 bytes)Very nice condition excavated 6 # size cannon ball - recovered about 40 years ago by Dr. Rees Buttram on private property near Shiloh.--$175.
  15. 1864sprgflddte.JPG (64330 bytes)1864sprgfldbutt.JPG (30359 bytes)1864sprgfldbrl.JPG (37415 bytes)1864sprgfldnme.JPG (72348 bytes)Very attractive Model 1863 - Type II .58 cal. Springfield 3-band rifled musket.  The metal is clean - just beginning to grey with age - with markings of "U.S. - 1864 - Springfield".  It still retains quite decent bore, but the cartouche and barrel date are pretty much worn away.  The action still works great.  This is quite a historical weapon being the last percussion weapon of the American military.--$1,450.
  16. ibttn.JPG (70521 bytes)ibttnrev.JPG (81968 bytes)Beautiful condition excavated coat size Confederate "Cast I" {Infantry} button.   This button was recovered on private property near Spring Hill, TN. near where Gen. Schofield and the Union Army slid right past Gen. Bragg and the Army of Tennessee resulting, of course, in the Battle of Franklin, TN.  You won't find a nicer example.--$150.
  17. grape.JPG (58806 bytes)Excavated large size "Naval Grape" ball recovered on private property near Vicksburg.  About "Tennis Ball" size.--$48.50SOLD
  18. canteenrev.JPG (60665 bytes)canteenmrk.JPG (52425 bytes)canteenmrk1.JPG (39824 bytes)canteenmrk2.JPG (58920 bytes)REALLY NICE Model 1858 Federal Bullseye canteen complete with original cover - stopper - sling - and a VERY old tag.  There is LOT'S of writing on both the pewter spout and some on the old tag.  The problem is - I can't figure out what any of it says !!!   This came out of a Southern estate , so was quite likely Confederate carried.  It has wonderful - museum like - display eye appeal - A great piece.--$425.SOLD
  19. usplate.JPG (71516 bytes)usplaterev.JPG (59091 bytes)Excavated large oval lead filled "U.S." cartridge boxplate.  This plate was recently recovered here at the Battle of Stones River.--$125.
  20. Very nice condition 9-inch overall Confederate blacksmith made sideknife in it's original leather scabbard.  Many of the teeth are still visible from the file that the knife blade was made from.  It was on display many years ago in a G.A.R. Hall and actually has a "G.A.R." button inset in the tang of the grip.  We are also including a perfect G.A.R. button of the same type to display with the knife.  A very cool little Confederate relic.--$750. {A Cool Confederate Weapon Priced AT LESS Than A Pocket Model Colt !!}
  21. Stunning - mint condition - with 100 % bright gold gilt non-excavated coat size Confederate "H. T. & B. - Manchester" stippled block "R" {Rifleman}.  This button literally couldn't be nicer and in years gone by would have sold for a solid $850.  This beautiful Confederate button is friendly priced to move in THIS economy.--$650.
  22. tncvlwrbooks.JPG (49755 bytes)This is a "MUST HAVE" set of books if you are in Tennessee.  One volume lists every unit along with company by company histories, and the other volume is an alphabetical listing of all Tennesseans in the Civil War - both Union and Confederate.  I personally use this set of books nearly daily.--$95. for the set of 2 books-SOLD
  23. spr.JPG (30299 bytes)sprclose.JPG (30046 bytes)Very scarce excavated "Mississippi Style" Confederate Cavalry Spur.  The spur is complete with remnants of the rusty rowel.  It was recovered from a Confederate Cavalry camp located along Duck River occupied in early 1863 following the Battle of Stones River.--$295.
  24. dgrivrcs.JPG (47599 bytes)dgrivrcsopn.JPG (51370 bytes)dgrivrcsclose.JPG (51936 bytes)dgrivrcsgrd.JPG (59850 bytes)dgrivrcsgrp.JPG (54151 bytes)"Dog River" Confederate Manufactured Cavalry saber and original brass mounted C.S. scabbard.  The blade has the classic C.S. "unstopped fuller" and has a pretty gently greying aged patina and practically no pitting at all.  The grip is original and is 100% still intact, and the high copper content "red brass" guard has a super nice rich aged bronze patina just like we all love to see.  The scabbard is purely C.S. manufacture with lap seam and is brass mounted.  The scabbard has a never cleaned thick "attic brown" patina from top to bottom, and there is nice service wear inside the ring-mounts.--$3,650.
  25. eglewthbag.JPG (57025 bytes)eglewthbagrev.JPG (48109 bytes)SUPER - SUPER RARE to find for sale now.  This is an actual beautiful condition Federal eagle breastplate recovered in Aug. 1965 by Sid Kirksis at Eastport, TN. AND STILL IN SID'S DISTINCTIVE little storage packet.  As most of you know - Sid Kirksis was the author of the first major book on belt plates of the American Civil War.  This plate is an absolute beauty to boot.--$350.
  26. spursrev.JPG (46943 bytes)spurs.JPG (54037 bytes)spurs1.JPG (32736 bytes)spurs2.JPG (57724 bytes)spurs3.JPG (57452 bytes)Two nice condition excavated Confederate cast brass cavalry spurs.  Both have nice brown-green patinas, are complete and very sound, and both have open rowel slots.  These were recovered  many years ago from Confederate camps in this area.--$275. each or $500. for the pair
  27. Large 1/4th plate fully cased image of a "State Of New York" Infantry soldier.  This is a full standing pose tintype with his Springfield musket at his side and wearing a large size "SNY" {State Of New York} waist belt plate with his cap box visible as well.  The image is cased in a rare large size Gutta Percha case that is in good condition but does have a chip off one corner.  It's been ages since I've had a tintype of a soldier wearing an S.N.Y. waist belt plate.--$475.
  28. 1872potts&huntbut.JPG (36274 bytes)1872potts&huntbrl.JPG (29216 bytes)1872potts&huntclose.JPG (54394 bytes)1872potts&huntdte.JPG (69159 bytes)1872potts&huntintls.JPG (68605 bytes)1872potts&huntmrk.JPG (47668 bytes)1872potts&huntnme.JPG (83642 bytes)Fresh in the door out of the local area.  Very attractive .577 cal. Enfield 3-band rifled musket by "Potts and Hunt" of London.  The "Potts and Hunt" Enfield is a very well made musket and was an absolute favorite among Confederate infantry soldiers.  The metal has a smooth ageing grey patina with lockplate markings of "Potts and Hunt -- London" and a "25" barrel mark.  The English Walnut stock is pretty with only the expected small dings and marks of being carried.  The brass buttplate has "J. P. -- 13th" very nicely cut in with a pinknife -- This could be "J. Parham - 13th Tennessee Volunteer Infantry", but can't say for sure.  The site is an old replacement, and the musket is otherwise original and quite nice.  There is even a fair amount of bore remaining.  This weapon would be sweet on anyone's wall.--$1,450.SOLD
  29. avsbttn.JPG (60541 bytes)avsbttnrev.JPG (84591 bytes)Absolutely beautiful excavated coat size "AVC" -{Alabama Volunteer Corp} Confederate uniform button.  It has a smooth chocolate brown patina with bright gold around the letters and the eagle.  This beautiful Alabama button was recovered by Dr. Don Orth about 40 years ago from an Alabama Infantry camp on private property in central Virginia.  It has a Scovoll backmark and shank perfectly intact.--$395.
  30. nativesldr.JPG (83727 bytes)nativesldrcase.JPG (69884 bytes)Very rare 1/6th plate tintype of a double armed Confederate Native American in a 1/2 hard case.  He has a .69 cal. imported musket across his chest, and a striped linen sling going down to his Confederate drum canteen.  In addition to his musket there is a small caliber revolver stuck behind his belt.  His cap box - cartridge box - and belt buckle are all visible.  The buckle itself isn't gilted, and I can very faintly see the letters - but I can't tell for sure if he is wearing a "U.S." or a "C.S." belt plate.  I have a number of images with Confederate soldiers wearing "U.S." plates - some upside down and some right side up.  The image has pretty good clarity, but there is one spot flaked  just to the side of his nose and mouth.  I generally get only about one or two Native American images per year.  THEY ARE RARE.--$495.
  31. 2blksldrsclose.JPG (76529 bytes)2blksldrs.JPG (87697 bytes)2blksldrscase.JPG (72988 bytes)2blksldrsmag.JPG (74827 bytes)This is one of the ABSOLUTE RAREST images that I've had in a long, long time.  It is a fully cased 1/6th plate tintype of TWO CONFEDERATE NATIVE AMERICANS in full Confederate uniform and each has his Confederate wooden drum canteen at his side, AND the soldier on the left has his tarcloth haversack hanging in front of him.  I am told by folks in the Native American circle that these two are likely Cherokee.  It will be a long - long time before you see another image like this offered for sale.--SOLD.
  32. usplte.JPG (73205 bytes)usplltrev.JPG (74903 bytes)Excavated large size lead filled "U.S." oval waist belt plate.  This was recovered many years ago on private property here at Stones River.--$165.SOLD
  33. kepi.JPG (55517 bytes)kepibklsde.JPG (74627 bytes)kepibttnsde.JPG (66955 bytes)kepibttnclse.JPG (70821 bytes)1870s to 1880s era Artillery State Militia kepi.  The kepi is in very nice condition with bright, vivid colors, and actually has Civil War era kepi eagle buttons.  Both the original liner and the original sweat band still remain intact.  It is going to display with museum like beauty.--$450.SOLD
  34. blksldr.JPG (82846 bytes)blksldrclose.JPG (90139 bytes)blksldrcase.JPG (74968 bytes)SOLD
  35. forrestrailrdbnd.JPG (511837 bytes) forrestrailrdbndclose.JPG (583555 bytes) forrestrailrdbndsig2.JPG (301553 bytes)Absolutely beautifully "Museum Grade" framed "SINGLE SIGNED" - NATHAN BEDFORD FORREST - "SELMA, MARION, AND MEMPHIS RAILROAD BOND".  {There was originally a "second" Forrest signature on the reverse of the bond at the very top, but that area isn't present - We therefore have a single signature on the front of the bond.}  It is signed as President of the "Selma, Marion, & Memphis Railroad.  The bond itself measures 16" by 24" with 30 coupons remaining intact {numbers 11 through 40}.  During the Civil War General Nathan Bedford Forrest had 29 horses shot from underneath him while serving as Confederate Cavalry General.  Gen. Forrest served as President of the S.M.M. Railroad until 1874.  Both the bond and framing are in stunningly beautiful condition.  General Nathan Bedford Forrest is considered by many to be the greatest natural military figure to emerge from the American Civil War.--$1,495.SOLD
  36. Quite scarce to recover - Small cast brass "Indiana" state pin.  These were worn by Federal soldiers when they re-enlisted for a second tour.  This is a nice one and was recovered on private property near Chickamauga, GA.--$595.
  37. Complete excavated Federal cavalry "Picket Pin" that was recovered by Dr. Rees Buttram on private property here at Stones River about 40 years ago.  The Federal Cavalryman was determined to drive this Picket Pin Through one of our Tennessee limestone rocks, and the rock won.  The picket pin is bent into a nice "S" shape.--$125.
