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  1. ATTENTION - RELIC GIVE AWAY !!! - I was asked by a friend (MR. DICK TIMPANO) to give away this nice starter Civil War Bullet collection to a deserving young collector.  If you are 14 years old or younger and are really interested in Civil War history - please send me a letter as to why you would like to have this collection, and in a couple weeks we are going to have a drawing from all the names of young folks that sent me a letter wanting this collection.  We will show pictures of the drawing and post the WINNER on the page here !!!  GOOD LUCK !!!  SEND LETTER TO:  Larry Hicklen -- 3511 Old Nashville Hwy. - Murfreesboro, TN. -- 37129  (WE ARE GOING TO ACCEPT ENTRIES ARRIVING IN PERSON OR THROUGH MAIL DELIVERY ON OR BEFORE SEP. 30, 2019 !!!)  IF YOU ARE AN OLD SCHOOL CIVIL WAR COLLECTOR AND WOULD LIKE TO DONATE RELICS IN SUPPORT OF THESE RELIC GIVE-AWAYS TO YOUNG FOLKS -- PLEASE LET ME HEAR FROM YOU !!

  2. A little while earlier today (7-12-19), I had a couple of fellows in the shop from near Perryville, Kentucky.  In the course of looking at relics and discussing various battlefields, one of the gentlemen said, "I visit your nature area at the Battlefield of Perryville quite often."  I had absolutely no idea what he was talking about.  A good many years ago, I purchased a 54-acre farm on the Battlefield of Perryville, Kentucky, that was in danger of being developed.  I held the farm for several years until the Civil War Preservation Trust was in a position to acquire it.  Little did I know that in appreciation for saving that part of the Battlefield, I have a pond and nature area marked with our family name.  How cool is that!!!

  3. These are some fun memories from 35 years ago of one GREAT day digging at a newly found "Polk's Corp" Army Of Tennessee 1862 - 1863 winter camp located along the Duck River near Shelbyville, TN.  The day's finds include 2 nice arrow hook "U.S." oval waist belt plates - one C.S. manufacture plain face pewter waist belt plate - one very rare "Rope Border" style C.S. oval waist belt plate - A beautiful Leech and Rigdon style "CS" marked Confederate Cavalry Officer's spur - and over 100 bullets and buttons.  Now those are some priceless memories !!

  4. Last Thursday was absolutely beautiful and 67 degrees.  My daughter - Savannah - and I decided that it was a perfect day to play "Hooky" and go relic digging instead of opening the shop.  I had found a small Union camp a few weeks earlier and we decided to see what was there.  We got several bullets - a coat size eagle "I" button - and then I got this nice clear "80" reading on the scale.  At 14 inches deep and under several big roots was a beautiful early style - lead filled - "U.S." oval.  Notice the oval "ghost" where it has been laying for the last 150 years.  Savannah now has it in her display case to remember the experience !!!!!  {If a guy could bottle the rush that you get from digging a Civil War belt plate - It would put Cocaine right out of business !!!}

  5. Here is an interesting set of 4 photographs contrasting the panther and the bobcat.  These four photographs were taken by the same game cam at the same location a few days apart.  Notice aside from the obvious (the panther has a long tail and the bobcat has virtually no tail), that they are structurally different as well.  The panther is overall larger, more muscular, especially in the front shoulders, than the bobcat.  The bobcat has a more slender profile with his back legs almost appearing longer than his front legs.  Also, the two cats make very different screams.  On the bright side, one would think that we shouldn't have a mouse problem on the mountain!!!

  6. (ONE YEAR ANNIVERSARY !!!!)  SEMI-RETIREMENT HAS BEGUN !!!! After 40 years, we are now on-line, at shows, and open by appointment only.  WE CAN BE REACHED BY PHONE AT 615-893-3470 OR BY EMAIL AT larryhicklen@comcast.net.

  7. We are headed to the mountain today, and hopefully there will be some cool new trail cam pictures to share !!  For the past couple of months, our neighbors and ourselves have been hearing the cry of an unusual animal.  About a month ago, I caught sight of what appeared to be a large cat moving through the woods.  Several weeks ago we installed a game cam to be able to see what type animals were passing.  One of the locations of the game camera was where several roads and paths came together.  At this location, we saw more different type animals than any other location of the camera.  We have been scattering corn and cut the Halloween pumpkins into and placed them in front of the camera.  We have seen many different type mountain animals including deer, armadillos, red fox, coyote, and raccoons.  A couple of nights ago, we captured a couple photographs of this huge Mountain Bobcat - (We at first thought Panther, but markings suggest a LARGE male Bobcat rather than Panther.)  As you guys can now clearly see - WE DEFINITELY HAVE A PANTHER (aka Eastern Mountain Lion) - (as well as a Bobcat) !!!  We have no doubt that he was drawn to this location by the smell of the presence of all the other wild animals that had been there eating.  To give a size reference, the pumpkin halves beside the cat are ten inches in diameter.  Notice the power and muscle mass of this big cat.  We will likely think twice now about taking night walks through the woods!!!  A few nights ago our next door neighbor found a deer slain, and litereally shreded - I wonder who might have done THAT !!!  Outside "MAN WITH GUN" - This guy really is "King Of The Woods" !!!

  8. Absolutely beautiful condition, Model 1850, "Ames" Foot Officer's sword in original Ames marked leather scabbard.  The grip has original sharkskin and wire intact, and the brass guard has near 100% original gold gilt.  The blade remains in excellent condition with full engraving from top to bottom and is marked, "Ames Mfg. Co. - Chicopee Mass".  The scabbard is complete top to bottom with no breaks or weak spots, and all three mounts have lots of gold gilt remaining.  The top mount is nicely marked, "Ames Mfg. Co. - Chicopee Mass".  This sword is nice enough for any museum and would be a fine addition to any collection.--$1,850.

  9. Quite rare, Model 1819, .54 cal., smooth bore "horse pistol" that was converted from flintlock to percussion for Confederate Civil War use by M. A. Baker of Fayetteville, North Carolina.  M. A. Baker converted numerous early flintlock weapons from flintlock to percussion using a distinctive method of screwing a drum style bolster directly into the barrel and using an early percussion fowling rifle type hammer that he purchased from Europe.  This ancient weapon remains totally untouched just as it was used 150 years ago during the Civil War.--$1,250.

  10. Model 1860, .44 cal., Colt "Army Model" revolver.  This revolver has a smooth, dark, attic patina overall and has a matching serial number (except for the wedge which is an old replacement) of 136023.  The revolver shows lots of service with the corners of the grip worn rounded and the cylinder worn practically smooth.  The serial number indicates this revolver is mid-war, 1863 - 1864, production and has clearly seen lots of service.  Not high grade by any means, but is a good honest Civil War production Colt that clearly "Saw The Elephant"!!  We are going to include a small display containing a percussion cap and a battlefield recovered Colt projectile.--$1,450.SOLD

  11. Very nice condition, Model 1858, smooth type canteen with complete, butternut cover and a soldier hand-made stopper.  Although this canteen is Federal production, it came out of a local Southern family and is known to have been Confederate carried.  This canteen would be an excellent addition to any museum or private display.--$295.

  12. Excellent condition, small, black leather, Federal produced percussion cap pouch with original wool and percussion caps still inside.  Beautifully carved on the outside flap is the soldier's initials, "H. W. & backwards S".  This cap box was a family hand-me-down and was brought into the Marietta, Georgia, Civil War show which is where I purchased it from them.  It was almost certainly Confederate carried.  The soldier's initials were H. W. S., and he was quite likely out of North Georgia, which is where the family was from.  This box will make an excellent museum grade addition to any display.--$225.SOLD

  13. Excavated, regulation, Federal Cavalry bit.  This bit remains complete with both cast brass US rosettes remaining intact.  It was recently found in a old log barn near the battlefield here at Stones River.  It was no doubt picked up on the field after the battle and ended up out in the barn.  It is a rarity to find a Civil War Era Cavalry bit surviving intact.  The bit has a smooth, brown patina but is not pitted nearly as severely as it would have been if recovered from under the ground.  Every Civil War collection should have a nice Cavalry bit.--$175.

  14. Absolutely beautiful condition, excavated, very rare, large, heavy, triangle tooth, Confederate Georgia frame waist belt plate.  This rare style Confederate Georgia frame buckle was recently recovered from a lawn just off Columbia Pike and exactly where some of the heaviest fighting of the Battle of Franklin occurred.  The plate has a choice, never cleaned, brown/green patina and is as nice and perfect as they get.--$695.SOLD

  15. Just brought in out of a local family, Model 1840, "Old Wristbreaker" Heavy Cavalry saber and scabbard.  The blade has a nice, clean, gently aging patina and is Solingen marked.  The grip has original wrap and wire, and the three-branch brass guard has a really pretty, untouched, bronze/brown, aged patina.  The iron scabbard has an aged, brown patina as well and remains perfect without one single dent.  This is a museum condition saber that was unquestionably Confederate carried.--$895.SOLD

  16. Extremely nice, handcrafted, Confederate forked tongue frame buckle.  The brass buckle itself is a large size, heavy brass harness buckle, and the forked tongue looks to have been handcrafted from a knapsack hook.  This is a beautiful example of Confederate ingenuity to create items that they needed from whatever they could get their hands on.--$250.

  17. Absolutely beautiful, "1857" dated, "Peace Flask".  The body of the brass flask has an intricate military motif and the most beautiful bronze/brown, never cleaned, aged patina that you will ever see.  The flask is marked, "Batty - Springfield Mass - 1857".  This is one of the nicest condition "Peace Flasks" that we have had come through in several years.--$495.

  18. Quite rare to find, complete brown buff, Model 1851, sword belt rig including the cast brass Eagle plate with applied silver wreaths, the complete brown buff waist belt with brass hardware intact, both long and short leather sword drops, and the over-the-shoulder leather support belt that is the majority of the time missing.  This rig would display on a mannequin perfectly.--$895.SOLD

  19. Beautiful condition, yellow piping, Federal Cavalry Shell jacket.  The blue color remains bright and vivid with virtually no fading at all.  The yellow piping remains 100% intact, and the yellow color also remains bright and vivid.  It is a size "2" as is marked in the cream white sleeve liner.  All buttons remain perfectly intact.  This is a Cavalry Shell jacket nice enough to be on display in any museum in the country.--$3,250.

  20. Beautiful condition, 12 inch overall, blacksmith crafted, Confederate, spear point, "S" guard dagger.  The dagger remains in excellent condition with a bright, clean 7 1/2 inch blade and in its original hand-stitched, brown leather, Confederate sheath.  This dagger is a classic example of those you often see on belts in Confederate photographs.  The original brown leather sheath is almost rarer than the dagger itself.--$1,150.

  21. Very attractive, excavated, die-struck, sheet brass, lead-filled, rectangular, Louisiana State Seal sword belt plate.  This extremely rare Confederate buckle was recovered several years ago from General Hardee's 1863 Army of Tennessee winter camps located near Tullahoma, Tennessee.  When recovered, the plate was bent to the rear just to the right of the Pelican's neck.  The plate has been professionally restored to its original confirmation.  It has a smooth, chocolate patina with full lead fill in the reverse, and all three attachment hooks remain intact.  Even though this plate had damage when found, it looks absolutely fantastic now and will be a very nice complimint to someone's Confederate plate display.--$2,950.

  22. Extremely rare and one of the most sought after Confederate Officer's swords of the American Civil War.  This is the Kenansville, North Carolina, Confederate Field and Staff Officer's sword with the large letters - "CSA" - forming the cast brass guard.  This example has a smooth, brown/gray blade with virtually no pitting at all.  The cast brass "CSA" guard has a beautiful, rich, aged patina.  The grip on this sword was professionally restored during the 1960's and is beautifully done.  This is "THE" Confederate sword that every southern collector would like to eventually have in his collection.  This is the sword only without scabbard.--$6,500.SOLD

  23. Absolutely drop-dead beautiful, excavated, large Breckinridge pattern, Confederate "CS" oval waist belt plate.  This excellent Confederate buckle was recovered many years ago from one of Wheeler's 1862 - 1863 Confederate Cavalry camps located near Triune, Tennessee.  This particular camp was just west of Triune.  The plate has a smooth, chocolate brown patina, crisp letters, and original body curve.  The reverse remains equally as nice with all three attachment hooks remaining intact.  This is an example that you would never need to upgrade.--$3,850.

  24. Exceptionally nice condition, Civil War Era, leather pistol cartridge box that is the correct size for .44 cal. revolvers such as .44 cal. Colt Army or .44 cal. Remington Army, or would be correct for any of the other Army Model revolvers.  The box is slotted for a small size US Oval cartridge plate, but no plate was present on the box.--$175.

  25. Excavated, cast-brass heel plate with the cut-out "heart".  Civil War Era brass heel plates exist with a number of different patterns including the heart, the clover, the Maltese Cross, and several others.  This particular heart has a nice, uncleaned, chocolate brown patina and was recovered from a Confederate camp near Mobile, Alabama.--$45.SOLD

  26. Getting very rare to find, absolutely perfect, unfired condition, brass, Confederate cannon friction primer with the twisted primer wire remaining perfectly intact.  This friction primer was recovered from a Confederate cannon position just off Leland Avenue at the second days fighting - Battle of Nashville.--$45.SOLD

  27. Beautiful condition, excavated pair of raised heart harness buckle covers.  These were recovered from a Confederate Cavalry camp near Franklin, Tennessee.--$48. for the pair.SOLD

  28. Excellent condition, excavated, brass matting for a 1/6th plate ambrotype or tintype.  This matting was recovered by Wayne Tucker from a Confederate camp located near Mobile, Alabama.  We have displayed the matting with a photo of Gen. N. B. Forrest housed in a glass display case.--$35.

  29. Excellent condition, excavated nose section of a 3 inch, brass, time fused, Federal Hotchkiss shell.  This projectile was recovered in a lawn along the stone wall at the second days fighting at the Battle of Nashville, Tennessee.  I have cleaned and disarmed the projectile, and it is ready for display.--$125.SOLD

  30. Absolutely beautiful condition, leather pistol cartridge box for any of the .36 cal. Civil War revolvers.  If you have a .36 cal., Model 1851, Colt Navy revolver, this would be the perfect compliment to display with it.--$150.SOLD

  31. Beautiful condition, non-excavated, 1840 - 1860 era pattern, large size, lead-filled "puppy paw hook style" US oval waist belt plate.  The buckle has a nice, uncleaned, aged patina with numerous tiny dings and marks from actual field service.  The reverse is lead filled with "puppy paw style" hooks with all three hooks remaining intact.  This is a very nice example that clearly saw service.--$295.

  32. Original Eagle breastplate skin (missing lead) that was recovered many years ago which has had the lead "repoured" into the reverse and modern buckle hooks applied.  All it needs is a leather belt, and someone will have a beautiful belt and plate to wear today.--$35.SOLD

  33. A very neat and unusual excavated artifact.  This is a tin percussion cap container still containing numerous percussion caps and also several pistol projectiles that you can see still inside through a small hole in the top.  This would be an excellent compliment to display with an excavated musket or carbine.  It was recovered many years ago by Wayne Tucker from a Confederate camp near Mobile, Alabama.--$38.SOLD

  34. Extra nice display of four excavated, rare, Confederate projectiles.  These were all recovered by Wayne Tucker from Confederate camps in Georgia, Alabama, and Tennessee.  The group consists of 1) a beautiful dropped .69 cal. Italian Carcano, 2) a .45 cal. dish base Confederate Whitworth projectile, 3) a .58 "blob-top" field molded Confederate Minie, and 4) a .69 cal. Confederate Belgian Minie.--$295. for the entire group.

  35. Excellent condition excavated small brass "Acorn".  This was recovered many years ago from the camp of the Federal 14th Army Corp. -Army Of The Cumberland - here in the Western Theater.  The acorn was the Corp Badge for this unit.  Many years ago Nita dug almost a twin to this one in one of their camps here.--$195.

  36. Excavated iron Confederate cartridge box roller buckle with a good size root growing right through it.  This was recovered by Wayne Tucker from a Confederate camp near Mobile, AL.--$38.

  37. Model 1850, Federal Foot Officer's sword in original, brass mounted, metal scabbard.  The guard has a pleasing, toned brass patina, and the grip has original wrap and wire.  The blade is marked, "Horstmann & Sons, Philadelphia" and retains deep engraving from top to bottom.  The sword shows clear evidence of having been carried with lots of wear on the brass drag of the scabbard.--$975.

  38. Absolutely beautiful condition, .58 cal. Colt Special Model, contract, 3-band, rifled musket.  This musket is out of the well known Jim Brandon collection of Richmond, Virginia.  It is in absolutely spectacular condition and remains as bright today as when issued during the Civil War.  Jim was well known for cleaning his weapons back to a state as bright and shiny as they were 150 years ago.  This example is just that nice, and I am unsure whether the musket has been cleaned and buffed or plated.  All markings remain as deep and sharp as during the Civil War.  The lockplate is marked, "Colts Pt. F.A. Mfg Co. (Firearms manufacturing company) - 1864".  The stock retains two crisp inspector cartouches, and the bore is so sharp that the musket appears to be near unfired.  This weapon would be a museum grade addition to any Civil War collection.--$2,150.

  39. Very nice condition, original, 12 mm, 6-shot, French pinfire revolver.  Many Confederate officers privately purchased these weapons for themselves.  Most of the time, when these weapons are encountered, they are commonly missing the loading door, the ejector rod, or the site.  This example has all these pieces intact, has perfect action, and is out of a local Southern family.  We are including, for display, an original, excavated, 12 mm pinfire cartridge recovered from a Confederate Cavalry camp here in Middle Tennessee.  This weapon would be a fine addition to any Civil War collection.--$950.

  40. Absolutely beautiful condition, Model 1851, cast brass, Federal Eagle sword belt plate.  This buckle has crisp detail on the face with a pleasing, aged, brass patina with the three-piece silver wreath remaining perfectly intact.  The reverse has the hook intact with deep wear from Civil War use.  This is as pretty an example of a Civil War Model 1851 sword belt plate as you are going to see.--$375.

