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  1. blackberry vines.jpg (1481522 bytes)End of July and 31 gallons later, we are still picking blackberries and freezing them.  We plan for lots of cobblers, sherbet, and maybe some liquid cobbler (wine)!

  2. blackberries.jpg (381246 bytes)Lots of cobblers are a'coming !!!!!  We've picked 13 gallons in the past 2 weeks !!!!  It is really hard to beat "liquid" Blackberry cobbler {wine} !!!

  3. 10mmpinfire.JPG (44131 bytes)10mmpinfirerev.JPG (54019 bytes)10mmpinfirek.JPG (69708 bytes)10pinfiremkr.JPG (58703 bytes)10mmpinfiresrl.JPG (45906 bytes)Very nice condition Confederate carried 12mm "E. Lefaucheux" Pinfire revolver.  Many Confederate officers individually purchased this sidearm.  Included with the revolver is an original 12mm cartridge that we recovered from 1863 Confederate camps near Wartrace, Tennessee.  Most pinfire revolvers are smaller caliber and are not "E. Lefaucheux" marked.  This example is both "marked" and large caliber and has all the small parts that are often missing, {such as lanyard ring, loading door, and ejector rod.}  And, it is out of the local Middle Tennessee bushes.--$975.

  4. cstongue.jpg (100431 bytes)cstonguerev.JPG (105367 bytes)Absolutely beautiful "tongue portion" of a non-excavated "Richmond Arsenal" C.S. 2-Piece Saber Belt Plate.  It has a rich aged bronze patina, and if you can land the matching wreath - you will have a $3,000. to $3,500. non-excavated Richmond Arsenal C.S. 2-piece saber belt plate.  {I have had several loose non-excavated Richmond Arsenal wreaths over the years, so it is possible and realistic to find one, and the wreath half is usually about $950.}--$1,450.

  5. savage1914a.JPG (50943 bytes)savage1914b.JPG (49758 bytes)savage1914.JPG (50761 bytes)savagemkr.JPG (49775 bytes)Just brought into the shop a few minutes ago.  Very attractive .36 cal. Savage Navy Model Revolver.  It has a smooth gently aging grey-brown patina, and has an early serial number "1914" on the bottom side of the barrel.  This is the only place that I can make the serial out, so I'm really not sure if the other numbers matched or not.  The barrel markings remain crisp, and easily readable.  The grips are quite nice with no breaks, repairs, or serious cracks.  A slight trace of the inspector cartouche can still be seen on one grip.  The very complicated Savage action still works well, but does miss index every now and then.  This is a solid and attractive Savage Navy Model that will look great in your collection.--$1,450.

  6. 1839usoval.JPG (88311 bytes)1839usovalrev.JPG (86923 bytes)Very pretty non-excavated rare Model 1839 "small oval" U.S. waist belt plate.  The face couldn't be more beautiful and perfect, and the reverse has nice full lead, and both hooks intact for display - HOWEVER, the plate was missing the single arrow hook when it came in.  As luck would have it - a while back I dug the exact arrow hook that this plate was missing from an Ohio Infantry camp here, and decided to give up my hook to let this plate display more perfectly.  I have simply glued the hook in place if, for some reason, you'd like to removed it.--$295.

  7. spursdug.jpg (71718 bytes)Pair of excavated cast brass Civil War Cavalry spurs.  One is a regulation Federal Cavalry spur recovered from Federal Camp Stanley here at Murfreesboro, and the other is a Confederate style recovered from an 1863 Alabama Cavalry camp located along Duck River here.  It is missing part of the leg on one side.  Both spurs - one U.S. and one C.S. for only--$95.

  8. msket.JPG (14292 bytes)msketbrl2.JPG (8349 bytes)msketlckplt.JPG (57410 bytes)msketlckpltrev.JPG (67800 bytes)msketmrk.JPG (65988 bytes)msketmrk2.JPG (66555 bytes)msketbook.JPG (48069 bytes)Just in out of the local Southern bushes -- .69 cal. Austrian Model 1842 Engineer's Rifled musket.  The musket has a smooth - never cleaned - deep chocolate brown patina, and is the type weapon many Confederates carried the first two years of the Civil War.  I have never recovered a .69 cal. Austrian projectile anywhere but early Confederate Infantry camps.  Here is a nice, untouched, Confederate carried musket at a VERY reasonable price.--$850.

  9. rarespur.jpg (64822 bytes)Absolutely beautiful perfect excavated SUPER HEAVY pattern Leech and Rigdon enlisted man's Confederate cavalry spur.  This spur was recovered on private property near Charleston, South Carolina, from a Confederate cavalry camp and has the most perfect slick olive green patina you could hope to find.  There are remnants of the iron rowel still intact.--$395.SOLD

  10. csplte.jpg (194437 bytes)csplterev.JPG (69858 bytes)Absolutely Drop Dead Beautiful excavated large size "Breckinridge Pattern" C.S. oval waist belt plate.  This is a "double struck" die stamped brass plate, and doesn't have even one tiny freeze crack, nor the slightest hint of a dent.  It was recovered from a Texas Cavalry Camp just West of Triune, TN., and on private property.  This would rank as one of the most beautiful examples of this rare C.S. belt plate ever recovered in this area.--SOLD

  11. cavsaber.jpg (13710 bytes)cavsaberopn.JPG (18796 bytes)cavsabercls.JPG (64072 bytes)cavsabersol.JPG (66553 bytes)cavsabersk.JPG (59243 bytes)Model 1840 "Old Wristbreaker" heavy cavalry saber and scabbard.  Model 1840 sabers were extensively carried by both U.S. and C.S. Cavalry forces during the American Civil War.  This example has a nice clean blade, and is "Solingen" marked.  The grip is very nice with original wrap and wire.  The famous Southern Cavalry Leader - General Nathan Bedford Forrest - at one time carried one of these as did many in his command.  This saber shows clear evidence of having actually been carried, and would be a very nice addition to any Civil War display.--$750.
  12. coltpkt107084.JPG (61604 bytes)coltpkt107084rev.JPG (64253 bytes)coltpkt107084mrk1.JPG (66606 bytes)coltpkt107084mrk2.JPG (42547 bytes)coltpkt107084mrk3.JPG (47965 bytes)coltpkt107084mrk4.JPG (41359 bytes)coltpkt107084mrk5.JPG (73370 bytes)coltpkt107084mtk.JPG (69177 bytes)coltpkt107084sn.JPG (44988 bytes)Really pretty Model 1849 .32 cal. Colt Pocket revolver.  It has nice clean metal with an all matching serial number of "107084" {except for the wedge which is an old replacement}.  The brass trigger guard still has a nice amount of original silver wash, and the cylinder still retains lots of original scene.  It has action about as crisp as new, and a near perfect bore remains.  This is a real nice little Colt Pocket Revolver.--$1,250.

  13. nplow.jpg (13188 bytes)nplowopn.jpg (18291 bytes)nplowcls.jpg (52422 bytes)nplowcsa.jpg (58762 bytes)nplowmkr.jpg (76597 bytes)Ultra-Rare EARLY production "Backwards "N" Nashville Plow Works Confederate Cavalry Officer's Saber and Scabbard.  The blade has a nice aged grey-brown patina and the guard has a fine aged bronze patina.  The leather grip was restored about 50 years ago and looks perfect.  It has the original "Nashville Plow" scabbard with the tiny "nickel size" rings.  This item is absolutely "museum worthy".--$8,500. SOLD

  14. csbreckinridge.jpg (905167 bytes)csbreckinridgecls.jpg (1035481 bytes)csbreckinridgerev.jpg (1098343 bytes)Ultra rare double struck non-excavated Breckinridge style large oval CS waist belt plate on original leather belt.  This Confederate belt rig was originally purchased by David Williams about 30 years ago out of an Abilene, Texas, estate.  According to family information, their ancestor had served with Wharton's 8th Texas Rangers during the Civil War.  This belt rig was part of Dr. Rees Buttram's collection for many years, and for a number of years was on display in the Tennessee Museum at Chattanooga, Tennessee.  The CS oval buckle on this belt rig has a very unusual soldered on double wire front hook.  In this era, it is extremely rare for a Confederate rig of this scarcity to come on the market.--$4,950.SOLD

  15. colt22164rev.JPG (49142 bytes)colt22164.JPG (40457 bytes)colt22164ptnt.JPG (67382 bytes)colt22164srls.JPG (43177 bytes)colt22164srl.JPG (52490 bytes)Just brought in this morning out of the local area .44 cal. Model 1860 Colt Army revolver, serial #22164 and is all matching except for the wedge which is an old replacement.  Serial #22164 is the most desirable 1861-1862 production and is a very sought after 4-screw model that is correct for accepting a shoulder stock.  The revolver shows clear evidence of having been carried on many a campaign.  All corners are worn rounded, and it has several small dings and marks typical of a revolver that has seen lots of service.  It is highly likely that this revolver was southern carried based on where it turned up and its early serial number.--$1,650.00SOLD

  16. dugshell.jpg (64094 bytes)Excellent condition DROPPED three inch time fused Hotchkiss projectile.  This was recovered many years ago from a lawn in Atlanta, Georgia, which was previously part of the Battleground of Atlanta, Georgia, but is currently a private residential area.  The shell has been cleaned and disarmed and is ready for display.--$295.SOLD

  17. snakebuckle.JPG (81784 bytes)Very cool find - This is the effects of one of Wheeler's Cavalry who was apparently a casualty at the Battle Of Farmington, TN.  This find was made only about 400 yards from the little Confederate cemetery at the site of the engagement.  The Southern Cavalry trooper appears to have been equipped with Enfield accouterments, and apparently with an Enfield carbine as well.  The entire large size English Snake buckle was there along with Enfield bullets, and several beautiful gilted floral buttons from the Southern Trooper's Shell jacket.  A find like this will only happen to you a couple times in a lifetime of relic hunting.--$475.SOLD

  18. archer.jpg (61481 bytes)Excavated 3-inch CONFEDERATE ARCHER "SHELL" WITH COMPLETE LEAD SABOT recovered on private property near Shiloh.  Shells are much rarer to recover than bolts.  This example has about average ground action, and has already been cleaned - coated - disarmed - and is ready for display.--$950.

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

  20. dugspurwed.JPG (68349 bytes)dugspurwedcls.JPG (42991 bytes)Beautiful condition excavated Federal "Rooster Neck" regulation cavalry spur.  This spur was recovered from Union Camp Stanley located near Murfreesboro, Tennessee, and named after Federal General David Stanley.  It was recovered from private property and has an absolutely beautiful reflective olive green patina.--$85.

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

  22. fedrosette.JPG (98192 bytes)fedrosetterev.JPG (98177 bytes)Perfect condition excavated regulation cast brass "U.S. Cavalry" rosette.  It has a smooth chocolate brown patina and was recovered from Federal Camp David Stanley, located near Murfreesboro, Tennessee.--$48.

  23. chain.jpg (57149 bytes)Perfect condition excavated brass cavalry curb chain.  This was recovered from a Confederate Alabama cavalry camp located near Chapel Hill, Tennessee.  I don't think I have ever seen a nicer recovered example.--$48.

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

  25. halfdollar.JPG (99743 bytes)halfdollarrev.JPG (99120 bytes)Very pretty condition excavated "1855-O" silver half dollar.  This coin was recovered from a Confederate camp along Duck River near Chapel Hill, Tennessee.  Some soldier was very upset about losing this coin as a good meal could be bought for around 10 cents.--$95.SOLD

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

  27. 1858halfdollar.JPG (98892 bytes)1858halfdollarrev.JPG (101303 bytes)quartercntr.JPG (99491 bytes)quartercntrrev.JPG (92844 bytes)Two coins recovered from Roddy's 1863 winter Cavalry camp located on private property along Duck River near Chapel Hill, TN.  The first is a silver 1858 date Half Dollar with a small hole where the soldier was wearing it around his neck {so that at all times he had money for a meal} and the second is dated 1854 and is a total COUNTERFEIT.  A very cool pair of excavated coins.--$125. for both-SOLD

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

  29. columbiafrnt.JPG (104476 bytes)columbia.jpg (110929 bytes)Really pretty excavated stamped brass Union patriotic disc recovered on private property here at Stones River.  It has a smooth brown patina and has an eagle draped over the Federal shield with stars and the legend "Hail Columbia".  We used to recover these fairly often from the 1863 Federal winter camps here, but this is the first that I've had in several years.  It has a smooth brown patina and really sharp detail.--$95.SOLD

  30. dugspurthurs.JPG (76910 bytes)Perfect condition excavated Federal Cavalry Spur recovered at Camp Stanley here at Murfreesboro, TN.  It has a beautiful brown/green woods patina.--$75.

  31. onecent.jpg (106797 bytes)onecentrev.JPG (102298 bytes)Excavated "crazy early" large cent dated "1810" and recovered on private property from an Alabama cavalry camp.--$65.SOLD

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

  33. 1824dime.jpg (110298 bytes)1824dimerev.JPG (98757 bytes)Excavated dime dated "1824" and recovered from an 1863 Confederate cavalry camp here in Middle Tennessee.  It has wear, but the date is clear and easy to read.--$48.

  34. gardnre.jpg (76578 bytes)Excavated complete .52 cal. Spencer carbine cartridge.  This was recovered from private property - Wilder's Lightening Brigade at Hoover's Gap, TN.--$38. 

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

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

  37. eagleclip.JPG (103188 bytes)eaglecliprev.JPG (101658 bytes)Absolutely beautiful excavated silvered officer's "Droop Wing eagle" suspender clip.  You won't see a more flawless example.--$65. SOLD

  38. palmettoclip.JPG (96145 bytes)palmettocliprev.JPG (90178 bytes)Very rare excavated "Palmetto Tree" suspender clip.  This unique relic was  recovered from the 1863 winter camp of  "Manigault's South Carolina Brigade".  It is very nice condition.--$75.SOLD

  39. rosette.jpg (64515 bytes)rosetterev.JPG (103418 bytes)Excellent condition excavated lead filled floral Confederate used bridle rosette.  This was recovered from private property along Duck River where Roddy's Alabama Cavalry were encamped for the winter of 1863.--$48.

  40. unkbullet.JPG (68996 bytes)unkbulletbase.JPG (47599 bytes)Unusual excavated field molded .52 cal. Confederate  carbine projectile.  The projectile has a cold mold line around the nose of the bullet, and has one wide single ring that may have been actually carved into the bullet.  It has the profile of a German Shul, but is a field molded bullet.--$48.