  38. gallagher.JPG (29887 bytes) gallagherclose.JPG (53585 bytes) gallagherdate.JPG (78475 bytes) gallagherintls.JPG (74007 bytes) gallaghersrl.JPG (69219 bytes) gallagherstrg.JPG (56126 bytes)gallagherstrg.JPG (56126 bytes) gallagherstrgopn.JPG (53145 bytes)Really pretty and well marked .50 cal. Gallager breachloading percussion carbine.  The Gallager was produced by Richardson and Overman of Philadelphia with only 22,728 Gallager carbines  produced making it one of the rarer longarms of the war, and, therefore,  a quite sought after weapon.  This weapon has a smooth brown patina overall with faint case colors in some recessed areas.  This carbine is serial number "7017" which is good early production.  Both the action and the bore remain in nice condition and the wood shows clear evidence of "time in the saddle" with wear from the carbine sling snap swivel and the soldier's initials "J.B.B." cut into the left side of the stock.  There is also a small sliver of wood chipped out directly behind the hammer.  All in all,  though, this is a solid, quality Gallager that went to the Civil War and was "actually carried", and that is the kind of weapon many of us like.--SOLD
  39. Very ornate and absolutely beautiful condition .44 cal. single shot 1840 - 1860 era percussion pistol.  The pistol has intricate inlay and beautiful silver accents.  It is maker marked "Mewis & Co."  These fine quality pistols were generally European made and private purchased by both Union and Confederate soldiers.--$950.
  40. 1850off.JPG (33100 bytes)1850offopn.JPG (123110 bytes)1850offgrp.JPG (61568 bytes)1850offgrd.JPG (64786 bytes)1850offmrk.JPG (45452 bytes)1850offusmrk.JPG (55237 bytes)Fresh out of a Pennsylvania estate sale - Model 1850 Federal import Foot Officer's Sword in it's original leather scabbard.  The blade is BEAUTIFUL with "frosty - reflect in the sunlight" U.S. engraving top to bottom.  The gilted brass guard is perfect with original wrap and wire on the grip, and the scabbard is nice with the exception that the brass drag at the base was lost off somewhere along the way.  A replacement brass drag should be a relatively easy item to locate.  Priced so reasonably that it is only slightly more than re-enactors pay for nice reproductions.--only $695.SOLD
  41. Very nice condition 1850s era .60 cal. French M. R. de Chatellerault single shot percussion pistol.  It is extremely well made with crisp action - sharp marks - a compartment on the butt with an extra nipple - and rifling that will cut your finger.  This is an exceptionally nice pistol.--$750.
  42. cavgaframe.JPG (152938 bytes)Pretty green excavated cavalry size Confederate GA. Frame waist belt plate.  This plate was recovered by Chris Havner from an 1863 Confederate Cavalry camp located near Tullahoma, TN.  It was broken into when recovered and has been expertly restored.  You literally can't even find where the break was.  If you've been wanting a pretty Confederate GA. Frame buckle for your collection, but the $600. to $800. prices have held you back.  Here is a really pretty Confederate GA. Frame plate for only.--$395.SOLD
  43. brstpltend.JPG (66528 bytes)brstpltendrev.JPG (59716 bytes)Absolutely beautiful condition non-excavated lead filled circular Federal eagle breastplate.  The face has a rich, aged patina - full lead fill in the reverse - and both attachment loops perfectly intact.  This is as nice as they come.--$250.SOLD
  44. flskandmld.JPG (57714 bytes)flskandmldopn.JPG (58497 bytes)Very nice addition to your .31 cal. Colt Pocket Model Display.  This set includes a pretty Colt .31 cal. bullet mold {that actually has 4 cavities - someone added 2 more bullets to the mold that are for another revolver}, and also a small military eagle flask of the correct size for the Colt Pocket Model Revolver.  Think how much cooler your Colt Pocket Model will look with these items displayed with it.--$375. for both items-SOLD
  45. Very nice condition "1861" date heavy cavalry saber {saber only without scabbard}.  The blade is sparkling clean with an "1861" date mark and numerous "blade to blade" nicks.  The saber has original complete wrap and wire on the grip, and the cast brass guard has taken a blow breaking out a section of the guard.  A nice looking saber that could certainly tell some hair raising Battle stories, and very possibly Confederate carried.--$450.SOLD
  46. Quite rare State Of Alabama Civil War Date $100. note printed at Montgomery, AL. in Jan. 1864.  This is one that you don't see everyday.  The note is circulated, but remains complete and sound.--$135.
  47. pliers.JPG (53121 bytes)Excavated pair of blacksmith forged pliers.  It was recovered over 40 years ago and has been cleaned up to operate and look exactly like it did during the Civil War.  The pliers were recovered from a Confederate 1862 camp here at Stones River.--$48.
  48. Quite rare .58 cal. Model 1861 Providence Tool Co. 3-band rifled musket.  The metal has a smooth aged grey-brown patina with lockplate markings of "Providence Tool Co. - 1864 - U.S. - Providence, R.I.".  The wood is pretty with the normal small dings and  marks of service.  The two inspector cartouches remain clear and easy to see.  Both sling swivels - ramrod - and long range site all remain intact.  The rifling shows wear, but some rifling does remain.  This is an attractive and quite rare maker {Providence Tool Co.} .58 cal. Civil War rifled musket.--$1,450.SOLD
  49. Nice condition and quite rare and ornate "Tennessee Brigade" United Confederate Veterans Reunion badge and ribbons for the 29th National Confederate Reunion held in Atlanta in 1919.  This is a difficult badge to find in a condition this nice.--$250.
  50. Very attractive and most desirable date - "1862" - Model 1860 light cavalry saber and scabbard.  The blade is clean - gently greying with age, and is marked "1862 - U.S. - Mansfield and Lamb".  The grip has original leather wrap and wire, and the cast brass guard has a nice aged, bronze patina.  The scabbard shows good, honest wear in the ring mounts, and has a smooth "attic brown" patina overall.  If you'd like "just one" Civil War Cavalry saber on your wall - this one would be a great choice.--$895.SOLD
  51. Perfect condition excavated coat size Confederate solid "cast I" uniform button recovered many years ago from a lawn on the East side of Columbia Pike at the "Battle of Franklin, TN."  You just won't see a more beautiful example.--$150.SOLD
  52. Really cool tiny little reunion canteen bearing the slogan "We Drank From The Same Canteen".  It's been years and years since I've seen one of these but if memory serves me right - This little canteen is from a famous {joint} "UCV - GAR" Reunion.  I can't remember when - where - or any of the details but I'm sure one of my good reunion buddies will send me the "scoop".  Anyway -- It's--$195.
  53. Quite rare to find - An original WAR DATE New Orleans CONFEDERATE newspaper.  This is the Saturday - Jan. 4, 1862 issue of the "New Orleans Daily Delta".  There is lots of interesting Civil War content and many, many ads for Rewards for the return of Runaway Slaves and also for Slaves For Sale.--$275.SOLD
  54. Very attractive and quite rare "1849" date "Sprague and Marston" .31 cal. 6-shot Pepper Box revolver.  The revolver has a smooth dark attic patina with lots of remaining engraving.  The action works sometimes and doesn't sometimes.  You see Pepper Box revolvers of this type being carried in many Civil War images.--$595.SOLD
  55. Beautiful museum grade condition on this folding "Knife - Fork - Spoon" combination.--$250.SOLD
  56. Original Civil War Model 1858 canteen stopper and chain.  Just the ticket to make your Civil War canteen display even nicer.--$65.SOLD
  57. Tough - tough - tough to come by !!  Excellent condition FIRST EDITION "Field Artillery Projectiles of the Civil War" by Thomas S. Dickey and Peter C. George.  This is book # 83 of a printing of 2,000 and SIGNED BY BOTH AUTHORS !!  This book is a must if you are considering collecting Civil War artillery.--$150.SOLD
  58. SUPER-RARE excavated portion of the cast brass guard of a "NASHVILLE PLOW WORKS" Confederate Cavalry Officer's Saber.  This was recovered a while back from a Confederate Cavalry camp on private property here at Stones River.  If you can't quite swing $15,000. for the saber. - Here is the important part that has the magic words "NASHVILLE PLOW WORKS" !!!--$695. {Same price as a frame buckle, but 10 times rarer !!}SOLD
  59. This is one of the most sought after of all the different Civil War knife makers.  It is a MASSIVELY BIG "George Wostenholm  - IXL" and is a knife we often find in Confederate winter camps here.  The knife is a very heavy "hawk bill" and measures over 7 inches open.--$195.SOLD
  60. Beautiful excavated coat size "Droop Wing Eagle" Confederate Staff Officer's button.  This was dug in the early 1970s from the 1862 - 1863 winter camp of the 2nd Tennessee Volunteer Infantry located near Tullahoma, TN.- You couldn't ask to dig a nicer button.--$275.
  61. Very pretty excavated Richmond Arsenal Style "C.S." Interlocking 2-Piece Saber Belt Plate.  This buckle was recovered in the late 1970s from a Confederate Cavalry camp located near Brandy Station, VA.  The two pieces were found a couple feet apart and fit nicely.  The patina is an attractive woods brown-green.  This buckle would look great in anyone's display.--$2,250.SOLD
  62. Absolutely beautiful condition excavated Confederate manufactured gun tool recovered from the winter of 1863 camp of Lucius Polk's Confederate Brigade located near Tullahoma, TN.--$65.SOLD
  63. Nice large "Desk Display" size James Frag. recovered many years ago by Dr. Rees Buttram on private property at Shiloh.  This jewel is big enough to stand on it's own "easily" !!--$55.SOLD
  64. Extremely rare excavated "H. Marshall - Atlanta" Confederate Manufactured Cavalry saber and brass Confederate scabbard mounts.  The brass mounts are about all that remain of the scabbard since it was a "wooden" scabbard.  This was recovered many. many years ago by Dr. Rees Buttram on private property at Chickamauga.  As far as Excavated Relics go -- You just won't dig up a much cooler item than this.  I have been told that this artifact is actually published in one of the early Reference Books, but I haven't had the time to look for it.  Just A Super Piece !!--$1,250.SOLD
  65. Very pretty excavated stamped brass "Hardee Eagle Hat Pin" recovered on private property here at Stones River several years ago by Danny Hammonds.  Danny recovered this hat plate about 600 yards from our shop here and where I am sitting right now !!!--$150.
  66. Super, super rare to recover -- Dug "1861" United States Half Dollar.  This was recovered from a Union camp site here at Murfreesboro, TN. occupied after The Battle of Stones River.--$95.SOLD
  67. Extremely RARE Artillery reference book.  This is "Heavy Artillery Projectiles of the Civil War -- 1861 -1865" by Sydney C. Kerksis and Thomas S. Dickey.  It is in nice condition and signed by BOTH authors.--$125.SOLD
  68. 1864 letter that I can't read.  Much of it is written in two directions and makes my eyes hurt !!  As best that I can tell - It's not military, but rather a love letter, BUT I can't read most of it.  The C.D.V. was folded up inside the letter.  Both letter and image priced very reasonably and you try to figure out what it says !!--$45.SOLD
  69. In 40 years this is an item that I've never had before.  It is an 1860s CHEROKEE INDIAN hymn book and is completely written in the Cherokee language.  It remains in really pretty condition.--$48.SOLD
  70. Nice condition and well marked .69 cal. Model 1816 friction fit triangular socket bayonet.  This would be just the item to compliment your .69 cal. Model 1816 musket display.--$195.
  71. VERY COOL RELIC !!!  recovered here at Stones River many years ago.  This is a portion of a NASHVILLE PLOW WORKS Confederate Cavalry Officer's brass saber guard with just the MOST IMPORTANT STUFF ON IT - - "NASHVILLE PLOW WORKS".  Complete - This extremely rare Confederate Officer's saber will cost you between $10,000. and $20,000.  You can have the "best part" and battlefield recovered for only.--$595.SOLD
  72. Fresh dug 3 inch Percussion fuzed Hotchkiss projectile recovered by my buddy - Kent Wall - along Tyne Blvd. which is 2nd Days Fighting at the 1864 Battle of Nashville, TN.  The cup wasn't with the shell when found - just an extra one I had and am including for better display of the projectile.  I have drilled it, but you get the "fun" to clean it to your own taste.--$250.
