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Miscellaneous Dug Items

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  1. 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.

  2. 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.

  3. 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  The spur has an interesting modification in that the standard rowel has been replaced by a very sharp, brass, spike like object.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.

  4. Really cool, excavated, Union "Patriotic" glazed clay, pipe bowl.  The bowl has an "acorn" corp badge cast onto one side and a raised Union shield on the other side.  This was recovered from a Union trash pit on private property near Atlanta, Georgia.--$75.SOLD

  5. Very nice condition, small, glazed, crock inkwell that was recovered years ago from a Confederate trash pit along Duck River near Shelbyville, Tennessee.--$48.SOLD

  6. Excavated, cast brass, Confederate "snake motif" sword hanger.  This was recovered many years ago by Wayne Tucker from a Confederate camp on private property near Mobile, Alabama.--$45.

  7. Excavated, lead-filled, floral pattern, Cavalry rosette.  This was recovered many years ago from an 1863 Confederate Cavalry camp located on private property just south of Murfreesboro, TN.--$65.

  8. Very cool excavated brass nameplate off a baggage trunk that belonged to Col. Henry W. Hilliard of Hilliard's Legion.  This was recovered years ago from a camp on private property in Alabama occupied by Hillierd's Legion.  A very nice artifact.--$175.SOLD

  9. Blacksmith made 11 inch overall Confederate sideknife.  This crudely crafted sideknife appears to have been made from a file and was recovered about 20 years ago by Dr. Rees Buttram from a Confederate camp on private property near Chickamauga, GA.  It likely at one time had an "S" or "D-Guard" and a walnut grip.  This is going to look great in a "Dug C.S. Weapons" display.--$250.SOLD

  10. Very nice condition, aqua colored "Sauce Bottle".  The bottle was recovered from a Union camp trash pit on private property at Vicksburg, MS.  It is marked, "Peckham" on one side and "E. Manwaring" on the other.  Pretty color that would make a very nice addition to any Civil War camp scene display.--$38.SOLD

  11. Very nice condition, excavated, stamped brass with lead fill shield with a cut-out star in the center.  This is a cavalry device that is believed to pre-date the Civil War and saw militia service, but was clearly carried over and found in both Mississippi and Texas cavalry sites.  This is a beauty, and I believe it to be published in one of the early reference books - likely one of Stan Phillips Excavated Civil War Relics books.--$295.SOLD

  12. Perfect condition, excavated, thin, delicate, green, Civil War Era medicine bottle.  It has an open pontil, and was recovered about 40 years ago from a trash pit on private property at Camp Stanley here at Murfreesboro, Tennessee.  It is amazing that this bottle survived 150 years underground without being broken.--$48.SOLD

  13. This tourniquet is from the estate of Dr. Harry J. Warthen, Jr. M.D. of Richmond, VA.  During his medical career, he became the last Surgeon General for the Confederate Veterans, the only non veteran to serve.  A similar example of this artifact can be found on page 133 of Excavated Artifacts From Battlefields and Campsites of the Civil War, by Stanley S. Phillips.  Beautiful excavated condition.--$95.SOLD

  14. Excavated, cast brass, Confederate Cavalry spur.  The spur remains in very nice, complete condition with the iron rowel remaining intact.  It was recovered from an Alabama Cavalry camp in Middle Tennessee and appears likely to be a Leech & Rigdon product.--$295.SOLD

  15. 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.

  16. 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.

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

  18. Very nice condition excavated C.S. used small civilian style cast brass Cavalry Spur.  This was recovered from the 1863 winter camp of the 1st Alabama Cavalry.  Even the rowel remains intact.--$65.SOLD

  19. Excavated, "Droop Wing Eagle," rosette off the side of an 1840 era Dragoon Officer's stirrup.  This was recovered many years ago by Charlie Harris and is out of his personal collection.--$95.SOLD

  20. Beautiful condition, excavated, "Hardee" stamped brass hatpin.  It was recovered many years ago on private property here at the Battle of Stones River.  This one is about as nice as they come.--$175.