  41. Here is one that you definitely will not see everyday.  This is a carved alligator head, carved from a Minie Ball.  This bullet was recovered by one of my relic hunting buddies, Wayne Tucker, from a Confederate camp located near Mobile, Alabama, about as far south as you can be without being in the Gulf of Mexico.  I expect during the Civil War Era that there were plenty of alligators in that region to serve as models to work from.--$95.SOLD

  42. Very interesting display of ten "chewed" bullets recovered from hospital sites here at Stones River.  Many times bullets have been chewed by animals, but most who have seen these agree that they appear to be human teeth marks.  Wounded soldiers in extreme pain were sometimes given a bullet to bite down on - thus the term - "bite the bullet".  This is a fantastic show-and-tell type display and a great bargain at only $7.50 per bullet (and in a free display case).--$75.SOLD

  43. Very pretty display of three original Civil War Era eating utensils.  The group includes a typical 2-prong fork, a 3-prong fork, and a typical spoon.--$65. for the entire display.SOLD

  44. Massive, cast brass artillery stirrup picked up on the battlefield here at Stones River shortly after the battle.  This stirrup has been kept clean and on the mantle of an old home here at Murfreesboro since the Civil War.--$195.SOLD

  45. Pair of excavated, extremely rare, Civil War Confederate bullets recovered from a Confederate camp site on private property near the Battle of Shiloh.  One of the bullets is a dropped, .69 cal., English Towers projectile, and the second bullet is a rare, high-base, triangle cavity, .69 cal., French Dragoon projectile.  Both these projectiles are early war types very rarely recovered.--$85.SOLD

  46. Absolutely beautiful condition, excavated, "Atlanta" style, cast brass, Confederate rectangle C.S.A. waist belt plate.  This excellent, cast brass C.S.A. was recovered many years ago from the 1863 - 1864 Army of Tennessee winter camps around Dalton, GA.  The buckle has never even been washed and has nice, original body curve with the C.S.A. letters clear and sharp enough to read across the room.  All three attachment hooks remain full length and perfectly intact on the reverse.  This is an excellent C.S.A. and one that you would never need to upgrade.--$3,150.SOLD

  47. Very attractive, "Haiman" style, Confederate manufactured, Cavalry saber and scabbard.  The blade remains in nice condition, just beginning to turn brown/gray with age.  The high copper content brass guard remains in perfect condition with a rich, never cleaned, bronze patina.  The grip retains 80% - 90% original brown leather wrap and has fragments of the single strand iron wire.  The Confederate manufactured, brass mounted, lap seam scabbard remains in excellent condition showing extensive wear with the upper ring mount worn within 1/32 of an inch being worn all the way through.  This is a beautiful and historic Confederate artifact that has spent extensive time in the saddle.--$4,250.

  48. Absolutely beautiful condition, excavated, Leech & Rigdon, serifed letters, 2-piece, CS sword belt plate.  This excellent plate was recovered over 40 years ago from near Tupelo, Mississippi, was dug together, and fits perfectly.  You are likely not going to see a prettier, just as dug example of this rare style Leech & Rigdon 2-piece sword belt plate.  The plate was likely discarded due to a small crack in the belt loop on the tongue side.--$2,250.

  49. Extremely rare, excavated "CS" marked Confederate spur AND an excavated, large cent recovered nearby the CS marked spur.  The large cent has approximately a dozen "CS" die strikes of the exact style that the spur is stamped with.  The spur, when recovered, was broken about an inch from the neck, but both parts were present.  The two parts have been professionally put back together for display.  These two items look FANTASTIC displayed together and will be a fine addition to someone's Confederate display.--$975 for spur and coin.SOLD

  50. Nothing less than DROP DEAD BEAUTIFUL SUPER HIGH PRESENTATION GRADE "Tomes - Son, & Melvain - New York" Federal Officer's sword.  This high grade officer's sword has a solid silver engraved grip, and the cast Eagle in the guard has REAL ruby eyes.  The blade retains crisp engraving from top to bottom.  The scabbard is extremely high grade with a sharkskin covered body and intricately engraved brass mounts.  This beautiful presentation sword is out of an Ohio estate sale and will be a centerpiece to even a museum quality display.--$3,850.

  51. Quite rare battlefield pick-up, .36 cal., Remington New Model Navy revolver.  This revolver was picked up near Atlanta several years after the war.  The revolver shows evidence of being exposed to the elements for some time but is not completely frozen up.  The cylinder will still turn, and the hammer will still move.  This is the revolver that the little .36 cal. "tear drop" projectile fit.  We are including a display with a tear drop bullet and also percussion caps.  This will make an excellent centerpiece for an excavated artifact display.--$975.

  52. Rare to find, CDV of Gen. William T. Sherman with "C.G. BRUCE & PRESTON - AUTHORIZED ARMY AND NAVY WAR CLAIM AGENTS" on the reverse of the card.  Various businesses during the Civil War and immediately following paid to have their advertisements on the reverse of famous Civil War personality CDV's.  This example remains in very nice, complete condition.--$55.

  53. Pair of Civil War Era Victorian Age ladies in classic 1850 - 1860 "off-shoulder" gowns.  I believe that these two ladies are likely sisters in that they have similar facial traits.  Both gowns are exquisite.  One of the images is backmarked, "J.W. Molton - Artist - 214 Essex St. - Salem, Mass".  The other is backmarked, "C. Seaver, Jr. - Photographer - 27 Tremont Rd. - Boston".--BOTH IMAGES--$48.

  54. Nice condition and quite rare, 1916 "UCV" (United Confederate Veteran) medal, ribbon, and pin for the 26th annual UCV Reunion.  The upper part of the medal has a crossed, enamel Battle Flag and 3rd National Confederate flag.  The bottom portion of the medal pictures the Alabama State Capitol with the logo, "Cradle of the Confederacy".  This is a tough UCV medal and ribbon to find with three enameled Confederate flags.--$150.SOLD

  55. Nicely framed, Southwestern Telegraph Company Confederate telegram from New Orleans, dated August 21, 1861.  This telegram reads, "August 21, 1861 - New Orleans - To Col. French (Col. Chester, Samuel, Bassett French CSA).  We have 204 bags buck shot suitable for cartridges (buck and ball) at 20 cents per pound if you need any.  Answer as we cannot hold it over tomorrow -- cash.  Bostick and Seymeur."--$95.SOLD

  56. Extremely rare to find, in very nice condition, original, Circa 1861 "T.A. Potts" artistically made bowie/bayonet that would have been both beautiful and effective whether fixed to a firearm or hand held.  The weapon has a remarkably fine "feel" and balance.  This extremely rare weapon is felt to have originated in and around New Orleans from the 1840 era on forward during the Civil War period.  It is generally agreed that this is one of the finest and most artistic knife bayonets of the Civil War Era.  This beautiful knife would be a fine addition to any Civil War collection or museum in the country.--$1,850.SOLD

  57. Absolutely beautiful, excavated, Richmond Arsenal Officer's pattern, two piece, CS sword belt plate.  Both halves were dug together over 30 years ago near Brandy Station, VA., and have an emerald green patina underneath the woods mulch that has never been washed off.  When this buckle was recovered, all pieces were together, but the disc of the tongue was broken at the narrow point where the neck attaches to the disc.  (Which is, of course, why the plate was discarded).  The break has been professionally restored, and the buckle literally could not display more beautifully.--$2,250.SOLD

  58. Extremely rare and excellent condition hand blacksmith crafted Confederate artillery Short Sword.  The sword appears to be made from a buggy spring or a large rasp.  It has an "S" shaped cross guard and has its original walnut grip.  This is out of a local estate and is completely uncleaned - untouched - and is 23 inches in overall length.  It is MANY times rarer than a Southern hand crafted bowie knife.  Here is your chance to own a Confederate Blade that MOST (even advanced) collections are missing.--$1,850.

  59. Very pretty condition, totally untouched, Federal Forage cap.  This cap is out of an Ohio estate and appears to be quite early production measuring 8 inches up the back seam and 3 inches up the front seam.  The cap has sun fading but remains solid as a rock with tarred bill, sweat band, both kepi buttons, and brass adjustor all remaining perfectly intact.  There is a small regimental number "23" on the front of the cap which is very likely for the 23rd Ohio Volunteer Infantry.  Nice, early, tall Federal Forage caps are quite rare to come by.--$2,250.SOLD

  60. Very attractive, Civil War Era folding officer's lap desk.  Many Civil War Officers carried one of these with them in the field to write letters home an do official paperwork.  With this example, we are including three 1840 - 1850 era pen and ink letters to display with the desk.  This is an extensively used item during the Civil War that most museums have an example of.--$195 for desk and all three letters.--$195.

  61. Nice condition, excavated, small size, stamped brass, lead-filled, Martingale Heart.  The heart measures 1 3/4 inches tall by 1 1/2 inches wide.  It still has full lead in the reverse.--$75.SOLD

  62. Beautiful condition, non-excavated, lead-filled pair of Federal "intertwined" USA Artillery rosettes.  Each has a perfect face and full lead in the reverse.--$195 for both.

  63. Beautiful collection of carved and whittled projectiles recovered by my old hunting buddy, Wayne Tucker, from Confederate camps  on private property in and around Mobile, Alabama.  There are a total of 54 projectiles nicely displayed in a glass face walnut display case.  There are hundreds of hours of hard relic hunting represented in this display case.--$250.

  64. Extremely rare, .69 cal., Model 1847, US Artillery Muskatoon that has been blacksmith adapted to be a CS Cavalry carbine.  The carbine is fitted with a "Harpers Ferry" lockplate from a, Model 1841 Mississippi rifle.  The sling swivel bracket on the bottom of the butt of the stock remains intact, but the sling swivel itself if not present.  This weapon originally had a Springfield lockplate but was outfitted for Confederate Cavalry use with a Harpers Ferry, Mississippi rifle lockplate.  The weapon has a great feel and would have positively been an effective Cavalry carbine.  We are enclosing a small display case containing typical ammunition for this weapon.--$975.

  65. Confederate used and blacksmith fabricated, .58 cal. carbine created by cutting back a .58 cal., 3-band, Infantry musket to carbine length.  The lockplate has a chocolate brown patina and has never been cleaned.  It is marked, "1864 - US - Springfield."  This came out of the local area and could have very well been with the Confederate Cavalry at the Battle of Franklin.--$695.

  66. Absolutely drop-dead beautiful, perfect condition, excavated, circular, lead-filled, Federal Eagle breastplate.  The face has a smooth, chocolate brown patina with crisp detail on the Eagle, and the reverse has full, smooth lead and both iron attachment loops remain intact and strong enough to go back on a cross beltrig.--$225.

  67. Very attractive, Colt Pocket Model, .31 cal., 5-shot, very desirable 6 inch barrel.  It has an all-matching serial number (even including the wedge) of 282066 which is very desirable 1863 - 1864 Civil War date production.  The metal has a smooth, dark, brown/black patina, and the grip looks to have a fresh coat of lacquer.  Now the "not so great" news - the revolver remains fully loaded (but is not capped) and appears to have been loaded for the last 150 years.  With this Pocket Model Colt revolver we are including an original, brass, .31 cal., double cavity Colt bullet mold as well as a brass, military Eagle motif, Pocket Model powder flask.  All are displayed in a custom made, oak display case.  For the entire case and display--$1,600.SOLD

  68. Very nice condition and extremely rare to recover, coat size, Confederate "Cavalry" button.  This button was recovered many years ago from General N. B. Forrest's 7th Tennessee Cavalry camp located near the Tallahatchie River in North Mississippi.  The button has a smooth, brown patina on the face and a rusty reverse in that this button had an iron back.--$425.

  69. Very pretty, non-excavated, 1840 era, large size, US oval lead-filled waist belt plate.  This buckle has a smooth, clean face with full lead fill in the reverse and is of the "early puppy-paw" hook style with all three attachment hooks remaining intact.--$275.

  70. Extremely rare to recover set of collided .69 cal. 3-ring Minie balls.  These were not only found at the Battle of Stones River but were recovered actually "IN" Stones River.  Both bullets can be distinctly made out.--$95.SOLD

  71. Extremely rare, 6 pounder size, Confederate, wood drive-in fuse cannonball.  This projectile was recovered many years ago from private property near Shiloh and is one of less than half a dozen of this type ball ever recovered there.  It is disarmed, cleaned, coated, and ready for display.  We have located an original, correct, wooden fuse adaptor for this rare shell and are including it with the projectile.--$595.

  72. Very attractive, Model 1851, NCO Eagle sword beltrig.  The Eagle sword buckle remains in excellent condition with full silver wreath and is the more rare pattern with rays going all the way around the Eagle.  The black leather belt remains strong and pliable.--$495.

  73. Excellent condition, hand blacksmith crafted, 14 1/2 inch overall with a 9 inch blade, Confederate sideknife.  The knife has a walnut grip with a brass ferrule and will make a fine addition to your Confederate weapons display.--$695.

  74. Very attractive, 1845 date, Allen & Thurber, .31 cal., 6-shot revolver.  It still has excellent action, original walnut grips, and is marked, "Allen & Thurber - Allen's Patent - 1845".  The revolver has a very nice, uncleaned, chocolate brown patina overall.--$695.

  75. Really nice, early battlefield pick-up, .36 cal., Manhattan, 5-shot, series 3, Navy Model revolver.  This revolver was picked up on the Battlefield of Franklin, Tennessee, about 30 years after the battle.  The revolver remains complete with hammer, trigger guard, loading lever, and even 80% of the original walnut grips.  This weapon will make a wonderful centerpiece to an excavated artifact display.  It is extremely rare to recover a complete Civil War Era revolver.--$850.SOLD

  76. Excellent condition, complete, excavated, regulation Federal Cavalry bit with both cast-brass US rosettes remaining intact.  This Cavalry bit was recovered about 40 years ago from "Camp Stanley" which was the 1862 - 1863 Federal winter Cavalry camp here in Murfreesboro following the Battle of Stones River.  The bit has been cleaned and lightly coated and is ready for permanent display.  This example is as nice as you will find in any museum.--$195.

  77. Absolutely beautiful condition, .36 cal., Model 1851 Colt Navy Model revolver.  This revolver has an all matching serial number of 123128 including the wedge.  This is most desirable 1862 production.  The revolver retains near 100% cylinder scene and has case colors remaining in recessed areas.  This is a much nicer Model 1851 Colt Navy than most that come along.--$2,150.SOLD

  78. Absolutely beautiful condition, non-excavated, large size, lead-filled, US oval arrow-hook waist belt plate.  This buckle has a pleasing, aged patina on the face, nice body curve, full lead in the reverse, and all three attachment hooks perfectly intact.  They don't get much nicer than this one.--$275.

  79. Excavated, cast brass barrel spigot that was recovered several years ago by Wayne Tucker from a Confederate Infantry camp near Mobile, Alabama.  The spigot has been beautifully carved into a whistle by a Confederate soldier.  Charlie Harris has taken pictures of this artifact for possible use in an upcoming book or article.--$65.SOLD

  80. Absolutely beautiful, non-excavated, "accentuated serif" style, Richmond Arsenal, CS two-piece, tongue and wreath, officer's sword belt plate.  This excellent and quite rare Confederate saber belt plate was purchased out of a Central Virginia estate where the buckle alone had been handed down through the ages.  The belt is an original Civil War Era waist belt with original war date percussion cap pouch, but was the belt only without a plate.  About 40 years ago, the collector put this original Richmond Arsenal CS two-piece saber belt plate on the Civil War Era belt for nicer display.  The beltrig and the Richmond Arsenal CS two-piece sword belt plate are both original pieces and fit nicely together, but were not part of the same rig during the Civil War Era.  I am pricing the entire rig at basically just the value of the non-excavated CS two-piece saber belt plate.  This will be a beautiful addition to someone's Confederate display at a fantastic value.--$4,250.

  81. Extremely rare, non-excavated, 17 inch, Confederate fighting knife made from an extremely scarce Cook & Brother saber type bayonet.  This fighting knife is finely crafted and is referred to by exact serial number "159" on page 299 of the reference book, Confederate and Southern Agent Marked Shotguns by Russ Pritchard and John Ashworth.  There is thought to be less than ten Confederate side knives made from Cook & Brother saber bayonets in existence.  I am including a copy of the reference book along with this rare Confederate fighting knife.--$1,950.

  82. Slick Emerald Green excavated large size Confederate enlistedman's "Fork Tongue Frame" waist belt plate.  This pretty buckle was recovered from the 1862 - 1863 winter camp of the 16th Alabama Volunteer Infantry located along Duck River near Shelbyville, TN.  I dug the twin to this one about 50 feet away, and still have it in my collection today.  When this plate was recovered the forked tongue itself was broken where it goes around the center bar (which is no doubt why the plate was discarded).  We have restored the break and the plate displays drop dead beautifully, but the tongue is not strong enough for the stress of actually being worn.  You just won't see a plate that displays any nicer than this one.--$750.

  83. Beautiful condition, and extremely rare 15 inch overall Blacksmith crafted Confederate Bowie knife out of a North Georgia estate.  The blade on this knife is almost 2 inches wide, and appears to have been crafted from a Buggy Spring.  The knife has a walnut grip, and a brass ferrel and cap - both of which have a rich aged, never cleaned patina.  This will be a fine, museum worthy addition to someone's Confederate Blade collection.--$950.

  84. Very scarce to recover - Excavated LARGE portion of a CAST BRASS RATCHETED SABOT FOR A 9 INCH CONFEDERATE BROOKE PROJECTILE.  This was recovered many years ago on private property near Mobile, AL. by my good buddy - Wayne Tucker.--$65.

  85. Very attractive, complete, excavated, Colt Model 1862 Police revolver.  This is a quite rare recovery in that only about 28,000 of this model was produced as compared to about 325,000 Colt Pocket Models produced.  This revolver is a 5-shot, .36 cal., and is serial number 34785 which is 1865 - 1866 era production.  The revolver was recovered near Atlanta, Georgia, which would exactly fit that time frame.  One bullet has been inserted for display as well as an ivory grip on the left side.  Everything remains intact, including loading lever, cylinder hammer, trigger guard, and brass frame.  This excavated Colt will make a fantastic centerpiece for an excavated artifact collection.--$750.

  86. Quite rare Civil War artillery item.  This friction primer packet contains several original Civil War cannon friction primers, and the original blue label remains intact picturing a cannon friction primer and is marked, "Friction Primers - Frankford Arsenal - 1861".--$125.SOLD

  87. Original, smooth type, Model 1858, Civil War canteen with complete butternut cover as well as the original stopper and chain.  It is becoming rarer and rarer to find Civil War canteens with their wool covers remaining intact.--$250.

  88. Excavated, four side, Austrian socket bayonet.  This bayonet was recovered many years ago from the Confederate battle line here at Stones River.  The bayonet has been treated and coated and is ready for display.--$150.

  89. Excellent U.S. artillery vent pick priming wire for cannon.  It was used to puncture the powder bag through the vent at the rear of the tube so that when the fuse friction primer ignited, the cannon would fire.  It is 24" in length overall for a very large gun.--$75.