  41. groovedaxe.JPG (48249 bytes)Quite rare 1000 year old Cherokee "grooved axe" picked up in a cultivated field along Duck River near Chapel Hill, Tennessee, by a Civil War relic hunter that was searching the field for Confederate artifacts and saw the grooved axe exposed.  Not exactly Civil War, but found by a Civil War relic hunter, and some Cherokee Indians did participate in the Civil War.--$225. SOLD

  42. carbslng.jpg (62420 bytes)Excavated regulation Federal carbine sling buckle and brass belt tip {that is totally covered with leather on the reverse}.  This carbine sling rig was apparently "borrowed" from the Federal Cavalry because it was recovered from an Alabama Cavalry camp located near Chapel Hill, TN.--$125.SOLD

  43. duglockplate.JPG (79018 bytes)duglockplaterev.JPG (86503 bytes)Excavated "flintlock" pistol lockplate recovered on private property at the Battle of Mill Springs, Kentucky.  It is an important fact that many Confederates were armed with flintlocks at this battle, and the drizzling rain caused their weapons not to correctly function.--$95.

  44. sharps1848.JPG (10648 bytes)sharps1848lckplt.JPG (44603 bytes)sharps1848ptnt.JPG (73833 bytes)sharps1848srl.JPG (65587 bytes)sharps1848rev.JPG (38032 bytes)sharps1848cmptmt.JPG (56620 bytes)sharps1848sldr.JPG (48233 bytes)Very rare .52 cal. Sharps Model 1853 "slanting breech" carbine sometimes referred to as "the John Brown model".  This type early slant breech Sharps carbines are often found having been Confederate used (like the one in the picture above).  This carbine has a smooth, gently graying aged patina on the metal and retains good, crisp action.  The long range site and the very long carbine sling hook attachment bar all remain intact.  The brass patchbox also remains intact, has a rich aged patina, and works perfectly.  The wood is complete and very nice, showing only the normal small dings and marks of actual field service.  This is a weapon that any Civil War collector, especially those liking southern used items, would be most pleased to have in their collection.--$2,850.SOLD

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

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

  47. enfieldbayonet.JPG (13652 bytes)enfieldbayonetcls.JPG (59338 bytes)enfieldbayonetmkr.JPG (74028 bytes)Fresh in out of the local bushes, .577 cal. Enfield Saber Bayonet with the pressed leather grips.  The bayonet is in overall good condition with an aging gray patina on the metal, and the checkered pressed leather grips remain in good condition.  This type saber bayonet is correct for the Enfield two band Sergeants Model musket, and was very popular among Confederate forces.--$295.

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

  49. woodstrike1.JPG (63378 bytes)woodstrike.JPG (80460 bytes).69 cal. three ring minie ball imbedded in a knot of wood.  This was recovered about 30 years ago on private property near Shiloh.  You rarely see .69 cal. minie balls imbedded in wood.--$45.SOLD

  50. apothkit1.JPG (99586 bytes)apothkittop.JPG (50531 bytes)apothkitopn.JPG (63524 bytes)apothkitopn1.JPG (54801 bytes)Extremely rare and in beautiful condition 1840 - 1860 era walnut apothecary chest with original open pontil medicine bottles (I noticed one or two still have medicine in them - not sure about expiration date).  The walnut case is in absolutely pristine condition with original fold down brass handle in the top, and has one slide in drawer which also contains several medical items.  This is a museum grade piece that will be a high quality addition to any medical collection or medical display.--$2,850.SOLD

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

  52. bowieknife1.jpg (410524 bytes)bowieknife1rev.jpg (319211 bytes)bowieknife1end.jpg (340329 bytes)bowieknifeblade.jpg (346883 bytes)bowieknifebladerev.jpg (427185 bytes)bowieknifegrp.jpg (350463 bytes)bowieknifegrp2.jpg (405410 bytes)bowieknives.jpg (415758 bytes)bowieknifebk.jpg (446621 bytes)bowieknifedoc.jpg (526259 bytes)This is a nice and quite rare Confederate bowie knife/pike.  The piece has a single edge blade.  Thick brass crossguards are made integral with ribbed brass grips to simulate wire wrapping.  The locking arrangement allows for a metal-sheathed shaft with a notch up top to be inserted into the handle, clicking into place - "to double its use" as a pike. This piece is rarely {as in about never} seen with original sheath and shaft, and this example is no exception.  The locking mechanism works.  It was used in the trenches to stab the horse in the heart during mid-jump over the trench or barricade, and the rider would fall off and be bludgeoned on the ground.  Classification of the knife can be found in Norm Flayderman's book "The Bowie Knife" in chapter six, and in "Confederate Bowie Knives" on page 216.  The knife is in good attic condition with a few edge nicks on the blade, an aged nice chocolate patina, and very minor typical pitting.  Brass handle shows minimal wear.  Blade is slightly loose, but when the locking mechanism is engaged, the blade shows no play.  Believed to be slightly loose to allow the shaft to lock and unlock easily.  This is a Confederate made bowie/pike that you will seldom see offered for sale.--$3,850.

  53. kville.jpg (12008 bytes)kvilleopn.JPG (18404 bytes)kvillecls.JPG (42820 bytes)kvilleromannuml.JPG (62801 bytes)kvilleromannuml2.JPG (32387 bytes)Very pretty and "rare as can be" 2nd Model Kenansville {Confederate States Armory" Southern made C.S. cavalry saber and scabbard.  The blade has a smooth, gently aging grey/brown  patina, and has the classic Confederate unstopped fuller.  The guard has a beautiful uncleaned - aged bronze patina, -lap seamed - and the grip is beautiful - having been professionally restored about 60 years ago.  It has Roman numerals "XVIII"  cut into both the saber guard, and on the throat of the scabbard.  The scabbard is in excellent condition with brass mounts and a smooth dark brown patina.  This is a classic Confederate saber that any one of us would be proud to have in our collection.--$4,650.

  54. 2piececs.jpg (83572 bytes)2piececsrev.JPG (73348 bytes)Excavated C.S. 2-piece saber belt plate.  This is a quite crude style C.S. buckle, and was recovered from an 1863 Confederate winter camp along Duck River here in Middle Tennessee.  Judging from the crudity of the buckle - I suspect that the buckle is likely a Leech and Rigdon product.  The "C' cast very clearly, but the "S" almost completely filled in and looks somewhat like an "8".  The two halves were dug about three feet apart, so were definitely being worn together.  It has a very attractive brown/green patina, and with the exception of the belt loop on the wreath side being bent up some - is an attractive and complete Western Style C.S. 2-Piece Saber Belt Plate.--$1,850.SOLD

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

  56. scarolina.JPG (34098 bytes)scarolinarev.JPG (45638 bytes)Excavated coat size South Carolina State Seal uniform button.  This was recovered from Gen. Manigault's 1863 South Carolina camp located just outside Shelbyville, TN. on private property on Lewisburg Pike.  The button is solid as a rock, but does have a slight press in the very center.  Smooth chocolate patina, and crisp detail.--$125.

  57. kepibuttons.JPG (89189 bytes)kepibuttonsrev.JPG (104811 bytes)Perfectly matching set of excavated highly gilted Confederate used kepi buttons.  These were recovered from Wharton's 1863 - 8th Texas Cavalry camp located near Unionville, TN. and are all that remains of a Confederate kepi.--$45.

  58. warlog.jpg (726811 bytes)warlogcls.jpg (1067869 bytes)Massive Civil War "BATTLEFIELD WAR LOG" with strikes from every conceivable direction.  This war log is from the Battle of Chickamauga and was on display for years in the "Lotz House Civil War Museum" in Franklin, Tennessee.  The log stands 29 inches in height, is 10 inches in diameter, and is displayed on a professionally made walnut stand.  The log has numerous different type shrapnel strikes including James and Schenkl shell fragments as well as exploded cannonball and numerous canister.  You will look a long, LONG time before you will find another "War Log" this fine.--$17,500.SOLD

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

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

  61. VERY Pretty Model 1840 Ames Manufactured Federal Musician's Sword and Scabbard.  The blade is no less than SPARKLING bright and is marked "Ames Mfg. Co. - Chicopee, Mass. - U.S. - 1864" and the scabbard is in nice condition as well with only one little spot that has a little re-enforcing right at the bottom.--$595.
  62. remchk.jpg (34163 bytes)remchkrev.JPG (25697 bytes)Here is a very cool item to compliment your various Remington weapons.  It is a mid-1860s Civil War era cancelled check signed by none other than "Eliphalet Remington" who was the patriarch of Remington Firearms.--$75.SOLD

  63. candj.jpg (13033 bytes)candjcls.jpg (38555 bytes)candjmkr.jpg (70494 bytes)Model 1840 heavy cavalry saber "Old Wristbreaker" out of a North Alabama estate and was almost certainly Confederate Cavalry carried.  You can own a very affordable Confederate carried cavalry saber.--$375.SOLD

  64. cannisterballdisplay.JPG (41722 bytes)cannisterballdisplay1.JPG (52971 bytes)cannisterballdisplay2.JPG (35532 bytes)Nice little artillery grouping consisting of a mint condition red artillery hat cord, an excavated canister ball shot at Shiloh, and a cannon friction primer recovered from the Battle of Nashville.--$95.

  65. 1964springfield.JPG (19785 bytes)1964springfieldstk.JPG (12984 bytes)1964springfieldbrl1.JPG (9251 bytes)1964springfieldlckplt.JPG (61277 bytes)1964springfieldmkr.JPG (78812 bytes)1964springfielddte.JPG (73140 bytes)Fresh out of a central Alabama estate - .58 cal. Model 1861 Springfield rifled musket.  This musket was brought in yesterday and was quite likely a captured and Confederate used weapon.  It has a smooth attic brown patina tip to tip and shows clear evidence of lots of service.  At some point, the original Model 1861 lockplate broke or malfunctioned and the Confederate soldier was able to procure a Model 1863 Springfield lockplate to replace it and keep the weapon serviceable.  The musket is also missing the front barrel band, but that piece is readily available.  With just a little TLC, this Model 1861 Springfield musket can be easily returned to its original state.  Once back as an original .58 cal. Model 1861 Springfield 3 band rifled musket, it will easily have a value of around $1,650.  Bargain priced to allow plenty of room for getting everything back in correct order.--$895.SOLD

  66. bullseye.jpg (48997 bytes)bullseyerev.JPG (41948 bytes)Model 1858 "Bullseye" canteen with original wool cover intact and a portion of the linen sling.  The cover is quite sound and looks like it might have originally been blue, with only one or two very small moth holes.  The pewter spout is maker marked "J. H. Rohrman & Co".  No Civil War collection is complete without an original canteen.--$295.

  67. ibimage.jpg (41414 bytes)ibimagecls.JPG (35361 bytes)ibimagemrk.JPG (54742 bytes)Beautiful condition BIG one half plate albumin photograph of a young Maine infantry soldier.  This is a full standing pose in front of a patriotic backdrop with his musket at his side.  This family moved from Maine to Middle Tennessee about 40 years ago, and the last of the family recently passed.  The image was purchased at the estate sale and was almost certainly a family ancestor.  It is photographer marked "G. Irving Brown, Presque Isle, Maine".  The image is likely early war in that he is armed with a .69 cal. Model 1842 Springfield musket, and these were mostly all replaced by 1863 - a VERY nice image.--$295.SOLD

  68. unionbuckle.JPG (234213 bytes)unionbucklerev.JPG (92831 bytes)Excellent condition non-excavated early "puppy-paw" hook style large sized lead filled US oval waist belt plate.  The face has a nice aged patina and the reverse has full lead and all three attachment hooks in place.  This is a very early pattern US buckle and somewhat rare to come by.--$350.SOLD

  69. modbuckle.JPG (80409 bytes)modbucklerev.JPG (78689 bytes)Very, very cool excavated Confederate buckle clearly showing the extreme lengths that Confederate soldiers had to go to to keep serviceable equipment.  This buckle was originally a large size Confederate "wishbone" frame waist belt plate.  The outside frame of the buckle apparently broke as well as one of the points of the forked tongue.  The Confederate soldier very craftily modified the buckle into a more conventional "D" style frame buckle to where he could continue using the waist belt plate.  This is an item that will be a nice conversation piece in any collection.--$295.SOLD

  70. baseplate.JPG (65492 bytes)baseplaterev.JPG (78424 bytes)Excellent condition excavated 12  lb. canister base plate.  This is an item that we recovered quite regularly back during the early days of relic hunting.  But it's a huge signal and almost all have now been recovered, and we rarely find one any more.  This excellent example was found about 40 years ago in the front lawn of a private residence along Manson Pike just across the street from the Stones River National Battlefield and within 400 yards of the famous "Slaughter Pen".  The family brought it by yesterday, and it couldn't be in more perfect condition.--$125.SOLD

  71. spurmonday.JPG (67810 bytes)Perfect condition non-excavated regulation cast brass Federal cavalry spur.  This was found in a local log barn and is a beauty with the original rowel still intact.--$85.

  72. riggsntlbank.JPG (52076 bytes)riggsnatlbanksig.JPG (56161 bytes)riggsnatlbankrev.JPG (44954 bytes)Signature of "Confederate General William B. Bate" on a post-war check to the "Ebbitt House Hotel".  General Bate participated in many of the major battles in the West.--$75.SOLD

  73. penalty.jpg (51316 bytes)Quite rare document (receipt) dated 1865 from Washington County, Ohio, (town of Waterford) in which William Stevenson has paid $4 for fine and penalties for "neglect to perform military services".  I'm thinking this could be the best $4 that William Stevenson in his life ever spent.--$75.

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

  75. 3cartridges.JPG (94275 bytes)Group of three quite rare Civil War carbine cartridges.  Two of the cartridges are excavated and one is non-excavated.  The excavated cartridge on the left is a .50 cal. brass cased Gallagher carbine cartridge and was recovered at Pump Spring, Alabama.  The center cartridge is a flat top .50 cal. Maynard carbine cartridge and was recovered at the site of second day fighting Battle of Nashville near Granny White Gap.  And the cartridge on the right is a non-excavated nice condition .50 cal. foil and paper cartridge by Poultney for the .50 cal. Gallagher carbine.  If you happen to have a Maynard and/or a Gallagher carbine, this set would be a very nice compliment to display with your carbines.--$175. for the group of three.

  76. lgcal3ringer.JPG (51920 bytes)lgcal3ringerbase.JPG (17794 bytes)Excellent excavated dropped .69 cal. Confederate three-ring Belgian style projectile.  This scarce Confederate bullet was recovered from a Texas Cavalry camp near Nolensville, Tennessee.--$45.