  73. This isn't remotely Civil War, but a QUITE cool artifact of Tennessee Country musical history.  This fiddle dates the late 1800s through the early 1900s and belonged to William Jasper Adamson.  W. J. Adamson was a member of the "Crook Brothers Band" in 1925 and 1926 and THIS VERY FIDDLE preformed on the stage of the world famous GRAND OLD OPERA in NASHVILLE, TN. numerous times during those years.  I just today purchased it directly from the family.  W. J. Adamson is buried in the Sycamore Cemetery near the Sycamore Baptist Church on the Cannon/Dekalb County Line here in Tennessee.  I'll just bet that there is someone out there that would BE JUST THRILLED to own a musical instrument that actually was played on the stage of the WORLD FAMOUS GRAND OLD OPERA !!!!!!--only $450.   {It was a great mystery during the era how W. J. got his unique sound out of his fiddle --- I know how --- There are several Rattlesnake rattlers inside the body and are still there !!!}-SOLD
  74. Untouched attic chocolate brown .58 cal. Springfield triangular socket bayonet.  This would be the perfect compliment to complete your "attic untouched" .58 cal. Springfield or contract 3-band rifled musket.--$195.SOLD
  75. Quite rare to recover - Beautiful condition excavated musket main-spring vise.  This was recovered by Dr. Rees Buttram about 40 years ago on private property near Shiloh.  This artifact is in such nice condition that it could probably be broken loose to still function. Really, Really Nice.--$65.SOLD
  76. Long time out-of-print and an absolute MUST for your Confederate research library.  Signed and in "Like New" condition.--$95.SOLD
  77. Pretty little .31 cal. COLT Model 1849 "Pocket Model" 6-shot revolver.  It has an all matching {even the wedge} serial number of "230037" which is most desirable mid-1862 production.  The metal has a smooth aged grey-brown patina with no pitting to speak of at all.  It is clearly marked "Address Col. Saml Colt - New York - U.S. America" and still has some faint cylinder scene.  This revolver has seen real service with corners rounded and a small chip on the corner of the right hand grip.  The mainspring still feels good, but the hand spring is weak - {the cylinder advances when you point down [with gravity your friend] but doesn't advance every time when you point upward.}  This one just came in out of the local area, and could have easily been C.S. carried.--$895.SOLD
  78. Nice excavated drop "L2" base Enfield recovered on private property here at Stones River many years ago and even still has the perfect boxwood plug insert with it.  This is an exceptionally nice one.--$29.50SOLD
  79. Really pretty excavated "P" base .577 cal. Enfield projectile recovered on private property here at Stones River many years ago.--$28.SOLD
  80. 1904 Confederate Veteran Reunion Medal and ribbon.  A local family just brought this one in.--$79.SOLD
  81. Very nice condition excavated "1852" large cent.  This was recovered from an 1862 Confederate camp site near Shelbyville, TN.--$28.SOLD
  82. Four original 1870s era ledger books and a whole pile of nice quality Confederate currency "Reprints".  This group of items would be perfect for office or study "decor".  Entire group with all four original ledger books.--Only $45.SOLD
  83. Absolutely beautiful condition excavated coat size Confederate 2-piece "block I" uniform button.  This button was recovered about 40 years ago from Gen. Breckenridge's Nov. - 1862 Kentucky Orphan Brigade camp located on private property near Readyville, TN.  It has a smooth chocolate brown patina on the face and is backmarked "E. M. L. & Co. - Richmond, VA." on the reverse.  Really nice.--$135.SOLD
  84. Quite rare early Battlefield pick-up .69 cal. Model 1842 triangular socket bayonet.  The very old writing on the bayonet states "Found at Tullahoma, TN. - by Wm. Behringer in 1922".  Early "pick-up" artifacts with the old writing on them have always been very popular.--$195.SOLD.
  85. Rich aged patina on this Confederate manufactured Boyle and Gamble - Richmond, VA. saber bayonet.  This beautiful C.S. bayonet was purchased out of the estate of the Nationally known collection of the late Mr. Fred Edmunds.  If you like Rebel with attic untouched patina - You'll love this one.--$1,895.SOLD
  86. Excavated scarce "Pointed Nose" Maynard cartridge recovered years ago from Wilson's Federal Cavalry position at the Dec.- 1864 Battle of Nashville, TN. - Second Day Fighting.--$48.
  87. Nice condition and very scarce "1862" date "T. J. Millard" Model 1860 light cavalry saber and scabbard.  The blade is clean with several small "blade to blade" service nicks and is marked "1862 - T. J. Millard - U.S.".  The grip has original wrap and wire and has enough wear to indicate quite a bit of actual field use.  The scabbard is in nice condition as well with a smooth, chocolate brown attic patina and has just enough couple small dings and marks to clearly indicate actual service in the saddle.  This is a very scarce maker and date.--$950.
  88. Quite scarce .58 cal. "Providence Tool Co." - 1863 date Model 1861 3-band contract rifled musket.  This musket shows clear signs of having really been carried A LOT.  The metal has a smooth dark, attic brown patina with lockplate markings of "Providence Tool Co. - Providence, R.I. - 1863".  The markings are all visible, but worn down quite a bit from use.  The wood shows lots of use as well with corners rounded and all the normal bumps and bruises of a carried weapon.  The inspector's cartouche is worn, but you can still faintly make it out.  It is missing the rear sling swivel and has a "home grown" rear site.  This is a good, honest rare contract Civil War musket that without question "Saw The Elephant".--$1,150.
  89. This is one of the best and most sought after of all excavated relics reference books and has been out of print forever.  This is "Excavated Artifacts From Battlefields and Campsites of the Civil War" by Stanley Phillips.  It remains in very nice condition.--$115.
  90. Mint condition very rare non-excavated coat size gilted "lined" Confederate block "C" - Cavalry officer's button.  It has the shank intact and reverse that is unmarked.  This is one of the nicest examples that I have seen.--$450.SOLD
  91. Drop dead beautiful condition excavated large size lead filled U.S. oval cartridge boxplate.  This fine plate was recovered in 1968 on private property at Shiloh by Dr. Rees Buttram.  Wow -- Plates sure were pretty when they came out of the ground 45 years ago !!--$225.
  92. Excavated nice condition Leech and Rigdon style Confederate Manufactured Cavalry Spur recovered from Spring Hill, TN. on private property in areas that Forrest's and Van Dorn's Confederate Cavalry were camped in 1863.--$275.
  93. Scarce "Tiffany - New York" iron guard Model 1840 Heavy Cavalry saber and scabbard.  The blade is clean just starting to darken a bit with age and is crisply marked "P.D.L. - Tiffany - New York".  It has original wrap and wire on the grip with about 80 % of the leather still intact.  The cast iron 3-branch guard remains in nice condition as does the original iron scabbard.  "Tiffany" sabers are a bit rarer to come by than most other 1840 style sabers.--$850.
  94. Just brought in MINUTES ago out of the local area.  CONFEDERATE manufactured hand stitched leather percussion cap box with the distinctive Southern LEAD finial.  This C.S.  box was found in the attic of an old home here.  It remains quite pliable, but is missing the two leather belt loops and the small leather closure tab.  I think that I can see a few letters of a Southern Maker's mark on the outside flap, but am not for sure.  Lead finial Southern cap boxes rarely surface anymore.--$750.
  95. Absolutely beautiful coat and cuff set of excavated gilted Federal Staff Officer's buttons.  These were recovered about 40 years ago by Dr. Rees Buttram on private property near Shiloh.--$55. for both
  96. Small size "non-excavated" stamped brass fancy Union or Confederate kepi hat letter"I"--$45.
  97. Nice condition and quite scarce "1862" date D. J. Millard Federal Light Cavalry Saber And Scabbard.  The blade has a smooth gently greying aged patina with deep, sharp marks of "1862 - D. J. Millard - U,S. - Clayville, N.Y."  The blade was sharpened a little bit back during the Civil War years, and is equally patinaed to the rest of the blade.  The original leather grip and wire are intact and in very nice condition.  The scabbard is excellent as well with a smooth, aged brown patina and is without even a single ding.--$895.
  98. Decayed "remnants" of a Confederate sideknife recovered many years ago from a Confederate trash pit near Corinth, MS.  There isn't a whole lot left, but makes a nice centerpiece to an excavated display.  {Not complete - But, there and again - it isn't $2,000.}--$75.SOLD
  99. Excavated remains of a .577 cal. Pattern 1853 Enfield triangular socket bayonet.  This was recovered from the camp of the 37th TN. INF. - C.S.A. located near Mill Springs, KY.--$75.
  100. Absolutely beautiful condition non-excavated .69 cal. Model 1816 triangular socket bayonet.  It has a deep, sharp "U.S." mark and will be a perfect compliment to your .69 cal. Model 1816 musket.--$195.
  101. Quite Rare to find "1861" dated Ames Model 1860 Federal Light Cavalry Saber and Scabbard.  The blade is marked "1861 - U.S. - Ames Mfg. Co." and is clean overall, but beginning to darken with age in some areas.  The grip has original wrap and wire, but the saber has seen enough service that the grip is worn through to polished wood in some areas.  The scabbard is in nice condition as well with an aged chocolate brown patina and also shows several small marks from lots of service in the saddle.  This is one of the most sought after of all dates on both muskets and sabers.--$895.SOLD
  102. Nice looking Model 1840 Federal Artillery saber and scabbard.  The blade is clean just beginning to darken in areas with age.  It is marked "Ames Mfg. Co. - 1864 - U.S. - Chicopee, Mass." and does have several blade to blade nicks up and down it's length.  The scabbard is in good condition as well, also beginning to darken in areas with age.  This is a good solid, attractive, middle grade example.--$850.
  103. Quite hard to find -- Lucy Pickens Confederate $100. note.  This is the Feb. 17th, 1864 issue and is a circulated note, but strong and complete.--$125.
  104. Absolutely beautiful condition cast brass Model 1851 Federal Cavalry eagle saber belt plate.  This plate is excellent with a rich aged bronze patina and the 3-piece applied silver wreath remaining perfectly intact.  You just aren't going to see a nicer example.--$395.SOLD
  105. Very pretty condition original Confederate Feb. 17th, 1864 Jeff Davis $50. note.  Note is circulated, but bright colors and strong edges.--$95.
  106. Beautiful pair of excavated Federal "I" - Infantry Officer's buttons recovered by Dr. Rees Buttram about 40 years ago on private property at Shiloh.  The REALLY COOL thing is that BOTH BUTTONS still have thread and cloth intact on the back.--$75. for both
  107. Really nice shadow boxed display of 35 excavated Civil War artifacts from 6 different Tennessee Battle Sites.  The display that I recently won at the Marietta, GA. Relic Show featuring 6 Georgia sites was well received and very popular - so we decided for Savannah to make a similar one featuring Tennessee Sites.  The sites are "Fort Donelson - Shiloh - Stones River - LookOut Mtn. - Franklin - and Nashville."--ONLY $95. FOR THE ENTIRE DISPLAY-SOLD
  108. Excavated large oval S.N.Y. ( State of New York) waist beltplate.  This buckle was recovered about 20 years ago near Cold Harbor, VA.  The face does have a little ground action, but has a nice appearance with brown green patina.--$595.
  109. Pretty excavated circular lead filled Federal eagle breastplate.  This was recovered by Dr. Rees Buttram many, many years ago on private property near Chickamauga, GA.  It has a crisp face - full lead - and one of the two iron attachment loops remaining intact.  This is a nicer eagle breastplate than is typically being recovered now.--$175.