  90. Absolutely mint beautiful condition, 7mm pinfire, 6-shot revolver.  The metal remains in mint condition with beautiful engraving on both the frame and cylinder.  The action works perfectly, and the three items that are usually one or all missing, the loading door, the ejector rod, and the folding trigger all remain perfectly intact.  The checkered walnut grips remain in mint, just as issued condition.  The vast majority of pinfire cartridges that we recover are from Confederate camp sites, because the Confederates were able to purchase these revolvers from France and Belgium.  The revolver remains in near mint condition and could easily fit into any museum in the country.--$695.

  91. Model 1860, .44 cal., Colt Army Model revolver.  This is serial number 81749 which is very desirable 1862 - 1863 production.  The revolver was in a north Alabama UCV Hall for many years and was at one point partially nickel plated.  Some of the plating has worn off and some of the plating yet remains.  The action works perfectly, and the soldier's initials, J.D.W., are nicely carved with a pin knife into the butt of the walnut grips.  This is a good, honest Colt Army revolver that clearly saw action.--$1,150.

  92. Small, red covered pocket Testament of the type carried by many soldiers during the American Civil War.  This particular Testament is faintly marked in the front, "Ruth Padgett's Book - 1845".  The pages are gold trimmed, and the Bible will fit very nicely into a camp scene display.--$48.SOLD

  93. Very nice condition, bust shot CDV of Lt. Edgar H. Titus, Albany, New York.  Lt. Titus was with the 3rd New York Light Artillery and served from May 9, 1861, until July 24, 1865.  He is one of a very select few to serve through the entire Civil War, start to finish.  It is signed in ink on the front side just under the image.--$85.SOLD

  94. Excellent condition, glazed crock ginger beer bottle recovered from a Confederate trash pit near Shelbyville, Tennessee.  Years ago, I recovered a near twin from the same area.--$45.SOLD

  95. 1/6th plate, fully cased, tintype of a standing Union Infantry soldier.  He is wearing his 9-button Infantry enlistedman's frock coat and also his US beltrig with a large oval US beltplate, a percussion cap box, and a bayonet in scabbard at his side.  His right arm is resting on a table top that is draped with an American flag.  The image remains in good condition with nice clarity but is unfortunately a click or two darker than what would be optimal.--$115.

  96. Very attractive, Model 1842, percussion, .54 cal., single-shot, military "horse pistol".  These massive pistols were carried in holsters on each side of the horse.  During the American Civil War, they were mostly Confederate carried due to the Union having access to more modern, multi-fire revolvers.  This example has a smooth, gray/brown, aged patina overall with lockplate markings of, "H. Aston - US - 1849 - Middtn. Conn."  The barrel has a smooth, brown/gray patina as well and is "faintly" dated 1849.  The action remains perfect with a good, strong main spring, and the original walnut stock remains in nice condition with just the normal dings and marks of use.  This will make an excellent addition to any Civil War collection.--$950.SOLD

  97. Very nice condition, .32 cal., Allen and Wheelock, side-hammer rimfire revolver.  These were only manufactured early in the war (1859 - 1862) with a total quantity produced estimated at around 1,000.  The revolver is dated July 9, 1860, on the brass frame.  This example has a beautiful, rich, aged patina on the brass frame, 90% lacquer on the original walnut grips with some case colors remaining in recessed areas.  This is a nice quality little Civil War revolver.--$650.SOLD

  98. Confederate carried standard Model 1858 smooth type Federal canteen EXCEPT this one is out of a Southern Estate, and has a home spun multicolored wool cover, and a custom stopper.  We, unfortunately, only have a family name and can't be sure which family member that it belonged to, but it sings DIXIE loud and clear, and will be a fine addition to any collection.  The canteen remains complete with cover - sling - and stopper.--$450.SOLD

  99. Very pretty condition original Civil War era leather bound C.D.V. album.  The leather bound album itself remains in nice condition and has a tuck flap much like a diary of the Civil War period.  The album contains 20 images with about 7 or 8 Civil War era military.  This would be a fine addition to any Civil War collection.--$350.  (Which is only $15. per image and $50. for the album !!!)

  100. Very rare to find in nice condition, .36 cal., Federal, Navy pistol cartridge box with built-in percussion cap pouch.  It is a rarity to find a Naval cartridge box with the belt loop, the leather closure tab, and especially the interior leather cap pouch all remaining intact.  This example remains very solid, complete, and pliable.--$350.

  101. Quite rare, T50, Confederate $50 note dated December 2, 1862, with green over-print on the front and complete green motif on the reverse.  This is a circulated very scarce note but remains complete and solid and will display very nicely.--$150.

  102. Extremely rare, 14 inch, hand blacksmith crafted, Confederate bowie knife in original, brown leather, hand tooled, Confederate sheath and belt cradle.  This is an exceptionally nice Confederate side knife/bowie purchased in 1989 out of the Nationally know Fred Slaton, Jr. collection of Nebo, KY.  The blade appears to have been made from a file and has a 4 1/2 inch walnut grip.  For many years, the Fred Slaton, Jr. collection was considered one of the best in the nation, and it is virtually unheard of to find an original Confederate bowie in both its original brown leather sheath and also the original brown leather, hand-crafted saddle for attaching it to the belt.  This is an unusually nice Confederate blade with a cool Fred Slaton pedigree.--$1,295.

  103. Very attractive and quite rare to recover regulation large size lead filled Federal Cavalry Martingale Heart.  Most finds this nice were recovered thirty years or more in the past.  That is not the case with this artifact - It was recovered within the past 12 months on private property after Shiloh and from a Federal Cavalry position located near Corinth, Mississippi.  The face has a smooth brown/green patina with full, smooth lead, and two of the three attachment wires remaining intact on the reverse.  Aside from a couple very small spiderweb freeze cracks, you couldn't ask for a more attractive RECENTLY excavated Martingale Heart.--$475.SOLD

  104. RARE - RARE - RARE, excavated Memphis Novelty Works - Leech & Rigdon Confederate Cavalry Officer's "CS" marked RAKING SPUR.  This beautiful condition and super rare Confederate Officer's spur was recovered about 40 years ago by Ashley Cook from private property at Snake Creek Gap, Georgia.  It is one of less than ten known and remains in excellent condition with complete rowel intact.--$3,250.SOLD

  105. Excavated, coat size, "AVC" (Alabama Volunteer Corp) button.  This button was recovered a number of years ago from the camp of the 1st Alabama Cavalry - CSA.  It has a smooth, brown patina with traces of gold gilt outlining the Eagle and the "AVC".  The reverse has a brown patina as well with the shank intact.--$295.

  106. Absolutely beautiful, excavated, officer style, Model 1851 sword belt plate with integrally cast wreaths.  This excellent buckle was recovered many years ago from a Federal camp in Central Virginia.  It has a smooth, chocolate brown patina with loads of bright gold gilt in the background outlining the eagle and wreath.  The wreath itself retains a good amount of original silver wash.  The reverse has gold gilt as well with the attachment hook intact as well as the belt loop.  This beautiful sword belt plate deserves to be the centerpiece of some display.--$375.

  107. Beautiful condition and extremely rare, excavated, circular, Federal Eagle breast plate.  The face remains flawless and has never even been washed off.  The reverse has full lead and is "E. Gaylord" marked as well as having the soldier's initials carved.  Both iron wire attaching loops remain intact on the reverse.--$295.

  108. Absolutely beautiful condition, complete Model 1832, Federal Artillery short sword, scabbard, and belt rig.  The sword itself has a clean blade just beginning to darken in areas with age.  The blade is marked "N.P. Ames Cabotville" on one side and "U.S. - 1847" on the other.  The short sword is mounted on the extremely rare, original, white buff belt with the two disc style cast brass buckle.  The belt remains complete and quite pliable and is maker marked, "H. Dingee - New York" on the belt reverse.  The belt remains strong, but clearly shows actual field service.  The buckle has a rich, aged, never cleaned patina.--$2,450.

  109. Just brought in by a local family today.This is a Model 1873 Springfield 45-70 "Trapdoor" rifle with the "low arch" breech.  It remains in overall nice condition with some case colors left in recessed areas, and the action works perfectly.  It has the standard "Springfield" marks and the date "1873".  Along with this rifle comes the original triangular socket bayonet in original leather scabbard.  There is a little grime from age on the inside of the bayonet socket that keeps it from going all the way on, but stops about halfway into proper position, but could be easily cleaned out if desired.  This weapon shows clear evidence of service, but not at all abused, and will be a fine addition into someone's collection.--$850. complete with bayonet and scabbard-SOLD

  110. Really pretty big 12mm French pinfire revolver.  These were very popular with Confederates (especially Confederate Officers) during the Civil War, and we recover French pinfire cartridges in almost every Confederate 1862 - 1863 winter campsite here.  This example functions perfectly, and has completely intact all the items that one or more are typically missing -- (loading door - ejector rod - lanyard ring - etc.)  Confederate General T. J. (Stonewall) Jackson had one of these very similar to this one.  With this revolver I am including an original Pinfire cartridge for display, but of a different caliber than the gun to keep a child from being able to load it up.  Every Confederate display should have a Pinfire Revolver.--$850.

  111. Very attractive, excavated, coat size, 2-piece, Confederate Block "I" (Infantry) button recovered by Kenny Banks from General Hardee's 1862 - 1863 Army of Tennessee winter camps near Tullahoma, Tennessee.  The face has a pleasing, uncleaned, brown/green patina.--$95.

  112. Very rare display of Confederate manufactured artifacts from General Leonidas Polk's 1862 - 1863 Army of Tennessee winter camps located along Duck River near Shelbyville, Tennessee.  This grouping consists of a hand-crafted 4 inch lead pencil, a Confederate manufactured, iron bayonet scabbard tip, a rare iron Confederate manufactured knapsack hook, and found with it a rare iron knapsack triangle with leather still attached.  Found near these items and included is a large, gilted, plain face uniform button.--$95 for the entire display of rare Confederate manufactured items.

  113. Excellent display to compliment your Civil War musket or revolver.  This display has an original paper wrapped packet of musket percussion caps and an original box of revolver percussion caps.  Both are presented in a glass display case.--$95 for both.SOLD

  114. Excellent display of Confederate artifacts recovered by Kenny Banks from General William Hardee's 1862 - 1863 Army of Tennessee Confederate winter camps located near Tullahoma, Tennessee.  The display includes a hand-made lead musket nipple protector, a standard Enfield nipple protector with brass chain, a brass Enfield musket tompion, and a rare cast-brass Confederate bayonet scabbard tip.  All are presented in a glass display case.--$95.

  115. Very pretty original regulation issue Federal Infantry enlistedman's belt rig inclding the large size lead filled arrow hook U.S. oval waist belt plate on the original Federal black harness leather waist belt with the original brass belt adjuster still intact.  With this belt rig came a pretty condition and quite rare pattern Federal small leather percussion cap pouch.  The cap pouch is in very nice condition with caps still inside, and also the musket nipple pick is still inside.  What makes this cap pouch special is that it has the large "U.S." stamp on the outside flap of the box.-- Belt rig complete with U.S. buckle and cap pouch included.--$750.  Original U.S. buckle on belt, but WITHOUT leather percussion capbox.-- $595.  Original U.S. cap pouch with large "U.S." mark, nipple pick still inside, and original caps still inside.--$195.

  116. 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.

  117. Cool - Cool little hand carved Confederate Company hat letter "B".  This was recovered from 1862 - 1863 Army Of Tennessee C.S.A. winter camps near Tullahoma, TN.  I am not sure, but I think that this may be carved from the face of a Confederate Infantry button.--$95.SOLD

  118. Really pretty excavated coat size Confederate local North Carolina State Seal.  This was recovered from Army of Tennessee 1863 - 1864 winter camps near Dalton, GA.  It has nice bright silver wash remaining in all the right places.  A partial shank remains.--$195.

  119. Beautiful excavated turquoise green coat size Confederate 2-piece block "I" button.  This button was recovered from Army of Tennessee 1862 - 1863 winter camps near Shelbyville, TN.  The iron reverse has been reinforced a bit, but the turquoise green face is so pretty that you want to just sit and look at it.--$95.SOLD

  120. Absolutely beautiful condition, non-excavated, coat size, Confederate Officer "CSA" button.  This is a CS81-B in Albert, the reverse is backmarked "Superior Quality," and the shank remains perfectly intact.--$225.

  121. Complete, beautiful condition, folding, cast brass field mold for .577 cal. Enfield projectiles.  The mold has a rich, aged patina with original cavity insert intact and also original sprue cutter intact.  We have included and placed into the mold a dropped Enfield projectile (recovered here at Stones River) of the exact type this mold produces.  This will be a museum level compliment to display with your .577 cal. Enfield 3-band rifled musket.--$895.SOLD

  122. Extremely rare and in very nice condition, Confederate manufactured "Cornpone" Southern Cavalry saber and scabbard.  This saber and scabbard was for many years in the collection of Dr. Rees Buttram of Chattanooga, Tennessee.  Dr. Buttram's notes indicate that the saber was for many years on display in a Chattanooga area UCV Hall.  The saber has a nice, clean blade, just beginning to darken with age.  It has original grip and wire and three branch, cast brass Cavalry guard.  This saber is in the scabbard that it was in on display in the UCV Hall.  The scabbard has been painted which is not unusual for items displayed in Veteran Halls.  The saber does appear to have been carried in the scabbard for many years, but the scabbard is a little bit short and isn't likely the scabbard originally issued with the saber.  The CS manufactured "Cornpone" saber is one you rarely see offered for sale, especially one in nice condition.--$4,250.SOLD

  123. Extremely rare, original, October 1864, election military poll book for Company E of the 76th Regiment of Pennsylvania Volunteer Infantry while on location in the field at Chapin's Farm, VA.  In this book, the various soldiers are listed as well as the tallies of the various candidates they voted for.  In over 40 years, I have had less than half a dozen of these.--$250-SOLD

  124. Absolutely untouched since the Civil War, a smooth type, Model 1858, Federal canteen complete with butternut cover, stopper, and sling.  The sling has been shortened to what is often called "Cavalry length".  This will be an excellent addition to someone's Civil War display.--$350.

  125. Very attractive, excavated, chocolate brown, Federal Eagle breast plate.  This was recovered several years ago on private property here at the Battle of Stones River.  The lead was chipping out in a couple of areas on the reverse and has been stabilized.  Many years ago, it was reasonably common to recover a breast plate, but it is quite a rarity to find one these days.--$165.

  126. Very nice condition CDV with waist-up pose of Confederate General P.G.T. Beauregard.  This CDV has a quite rare "Brady's National Portrait Gallery" backmark.--$195.

  127. Excellent condition, glazed crock ginger beer bottle recovered from a Confederate trash pit near Shelbyville, Tennessee.  Years ago, I recovered a near twin from the same area.--$45.SOLD

  128. Small display containing an excavated Enfield musket tompion with part of the cork still intact, together with a hand-made soldier's lead poker chip marked with an "X" (meaning 10).  These items were both recovered by Kenny Banks from 1863 winter camps of Hardee's Corp. Army of Tennessee located near Tullahoma, Tennessee.--$65 for the entire display.

  129. STATE OF TEXAS, Gonzalez County, quite rare, four large page, dated January, 1851, legal document settling the estate of George E. Norwood.  Within this estate settlement document is description and dispersion of numerous individual slaves and also several slave families.  Mid-1800 era Texas slave related documents are quite scarce.--$150.

  130. Very nice condition, $50 Civil War Confederate Loan document.  The document is dated March 10, 1863.  This loan bond was actually issued and is serial number 2537, and the last interest coupon redeemed was January 1, 1865.  This is a very nice piece of Confederate and Civil War history and will frame beautifully.--$150.

  131. Very nice condition, straight razor of the typical ones used in the Civil War.  Markings on this straight razor, however, suggest this example dates about 1890.  Still, it displays very nicely in a camp scene display.--$25.

  132. War date Civil War letter (June 6, 1863) written from a father to his daughter.  The father is in Chicago attending a National Medical Conference, and he is writing his daughter back in Philadelphia, PA.  The letter is written in old brown ink and gives general news of the father's visit to Chicago for the National Medical Conference.  The letter remains in its original, stamped envelope and is in very nice condition.--$25.

  133. Nicely sectioned, 12 pound, Confederate Bormann fused case shot cannonball.  This projectile nicely shows the Confederate copper underplug as well as the Confederate Bormann fuse and case shot balls.  It is clean, coated, and ready for display.--$225.SOLD

  134. Beautiful condition, non-excavated, battlefield pick-up from the BATTLE OF FRANKLIN, TN., 12 lb. size Bormann cannonball.  The shell body remains as smooth and slick as it was during the Civil War.  Both the Bormann fuse hole and the underplug hole are open, and if the threads were chased, an underplug and a Bormann fuse could be screwed in.  This is a 100% museum quality shell.--$250.SOLD

  135. Very attractive, Model 1850, contract import, Federal Foot Officer's sword and scabbard.  The blade is just beginning to gray with age and has clearly legible US engraving from top to bottom, and is "Solingen" marked.  The brass guard is in very nice condition with a rich, uncleaned, aged, bronze patina and original sharkskin and wire on the grip.  The sword is in the original, brass mounted, metal scabbard that it came down through the family in.  It has a couple of small dents from field service but is a nice, honest example of a typical Federal Foot Officer's sword and scabbard that was carried in the American Civil War.--$895.

  136. Excavated, 3 inch size, Confederate Reed - Parrott artillery projectile.  This projectile was recovered from private property at Chickamauga, Georgia, and I have disarmed it, cleaned, and coated it.  The Confederate copper time fuse remains perfectly intact, and the Confederate "dimple" in the base remains very clear and obvious.  This is a type Confederate projectile that is not recovered very often.  (The vial contains a sample of the powder that I removed from the shell.)--$395.

  137. Very attractive, excavated, coat size, Confederate droop-wing Eagle Staff Officer button.  This button was recovered from Gen. Hardee's 1863 Army of Tennessee winter camps located around Tullahoma, Tennessee.  It has a smooth, brown patina with no dents and slight traces of gold gilt.  The reverse has the typical Confederate local depressed channel, and the iron shank remains perfectly intact.  This would be a quality addition to any Confederate collection.--$225.

  138. Very pretty, excavated, "1863" date, "Army and Navy" patriotic token.  It has crisp detail, a smooth, chocolate patina overall, and an easily legible 1863 date.--$38.

  139. Excavated, coat size, Confederate, tin back Infantry button.  This button has an attractive brown/green patina on the face and rusty iron on the reverse.  It was recovered by Kenny Banks from Gen. Hardee's 1863 Army of Tennessee winter camps near Tullahoma, Tennessee.--$89.

  140. Excellent condition, excavated, soldier's pipe.  It is a rarity to recover a pipe bowl with the stem intact.  This example was recovered from a Confederate trash pit near Charleston, South Carolina.  There is even remnants of tobacco infused in the bottom.  This will make an excellent addition to a camp scene display.--$48.SOLD

  141. Beautiful condition Federal die stamped brass Hardee Hat Pin.  Fine detail, and rich aged patina on the face, and both attachment loops intact on the reverse.  Really nice top shelf hat pin.--$195.