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

  78. surgikit.jpeg (69858 bytes)surgikitclsd.jpeg (94964 bytes)surgikitmkr1.jpg (143296 bytes)surgikittools.JPG (203204 bytes)surgikitbrush.JPG (156602 bytes)surgikitmisc.JPG (146452 bytes)surgikitdoc.png (283436 bytes)Beautiful condition Civil War Master Surgeon Kit manufactured by H. Hernstein, New York.  The maker's mark dates the kit from 1858 - 1861, as the Hernstein mark changed in 1862.  The kit is totally complete except for missing one set of forceps which could be easily found and replaced.  The case is in near mint condition and is vivid red/crimson in color with virtually no fading at all.  It contains instruments in both the top and the bottom and consists of the master surgical saw, the Hays saw, the trephine tool, the brass tourniquet, and numerous other knives and probes.  If you have always wanted a nice quality Civil War Era Master Surgeon Kit in your collection, this is a dandy!!--$3,950.SOLD

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

  80. csnvlgrp.jpg (70165 bytes)csnvlgrpimg.JPG (71169 bytes)csnvlgrpimgclsd.JPG (70359 bytes)csnvlgrpimgclsdrev.JPG (75928 bytes)csnvlgrpbkle.JPG (95361 bytes)csnvlgrpbklerev.JPG (90628 bytes)csnvlgrpsash.JPG (70672 bytes)Beautiful condition Confederate Naval estate belonging to Lieutenant John Lowe and purchased at the Lowe Family Estate auction in South Caroline in 1986.  The grouping consists of a beautiful 1/6 plate ruby ambrotype of Lieutenant Lowe cased in a fine condition octagonal gutta percha case.  Also included in the group is Lieutenant Lowe's maroon officers sash and his English style interlocking snake buckle.  Lieutenant John Lowe is listed in records as having served on the CSS Alabama and also the CSS Tuscaloosa.  Confederate Naval artifacts are quite rare to come by.--$2,500.HOLD

  81. genbragg.jpg (59469 bytes)C.D.V. of Confederate General Braxton Bragg.  The image is marked "D. Murphy, 55 Broadway, New York".--$55.

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

  83. letter.jpg (42839 bytes)letteropn.JPG (52605 bytes)lettersig.JPG (37325 bytes)lettereng.JPG (48158 bytes)September 26, 1862, dated 3 1/2 page letter written from one attorney C.B. North, Esquire.  It was written to a fellow attorney, Calvin B. North, Esquire, of Pennsylvania.  The content of the letter is mostly business with some references to the war and other matters of the day.  The letter is very well written, clear, and in ink, and is not difficult to read.  It comes in its original stamped and postmarked cover.--$38.SOLD

  84. cartridges.JPG (31560 bytes)Set of two excavated Civil War Cavalry carbine cartridges.  One is a 54 cal. Burnside cartridge and was recovered in Granny White Gap Battle of Nashville.  The second cartridge is a 50 cal. Gallagher and was recovered near Pump Spring, Alabama.  The Gallagher cartridge has one nice display side and a hole decayed through due to the powder on the reverse side.--$115 for the pair, or $85 for the Burnside and $35 for the Gallagher (one good display side).

  85. CSATNGEWR.JPG (85782 bytes)CSATNGEWRREV.JPG (84384 bytes)Excavated Richmond Arsenal style "C.S." tongue and wreath 2-piece sword belt plate.  The buckle has a nice fit - and was dug together on private property near Brandy Station, VA.  It has a smooth chocolate brown patina, and was recovered about 30 years ago.  The plate has a first class display look.--$2,250.SOLD

  86. releepic.jpg (40924 bytes)Beautiful condition original 4 inch by 6 inch albumin image of Confederate General Robert E. Lee.  The image was published by Michael Miley Studio in Lexington, VA. using the carbon process that the Miley Studio was well known for.  The image is in crisp, clear condition - artist marked - and has not been exposed to excessive light.  It would be difficult if not impossible to find a nicer example of this rare image.--$450.SOLD

  87. bgmrichmond.JPG (12799 bytes)bgmrichmondcls.JPG (50497 bytes)bgmrichmondmrk.JPG (55608 bytes)bgmrichmondtmbstn.JPG (58168 bytes)Very, very pretty and SUPER RARE early Civil War Confederate Boyle, Gamble, & Macfee C.S. Foot Officer's Sword.  This sword has a nice clean blade with faint traces of Confederate engraving.  The grip is 100 % intact and couldn't be nicer, and the cast brass guard has a rich aged bronze patina AND HAS BEAUTIFUL RAISED MARKINGS OF "BOYLE, GAMBLE, & MACFEE - RICHMOND, VA.".  This sword was brought home from the Civil War by Thomas Broaddus of Macomb, ILL.  Thomas's father - Major William L. Broaddus was also in the Civil War and was killed at Chickamauga, GA.  He is buried in Oakwood Cemetery at Maccomb, ILL. and his stone is pictured above.  This artifact was purchased directly from Broaddus family descendants, and is in fine condition.--$6,500.SOLD

  88. FRKTNGEPLT.JPG (76652 bytes)FRKTNGEPLTREV.JPG (81355 bytes)Absolutely beautiful condition excavated large size Confederate "Forked Tongue" Frame buckle recovered in 1978 on private property from the camp of the 16th Alabama Inf. located on the banks of Duck River just South of Shelbyville, TN.  I personally recovered a cast pewter rectangular "C.S.A." buckle about 50 feet from this buckle.  Don't bother ever looking for a nicer example.--$850.

  89. lrgegafrme.JPG (61009 bytes)Beautiful condition excavated large size Confederate GA. Frame waist belt plate recovered from "1862 - 1863" Confederate Army Of Tennessee Infantry camps located on private property along Duck River near Shelbyville, TN.--$595.

  90. hundred.jpg (65982 bytes)HUNDREDREV.JPG (53041 bytes)Really pretty example of one of the most popular Confederate notes.  This is the very sought after "Negros Chopping Cotton"  T-41 - Dec. 18th, 1862 --- $100. Confederate note.  The note is in nice condition. but does have a narrow strip of clear document tape up the right edge - reverse side.  I'm not really sure why, but a very hard note to get.--$125.SOLD

  91. cnote.jpg (74471 bytes)Quite scarce "Slaves Loading Cotton" Sep. 2. 1861 "T-13" $100. Confederate note.  The note is in nice condition, but has a little dot of adhesive in each corner that attaches it to a piece of plastic document holder.  I'm sure that there is a product to easily remove the dots of adhesive.  I have seen this note priced at close to $300.  This one only.--$95.

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

  93. BAYSCABTIP.JPG (81850 bytes)Quite rare to recover - Confederate manufacture pewter bayonet scabbard tip.  This was recovered on private property from 1863 Army of Tennessee winter camps along Duck River near Shelbyville, TN.--$45.SOLD

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

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

  96. usbuckle.jpg (73997 bytes)usbucklerev.JPG (88351 bytes)Beautiful condition non-excavated large size lead filled regulation "U.S." oval waist belt plate brought home from the Civil War by Oscar Hare - originally of the 6th Regiment - Co. "G" Michigan Volunteer Infantry, and for the later years of the Civil War was a member of the 6th Regiment Michigan Heavy Artillery, and served at Fort Morgan - Fort Blakely - and Spanish Fort, AL.  He was discharged at Jackson, Mich. on Sept. 5, 1865.--$350.SOLD

  97. flamecon.jpg (71406 bytes)flamecon2.JPG (74775 bytes)Non-excavated Civil War artillery flame concentrator - The purpose of this little device was to channel some of the "blowby flame" when firing a cannon shell directly to the time fuze to ensure that it got ignited.--$48.SOLD

  98. dogrivcutlass.JPG (42144 bytes)dogrivcutlassgrd.JPG (62897 bytes)Beautiful "attic" aged C.S. "cutlass" hand blacksmith crafted from a Confederate manufactured "Dog River" Cavalry saber.  This is out of a North Georgia estate and would still be a lethal weapon today.  It was a common Confederate practice if a Cavalry Saber got damaged - to turn it into a dagger - short sword - or cutlass.  This is a real nice example of exactly that.--$1,250.

  99. cscarbine.JPG (12340 bytes)cscarbinelckplt.JPG (42136 bytes)cscarbinemod.JPG (47547 bytes)cscarbinemkr.JPG (71067 bytes)cscarbinedate.JPG (53681 bytes)cscarbinerev.JPG (45364 bytes)Confederate Cavalry carbine created by modifying a standard 58 cal. 3-band Federal rifled musket.  The South had a grave shortage of weapons for their extensive cavalry forces.  In an attempt to provide cavalry weapons, standard 3-band infantry rifled muskets were often shortened to a cavalry length.  In the camp of the 8th Texas Cavalry near Unionville, Tennessee, occupied during the winter of 1863, I recovered several Enfield barrels that had been cut off to create Enfield cavalry carbines.  This is a classic example of turning a Federal infantry weapon into a Confederate cavalry weapon.  It has lockplate markings of Parker Snow and dated 1864.  In reality, this weapon is as much a southern cavalry carbine as a Richmond or Cook & Brothers.--$695.SOLD

  100. fayetteconver.JPG (20186 bytes)fayetteconverlckplt.JPG (53765 bytes)fayetteconvermkr.JPG (86657 bytes)fayetteconverdte.JPG (68802 bytes)Extremely rare Confederate Fayetteville Arsenal conversion of an 1825 date Henry Derringer "common rifle" that was originally produced in Flintlock and was converted at the Fayetteville Confederate Arsenal in North Carolina for use by Confederate Infantry.  The conversion has the drum style bolster and a classic Fayetteville Arsenal produced percussion hammer.  This weapon is as Confederate as any Richmond, Cook, or Fayetteville weapon, and was among the very first weapons to be issued to North Carolina Volunteers.  It has a smooth uncleaned chocolate brown patina tip to tip and has lockplate markings of "1825-Derringer-Philada."  This weapon would be an excellent addition to any Confederate weapons collection.--$1,650.

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

  102. pike.jpg (44751 bytes)pikedesc.jpg (52672 bytes)Beautiful condition Confederate Pike complete with cuff and several inches of the original pole.  These original Confederate Pikes were sold by Bannerman during the 1950's era and he cut the poles into so that they were much easier and less expensive to ship.  Every Confederate collection should have an example of an original Confederate Pike.--$1,250.

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

  104. 1840eagmil.JPG (66411 bytes)1840eagmilrev.JPG (86130 bytes)Fresh out of a North Carolina estate - 1840 era drooped wing eagle stamped brass Militia "Panel Plate".  These plates were commonly carried over from an earlier era, and worn by Confederates.  This example came out of the estate with a number of Confederate pieces.  It has the most beautiful - never cleaned - rich aged patina that you could ever hope to see, and an excellent deep, crisp die strike.  On the reverse the main belt hook remains intact, but the bar isn't present, and likely lies on some battlefield somewhere.--$450.

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

  106. image2.jpeg (54649 bytes)image1.jpeg (50806 bytes)image3.jpeg (31607 bytes)This SUPER RARE image is currently not for sale, but is SO fantastic that I wanted to share it.  The image is a crystal clear MASSIVE 1/2 plate tintype of five members of Wilder's Lightening Brigade {7th ILL. Mounted Infantry} and are posing in 1864 at Linn's Studio at Point LookOut on the tip of LookOut Mtn. near Chattanooga, TN. over looking Moccasin Bend of the Tennessee River.  Just a wonderful example of FINE Civil War Photography.  You can go TODAY and line up these same cracks in the rock bluff !!!  BA-BA-BA BAD TO THE BONE !!!!

  107. ketland.jpg (40702 bytes)ketlandrev.JPG (43776 bytes)ketlandclose.JPG (72862 bytes)ketlandmrk1.JPG (84224 bytes)ketlandmrk2.JPG (74229 bytes)ketlandmrk3.JPG (69930 bytes)ketlandmrk4.JPG (54922 bytes)Original 1820 era single shot flintlock horse pistol.  The metal has a smooth aged chocolate patina with lockplate marking Ketland & Co. which indicates English manufacture.  The flintlock mechanism works as perfectly as it did when it was new.  The walnut stock is in nice condition with the exception of having an old crack across the grip of the pistol, likely resulting from at some point being dropped.  The crack could easily be restored if desired.  I somewhere have a copy of an image of a Confederate with a very similar pistol stuck behind his belt which I will include if I can find.  Pistols this early still in original flint are quite rare to come across.--$975.SOLD

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

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

  110. eagbrstplt.JPG (82634 bytes)eagbrstpltrev.JPG (85885 bytes)Beautiful condition non-excavated circular lead-filled Federal Eagle breastplate.  It has a nice age patina and you couldn't ask for a nicer one if you need one for a cartridge box rig.--$250.SOLD

  111. usplate.jpg (81320 bytes)usplaterv.JPG (85146 bytes)Excellent condition original non-excavated large size lead-filled US oval cartridge box plate.  The face couldn't be nicer with a nice age patina and full lead in both wire loops intact on the reverse.  The wire loops are 2 5/8" apart and would be perfect to complete your cartridge box that is missing the plate.--$250.  

  112. austrianlkplt.JPG (58841 bytes)austrianlkpltrev.JPG (80700 bytes)Excavated Austrian Lorenz musket lockplate and hammer assembly.  This was recovered at the Battle of Perryville, Kentucky, and has already been clean coated an ready for display.  54 cal. Austrian muskets were a favorite among Confederate infantry.--$65.SOLD

  113. cavsaber.jpg (13710 bytes)cavsaberopn.JPG (18796 bytes)cavsabercls.JPG (64072 bytes)cavsabersol.JPG (66553 bytes)cavsabersk.JPG (59243 bytes)Model 1840 "Old Wristbreaker" heavy cavalry saber and scabbard.  Model 1840 sabers were extensively carried by both U.S. and C.S. Cavalry forces during the American Civil War.  This example has a nice clean blade, and is "Solingen" marked.  The grip is very nice with original wrap and wire.  The famous Southern Cavalry Leader - General Nathan Bedford Forrest - at one time carried one of these as did many in his command.  This saber shows clear evidence of having actually been carried, and would be a very nice addition to any Civil War display.--$750.

  114. dugsword.jpg (12111 bytes)dugswordcls.JPG (65760 bytes)Battlefield pickup 1820 era "P" type guard cavalry saber picked up around the turn of the century near the Battle of Ocean Pond, Florida.  Judging from the age and type sword, it is highly likely that this was a Confederate carried piece.  Battlefield pickup artifacts seldom surface from Florida.--$450.