  110. Excellent condition and VERY RARE to come by hand stitched Confederate brown leather "Slim Jim" holster correct for a .36 cal. Colt Navy Model revolver.  If you have a nice Colt Navy revolver - here is all it needs to be "Museum Ready".  We have added an image of how a Colt Navy "looks" in this holster.--$595.SOLD
  111. Really pretty and Quite Rare Federal Cavalry Officer's Saber and matching Scabbard marked "Horstmann" and OF THE EXACT SAME TYPE as the saber pictured above that was captured by GENERAL NATHAN BEDFORD FORREST at Trenton, TN. from a Federal Cavalry Officer and was carried by General Forrest until the close of the War.  This saber has a bright clean blade with the same engraving as on the one carried by General Forrest.  As a matter - of - fact this saber and the actual saber carried by General Forrest are SO identical that it would be easy to get the two confused.  The "biggest difference" between the two sabers is that the one carried by General Forrest brought over $500,000. a while back.  This beautiful Cavalry Officer's Saber.-- ONLY $1,595. {And You Will Own A Saber JUST LIKE" General Forrest's.}  This is only the second one of these that I've had in the last three years or so.SOLD
  112. Non-Excavated cast brass keeper for a Model 1851 Eagle Sword Belt Plate.  This keeper fits a buckle that is 2 1/8th inch in overall width and took a belt 1 7/8ths in width and had a tongue from 1/2 inch to 9/16ths in width.  It's really hard to find a keeper "that fits" to finish an eagle sword plate out.--$45.
  113. Enfield Saber Bayonet and Scabbard correct for the 2-band Enfield rifled musket.  The blade is clean and bright with absolutely no pitting at all.  The checkered pressed leather grips remain completely intact and in better condition than is typically the case.  The leather scabbard is complete and in good condition, but is flaking a little with age in some areas.  The 2-band Enfield musket was a favorite with Confederate Infantry.--$295.SOLD
  114. Absolutely drop dead beautiful excavated highly gilted coat size Vermont State Seal uniform button.  This was recovered about 40 years ago by Dr. Don Orth and has bright gold gilt outlining the entire detail.--$165.SOLD
  115. Excavated complete .50 cal. Gallagher carbine cartridge.  This one was recovered about 30 years ago from the Federal Cavalry Head Quarters camp located near Pump Springs, AL. and is a cartridge that is rarely recovered anymore.--$65.
  116. Nice quality excavated large size "U.S." oval arrow hook Federal waist belt plate.  This was recovered here at Stones River about 30 years ago by Gordon Summar.  The buckle is solid and strong enough that I feel sure that you could still wear it.--$250.
  117. Attractive excavated stamped brass "CROSSED SABERS" Federal Cavalry hat pin.  This was excavated many years ago by Dr. Rees Buttram from private property near Shiloh, TN.  Two of the small brass wire attachment loops still remain intact.  It has probably been a year or more since anyone found one of these around here.--$225.
  118. Beautiful condition excavated "1858" silver quarter.  This coin was recovered about 40 years ago by Dr. Don Orth from an early War Confederate Infantry camp in East Tennessee.  I have no doubt that the soldier that lost this coin "grieved" over it.--$75.SOLD
  119. Quite rare 2nd grip pattern "Bleckmann" Model 1860 Federal light cavalry saber and scabbard.  The blade is in nice condition just beginning to darken with age. The grip is very nice with complete original wrap and wire, and the scabbard is equally nice also just starting to darken with age.  You really don't see this pattern "Bleckmann" for sale very often and their distinctive mark is clear as can be.--$850.
  120. Drop dead beautiful excavated coat size excavated Confederate "Lined A" Artillery button.  This button was recovered many years ago from the Confederate "Artillery Park Camp" located 4 miles outside Shelbyville, TN. on the Lewisburg Pike.  This camp was occupied by the Artillery of Polk's Corp - Army of Tennessee in March - April, 1863.  It has a smooth slick brown patina - no dents, and shank intact.--$395.
  121. I just bought a Civil War Collection and there was this one case with WWI and WWII items.  There is a straight razor - a silver pocket watch {don't run} - a medical bottle - a glasses case - a nice drill whistle - a spoon - and some buttons.  The whole works - only.--$50. {A GOOD BUY - JUST NOT MY ERA}
  122. "Pair" of Confederate Gardner bullets fuzed by the campfire.  This was recovered many years ago from private property near Chickamauga, GA. - Unusual Confederate artifact.--$25.
  123. Nice condition excavated cast brass Model 1851 Federal Eagle Sword Belt Plate.  This plate was recovered by Gordon Sommar in the late 1970s from "Camp Stanley" here in Murfreesboro, TN.  Gordon wore the plate for YEARS {about 3 or 4 Civil Wars worth !!}  and it is still as sturdy as the day it was made.  Not a lot of the dug patina remains, but still a really pretty Eagle Sword Plate.--$225.SOLD
  124. Scarce "Western Theater" produced "Lee and His Generals" C.D.V.  It has the rare "A. S. Morse - Photographer - Dept. of the Cumberland - Nashville, Tenn." backmark.--$275.
  125. Excavated .69 cal. minie ball with pointed type threaded bullet extractor embedded into it.--$45.
  126. Excavated Enfield musket nipple protector with original chain recovered from the Confederate Battle Line on private property here at Stones River.--$45.
  127. Rarest of the rare excavated silvered oak leaf "Lt. Col." shoulder strap insignia.  It is in beautiful condition and was recovered in the early 1970s near Brandy Station, VA. by Chuck Sykes.  In 35 years I have only had 3 of these - so how scarce is that ??--$395.
  128. Very, very nice Confederate tin drum canteen that about 40 years ago was purchased out of a North Carolina estate.  Any Confederate artifact collector would enjoy this piece.--$750.
  129. Really, really pretty excavated large size lead filled martingale heart recovered many years ago from a Confederate Cavalry camp located here in Middle Tennessee.--$495.SOLD
  130. Model 1858 Federal "Bullseye" canteen with original cover and stopper.  It was recently purchased out of a North Georgia estate sale and has a "Philadelphia" maker's mark on the pewter spout.  You can clearly tell from the wear pattern on the wool cover that this canteen was actually carried.--$295.
  131. STUNNINGLY BEAUTIFUL excavated CS7A - coat size Confederate Staff Officer's button.  This button was recovered by Dr. Rees Buttram on private property at Chickamauga, GA. in the late 1960s.  There is gold gilt dripping off it and is backmarked "W. Dowler/Superior Quality" and I believe that it is published in Charlie Harris's Book - "Relics Of The Western Campaigns".  This button is so spectacular that you just want to sit and stare at it !!!!--$895.
  132. Excellent condition non-excavated coat size Confederate "Script I" {Infantry} Uniform Button.  It is just loaded with gold gilt and has shank straight and intact.  The reverse is plain.--$225.
  133. Recently excavated lead filled circular Federal eagle breastplate.  This was found on private property here at the Battle of Stones River.  It's a solid, attractive plate, but does have some rust residue showing through the face from the wire loops in the reverse.--only $125.
  134. Very pretty and quite rare excavated "Tennessee Puff Rim" Confederate coat size "Block I" infantry button.  It has a smooth brown-green patina and was recovered from private property near Shelbyville, TN. which was the 1862 -1863 winter camp of the Confederate Army of Tennessee.--$95.
  135. Excavated large size "U.S." oval cartridge boxplate.  This was recovered on private property near Shiloh about 40 years ago by Dr. Rees Buttram.  The plate is quite attractive and displays nicely, but did get too close to the camp fire back 150 years ago.  The lead partially melted and migrated toward one end making it considerably thicker than normal on one half and thinner than normal on the other half.--$150.
  136. Flawless condition with literally 100% bright gold gilt Confederate coat size stippled "A" Artillery Officer's button with "H.T.&B.-Manchester" backmark.  You will not see a more perfect and beautiful example.--$395.
  137. Very attractive "non-regulation" Civil War Cavalry Officer's saber with beautifully engraved blade and maker marked "Clauberg - Solingen - Iron Proof".  The blade is overall clean with several spots just beginning to turn dark with age.  The grip is excellent with original sharkskin and wire and the 3-branch iron guard is in nice condition with a smooth dark attic patina.  The iron scabbard is in nice shape, as well,  with a smooth chocolate brown uncleaned patina.--$950.
  138. Fresh out of an Ill. estate sale - Really pretty attic untouched Model 1860 Federal Cavalry Saber and Scabbard.  The blade is clean just starting to turn grey-brown with age and is marked "U.S. - 1864 - Mansfield and Lamb".  The brass guard is perfect with a patina nearly as brown as an excavated example.  It has complete original wrap and wire on the grip and the twisted brass wire is almost brown in color now.  The scabbard is nice without a single dent and it also has a rich, thick, brown patina covering it.  If you enjoy an artifact with a pretty - never cleaned - aged patina, you'll really like this one.--$895.
  139. Quite rare excavated Selma Arsenal solid copper Confederate "Screw Driver Slot" underplug for the Confederate 12# Bormann ball.  This was recovered recently off Tyne Blvd. at the Battle of Nashville, TN.  This is a rare little item amongst Confederate Artillery collectors.--$48.SOLD.
  140. Very attractive excavated Leech and Rigdon style C.S. 2-Piece sword belt plate.  This buckle was recovered from a Confederate winter camp located near the Hatchie River in North Mississippi.  When the plate was recovered it was perfect on the tongue side, but had a broken belt loop on the wreath side {which was no doubt why the plate was discarded}.  The broken belt loop has been restored by the best - Robert McDaniel - and now the buckle displays as well as a perfect one -{but priced at 50 % less}.--$1,295.SOLD
  141. Very nice condition excavated coat size Confederate "Droop Wing Eagle" C.S. Staff Officer's button.  This is a scarce "CS26A" and was recovered by Dr. Rees Buttram about 40 years ago on private property near Chickamauga.--$195.
  142. Nice condition excavated coat size Confederate Lined Block "C" {Cavalry} button.  This button was recovered on private property from a C.S. Cavalry camp located near Richmond, VA.  It has a "Superior Quality" backmark and shank remains intact.--$295.
  143. Really pretty "1840 - 1850" era percussion long rifle of the type commonly used in the South for hunting or competition shooting prior to the Civil War and were often carried off to War by many young Confederates when they first left home for the  War in early 1861.  This one has an ornate brass patchbox and quite a bit of brass and silver inlay - is about .45 cal. and has a very thick, heavy barrel.  Talk about looking sweet over the fireplace in a nice den or study.  It is nearly identical to the one picture on page 137 -Gettysburg Relics and Souvenirs - by Mike O'Donnell.--$895.SOLD
  144. Just dug out of a lawn here at Stones River.  Coat size Confederate "Droop Wing Eagle" Staff Officer's button.  Solid as a rock with a pretty chocolate brown patina recovered from private property along the first day fighting Confederate line position along Old Wilkinson Pike.  This would be Dec. 31, 1862 fighting.--$175.
  145. Very attractive "1848 - Ames" NCO sword in original leather scabbard {missing only the brass tip} with the white over-the-shoulder sling - frog - and eagle breastplate.  The blade on this sword is "sparkling" bright with deep, sharp marks.  This rig will display with museum quality beauty.--$975.
  146. Just in -- Really, really pretty large size lead filled regulation "U.S." oval waist belt plate on original black leather belt.  This is the "arrow hook" pattern "U.S." buckle and has a drop dead beautiful rich aged bronze patina.  The leather waist belt remains strong and pliable.  This belt and buckle are nice enough for ANY museum display.--$475.SOLD.