  142. Excellent condition, non-excavated, Federal die-struck brass "French Horn" Infantry hat insignia.  This insignia remains in perfect condition with crisp detail and both attachment loops remaining intact on the reverse of the pin.--$95.

  143. Virtually drop dead beautiful MINT large size "puppy-paw" U.S. oval waist belt plate on it's original mint unissued brown buff leather belt.  This belt rig was no nicer 150 years ago than it is today !!--$650.

  144. Excellent condition, non-excavated, somewhat rare, long pattern, 12mm French pinfire cartridge.  This will be perfect to display with your 12mm French pinfire revolver.  It also has a Paris basemark.--$35.SOLD

  145. Excellent condition, March 3, 1863 issue, 3 cent United States fractional currency.  George Washington is pictured in the center.--$65.

  146. Very nice condition drug bottle with the original label intact that once contained "100" pulverous pills of quinine sulfate.  The bottle measures 3 1/4 inches in height.  George A. McKinstry, druggist, Hudson, New York, was listed in the 1862 Hudson, New York, city directory (pictured on the right above) as being in business at that time.  "Quinine Sulfate" was extensively used in the treatment of malaria during this time period.  It is rare to find bottles this old with the original label still intact, and it will make an excellent addition to a Civil War camp scene display.--$75.SOLD

  147. Group of four Civil War/Victorian Era ladies.  Three of the four pictures are ambrotypes, two of which are ruby.  There is one tintype.  These images go from a young five-year-old girl to a 30-ish lady, and then to two elderly ladies.  I find the style of their clothing very interesting.  All four images--$125.

  148. Absolutely beautiful, untouched condition, "1857"date, Batty - Springfield - Mass" PEACE FLASK.  This flask has a museum quality, rich bronze/brown, aged patina and is as nice as any in any museum across the country.--$595.

  149. Nice condition and quite rare, early war "1862 date", Model 1860, Federal Light Cavalry saber and scabbard.  This saber has a nice, clean blade just beginning to gray with age.  The blade has several small blade-to-blade contact nicks.  It is marked, "1862 - US - Mansfield & Lamb".  The grip has original wrap and wire and remains in very nice condition.  The scabbard has a smooth, chocolate, aged patina with the ring worn almost 1/2 way through the iron mount, indicating many hours in the saddle.  This is an excellent example if you would like to have a Model 1860 Light Cavalry saber that, without a doubt, saw lots of service in the Civil War.--$950.SOLD

  150. Absolutely beautiful, silver gripped, presentation grade, Model 1850, Federal Field and Staff Officer's sword and scabbard.  The blade remains clean and bright with easily visible engraving and a space provided in the engraving for a presentation, but no presentation was engraved.  The blade is marked, "Clauberg -Solingen".  The brass guard remains in excellent condition with about 90% bright gold gilt still remaining.  The silver grip and triple strand brass wire remain in perfect condition.  The metal scabbard is equally presentation grade with intricate engraving on each mount and a shield provided on the top mount for a presentation, but the shield remains open.  This is a high grade, beautiful sword that shows wear on the drag and in the ring mounts, clearly indicating that it actually saw service.  This high grade Officer's sword and scabbard is going to be a fine addition to someone's Civil War collection.--$1,750.

  151. Very nice condition, original pair of Civil War Era leather gauntlets.  This is the classic style that you often see worn by officers during the American Civil War.  They are made of a beautiful, white doe-skin leather that has turned a golden tan tone over the years.  As you can see, they display superbly from all angles.  A nice condition, original pair of gauntlets is actually more scarce than uniforms, because they have a much lower survival rate.  These are especially nice, because you can see that they were actually worn quite a bit, but they were always taken care of.  They have some minimal flaking, but that doesn't detract from their quality or overall display presentation.--$650.

  152. Beautiful condition, non-excavated, gilted, coat size, Federal Cavalry button.  It has near 100% bright gold gilt, has a "Waterbury Scovill" backmark and the shank intact.--$65.SOLD

  153. Mint condition, non-excavated, coat size, gilted, Federal Eagle "R" (Rifleman) button.  This button has a "Mintzer" backmark with 100% bright gold gilt and shank intact.  We recover most Eagle "R" buttons from Confederate sites.--$89.SOLD

  154. Very nice condition group of four Civil War documents pertaining to John Harner.  The documents consist of one military appointment document, two discharges, and one Treasury Dept. document.  John Harner was a member of Co. G, 4th Regiment, US Cavalry for most of the duration of the war.  John Harner, along with his regiment, was at one time posted here at Murfreesboro, Tennessee, and also participated in both Battles of Franklin, Tennessee, on November 30, 1864, and Nashville, Tennessee on December 15, 1864.  All four documents remain in good condition, are easily legible, and will frame up beautifully.  For all four documents--$295.

  155. Really pretty, excavated, Richmond Arsenal style, CS two-piece saber belt plate.  This buckle was dug together many years ago near Brandy Station, Virginia.  It has a smooth, chocolate brown patina, nice fit, and has original body curve.  This Confederate plate would be an excellent addition to any Civil War collection.--$2,850.

  156. Really pretty Model 1855 Federal regulation issue .58 cal. leather cartridge box complete with original U.S. cartridge boxplate, and the original cartridge tins intact inside.  In addition this is the scarce U.S. cartridge box with the "U.S." stamped into the outside flap just under the brass cartridge boxplate.  You will never need to upgrade this one.--$575.

  157. Really pretty, excavated, baby Cavalry size, Confederate Georgia Frame waist belt buckle.  This buckle has a nice, pea-green patina and was recovered over 30 years ago by Kenny Banks from the camp of the 2nd Georgia Cavalry.  This buckle would be a fine addition to any Confederate artifact display.--$595.

  158. Quite rare to recover, dropped, .40 cal., Dimmick foreign rifle projectile.  This was recovered many years ago on private property near Ft. Donelson, Tennessee.--$48.

  159. Just in out of the local area, .69 cal., Model 1842, 3-band, percussion, Springfield musket.  The metal remains clean, just beginning to turn gray/brown with age.  The lockplate is marked, "Springfield - US - 1853 - and the American Eagle."  The barrel has an 1852 date.  The action remains crisp and strong and locks firmly at both half-cock and full-cock.  The walnut stock remains in nice condition with the soldier's initials "H. T." cut into the left-hand side opposite the lockplate.  This is a very representative weapon that both Union and Confederate soldiers extensively carried during the early years of the Civil War.--$1,450.

  160. Beautifully half-sectioned, Federal, 30 pound size Parrott projectile.  This is an excellent educational display piece clearly showing the powder cavity and the fusing system.  It has been sectioned, cleaned, coated and is ready for permanent display.--$225.SOLD

  161. Beautiful condition, percussion, double barrel shotgun made by, "W. Morton", and out of a local family.  This is a 12-gauge with some cased colors with original ramrod and also original checkered wrist walnut stock.  Both half-cock and full-cock still work perfectly on both barrels.  This was just brought in by a local family and is believed to have been Confederate Cavalry carried.  It displays beautifully and will be a fine addition to any Confederate collection.--$695.SOLD

  162. Very nice condition and quite rare, Confederate newspaper from Houston, Texas.  This is the Saturday, June 11, 1864 issue of the "Houston Daily Telegraph".  This paper remains in very nice condition and contains up to date war news and some very interesting personal ads.  For example, "$50 Reward in specie for a runaway from the subscriber about May 18, 1864.  He is my boy, "Robert", and is a light mulatto, stout and heavy set, about 5 feet 4 inches high and 39 years old.  He has two or three scars on his left leg from being shot.  He might be taken for an Irish laborer but for his hair which is very woolly.  I will pay $50 for his lodgment in jail and information so I can get him."  There are many, many other equally interesting personal ads.  Texas Civil War date newspapers are very rare to find.--$150.SOLD

  163. Fresh out of a Florida estate sale, Federal Model 1840, N.C.O. (Non-commissioned Officer) sword in original scabbard.  The sword has a bright, clean blade marked, "Ames Mfg. Co. - 1864 - US".  The brass guard remains in excellent condition with some aged, bronze/brown patina remaining in recessed areas.  The leather scabbard remains complete with the brass top mount intact, but the brass drag has dropped off somewhere along the way.  These are fairly easy to locate for replacement.--$495.

  164. Nice, clean, .58 cal., Springfield or Contract, triangular, socket bayonet in original leather scabbard.  The bayonet remains clean, just beginning to darken with age.  The leather scabbard is complete and is maker marked, "Storms Maker NY".  This will make a beautiful compliment for your .58 cal, 3-band, Civil War rifled musket.--$350.

  165. Just yesterday brought in by a local family, a T-20 CSA Confederate note with Alexander Stephens pictured in the lower left, and, in the center, Industry, Cupid, and Beehive.  The note is lightly circulated but remains complete with good, strong edges.--$85.SOLD

  166. Excellent condition, non-excavated, 1863 date, "Army & Navy" patriotic token.--$38.

  167. Excavated, coat size, Virginia State Seal uniform button.  This is a Confederate local and was recovered years ago from a Confederate camp near Winchester, Virginia.  The button has a very attractive, uncleaned, brown/green look but is a little bit flatter in profile than when originally issued.  The shack remains intact on the reverse.--$150.SOLD

  168. Absolutely beautiful condition, silver tipped, rosewood, "Crosby" marked, Civil War fife.  This example is nicer than most you see in museums, and "Crosby" is one of the most desirable makers.--$175.SOLD

  169. Very nice, glass cased set of excavated cartridges from the Battle of Hoovers Gap, Tennessee.  The cartridges include a .52 cal. complete Spencer cartridge recovered from the position of Wilder's Lightning Brigade, and a complete 12mm French pinfire revolver cartridge recovered from the Confederate Army of Tennessee battle line.  This is an excellent Hoovers Gap, US/CS cartridge display.--$75 for both.SOLD

  170. Excellent condition, non-excavated, nicely gilted, coat size, Federal Infantry officer button.  This button has the very rare "Thomas N. Dale & Co. NY" backmark and remains perfect with practically 100% bright gold gilt.--$45.SOLD

  171. Beautiful condition, non-excavated, gilted, coat size, Federal "A" (Artillery) officer's uniform button.  This button has nearly 100% bright gold gilt - shank intact - and is backmarked, "Horstmann & Allien".  The backmark is "R.M.D.C." and has the shank perfectly intact.--$65.SOLD

  172. Absolutely mint, beautiful condition, Model 1852, Federal Naval Officer's sword and scabbard.  The blade has bright, beautiful engraving and frosting from top to bottom and is marked, "Ames Mfg. Co. Chicopee Mass."  The brass guard has an intricate US Navy motif with literally 100% bright gold gilt.  The original sharkskin grip and wire remain intact and in near mint condition.  The leather scabbard is complete and in very nice condition, and all three mounts  have virtually 100% bright gold gilt.  The top mount is marked, "Ames Mfg. Co Chicopee Mass."--$2,250.

  173. Model 1840, Federal Musicians sword and original metal scabbard.  The sword has an aging, gray/brown patina on the blade and is marked "US - 1863 - Emerson and Silver - Trenton NJ".  The cast brass guard remains in excellent condition, and the original metal scabbard remains in nice condition as well with a pleasant, aging, gray/brown patina.  There are far less Emerson and Silver 1840 Musicians than the Ames we most commonly encounter.--$550.

  174. Quite rare, "Dog River" style, Confederate manufactured, Cavalry saber and scabbard.  The saber has a nice, clean blade, with classic, Confederate, unstopped fuller, and just beginning to gray with age.  The high copper content brass guard has a rich, aged, bronze patina and is classic Confederate manufactured.  The saber has original wrap and wire on the grip with about 90% of the original leather remaining intact.  The scabbard is classic, lap seam, brass mounted, Confederate construction and has a thick, brown, aged patina.  The scabbard is complete except for missing the small, brass plate at the top.  There is nice wear in the ring mounts indicating lots of actual field service.--$3,950.

  175. Model 1851, brown buff leather, Cavalry belt rig.  These type belt rigs were extensively used by both Union and Confederate Cavalry in the American Civil War.  This belt rig was purchased many years ago out of an Alabama estate sale.  It remains very pliable with one of the original leather sword drops still remaining intact.  The cast brass, Model 1851 sword belt plate has a smooth, brown, aged patina with the three piece German silver wreath remaining completely intact.  Considering this belt rig was purchased out of an Alabama estate many years ago, it is extremely likely that it saw Confederate service.  The belt remains complete with no breaks or weak spots.--$750.

  176. Quite rare to find, early war "1862" Mansfield & Lamb, Federal Light Cavalry saber and scabbard.  This saber has a clean blade, just beginning to darken with age, and is marked "US - 1862 - Mansfield & Lamb".  The original leather grip and twisted wire remain completely intact.  The metal scabbard has an aged, chocolate brown patina and two or three typical service dings.--$850.

  177. Nice, complete, excavated, Confederate enlistedman's Leech & Rigdon Cavalry spur.  This CS spur was recovered from General Forrest's 1863 winter camps near Spring Hill, Tennessee.  By the wear pattern on the spur, we can tell it was for the left boot.  It is a rarity to recover a complete Confederate spur.--$295.

  178. Excellent condition CDV of Confederate Cavalry General John Hunt Morgan.  The image is backmarked, "Charles D. Fredricks & Co., 587 Broadway, New York".  General Morgan was killed in action on September 3, 1864.  He was sometimes referred to as "The Thunderbolt of the Confederacy".--$210.SOLD

  179. CDV of the beloved Confederate General Thomas Jonathan "Stonewall" Jackson.  This is a quite sought after E. and H.T. Anthony Photographic Gallery - 501 Broadway, New York.--$185.SOLD

  180. Rare stereo card of a "Rice - Raft" with black plantation hands floating rice straw down the creek headed for Charleston.  Rice and rice straw was one of South Carolina's most valuable productions during the Civil War Era.  For over 200 years, there have been prolific rice fields all along the low land reaches of South Carolina.--$95.

  181. Very nice condition, fully cased, ruby ambrotype of James Ewing Thompson who lived from February 2, 1820, to July 1907.  During the Civil War, James Thompson served as a courier for Confederate General John Cabell Breckenridge.  This image was purchased from a family estate sale in Swoop, Virginia, in 1998.--$295.

  182. Very nice condition, March 1863, Confederate $50 Bond.  This bond was actually issued and interest coupons redeemed until the war's end, and the next available coupon was July 1865, and of course there was no need to go to the Treasurer's Office at this date as the war was over, and the Confederate Bond was worthless.  This bond will frame up beautifully.--$125.

  183. Very nice lightly circulated condition Confederate Central Gov't. issue $10. note dated "APRIL 6. 1863, and picturing the State Capitol in Columbia, South Carolina.  The reverse has pretty blue-green graphics.--$85.

  184. Beautiful Civil War Date issue - (FEB. 1, 1863) SOUTH CAROLINA 75 cent fractional note issued by the "Bank of the State Of South Carolina".--$48.SOLD

  185. Very nice condition April 6, 1863 date Confederate $20. note which pictures the State Capitol in Nashville, TN. and has Alexander Stevens (the Confederate Vice-President) pictured on the front in the lower right hand corner.It has a pretty green-blue motif on the reverse.--$85.

  186. Absolutely beautiful graphics on this quite rare "1862" Civil WAR DATE South Carolina $1. state note.  The note has the distinctive South Carolina Palmetto tree pictured in the lower left corner of the note.  This is one of the prettiest notes of the Civil War era.--$95.SOLD

  187. Beautiful condition, non-excavated, coat size, 3-piece Mobile Cadet uniform button.  This button has near 100% bright gold gilt and is backmarked, "Scovill Mfg Co/Waterbury".  This button is believed to date around 1871, because that is when the Mobile Cadets were reconstituted after Alabama was readmitted into the Union.  The button has a wide lock ring indicating it was likely manufactured after the Civil War rather than before.  There are, however, collectors who believe this button to possibly date Civil War Era.--$95.SOLD

  188. CDV of Confederate General Robert E. Lee, fresh out of a Winchester, Virginia estate.  This is a shoulder and head view with his three General's stars clearly visible.  The image has no backmark.--$295.

  189. Quite rare to find, a full length seated view of a Confederate soldier.  The image has nice clarity and is out of a Maryville, Tennessee estate.--$275.

  190. Nice, clear, full standing view of Private Charles Sowles of the 6th Michigan Artillery (Heavy Artillery) - Co. H.  This unit spent the majority of their service at Port Hudson, New Orleans, Baton Rouge, and Spanish Fort.--$75.

  191. Very nice condition, Model 1851, cast brass sword belt plate on original brown buff leather sword belt.  The buckle remains in beautiful condition with full silver wreaths intact.  The brown buff belt also remains in nice condition with the brass sword hanger remaining intact.  This is a quality Cavalry beltrig that would be a very nice addition to any collection.--$650.

  192. Beautifully archival framed, February, 1863, Stonewall Jackson $1,000 bond and an excellent condition, February 17, 1864, Stonewall Jackson $500 note.  Both items are framed with acid-free matting and light filtering glass.  This item will be extremely difficult and expensive to ship and would be much better picked up at the shop or at a show.--$850.

  193. Quite rare, 25 cent, State of Georgia fractional note dated April 1, 1862, and printed on the reverse of a large railroad bond.  Due to paper scarcity during the war, Civil War date, Southern currency was sometimes printed on the reverse of other bonds and notes.  Southern notes printed in this manner are always very popular to find.--$48.SOLD

  194. Excellent condition, Civil War CDV album that folds exactly like a Civil War pocket diary with tab that tucks in a leather loop.  This album is inscribed in old brown ink on the first page, "John Williams - 18th New Hampshire Vols - City Point, VA".  The very first picture in the album is John Williams, and the remaining 14 other CDV's appear to be family members, several of which are ladies in beautiful Civil War Era attire.  Entire album with 14 CDV's--$195.SOLD

  195. Beautiful condition, large size, lead-filled, US Oval on original regulation black leather waist belt.  The belt is crisply marked, "US - WATERTOWN ARSENAL - 1864", and on the inside of the belt is stenciled, "Jarius J. Morse" who was the belt's owner.  He was a Corporal with the 20th Unattached Company, Massachusetts Infantry, which was a 100-day unit in 1864.  This belt remains in museum quality, excellent condition with both makers mark and soldier ID.--$650.