  115. razor.jpg (63691 bytes)razoropn.jpg (69515 bytes)razorid.jpg (30810 bytes)razormkr.jpg (68818 bytes)razormkr2.JPG (78330 bytes)Excellent condition bone handle straight razor belonging to Lt. J. C. Evans, Co. H 4th Ohio Volunteer Infantry.  Lt. Evans joined the regiment with commission 2nd Lieutenant in April, 1863.  And in July, 1863, was with the regiment at the Battle of Gettysburg, PA.  This will make a museum quality addition to any collection or display.--$225.SOLD

  116. jcscartbox.JPG (77147 bytes)jcscartboxid.JPG (106032 bytes)jcscartboxrev.JPG (76005 bytes)jcscartboxopn.JPG (35679 bytes)jcscartboxopn2.JPG (61000 bytes)Late 1850's era militia style 58 cal. cartridge box (never slotted for a U.S. cartridge box plate).  This box was carried by J. C. Slater of Company E, 9th Tennessee Infantry.  The soldier's initials "J C S" can be faintly seen carved into the outside flap of the cartridge box.  Research indicates that J. C. Slater was killed at the battle of Perryville, Kentucky.  The box remains in good pliable condition and still has the cartridge tins intact inside.  ID'd Confederate carried leather items are very hard to come by.--$495.SOLD

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

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

  119. 69calflint.JPG (24013 bytes)69calflintlockplt.JPG (52786 bytes)69calflintlckpltrev.JPG (50129 bytes)69calflinteng.JPG (62440 bytes)Very nice .69 cal. Model 1812 military musket IN ORIGINAL FLINT with Mass. and Luke Harrington marks.  The musket has crisp action - sharp marks - and is dated "1821".  It came directly out of a North Carolina estate many, many years ago, and has the prettiest - never cleaned - attic grey/brown patina that you could hope to see.  Many young Confederates first left home carrying muskets of this type, and many were still being carried at the Battle of Mill Springs, KY.  I can't imagine any Civil War and earlier collector not being very proud of having this jewel in their collection.--$2,250.

  120. coltandbullets.JPG (51578 bytes)coltandbulletsrev.JPG (47891 bytes)coltandbulletsptnt.JPG (59926 bytes)coltandbulletsmkr.JPG (30342 bytes)coltandbulletssrl.JPG (55900 bytes)coltandbulletssrls.JPG (51884 bytes)coltandbulletssrlptnt.JPG (58314 bytes)Very nice looking .36 cal. Model 1851 Colt 6-shot Navy Revolver.  It has a real  pretty slick chocolate brown patina, and the action is as crisp as when it was new.  It has an all matching serial number of "114537" {including the wedge} - and this is very desirable "1861 - 1862" production.  It came out of the local area, and was quite likely "C.S." carried.  There is quite a bit of cylinder scene remaining, and a little finish in the recessed areas.  The Colt barrel markings are about as deep and sharp as when it was new.  I am including 6 dropped Colt bullets that I recovered here at Stones River to display with the revolver.--$1,895.

  121. mod42pistol.JPG (49144 bytes)mod42pistolrev.JPG (42115 bytes)mod42pistolmkr.JPG (71214 bytes)mod42pistoldte.JPG (67834 bytes)mod42pistolanchor.JPG (55078 bytes)Quite rare .54 cal. Model 1842 single shot "U.S." military pistol with the Federal "Anchor Mark" on the top of the barrel.  The metal is clean with lockplate markings of "U.S. - I. N. Johnson - 1855" and barrel markings of "U.S. - G.W. - 1849 - and the anchor".  The walnut stock remains very nice with a clear military inspector cartouche still visible, and the action is still about as crisp as when it was new.  This is one you just don't see very often.--$975.SOLD

  122. mistateseal.JPG (86673 bytes)mistatesealrev.JPG (101466 bytes)Excavated coat size Michigan State Seal 3-piece officer button.  This button was recovered from an 1863 Michigan Infantry camp located on private property here at Murfreesboro, TN.  It is solid as a rock with a pretty brown-green patina and has shank intact on the reverse.--$75.

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

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

  125. merrill.jpg (10305 bytes)merrilllckplt.JPG (46830 bytes)shortmusketdte.JPG (72847 bytes)Very Rare 1st Model .54 cal. Merrill Carbine {with patchbox}.  This was recently discovered in the attic of an antebellum home in Williamson County, TN.  It is serial number "1657" and lockplate and barrel numbers match.  The carbine is all complete, and has a THICK 100 year chocolate brown patina covering everything.  With some elbow grease and T.L.C. - this can be a real decent and RARE 1st Model Merrill carbine.  (We have had the carbine tastefully cleaned,  now everything works, and it has a very pleasing look.)--ONLY $850.SOLD

  126. ibuttonwedn.JPG (88737 bytes)ibuttonwednrev.JPG (94380 bytes)Absolutely beautiful - slick as glass - excavated coat size Confederate iron back 2-piece uniform button.  This button was recovered about 50 years ago from Confederate 1863 "Polk's Corp" camps along Duck River near Shelbyville, TN.  You rarely see an iron back as solid and complete as this one.--$115.SOLD

  127. coltwithflask.JPG (43055 bytes)coltwithflaskrev.JPG (54794 bytes)coltwithflaskcrvg1.JPG (69249 bytes)coltwithflaskptnt.JPG (70333 bytes)coltwithflaskmkr.JPG (46198 bytes)coltwithflasksers.JPG (56263 bytes)coltwithflaskser.JPG (65018 bytes)coltwithflaskser1.JPG (65204 bytes)Very nice condition 31 cal. 6" barrel Colt Pocket Model Revolver.  This revolver is serial # 50929 and is all matching, including the wedge.  This is very desirable early, early 1850 production and was carried by Lieut. Arrestes B. Williams, Company C, 11th Tennessee Infantry.  Lieutenant Williams' initials "A.W." are carved into the left side of the grips.  He was from near Dickson, Tennessee, and the revolver, along with the J. Barlow patent powder flask, was purchased directly from his heirs who still live here in Tennessee.  This little group will be a fine addition to any Confederate collection.--$1,450.SOLD

  128. barironnote.JPG (41356 bytes)barironnote1.JPG (44681 bytes)barironnote2.JPG (48347 bytes)A very rare and unusual document of "received payment" from the Merchants Line of Ships, and in this case, the Sloop, Oregon, for delivery of bar iron to Providence Tool Company (for use in the making of muskets and saber blades).  The document is dated September 8, 1862, and is in near perfect condition.  Bill was paid September 8, 1862.  The freight bill to Providence Tool Company amounted to $26.86.  Documents of this nature dated during the war are somewhat rare to come by.--$75.SOLD

  129. spurtreated.JPG (64689 bytes)Excavated iron Confederate spur recovered many years ago from a Confederate Cavalry camp on private property near Shiloh.  The spur has most of the original iron rowel intact and has already been cleaned and coated and is ready for display.--$79.

  130. 20dollarnote.JPG (57484 bytes)20dollarnoterev.JPG (46709 bytes)Excellent condition - possibly uncirculated - April 6, 1863, date Confederate $20 note picturing the Capitol building in Nashville, TN.  The note has an intricate blue pattern on the reverse.--$85.

  131. coatbuttonset.JPG (64503 bytes)Excellent condition excavated complete Confederate jacket of buttons.  The buttons consist of three matching star pattern floral buttons, two penny buttons, one eagle button, and one Zouave ball button.  This coat of uniform buttons was recovered many years ago from the 1863 camp of Wharton's 8th Regiment Texas Rangers.  For the complete set of seven buttons---only $95.SOLD

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

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

  134. cavpktpin.JPG (47257 bytes)Excavated complete Regulation Federal Iron Cavalry Picket Pin recovered on private property here at Stones River about 40 years ago.  It appears that the Federal Cavalry trooper attempted to drive this iron picket pin THROUGH one of our Stones River limestone rocks {resulting in that nice "S" configuration}--$125.

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

  136. westva.jpg (53859 bytes)Rare "West Virginia" Reunion medal and what is left of the ribbon.  There isn't a lot of W.V. items around.--$45.SOLD

  137. ibuttondug.JPG (54564 bytes)ibuttondugrev.JPG (51552 bytes)Excavated coat size Confederate block "I" {Infantry} button recovered on private property near Readyville, TN.  This was Gen. Breckenridge's Confederate camp in Nov. 1862 - prior to the Battle Of Stones River.  The button has an attractive look, but does have some chipping around the edge and is missing the shank on the back.  It has an "E. M. Lewis - Richmond" backmark.--$65.SOLD

  138. usovalbeltrig.JPG (39497 bytes)usovalbeltrigcls.JPG (75738 bytes)usovalbeltrigrev.JPG (37583 bytes)Absolutely beautiful large size "U.S." oval arrow hook style Federal waist belt plate on it's original black leather waist belt.  This belt rig has a museum type look and the leather remains nice and pliable.--$450.SOLD

  139. coltwithbullets.JPG (45650 bytes)coltwithbulletsrev.JPG (41182 bytes)coltwithbulletsmkr.JPG (37266 bytes)coltwithbulletsptnt.JPG (60456 bytes)coltwithbulletssrl3.JPG (48361 bytes)coltwithbulletssrl2.JPG (50698 bytes)coltwithbulletssrl.JPG (64445 bytes)coltwithbulletsbrleng.JPG (61737 bytes)Nice looking .44 cal. Model 1860 Colt Army Revolver.  It has a smooth dark aged brown patina - crisp action - and an all matching serial number of  "69752" {except for the wedge which is an old replacement} and that is very desirable 1862 production.  There is even a small amount of original cylinder scene still visible.  The grips were replaced about 50 years ago, and have "aged in" and look very nice on the revolver.  It isn't uncommon now to see a .44 cal. Model 1860 Colt Army Revolver priced in excess of $2,000.  Here is a true bargain on a very respectable Colt 1860 Army Revolver.--$1,295.SOLD

  140. 1862uscew.JPG (12136 bytes)1862uscewopn.JPG (17518 bytes)1862uscewcls.JPG (46564 bytes)1862uscewdte.JPG (67304 bytes)1862uscewmkr.JPG (73335 bytes)Model 1860 Light Cavalry Saber and Scabbard.  It has a pretty clean blade marked "1862 - U.S. - C.E.W. - D. J. Millard - Clayville" and it has a very nice grip with original wrap and wire.  The scabbard is in nicer than usual condition without even a single dent.  The saber's only negative at all is a few inches up from the tip, there is a very slight wave where back during Civil War times the saber blade apparently got bent a little down near the tip and then straightened.  The little wave can hardly even be seen at all - but because of that - BARGAIN PRICED on a most desirable early Civil War date {1862}.--$750.SOLD

  141. 1860musket1.JPG (25402 bytes)1860musket.JPG (62440 bytes)1860musketdate.JPG (91149 bytes)bayonetwednesday.JPG (13163 bytes)bayonetwednesdaycls.JPG (72159 bytes)Very pretty "1860" date Austrian 3-band rifled musket complete with original 4-side socket bayonet.  Austrian muskets were extensively used by both U.S. and C.S. troops during the American Civil War.  It is in .58 cal. and has a nice thick - never cleaned - chocolate brown patina.  The stock is European walnut and is in very nice condition.--$1,350. SOLD

  142. 50cents.jpg (80469 bytes)50centsrev.JPG (82340 bytes)Quite rare to come by anymore.  Original June, 1861 date 50 cent fractional Federal note.  The note pictures Samuel Dexter - early Sec. of Treasury.--$75.

  143. enfsabbay.JPG (15154 bytes)enfsabbaycls.JPG (67796 bytes)enfsabbayeng.JPG (71871 bytes)Nice condition Civil War Enfield Saber Bayonet.  These were used on the 2-band Enfield "Sergeant's Model" musket.  The original checkered pressed black leather grips remain in very nice condition.--$275.SOLD

  144. nshplow.jpg (16459 bytes)nshplowopn.JPG (20305 bytes)nshplowclose.JPG (54374 bytes)nshplowclose1.JPG (64135 bytes)nshplowcsamrk.JPG (56966 bytes)nshplowmrk.JPG (59814 bytes)This is one of the most sought after of all Confederate sabers and is one of the rarest of all "Tennessee Artifacts" - - period.  It is the "Nashville Plow Works" Confederate manufacture Cavalry Officer's saber and scabbard.  The blade remains in very nice condition with virtually no pitting at all.  The cast brass guard has a rich - never cleaned - aged bronze patina and has the classic Nashville Plow markings of "Nashville Plow Works - C. S. A."  The grip is original with about 80 % of the original leather remaining intact.  The scabbard is classic Confederate manufacture with lap seam and brass mounts.  It has come down through the ages with this saber, but we are unsure if it is a Plow product, or a product of one of the other Confederate Arsenals.  There was a time - back in better economic days - that this saber would have sold for $14,500. and I believe that it's value will gradually work back to this range.  This isn't then though, and here is a bargain on a VERY Rare Confederate Saber.--$9,500.SOLD

  145. lincolndoc1.JPG (105264 bytes)lincolndoc.JPG (1606705 bytes)lincolndoc2.JPG (1815649 bytes)lincolndoc3.JPG (1649082 bytes)One of the rarest documents of the Civil War era.  Original Abraham Lincoln signed commission to rank.  This commission is appointing Peter H. Cleary as a surgeon in the United States Army.  The commission is dated July 1, 1864.  The Abraham Lincoln signature is one of the most clear and bold that I have seen, and the document is in beautiful condition.  This is an item that you would expect to see in the Smithsonian or one of the finest museums in the nation.  You will not find a nicer example.--$9,500.

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

  147. cartbx.jpg (55603 bytes)cartbxrev.JPG (50050 bytes)cartbxclose.JPG (61271 bytes)cartbxinside.JPG (81395 bytes)Model 1864 regulation Federal issue black leather .58 cal. cartridge box.  The leather remains pliable with just the normal flaking here and there.  Both leather belt loops remain intact as well as both iron roller buckles.  We are, however, missing the very tip of the small leather closure tab.--only $175.

  148. cntn.jpg (44060 bytes)cntnrev.jpg (43665 bytes)cntnclose.JPG (48000 bytes)Model 1858 regulation smooth type Federal canteen.  This canteen has "Seen The Elephant" and has all the dents and dings of many a march.  The soldier has personalized the pewter spout with a "checkered pattern" carved in with a pinknife.--$150.

  149. sword.jpg (13001 bytes)swordguard.JPG (63295 bytes)swordgrip.JPG (59783 bytes)Fresh out of the "Cajun Country" of Louisiana.  Nice condition unmarked Confederate Foot Officer's sword made by "Thomas, Griswold - New Orleans, LA."  The blade has an attractive gently aging grey-brown patina with the distinctive "Griswold" stop.  The grip is exceptionally nice with complete original wrap and wire, and the guard has a beautiful uncleaned aged bronze patina.  This is a Confederate sword that doesn't come along just everyday.--$3,250.SOLD

  150. spurstrap.JPG (66451 bytes)Excellent condition non-excavated private purchase cast brass spur of a style that we commonly recover from Confederate Cavalry sites.  The spur has the complete original rowel, as well as the original leather attachment strap.--$125.

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

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

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

  154. 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.

  155. 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.                                         

  156. 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.

  157. 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.SOLD

  158. 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.

  159. 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.

  160. 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.

