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  1. 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.

  2. Excavated, light blue, "J. Cairns - St. Louis, MO", mineral water bottle.  This was recovered from an 1863 Federal camp here at Murfreesboro, Tennessee.  Civil War glass adds a nice splash of color to a Civil War collection.--$45.SOLD

  3. Small display containing several pieces of carbonized "Hard Tack" -- One Confederate iron style buckle - and one plain face CS used button.--$48. for the entire case-SOLD

  4. 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.

  5. Super rare, excavated, Leech & Rigdon, "CS" marked, Confederate Cavalry Officer's spur.  This spur was recovered over 30 years ago at Snake Creek Gap, Georgia, by my life-long buddy, Ashley Cook.  The spur has a beautiful, green patina and clearly shows lots of actual saddle wear.  Even the original rowel remains intact.  This is a find of a lifetime kind of artifact.--$2,250.SOLD

  6. Very attractive excavated circular lead filled stamped brass Federal "US" bridle rosette.  This was recovered within the past 12 months on private property near Shiloh.--$55.SOLD

  7. 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.

  8. Extremely rare and very nice condition excavated cast pewter Texas Cavalry saddle martingale/corner device.  This beautiful Texas martingale was recovered from a Texas Camp on private property near Jacksboro, TX.  It was part of the nationally known John Ashworth collection for many years.--SOLD

  9. 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.

  10. 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.

  11. 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.

  12. 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.

  13. 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

  14. 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

  15. Perfect condition, excavated, green - blue, cathedral, applied top, pepper sauce bottle.  This bottle is nine inches in height and was recovered about 40 years ago from a campsite trash pit here in Murfreesboro, Tennessee.--$125.SOLD

  16. Many years ago, during the 1970's and the 1980's, this was a very common find, but not so much anymore.  It is an excavated, sardine ration tin with the original fork sticking out from inside.  This would be a great little artifact for creating a camp scene display, in that this would have been a typical soldier's meal.--$25.SOLD

  17. 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.

  18. Beautiful condition excavated complete Federal Cavalry Bit with both cast brass "U.S." bosses intact as well as the brass curb chain.  This was recovered from Camp Stanley here at Murfreesboro, TN. over 40 years ago, and is a first class relic.  Artifacts of this size and quality are vertually NEVER recovered today.--$250.SOLD

  19. Excavated group of artifacts recovered from the Camp of the 16th Alabama Infantry - CSA - located along Duck River near Shelbyville, Tennessee.  The group consists of (1) excavated cast brass Enfield buttplate in excellent condition, (2) cast brass keeper to a sword belt buckle, (3) two-piece brass sword hanger, (4) pewter canteen spout with soldier initials faintly engraved with a pen knife.  A great buy on the entire grouping.--$85.SOLD

  20. 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.

  21. 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.

  22. Very nice condition, excavated, .44 cal., Colt double cavity, revolver bullet mold.  This bullet mold was recovered from a Confederate Cavalry camp occupied just after the Battle of Stones River.  The mold is complete and has actually been freed up so that it will open and close.  We have put two correct bullets into the cavity of the mold for display.  It is quite a rarity to recover a complete double cavity bullet mold.--$125.SOLD

  23. Rare - Rare item to recover.  Complete Model 1833 pre-Civil War "Dragoon" Sword.  This rare recovery was made from a Confederate camp on private property near Chickamauga, GA.  The blade is rusty, but strong and stable and complete to the very end.  This will be a fantastic center piece to any dug Confederate  artifact display.--$650.SOLD

  24. 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.

  25. Beautiful excavated massive cast brass "CS" marked Selma Style guard to a Confederate Artillery Short Sword.  This was recovered from a Confederate Artillery camp located near Ringgold, VA.  It has a nice uncleaned green-brown patina and would be a wonderful compliment to any C.S. artillery display.--$1,495.SOLD

  26. Beautiful excavated condition - CONFEDERATE tin drum canteen with one side removed to be able to serve as a perfect C.S. mess plate.  This was recovered by the pioneer relic hunting legend - Mr. Bill Gavin.  All three sling guides and the tin spout all remain perfectly intact.  I have added a couple eating utensils to make this a museum worthy exhibit.--$425.SOLD

  27. 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

  28. 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.

  29. 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.

  30. 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.

  31. 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.

  32. 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.

  33. 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.

  34. Dug matching pair of excavated Confederate Private Purchase cast brass Cavalry spurs.  These were recovered from the camp of the 7th Tennessee Cavalry - C.S.A. on private property near the Hatchie River in North Mississippi.--$595.SOLD

  35. 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.

  36. 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.

  37. 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.

  38. 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.

  39. 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.

  40. Early battlefield pick-up, 5-ring, Federal, bullseye canteen.   This canteen is out of the 50-year collection of Mr. Herbert Harper of Franklin, Tennessee.  There is an old "Antietam" label on the canteen and a couple of old nail holes where it was once on a relic board.  This relic displays very, very well.--$175.SOLD

  41. Excellent condition excavated stamped brass Company letter "I" worn on the kepi.--$48.SOLD

  42. 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

  43. 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.

  44. 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.

  45. Excavated pair of heavy private purchase spurs that were recovered in the 1862 camp of Starnes Confederate Cavalry.  The spurs remain in good solid condition with most of the iron rowels intact.--$525.

  46. Excavated regulation Federal Cavalry bit and excavated regulation cast brass Federal "Rooster Neck" Cavalry Spur.  These were recovered many years ago from the 1863 winter Federal Cavalry camps located on private property here at Murfreesboro, TN.  The bit is very sound with one of the original "U.S." cast brass bosses still intact. The brass spur is in very nice condition as well, and in recent years has had a brass rowel put back in it (which could of course be removed if desired).  Both are ready for display.--$195. for the PAIR

  47. Drop-dead beautiful condition, excavated, super scarce "WISCONSIN" stamped brass state pin.  This pin was recovered on private property near Chickamauga, Georgia.  Wisconsin is one of the toughest of the state hat pins to acquire, and this is an absolute beauty.--$750.SOLD

  48. Excellent condition, excavated, lead-filled, bullseye Artillery rosette recovered by Terry Booth on private property from a Texas Cavalry camp.  You couldn't hope to find one in nicer condition.--$65.

  49. 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.

  50. 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.

  51. Excellent condition, excavated, dye stamped brass, Company hat letter "B".  This was recovered by Wayne Tucker on private property.--$75.SOLD

  52. 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.

  53. 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.

  54. 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.

  55. 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

  56. 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.

  57. 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.SOLD

  58. 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.
  59. 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.
  60. 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.
  61. 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.
  62. .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.
  63. 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.
  64. 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
  65. 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.
  66. 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:
  67. 2andcase.jpg (11809 bytes)2 and case --$25.
  68. 3andcase.jpg (16522 bytes)3 and case --$30.
  69. 4andcase.jpg (18480 bytes)4 and case --$38.
  70. 5andcase.jpg (11877 bytes)5 and case --$48.
  71. 8andcase.jpg (16952 bytes)8 and case --$70.

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