  196. Extremely rare to find, "1863 Date", Union Cavalryman's handwritten diary.  This rare item recently surfaced in a Florida estate sale.  The diary was kept on what appears to be a captured store ledger book.  The diary is written in pencil with some pages being much easier to read than others.  It primarily covers the "Vicksburg, Mississippi Campaign" with lots of action documented.  At one point, his entry says, "The bullets were flying thick as hail."  Also at one point in the diary, he documents himself and some fellow soldiers being captured and describes how they made their escape.  He describes the escape as being from an old schoolhouse where he was being held prisoner overnight, his guard went to sleep, and he crawled out a window.  At another point, he describes meeting a young lady on horseback dressed much as a Cavalier.  He says, "I raised my hat, and she smiled and came over and expressed herself thus.  (Why, you are real good looking.  I was hoping on all not being homely for I may be obliged to accept a Yankee sweetheart sometime.)  Of course, I felt grateful to her for the flattering compliment, not because it had been passed upon myself, but the representative of the United States, or as they call us, the Yankee Nation."  The ledger consists of 59 4x7 inch ledger book pages.  This diary will be a wonderful research project for someone and will quite likely be worthy of being published.--$850.SOLD

  197. Nice condition, empty, original 1860 era, C.D.V. photograph album which will hold 50 C.D.V.'s.  This album would be perfect to display your Civil War Era C.D.V. collection in.--$65.

  198. Quite rare, March 1860 check from "E. Remington & Sons" Arms Company, Ilion Bank, New York, signed by none other than Eliphalet Remington himself.  This will make a beautiful compliment to display with your Remington revolver or rifle.--$75.

  199. Quite rare, Civil War date (August 27, 1861), receipt from Providence Tool Company for the purchase of one bar of Zagnall iron weighing 225 pounds.  It is very likely that this iron would be used for the manufacture of muskets and sabers for the American Civil War as Providence Tool Company had contracts for both.--$48.

  200. Very nice condition, non-excavated, Springfield or contract, rifled musket combination gun tool.  This will be an excellent compliment to display with your Civil War musket.--$65.

  201. Nice condition, regulation, large size, US oval, lead-filled waist belt plate on original black leather waist belt with brass adjustor remaining perfectly intact.  This was likely worn by an Ohio Infantry soldier as it recently was purchased at a Central Ohio estate sale.  The buckle itself remains in beautiful condition with a rich, never cleaned, bronze/brown patina.  The reverse has full lead and all three attachment hooks intact.  The belt itself remains pliable with no breaks or weak spots and will be a fine addition to someone's collection.--$550.

  202. Really nice condition regulation small leather Federal percussion cap pouch.  The box remains quite pliable with virtually no flaking at all.  The box is crisply marked "J. E. Condict - NEW YORK" on the inside flap, and has the original nipple pick, and several original percussion caps still in the box since the American Civil War.  The box retains both belt loops - closure tab - brass finial - original nipple pick - and several original percussion caps.  It is nicer than those in most museums.--$175.

  203. Excellent condition "1860" date "The Psalms of David" (from Dr. Martin Luther's Translation).  This book was the personal property of Corporal Augustus Graeber of Co. "B" - 50th Reg. Penn. Vol. Inf.  I think that it would be a good guess that Corp. Graeber was of German ancestry since this testament is entirely written in German !!-- $75.SOLD

  204. REALLY - How often do you see an 1860 date Civil War date textbook on the "Elements Of Geometry and Trigonometry" !!!--$35.SOLD

  205. Excavated circular Civil War era stamped brass "heart" civilian bridle rosette of the exact type often taken from home by young Confederates leaving for the Civil War.  We often recover these in early War Confederate Cavalry sites.  Years ago I personally recovered one of these in Gen. Wharton's 8th Texas Cavalry 1863 winter camp site here.--$25.SOLD

  206. Exceptionally nice condition excavated .52 cal. Spencer carbine cartridge recovered from the position of Wilder's Lightening Brigade at Battle of Hoover's Gap, TN.--$38.

  207. Really nice display of an excavated group of quite rare Confederate artifacts.  (1) Is a COMPLETE excavated cast brass flashpan to a Model 1816 flintlock musket.  These are almost found in Confederate camps 100% of the time. (2)  Rare excavated Confederate manufactured IRON bayonet scabbard tip recovered from 1862 - 1863 winter Confederate camps along Duck River near Shelbyville, TN. and (3) A broken .577 cal. Enfield musket ramrod head.  Entire display only.--$75.

  208. Excellent display of .577 cal. Enfield associated artifacts recovered many years ago from Confederate Lines here at the Battle of Stones River.  The display includes (1) a complete Enfield musket "Nipple Protector" and chain (2) a .577 cal. cast brass Enfield tompion, and (3) a .577 cal. dropped Enfield projectile.  This would be a wonderful compliment to display with your .577 cal. Enfield musket.--$75.SOLD

  209. Very nice condition soldier's pocket Bible containing both New Testament and Old Testament, published by American Bible Society - New York, in 1856.  This Bible was carried and shared by two brothers, John C. Wilson and Joseph T. Wilson, both members of Co. I, 11th Regiment, Maine Infantry, and both are inscribed on the first page of the Bible.  This Bible will make an excellent addition to soldier's personal items in your collection.--$125.SOLD

  210. Nice, clear "from life" C.D.V. photograph of Private Thomas C. Coleman who was a member of Co. F, 10th Regiment, Kentucky Partisan Rangers - CSA.  10th Regiment Partisan Rangers was organized behind Federal lines during the spring and summer of 1863. Many of its members were recruited in Oldham and Crittenden counties. The unit saw action in Kentucky and Tennessee and acted as a guide for General J.H. Morgan on his raids into Indiana and Ohio. Later some of the men returned home, and a detachment surrendered at Paducah, Kentucky, in May, 1865. Colonel Adam R. Johnson, Lieutenant Colonel R.M. Martin, and Major Washington G. Owen were in command.  Private Coleman himself was from Union County, Kentucky, and enlisted on 8-15-1862.  It is quite rare to find Kentucky Partisan Ranger photographs.--$95.SOLD

  211. Nice condition, Model 1855, .58 cal., leather Federal cartridge box.  The box remains quite supple and has the original, lead-filled US cartridge box plate remaining intact.  As was quite often the case, the soldier removed the inside flap to provide quicker access to his ammunition.  Both cartridge tins remain intact as well as leather closure tab, brass finial, both iron roller buckles, and both leather belt loops on the reverse.  This box is literally nice enough to almost still use today.--$475.

  212. Very attractive condition, Model 1840, Ames production, N.C.O. (Non-commissioned officer) sword and original leather scabbard.  The sword has blade markings of "Ames Mfg. Co. - U.S. - 1862".  The original brass guard remains in excellent condition just beginning to tone with age.  The leather scabbard is complete with brass throat and drag intact.  There is a little black tape around the scabbard where the brass drag meets helping to support the weak area where the brass drag attaches to the leather scabbard.  Both the sword and scabbard remain in overall nice condition.--$595.

  213. Very nice condition, small book entitled, "Children of the Bible", published in 1860 by Fisher and Brother.  The book has a faint marking in the back of "Chas. Mimmick - AD. 1864".  Small religious books of this type were quite common around Civil War camps.  This little book will make an excellent addition to someone's Civil War camp scene display.--$95.

  214. Nice condition, oval "from life" CDV photograph of Corporal George R. Farley of Co. C, 117th Regiment, New York State Volunteers.  The image has George's signature on the reverse.--$75.`SOLD

  215. Quite rare, original war time CDV of Confederate Cavalry General John Hunt Morgan of Kentucky.  He was sometimes referred to as "The Thunderbolt of the Confederacy".  This CDV retains excellent clarity with virtually no fading at all.--$175.SOLD

  216. Nice condition soldier's pocket Testament dated "1860" from the American Bible Society - New York.  This Testament was carried by Corporal Edward L. Schroder of Co. H, 5th Regiment, Maryland Infantry.  Corporal Schroder's name and regiment are on the first page of the Testament.--$95.SOLD

  217. Quite rare to recover - 6 lb. size Confederate fuzed Bormann Cannon Ball.  This projectile was recovered here at Stones River about 30 years ago.  I have disarmed it - cleaned it - and coated it, and it is now ready to go on the shelf for display.--$275.SOLD

  218. One of the rarest and most sought after dates for a Light Cavalry saber of the Civil War.  This saber remains in very nice condition with a gently aging, gray patina with blade markings of "1861 - US - Mansfied & Lamb".  The grip retains original wrap and wire and shows evidence of being carried on many campaigns.  The scabbard has a smooth, brown/gray patina and remains perfect except for a couple of small service dings.  "1861" date sabers are the most collectible of all the Civil War dates.--$895.

  219. Very pretty condition reglation Civil War small leather Federal percussion cap pouch.  The leather remains smooth and pliable with the original wool still intact inside as well as having several original percussion caps inside.  This cap box is nicer than most that you will see in museums.--$165.

  220. Good, solid, Civil War enlistedman's leather Cavalry Saber Knot.  It is very difficult to find one of these in decent condition and not missing most of the tassels.  This example remains very pliable and will very easily mount back on a Civil War Cavalry saber for display.  Most of the tassels remain intact, but some of the tassels have a portion of the ends broken off.  It would, however, display very nicely on a Civil War Cavalry saber and be an excellent compliment to it.--$175.

  221. Very pretty, Model 1861, .58 cal., Norwich contract, 3-band, rifled musket.  The musket has smooth metal, just beginning to turn gray/brown with age.  The lockplate is marked, "1863 - Norwich - US", and the barrel has the normal markings and is dated 1862.  The original walnut stock remains in very nice condition with a clear inspector cartouche opposite the lockplate.  This musket retains as crisp action as it likely had 150 years ago, and the bore remains deep and sharp.  This musket is actually nicer than most that you see in museums.  This weapon is out of the well-known Jim Brandon collection of Richmond, Virginia.--$1,850.

  222. forrestprint.JPG (71374 bytes)Just in out of the local area, Model 1840 import Heavy Cavalry saber and scabbard.  Model 1840 Heavy Cavalry sabers - "The Old Wristbreaker" were extensively carried by both Union and Confederate Cavalry forces during the American Civil War.  The famous Southern Cavalry Raider, General Nathan Bedford Forrest carried one as did many in his command.  This example was almost certainly Confederate carried.  The blade has a smooth, aging, gray/brown patina.  The grip has original wrap and wire, and the 3-branch, cast-brass guard has a beautiful, never cleaned bronze/brown patina.  The scabbard remains in nice condition as well with only a couple of normal service dings.  With this saber, I am including a print of General Nathan Bedford Forrest holding an identical type saber.  This is exactly what I have on my own wall under a framed print of General Forrest holding a saber of the same type.--$850. for saber and print of General Forrest.-SOLD

  223. Quite rare Confederate newspaper -- "Richmond Daily Dispatch" dated Wednesday morning, September 18, 1861.  Lots of very interesting reading, reports of Reconnaissance balloons are floating high above such locales as Hampton Crossroads.  The newspaper measures 16 inches wide by 23 inches tall for framing purposes.  The neutrality of Kentucky is being called out in one of the articles.  The "wanted" and "for sale" listings, for example - "Information wanted --- is Robert J. Griffith, 8th Regiment South Carolina Volunteers, at any of the public or private hospitals in the city.  If so, the person having charge of said hospital will please inform me at the dispatch office."  Another entry - "Having heard of remarks prejudicial to my school in consequence of the recent occupancy of one of the rooms by a few sick soldiers under the care of some of the ladies in this vicinity.  I hereby take occasion to say that this room has been used especially for the convalescence . . . . . experience no ill affect from the presence of the disabled men, and all the rooms are being thoroughly cleaned and whitewashed."--$125.

  224. Very rare and in excellent condition, "MOLE" marked,  imported, and often Confederate used English Cavalry saber.  The pressed leather grips remain in very nice condition, and the blade remains sparkling bright.  The Mole marking remains as deep and sharp as it was during the Civil War.  The scabbard has a smooth, chocolate, aged patina and is without even a single dent.  This is an imported and often C.S. used saber that many collections are missing and quite difficult to find in nice condition.--$1,295.

  225. Absolutely beautiful intricately hand tooled Confederate hand made leather holster correct for the .44 cal. Model 1860 Colt Army revolver.  This beautiful Confederate holster came in without a revolver, and it is the revolver listed just below that is displayed in the holster.  You might have a .44 Colt of your own that you might want this holster for OR you might want it with the revolver below just as displayed !!--$695. for the Confederate holster alone.-SOLD

  226. Mint perfect, large size, lead-filled, arrow hook pattern, US Oval waist belt plate.  This plate is a standard issue, mid-war, US Oval in perfect condition with original tissue wrap.  They just do not get more mint perfect than this example.--$275.

  227. Extremely rare, Model 1841, 4-piece Mississippi rifleman's buckle on original leather belt.  By the time of the Civil War, the Model 1841 Mississippi rifle was considerably more widespread used by Confederates than by their Union counterparts who were by this time armed with Model 1861, .58 cal., Springfield, 3-band rifled muskets.  At least 80% of the 4-part Mississippi rifleman's buckles and buckle parts that I have recovered over the years have come from Confederate sites.  It is a true rarity to find all four parts of the Mississippi rifleman buckle intact on the original belt.  This would be an incredible compliment to display with your Model 1841 Mississippi rifle.--$1,850.

  228. Really nice regulation Federal small leather percussion cap pouch.  The leather remains nice and pliable with a "New York" mark on the inner flap.  There are even original percussion caps still inside.  REALLY PRETTY !!!--$165.

  229. Original Model 1851 Federal saber belt with it's original solid cast brass Model 1851 Eagle Sword Belt Plate.  The Eagle Sword Belt Plate remains in beautiful condition with 100 % applied silver wreath remaining intact.  The belt remains pliable but does have one very old repair exactly where the percussion cap box sits.  The cap box remains in nice condition - is quite pliable - and is marked "HOOVER - CALHOUN &Co. - NEW YORK".  This belt rig would be a fine addition to any collection.--$650.

  230. Very pretty excavated large size lead filled "U.S." Cavalry rosette.  This was in Charlie Harris' fine Civil War collection for a good many years, and may even be in his reference book -- "Civil War Relics of the Western Campaigns".  This will make an excellent addition to any Civil War Cavalry display.--$75.

  231. Very popular, Confederate $100 Central Government note picturing Negroes chopping cotton.  This note is dated October 29, 1862, and is serial number 34771.  The note remains in nice condition except for the unfortunate fact that a mouse dined on the upper left corner which I have restored for better presentation.  This note has quite a rarity in that the interest on the note was paid at Tallahassee, Florida, and the note has a Tallahassee stamping on the reverse.  If the mouse had not dined on the upper left corner of this note, it would easily be a $200 note, but since it has repair, it is very reasonably priced at --$75.

  232. Very attractive, Model 1842, percussion, .54 cal., single-shot, military "horse pistol".  These massive pistols were carried in holsters on each side of the horse.  During the American Civil War, they were mostly Confederate carried due to the Union having access to more modern, multi-fire revolvers.  This example has a smooth, gray/brown, aged patina overall with lockplate markings of, "H. Aston - US - 1851 - Middtn. Conn."  The barrel has a smooth, brown/gray patina as well and is dated 1852.  The action remains perfect with a good, strong main spring, and the original walnut stock remains in nice condition with just the normal dings and marks of use.  This will make an excellent addition to any Civil War collection.--$950.SOLD

  233. 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.SOLD

  234. Beautiful matching pair of non-excavated, floral pattern, civilian rosettes of the exact style we often find in Confederate Cavalry camps.  Both rosettes have a rich, never cleaned, aged, bronze patina.--$45 for the pair.

  235. 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.SOLD

  236. 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.

  237. 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.

  238. Really pretty, excavated, cuff size, Eagle "R" (Rifleman) button.  This little button has a smooth, chocolate brown patina with gold gilt surrounding the Eagle and in the shield surrounding the "R".  It has a "Smith Young" backmark with shank intact and straight.--$38.

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

  240. Excavated, Federal carbine sling buckle that is both Gaylord and Shepherd marked.  This buckle was recovered about 20 years ago from a Federal Cavalry camp near Winchester, Virginia.  The markings are clearly visible as being present, but are difficult to read because of patina and ground action.--$175.

  241. 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.SOLD

  242. Beautiful condition, non-excavated, battlefield pick-up from the BATTLE OF FRANKLIN, TN., 12 lb. size Bormann cannonball.  The shell body remains as smooth and slick as it was during the Civil War.  Both the Bormann fuse hole and the underplug hole are open, and if the threads were chased, an underplug and a Bormann fuse could be screwed in.  This is a 100% museum quality shell.--$250.SOLD

  243. Very sought after, early definitive reference books on Confederate images.  This is, Confederate Faces, by William A. Albaugh, III and his follow-up addition, More Confederate Faces, by William A. Albaugh, III.  These are both 1993 printings and are each signed by the author.  This set of books is a must in every Civil War collector's library.--$150. for the set.SOLD

  244. Excavated Minie Ball in a walnut size knot of wood.  This bullet in wood was recovered on private property near Chickamauga, Georgia.--$38.SOLD

  245. Excavated bullets in heartwood pine knots.  These bullets were recovered on private property at the Battle of Chickamauga.  One of the bullets appears to be 3-ring Minie Ball and one looks to be a Confederate, .69 cal. musket ball.--$50. for both.

  246. Mid-1800's era set of bone dice very typical of what Civil War soldiers, North & South, used playing games in camp.  This set of dice has such a deep, aged patina, instead of white, they are almost brown.--$48.

  247. Really pretty and quite rare to find, a mid-1800's ladies side hair comb.  These are quite common to see in Civil War Era photographs of ladies, both North and South.  This will be a classy and attractive addition to any Civil War collection.--$48.

  248. Very nice condition, .44 cal., 6-shot, Remington New Model Army revolver.  This revolver is serial number 107360 and has crisp, sharp action with barrel markings of, "Remington & Sons - Ilion NY - USA - New Model".  The grips remain in very nice condition with a faintly visible inspector cartouche.  At some point, the front site was replaced with a blade site.  Other than that, the revolver looks to be in very nice condition and just as issued.--$1,295.SOLD

  249. Very attractive display containing two (2) Civil War cartridges.  One is a .52 cal. Spencer cartridge that was recovered from Wilder's Lightening Brigade position at Hoover's Gap, TN. and the second is a .54 cal. Burnside from the 1864 Battle of Nashville, TN.  Both cartridges are strong and stable, but each are dented some, but do have one good display side.--$48. FOR BOTH-SOLD

  250. Absolutely mint, beautiful condition, non-excavated, vest size, South Carolina State Seal uniform buttons.  The button faces are all perfect with 100% bright, gold gilt.  The buttons have a "Horstmann & Allien - New York" backmark with shanks perfectly intact.  You could not hope to find more perfect examples.--$125 each, or 3 for $300.