  147. Extremely rare excavated plain face Confederate cast brass "Artillery Style" two-piece  buckle.  This scarce buckle was fabricated by a small Southern shop that took a rare Federal Model 1849 "Mounted Rifleman's buckle" - removed the "U.S." and made cast copies.  The Confederates later added the letters "C.S." to buckles they cast.  This buckle was recovered near Richmond, VA. and has a beautiful "pea-green" patina.  It carries a rarity of "8+".  Very nice example of an "extremely rare" Confederate buckle.--$2,450.SOLD
  148. Last Thursday was absolutely beautiful and 67 degrees.  My daughter - Savannah - and I decided that it was a perfect day to play "Hooky" and go relic digging instead of opening the shop.  I had found a small Union camp a few weeks earlier and we decided to see what was there.  We got several bullets - a coat size eagle "I" button - and then I got this nice clear "80" reading on the scale.  At 14 inches deep and under several big roots was a beautiful early style - lead filled - "U.S." oval.  Notice the oval "ghost" where it has been laying for the last 150 years.  Savannah now has it in her display case to remember the experience !!!!!  {If a guy could bottle the rush that you get from digging a Civil War belt plate - It would put Cocaine right out of business !!!}
  149. I tried to get Rocky to smile, but all he wanted to do was eat and drink !!!!!!!
  150. Isn't this guy beautiful - almost neon green.  He came up while bullet digging today as if to say - " Hey Man - Digging Anything ??"
  151. Check out my new "Best Friend" !!!!  When I feed him - It's like he says "I Love You Man !!!!"
  152. My "Free Kitten" with every purchase promotion is winding up BUT My Free "Baby Raccoon" with every purchase is just getting started !!!  {I have 2 Moms and a total of 7 baby Raccoons !!!!}
  153. NEW PICTURE !!!  Guess who is celebrating 1 year old today ??  Yep -- "Lady A - Anastasia" .  I  just got back from Houston, TX. visiting my first "Grandchild - Lady-A" {Anastasia}.  She is an absolute little doll and has everyone wrapped around her tiny, little finger.  She has arrived at the conclusion - "If I'm awake, somebody best be holding me if you know what's good for you" -- {otherwise I'll give you the business} !!!  She and I have a lot in common -- Two of our favorite things on earth to do is "Eat and Sleep" !!!!  Jonathan {the pup} is a wonderful "Big Brother" -- As a matter of fact - He has a little sweater that has "Only Child" crossed out and "Big Brother" written beneath it.  She is something like 11 months old and already weighs 23 lbs. -- Texas thing I'm told !!!   {Make that "2 YEARS" old now !!!!}  WOW --- Time sure gets away !!!!
  154. Very nice 1/6th plate fully cased full standing view of a Union Cavalryman.  He is well equipted with his Colt revolver on one side and his cavalry saber presented on the other.  The image has good clarity, but does have a few small scratches here and there, but they don't affect the image subject.  The case itself is a beautiful brown patriotic gutta percha with a large shield filled with stars on both front and back.  This is a really nice image.--$450.
  155. Quite rare CDV picturing 14 individuals that were the leadership of the Confederacy and are labeled the, "Confederate Head."  Some of the individuals pictured are Jeb Stuart, Stonewall Jackson, Earl Van Dorn, NB Forrest, Leonidus Polk, and others.--$195.
  156. Perfect condition excavated .52 cal. dropped "Whitworth like" projectile.  This was recovered from one of Gen. Hood's Sharpshooter positions at the "Battle of Nashville".  It is a long bullet that looks just like a cylindrical Whitworth, but just a slightly bigger caliber.  I have been told that this was used in a "Greene Rifle" - but I'm not sure.  It is unquestionably of Sharpshooter nature.  We find these projectiles and actual .45 cal. cylindrical Whitworths in the same areas.--$25.
  157. Quite ornate non-regulation Model 1850 Federal Field and Staff Officer's sword and scabbard.  The blade is darkening with age, but easily visible engraving remains. The guard is iron and quite ornate with the "cut-out eagle and U.S. and E. Pluribus Unum".  The original leather grip remains intact in some areas and is worn through to polished wood in other areas.  The scabbard has a thick brown aged patina and several small dents from use.  A nice honest example that has clearly "seen the elephant".--$850.
  158. Very attractive and quite rare "1849" date "Sprague and Marston" .31 cal. 6-shot Pepper Box revolver.  The revolver has a smooth dark attic patina with lots of remaining engraving.  The action works sometimes and doesn't sometimes.  You see Pepper Box revolvers of this type being carried in many Civil War images.--$695.SOLD
  159. Excavated 3-inch Federal Hotchkiss projectile recovered by Guinn Coble from Columbia/Spring Hill, TN. area {prelude to The Battle Of Franklin, TN.}  The projectile was missing the lead sabot when it was recovered and Guinn molded one back in place for display {and it looks excellent}--only $195.
  160. Very nice condition excavated TINY silvered South Carolina State Seal kepi button.  There is pretty silver remaining outlining the motif and the shank is intact.  You have to be really paying attention and listening or you'll miss this little gem.  This button was recovered about 30 years ago from private property near Chickamauga, GA.--$175.
  161. Quite scarce excavated small "Model 1839" U.S. oval cartridge boxplate.  The plate hasn't even been washed off, but you can see that it has full lead, and a nice face.  It was recovered a couple years ago on private property near Chickamauga.--$175.
  162. This was recovered many, many years ago here at Stones River, and you make the call !!  It is either a "Body Hook" or a bayonet fashioned to hold a pot over the camp fire.  {And if you don't know what a "Body Hook" was used for - That is your homework research assignment for tonight !!}--$195.
  163. Circulated, but very attractive and sound as can be - Lucy Pickens - Feb. 17th, 1864 - $100. Confederate note.--$125.
  164. Coat size non-excavated Federal Navy button.  "Waterbury" backmark and shank intact.--$45.
  165. Beautiful condition excavated coat size Federal eagle "I" Infantry officer with lots of original gold gilt.  This was recovered on private property at Shiloh many, many years ago.--$38.
  166. Perfect set of "arrow hooks" out of the reverse of a large size "U.S." oval Federal waist belt plate.  Here is the interesting part - This was recovered from an 1863 Confederate winter camp along Duck River near Shelbyville, TN.  The Confederates frequently melted these out and wore the "hooks only" as their waist belt plate.  It worked perfectly and no longer had the letters they didn't care for.--$48.
  167. Attractive and solid condition Model 1855 .58 cal. Federal leather cartridge box.  The box has leather closure tab - both iron roller buckles - brass finial - both leather belt loops - and inner compartment - all still intact.  It is maker marked "Dingee - New York".--$275.
  168. Nice condition excavated pair of Federal cast brass "Gutter back" Cavalry spurs.  These were recovered on private property near Chickamauga, GA. about 30 years ago.  This is not the most common pattern Federal spur to recover.--$150. for pair
  169. Nice condition and quite scarce Model 1850 Federal Foot Officer's Sword and Scabbard made by {and marked} "Emerson and Silver".  The blade is bright and clean with no pitting, pretty engraving, and a crisp, clear "Emerson and Silver" mark.  The grip is original and in nice condition and the brass guard still has near 100% bright gold gilt.  The leather scabbard is complete and sound with no breaks or weak spots, and the brass mounts still retain near 100% bright gold gilt.  I can't remember how long that it has been since I 've had an "Emerson and Silver" 1850 Foot this nice.--$1,150.SOLD.
  170. Nothing less than beautiful ex-Museum Federal Artillery uniform grouping consisting of a near mint red trimmed Federal Artillery shell jacket - a very nice 1862 date Ames Federal Artillery saber and scabbard, and an excellent brown buff saber belt rig with matching numbers on both the buckle and keeper.  This grouping was on display for years in the Lotz House Civil War Museum located on the Battlefield in Franklin, TN.  The shell jacket is a size "4" which is a hard to find larger size.  The jacket retains bright vivid colors, and has complete red trim, a full compliment of buttons, complete body liner, and complete sleeve liner.  This will be a "show stopper" in most any collection.--$4,650. complete SOLD.
  171. Mint condition original unissued "red" Federal Artillery hat cord for the "Hardee Style Hat".--$45.
  172. Beautiful condition excavated coat size New York state seal button.  The button was recovered in the late 1960s by Dr. Rees Buttrum from the camp of Gen. Joseph Hooker's troops located near Tiftonia, TN.  The button is perfect with shank intact and lots of gold gilt remaining.--$35.
  173. Excellent condition excavated coat size Federal eagle Staff Officer's button.  It has crisp detail and the eagle is surrounded by gold gilt.  This was recovered about 40 years ago on private property near Chickamauga.--$38.
  174. Group of flattened bullets and a button used by soldiers for poker chips or game pieces.  These were recovered many years ago from private property near Shiloh.--$30. for all
  175. Beautiful condition excavated gilted coat size Federal Infantry Officer's button.  This button has a "Goddard" backmark and was recovered about 40 years ago on private property near Shiloh.--$38.
  176. Nice condition  Sept. 2, 1861 rare "Floating Sail Ship" Confederate $20. note.--$65.
  177. Rare excavated "Drop" L-2 base Enfield projectile with original boxwood plug still intact.  This was recovered on The Confederate Battle Line on private property here at Stones River many years ago.  Not one you find every day.--$25.
  178. Now here is an item that you don't see offered for sale every day.  It is an "1842" printing of "The History Of America" in GERMAN and was presented to a soldier in "1864".  The book remains in very nice condition.--$95.
  179. Excellent condition Civil War period soldered seam tin document box.  I've had this for a good while and am just now getting around to listing it.  It originally came with a grouping of Confederate letters inside.--$65.
  180. Excavated .69 cal. Model 1816 friction fit triangular socket bayonet.  This was recovered by Dr. Rees Buttram from a C.S. campsite on private property near Shiloh in the late 1960s.  We don't recover many complete bayonets anymore.--$95.
  181. Very attractive non-excavated large size "S.N.Y." cartridge boxplate.  The plate has a really nice aged patina and appears to be off an old relic board in that there are two old tack holes that have been solder filled where it was at one time tacked to the relic board.  It has full lead and one of the two iron loops remains intact on the reverse and it has excellent eye appeal in display.--$550.
  182. Excavated drop .69 cal. triangle base French Minie.  This was recovered near Readyville, TN. from Gen. Breckenridge's Nov. 1862 Army of Tennessee Confederate camp there occupied just before the Battle of Stones River.  This is one of my favorite bullets to dig.--$35.
  183. Civil War era soldier's soldered seam tin cup.  Absolutely perfect for a camp scene exhibit.--$48.
  184. Model 1851 Federal sword belt rig fresh out of the attic of an old home near Franklin. TN.  The cast brass Federal eagle sword belt plate is really nice with literally a "near excavated" thick dark brown patina and the applied wreaths remain completely intact.  The leather saber belt is all there, but very hard and has one break.  The belt rig - as a whole - has a quite attractive "battlefield pick-up" display look.  It is very probable that this is a "left over" from the bloody November 30, 1864 Battle Of Franklin, TN.--$450.
  185. Excavated .69 cal. triangular socket bayonet recovered by Dr. Rees Buttram in 1956 from "Rocky Face Ridge, GA."  The bayonet still has a nice old partially decayed tag telling where it was recovered.--$75.
  186. Very attractive Model 1858 "smooth type" Federal canteen.  The canteen shows actual wear from use and the pewter spout is marked "M.V.M." -- likely Massachusetts Volunteer Militia.  Every collection needs a nice original Civil War canteen.--$195.
  187. "Rare as Rare Can Be" just in Confederate manufacture .58 cal. cartridge box.  It is hand stitched - dark brown in color - and has the classic crude construction and also the normal little construction pinholes.  The box remains quite pliable and is all complete with both inner flaps - both very crude iron roller buckles - both hand stitched belt loops - and also the crude unusual shape closure finial with two small exceptions - the outside closure tab has come unstitched and missing one small inner flap ear.  In the world of Confederate leather -- This is a REALLY nice example.--$2,250.
  188. 1840 era 6-inch powder horn of the exact type that many young Confederates carried when they first left home for the war in 1861.  Very nice condition.--$65.
  189. Very attractive early battlefield pick-up "S.N.Y." waist belt plate.  This buckle was picked up around the turn of the century near "Cold Harbor, VA."  It has full lead - all three hooks intact - and a nice looking face.--$595.SOLD
  190. Nice condition Civil War Federal Cavalry carbine cartridge box.  The box remains nice and pliable with both belt loops, brass finial, closure strap, original wooden block inside, soldier initials {H.E.F.}, and complete inner leather compartment.  The leather closure tab is complete, but has been reinforced with leather from the back to give it more strength.  This would be a wonderful compliment to display with your Civil War carbine.--$350. 