  161. savage.jpg (45757 bytes)savagerev.JPG (44254 bytes)savagemkr.JPG (49775 bytes).36 cal. Savage Navy Model Revolver fresh out of an Ohio estate sale.  It has a very thick brown - never cleaned attic patina - and the intricate "figure 8" action still works as well as it did during the Civil War.  The original grips are intact, and the edges are worn rounded from actual field service.  This revolver didn't sit around in an arsenal, but was clearly carried in the field.  Nipples have been replaced and are all in good shape.--$1,895.SOLD

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

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

  164. haimandogriv.JPG (13189 bytes)haimandogrivflr.JPG (53156 bytes)haimandogrivgrd.JPG (62989 bytes)Just in out of the local area a nice "Haiman" style Confederate Dog River saber.  The blade has an attractive aged gray/brown patina just beginning to darken with age.  The guard has a rich aged bronze patina, and you can clearly see the Confederate red brass alloy.  The tar cloth grip remains in good condition.  This is the saber only - without scabbard.--$1,850.SOLD

  165. csbakerconv.JPG (15882 bytes)csbakerconvlckplt.JPG (60658 bytes)csbakerconvbutt.JPG (48716 bytes)csbakerconveng.JPG (46229 bytes)csbakerconvbk.JPG (28859 bytes)csbakerconvbkcls.JPG (55666 bytes)Kentucky style longrifle originally manufactured in flintlock and was converted from flintlock to percussion by M.A. Baker of Fayetteville NC, for use by the Confederacy.  This unmarked example {only 5 or 6 marked ones are known} is out of a North Carolina estate and is very similar to the example of page 19 on Confederate Longarms and Pistols by Hill & Anthony.  The barrel is a massive 45 inches in length.  During the Civil War era, a leather strap was inlaid around the stock for your cheek to rest against.  There are actually only a few of these Baker Confederate Conversions left around.--$950.SOLD

  166. tinypistol.JPG (65205 bytes)tinypistolrev.JPG (61920 bytes)tinypistoleng.JPG (60859 bytes)tinypistol2.JPG (42738 bytes)Very nice condition original Civil War era 7 mm French Pinfire revolver.  Usually with these little revolvers, either the loading door, the folding trigger, or the cartridge ejector rod are missing.  This example has all three intact and the action works perfectly.  Confederate General Stonewall Jackson carried a Pinfire revolver much like this one.  I am including an original 9 mm Pinfire cartridge to display with the revolver.  I am intentionally including a cartridge one click larger size than the revolver to prevent a child from being able to load the revolver and accidentally fire it.  It is in very nice condition with a smooth aging gray/brown patina.--$450.

  167. 1840militia.JPG (11086 bytes)1840militiagrd.JPG (67291 bytes)1840miitiacls.JPG (71289 bytes)1840militiaeagle.JPG (68762 bytes)Confederate carried 1840 era "Eagle Head" Militia Officer Sword.  This came out of a local family whose Confederate ancestor carried it during the Civil War.  The cast brass guard has beautiful intricate casting, and a rich, never cleaned aged bronze patina.--$450.SOLD

  168. 22inbowie.JPG (39361 bytes)22inbowiecls.JPG (54864 bytes)22inbowieruler.JPG (42784 bytes)Freakin' Massive excavated 22 inch Confederate "D-Guard Bowie" that was recovered about 30 years ago from a Confederate Winter Camp on private property near Corinth, MS.  The HUGE knife was made from a big file, and is nice enough to be in any collection or museum.--$1,250.SOLD

  169. 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.

  170. 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.

  171. canball.jpg (51925 bytes)12 lb. excavated solid shot cannon ball recovered off Tyne Blvd. at the Battle of Nashville, TN.  Already cleaned - coated - and ready for display.--$195.

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

  173. 40wristbreaker.JPG (12603 bytes)40wristbreakeropn.JPG (20050 bytes)40wristbreakdercls.JPG (58101 bytes)40wristbreakergrp.JPG (62322 bytes)Nice condition Model 1840 Heavy {Old Wristbreaker} Cavalry Saber and Scabbard.  1840 Heavy Cavalry Sabers were extensively carried by both "U.S." and "C.S." Cavalry during the American Civil War.  The famous Southern Cavalry General Nathan Bedford Forrest carried one as did many in his command.  This example is out of a local estate and was almost certainly "C.S." carried.  The blade is mostly bright, but with areas beginning to darken with age.  The grip is unusually nice with original wrap and wire intact.  The scabbard shows smooth dark patina and normal wear.  This would be beautiful over anyone's mantle.--$795.SOLD

  174. swdknot.jpg (47212 bytes)Very rare to come by anymore - Original complete regulation issue leather Civil War Cavalry Saber Knot.  It you have that "smoking nice" Civil War Cavalry saber - this is all you need to have a "Museum Grade" artifact.--$175.SOLD

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

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

  177. Nicely sectioned 12 lb. Bormann "case-shot" ball.  The ball is perfectly cut to beautifully show the Bormann underplug - the powder channel - the lead case-shot balls - and the matrix for holding the case-shot balls in place.  Excellent educational tool for showing how explosive Civil War ordnance worked.--$250.

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

  179. shortswd.jpg (37777 bytes)shortswdrev.JPG (37609 bytes)Nice condition saber bayonet for the Model 1841 "Mississippi Rifle".  This would look great displayed with your Mississippi Rifle.--$295.SOLD

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

  181. spoon.JPG (66300 bytes)spoon2.JPG (69514 bytes)Excellent condition folding Officer's Camp Spoon with silver "Shield" inlay.  This will display "museum like" in a camp scene.--$175.

  182. excelpinfire.JPG (58901 bytes)excelpinfirerev.JPG (56516 bytes)A local family just brought in this beautiful condition 7-MM folding trigger French Pinfire revolver.  It is literally "dripping" with original bluing, and everything you want is intact {loading door - ejector rod - and folding trigger.  This is a very similar weapon to the one carried by "Stonewall Jackson".  I am including an original pinfire cartridge for display BUT it is a slightly larger size and will not load {to protect the kiddies}.  This is going to be a centerpiece in someone's collection.--$595.

  183. cstandw.jpg (95229 bytes)cstandwrev.JPG (94058 bytes)Nothing short of "Drop Dead Beautiful" !!  Officer's grade Richmond Arsenal C.S. 2-piece recovered together on private property near Greensboro, N.C.  This buckle has the prettiest matching emerald green patina that you could hope to recover.  Don't worry about ever upgrading this one !!--$2,850.SOLD

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

  185. 1855sprngfld.JPG (12697 bytes)1855sprngfldbrl.JPG (8127 bytes)1855sprngfldlckplt.JPG (52419 bytes) 1855sprngfldcrvg.JPG (67441 bytes)1855sprngfldegl.JPG (83927 bytes)1855sprngfldmkr.JPG (63463 bytes)1855sprngfldus1.JPG (57967 bytes).69 cal. Model 1842 Springfield 3-band percussion rifled musket.  The metal has a smooth attic brown patina with lockplate markings of "U.S. - Springfield - 1855" and the barrel has a matching "1855" date.  The barrel bore is rusty and dirty, but I can still feel some rifling remaining.  The wood is pretty with nice color, and has all the little typical dings and marks of lots of service in the field.  One sling swivel is intact and one is on a battlefield somewhere.  This musket was brought in out of the local area, and was quite likely Confederate carried.--$1,150.SOLD

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

  187. robinson.jpg (59175 bytes)robinsonlckplt.JPG (55866 bytes)robinsonmkr.JPG (88631 bytes)robnsondte.JPG (77773 bytes)robinsonegl.JPG (90890 bytes)robinsonjs.JPG (85313 bytes)Fresh out of a PA. attic - "1864" date "E. ROBINSON - NEW YORK" .58 cal. 3-band percussion rifled musket.  The musket has action about as crisp as when it was issued and is a quite rare "E. ROBINSON" contract.  Robinson's contract was for 30,000 weapons, but we don't know how many were actually delivered.  The musket has a nice "never been cleaned" - chocolate brown - attic patina.  I wish that we knew who "J.S." was - but unfortunately we don't.  Just a good un-messed with Federal .58 cal. 3-band rifled musket.--$1,250.

  188. 2ndgarelics.JPG (52429 bytes)2ndgastatepin.JPG (53374 bytes)I've had a long standing invite from a friend to come down and relic hunt an area that was camped on by the 2ND GA. CAVALRY - C.S.A.  Today {Tuesday} was a picture perfect day, and we decided to make it happen.  I dug several bullets, a carbine barrel band, a brass rectangle from an 1851 saber belt rig {that sounded sweet} - a couple maneuver coins - an era toy cannon wheel - a huge piece of lead that was SCREAMING "BUCKLE" - that was in reality a nice lead Cavalryman's heel plate - and then in the hole with two Colt pistol bullets popped up the prettiest GA. STATE SEAL HAT PLATE that you could hope to see.  It literally has gold gilt dripping off gold gilt !!  In over 40 years digging I've always been the "bridesmaid" on these - had various types of them dug on every side of me, but this is my first.  I've dug 69 Confederate buckles, but this is my first one of these.  {For just a second - I squealed like a 12 year old girl !!}  And that - my friends - is why this hobby NEVER grows old !!!!  One big item remains on my "bucket list" that - to this point - has eluded me ---- That "War Date" Gold Coin !!!

  189. griswprst.JPG (54110 bytes)griswprstrev.JPG (57373 bytes)griswprstgrip.JPG (43002 bytes)griswprstmaker.JPG (35876 bytes)griswprstsrl.JPG (56007 bytes)griswprstsrl2.JPG (60177 bytes)griswprsteng.JPG (54942 bytes)griswprstdoc.JPG (45131 bytes)Absolutely BEAUTIFUL condition .36 cal. Manhattan Navy Model Revolver With PRESENTATION.  The revolver has an all matching EARLY serial number of "5071" with a presentation that reads "Presented to H. A. Griswold By T. J. Butler - 1865".  The revolver has 100 % original cylinder scene and a good bit of original bluing.  The family has connections in both Georgia and Kentucky {as is evidenced by the document above}  This is going to be a very exciting research project for someone and is nothing short of a fine near-mint weapon !!--$1,850.

  190. ncrelicgroup.JPG (54827 bytes)Absolutely incredible relic grouping purchased many, many years ago out of central North Carolina.  The grouping consists of a rare C.S. Richmond Arsenal drum canteen with stopper,  a pure copper drinking cup, a smooth face 1850 era cast brass oval militia plate, an 1840 - 1850 era powder horn {and I have saved some of the original powder that was in it} and an original 1863 "State of North Carolina - Raliegh" note.  This entire Confederate estate for only.--$1,450.SOLD

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

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

  193. underplug.JPG (85251 bytes)underplugrev.JPG (85266 bytes)Beautiful condition excavated COPPER Confederate Bormann ball underplug.  This was recovered many, many years ago on private property here at Stones River by Pete Cryer.  It's as nice as it could possibly be.--$55.SOLD

  194. dugibtn.jpg (82862 bytes)dugibtnrev.JPG (92410 bytes)Just recovered from Army of TENN. {Polk's Corp} 1862 - 1863 winter camps along Duck River near Shelbyville, TN. - Coat size Confederate 2-piece Block "I" - Infantry button with the iron reverse.  It's hard to get one of these that is good and stable.--$85.

  195. dugeaglebtnfrnt.JPG (66889 bytes)dugeaglebtn.JPG (87078 bytes)Excavated CS26B coat size Confederate Staff Officer's uniform button that was recovered a while back from Confederate 1863 winter camps along Duck River near Shelbyville, TN.  Unfortunately, the digger "smacked it" during recovery and literally broke the button into several pieces.  It has been professionally restored and displays quite nicely now - and at a fraction of the cost it would be if it were not restored.--only $125.

  196. shtswd.jpg (42336 bytes)shtswdrev.JPG (43859 bytes)shtswdcls.JPG (57846 bytes)JUST IN - Beautiful condition Confederate manufacture 1832 pattern Artillery Short Sword.  The blade has a pretty aged grey-brown patina with the classic Rebel "unstopped fuller".  The massive cast brass guard has the distinctly high copper content Confederate alloy.  One of the nicest examples that I've seen in a while.--$1,450.SOLD

  197. us50.jpg (84206 bytes)us50rev.jpg (86594 bytes)us50date.jpg (93028 bytes)Very scarce original UNITED STATES fractional note.  {50 cent note}  This note was authorized in 1864, but the note was printed several years later.--$65.

  198. bayonetbuckle.JPG (42808 bytes)bayonetbucklesprus.JPG (63283 bytes)bayonetbucklecls.JPG (66085 bytes)bayonetbuckleptnt.JPG (81933 bytes)bayonetbuckleout.JPG (41784 bytes)bayonetbuckleus.JPG (50689 bytes) This isn't Civil War, but doesn't miss it much.  It is an 1870's era .4570 Trapdoor bayonet in original scabbard, and the regulation U.S. belt plate from the same era.  The pair of spurs date just later, around 1911.  All of these artifacts are out of the late Kenneth Bilbrey estate.  I just learned that the spurs and the bayonet with scabbard are original era items, but Kenneth purchased the buckle in the last few years, and isn't an original from the 1880s, but a re-strike.--only $160. for all the items-SOLD.

  199. coltflask.JPG (70433 bytes)coltflaskrev.JPG (74998 bytes)Quite rare, very small size copper powder flask for a Colt Root or any Pocket Model size Revolver.  It has a beautifully aged bronze patina.--$95.SOLD

  200. keepers.jpg (82490 bytes)keepersrev.JPG (87182 bytes)Pair of perfect condition excavated cast brass sword belt plate keepers.  Both were recovered on private property at Franklin, and have beautiful green patinas.--$35 each or both for $60.SOLD

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

  202. bicenrepro.JPG (14152 bytes)bicenrepropen.JPG (17770 bytes)bicenreproopn.JPG (60097 bytes)REPRODUCTION living history cavalry saber and scabbard carried by Kenneth Bilbrey in quite a number of Civil War events in the early 1960s.  The sword is something like 50 years old now and has a real attractive patina,  and will look nice on the wall, or perfect for once again taking to the field and reasonably priced.--$95. - SOLD

  203. bayscabd.jpg (42647 bytes)bayscabdrev.JPG (42577 bytes)bayscabdus.JPG (66556 bytes)bayscabdwbnt.JPG (40515 bytes)bayscabdopn.JPG (44779 bytes)Quite scarce - and nice condition - all leather 1873 era bayonet scabbard with the brass "U.S." medallion and brass scabbard tip.  In this rare scabbard is a much earlier .69 cal. Model 1816 triangular socket bayonet.  The bayonet has been shortened just a bit to help it fit the scabbard. These are believed to have been used for drill in the various Military Academys around the country during the 1870s through the 1890s era.  Priced at the value of the rare leather scabbard alone.--$150.

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

  205. snglbltmld.JPG (58010 bytes)snglbltmoldcls.JPG (43507 bytes)Civil War era single cavity .36 cal. round ball mold.  This could be used for molding .36 cal. balls in the field for either a .36 cal. rifle or .36 cal. pistol or revolver.  I have included an original bullet to display with the mold that we recovered here at Stones River.--$48.

  206. 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.

  207. sny.JPG (72353 bytes)snyrev.JPG (71311 bytes)Really pretty large size lead filled "SNY" oval waist belt plate.  This plate was recovered from the James River about 30 years ago and has as nicer face as you are going to see.  The reverse has full lead and rusty remnants of the three iron hooks.  The "SNY" letters are very crisp and bold.--$695.

