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  1. Beautiful condition, excavated, Mexican style, iron cavalry spur.  The massive rowel on this spur measures a full 2 inches across.  It was recovered in 1955 from a Texas Cavalry camp and will make a fine addition to any Confederate spur display.  I recovered a near identical one from the camp of Wharton's 8th Texas Cavalry in Middle Tennessee.--$195.

  2. This is an absolute soldier work of art.  It is the Eagle carefully and perfectly carved out of a Jeff Davis hat pin.  You won't see over one of these this nice recovered in a 10 year period.--$250.

  3. Quite rare to recover, excavated, die-struck, brass Eagle centerpiece to a Civil War Officer's two-piece Eagle sash buckle.  The Eagle center disc has a smooth chocolate patina with super crisp detail.  This would be an excellent addition to any excavated relic collection.--$95.

  4. A display containing two excavated artifacts from the 1862 - 1863 Confederate winter camps along Duck River near Shelbyville, Tennessee.  The first artifact is a cast lead finial to a Confederate cartridge box.  The second piece is the brass insert for a Model 1816 musket that has been converted from flint to percussion.  This brass piece filled the spot where the flint flash pan originally was.  Both artifacts are Rebel as can be.--$48.

  5. Small glass display containing a two-piece brass sword hanger and a soldier's wedding band, both recovered from an Alabama Cavalry camp near Guy's Gap in Middle Tennessee.--$45.

  6. Excavated percussion cap tin with several percussion caps still inside.  Really nice display item.--$35.

  7. RARE, RARE, RARE, excavated "CS" marked Memphis Novelty Works, Confederate Cavalry Officer's spur.  This spur was recovered from a General N. B. Forrest Confederate Cavalry camp in North Mississippi.  The spur has both legs broken but has a "CS" that you can read across the room.  This is a fantastic and rare CS marked Confederate artifact just as it is, or I can 100% guarantee that Robert McDaniel could do a restoration on this jewel that would knock your eyes out.--$595.SOLD

  8. Excavated, cast brass, patchbox door from a Model 1841 Mississippi rifle.  This was recovered from Confederate camps following Stones River and was somehow broken into three pieces.  This is quite a feat considering how thick and strong a patchbox door is.--$45.

  9. Rare - Rare excavated Civil War Officer's "Eagle Head" cast brass spur.  The eagle head is broken off the back, but Robert can cast one from a pair that I have.  The eagle wings are complete and go perfectly down each side.  If this spur had been complete - it would have fetched around $800. to $900. or so.  With a little effort this can be a stunning artifact, and at a very reasonable price.  The spur was recovered on private property at Cold Harbor, and was in Mac Mason's personal collection for many years.--$375.SOLD

  10. Excavated brass spur of the style common around southern plantations during the Civil War Era.  These were brought from home by young, southern soldiers joining the Confederate Cavalry.  We recover this style quite often around early war Confederate Cavalry camps.  This is an excellent example with iron rowel remaining completely intact.--$75.SOLD

  11. Complete, excavated, regulation Federal Cavalry bit with both cast-brass US rosettes remaining intact.  This Cavalry bit was recovered about 30 years ago from a trash pit in "Camp Stanley" which was the 1862 - 1863 Federal winter Cavalry camp here in Murfreesboro following the Battle of Stones River.  The bit remains exactly as it was recovered and can be cleaned to a collector's personal taste.  This is an excellent artifact rarely recovered complete.--$195.

  12. Extremely rare and absolutely beautiful condition, excavated "PAIR" of brass, Union Artillery stirrups.  Both stirrups are in excellent condition with matching, uncleaned, brown/green patina.  These were recovered many years ago, and brass signals this size are virtually nonexistent now.  This excellent set of excavated cast brass artillery stirrups will make a fantastic compliment and addition to your artillery collection.--$395. for the pair.

  13. Very nice shadowbox display of excavated Enfield musket artifacts recovered from 1863 Army of Tennessee Confederate winter camps located along Duck River near Shelbyville, TN.  The display includes an Enfield nipple protector with chain - a brass Enfield nose cap - a brass Enfield trigger guard - a complete brass Enfield tompion - and 4 dropped Enfield bullets - all displayed in a glass riker case.--$95. for entire display.

