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  1. Absolutely mint, beautiful condition, excavated, Federal Officer's "Christmas Spur".  This spur has a smooth, near reflective, brown/green patina and is marked, "Patented Dec. 24, 1861".  It has full iron rowel intact and will be a fine addition to any excavated artifact display.--$375.

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  3. Really pretty, emerald green patina, excavated, Federal Cavalry Officer's spur, sometimes referred to as "The Christmas Spur".  The spur has a nice, clear "Patented Dec. 24, 1861" mark on the inside of the spur.  There are rusty remnants of the iron rowel remaining intact.--$295.

  4. Excavated, Federal Cavalry bit recovered from an Alabama Cavalry camp located here in Middle Tennessee and occupied during the Spring of 1863.  The Confederate soldier pried both cast brass US rosettes off the bit and used it plain.  The bit when recovered still had the original cast brass curb chain attached.  This is an excellent example of Southern Cavalry making do with whatever they could obtain.  This artifact will be a fine addition to any excavated, Confederate Cavalry artifact display.--$150.

  5. Excavated, iron bullet extractor in a glass display case with an extracted Minie ball found nearby the extractor.--$35 for the display.

  6. Very nice condition "barn find", Federal "high port" regulation Cavalry bit.  This was a local find near the site of Camp Stanley which was the site of Rosecran's Cavalry winter encampment during the months of January - June of 1863.  The bit remains very sound with a near dug-like patina.  Interestingly, the US rosette on one side has a period between the U & S, and on the other side, there is no period between the U & S.  Bits with this type extreme "high port" were usually reserved for horses with "bad manners".--$195.

  7. Absolutely beautiful, excavated, .44 cal., Model 1860, Colt Army Model revolver.  This revolver was recovered on private property near Chickamauga, Georgia.  It is complete with backstrap, hammer, trigger guard, cylinder, barrel, and loading lever.  The revolver was apparently lost by Federal occupation troops occupying North Georgia just after the Civil War or either a North Georgia family defending themselves, as the serial number of the revolver is 166516, which is production just after the end of the Civil War.  This would be a fine addition to the Cody Museum of Western History in Cody, Wyoming.  It is actually a rarity to find an excavated weapon from the Reconstruction/Indian Wars era.--$850.

  8. Very pretty excavated Confederate "Leech and Rigdon" (Memphis Novelty Works) C.S. cavalry enlistedman's spur.  This spur was recovered several years back from a Confederate Cavalry camp located on private property near Chickamauga, GA.--$295.

  9. Quite rare to recover - excavated set of keepers for the four-piece, Model 1841, Mississippi Rifleman buckle.  These were recovered by Kenny Banks from 1862 - 1863 Army of Tennessee Confederate Infantry camps located around Tullahoma, Tennessee.--$48. for the pair.

  10. Really pretty, excavated, enlistedman's, Leech & Rigdon, Confederate manufactured Cavalry spur.  This spur was recovered from one of General N. B. Forrest's Cavalry camps near Spring Hill, Tennessee, and was broken on one side when recovered, but both pieces were present.  It has been beautifully restored by the master, Robert McDaniel, using small pins for stability.  The spur displays absolutely perfectly and is from a famous Confederate Cavalry Command.  It is priced very reasonably due to the restoration.--$250.SOLD

  11. Quite rare, excellent condition, excavated, patent style spur that had the separate piece neck and rowel.  On these style spurs, the separate piece neck and rowel was often something very ornate like an eagle head or a horse head.  On this spur, the cast brass neck and rowel piece is not present and is likely why the spur was discarded.  I have over the years had a number of the cast brass neck and rowel portion of this style spur come through the shop.  If you know where one is or can round up this piece, you will have an incredibly beautiful Civil War Officer's Cavalry spur.  This spur was recovered in one of Fighting Joe Wheeler's 1863 Confederate Army of Tennessee CS Cavalry camps.--$150.

  12. Excavated, very ornate, cast brass buttplate from an 1800's era flintlock musket.  This very attractive artifact was recovered from Hardee's Corp 1863 Army of Tennessee winter camps around Tullahoma, Tennessee.--$48.

  13. Massive, excavated, brass signal.  This complete, Model 1840, Federal non-commissioned officer's brass sword guard was recovered many years ago by Kenny Banks from Union camps here in Middle Tennessee.  The guard has never even been washed off and has a beautiful, pea-green patina tip to tip.--$95.

  14. Quite rare, excavated pair of Confederate manufactured bayonet scabbard tips.  This pair of scabbard tips consists of one rare Confederate solid cast brass scabbard tip and one extremely rare Confederate pewter bayonet scabbard tip.  The pewter scabbard tips are practically never found in one piece.  These were both recovered by Kenny Banks many years ago from General Hardee's 1863 Army of Tennessee winter camps around Tullahoma, Tennessee.  Leather still remains up inside each of them !!--$95.

  15. Beautiful condition, excavated, heavy cast brass, Confederate bayonet scabbard tip.  This was recovered from Lucius Polk's 1863 Confederate Brigade camp located at Tullahoma, Tennessee.  These are quite rare to recover.--$25.SOLD

  16. Beautiful condition, excavated, ornate, Federal Officer's spur.  This spur was recovered from an 1863 Confederate camp near Tullahoma and has been altered from a regular style spur to a screw-on type.  It has a pretty green patina completely covering it.--$150.

  17. Beautiful condition, excavated set of "puppy paw" belt buckle hooks.  This was recovered from an 1862 - 1863 Confederate winter camp and was no doubt created by melting the lead out of the back of an early US buckle or State Seal buckle and used by Army of Tennessee Confederates as their actual belt buckle.  The hooks show wear and were no doubt actually used.--$48.

  18. Talk about a HUGE SIGNAL - Complete excavated Federal cast brass Model 1840 N.C.O. (Non-Comissioned Officer) sword guard.  This was recovered by Kenny Banks from Federal camps following the Battle of Stones River.  It is broken, but both pieces were present.--$85.

  19. 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.

  20. 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.

  21. 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.

  22. 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.

  23. 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.

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

  25. 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.

  26. 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

  27. 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.

  28. 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.

  29. 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.SOLD

  30. 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.

  31. 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.

  32. 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.

  33. 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.

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

  35. 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.

  36. 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

  37. 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

  38. 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.

  39. 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.

  40. 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.

  41. 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.SOLD

  42. 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.

  43. 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.

  44. 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.

  45. 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.

  46. 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.

  47. 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.

  48. 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.

  49. 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.

  50. 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.

  51. 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.

  52. 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.

  53. 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.

  54. 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.

  55. 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.

  56. 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.

  57. 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

  58. 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.

  59. 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.

  60. 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.

  61. 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.

  62. 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.

  63. 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.

  64. 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.

  65. 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.

  66. 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

  67. 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.

  68. 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.

  69. 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.

  70. 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

  71. 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.

  72. 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.
  73. 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.
  74. .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.
  75. 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.
  76. 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
  77. 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.
  78. 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:
  79. 2andcase.jpg (11809 bytes)2 and case --$25.
  80. 3andcase.jpg (16522 bytes)3 and case --$30.
  81. 4andcase.jpg (18480 bytes)4 and case --$38.
  82. 5andcase.jpg (11877 bytes)5 and case --$48.
  83. 8andcase.jpg (16952 bytes)8 and case --$70.
   

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