  208. 1865agm.jpg (13118 bytes)1865agmopn.JPG (18932 bytes)1865agmcls.JPG (54705 bytes)1865agmmkr.JPG (51954 bytes)1865agmdte.JPG (61378 bytes)Here is an unusual twist - Most of the time I encounter Confederate relics taken home by Federal soldiers as souvenirs.  This Federal Cavalry saber was brought home here to Tennessee as a Civil War souvenir by a CONFEDERATE soldier.  The only rub is that NONE of his Southern descendants want it.  It is a very pretty "Roby" Model 1860 Light Cavalry Saber and Scabbard and is marked "E. Roby - U.S. - 1865".--ONLY $750.

  209. bayonetthurs.JPG (41069 bytes)bayonetthurscls.JPG (73615 bytes)bayonetthurss.JPG (53488 bytes)Nice clean condition .58 cal. Model 1855 triangular socket bayonet correct for your .58 cal. Springfield or contract rifled musket.  Just perfect to give your musket that "Museum Look".  This bayonet has an extra tiny "S" stamped on the flat of the bayonet that I have only seen a few other times, and I'm unsure exactly what it means.--$195.SOLD

  210. dirk.jpg (52113 bytes)dirkrev.jpg (56250 bytes)dirkny.jpg (60798 bytes)dirkmkr.jpg (66590 bytes)dirktag.jpg (100009 bytes)VERY RARE to come by !!!  "STATE OF NEW YORK" marked dagger carried by "STATES McCOY" who - according to the family was a Union "Drummer Boy" who served from Jan. 1863 until July, 1865.  What a COOL NEW YORK ARTIFACT.--$350.SOLD

  211. eaglebreastplt.JPG (90712 bytes)eaglebreastpltrev.JPG (83369 bytes)Very beautiful excavated lead filled circular Federal eagle breastplate recovered about 40 years ago by Dr. Rees Buttram on private property near Shiloh.  Smooth chocolate patina with nice detail, and both attachment loops intact on the reverse.--$225.

  212. swordwed.JPG (12265 bytes)swordwedopn.JPG (18395 bytes)swordwedcls.JPG (61641 bytes)swordwedeng.JPG (50132 bytes)Excellent condition Model 1840 "Old Wristbreaker" Heavy Cavalry Saber and Scabbard.  This saber is believed to have been carried by G. T. Culberhouse - Co. "G" - 7th Tenn. Cav. and likely rode with Gen. Nathan Bedford Forrest.  Nice clean blade - Knight's Head mark - original wrap and wire and exceptional original scabbard.  If you've always wanted a really pretty Southern carried Saber - Here is a beauty.--$850.SOLD

  213. collhillcavclsd.JPG (12078 bytes)collhillcavopn.JPG (16542 bytes)collhillcav.JPG (56992 bytes)collhillcavgrd.JPG (71909 bytes)collhillcavgrp.JPG (50969 bytes)collhillribn.JPG (63390 bytes)Just In - One of the RAREST CONFEDERATE CAVALRY OFFICER'S SABERS AND SCABBARDS that exists.  This is a "COLLEGE HILL - NASHVILLE, TN."  The College Hill facility was located very near the famous Nashville Plow Works factory, and the two products are so similar that you have to look close to tell them apart.  The cast brass guards are nearly identical except the ribbon on the College Hill is open, and the ribbon on the Plow says "Nashville Plow Works".  Each has the big "C.S.A." arcing around the bottom of the guard.  The College Hill has a black lacquered iron backstrap, and the Nashville Plow has a brass backstrap.  This example has a nice clean blade and an absolutely beautiful original grip with 100% original leather intact.  The saber is in a really pretty brass mounted - lap seamed - C.S. manufactured scabbard, and has been in this scabbard since the Civil War era, but we are unsure if it is a College Hill product, or the product of one of the other Confederate Arsenals.  The saber shows clear signs of wear and of actually being carried.  There are approximately "one" of these around for every 5 or 6 Nashville Plow Works sabers.  It will likely be many years before you see another one of these bad boys "this nice" for sale.  In better economy days, this would have been a $14,500. to $16,000. Confederate Cavalry Officer's saber - but in "taxes are due" times only.--SOLD

  214. eaglebeltrig1.JPG (41635 bytes)eaglebeltrig1cls.JPG (79698 bytes)Hard to find anymore - Model 1851 Federal Cavalry Saber Belt Rig.  The cast brass eagle sword belt plate is just stunning with full silver wreath.  The leather belt remains nice and pliable with some pretty "fancier than normal" tooling.  The bench mark number on the sword belt plate and the number on the brass keeper are different numbers, and this is a quite common thing.  Both leather sword "drops" remain intact, and is going to display really nice.  {I just discovered that there is a name scratched into the back of the plate, but part of it is worn away, and I can't read it - maybe you can !!}--$695.SOLD

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

  216. soldierroll.JPG (51977 bytes)soldierrollsig.JPG (44534 bytes)soldierrollsig2.JPG (47234 bytes)soldierrollalt.JPG (53601 bytes)soldierrolldesc.JPG (67835 bytes)VERY RARE CONFEDERATE MEDICAL DOCUMENT signed by C.S. GEN.  MARCUS WRIGHT.  The document is for pay for C.S. Apothecaries - Chemists - Dispensers - Couriers and Clerks.  This rare Confederate Medical Document was signed by both - Confederate General Marcus Wright and by DR. George S. Blackie - who after the Civil War was senior editor of "The Southern Practioner" and eventually gained the reputation of being one of the most brilliant Medical Men of his era.  Men from many different Southern Regiments are represented in this document.--$295.

  217. bayinscab.JPG (39486 bytes)bayinscabopn.JPG (42287 bytes)bayinscabcls.JPG (59765 bytes)Beautiful condition .577 cal. Enfield triangular socket bayonet in it's original leather scabbard.  I'm sure someone has a nice Enfield musket just waiting for this jewel.--$375.SOLD

  218. forward.jpg (81816 bytes)forwardrev.JPG (84265 bytes)Excavated coat size Wisconsin State Seal 3-piece Staff button.  This button was recovered on private property here at Murfreesboro in one of the Federal 1863 winter camps occupied after the Battle of Stones River.  The button has one little dent, but is solid as a rock with beautiful detail and a slick chocolate brown patina.--$95.

  219. usovalwednes.JPG (77653 bytes)usovalwednesrev.JPG (77929 bytes)Absolutely mint, perfect excavated large size lead filled U.S. oval Federal cartridge boxplate.  This plate was recovered by Dr. Rees Buttram nearly 50 years ago on private property near Chickamauga.  It has a near reflective, slick chocolate brown patina on the face - full, smooth lead in the reverse - and both wire loops intact and about strong enough to put back on a box.  Plates that we recover now do not look anything like this beautiful.--$250.

  220. fuseparts.JPG (75238 bytes)fusepartscls.JPG (59645 bytes)Excellent 3-set of Civil War Artillery fuze adapters and original 15 sec. time fuze.  One fuze adapter is a perfect condition excavated cast pewter Parrott time fuze adapter, and the second is an excellent excavated cast brass Hotchkiss time fuze adapter, and the third is a beautiful condition non-excavated 15 sec. original Civil War time fuze.  The excavated fuzes were both recovered many years ago along the Stone Wall at the second day fighting at the Battle of Nashville, TN.--$125. for all three.SOLD

  221. wotr2vol.jpg (58478 bytes)wotr2volxx.JPG (32778 bytes)wotr2volxxcls.JPG (41077 bytes)wotr2volpart1.JPG (32422 bytes)wotr2volpart1cls.JPG (41617 bytes)Very scarce ORIGINAL 1887 Printing of Volume 20 of "The Official Records of the War of the Rebellion" - {The ORs}.  This is the very sought after set covering The Battle of Stones River and other actions in Middle Tennessee during that time period.  The ORs are far and away the most important research tool in doing research for places to go relic hunting, and also in tracking ancestry that fought and camped here.  Volume 20 is a 2-part set and both books are present and in good condition.  They were printed in the Government Printing Office in Washington in 1887.--$89. for the set.SOLD

  222. 64mansfld.JPG (13378 bytes)64mansfldopn.JPG (18834 bytes)64mansfldcls.JPG (53871 bytes)64mansfldus.JPG (56110 bytes)64mansfldmkr.JPG (51855 bytes)Just in - Nice, clean Model 1860 Light Cavalry Saber and Scabbard.  The family that brought this in had an ancestor in the ILL. Cavalry during the Civil War.  The blade is bright and clean, and is marked "U.S. - 1864 -  Mansfield and Lamb".  The grip has original wrap and wire, and the scabbard is very nice with an appreciable groove worn in the ring mount from actual service in the field.--$850.SOLD

  223. fedprvt.JPG (77958 bytes)fedprvtclsd.JPG (76179 bytes)fedprvtrev.JPG (76956 bytes)Really pretty - fully cased 1/6th plate tintype of a well armed Federal infantry soldier.  This is a standing view with his musket with bayonet at his side, and is wearing a full regulation belt rig with cap box - cartridge box - U,S. belt rig with buckle - and eagle breastplate.  Real nice classic pose.--$295.

  224. capbox.JPG (73417 bytes)capboxrev.JPG (72033 bytes)capboxopn.JPG (21670 bytes)capboxwool.JPG (73342 bytes)Small leather Federal Percussion cap box - quite unusual to find with 100 % of the lamb's wool still intact inside.  Both belt loops and the leather closure tab all remain intact.--$165.

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

  226. augarsenal.JPG (64622 bytes)augarsenalreq.JPG (53889 bytes)augarsenalpris.JPG (29328 bytes)augarsenal1.JPG (32084 bytes)augarsenal2.JPG (37091 bytes)augarsenal3.JPG (35357 bytes)Excellent condition Confederate document for the issue of clothing to two escaped Prisoners that made their way back across Confederate lines.  James F. Taylor took the "High Risk" method - He was a member of the 1st FLORIDA INFANTRY, and was captured at the Battle of Resaca, GA.  Private Taylor convinced Union authorities to let him enlist in the Union Army - {only to get the chance to haul ass back across Confederate lines}  This document is for getting his NEW Confederate uniform at Augusta Arsenal.  Risky business though -- It is my understanding that if he were to get captured again - He would be tried as a DESERTER and likely "HUNG" !!  It is very rare to come across Confederate Florida Relics.--$295.

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

  228. ncnotes.JPG (42045 bytes)Group of three nice condition WAR DATE North Carolina notes.  Two are "1861" issues and one is an "1863" issue.--$150. for all including the glass display case.

  229. eagleibutton.JPG (71807 bytes)eagleibuttonrev.JPG (66302 bytes)Beautiful condition excavated coat size Federal Infantry officer's button.  This was recovered on private property near Shiloh over 40 years ago.  It remains crisp and strong enough to sew right back on the uniform.--$30.

  230. cavrosette.JPG (82968 bytes)cavrosetterev.JPG (78280 bytes)Excellent condition excavated cast brass regulation Federal Cavalry rosette.  This was recovered many years ago on private property here at Stones River.  Choice patina !!--$48.SOLD

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

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

  233. 5dollarnote.JPG (64140 bytes)5dollarnoterev.JPG (61996 bytes)Nice condition April 6, 1863 issue Confederate $5. note.  This issue Confederate note has really pretty graphics on both front and back of the note.--$75.

  234. bulletmold.JPG (66727 bytes)bulletmoldinside.JPG (58338 bytes)bulletmoldcav.JPG (55268 bytes)bulletmoldcavclos.JPG (53284 bytes)Folding double cavity bullet mold for a .31 cal. Colt Pocket Model revolver.  Interestingly, the mold has had two additional cavities for molding small size pistol balls added - so the mold will now mold 4 different projectiles.  This would be a nice little compliment to display with your Colt Pocket Model Revolver.--$85.

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

  236. bullettrio.JPG (73701 bytes)Very rare excavated drop .45 cal. 3-ring Kerr bullet, and a hand carved C.S. lead nipple protector, and a crude cast brass Confederate sword drop stud.  These items were all recovered many years ago from a Confederate camp on private property near Fort Donelson, TN.--$75. for all

  237. lockplate.JPG (66823 bytes)lockplaterev.JPG (63823 bytes)Excavated Model 1861 Springfield or contract percussion musket lockplate and hammer assembly.  This was recovered about 20 years ago from a Federal camp on private property near Fredericksburg, VA.  It remains just as recovered.--$65.

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

  239. kenanswd.JPG (42989 bytes)kenanswdclsd.JPG (44338 bytes)kenanswdgrp.JPG (60080 bytes)kenanswdmrk.JPG (47888 bytes)kenanswdmrkscab.JPG (66227 bytes)This is one of the nicest excavated 2nd Model Kenansville Confederate Manufactured Cavalry sabers that I have ever had.  It was recovered many, many years ago on private property near Farmville, VA.  Both the scabbard and the saber have a matching Roman numeral of "XLIIII".  It will likely be a very long time before you see another excavated Kenansville Confederate Cavalry Saber {especially this nice} offered for sale.--$2,950.

  240. usovalbuckle.JPG (69738 bytes)usovalbucklerev.JPG (67734 bytes)Nice condition "non-excavated" large size lead filled U.S. oval waist belt plate.  This pretty buckle was recently purchased at an estate sale near Delaware, Ohio.  Nice face - full lead - and all three attachment hooks present.--$275.SOLD

  241. flask.JPG (64773 bytes)flaskrev.JPG (62380 bytes)Just brought in a few minutes ago.  Nice condition 7-inch "1840 - 1850" era pewter powder flask of the exact type that many young Confederates left home for the Civil War slung over their shoulders.--$75.

  242. eaglebrplt.JPG (76670 bytes)eaglebrpltrev.JPG (75773 bytes)Absolutely flawless - perfect - excavated circular Federal Eagle breastplate.  This was recovered in 1965 by Dr. Rees Buttram on private property near Shiloh.  Excellent chocolate brown face - full, smooth lead, and both loops intact and straight.  They just don't get any nicer !!--$225.

  243. enfldcapandtompn.JPG (68269 bytes)Enfield nose cap and tompion recovered from the Battle of Franklin. TN.--$65.-SOLD
  244. pipedisplay.JPG (39288 bytes)Nice grouping of excavated Pipe bowls recovered from trashpits in both Union and Confederate campsites.  There are 7 pipe bowls dating from the 1700s until the mid 1800s.  The grouping is displayed in a glass display case.--$195.