  14. Beautiful condition, excavated, Confederate side knife, hand blacksmith crafted from a file.  The knife still has the original brass cross guard intact on the tang.  It was recovered about 30 years ago from a Confederate camp on Bear Creek near Tupelo, Mississippi.  It is going to make a fine addition to someone's excavated Confederate weapons display.--$395.

  15. Really pretty, 12 inch x 18 inch, matted display containing 23 artifacts including a Confederate style Martingale Heart, 20 excavated US and CS cap and cartridge box finials, and two Richmond Arsenal Gardner bullets.  This entire display of artifacts was recovered from Confederate Camps around Brandy Station, Virginia.--$295 for the entire display.

  16. Very rare, excavated, cast brass, Confederate Richmond musket nose cap together with the brass rowel holder of a Richmond Arsenal spur.  Both artifacts are presented in a matted glass case.--$85.

  17. Excavated portion of a VERY rare "IOWA" lead hat pin.  This was recovered on private property near Shiloh by Brant Arnold and is the "OWA" portion of the hat pin.  I have absolutely NO DOUBT that Robert McDaniel could restore this rare piece to display complete and would look like a million bucks.  In complete condition these guys run something like $500. to $600.  This can be a WONDERFUL display piece and at a price that a young collector "cutting grass" could afford !!--$125.

  18. Excavated, complete condition, Confederate Cavalry cast brass spur.  This spur  was recovered from a Confederate Cavalry camp in north Mississippi.  It is quite heavy in construction and is believed to have been a product of a small arsenal in Richmond, Virginia.  This example is an exact mate to the Confederate spur that Nita and I found at the cabin about a year ago.  The two are pictured together above.--$295.

  19. Quite rare to recover, gilted, 1860 date, John Breckinridge for President - Joseph Lane for Vice President, presidential campaign token.  This token originally had a ferrotype photo of each candidate in the center of the token.  The token was recovered from a Confederate camp on private property near Shiloh and has lots of bright gold gilt on both sides.  This is a very rare Civil War political item to recover.--$250.

  20. Super rare recovery, FULLY LOADED, Model 1851, .36 cal., Colt Navy Model revolver.  This revolver has a field repair to the loading lever and appears to have been struck by something REALLY HARD severing the trigger guard and brass grip frame.  A portion of the brass frame remains intact with the screws in place and the remainder severed from just beneath the screws.  This revolver was recovered on private property near the Battle of Chickamauga, Georgia.--$750.

  21. Excavated, cast brass, Patriotic Eagle tension device usually found around the perimeter of Civil War Era banjos and drums.--$65.

  22. Very nice display containing two hand formed soldier personal artifacts.  One of the items appears to be a hand-carved whistle made from an Enfield projectile.  The second item is a hand-made soldier's ring that appears to be made from either lead or pewter.  These two artifacts are good examples of how soldiers passed the time over the long weeks and months spent in camp.--$75. for both items.

  23. Small display of nice artifacts recovered here in Middle Tennessee from the camp of the 1st Alabama Cavalry - CSA.  This display consists of an excavated, iron rowel for a Cavalry spur and an iron bullet extractor and an extracted Minie.  If you have recovered a nice Civil War spur, but missing the rowel, here is your chance to significantly improve your spur.--$69

  24. Nice large display of 14 excavated Civil War artifacts that were recovered years ago at "Cold Harbor",VA.  The relic grouping consists of One quite rare excavated large size early lead filled "Puppy Paw" hook style U.S. oval Federal waist belt plate - one excavated coat size "New York" state seal uniform button, and several other bullets - buttons - knapsack parts - etc.  A great buy for the entire display !!--$295. for all

  25. Super rare, and in absolutely beautiful condition, CS Marked, Leech & Rigdon, Confederate Cavalry Officer's spur.  This spur was found about 30 years ago in a log out-building on private property near Shiloh.  It has a rich, aged, never cleaned, bronze/green patina and has the original iron rowel remaining intact.  Both the CS mark on the rear of the spur and the raised star on each side can be boldly seen by anyone from across the room (with cataracts).--$2,150.SOLD

  26. Seldom recovered excavated flint with lead wrap for a flint lock pistol or rifle.  The metal detector picked up the lead wrap of course.  This was recovered from a Confederate 1863 camp along Duck River near Shelbyville, TN.--$45.