  251. Excellent condition, non-excavated, .54 cal., Burnside carbine cartridge.  This would be an excellent compliment to display with your Civil War Burnside carbine.--$65.SOLD

  252. Excellent condition, non-excavated, Model 1851, Officer pattern, solid cast brass Eagle sword belt plate.  On this style Officer pattern sword belt plate, the wreaths are integrally cast as part of the buckle.  This example has the medium width attachment hook on the reverse and has an attractive, never cleaned, rich, aged, bronze patina overall.--$395.

  253. Very nice condition, non-excavated, early pattern, puppy-paw hook, large size, lead-filled, US Oval waist belt plate.  This buckle has a nice aged patina on the face with full lead and both puppy-paw hooks and main hook intact on the reverse.  This example is nice enough to go back on a belt.--$325.

  254. Absolutely drop-dead beautiful, non-excavated, large size, lead-filled, US oval cartridge box plate.  This is the early "fat letter" style plate with a rich, dark, never cleaned, chocolate patina on the face with full lead and both loops intact on the reverse.  The loops are 2 1/4 inches apart.  If you have a cartridge box that needs a plate, you will never find a more beautiful plate than this one.--$250.

  255. Excavated, coat size, two-piece, Confederate Block "I" (Infantry) button.  This button was recovered from Confederate Army of Tennessee 1862 - 1863 Infantry camps located at and around Tullahoma, Tennessee.--$89.

  256. Excavated, circular, Eagle breast plate recovered on private property here at Stones River several years ago.  The plate has a brown/green patina on the face with a couple of small rust spots from the wire loops on the reverse side.  The reverse has full lead and both wire loops remaining intact.--$150.

  257. 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.

  258. Excavated, great coat size, Federal Infantry Officers button.  This button was recently recovered here at Stones River and remains exactly as dug.  You can clearly see lots of bright, gold gilt remaining under the dirt, and if desired, will clean up beautifully.--$25.SOLD

  259. Quite rare and nice example excavated CS26B coat size Confederate staff officer button.  This rare button was recovered by Kenny Banks about 20 years ago from Gen. Hardee's 1863 Army of Tennessee winter camps around Tullahoma, TN.  In one of these camps alone Kenny and I recovered over 65 marked Confederate manufactured buttons and 16 Confederate manufactured plates.  This pretty button has gold gilt in the recessed areas on the face, and gold gilt in the channel on the reverse.  This is a sweetheart of a CS button with even the iron shank intact on the reverse.--$250.

  260. Very pretty excavated coat size pre-Civil War Eagle "D" - (Dragoon).  Pretty much every one of these that I have recovered over the years have come from Confederate sites where they were carried over and worn from earlier times.  This is a pretty example that was recovered by Kenny Banks from Gen. Hardee's 1862 - 1863 Confederate camps around Tullahoma, TN.  It has no dents and the shank intact.--$79.SOLD

  261. Original discharge from military service for Levi Lyons of the 4th Regiment of the Pennsylvania Independent Cavalry.  Levi was discharged by reason of expiration of his time of service.  Levi was 5 feet 10 inches tall with fair complexion - gray eyes - and light hair - and was 18 years of age.  Discharge documents have always been very popular because they frame up so beautifully.--$95.

  262. Very pretty small regulation leather Federal percussion cap pouch.  The leather remains pliable with full wool intact, as well as nipple pick, and several original caps still inside.  Every Civil War collection should have a nice percussion cap box.--$195.

  263. Nice, clear, Civil War date CDV of Confederate President, Jefferson Davis.  This is a head and shoulders view without backmark.--$150.

  264. Very rare to find, "Anthony - New York" backmarked CDV of Confederate General John Pegram.  This is the head and collar shot that is most often encountered.  General Pegram was killed late in the war at Hatcher's Run.--$195.SOLD

  265. Very nice condition, January 10, 1848, receipt for two slaves.  As best as we can read this document, it says, "Receipt of Sam Davis Administrator of estate of Israel Davis received three hundred and fifty five dollars my proper ----- part of amt of sale of two negroes to wit Lill and --- as guardian of Sarah Andrys negroes sold 10th January 1848 this 10th January 1848."  This document came out of the local area and is quite likely associated with the famous Sam Davis family of Smyrna, Tennessee.  There is room for tons of research on this document.--$195.SOLD

  266. Excavated, circular, Federal, Eagle breastplate recovered by Kenny Banks from a Union camp following the Battle of Stones River.  The plate has a smooth, chocolate brown patina on the face with full lead and both loops intact on the reverse.--$165.SOLD

  267. Very pretty condition, original, Model 1855, .58 cal., triangular socket bayonet in nice condition, original, leather scabbard.  This bayonet is correct for the Model 1855, the Model 1861, and the Model 1863, 3-band rifled muskets.  This will be an excellent compliment to display with your Civil War 3-band rifled musket.--$295.

  268. 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.

  269. Very attractive, excavated, coat size, Confederate two-piece "I" (Infantry) uniform button.  This button was recovered by Kenny Banks from the 1863 Lucius Polk's Brigade - Hardee's Corp, Army of Tennessee winter camps around Tullahoma, Tennessee.  The face has a smooth, brown/green patina, and the reverse is rusty but intact.--$95.SOLD

  270. 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.

  271. 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.

  272. Nice, clear, wartime CDV of Confederate General P. G. T. Beauregard.  This image has the rare backmark of "G. W. Minnis - Photographic Gallery - Richmond VA".--$195.

  273. Quite rare, very early war, Confederate $1,000 loan issued from Montgomery, Alabama, on the 1st day of May, 1861.  The note has green overprint and ten coupons remaining.  In 43 years, I have only had come through about a half dozen of this loan bond.--$195.SOLD

  274. Quite rare, February 20, 1863, Confederate States of America $1,000 loan bond.  This bond pictures President Jeff Davis, as well as an ornate scene of what looks to be Harpers Ferry, Virginia.  This loan bond was actually issued and is serial number 23051.  There are seven coupons remaining with the last one having been redeemed January 1, 1865.  The first one left present on the bond unredeemed is dated July 1, 1865.  Don't bother coming to the office for this one.--$195.SOLD

  275. Excavated, coat size, Confederate "Droop Wing Eagle" Staff Officer's button.  This is a quite rare Albert CS22A.  This button was recovered over 20 years ago from General Hardee's Army of Tennessee 1863 winter camps around Tullahoma, Tennessee.  It was recovered by Kenny Banks of Tullahoma.  It has a smooth, chocolate patina with nice detail, but is unfortunately a little bit dented.  The reverse is perfectly intact with the original Confederate iron shank remaining in place.  Even though a little bit dented, the button displays very nicely.--$150.

  276. Nice condition, original, Model 1855, .58 cal., leather cartridge box complete with the original cartridge tins remaining inside.  This box came out of a local Middle Tennessee family and, although it was Federal manufactured, the "US" cartridge box plate was removed long ago and Confederate carried with no box plate at all.  The box remains very stable and pliable with inner flap, both iron roller buckles, both belt loops, and original cartridge tins all remaining intact.  This is a very nice box that would be a quality addition to any Civil War collection.--$395.

  277. 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.

  278. Very interesting, excavated, coat size, Federal Officer's button.  At first glance, the letter in the shield appears to be a "P", but since there is no such thing, we have to assume that it is a distorted Eagle "I" or Eagle "R".  I am pricing this button very reasonable, so it is a good buy which ever it turns out to be.--$25.SOLD

  279. 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.

  280. Very attractive, excavated, large oval, lead-filled, "SNY" (State of New York) waist belt plate.  This buckle was recovered over 30 years ago from private property near Cold Harbor, Virginia.  It has a smooth, chocolate brown patina on the face with full lead and all three hooks present on the reverse.  This plate would make an excellent addition to any collection.--$895.

  281. Very nice condition, complete Model 1851, brown buff, Cavalry saber belt rig.  The brown buff belt remains strong and pliable with no breaks or repairs.  The sword belt plate is in beautiful condition with complete silver wreath and is the rare pattern with raised rays totally encircling the plate.  Additionally, both leather saber drops remain intact as well.  This rig is nice enough to easily go on a mannequin.--$975.SOLD

  282. Excavated, coat size, "Tennessee Puff Rim" block "I" (Confederate Infantry) button.  This style Confederate "I" button is recovered considerably less often than the standard style, two-piece block "I".--$115.

  283. Quite rare, three page, Confederate soldier's letter written home in its original hand-carried cover.  This letter was written from Bowling Green, Kentucky, on November 17, 1861, by Lt. Malone of the 14th Mississippi Infantry CSA.  He says, "I was happy with the pistol, yesterday the Regt. was paid off from the 1st. July to 1st. Sept . . . . I have not heard a sermon in 3 months, our Chaplain has resigned some time ago . . . . we are to go into winter quarters, but the Yankees must do the same . . . give my love to the family and servants . . . . it is very cold up here . . . . my fingers are so numb that I can scarcely write . . . . hear a good many reports that we are going to have a fight . . . . spend most time cutting down trees to go around the forts  . . . ."  It is extremely rare to find Confederate letters home in original covers any more.--$150.SOLD

  284. Excellent condition, Confederate $500 Loan Bond dated February 20, 1863.  This is not a surplus bond, but is a bond that was actually issued, and the very last interest coupon redeemed was for January 1, 1865, and the first remaining coupon not redeemed is dated July 1, 1865, which means all further interest and the principal was lost after that point.  This $500 Confederate Bond will frame up beautifully and has the South Caroline Palmetto tree pictured at the top center.--$150.SOLD

  285. Very rare original Civil War era C.D.V. of Confederate Gen. J. E. B. Stuart.--$225.

  286. Absolutely beautiful, excavated, circular, Federal Eagle breastplate.  This excellent breastplate was recovered almost 40 years ago from an 1863 Federal camp on Nickajack Creek near Bridgeport, Alabama.  It has a slick, chocolate brown patina on the face, full smooth lead on the reverse, and both attachment loops in place.--$225.

  287. Mint, beautiful condition, non-excavated, coat size, "C.S.A.", Confederate officer's button.  This button retains near 100% bright gold gilt with shank intact on the reverse, and backmarked "Superior Quality".--$250.

  288. Very rare to recover, complete, excavated, Federal Navy, cast brass water cap fuse.  The fuse has the water cap itself intact and is marked, "Ord. and the anchor" and is dated 1861, but the fuse impacted on the "61" and it is barely visible.--$95.

  289. Very nice condition, excavated, .58 cal., Confederate "tall base" 3-ring Minie.  This rare projectile was recovered from 1863 Confederate camps near Tullahoma, Tennessee.--$25.

  290. Very attractive, Model 1864, .58 cal., Federal cartridge box with embossed US on the outside flap.  This cartridge box remains complete and pliable with both cartridge tins remaining intact inside.  With this cartridge box is an over-the-shoulder leather sling that was purchased and carried in 1963 for the 100 year anniversary of the Battle of Gettysburg.  On the sling is a beautiful condition, original, circular, Federal Eagle breastplate.  This cartridge box and sling displays beautifully and at a very reasonable price.--$650.

  291. Beautiful condition, non-excavated, coat size, Eagle "C" (Cavalry) uniform button.  The button retains 90% bright gold gilt on the face and has a Waterbury Scovill backmark on the reverse with the shank remaining intact.  This is an excellent coat size Federal Cavalry button.--$75.

  292. Very nice condition, 1960's era excavated, lead-filled, large size, US Oval cartridge box plate.  This is an early war letter pattern, excavated plate and has been cleaned up a bit as was a fad during the 1960's time period.  The plate is so nice that it could almost pass as non-excavated, but from the reverse, you can clearly see it is indeed an excavated plate.  Just an extra nice quality excavated plate recovered over 50 years ago from private property near Shiloh.--$195.

  293. 30 inch, heartwood pine war log recovered over 30 years ago from private property near Chickamauga, Georgia.  The log measures 9 inches in diameter at the base and has one Minie ball barely exposed and one iron canister ball about 30% exposed.  This will be a super nice, museum grade centerpiece for someone's Civil War collection.  These are pretty much never recovered anymore.--$750.SOLD

  294. Quite a rarity to recover.  This is a really pretty excavated cuff size "AVC" (Alabama Volunteer Corp).  It was recovered by "Sarge" Windrow from the 1863 camp of the 16th Alabama Infantry.  The button is solid as a rock, and has nice gold gilt in all the right places.--$295.

  295. Very, Very rare to recover wreath portion of a Confederate local made 2-Piece Georgia State Seal tongue and wreath sword belt plate.  This wreath has a couple traits that makes it quite easy to recognize.  It has a solid back, and a decored inner belt loop.  This rare Georgia local wreath was recovered many years ago here in Middle Tennessee from the 1863 winter camp of the 2nd Georgia Cavalry.  If you have access to this tongue - here is your chance to complete a Rarity 8 Confederate belt plate.--$1,150.

  296. Just as dug - 12lb. size Bormann fuzed cannon ball recovered from a lawn on the Battle line at the 2nd days' fighting, Battle of Nashville.--$295.

  297. Quite rare, excavated, "Baby size", Confederate forked tongue frame waist belt plate.  This rare size Confederate frame buckle was recovered from an 1863 Confederate Cavalry winter campsite here in Middle Tennessee.  When recovered, the plate had a break in the outside frame which was no doubt why the plate was discarded.  This break has been professionally restored, and you cannot even find where it was.  Very few collections have an example of this rare size Confederate frame buckle.--$895

  298. Very nice condition, original, .58 cal., Minie ball in its original paper cartridge.  This cartridge was actually still inside a Civil War cartridge box that I purchased at an estate sale.  It remains very stable and will display beautifully with your original .58 cal. Civil War rifled musket.--$125.SOLD

  299. Positively drop-dead beautiful, excavated, large oval, early letter pattern, US lead-filled cartridge box plate.  This excellent plate was recovered during the 1960's by Dr. Rees Buttram from private property near Chickamauga, Georgia.  Due to acid rain, etc., plates of this quality are no longer being recovered--$225.

  300. Excavated, circular, Federal Eagle breastplate recovered several years ago on private property here at Stones River.  The plate has a smooth, brown patina with full lead intact on the reverse.--$165.

  301. 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.

  302. 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.SOLD

  303. Excellent condition, non-excavated, Model 1839, small US oval waist belt plate.  The face is flawless with a nice, uncleaned, aged patina.  The reverse has full lead and both attachment hooks perfectly intact.--$325.

  304. Excavated Minie Ball in a walnut size knot of wood.  This bullet in wood was recovered on private property near Chickamauga, Georgia.--$48.SOLD

  305. 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

  306. Perfect condition, original .58 cal. wooden tompion.  If you have a nice condition, original Civil War musket, here is an excellent compliment for it.--$48.

  307. Fresh out of the estate sale - A nice 6 inch by 8 inch albumin of a standing Federal Infantry Offic.  He appears to be a second Lieutenant wearing his officer's frock coat (with visible straps) - his Federal Officer's sword belt rig, and his kepi, boots , and sash.  The image is still in its original oval Civil War era frame.  I haven't removed the back wooden panel on the image, but often the soldier's ID is there.  A really nice untouched - out of the bushes image.--$250.

  308. Fresh out of a New York estate sale.  Nothing less than BEAUTIFUL lead filled large size "SNY" waist belt plate with full lead and all three attachment hooks intact.  This plate has a KILLER never cleaned chocolate brown patina, and is a plate that you would never need to upgrade.--$895.

  309. 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.

  310. Very attractive excavated early production large oval "Puppy Paw" hook style U.S. oval Federal waist belt plate.  This plate was recovered many years ago by Kenny Banks from Federal camps of 1863 following the Battle of Stones River.--$275.

  311. Absolutely drop-dead beautiful, excavated, LA8, coat size, Confederate local, Louisiana State Seal button.  The face is perfect with at least 70% - 80% gold gilt.  The reverse is equally perfect with gold gilt in the depressed channel and the iron shank remaining intact.  This exceptional button was recovered many years ago by Kenny Banks from General Hardee's Army of Tennessee 1862 - 1863 winter camps around Tullahoma, Tennessee.  This is as pretty a Louisiana coat size Confederate local as you could hope to dig.--$375.SOLD

  312. Beautiful excavated tongue portion of a cavalry enlistedman's "C.S." tongue and wreath saber belt plate.  This tongue was recovered in the early 1970s (45 years ago) on private property near Brandy Station.  It has a smooth chocolate brown patina, and with the correct wreath will make a SUPER NICE C.S. 2-PIECE SABER BELT PLATE.--$1,150.

  313. Very pretty, excavated, quite rare, "Accentuated Serif" pattern, Richmond Arsenal, tongue portion of a CS interlocking, two piece, tongue and wreath saber belt plate.  The tongue has an uncleaned, chocolate brown patina, and with a nice Richmond Arsenal wreath, will make an excellent and rare pattern CS tongue and wreath saber belt plate.--$1,150.

  314. This ultra rare, near one of a kind wreath portion to a two-piece tongue and wreath sword belt plate was recently recovered from Confederate camps near Dalton, Georgia.  This wreath takes an absolutely huge center disc that must measure a full 1 1/2 inches across to fit properly.  The wreath is very well made with ten hand-engraved stars and has remnants of gold gilt.  We are unsure what the center disc of this buckle may look like.  It could be an eagle or maybe a Virginia State Seal for the 10th State in the Union, or who knows what.  One thing is for sure - if you complete this buckle, you have an extreme rarity.--$475

  315. Very attractive, excavated, Richmond Arsenal pattern, two-piece, CS sword belt plate.  This buckle was recovered many years ago from a Confederate Cavalry camp located near Brandy Station, Virginia.  The plate has a nice fit and slight original body curve and will be an excellent center piece for an excavated, Confederate artifact display.--$2,595.SOLD

  316. Very nice condition rare "exaggerated serif" pattern Richmond Arsenal "C.S." 2-Piece saber belt plate.  This plate was recovered many years ago and has a smooth chocolate brown patina.  It was recovered from Confederate Cavalry camps located near Spotsylvania, VA. and has a very nice fit and light body curve.--$2,650.

  317. 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.SOLD

  318. 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.

  319. This is a beautiful museum grade, Model 1855, .58 cal., Springfield or contract, triangular, socket bayonet complete in its mint condition, original leather scabbard.  If you have an unusually nice quality .58 cal. Civil War musket, here is your chance to add a bayonet as nice as your musket.--$395.SOLD

  320. 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.

  321. 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.

  322. 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.