  245. shortsword.JPG (47713 bytes)shortswordrev.JPG (48397 bytes)shortswordcls.JPG (63014 bytes)Confederate manufactured saber bayonet that is sometimes referred to as "The Monster".  It is not known who made the bayonet, or what weapon that it was made for.  It gained it's very accurate nickname from it's massive "heft" weighing in at a full 3 lbs.  as issued.  If you were strong enough to swing this guy -- "LOOK OUT !!!"  This example came out of a North GA. estate and was converted to use as a "butcher knife" back at home.  It is a "hoss" of a butcher knife still weighing in at around 2 lbs.  Another example of how Southern "items of War" turned into "items of day to day survival" once the Civil War was over and the Troops returned home.  A fine Southern relic demonstrating this fact.--$395.SOLD

  246. ken2mdl.JPG (13842 bytes)ken2mdlopn.JPG (18772 bytes)ken2mdlcls.JPG (57942 bytes)ken2mdlmrk.JPG (58285 bytes)Very nice condition Confederate manufactured 2nd Model Kennansville, N.C. Arsenal Confederate Cavalry saber and scabbard.  The saber is clean and has original wrap and wire on the grip.  The brass guard is marked "XX" and the scabbard has a matching mark.  The guard has a really pretty rich - aged patina.  The scabbard, as well,  is in nice condition with lap seam and brass mounts.  There was a point in time that a Kennansville saber in this condition would have sold for $6,500.  Bargain priced in this Obamanomics era.--$4,250.SOLD

  247. cball.JPG (49255 bytes)cballseam.JPG (56170 bytes)cballmark.JPG (103260 bytes)BEAUTIFUL non-excavated {Battlefield Pick-up} 12 lb. Federal Bormann cannon ball.  This isn't a deal where you can read "some" of the numbers on the fuze - You can read EVERY number on the fuze !!  I disarmed this one and saved a little of the powder {because it burns like brand new !!}  Cleaned - coated - disarmed - and just a beautiful example.--$375.SOLD

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

  249. ovalusbuckle.JPG (73782 bytes)ovalusbucklerev.JPG (71575 bytes)SOOOOO  Pretty excavated large size U.S. oval lead filled cartridge boxplate.  This was recovered in 1969 on private property near Shiloh by Dr. Rees Buttram.  It has a beautiful face - full lead - and one of the two iron loops still intact.  It would be nearly impossible to recover a slicker one.--$195.

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

  251. dugshrtswd.JPG (48084 bytes)dugshrtswdcls.JPG (56778 bytes)MASSIVE excavated 17-inch Confederate "D-Guard" Bowie recovered about 40 years ago on private property near Fredericksburg, VA.  The bowie was made from a MASSIVE rasp, and some of the rasp teeth are still visible today.  This would be an absolutely fantastic center-piece to any excavated Civil War artifact collection.--SOLD

  252. pairofspurs.JPG (59344 bytes)Attractive pair of excavated "Rooster-Neck" Federal cavalry spurs recovered about 30 years ago at Camp Stanley - Murfreesboro, TN.--$150. for the pair-SOLD

  253. fueldoc.JPG (45446 bytes)fueldocdate.JPG (50245 bytes)fueldocsig1.JPG (57318 bytes)fueldocsldr.JPG (67221 bytes)Rare Confederate imprinted document for 1st Lieut. William F. Paine of Co. "B" 38th Reg. Miss. Vol. Inf.  Lieut. Paine was wounded and captured at the Battle of Stones River, TN.  on Dec. 31, 1862. He was sent to Camp Chase where he was held until exchanged on April 29, 1863.  He remained in the hospital recovering until April 28, 1864, and then was assigned to guarding prisoners at the military prison at Atlanta, GA.  Very nice Confederate document.--$275.

  254. csncutls.JPG (45679 bytes)csnmark.JPG (55668 bytes)csnmarkclose.JPG (54693 bytes)csnanchor.JPG (56261 bytes)Absolutely beautiful Confederate States Naval Cutlass with the massive cast brass guard and has the "CSN" cast into one side and has "The Anchor" on the other.  I can't remember how long that it has been since I've seen one of these this pretty.  The brass has a nice aged patina and the "CSN" mark just jumps out at you !!--$2,650.SOLD

  255. usmrkbox.JPG (65095 bytes)usmrkboxclos.JPG (71794 bytes)usmrkboxrev.JPG (55754 bytes)usmrkboxopn.JPG (63316 bytes)Very pretty condition small leather Civil War percussion cap box WITH THE U.S. MARK on the outside flap of the box.  The box remains soft and pliable with the nipple pick still intact - and original percussion caps still inside.  Really nice little box.--$195.

  256. fayetteville.JPG (14777 bytes)fayettevillebrl.JPG (8439 bytes)fayettevillelckplte.JPG (55098 bytes)fayettevillemkr.JPG (59871 bytes)fayettevilledte.JPG (71889 bytes)fayettevilledte3.JPG (72336 bytes)fayettevillecsa.JPG (57392 bytes)fayettevillemrkng1.JPG (62488 bytes)VERY - VERY RARE "1863" date Confederate manufactured FAYETTEVILLE .58 cal. 2-band rifled musket.  The lockplate is marked "Fayetteville - C.S.A. - 1863" and the barrel has a corresponding "1863" date.  The barrel bands are brass as are the trigger guard, and the well known "C.S.A." marked brass buttplate.  The wood is quite nice, but was shortened a bit for use hunting {to feed the family} after the Civil War.  The wood has been repaired under the front band, and other than being just a little short - looks excellent.  The action still works perfectly.  The musket displays as well as a $12,000. Fayetteville,  and with the exception of the stock restoration under the front barrel band - is a completely original SUPER RARE Confederate manufactured Fayetteville C.S. rifled musket.  {And Is Priced A Long Way From $12,000.}--$5,500.SOLD

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

  258. nc12inknife.JPG (54829 bytes)nc12inkniferev.JPG (58593 bytes)nc12inknifemrk.JPG (54902 bytes)12-inch bone handle Confederate carried sideknife out of a North Carolina estate.  The blade is 8 inches in length and is diamond shaped in cross section.  It is maker marked, but I can't quite read it through the aged patina.  The original bone handles are intact, but do have a couple old chips broken away.  No Civil War collection is complete without a nice sideknife.--$295.SOLD

  259. dugshtswd.JPG (46753 bytes)Very nice condition excavated 14-inch Confederate Bowie knife.  This was recovered many, many years ago from a Confederate camp on private property near Corinth, MS.  The blade is complete and measures 9 1/2 inches.  This will be a "center-piece" to someone's excavated relic display.  {This thing sings "Dixie" so loud that I'm having to wear earplugs just to write it up - really nice !!!!}--$550.SOLD

  260. swdgrip.JPG (62502 bytes)swdgriprev.JPG (68104 bytes)MASSIVE cast brass guard to an 1860s to 1890s era Fraternal "Short Sword".  Fraternal organizations such as the "Masons - Knights Of Pythius - etc."  were very popular with Civil War soldiers - during and the years following - the Civil War.  This brass guard was found in an old barn here in Middle Tennessee, and is quite eye-catching on display.  There is enough brass in this thing to make half a dozen C.S.A. belt buckles !!--only $45.SOLD

  261. chickbplte.JPG (62536 bytes)chickbplterev.JPG (69550 bytes)Beautiful excavated circular lead filled Federal eagle breastplate recovered about 40 years ago from private property near Chickamauga, GA.  Smooth chocolate face - full lead - and both loops intact.--$195.

  262. usovalonbelt.JPG (53788 bytes)usovalonbeltrev.JPG (49210 bytes)Very pretty non-excavated large size lead filled U.S. oval Federal enlistedman's waist belt plate on it's original black leather waist belt.  Every Civil War collection should have a nice "U.S." on original belt - and even made better with a leather cap box, and/or a nice .58 cal. leather cartridge box.--$395.SOLD

  263. ruckerletter.JPG (40256 bytes)ruckerlettersign.JPG (53737 bytes)ruckerletterdate.JPG (36006 bytes)ruckerlettertrans.JPG (68300 bytes)ruckerletterrec.JPG (62108 bytes)ruckerletterreccls.JPG (78607 bytes)CONFEDERATE Soldier's Letter written from Private Robert M. Rucker - Co. "A" - 2nd {Robinson's} Tennessee Infantry - Army of Tennessee - C.S.A. - on Aug. 12, 1864 from Atlanta, GA. home to his mother.  Really good content "Wm. Betty was wounded in the flesh of the neck ..... Doc Littleton was wounded also ... George Wilkenson was wounded at the same time but mortally ... Col. Reuben Butler was wounded but escaped ...}  Private Robert Rucker was wounded at Chickamauga and later captured at Goldsboro, NC.  A Very Nice C.S. Soldier's Letter.--$350.

  264. pdrhorn.JPG (153203 bytes)pdrhornrev.JPG (45146 bytes)MASSIVE 19-inch 1840s era powder horn.  Old timers tell me that huge powder horns like this one often carried the "bulk" powder and the smaller hunting horns were filled out of this large horn.  Many young Confederate soldiers left home in the South for the Civil War in 1861 carrying a powder horn very similar to this one.--$150.SOLD

  265. holmeslettertrans.JPG (57980 bytes)holmesletter.JPG (47240 bytes)holmesletteropn.JPG (58023 bytes)holmesletterdesc.JPG (58162 bytes)Extremely RARE 3-page Trans-Mississippi Confederate letter written FROM ONE CONFEDERATE GENERAL TO ANOTHER.  This letter was written Nov. 4, 1862 from Little Rock, Ark. by Major General Theophilus Hunter Holmes - C.S.A. to Confederate General Thomas Carmichael Hindman.  Of utmost importance in this letter are instructions to get the Indians paid, and get the Indian problem solved before they all side with the Union.  He promises that 4,000 stand of arms, and $250,000.  in cash to pay the troops is on the way.  {Check is in the mail !!}  VERY LITTLE nice material from the ARKANSAS area ever surfaces.--$2,250.

  266. 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.SOLD

  267. 1831sprngfld.JPG (11071 bytes)1831sprngfldbrl.JPG (12300 bytes)1831sprngfldlcplt.JPG (55435 bytes)1831sprngfldmkr.JPG (69203 bytes)1831sprngfldcart.JPG (62444 bytes)1831sprngfldcart2.JPG (75959 bytes)1831sprngfldus.JPG (76383 bytes)1831sprngflds.JPG (60632 bytes)1831sprngfldp.JPG (58847 bytes).69 cal. 1831 date Springfield 3-band musket originally produced in flint, and during the Civil War era was converted to the percussion system.  In addition to being converted, this musket was also rifled and fitted with a long range site.  During the early years of the Civil War both Union and Confederate forces used these out-dated old firearms until more current .58 cal. weapons could be obtained.  This musket has a nice aged patina just beginning to darken with age, and the lockplate markings all remain deep and sharp.  The action remains about as strong as when it was issued, and lots of good bore remains.  Both military inspector marks in the stock can be seen from 10 feet away.  This is a very nice weapon that shows all the normal dings and marks of lots of time in the field, and would be a quality addition to any collection - Union or Confederate.--$1,295.SOLD

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

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

  270. dugeagle.JPG (80587 bytes)dugeaglerev.JPG (75979 bytes)Eagle breastplate found at a pipeline construction project here at Stones River yesterday.  A solid plate with full lead, and lots of calcium from the Stones River limestone rocks.--$135.SOLD

  271. wristbrkr.JPG (13280 bytes)wristbrkropn.JPG (20170 bytes)wristbrkrcls.JPG (63673 bytes)wristbrkrmkr.JPG (68629 bytes)wristbrkrstrk.JPG (71644 bytes)wristbrkrbult.JPG (46296 bytes)Very attractive BULLET STRUCK AMERICAN MADE Model 1840 "Old Wristbreaker" heavy cavalry saber and scabbard.  The blade is clean and bright with a nice crisp "Sheble and Fisher - Phil." mark.  The grip was down to wood when it came in and we have had it professionally restored.  The scabbard is in very nice condition, and has what appears to be a strike from a .36 cal. buck or pistol ball.  We are including with the saber a ball that exactly fits the strike.--$895.SOLD

  272. wrightdoc.JPG (41437 bytes)wrightdocsig.JPG (40890 bytes)wrightdocbk.JPG (44557 bytes)Large Confederate document related to the Atlanta Campaign, and listing items unfit and removed from service - AND signed by CONFEDERATE GENERAL MARCUS J. WRIGHT.  There aren't a whole lot of documents around signed by Confederate General Wright.--$295.

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

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

  275. shotbullet.JPG (57194 bytes)shotbullet2.JPG (54263 bytes).58 cal. minie ball imbedded in a knot of "Heartwood" Pine.  This was recovered about 30 years ago on private property near Chickamauga, GA.--$48.

  276. dugspur.JPG (60355 bytes)Excellent condition excavated regulation cast brass Federal Cavalry spur.  This was recovered from a Confederate Cavalry Camp along Duck River near Shelbyville, TN.  {Apparently borrowed from the Yankees !!}  It has a smooth chocolate brown patina, and rusty remnants of the iron rowel.--$69.50-SOLD

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

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

  279. ucsletter.JPG (39198 bytes)ucsletterrev.JPG (38927 bytes)ucsletterdate.JPG (52543 bytes)ucslettertrans1.JPG (43315 bytes) "BAD TO THE BONE" Confederate soldier's BATTLE LETTER written home Jan. 24th, 1863 from the Battlefield at Kinston, N.C.  The soldier is a member of the 22nd South Carolina Infantry - Evan's Brigade and is written home to his mother, - But - didn't sign the letter.  He apparently felt that "Mother" knew who he was.  We were able to determine the correct Regiment from other individuals mentioned in the letter.  "He says "We are stationed where the Battle of the 14th of Dec. was fought. ... I have gone on the Battlefield several times since the fight --- such a destruction of timber I never saw.  I saw one tree with 5 cannon ball holes through it and also the marks of about 30 rifle balls.  The field is dotted about with graves - the most of them graves of Yankees.  I am going to enclose in this letter a little cross ... the long piece is a fragment of a large Sweet Gum tree cut down by a cannon ball - the short one is a portion of a small Dogwood cut off with a rifle ball....  There are number of trees as large as three feet in diameter cut down by the shot and shell...."  The 22nd South Carolina would eventually lose about half their number at "The Crater".--$325.

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

  281. wiscncoat1.JPG (73974 bytes)Beautiful condition non-excavated coat size Civil War era Wisconsin State Seal Button.  This is a three piece staff with nice gold gilt, shank intact, and "Scovill" backmark.--$225.

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

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

  284. eagbuckle.JPG (70585 bytes)eagbucklerev.JPG (77218 bytes)Non-excavated Model 1851 Federal Cavalryman's Eagle Sword Belt Plate.  The plate shoes clear evidence of having actually seen service, but remains complete with the applied silver wreath still 100% intact.--$375.

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

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

  287. 7canstr.JPG (46447 bytes)7canstrrev.JPG (49186 bytes)This is believed to be the finest excavated BIG 7" canister in private hands.  It was recovered on private property about 30 years ago and is just a SUPER NICE artifact.  We CAN'T ship this one for fear of damaging it.   You will need to pick it up here or we can bring it to the upcoming Dalton, GA. Civil War Show.  This jewel is HEAVY !!--$2,950.