  27. Beautiful condition complete regulation Federal Cavalry bit with both cast brass "U. S." rosettes intact.  This nice Federal Cavalry bit was found in an old log barn here at Stones River located very near "Camp Stanley" which was the Federal 1862 - 1863 Winter Camp for the U. S. Cavalry Corps located here under Federal General David Stanley.  I feel it very likely that this bit found its way to the log barn from the massive Federal 1862 - 1863 winter Cavalry Camp so close by.--$250.

  28. Beautiful condition, excavated, Civil War combination musket wrench.  This musket tool was excavated over 30 years ago from private property near the Battle of Chickamauga, Georgia, by Dr. Rees Buttram.  The tool remains in such nice condition that the folding screwdriver blade will still rotate.  This tool could easily still break a Springfield musket down today.--$65.

  29. Extremely rare to find, a beautiful excavated matching set of "Allegheny Arsenal - #1" Federal regulation issue, cast brass, cavalry spurs.  This set of spurs was recovered from the 1863 Federal winter Cavalry camp located along Lytle Creek just south of Murfreesboro.  It is seldom that someone recovers one Allegheny Arsenal marked spur, and many times more rare to recover a matching pair.--$350 for the pair.

  30. Beautiful condition, excavated set of brass cufflinks and a rare "Eagle motif" portion of a private purchase military watch fob.  The Eagle is finely detailed and can be seen clear as can be.These two artifacts were recovered from the 1863 winter camp of the 16th Alabama Infantry located along Duck River near Shelbyville, TN.  These two artifacts were recovered from the 1863 winter camp of the 16th Alabama Infantry located along Duck River near Shelbyville, TN.--$95 for both artifacts.

  31. Group of excavated artifacts recovered from the 1863 winter camp of the 51st Alabama Cavalry located near Fosterville, Tennessee.  The grouping consists of a soldiers brass lice comb, a soldiers brass wedding band, and a Confederate worn, "star pattern", civilian floral button.--$95 for the entire CS used grouping and glass case.-SOLD

  32. Very nice display containing brass Cavalry sword rig hardware.  Included is, (1) a sword belt plate keeper, (2) a brass sword belt adjuster buckle, (3) a two-piece brass sword hanger hook.  All three pieces were recovered at "Camp Stanley" which was General Rosecran's winter Federal Cavalry camp during the spring of 1863 after Stones River.--$55 for all.

  33. Excellent display consisting of an excavated, rare, first model, Confederate Kenansville, NC,  Cavalry saber and a section of the brass mounted Confederate scabbard.  It is very nicely displayed in a walnut display case.  This grouping was recovered a number of years ago by Barney Tyree in "LA" (Lower Alabama).--$495.

  34. Excavated, brass powder flask that was recovered from an 1863 Confederate Infantry camp near Murfreesboro, Tennessee.  Both sides of the flask are present, but are separated at the seam.  With some TLC, this could be a very nice artifact to display.--$45.

  35. Excavated pair of "Rooster Neck" regulation, cast brass, Federal Cavalry spurs.  These spurs were recovered from Camp Stanley which was the 1863 Federal Cavalry main winter campsite here at Murfreesboro, Tennessee.  One of the spurs remains in near perfect condition, and the second spur got too close to the fire and nearly completely melted away.--$89. for both.

  36. Quite rare, excavated, iron frog hook from a Confederate Linen musket sling.  This one remains complete and was recovered from the camp of the 16th Alabama Infantry.--$45.

  37. Excavated Federal grouping consisting of a seldom recovered huge, brass, blanket roll pin and found with both a left and right Federal knapsack J-hook.  Entire display--$45.

  38. Pair of excavated, Federal Enlistedman, brass shoulder epaulets.  These are only recovered from sites dating the first couple years of the war, because their use was pretty much discontinued after that.  These are huge signals, and by far, most brass signals of this size have been excavated and are hardly ever recovered now.  The pair has a nicely matching brown/green patina and will be a quality addition to any excavated Civil War relic collection.--$295 for the pair.

  39. Quite rare to recover (and super hard to find when you need one) pair of excavated waist belt plate "brass hooks".  One of the hooks is a Confederate strip brass hook of the style found on "Roper Border -Regulation - and Breckenridge" style, stamped brass, Confederate waist belt plates.  The second hook is an excavated "stud" style that is found on 1840 - 1850 era State Seal and early US Oval waist belt plates.  Both hooks were recovered from an Alabama Infantry camp along Duck River near Shelbyville, Tennessee.--$65 for both.