  323. Just brought into the shop, Model 1841, "Robbins and Lawrence" Mississippi rifle.  This rifle has a smooth, thick, aged, chocolate brown patina and has lockplate markings of, "Robbins & Lawrence - 1850 - Windsor VT".  The brass has a very nice, aged, bronze patina.  This rifle would have some very interesting stories to tell in that the stock has at some point been near a fire and is charred black between the two barrel bands.  It has good action, and the barrel was bored to .58 cal. for service in the Civil War.  Mississippi rifles have always been a favorite among collectors because of their Mexican War/Pre-Civil War history and how attractive they are with the numerous brass pieces including a brass patch box.  This is a weapon that shows clear evidence of having seen lots of service.  Who knows - the fire that it got too close to might have been a campfire in Tennessee or possibly the burning of Atlanta.--$1,350.

  324. Quite rare, .54 cal., Mississippi rifle with lockplate markings of, "Robbins & Lawrence - US - Windsor VT - 1849" with  a crisp, clear matching "1849" date on the barrel.  This rifle has the very scarce to find, turned down muzzle for accepting a triangular socket bayonet.  The original socket bayonet remains with the rifle.  In addition, the rifle has both sling swivels, brass patch box, block rear site, and original brass-tipped ramrod, along with lots of original rifling.  This is a style Mississippi you seldom see offered for sale.  It is a good, solid example that shows plenty of field service, but not abuse and is a type Mississippi missing out of most private and museum collections.--$2,150.  (complete with original bayonet.)SOLD

  325. Beautiful, near mint condition, complete deck of "Great Mogul" Civil War playing cards.  This is the red deck.  This deck remains in the original wrapper, and the tape seal has never even been broken.  This will be a museum quality addition to someone's Civil War collection.--$395.

  326. Regulation, black leather, Federal Civil War Enlistedman's US waist belt rig with original percussion cap box still intact.  The waist belt remains soft and pliable with no breaks or weak spots.  The buckle has a nice uncleaned, aged patina with all attaching hooks remaining intact.  Original Civil War percussion caps are still in the cap box.  Every Civil War collection should have a nice example of a typical Federal Enlistedman's waist belt rig.--$650.

  327. Very nice condition, .69 cal., triangular socket bayonet originally issued with .69 cal., Model 1816 muskets that were converted to percussion using the Maynard priming system by Remington.  The bayonet will also fit .69 cal., Model 1842 muskets, and I have gotten in directly from families, Model 1842 hand-me-down muskets with this bayonet on the musket.--$195.

  328. Beautiful condition, non-excavated, coat size, Confederate lined "C" button.  This is a blank back, CS127A1, with crisp detail and a nice, gently toning, aged patina.  The shank is intact on the reverse, and the button is perfect with no dents or blemishes at all.--$450.

  329. Very nice condition, rare "E. Robinson" contract of the Model 1861, percussion, 3-band, rifled musket.  This musket has smooth, clean metal just beginning to gently tone with age.  The lockplate is marked, "E. Robinson - New York - 1864 - US - and the Eagle".  The barrel has a matching 1864 date and retains deep, sharp rifling.  The action is crisp with long range site, both sling swivels, and original ramrod all remaining intact.  The stock is all original and complete with numerous small dings and marks from actual field service.  This is a quality condition, rare contract that will be a fine addition to any Civil War firearms collection.--$1,850.

  330. Quite rare and sought after, Confederate, February 17, 1864, "Stonewall Jackson" $500 note.  This note is circulated but remains strong and complete.  The note does have one small repair just under the word "Richmond".  This is one of the most popular and sought after of all Confederate notes.  This note is serial number 8711.--$295.SOLD

  331. Beautiful condition, small brass Eagle motif powder flask.  This size flask is generally found with "Cased" pocket model Colt revolvers.  The flask has a never cleaned, rich, aged patina and still functions perfectly.  Eagle flasks are beautiful on display and add a touch of museum type class to a collection.--$350.

  332. Beautiful condition, non-excavated, circular, Federal, Eagle breast plate.  This plate has a rich, aged, bronze, never cleaned patina with full lead and both loops intact on the reverse.  There is a small divot in the lead at one spot due to an air pocket when the lead was poured.--$250.

  333. Quite rare, Model 1832, Ames regulation, artillery short sword manufactured in the first year of production.  This sword has a smooth, aged, never cleaned, gray/brown patina with blade markings of, "Ames - Springfield - 1832 - US".  The original leather scabbard remains complete and in very nice, solid condition.  This would be a quality addition to either a Civil War artillery display or a Civil War sword display.  It has been many years since I have had a first year production Ames short artillery sword.--$975.SOLD

  334. Quite rare, young Mexican War Era, General Robert E. Lee.  This is a nice, crisp image with a "Charles D. Fredericks & Co. - New York" backmark.--$295.

  335. Original, twisted cream colored paper packet of Civil War musket percussion caps.  A packet of percussion caps like this came with each 10-count packet of Civil War bullets.  This will be an excellent compliment to display with your Civil War musket.--$48.

  336. Very pretty condition, Model 1858, smooth type Federal canteen with original butternut cover, sling, and stopper intact.  The sling has been shortened as is often done with canteens carried by the Cavalry.  The pewter spout has faint initials or a name scratched in with a pen knife.  This is a very nice, untouched since the war artifact.--$295.SOLD

  337. Beautiful condition, 1865 pocket diary kept by Lt. Charles McDavitt of Co. H, 4th Regiment, Massachusetts Heavy Artillery, stationed at Battery Garesche, Virginia.  The diary itself remains in excellent condition, is written in ink and is very legible.  The diary is faithfully kept, rarely missing an entry until Friday, April 14th in which he documents President Lincoln's assassination by John Wilkes Booth.  The following day, Saturday, April 15th, Lt. McDavitt documents the death of President Lincoln with a final statement, "Thus died a great and good man."  It is an extreme rarity finding a Civil War diary that documents President Lincoln's assassination.--$1,250.

  338. Complete, Model 1840, Federal Musician's sword.  This is a battlefield pick-up recovered in Central Virginia and is dated "1863".  The blade is rusty from lying out several years but was found early enough that the blade remains quite strong and stable, and the date and US mark can still be seen.  This artifact would fit equally as nicely in either a dug or non-dug Civil War artifact display.--$275.SOLD

  339. Seldom seen, patented tin drum canteen with a threaded screw-on spout.  A near identical example is on display in the Confederate Museum of Richmond, Virginia, and is the one pictured on page 57 of the Sylvia and O'Donnell, Civil War Canteens book.  The canteen remains in good condition with only a couple of small holes rusted through and has old silver paint suggesting it was likely on display in one of the old UCV - GAR Halls.  Most of the time, these canteens are found missing their screw-on caps.--$295.

  340. 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.

  341. Very attractive, Federal enlistedman's regulation US oval waist beltrig with large size US buckle and percussion capbox with some original wool left inside.  The US buckle has a beautiful, rich, never cleaned, aged, bronze/brown patina and is the "arrow hook" variety.  This beltrig is out of a Central Illinois estate sale.--$595 complete.

  342. 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

  343. This is a bullet mold that you seldom see offered for sale.  It is a "COLT" marked .28 cal. double cavity for the Colt "Root" revolver.  If you have a nice Colt Root - here is your chance to add a correct bullet mold to your display.  You won't see this one very often.--$350.

  344. Beautiful condition, non-excavated, coat size, Missouri State Seal Officer's button.  This is a M0205A3 in Tice and is exactly the same strike and backmark as the Missouri buttons recovered by Meigs Brainard and Bill Gurley from the Arkansas camp of Mosby Parson's Missourians.  This button could not be a nicer example with 100% bright gold gilt and shank intact.--$450.

  345. Beautiful condition non-excavated coat size Federal Cavalry Officer Eagle "C" button.  It has 100 % bright gold gilt, and is backmarked "Scovill Mfg. Co. - Waterbury", and has the shank intact and straight.  Just a choice button.--$75.

  346. Excellent condition, original, stamped brass, large size (1 inch), Company Letter "G".  It remains in perfect condition with the soldered on loop intact on the reverse.  Also, a very nice original, die struck, medium size (3/4 inch), Regimental number "2".  Both hat devices for --$95.SOLD

  347. Quite rare, 1862 date, "Special Model 1861" contract, rifle musket.  This musket has seen lots of service and has a chocolate brown patina and lots of wear from tip to tip.  The lockplate is marked, "1862 - US - Windsor VT".  The lockplate has quite a bit of wear and a gray/brown patina, but the markings can still be read.  The walnut stock remains in nice condition but does show similar wear with rounded edges and typical small dings and marks.  The action works well and will lock firmly into both half-cock and full-cock.  Both sling swivels remain intact as does the original ramrod.  The long range site is not present and has been gone for many years.  The musket shows clear signs of having seen much service but remains a rare contract and a nice, early, "1862" date.--$975.

  348. Absolutely as pretty as they get, excavated, large oval, lead-filled "VMM" (Volunteer Maine Militia) cartridge box plate.  This excellent plate was recovered during the early 1970's from the Maine Troop camps located near Port Hudson, LA.  This example has full lead and 1 1/2 of the wire attachment loops remaining intact.  The face of this plate has a slick, reflective, chocolate brown patina with detail as crisp as the day it was issued.--$1,250.

  349. Excellent condition, large size, lead-filled, arrow hook, US oval waist belt plate on original black leather waist belt.  The belt remains pliable, and the buckle has a rich, aged, bronze patina with full lead and all three attachment hooks remaining intact on the reverse.  Every Civil War collection should have an original US belt and buckle.--$495.

  350. Nice condition excavated .52 cal. complete Spencer cartridge.  This cartridge was recovered from private property in Hoovers Gap where Wilders Lightning Brigade is famous for the use of their Spencer repeating rifles at this engagement.--$38.

  351. 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.

  352. 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.SOLD

  353. Model 1860, Light Cavalry saber (saber only without scabbard).  This saber has a clean blade, just beginning to turn brown/gray with age.  It is marked, "C. Roby, Chelmsford Mass - 1865 - US."  The grip is worn to polished wood, and the brass guard remains in nice condition, except for the outside branch which appears to have been broken off by an impact - likely a projectile.  This saber will almost certainly be a topic of conversation in any collection.--$550.

  354. Extremely rare, fired, 30-lb. size, Confederate Read cannon projectile.  This projectile was recovered many years ago on private property at Vicksburg, Mississippi.  I have disarmed it, cleaned it, and coated it, and it is ready for display.  This "Big Ass Shell" had enough powder in it to blow up half of Murfreesboro!!!  It is all safe now and ready to go in someone's collection.--$475.

  355. Quite scarce, Model 1839, small oval, US waist belt plate on original leather belt.  The original percussion cap box remains intact on the belt and still has percussion caps inside.  The belt is quite short and was probably a bit longer to begin with even for skinny Civil War soldiers.  You do not often see this small size, early model US oval on belt for sale.--$595.

  356. Original, February 17, 1864, issue Confederate $50 note.  This note is serial # 83967 and pictures Confederate President, Jefferson Davis.  This is a good, honest, circulated Confederate $50 note.--$89.

  357. Nice condition excavated .52 cal. complete Spencer cartridge.  This cartridge was recovered from private property in Hoovers Gap where Wilders Lightning Brigade is famous for the use of their Spencer repeating rifles at this engagement.--$38.

  358. Small display case containing three rather rare dropped Confederate projectiles.  One is a nice dropped .58 cal. Confederate "blob top" field molded 3-ring minie, and second is a scarce dropped HI-BASE Confederate 3-ring minie - and the third is a crude variant dropped Ringtail Sharps carbine.  All three were recovered from Confederate 1863 winter camps here in Middle Tennessee.--$75. for all

  359. Two nice condition excavated Civil War coins recovered from Federal 1863 - 1865 long term camps located here at Murfreesboro, TN.  The coins include a large cent dated 1833 and a 3-cent piece dated 1865.--$48. for both coins in a glass case.SOLD

  360. Very pretty, Model 1860, Light Cavalry saber with sparkling bright blade from tip to tip and is marked, "US - 1864 - Mansfield & Lamb - Forestdale R.I."  This saber has original wrap and wire on the grip and also original metal scabbard that is without even one single dent.  All in all, this is a considerably nicer quality Model 1860 Light Cavalry saber than most that come along.--$895.

  361. 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.

  362. Really pretty excavated coat size Confederate "Cast I" - Infantry button.  It has a nice dark green patina and was recovered from Confederate 1863 - 1864 winter camps around Dalton, GA. (which is where they were issued).  Totally uncleaned with shank intact.--$145.

  363. Exceptionally nice condition Civil War enlistedman's leather Saber Knot.  It is very difficult to find one of these in nice condition and not missing a portion of the tassles.  This example does not appear to be missing a single one, and would be a wonderful compliment to accent your nice Civil War Cavalry Saber.--$375.

  364. Case containing "7" beautifully gilted non-excavated Federal cuff size gilted standard eagle buttons that would be correct for the cuffs of a Federal Enlistedman's frock coat or would also be correct for use up the front of a Federal Cavalry or Artillery shell jacket.  These are extremely reasonably priced, and would be a great idea to pick them up and store them back for when needed.-- Only $125. for the entire case of buttons.

  365. Regulation, large size, arrow hook pattern, US oval waist belt plate on the original, black leather waist belt with the brass belt adjuster remaining intact.  An original Model 1864, .58 cal. cartridge box remains on the belt rig.  This belt rig and cartridge box was purchased several years ago out of a central Ohio estate sale.--$595.

  366. Nice condition, original February 17, 1864, Confederate "horses pulling the cannon" $10 note.  Many collectors feel this to be one of the most attractive notes of the Confederacy.  This particular note is serial number 35519.  The note is circulated but remains strong with good edges.--$55.

  367. Very pretty condition, excavated, early block letter style, large size, lead-filled, US oval cartridge box plate.  This was recovered over 40 years ago by Wade Buchanan among the limestone outcroppings on private property here at Stones River.  The plate has a slick, near reflective, chocolate brown patina on the face with full lead and both iron loops intact on the reverse.  It would be very difficult to recover a more beautiful plate than this one.--$225.

  368. Official document from the State of Rhode Island dated August 28, 1862, authorizing the purchase of 6 dozen iron hand cuffs to be purchased from Providence Tool Company.  This is a very nice condition, war date, State of Rhode Island document.--$75.

  369. Excavated, large size, lead-filled, "US" cartridge box plate recovered from private property near Chickamauga, Georgia.  This plate was recovered about 30 years ago and has a beautiful, slick, chocolate face with full lead and the very rare "Gaylord" backmark.  The wire attachment loops are both rusted away.--$225.

  370. Excellent condition, excavated,drop, .54 cal., "Georgia Troops - teat base", Confederate manufactured Minie.--$20.

  371. Excellent condition, September 17, 1862, purchase document with ornate heading for Providence Tool Company to purchase one buff calf skin from James Davis, manufacturer of leather belting.  This buff leather was likely to be used in the manufacture of musket slings and/or Federal waist belt assemblies.--$75.

  372. Scarce 1862 date Lucy Pickens $100. Confederate note.  The note is complete, but has been folded for the past 150 years, and is a bit weak at the folds.  It displays very nicely though.--$95.

  373. Really pretty excavated lead filled large oval "U.S." cartridge boxplate.  This exceptional plate was recovered many years ago on private property at the Battle of Chickamauga, GA.  The face has a smooth chocolate brown patina - full lead - and one complete loop intact and a partial of the second.  Plates just are not being recovered anymore with faces like this.--$195.

  374. Absolutely beautiful emerald green patina on this perfect excavated Richmond Arsenal single attachment stud copper Richmond Musket nose cap.  A small amount of the C.S.A. walnut wood stock still remains on the inside of this C.S. Richmond nosecap.  A BEAUTY.--$79.

  375. Very nice condition, Model 1858, regulation, Federal, smooth type canteen with full original butternut wool cover with no holes, original stopper and original linen sling.  Every quality collection should have an original Civil War canteen.--$350.

  376. Excavated pair of rare style .69 cal. Prussian bullets.  One of the bullets is the standard, 2-ring, .69 cal. Prussian minie, and the second bullet is a very rare "no-ring" Prussian cast in a wooden mold, and you can still see wood grain in the lead.--$48 for both

  377. Excavated, perfect drop, .50 cal., Greene projectile for the Greene Confederate used sniper rifle.  This bullet was recovered from the Brentwood Hills at the Battle of Nashville where Whitworth, .45 cal, sniper projectiles were also recovered.--$35.

  378. Beautiful condition, non-excavated, Model 1851, Officer's sword belt plate with integrally cast wreaths.  This plate has a smooth, gently aging, bronze patina with crisp detail with both belt loop and attaching hook on the reverse perfectly intact.--$325.

  379. Fresh out of a Central Kentucky estate sale, a small, leather, Federal, Civil War, regulation, percussion cap pouch.  The leather remains complete and pliable except for missing the very tip of the leather closure tab.  Every Civil War collection MUST have an original percussion cap pouch.--$95.

  380. 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 and has several rare Confederate lead ones.--$295 for the entire display.

  381. 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.

  382. Excavated pair of, excellent condition, Confederate field mold "blob top"minies.  These two excellent examples were recovered from Army of Tennessee 1862 - 1863 winter camps along Duck River near Shelbyville, Tennessee.  Both bullets are displayed in a glass display case.--$45 for both.

  383. Beautiful condition, excavated, coat size, Confederate, Lined "A" button.  It has a "Superior Quality" backmark and has the shank intact.  It was recovered on private property at the site of the Confederate 1863 Artillery Park a few miles out Lewisburg Pike from Shelbyville.  This is a first class example of a quite rare button to recover.--$350.

  384. Very nice condition, regulation Civil War Cavalry bit with both brass rosettes intact.  This bit was found in an old log barn here in Murfreesboro near where "Camp Stanley" was located during the Civil War.  Camp Stanley was the 1862 - 1863 Federal Winter Cavalry camp.  This bit very likely originated with this large Federal Cavalry Winter camp site located here at Murfreesboro.--$195.

  385. Original, quite rare, partially filled, blue wrapped packet of Federal cannon friction primers.  This packet still contains three original cannon friction primers as well as most of the original blue wrapper.  Some of the markings remain faintly visible if you have bright light and a good imagination.  This will display fantastic with your artillery shells or fuses.--$95.

  386. Absolutely beautiful, 9 inch, G.A.R., black trimmed Memorial Ribbon.  This is from the "John Kell" Post# 241, Franklin, Ohio Chapter.  In over 40 years, this is the first Memorial Ribbon from this post that I remember having.--$150.

  387. Quite nice, circulated condition, July 21, 1862, One Dollar Virginia Treasury Note.  The note is marked, "Virginia Treasury Note - Richmond - The Commonwealth of Virginia" and has red over-print.--$75.

  388. Quite rare and in excellent condition, Wilmot patented musket tompion.  This tompion is marked, "Patented November 24, 1863" (155 years ago tomorrow).  These were actually issued and used as I have seen three or four recovered here.--$95.