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

  289. annasoccer.JPG (39064 bytes)poppyana&rachJPG.JPG (253237 bytes)anastasiaschool.JPG (25834 bytes)NEW PICTURE !!!  Guess who is celebrating 1 year old today ??  Yep -- "Lady A - Anastasia" .  I  just got back from Houston, TX. visiting my first "Grandchild - Lady-A" {Anastasia}.  She is an absolute little doll and has everyone wrapped around her tiny, little finger.  She has arrived at the conclusion - "If I'm awake, somebody best be holding me if you know what's good for you" -- {otherwise I'll give you the business} !!!  She and I have a lot in common -- Two of our favorite things on earth to do is "Eat and Sleep" !!!!  Jonathan {the pup} is a wonderful "Big Brother" -- As a matter of fact - He has a little sweater that has "Only Child" crossed out and "Big Brother" written beneath it.  She is something like 11 months old and already weighs 23 lbs. -- Texas thing I'm told !!!   {Make that "3 YEARS" old now !!!!}  WOW --- Time sure gets away !!!!

  290. dugbnt.JPG (45301 bytes)dugbntcls.JPG (72747 bytes)Excavated COMPLETE .58 cal. Model 1855 Springfield triangular socket bayonet.  This was recovered about 40 years ago by Dr. Rees Buttram on private property near Chickamauga, GA.--$125.

  291. 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.

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

  293. cheatham.JPG (57272 bytes)cheathamrev.JPG (50092 bytes)cheathambckmrk.JPG (47434 bytes)Quite Rare "Memphis, TN." C.D.V. of Confederate General B. F. Cheatham.  It is in excellent condition and is backmarked "H. A. Balch - Star - Photograph Gallery - 249 Main St. - Memphis, TN.".--$250.SOLD

  294. 1863chicopee.JPG (13966 bytes)1863chicopeeopn.JPG (17764 bytes)1863chicopeecls.JPG (55258 bytes)1863chicopeemkr.JPG (59423 bytes)1863chicopeedte.JPG (66175 bytes)Nice condition Model 1840 Ames Artillery saber and scabbard.  The blade is clean and is crisply marked "1863 - U.S. - Ames Mfg. Co.".  It has original wrap and wire on the grip, and the scabbard is very nice as well without even one single dent.--$895. - SOLD

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

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

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

  298. sfsideknife.JPG (54519 bytes)sfsideknifemrk.JPG (57268 bytes)Wicked side knife made from a standard Civil War "Alfred Field and Co. - Sheffield" Side Knife.  I purchased this from my good buddy - Jim Fraska -  and I tell you - Jim should be a "Romance Novel Writer" !!! - I give you Jim's description !!  The Belly Slasher !!!!  Craftily fashioned from an Alfred Field & Co. - Sheffield Side Knife - The original grip replaced with a long wooden handle that nestles lovingly and comfortably in the hand and allows for sleek and flexible movement.  An instrument so transformed that, even before the recipient knows he has been "kissed" by it's blade, he feels the flow of hot frothy blood spill from his gut" -- DANG JIM really "HOT FROTHY" !!!!!!!!!!  I WILL say that this guy would BAD "mess you up".--$295.SOLD

  299. bgsaberbnt.JPG (46920 bytes)bgsaberbntgrp.JPG (60294 bytes)Original Confederate manufacture "Boyle and Gamble - Richmond, VA." saber bayonet.  Rich aged attic "bronze - brown" patina throughout.  Just a really pretty Confederate manufacture edged weapon.--$1,450.SOLD

  300. lchrgdnft.JPG (12964 bytes)lchrgdnftgrd.JPG (61926 bytes)lchrgdnftgrdart.JPG (69972 bytes)lchrgdnftgrdeng.JPG (52127 bytes)lchrgdnftbk.JPG (52928 bytes)lchrgdnftbk2.JPG (57458 bytes)Very, very RARE "attic beautiful" Confederate manufacture Leech and Rigdon C.S. Foot Officer's Sword.  The blade has a thick - rich - chocolate brown patina {with faint hints of Confederate engraving visible through the blade's never cleaned - aged - brown patina}.  The high copper content cast brass Confederate guard also has a rich aged patina.  The brass guard has the tell tale Leech and Rigdon motif on both top and bottom sides.  In 37 years I can count the number of these that I have had on my fingers.  This Super Rare Confederate Officer's sword would have sold for $4,250. to $4,500. back in better economy days.  Priced to sell - even in today's economy.--$3,450.SOLD

  301. 58calmbcart.JPG (39374 bytes)Very nice condition original .58 cal. minie cartridge with complete paper wrap.  A fantastic compliment to display with your .58 cal. rifled musket.--$95.

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

  303. bultmold.JPG (62688 bytes)bultmoldrev.JPG (69323 bytes)Excellent condition single cavity .44 cal. bullet mold for a single shot boot pistol.  I am including an original ball from here at Stones River to display with the mold.  Many soldiers - both North and South - carried a pistol of this type in their vest or boot as a last resort.--$65.

  304. usplatemon.JPG (70986 bytes)usplatemonrev.JPG (70608 bytes)Beautiful condition non-excavated rare GILTED large oval U.S. cartridge boxplate.  It has full lead in the reverse and the wire loops are 2 9/16 inches apart.  This will make someone's cartridge box look "Museum Fine".--$250.

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

  306. cnteenwslng.JPG (55539 bytes)cnteenwslngrev.JPG (56591 bytes)cnteenwslngltrs.JPG (98143 bytes)cnteenwslnglotz.JPG (56173 bytes)Very nice condition circular, smooth type Federal Model 1858 canteen complete with original butternut cover - stopper with chain - and linen sling - and has the soldier's initials "A.B.T." stenciled on the side.  This canteen was on display for a number of years in the old Lotz House Museum at The Battle of Franklin, TN.--$425.

  307. bulletmold.JPG (59372 bytes)bulletmoldcls.JPG (67077 bytes)Nice condition cast brass "Colt Patent" marked .31 cal. double cavity bullet mold correct for the Model 1849 Colt .31 cal. Pocket Revolver.  If you have a nice Colt revolver - here is the perfect compliment for it.--$150.

  308. lapelican.JPG (81393 bytes)lapelicanrev.JPG (81721 bytes)Quite pretty excavated coat size Louisiana State Seal Confederate uniform button.  The face on this button is just "loaded" with bright gold gilt.  The button's only negative is that it has a bit flatter profile than it had when originally issued - likely stepped on somewhere along the way.  The reverse has the shank intact and is backmarked "Extra Rich".  The button was recovered on private property from Gen. Hardee's 1863 winter camps located near Tullahoma, TN.  For the price - this button has a SWEET look.--only $275.

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

  310. .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.

  311. cutlsgrp.JPG (46314 bytes)Complete and very nice condition original Model 1860 Federal Navy Cutlass brass guard - grip - and pommel cap.  If you have a Model 1860 Navy Cutlass blade only - or a complete one with a missing or badly dented up or damaged brass guard - here is all you need to make it a beautiful sword again.--$250.

  312. 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.SOLD

  313. brlcut.JPG (48470 bytes)brlcutbult.JPG (24303 bytes)An interesting excavated relic -- About a one foot section of a .69 cal. musket barrel that has been cut off - possibly because there is a bullet lodged down in it.  OR -- This was recovered from Wharton's Confederate Texas Ranger camp near Unionville, TN. where we dug several cut off musket barrels [no doubt making shorter carbines for horse back use out of Infantry long rifles].  After cutting the barrels off - the Confederates would then load them up with .36 cal. buck loads.--$45.

  314. sewingkit.JPG (75251 bytes)sewingkitrev.JPG (79469 bytes)sewingkitopn.JPG (69533 bytes)sewingkitopn2.JPG (54487 bytes)Civil War soldier's hand sewn "house-wife".  It is in excellent condition and still has needles - thread - and buttons inside.  This is out of Middle Tennessee - so was very likely Confederate carried.--$150.

  315. 63musician2.JPG (12218 bytes)63musicianopn.JPG (17084 bytes)63musiciancls.JPG (58479 bytes)63musiciandte.JPG (60780 bytes)63musicianmrk.JPG (57181 bytes)Excellent condition Model 1840 Federal Musician's sword and leather scabbard.  The blade remains sparkling bright and is marked "U.S. - 1863 - C. Roby".  The cast brass guard remains in perfect condition with a rich, aged patina, and the leather scabbard is in much nicer condition than is usually the case  and is without one break, repair, or weak spot.  This is a sword that you will never need to "upgrade".--$595.SOLD

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

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

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

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

  320. spencer.JPG (74266 bytes)Beautiful condition excavated complete .52 cal. Spencer Repeating Rifle or Carbine cartridge.  This was recovered on private property at The Battle of Hoover's Gap, TN. where the Spencer Repeating Rifles were used in Battle by Wilder's Lightening Brigade.--$38.

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

  322. saber.JPG (38747 bytes)sabergrp.JPG (63824 bytes)saberopnd.JPG (52597 bytes)Really pretty Model "1840" {Old Wristbreaker} unmarked import Heavy Cavalry saber and scabbard.  Model 1840 Heavy Cavalry sabers were extensively used by both "U.S." and "C.S." Cavalry forces during the American Civil War.  The famous Southern Cavalry Raider - "Gen. Nathan Bedford Forrest" carried one as did many in his command.  This example has a nice clean blade - and original wrap and wire on the grip.  It is out of a central Georgia estate - so it is quite probable that it was Confederate carried.  It is about as pretty an example as you are going to see.--$795.SOLD

  323. Very nice condition 9-inch overall Confederate blacksmith made sideknife in it's original leather scabbard.  Many of the teeth are still visible from the file that the knife blade was made from.  It was on display many years ago in a G.A.R. Hall and actually has a "G.A.R." button inset in the tang of the grip.  We are also including a perfect G.A.R. button of the same type to display with the knife.  A very cool little Confederate relic.--$595. {A Cool Confederate Weapon Priced AT MUCH LESS Than EVEN A Pocket Model Colt !!}

  324. politpnsldr.JPG (77708 bytes)politpnclose.JPG (63058 bytes)Fully cased and clear as a bell 1/6th plate tintype of a Federal soldier wearing a Political Ferrotype around his neck.  Unbelievably - This image is SO CLEAR that you can see that it is a "Douglas - Hershel" Political Pin with Hershel's image facing the camera.  In 40 years, I can't remember ever having an image before that you could make out who was on the political pin.  This is astounding.--$395.

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

  326. jbltr.JPG (35896 bytes)jbltropn.JPG (36555 bytes)Nice condition original civilian Civil War letter with cover written from New York on Sept. 16, 1864 by John Bray to his Father - Mr. Joseph M. Bray.  There are several Civil War references and the letter remains in very nice condition in original envelope with cancelled Civil War stamp.  For the price - this is going to display very, very nicely.--$45.

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

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

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

  330. snydug.JPG (75394 bytes)snydugrev.JPG (67855 bytes)Quite attractive excavated large oval lead filled "S.N.Y." waist belt plate.  This plate was recovered quite a number of years ago and was recovered on private property at Cold Harbor.  When recovered the plate had chipping around a portion of the rim due to ground action deterioration and has been professionally stabilized and restored.  It is now a very good looking plate.--$550.

  331. ppawhks.JPG (69015 bytes)ppawhksrev.JPG (68629 bytes)Excavated set of "Puppy Paw" belt hooks that were recovered from a Confederate camp site here.  We have found that Confederates would quite often melt the belt hooks out of the back of Federal belt plates and wear the "hook device" only as a waist belt buckle {not wanting to wear the "U.S." part}.  This set of hooks was recovered from an Alabama Infantry camp site here.--$48.

  332. amesholt.JPG (12928 bytes)amesholtopn.JPG (19408 bytes)amesholtgrp.JPG (69883 bytes)amesholtgrp2.JPG (61185 bytes)amesholteng.JPG (77225 bytes)amesholteng2.JPG (61997 bytes)amesholtmrk.JPG (60100 bytes)Very Rare PRESENTATION Model 1872 Cavalry Officer's saber and scabbard made by Ames Mfg. Co. - Chicopee, Mass.  The blade is "frosty" bright with the Presentation "Capt. George S. Holt" and the ornate officer's brass mounted scabbard has the full Presentation "Presented To Capt. George S. Holt By Members Of The National Lancers - June 14, 1877".  The grip has full original sharkskin and the very ornate Officer's brass guard retains nearly 100% bright gold gilt.  We haven't had the time to properly research Capt. Holt - so I would be very grateful to hear anything interesting that you guys might learn about him.  It is entirely possible that he could have even seen Civil War service.  What a Beautiful Saber this is.--$1,850.

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

  334. amesnvl.JPG (16498 bytes)amesnvlopn.JPG (21111 bytes)amesnvldte.JPG (68745 bytes)amesnvlmrk.JPG (61891 bytes)Model 1860 Federal Naval Cutlass made by Ames Mfg. Co. and dated "1862".  The blade has a nice aged grey-brown patina and is marked "Ames Mfg. Co. - Chicopee, Mass. - 1862".  The scabbard is very stable and solid, but is missing the last 3 inches or so.  The grip is worn to polished wood in most areas and some leather in other areas.  The massive brass guard is in exceptionally nice condition, and isn't all dented up like they usually are.  Model 1860 Cutlasses have become scarce to find.--$595.SOLD

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

  336. pdrhrn.JPG (45203 bytes)pdrhrncrvg.JPG (50472 bytes)Massive HUGE 1840 era 14 inch long and 3 inches across Powder Horn.  The horn remains in very nice condition and has ornate designs carved into both top and bottom.  Many young Confederates left home in 1861 carrying a Fowling Rifle and a Powder Horn just like this.--$175.

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

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

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

  340. eaglebtn.JPG (63201 bytes)eaglebtnrev.JPG (57496 bytes)Really pretty excavated CS-26A Confederate "Drooped Wing Eagle" Staff Officer's button.  This rare button was recovered by Dr. Rees Buttram on private property on Missionary Ridge at Chattanooga, TN.  It has a smooth chocolate brown - completely uncleaned patina.--$250.

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

  342. 1861art.JPG (43972 bytes)1861artopn.JPG (47099 bytes)1861artgrd.JPG (60811 bytes)1861artdte.JPG (55126 bytes)1861artmrk.JPG (64586 bytes)Nice looking Federal Model 1840 Light Artillery Saber and Scabbard.  The blade is clean with good clear markings of "U.S. - Ames Mfg. Co. - 1861".  The leather grip was restored many years ago and looks very nice now.  The scabbard is pretty with a smooth aged chocolate brown patina, and just a couple small war-date service dings.--$850.

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

  344. drpwng.JPG (69802 bytes)drpwngrev.JPG (68545 bytes)Exceptionally nice condition excavated coat size Confederate local "