  40. Very nice condition, excavated, Confederate used, private purchase, heavy cast brass spur.  The spur has an uncleaned brown/green patina and is a recent recovery from a Confederate Cavalry camp here in Middle Tennessee.  I personally recovered a near identical spur a few years back from the camp of Starnes 1863 Confederate Cavalry camp.--$275.

  41. Excavated Confederate "I" {Infantry button} and two excavated silver coins - {a "1783" Spanish Reale - and a bust half dime with a hole through part of the date} For the Confederate "I" button and both silver coins.--$125.

  42. Excellent condition, excavated, thin, delicate "open pontil" medicine bottle recovered from a Confederate trash pit on private property along the Duck River near Shelbyville, Tennessee.  These camps were occupied during the spring of 1863, following the Battle of Stones River.--$45.

  43. Excavated folding "box-end" Springfield combination gun tool.  This was recovered on private property along the battle line here at Stones River many years ago.  It is nicely cleaned and coated, and ready for display.--$45.

  44. Nice assortment of excavated artifacts recovered from the Confederate battle line (on private property) here at Stones River.  The group includes a broken blade to a Model 1816, .69 cal., socket bayonet, an 11 inch iron side knife, one camp hatchet, one early Model 1812 barrel band, two Jews harps, eight assorted type small arms projectiles, and one large, brass, officer's baggage trunk lock.  This entire collection of artifacts for -- $150.

  45. Excavated interwined brass cavalry curb chain that was recovered many years ago by Steve Mullinax from private property at the Battle of Atlanta, GA.  This artifact was in Steve's private collection for over 30 years. Here is your chance to own an artifact from the collection of one of the pioneers in our collecting field.-- $125.

  46. Very nice condition, excavated, iron Cavalry spur recovered from the 1863 camp of Wharton's 8th Texas Cavalry.  This camp was located near Unionville, Tennessee, and occupied during the spring of 1863.  The spur has the classic, large, Mexican/Spanish type rowel that we found on several spurs recovered from this camp.--$195.

  47. Pair of excavated cast brass spurs recovered many years ago in a Confederate Cavalry camp located near Brandy Station, VA.  Each of the two spurs is broken, but could be easily restored because 95% of the spurs are intact, or they display perfectly fine just as they are.--$225. for the PAIR

  48. Excavated smooth face large size Confederate style Martingale Heart.  This was recovered on private property near Manassas over 30 years ago.  The Heart had two bends when found. and has been unfolded.  Here is a rare Confederate type lead filled Cavalry Martingale Heart at the price of a common "U.S." oval.--$250.

  49. Beautiful condition, excavated, cast brass, Confederate style Cavalry spur.  This was recovered many years ago from an Alabama Cavalry camp.  The iron rowel is not only still intact, but will turn.--$325.

  50. Excavated bail from a camp cookpot.  This was recovered from an Army of Tennessee, 1863, Confederate winter campsite located along Duck River near Shelbyville, Tennessee.  Not super rare, but a camp item that you do not recover every day.--$35.

  51. Excavated, enlistedman's, Memphis Novelty Works, cast brass, Confederate Cavalry spur.  This spur was recovered from an 1862 N. B. Forrest Cavalry camp located near Spring Hill, TN.  The spur is complete except for one side of the small rowel holder. CS Arsenal manufactured spurs are very rare now to recover.--$250.

  52. Very unusual recovery - Excavated leather remains of a Federal soldier's "Bootee".  This was recovered from a Federal trash pit located in Nashville, TN.  Not everyone has an original EXCAVATED Civil War shoe in their collection !!--$65.SOLD

  53. Very nice condition excavated cast brass Federal cavalry spur.  This was recovered many years ago from the 1863 Federal winter Cavalry camps along Lytle Creek (Camp Stanley) here at Murfreesboro, TN.--$85.

  54. Complete, excavated, cast brass, Confederate, Cavalry spur.  This was recovered many years ago, and has a smooth olive green patina with remnants of the iron rowel.  The spur has traits leading one to think that it is likely a product of Leech and Rigdon of Memphis, Tennessee.--$295.