  191. Really nice excavated "thick pattern" Mississippi spur.  Pretty slick green patina and was recovered near Manassas over 30 years ago.  I haven't seen one of these this pretty in a long time.--$275.SOLD
  192. Excavated coat size rare pattern {C.S.-26B} Confederate "Drooped Wing Eagle" Staff Officer's Button.  This is a local with chocolate brown patina and a little gold gilt.  It was recovered from Gen. Lucius Polk's 1863 Brigade winter camp located near Tullahoma, TN.--$195.
  193. Extremely sought after Confederate "J - S and anchor" .44 cal. 5-shot Kerr Revolver.  It has a smooth aged brown-grey patina overall with virtually no pitting and is matching serial number marked "2150" on both the cylinder and the frame.  It is marked "Kerr's Patent - London Armoury" and has a visible, but somewhat worn from being carried "J - S and anchor" mark on the checkered walnut grips.  In the past ten years or so this has become an increasingly popular Confederate used handgun.  The action isn't as tight as it once was, but still works well, and it has a decent bore remaining.  You certainly don't see one of these for sale every day.--$4,350.SOLD.
  194. Quite attractive .54 cal. Model 1842 single shot military percussion pistol made by "H. Aston".  The "1849" date on the lockplate remains easy to read, but the "U.S. & H. Aston" appear to have been intentionally removed.  There is also the number "67" stamped into the stock and the Roman numerals "XXVI" are lightly cut into the stock with a pinknife as well.  Several collectors that have seen this piece feel that the "U.S." being intentionally removed may likely indicate it was C.S. carried, but we'll never know for sure.  A nice pistol at any rate.--$975.
  195. This is one that many folks have never even seen before.  It's a 6-shot .44 cal. Pettengill Federal Army Revolver.  It was manufactured in 1860 through 1862 by Rogers, Spencer, and Co. -New York - for Pettengil.  There was a total production of only 3,400 revolvers.  It is in good overall condition with a smooth dark, attic brown patina.   The distinctive attribute of this revolver is that it is DOUBLE ACTION HAMMERLESS.  The action works sometimes and sometimes not - depending on what mood it's in -{much like me these days !!}--$2,495.SOLD
  196. Quite scarce soldier's 4-section collapsible pewter drinking cup complete in it's original small tinned carrying case.   Just reach in your pocket and "presto" - You have a nice little drinking cup.--$95.
  197. Nice condition Model 1858 7-ring Federal Bullseye Canteen with all 3 strap loops and stopper intact.  This canteen is in nice solid condition but does have a couple dents from actual Civil War period field service.  No Civil War collection is complete without an original Civil War Canteen.--$175.
  198. Excellent condition non-excavated soldered seam Civil War tinware camp bucket.  This item would display wonderfully in a camp scene exhibit.--$85.
  199. Excellent condition non-excavated .58 cal. "spring type"  bullet extractor along with a camp site recovered original extracted minie ball.  This would be a very nice item to display with your original Springfield Musket.--$45.SOLD
  200. Perfect condition original non-excavated musket nipple pick- perfect to complete your regulation issue Civil War leather cap box. --$45.
  201. Very nice condition original "1864 dated" unopened packet of Frankfort Arsenal 5 Second Artillery Fuzes--$95.
  202. Excellent condition non-excavated "Leech and Rigdon" variant pattern Confederate manufacture cast brass C.S. cavalry spur.  It has a nice rich, aged bronze patina.--$250.SOLD
  203. Excavated coat size Confederate local Louisiana State Seal uniform button.  This button was recovered about 40 years ago by Dr. Rees Buttram on private property near Chickamauga, GA.  It has good detail with a dark brown patina and a little gold gilt left in the recessed areas.  The iron shank is rusted away, and only rusty remnants remain.  Confederate local manufactured State Seal buttons are scarce to recover.--$195.
  204. 1840 era 9-inch powder horn of the exact type that were carried from home by young Confederates in "1861" as they first left home for the Civil War.  Every Civil War display should have at least a couple original Civil War powder horns.--$65.
  205. Nice clear fully cased 1/6th plate tintype of a very young North Carolina Rebel private.  He is no more than 16 years old and wearing an extremely cool Confederate "Battle Shirt".  A great little "C.S." image that would be a nice addition to any collection.--$295.
  206. Hasn't even been washed off !!  Excavated coat size scarce "Tennessee Puff Rim" Confederate Block "I" uniform button.  This button was recovered about 40 years ago by Dr. Rees Buttram on private property near Chickamauga.  It is really tough to find one of these this nice.--$115.
  207. 1992 Printing of "Pictorial Encyclopedia of Civil War Medical Instruments and Equipment" by Dr. Gordon Dammann.  This is a very useful reference book.--$25.
  208. Beautiful condition and one of less than 20 known - excavated smooth "Artillery Style" Confederate wreath for the Leech and Rigdon "Artillery Type" 2-Piece "C.S." saber belt plate.  This was recovered by Nationally known Relic Hunter - Mr. John Marks - out of Eastport, MS.  When the right Leech and Rigdon "C.S." tongue comes along --- Talk about having a SUPER RARE AND BIG DOLLAR "C.S." 2-piece saber belt plate.  {Rarity 9}--$895.
  209. Civil War outdoor albumin photograph showing a camp scene with a number of visible soldiers, tents, weapons, and even uncleaned fish no-doubt for supper that night.  It remains in a very old frame.  The image has faded and is somewhat light, but everything is still visible - even the fish !!!--$350.
  210. Nice clear 1/6th plate "Ruby" anbrotype of a seated Federal Non-Commissioned Officer.  His "N.C.O." sword can be clearly seen laying across his lap as well as his cross belt strap and eagle plate across his chest.  This is a really nice "Ruby" image.--$375.
  211. "1862" date Federal Model 1860 Navy Cutlass in original black leather scabbard.  The blade is clean with really no pitting at all, but the markings are worn a bit dim.  The brass guard is in nice shape -- {not all bent up like they so often are} and the leather is 100 % intact on the grip.  There is no wire on the grip as is generally the case.  The leather scabbard is in good condition, but is missing the last 3 inches or so.  All in all -- a very attractive example of the Model 1860 Navy Cutlass at a great price.--$795.
  212. Beautiful condition non-excavated small cast brass "Raking Spur".  These were used in the South for pleasure and sport riding on plantations prior to the Civil War and carried with the young Southern Cavalrymen as they left home for war.  A while back I excavated one just like this out of the 1863 camp of Starnes Confederate Cavalry.  Super nice condition and out of this local area.--$79.
  213. Beautiful condition hand stitched brown leather Confederate holster for a Smith and Wesson revolver or any other similar small frame revolver.  You couldn't ask for a nicer C.S. holster.--$450.
  214. Really cool original Civil War candle holder display.  I have mounted an original Civil War iron candle holder onto a piece of exploded Civil War cannon shell and put a candle in place for display.  Talk about a nice Civil War desk display item !!  The candle holder was recovered by Dr. Rees Buttram from private property near Shiloh in the early 1960s--$48.
  215. Scarce excavated large size lead filled regulation Federal Cavalry "Martingale Heart".  This was recovered here at Stones River and had a little rim damage when found.  The fragile area has been stabilized and the heart now displays very nicely.--$395.
  216. Excavated "open pontil" Civil War Medical bottle recovered about 40 years ago from a camp site trash pit here at Murfreesboro, TN.  It is labeled "FAHNESTOCK'S VERMIFUCE" -- As small as this bottle is "VERMIFUCE" must be some potent stuff !!!  The last bottle like this that I had was "Elixer of Opium" - I just wonder if "Vermifuce" and "Elixer of Opium" could be close kin ??  {Thank You Jay --- I will order me up some "Vermefuce" THE NEXT TIME I NEED RID OF INTESTINAL WORMS !!!}--$85.SOLD
  217. Fully cased 1/9th plate tintype of a seated Federal Cavalryman with a .44 cal. Remington Army Revolver across his chest.  The image is cased in an attractive quite ornate black gutta-percha case.  The image is flaking some in the area above and to the left of the subject, but it does not affect the subject at all.--$295.
  218. Excellent condition empty 1/9th plate size Gutta Percha Case marked, "S. Peck's Patent. -1854 - Genuine Union Case".  If you have a super nice 1/9th plate image, here is a fine little case to put it in.--$75.SOLD
  219. MONSTER COOL RELIC --- Excavated .69 cal. Model 1816 musket barrel and bands recovered almost exactly 50 years ago {actually it's 50 year recovery anniversary was just a few days ago "May 2, 1963"!!!!} on private property near "The Wilderness" in Virginia.  The  "super cool" part is that the musket was CLEARLY SEVERED by a projectile or a piece of shrapnel.  I have set a fired bullet in place that matches the path of whatever struck this weapon.  I strongly suspect that it was NOT a good day for whoever was carrying this musket.  Here is a great historic relic with a neat old recovery tag.--$295.
  220. .577 cal. Enfield triangular socket bayonet that was recently found in an old log barn near here at Stones River.  The end has been sharpened and looks to have been used for some purpose around the farm.  Many artifacts that were picked up on the Battlefield after the Battle ended up being used on local farms in the area.  A nice piece of Civil War history and likely Rebel.--only $65.
  221. Rather scarce original Confederate June 2, 1862 "Sailing ships" One Dollar note.  The note is attractive, will display well, and reasonably sound, but quite circulated with a couple little holes.  Bargain priced for this hard to get note.--$48.50
  222. Really pretty excavated gilted coat size Federal eagle button.  It's actually quite rare to dig a common eagle button with gold gilt.  This one was recovered on private property near Chickamauga.--$25.
  223. Rare 69 cal. cartridge box for the smooth bore 69 cal. muskets.  The box is in decent pliable condition and is maker marked "J. E. Condict - New York".  It has about average flaking and the two iron roller buckles are pulled off - but one is inside the box.  The inner flap has neat scalloping done by the soldier.  This is an attractive representative example of a rare "early war" 69 cal. cartridge box.--only $250.
  224. Non-excavated, smooth type, Model 1858 Federal Canteen complete with cover and stopper.  The pewter spout of the canteen is marked "J.C. Johnson- Feb.-1865."  We suspect the blue cover might be an old replacement.--$250.
  225. Really nice 1840 era Militia Officer's sword and original leather scabbard.  The blade still has beautiful sparkling bright engraving from top to bottom and the original leather scabbard is complete and very sound and stable.  The grip is ivory and is in excellent condition.  Many of these were carried over into the Civil War and carried by Confederate officers.  Wow -- what a pretty sword !!--$850.
  226. SUPER RARE "1858" date Ames light cavalry saber and scabbard.  Just in and out of the deep South with a nice early pre-war date.  This saber has seen TONS of action as evidenced by the extreme wear on both the scabbard drag tip and the ring mounts.  The blade is clean with some old traces of plating from recent years.  It is marked "Ames Mfg. Co. - U.S. - 1858".  The grip is worn to polished wood much like an old banister rail.  The metal scabbard is in nice condition, but shows clear evidence of LOTS of service in the field.  You will not often see an "1858" Ames on the market and at a very affordable price.  Almost surely "C.S." carried.--$895.SOLD
  227. Fully cased 1/6th plate tintype of a standing Federal Cavalry Trooper.  He is wearing his kepi,  his Model 1851 sword belt rig,  and has his cavalry saber standing right in front of him.  Nothing really fancy about this guy - Just your typical Federal Cavalry Trooper ready to mount up.--$275.
