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Miscellaneous Dug Items


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  1. Excavated, 10 1/2 inch, Confederate sideknife that was recovered about 30 years ago from an 1863 Alabama Infantry camp located along Duck River near Shelbyville, Tennessee.  The knife remains complete with only the bone handles decayed away.--$65.

  2. Excavated, .36 cal., single shot, soldier's percussion "boot pistol".  This was recovered over 30 years ago on private property near Shiloh.  This artifact will make a fine addition to any excavated artifact display and at a very reasonable cost.--$195.

  3. 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.

  4. 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.

  5. Set of iron calipers recovered from the 1863 Confederate Artillery camp on Lewisburg Pike near Shelbyville, Tennessee.--$45.SOLD

  6. Excavated, ornate, lead-filled, Cavalry rosette and an excavated, cast brass, Cavalry saber grip pommel cap.  These two artifacts were recovered from a General N. B. Forrest 1864 Confederate Cavalry camp.--$125. for both.-SOLD

  7. 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.

  8. Very attractive display of four excavated musket tools recovered during the 1960's from private property near Shiloh by Dr. Rees Buttram.  The tools include an Austrian musket jag, a standard Springfield combination gun tool, a "Y" shaped Austrian gun tool, and a portion of an Enfield gun tool.  The entire display for --$95.

  9. 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.

  10. 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.

  11. 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.

  12. 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.

  13. 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.

  14. 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.

  15. 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.

  16. 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.

  17. 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.

  18. Beautiful condition, cast brass, excavated, Leech and Rigdon, enlistedman's Confederate Cavalry spur.  This spur was recovered from an 1863 N.B. Forrest camp located near Spring Hill, Tennessee.  The spur is complete with a nice, uncleaned, green patina and rusty remnants of where the iron rowel once was.  The wear pattern of the spur indicates it was worn on the right boot.--$295.

  19. This is a really nice dug Confederate relic in that it so perfectly represents the South.  This artifact started out being a Confederate manufactured "Dog River" C.S. cavalry saber, and somewhere along the way the blade got broken.  Instead of just throwing the broken saber away - It went back to the blacksmith, and was fashion into an Infantry fighting knife.  It was recovered from a Confederate infantry campsite here at Stones River several years ago.  It has been cleaned and coated and is ready to display.--$195.SOLD

  20. Excavated perfect condition large iron cavalry stirrup, and an excavated broken cast brass Cavalry spur.  These were recovered from an Alabama Confederate Cavalry camp here in Middle Tennessee.--$48. FOR BOTH

  21. Very nice condition, excavated, cast iron ladle for melting lead and field molding bullets.  This was recovered from a Confederate camp here at Stones River, and I have included some original campsite lead for display.--$65.SOLD

  22. Excavated, cast brass, Enfield musket buttplate.  This musket buttplate was recovered years ago in a crop field here at Stones River that is now the upscale "Avenues" mall.--$25.

  23. Excavated, regulation, cast brass, Federal Cavalry spur.  This spur was recovered from private property near Chickamauga and has a smooth, brown/green patina with remnants of the iron rowel still intact.--$75.

  24. 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.

  25. 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.

  26. 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

  27. 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.

  28. 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.

  29. 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.

  30. 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.

  31. 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.

  32. 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.

  33. 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.

  34. 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.

  35. 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.

  36. 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.

  37. 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.

  38. 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

  39. REALLY COOL excavated Model 1842 .69 cal. entire musket.  The musket was recovered on private property near New Kent Courthouse, VA.  The musket has been intentionally disabled by wrapping it around a tree.  It is displayed in a very creative manner showing exactly what occurred.  This artifact will need to picked up here at the store for a couple of reasons.  One, and the most obvious, is that it is freaking huge, measuring approximately 4 feet by almost 2 feet.  Secondly, I am convinced that it would destroy the display.--$495.

  40. 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.

  41. Very nice display of three excavated artifacts recovered many years ago from private property near Shiloh.  The display consists of a folding iron scissor type bullet mold holding an original ball - a beautiful excavated coat-size Federal Infantry Officer's button with 90% bright gold gilt - and lastly, a rare excavated large size crossed cannons artillery stamped brass hat insignia.  The hat pin was missing one tip when recovered, and that has been restored for display.--$250 for the entire display.

  42. Beautiful condition, excavated, matching pair of Confederate style cast brass Cavalry spurs.  These were recovered from a Mississippi Cavalry Camp on private property in North Mississippi.  They are the style with the very long extended necks.  Both spurs retain complete rowels.  Matching pairs of Confederate spurs this nice simply are not being recovered anymore.--$650.

  43. 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.

  44. 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.

  45. Broken, excavated, regulation, Federal Cavalry horse bit with cast brass "U.S." rosette remaining intact.  This bit was recovered on private property from a Federal Cavalry campsite located near Winchester, Virginia.--$125.

  46. 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

  47. 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.

  48. 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.
  49. 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.
  50. 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.
  51. 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.
  52. .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.
  53. 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.
  54. 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
  55. 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.
  56. 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:
  57. 2andcase.jpg (11809 bytes)2 and case --$25.
  58. 3andcase.jpg (16522 bytes)3 and case --$30.
  59. 4andcase.jpg (18480 bytes)4 and case --$38.
  60. 5andcase.jpg (11877 bytes)5 and case --$48.
  61. 8andcase.jpg (16952 bytes)8 and case --$70.

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