  55. Very nice condition, excavated, lead-filled, Federal artillery rosette.  The face has a very nice, never cleaned, brown/green patina, and the reverse has full lead and one attachment hook remaining intact.  This rosette was recovered from a Federal camp near Brandy Station, Virginia, a number of years ago.--$65.

  56. Group of three unique, excavated artifacts recovered from the Battle of Franklin and out of Mr. Herbert Harper's collection.  The first item is the "hooking device" out of the back of an early pattern "puppy paw hook" US Oval waist belt plate.  The second item is a portion of a brass, Confederate Cavalry spur.  The third item is a brass bayonet scabbard tip with leather still protruding from the top of the brass tip.  All three items are displayed in a glass riker case.--$95 for all three.

  57. Excellent condition, excavated, regulation, Federal Cavalry spur.  This spur was recovered on private property from Camp Stanley, which was the 1863 Federal Cavalry winter camp here at Murfreesboro, Tennessee.  The spur has an interesting modification in that the standard rowel has been replaced by a very sharp, brass, spike like object.  Apparently this cavalry soldier had a horse requiring "extra stimulation".  I tried this on Nita, and it really works (only once)!!--$65.

  58. Excavated, heavy cast brass, Confederate Cavalry spur.  This spur was recovered from the 1863 camp of Starnes Confederate Cavalry.  The spur is quite heavy and is worn in such a way that it is clear that it was worn on the left boot.--$195.

  59. Excavated group of three artifacts recovered from Wharton's 8th Texas Cavalry Camp located just South of Unionville, TN. and occupied during the Spring of 1863.  The group consists of a blacksmith made Confederate stirrup - a brass toe plate, and a cast brass heel plate with the "heart design".  All three were recovered about twenty years ago.--$75. for all

  60. Excellent condition, "semi"- excavated, regulation Union Cavalry spur.  This is an early 1900 era battlefield pickup and is in such nice condition the rowel will still turn.--$85.

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

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

  63. 4relics.jpg (40397 bytes)4relicsrev.JPG (51730 bytes)Display of 4 excavated purely Confederate artifacts recovered from the 1863 winter camp of the 2nd Tennessee Infantry - C.S.A. -  located on private property near Tullahoma, TN.  The display consists of a coat size Confederate floral button - a purely Confederate lead Cartridge Box finial - a blob top Confederate nose pour Minie - and a .58 cal. "Richmond Lab." Gardner - all displayed in a glass display case.--$75. for all

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

  65. Two partial excavated Confederate cast brass cavalry spurs that were recovered years ago from A Confederate Cavalry camp on private property located near Corinth, Mississippi.  Look very impressive on display.--$125.
  66. 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.
  67. .69 cal musket barrel that appears to have been severed by an artillery shell.  This unusual artifact was recovered on private property at Shiloh by Dr. Rees Buttram in the late 1960s.  This barrel is a Model 1816 converted from flint.--$95.
  68. Quite rare beautiful excavated gilted brass 1884 "James G. Blaine" Presidential token.  In the Presidential token world - this is one that you don't see every day.  "Republican Candidate for President - 1884"--$95.
  69. d1.15.1126.jpg (38773 bytes)Large size cannon shell fragments from various battlefields perfect form making a desk paperweight or great for any display. These large fragments are becoming very difficult to dig. $15 each
  70. mortontag.JPG (57735 bytes)mortontagclose.JPG (66830 bytes)Excavated Nathan Bedford Forrest "related" brass tag -- {kind of - sorta}.  Here's the deal  -- During the Civil War John Morton was the Chief of "Forrest's Artillery" and following the War wrote the definitive book on the subject "Forrest's Artillery".  West Morton was John Morton's son and was County Register of Nashville during the early 1900s.  This tag belonged to West Morton.--$45.
  71. We have picked up several arrowheads in Middle TN, while looking for Civil War Relics. They of course are hundreds of years older but what made a good camping ground a hundred years ago also made a good camping ground a thousand years ago. We offer these arrowheads in groups of 2, 3, 4, 5, and 8 – complete with a display case. The prices are:
  72. 2andcase.jpg (11809 bytes)2 and case --$25.
  73. 3andcase.jpg (16522 bytes)3 and case --$30.
  74. 4andcase.jpg (18480 bytes)4 and case --$38.
  75. 5andcase.jpg (11877 bytes)5 and case --$48.
  76. 8andcase.jpg (16952 bytes)8 and case --$70.

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