  228. Fresh out of the ground !!  Coat size Virginia State Seal button just recovered from a Confederate camp site located near Richmond, VA.  It hasn't been cleaned up at all, but you can already see pretty gold gilt showing through the dirt and patina here and there.  "Horstmann & Sons" backmark.--$150.
  229. Absolutely beautiful set of "6" excavated brass Federal cavalry spurs recovered by Dr. Rees Buttram from private property near Shiloh about 40 years ago and in the actual glass display case that these were in while on display for many years at the Tennessee Civil War Museum located at the base of LookOut Mtn. in Chattanooga, TN.  The original museum label still remains with this fine display of spurs.--$495.SOLD
  230. Beautiful condition non-excavated coat size Civil War era Wisconsin State Seal Button.  This is a three piece staff with nice gold gilt, shank intact, and "Scovill" backmark.--$225.
  231. sixthcavsgt.JPG (72849 bytes)1/6th plate "Ruby" ambrotype of a seated federal cavalryman.  The image is in a 1/2 hard case and is quite clear.  He is wearing his Model 1851 sword belt rig with his Colt revolver clearly visible and also you can see his Sergeant rank stripes on his sleeves.  Very attractive image with good content.--$395.
  232. Just brought in out of our local area Model 1840 import "Old Wrist Breaker" Heavy Cavalry Saber in original metal scabbard.  Model 1840 Heavy Cavalry Sabers were extensively used by both US and CS Cavalry forces during the American Civil War.  The famous Southern Cavalry leader Gen. Nathan Bedford Forrest carried one as did many in his command. The blade has a smooth aging grey brown patina with the "Knight's Head" proof mark. The grip has some leather remaining, but it is mostly worn down to wood.  The brass guard has a rich aged never cleaned bronze patina and is in very nice condition.  The metal scabbard is in good condition as well, but does have some dings and marks from actual field service.--$695.
  233. Very rare extra "Hi-Base" 69 cal. French Dragoon triangle base projectile.  This is a nice drop , but does have a worm hole in the very top.  It's been ages since I've had one of these - This one was recovered near Corinth, Miss.--$85.
  234. Beautiful condition complete set of Federal Infantry Hat insignia.  This would be Union Infantry - 5th Regiment - Company "F".  Quite rare to find a nice complete set offered for sale.--$235. for all
  235. Attractive excavated large size "U.S." oval lead filled cartridge boxplate.  This was recovered on private property at Chickamauga several years back.--$150.
  236. Broken percussion musket barrel recovered many years ago on private property at Shiloh by Dr. Rees Buttram.--Only $45.
  237. .69 cal. Prussian Musket which was purchased and imported early in the war by the Governor of Ohio for the issue to Ohio troops as they marched off to war in 1861.  These muskets fired an absolutely massive projectile, and they were very quickly found to not be as accurate and serviceable as the smaller cal. Springfield muskets.  Over the years as relic hunters we have learned that when you recover the huge Prussian projectiles that you are certainly in an Ohio camp and could very well be about to recover an "OVM" beltplate.  This particular musket is marked "Potsdam" and dated "1837."  Although the musket was brought in to the shop by a local family, it was learned that the family's ancestry was not unexpectedly out of Ohio.  It has a smooth, dark, uncleaned patina and will display very nicely.--$975.
  238. Excavated 3-inch Federal Hotchkiss projectile.  This projectile was recovered at Port Hudson, LA. and is complete with nose - brass fuze - cup - and lead sabot.  The shell has been cleaned, coated, disarmed, and is ready for display.--$250.
  239. Excavated cast brass  exploded Hotchkiss Percussion fuze.  This was recovered by Kent Wall from near Granny White Pike - 2nd Day's Fighting - Battle of Nashville, Tennessee.--$35.
  240. Very pretty condition excavated large size lead filled US Oval Cartridge Boxplate.  This plate was recovered about 30 years ago by Dr. Rees Buttrum on private property near Shiloh, TN.  The face has a smooth brown patina with full lead in the reverse and both wire loops intact.-- $195.
  241. Excellent Condition Non-Excavated large coat size Gilted Eagle "I" - Federal Infantry Officer's Button.  It has 100% bright gold gilt with a " Waterbury" backmark.-- $38.
  242. Excellent condition non-excavated coat size "V.M.I." {Virginia Military Institute}.  It has virtually 100% bright gold gilt on the face - shank intact - and Civil War era "Evans in the ribbon" backmark.--$195.
  243. Attractive .69 cal. Potsdam musket dated "1826".  This one is out of an Ohio estate sale and has a smooth uncleaned attic patina.  A good number of these were purchased by the Governor of Ohio to arm troops from the state in early 1861 - some are even "OHIO" marked, but this one is unmarked.  The Ohio guys quickly realized that the rifled .58 cal. Springfield muskets were much better and more accurate and these ancient old muskets were soon replaced.  Confederates were also able to get some of these, and they used them until they were able to get the much superior and preferred .577 cal. Enfields.  This is a nice looking "early Civil War" weapon.--$895.
  244. Very pretty condition cuff size Rhode Island State seal button.  It has the shank intact and has a "Scovill" backmark.  It is listed as an early "Dug" button, but could literally pass as non-dug.  It is really that nice.--$45.
  245. Nice clear C.D.V. of a Union Veteran wearing his G.A.R. ribbons and medals.  The image is backmarked "John Bull - Peterborough" which is Peterborough, N.H. I believe.--$45.
  246. Model 1860 Light Cavalry Saber and Scabbard.  The blade has an aging grey brown patina with markings of ?Mansfield and Lamb-1864- US? The grip has original wrap and wire with just a couple old age cracks.  The iron scabbard is in nice condition with a smooth chocolate brown aged patina and has a just a couple small dings from actual service.--$895.

  247. Really neat and very nice condition Revolutionary War era friction fit 69 cal. triangular socket bayonet attached to an ornately turned wooden handle.  I personally suspect that this is actually the coolest "Fireplace Poker" ever and in this application actually dating back 150 to 200 years.  Hardly anyone that I have shown this too - has ever seen anything like it.--$295.
  248. Excellent condition excavated coat size Confederate "Block A" {Artillery} button.  This was recovered from a Confederate winter camp near Richmond, VA. about 30 years ago.  The face has a nice uncleaned brown-green patina, and the iron reverse is solid as can be with shank intact.  It's really hard to find an iron back Confederate button this strong and solid.--$125.
  249. 2imagegutta.JPG (57990 bytes)2imageguttacase.JPG (76654 bytes)2imageguttamkr.JPG (47132 bytes)2imageguttasldr.JPG (85446 bytes)2imageguttafthr.JPG (78850 bytes)2imageguttapin.JPG (49338 bytes)Excellent condition double cased images of a father and son in a fine "Holmes, Booth, & Hayden" Guttapercha case.  The image of the son is a nice, clear military with a Colt revolver across his chest.  The image of the father is clear as well with a gilted masonic pin clearly visible.  Just a fine condition case and set of images.--$425.
  250. Quite attractive Model 1849 - 69 cal. - Austrian Augustin Long Rifle.  Almost every .69 cal. Austrian projectile that I can remember recovering came from a Confederate infantry site, so I feel certain that these were mostly "C.S." carried.  The long range site isn't present, but everything else including original ram rod and both sling swivels are intact.  The wood is all original and exceptionally nice.--$895.SOLD
  251. Exceptionally pretty .577 cal. "1863" date 3-band Enfield rifled musket.  The metal has a beautiful smooth dark attic patina with lockplate markings of "1863 - Tower and the crown" and the barrel has a "25 - 25" mark that will almost cut your finger.  The musket, in addition, still has a bore nice enough to shoot and has original ramrod and both sling swivels intact.  The B.S.A. cartouche in the stock is clear enough to read from "6 feet away".  This is a nice Enfield musket.--$1,650.SOLD
  252. Beautiful condition Model 1840 "Ames" Federal Musician's Sword and Scabbard.  The blade remains sparkling bright and is marked "Ames Manufacturing Co. - U.S. - 1864" and is in it's original - near mint leather scabbard.  You don't run across Civil War swords this nice much anymore.--$650.
  253. Nice clear 1/6th plate tintype - in a very rare and ornate "gutta percha" hard case - of a standing Federal infantry enlistedman.  He is wearing a 9-button enlistedman's frock coat and has his hand resting on an American flag.  My guess is that this is an early war photo as he still looks quite healthy and well fed.--$250.
  254. Very nice condition excavated circular Federal eagle breastplate with an early "1965" Chancellorsville, VA. recovery tag.  This plate is so nice that it actually has an early "Battlefield Pick-up" type look.  Excellent face - full lead - and both loops intact.--$195.
  255. Here is a "Motley Crew" of Relic Hunters on a pretty day in the late 1990s.  Our group on that day was Dr. Rees Buttram {on the extreme right} - Dennis Headley {the very large ugly one next} - and next is me {in front} with my trusty old 6000 Pro {the studly one !!!!} - and next in front is a young man with a shovel and a large smile.  He asked to be taken Civil War relic hunting for his 10th birthday.  After about 6 hours we had recovered 152 artifacts and made this young man a "Happy Birthday Display" that I will wager that he still has in his possession today - -  At age 25 or 26 or so by now !!!  Now that is a bunch of guys having SERIOUS fun !!!!!!!!!
  256. Extremely rare OUTDOOR tintype of a mounted Civil War trooper.  I wish that I could see clear evidence that this was a Reb cavalryman, but all that I can actually make out is that he is a soldier.  Study under a powerful glass might reveal something REALLY cool, but I can't see it.  Any way you slice it --- An outdoor mounted image is VERY rare to come by.--$295.
  257. Beautiful "glass slick" excavated cuff size Georgia State Seal button.  Beautiful smooth chocolate patina with a perfect face - shank intact - and "Extra Quality" backmark.   Recovered near Savannah, GA.  This button is first class all the way.--$175.
  258. Very rare "1830 Infantry Training Tactics Manual".  It is quite common to find Civil War Confederate officers carrying these "old" Mexican War era manuals.  This one came out of a North Carolina estate and was quite likely to have been C.S. carried.--$150.
  259. Excavated large size U.S. oval cartridge boxplate recovered from Chickamauga, GA. with a beautiful face and a "W. H. Smith - Brooklyn" maker's mark that you can read across the room.  This plate was dug almost 40 years ago and it's quality reflects that.--$295.
  260. Excellent condition non-excavated coat size "C.S.A." Confederate officer's uniform button.  This is a "CS-81" with the correct "Superior Quality" backmark.--$225.SOLD
  261. Drop dead beautiful condition excavated coat size Virginia State Seal Button.  This is a VA 13 with "Canfield Bro. and Co.- Baltimore" backmark.  The button has a slick chocolate brown patina with the figures completely outlined in bright gold gilt.--$295.
  262. Excavated coat size block "A" (Confederate Artillery) button.  This button was recovered from the Army of Tennessee's Artillery Park for the winter of 1863 located on Lewisburg Pike just outside Shelbyville, TN.--$95.
  263. This 8 - page "Eye Witness" "Battle of Nashville, TN." letter isn't currently for sale, but is just to "historically cool" not to share.  One such bit of "NEW" information is this -- I have many times read where the citizens came out to watch the Battle almost like going to a Sporting Event -- BUT, This is the first time that I have read that it angered the Federal Generals WHO THEN PRESSED THEM INTO SERVICE DIGGING GRAVES !!!!  Just a great eye witness view into the history of this Battle -- Enjoy !!
  264. Quite scarce July 1st, 1852 - $3. Note from the Merchant's Bank of Washington D. C. - This note has the Tennessee Hero "Old Hickory" {Andrew Jackson} pictured on it.  The note is circulated, but is sound and has a very nice display look.  I have seen this note for as much as $195.  Here is a good buy on a very rare note.--$85.
  265. Very nice condition cast brass double cavity bullet mold for a Civil War era "Country Rifle".  This is what many young Confederates left home carrying in 1861.  Looks to be about 44 cal.--$150.