  21. Excellent condition, excavated, complete, regulation Federal Cavalry bit.  The bit remains 100% intact with both cast-brass US Rosettes as well as the lower cross bar and both reins rings.  This was recovered something like 40 years ago from a Federal Cavalry camp on private property near Shiloh.  This is a Civil War Cavalry artifact that is rarely found complete.--$250.

  22. Excavated cylinder to a Model 1860, 6-shot, Colt Army revolver.  The cylinder has four chambers still loaded, three are loaded correctly, and one is loaded backwards.  Interestingly, the cylinder pin remains frozen inside the cylinder.  This was recovered during the early 1970's from private property near Shiloh.--$125.SOLD

  23. Excavated, enlistedman pattern of the Leech and Rigdon, Memphis, Tennessee, cast brass Confederate Cavalry spur.  At some point, the Confederate Cavalryman lost one side of the rowel holder.  In order to continue using this spur, the Confederate soldier sharpened the remaining side to a very sharp point, and this became the rowel.  The spur has a very nice, uncleaned, brown-green patina and was recovered during the early 1970's from private property near Shiloh.  This is a hand modified Confederate Cavalry artifact that any Confederate collector would be proud to own.--$295.

  24. 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

  25. 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.

  26. Very nice condition, early battlefield recovered, regulation, Union, cast-brass cavalry spur.  This spur was found on the battlefield of Franklin, Tennessee, by pioneer relic hunter/collector Mr. Herbert Harper.  It is the pattern with the hollowed out back of the spur.--$95.

  27. 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.

  28. 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.

  29. 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

  30. Quite crude, excavated, brass Confederate musket buttplate recovered on private property by Wayne Tucker from a Confederate Camp near Mobile, Alabama.--$45.SOLD

  31. 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.

  32. 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.

  33. Beautiful excavated ornate floral pattern, lead filled, Confederate Cavalry rosette recovered from an 1863 Alabama Cavalry camp located near Middleton, TN. - super condition.--$75.

  34. Really pretty excavated smaller size lead filled floral pattern Confederate Cavalry rosette recovered from the 1863 winter camp of the 8th Texas Cavalry located near Unionville, TN.  Really pretty rosette.--$65.

  35. 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.

  36. Excavated 8-side aqua unbrella inkwell--$45.

  37. Excavated early production .28 cal. "Colt Root" Model 1855 Side Hammer Pocket Revolver.  This was a turn of the century find on private property near Chickamauga, GA.  The revolver is mostly complete - even with remnants of the original grips.  It is, however, missing the hammer and loading lever.  This revolver will make a wonderful center piece to any excavated relics display.--$550.

  38. 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.

  39. Excellent condition, excavated, dye stamped brass, Company hat letter "B".  This was recovered by Wayne Tucker on private property near Mobile, Alabama, about 30 years ago.--$75.

  40. 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.

  41. 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.

  42. Excavated, Confederate manufactured, solid cast brass saber scabbard ring mount recovered from a Confederate 1863 camp located on private property along Duck River near Shelbyville, TN.  We aren't recovering many cool little brass items like this anymore.--$75.

  43. 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.

  44. 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

  45. 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.

  46. swdmount.jpg (88629 bytes)Excavated solid cast brass saber scabbard ring mount recovered from a Confederate 1863 camp located on private property along Duck River near Shelbyville, TN.  We aren't recovering many cool little brass items like this anymore.--$75.

  47. 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.

  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. locks.JPG (25466 bytes)lockseagle.JPG (33688 bytes)lockseagl.JPG (29907 bytes) Three excavated brass officer baggage trunk locks all excavated from Union 1863 winter camps here at Murfreesboro.  Two of the three locks have the military eagle motif on them.--$65. for the set. 

  55. 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
  56. 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.
  57. 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:
  58. 2andcase.jpg (11809 bytes)2 and case --$25.
  59. 3andcase.jpg (16522 bytes)3 and case --$30.
  60. 4andcase.jpg (18480 bytes)4 and case --$38.
  61. 5andcase.jpg (11877 bytes)5 and case --$48.
  62. 8andcase.jpg (16952 bytes)8 and case --$70.

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