  266. Really pretty crisp, pliable small leather Federal percussion cap box.  You couldn't ask for a prettier example.  The pick is still inside, but no wool.--$165.
  267. Beautiful excavated drop .58 cal. 2-ring German Suhl projectile.  This extra nice and quite rare Confederate bullet was recovered by Mark Heath from an 1862 Wheeler Confederate Cavalry Camp located near Knob Gap, TN.--$65.
  268. Nose section of a 3-inch Percussion fuzed Hotchkiss projectile recovered at the second Day's Fighting at The Battle of Nashville, TN.  The plunger can still be seen intact on the interior of the brass percussion fuze.  This is a great little "Battle of Nashville, TN." conversation piece.--$48.
  269. Beautiful condition non-excavated gilted coat size Confederate "Droop Wing" officer's button.  This is a "CS-5" with a "Treble Gilt" backmark.  You couldn't ask for a nicer example.--$250.
  270. Very nice condition non-excavated .50 cal. Flat Top Maynard Carbine Cartridge.  An excellent compliment to display with your Civil War Maynard Carbine.--$48.
  271. Solid, attractive "Middle-Grade" nice early Model 1855 .58 cal. Federal cartridge box.  The leather remains pliable with about an average amount of flaking.  The box has both belt loops and both iron roller buckles intact, but the tip of the closure tab is broken off.  The tip is present though - tucked inside the inner compartment of the box and could easily be repaired.  The box is slotted for a "U.S." cartridge boxplate, but there is not one currently on the box.  It is "New York" maker marked on the inside flap.--$250.
  272. Excellent condition non-excavated coat size Federal Navy button.  It has 100 % bright gold gilt - Waterbury backmark - and shank intact.--$48.
  273. Two unique Enfield musket artifacts  presented in a glass display case.  One of the artifacts is a brass Enfield Tompion and the other artifact is a very unusual Enfield Bullet.  The soldier loaded this bullet into his musket upside down and had to use his bullet extractor screwed onto the back end of his ramrod to remove it.  The interesting thing is that normally when a bullet has been extracted the extractor hole is in the nose, but on this bullet, because it was loaded upside down, the extractor hole is in the rear.--$45.
  274. Excavated circular brass cavalry Rossette.  This was recovered from the 1863 Winter Camp of the 51st Alabama Cavalry located near Fosterville, TN.--$35.
  275. Beautiful condition excavated coat size gilted Federal Infantry Officer's Button.  This button was recovered by Dr. Rees Buttram on private property in Chickamaga, GA.  Both the Eagle and the letter "I" are outlined with with bright gold gilt.--$38.
  276. Absolutely drop dead beautiful excavated "drop" .69 cal. Confederate used triangle base French minie.  It has a creamy, marble like white patina and was recovered here at Stones River in the late 1960s.  I don't know how it could possibly be any nicer.--$45.
  277. Very nice content cabinet card of a fully equipted Ill. Infantry soldier.  The image has a "Woldridge and King - Petersburg, ILL." Photographer's mark.--$75.
  278. Coat size, excavated, western theater, low convex Confederate Block "I" Infantry Button.  It is in good condition with a nice chocolate brown patina.--$95
  279. Group of PUBLISHED really pretty "North Carolina Sunburst" excavated buttons.  These buttons were recovered in the late 1960s from  Gen. Manigault's 1863 Army of Tennessee Confederate winter camp at Dalton, Ga.  Some of these very buttons are in the pile pictured on page 209 in Charlie Harris's book - "Civil War Relics of the Western Campaigns".   Just point out the one you want.--$110. each
  280. Excavated coat size North Carolina State Seal button.  This is the style with the star in the depressed channel on the reverse.  The button is very solid with a smooth chocolate brown patina.  There is a light dip in the face but nothing serious.  The reverse has shank intact and gold gilt in the channel.--$135.
  281. Excellent condition non-excavated 12 mm French Pinfire cartridge.  This will be a fine compliment to display with your French Pinfire revolver.--$25.
  282. Very attractive Model 1840 Federal light artillery saber and scabbard.  The blade is clean just beginning to gently mellow with age and does have a couple little blade to blade nicks.  It is marked "U.S. - 1864 - Ames Mfg. Co. - Chicopee".  The mark is visible, but deeper on one side than the other, which isn't uncommon to be the case.  The grip is nice with original wrap and wire and the cast brass guard has a beautiful - never cleaned - bronze age patina.  The scabbard is in good condition with a dark  - never cleaned - chocolate brown patina, but does have a little pitting here and there in some areas.--$850.
  283. Offered here is a "set" of excellent examples of the two different styles of coat size "brass face-iron reverse" - Confederate Infantry buttons recovered from Army of Tennessee 1863 winter camps here in the West.  These were recovered by Benny Anderson from Army of Tennessee 1863 winter camps at Dalton, GA.  Note the distinctively different rim and form "I" between the two.--$195. for the pair
  284. Beautiful condition non-excavated coat size Georgia State seal Confederate uniform button.  It has virtually 100 % bright gold gilt and is backmarked "Van Wart - Sons and Co."  You couldn't ask for a prettier example.--$150.
  285. Excellent condition excavated gilted Federal "I" Infantry Officer's button.  This was recovered in the late 1960s by Dr. Rees Buttram on private property at Shiloh.  An excellent button.--$38.
  286. Pair {coat and cuff} of beautiful condition excavated "Gilted" Federal Infantry Officer's buttons.  These were recovered in the late 1960s from private property at Shiloh by Dr. Rees Buttram.  Just really, really pretty.--$48. for the pair
  287. Very nice excavated coat size gilted New York State Seal button.  This was recovered by Dr. Rees Buttram in the mid - 1970s from Gen. Joe Hookers camps located near Tiftonia, TN.--$35.SOLD.
  288. .Beautiful non-excavated coat size gilted "1861" date Mintzer manufactured Georgia State Seal.  This is an excellent example with 100% gilt on the face, and 100% silver on the reverse, and is backmarked "1861 - W. G. Mintzer - Phil.", and the shank is intact and straight.  Top Shelf In Every Way.--$250.
  289. 1/6th plate fully cased tintype of two Federal soldiers.  Both soldiers are seated with frock coats open.--$135.
  290. mixedbullets.JPG (33975 bytes)bulkbullets.JPG (82496 bytes)I've just purchased 5000 mixed excavated Civil War bullets.  Bag of 50 mixed dropped and fired U.S. and C.S. bullets-each bag includes a variety of different type bullets at a low cost of $1.70 per bullet--$85. a bag.

  291. Pretty condition non-excavated large size lead filled "U.S." oval waist belt plate.  This is an example of the most worn waist belt plate of the American Civil War.--$250.
  292. Beautiful excavated gilted coat size New York State seal Button.  This button was recovered from private property near Tiftonia, TN. and has no dents - loads of gold gilt - and shank intact and straight.--$45.
  293. Very nice condition Confederate "Sep. 2, 1861" $20. note.  This one is known as the "Industry, Cupid, and Beehive" T20 note and is somewhat hard to find in nice condition.--$85.                                         
  294. Excavated coat size rare "low convex" Virginia State Seal button.  This button was dug by Chuck Sykes from a Virginia troops camp near Brandy Station, VA.  It is quite solid with a smooth brown patina and an "rmdc" Horstmann and Sons backmark.  It is missing the shank {which is probably why it got lost}.  A pretty button.--$195.
  295. Excavated 50 cal. Maynard cartridge recovered from Granny White Gap at the 2nd days fighting at the Battle of Nashville, TN.--$45.
  296. Excavated large size lead filled "U.S." oval cartridge boxplate.  This plate was recovered in the early 1980s on private property in central Virginia by Chuck Sykes.  It has a very attractive chocolate brown patina.--$125.
  297. Excavated Federal "hi-port" cavalry bit recovered from a Confederate cavalry camp at Corinth, MISS.  The Rebels had removed the  cast bras "U.S." rosettes from each side so that they could then use the bit themselves and it NOT be "U.S." marked.  A very neat  "U.S. to C.S." kind of relic.--$85.
  298. Rare drop "one ring" .58 cal Gardner projectile recovered at Chickamauga, GA.--$25.
  299. Nice clear fully cased 1/6th plate tintype of an early war young Union Private.  If you have no actual "from life" Civil War images in your collection - This would be a pretty one to start with.--$135.
  300. chickmagaus.JPG (57131 bytes)chickmagausrev.JPG (76851 bytes)Excavated large size lead filled "U.S." oval cartridge boxplate recovered at Chickamauga a few years ago.  The face has one little rust bump on the bottom of the "S" but is otherwise an excellent plate with a smooth chocolate brown patina on the face and full lead and both loops on the reverse.--$195.
  301. vastaff.JPG (76150 bytes)vastaffrev.JPG (73315 bytes)Beautiful condition non-excavated coat size Virginia staff officer's 3-piece button.  This is a 23 mm VA261C with near 100 % bright gold gilt.  The reverse has "Superior Quality" backmark with the shank intact.--$275.
  302. Quite scarce excavated "Long Tail" Confederate cavalry - Hall carbine projectile.  This is an excellent drop recovered from the camp of the 1st Confederate Cavalry located near the old academy at Unionville, TN.--$65.
  303. I'm betting that one of the reasons that you guys regularly check out Midtenrelics is that you are not only going to see some cool relics BUT you are going to see and learn some very interesting stuff.  How many of you have ever seen and read Gen. Nathan Bedford Forrest's Last Will and Testament.  Quite Interesting Reading !!!
  304. Nice condition 69 cal. Model 1816 friction fit triangular socket bayonet.  Deep, sharp "U.S." mark on the blade and a perfect compliment to display with your 69 cal. Model 1816 musket.--$195.
  305. Very nice condition 58 cal. triangular socket bayonet correct for the Springfield or any of the 1861 contract rifled muskets.  This was apparently state or private purchase as there is no "U.S." stamp.--$175.
  306. Absolutely beautiful condition non-excavated coat size gilted Virginia Staff Officer's button.  This looks like a VA-20 and has the shank intact and a "Superior Quality" backmark with LOTS of gold gilt.--$250.
  307. Model 1860 light cavalry saber and scabbard.  This one has a clean, bright blade just beginning to grey with age and having remnants of some old plating.  It is marked "Emerson and Silver - U.S. - 186 {1}" I think.  The last digit of the date is somewhat hard to make out.  The grip is pretty with original wrap and wire.  The scabbard is in nice condition as well, but it also has remnants of old plating.  My guess is that it is likely an old Veteran's Hall saber as they loved to paint and plate artifacts.  The saber has a great display look on the wall.--$750.
  308. "Attic" condition "1863" date Model 1860 light cavalry saber and scabbard.  The blade has a deep, dark 150 year old chocolate brown patina and is marked "U.S. - 1863 - Mansfield and Lamb".  The grip is worn down to wood and reminds you of an old banister rail.  The scabbard has a thick brown patina as well.  This saber has a pleasing "out of the attic" look and is a great buy for the money.--$695.
  309. mrkedplteandblt.JPG (44455 bytes)mrkedplteandbltclose.JPG (65446 bytes)mrkedplteandbltmrk.JPG (73708 bytes)Large size "U.S." oval waist belt plate on the original maker marked black leather waist belt.  The belt has the brass keeper intact and is marked "Wilkinson Maker - U. S. - Springfield, Mass." - but the belt does have an old repaired break on the back side.  Still a very nice U. S. belt rig.--$450.SOLD
  310. niceusoval.JPG (66096 bytes)niceusovalrev.JPG (77057 bytes)Perfect condition unissued large size lead filled "U.S." oval waist belt plate.  This is the arrow hook variety and all three hooks remain intact.  This is the classic belt plate of the American Civil War.--$250.
  311. 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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