  389. Really pretty non-excavated coat size Federal Staff Officer's button.  The button has a a rich - never cleaned aged patina with "Extra Quality" backmark, and shank intact.--$45.

  390. Beautiful condition early Battlefield Pick-up .69 cal. Model 1816 triangular socket bayonet.  This was picked up on private property along the Confederate Battle line here at Stones River during the early 1900's.  This is a very nice condition Confederate used artifact.--$150.

  391. Very pretty condition and excavated many years ago at Chancellorsville, VA.  It is a coat size, VA13A1, with rmdc, "Scovill Mfg Co. Waterbury CT".  This button has a beautiful chocolate brown patina with the figures completely outlined in gold gilt.  The reverse has shank intact.--$275.

  392. Really pretty, non-excavated, reunion era, coat size and cuff size Tennessee State Seal.  Both buttons remain in perfect condition.--$65 for both.

  393. 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

  394. Single cavity iron bullet mold for a .36 cal. country rifle elongated "picket style bullet" of the exact type carried by many young Confederates as they first left their homes in the South for the Civil War.  The mold would have originally had two wooden handles which are not present, but could be easily replaced.--only $79.

  395. Beautiful graphics and very nice condition on this Nov. 1861 WAR DATE Bank Note from the "ILION BANK OF THE STATE OF NEW YORK".  The Bank Note is dated Nov. 8, 1861 and is for Eighty Dollars.  A REALLY PRETTY NEW YORK NOTE.--$75.

  396. Very nice condition, original, non-excavated Confederate Pike Head with a small portion of the original wooden shaft.  It measures 17" overall with a 9" Pike blade.  There is a law that says, "Every Confederate blade collector must have an example of an original Confederate Pike."--$895.

  397. Regulation, black leather, Federal Civil War Enlistedman's US waist belt rig with original percussion cap box still intact.  The waist belt remains soft and pliable with no breaks or weak spots.  The buckle has a nice uncleaned, aged patina with all attaching hooks remaining intact.  Original Civil War percussion caps are still in the cap box.  Every Civil War collection should have a nice example of a typical Federal Enlistedman's waist belt rig.--$650.

  398. 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.

  399. Nice, clean, Model 1855, .58 cal., Springfield or contract, triangular, socket bayonet.  This bayonet is correct for the Model 1855 Springfield - the Model 1861 Springfield - and the Model 1863 Springfield and contracts.  If you have one of these .58 cal. muskets, here is the bayonet to complete it.--$195.

  400. One of the most popular and sought after of all Confederate notes - This is the "T-41" (Negros Chopping Cotton) $100. Confederate note with the orange-red overprint.  In nice condition these are bringing around $175. to $225. these days.  This is a beautiful example with the unfortunate fact that somewhere in the last 150 years a mouse decided to have the upper left corner for dinner.  I have restored the corner for very nice display.  Here is your chance to own one of the most popular and sought after Confederate $100. notes at a BARGAIN price.  The note is serial number "34771" and is dated Oct. 29, 1862.--$75.SOLD

  401. Excellent condition, non-excavated, original .50 cal. Maynard Carbine cartridge.  This will be a very nice compliment to display with your pretty  Maynard Carbine.--$48.

  402. Original, early pattern, "Puppy-Paw" hook style, large oval, lead-filled, US Enlistedman's belt plate on original, black leather waist belt.  The buckle has a rich, uncleaned, aged patina on the face with full lead and all three attachment hooks on the reverse.  Every Civil War collection should have a nice US belt buckle on original belt.--$495.

  403. Beautiful condition, non-excavated, coat size, gilted, Georgia State Seal uniform button.  This button has virtually 100% bright gold gilt and is backmarked, "Van Wart. Son & Co."--$125.

  404. Excavated, large size, lead-filled US cartridge box plate that appears to have been fashioned into a camp spoon.  This plate was recovered many years ago by Mr. Bill Gavin from an 1862 - 1863 Confederate winter campsite located near Moss Neck, VA.  This was Bill's 225th plate.--$150.

  405. Very nice condition, .58 cal., Minie ball in original brown paper wrapper.  This cartridge remains quite stable and was inside a cartridge box from an estate we recently purchased.--$125.

  406. Excavated, coat size, Confederate Droop Wing Eagle Staff Officer's button.  This is a CS26A and has a smooth, chocolate brown patina with hints of gold gilt remaining.--$195.

  407. Excavated, coat size, Louisiana State Seal Pelican button.  This button has 90% bright gold gilt on the face, but unfortunately, the back was out when recovered.  If you have an extra Confederate back, this Louisiana could easily be restored to a top shelf, gilted Louisiana State Seal button.--$225.

  408. Quite rare now to recover, full copper plate base for a 3 inch Confederate Mulane shell (aka Tennessee sabot projectile).  This type Confederate Artillery projectile quite often throws the sabot.  If you have a 3 inch Mulane projectile and need a base plate, here is your opportunity.--$125.

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

  410. Very nice condition, Model 1850, Federal Foot Officer's sword in original leather scabbard.  The blade remains clean and bright, just beginning to darken with age in areas.  The blade is marked, "Clauberg - Solingen and Iron Proof".  The engraving remains clearly visible from top to bottom of the blade.  The grip retains original shark skin, and the brass guard has a pleasing aged patina.  It is in its original leather scabbard that is complete with no breaks or repairs and has lots of wear in the ring mounts and on the tip of the brass drag.  This is a sword that clearly saw LOTS of actual Civil War field service.--$975.

  411. Very nice condition, Model 1840, Ames manufactured, non-commissioned officer (NCO) sword in original leather scabbard.  The blade remains bright and clean and is marked, "US - 1864 - Ames Mfg Co - Chicopee Mass".  The leather scabbard remains complete and sound with no repairs or weak spots.  This would be a quality addition to any Civil War collection.--$650.

  412. Grouping of four Civil War and earlier buttons consisting of:  one excavated, coat size, 1820 Era, one piece Eagle on cannon button, one excavated, highly gilted, Kepi size, US Navy button, one excavated, cuff size, US Artillery button, and one non-excavated, cuff size, Eagle "A" (artillery) button with 100% bright gold gilt.--$95. for the case and all four buttons.

  413. Complete, Model 1855, .58 cal. cartridge box with over-the-shoulder sling and both plates intact as well as original cartridge tins.  The cartridge box remains pliable with a maker's mark of, "Manufactured by J. E. Condict - New York."  The inner flap of the cartridge box is intact but a bit fragile.  The over-the-shoulder sling is completely intact with Eagle breastplate.  This rig will make a very nice addition to any Civil War display.--$1,150.

  414. Beautiful, near mint condition, Model 1842, Springfield lockplate and hammer assembly.  The plate is marked, "Springfield - 1852 - US - and the American Eagle."  If you have a Model 1842 musket that needs a nice lockplate, here is your chance.--$195.

  415. Quite rare, $1000 Confederate Loan Bond authorized on May 1, 1861, from Montgomery, Alabama.  There are fourteen uncut coupons remaining.  The note remains in nice condition and has green over-print.  It will frame up beautifully.--$150.

  416. Large, fully cased, 1/4 plate tintype of a young Federal Infantryman wearing a 4-button sack coat and US belt and buckle rig.  The image has a patriotic backdrop with a red, white, and blue tinted American flag flying.  The original case remains in nice condition.--$195.

  417. 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.

  418. Original T18, September 2, 1861 issue, $20 Confederate note with the sailing ship in the center.  The note is circulated and cut cancelled, but remains very sound and attractive.--$89.

  419. Very nice condition, original, non-excavated, 1864 date, Springfield musket lockplate and hammer assembly.  This lockplate retains beautiful crisp marks, and excellent action locking firmly into both half-cock and full-cock positions.  If you have an 1863 or 1864 Springfield musket that would be improved by a very nice lockplate and hammer assembly, here is your opportunity to get one.--$195.

  420. Quite rare and in very nice condition, excavated, 3 inch size, Confederate, Reed Parrott projectile.  This shell has the lathe dimple in the base and iron sabot, lathed turned sides, and took a wooden drive-in fuse adaptor.  This projectile was recovered over 30 years ago from private property near Chickamauga, Georgia.  It has been disarmed, cleaned, coated, and is ready for display.--$450.

  421. Quite rare to find, 1863 date, Bank of Chattanooga, $2 note backed by CONFEDERATE FUNDS.--$150.

  422. 1864 date, Bank of Commerce - Savannah, GA, $20 note.  This note has beautiful river graphics and has been "cut-cancelled".--$89.

  423. Excellent condition, January 24, 1862, "Providence Tool Company" document.  This document is a receipt to Providence Tool Company for freight charges for 45 bars of raw iron shipped from New York to Providence Tool Company on the Steamer Ospray.  Providence Tool Company was a manufacturer of both Civil War sabers and muskets.  This raw iron would, no doubt, eventually become Civil War weapons.--$85.

  424. Extremely rare to recover - Coat size lined Script "C" - Confederate Cavalry Officer's button.  This button was recovered from a Confederate trash pit located on private property near Savannah, GA.  The button has quite a bit of pitting/ground action due to the corossive trash pit conditions, but remains solid with no dents or cracks, and still has the shank intact.  Even though there is some pitting the button displays nicely, and is one that is very rarely recovered.  I just tonight saw one of these priced at $1,450. - SO here is a SUPER GOOD BUY !!!--$425.

  425. Quite rare contract of the .58 cal., Model 1861, 3-band, percussion, military, rifled muskets.  This musket has metal that is just beginning to turn gray/brown with age.  It has lockplate markings of "1863 - US - Wm. Muir & Co.".  The barrel has a matching 1863 date with long range site intact as well as both sling swivels and original ramrod.  The musket retains very good rifling and has a faint military inspector cartouche visible opposite the lockplate.  This is without question one of the tougher Model 1861 contracts to find.--$1,650.

  426. Quite rare, "Brady" CDV of Confederate General John B. Floyd.  General Floyd had very little military experience and is credited for dumping the command at Ft. Donelson on General Buckner for surrender.  This is a Confederate CDV that you do not often see offered for sale.--$150.

  427. Small black leather pistol cartridge box for .36 cal. revolver cartridges.  The box remains quite pliable with both belt loops remaining intact on the reverse.  The small leather closure tab is not present and appears to have been intentionally removed long ago.  This would be an excellent compliment to display with your .36 cal. Colt Navy revolver.--$225.

  428. Quite rare to recover, coat size, "U.S.M.A." cadet button (West Point).  This button has a smooth, brown patina with nice detail and about 20% bright gold gilt.  It has a "Waterbury Button Co." backmark and shank intact.  It does, unfortunately, have a small dent beside the eagle near the rim.  It still displays very nicely.--$89.

  429. Quite nice, circulated condition, July 21, 1862, One Dollar Virginia Treasury Note.  The note is marked, "Virginia Treasury Note - Richmond - The Commonwealth of Virginia" and has red over-print.--$75.

  430. Very attractive, Model 1851, N. C. O. (Non-Commissioned Officer) belt and Eagle sword belt plate.  The cast brass Eagle plate remains in near perfect condition with full silver wreath and a never cleaned, rich, aged patina.  The leather belt remains complete and pliable but does have one weak spot supported with leather from the back side.  The belt rig displays very nicely and would look fantastic with a holstered revolver on it.--$595.

  431. Excavated base section of an iron sabotted 10 pound Federal Parrott projectile.  This was recovered years ago from the part of the battlefield here at Stones River that is now "The Avenue" shopping mall.--$25.

  432. Beautiful condition, non-excavated, large size, lead-filled, arrow hook, US Oval waist belt plate.  This buckle has an attractive, gently aging, bronze patina with full, smooth lead and all three attachment hooks (arrow style) intact on the reverse.--$295.

  433. Model 1860, Light Cavalry saber and original metal scabbard.  The blade is marked, "US - 1864 - Mansfield & Lamb."  The blade remains overall clean, just beginning to darken in a few areas.  The 3-branch, brass Cavalry guard has an attractive, gently aging, bronze patina.  The original leather wrap and wire remains perfectly intact and is nicer than most that you encounter.--$850.

  434. Beautiful condition, excavated, large size, lead-filled, US Oval cartridge box plate.  This plate was recovered from Federal Camps at Tunnel Hill, Georgia, nearly 50 years ago.  The face has a smooth, chocolate patina, and the reverse has smooth, full lead with both attachment loops remaining intact.--$250.

  435. Nice, clean, Model 1855, .58 cal., Springfield, triangular, socket bayonet correct for the Model 1855 Springfield, the Model 1861 Springfield, as well as all the contracts and the Model 1863 type 1 & 2 Springfields.  The bayonet remains clean and bright with just a few areas beginning to darken with time.  The leather scabbard remains complete and full length with the only negative being that the stitches have broken with age, and the seam opens up a little.  This would make an excellent addition to compliment your .58 cal. Springfield or contract rifled musket.--$275.

  436. Nice, clear, fully cased, young Federal Private seated wearing his frock coat, vest, and kepi.  This young man has the look of your typical Federal Private in the American Civil War.--$135.SOLD

  437. Extremely rare, excavated, large size, lead-filled, US Oval cartridge box plate with BRASS loops.  We pretty much exclusively recover these in early war Ohio Infantry camps.  This is one of the nicer excavated examples that I have seen in a long time.--$295.

  438. Absolutely beautiful condition pair of coat size, super rare, Confederate Officer buttons (CS41A).  These two Confederate Officer buttons were turned into cuff links following the war and were purchased at a Mobile, Alabama, estate sale about 30 years ago.  Each button retains 90+% original bright gold gilt.  Each of these uniform buttons would sell for well over $2,000 if they had been left in their original state as buttons.  Now as a pair, and both in stunning condition--$1,950. for both.

  439. Very sound, but circulated condition, February 17th, 1864 date, Lucy Pickens, Confederate $100 note.  This is serial number (4076).--$95.

  440. Circulated, February 17, 1864 date, Confederate $50 note with Jeff Davis in the center.  This is serial number (58600).--$89.

  441. Everything that you would ever need for live black powder shooting.  This gentleman who recently passed away was an avid black powder shooter and participated in many North/South Skirmish Association shooting events.  This group of material consists of a very heavy, well constructed, wooden box that will contain everything.  There are two high quality brass bullet molds, both with cone cavity inserts for molding bullets.  There are at least 100 or more bullets already molded, and black powder is in the box for them.  The wooden box has a lift-out tray that will hold  63 cartridges that are ready for firing.  There is also 35 pounds of soft Civil War lead (from melting down fired Minie balls that he recovered) ready to be molded into bullets.  Inside the large wooden box are also targets and patches and other related items to black powder shooting.  I am not going to be able to ship this, but the first guy with a $100 bill at the door gets to load it!!!

  442. Excavated, pewter, Bormann time fuse recovered here at Stones River having the rare "U-backwards S" mark.--$55.SOLD

  443. Extremely rare display including the "Maid of Honor" ribbon for the 1924 UCV Reunion in Memphis, Tennessee, for the Eastern Division of the United Confederate Veterans.  This ribbon was purchased out of the Bradley/Forrest estate in Memphis, Tennessee, around 1970, and with the ribbon is an ambrotype of a Civil War Era lady holding what appears to be a Bible.  This display is going to be an exciting research project for someone.  We believe this young lady could possibly be Marguerite Toutant Beauregard of New Orleans, Louisiana, who was the Chief Maid of Honor at this reunion.  Who is up for this research challenge?--$395.

  444. Absolutely beautiful 1/9th plate EAGLE PATRIOTIC hard rubber case complete with patriotic matting and glass intact.  If you have a killer image worthy of a SWEET case - Here it is !!!--$225.SOLD

  445. Nice condition, original, Civil War Artillery lanyard.  No artillery display is complete without a lanyard.--$425.

  446. Excellent condition and quite rare, .54 cal., 4-RING, Confederate ring tail Sharps projectile.  This scarce bullet was recovered many years ago by Charles Sweeney from a Confederate Cavalry camp near Corinth, Mississippi.--$45.

  447. The following beautiful condition artifacts are from the excellent collection of my long time friend and very serious collector - Charles Sweeney - of Iuka, Mississippi.  As you can see from Charle's "sign-in ledger" - I was last there in 1980 !!!!  Where did those 38 years go !!! WOW !!!

  448. 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

  449. Very attractive, regulation, small, leather Federal percussion cap box.  The box remains pliable with closure tab, brass finial, and both belt loops remaining intact.  There is a small amount of original wool inside as well as several original, brass, Civil War musket percussion caps.--$150.

  450. 1/6th plate, fully cased tintype of a young, Federal Private.  This is a bust view, and he is wearing a 9-button Enlistedman's frock coat.  The image has good clarity and is not flaking at all.--$125.

  451. Beautiful condition, gold filled GAR membership lapel pin.  This pin belonged to Henry J. Devoe who was a member of Company G, 1st Michigan Engineers.  Henry Devoe was in numerous campaigns and entered the service on 10-23-1862 at Hillsdale, Michigan, as a private.  He was promoted to Corporal on 1-1-1864, and to Sergeant on 11-1-1864.  Henry was eventually mustered out of service on 9-22-1865, while at Nashville, Tennessee.  Gold filled GAR membership lapel pins are very rare to come by.--$195.

  452. Beautiful example of Confederate "Prisoner of War" art.  This was recently brought in by a local family, and according to family hand-me-down information, was carved by an ancestor while in a northern prison camp.  This artifact started out as one block of wood, and the round balls were carefully carved from the solid wood interior of the artifact.  It is hard to imagine the countless hours of meticulous carving it took to create the artifact.  This fine artistic "Prisoner of War" artifact would be an excellent addition to any Civil War Collection no matter how advanced.--$275.

  453. Nice, solid, excavated, coat size, Mississippi "I" (Infantry) uniform button.  This button was recovered several years ago from a Mississippi Infantry camp located along Duck River near Shelbyville, Tennessee.  This camp was occupied during the winter and spring of 1862 - 1863.  The button has a smooth, chocolate patina with no dents and has the shank intact on the reverse.  It is backmarked, "Hyde & Goodrich, N.O."  It is solid as can be and has very pleasing eye appeal.--$275.

  454. Nice pliable condition, small black leather, Federal percussion capbox.  The box remains pliable with full original wool and nipple pick intact inside.  For whatever reason, the soldier intentionally removed the small leather tabs on each end of the inner flap.  Both belt loops and the leather closure tab remain intact.  It is uncommon to find an original percussion cap pouch with the original wool and nipple pick intact inside.--$150.

  455. Recently recovered from here at the Battle of Stones River, .69 cal., triangle base, French Minnie.  This rare bullet has one nice display side and is scarred on the other.  It was recovered from a site here at Stones River that is located only a few hundred yards from the famous "Slaughter Pen".  This site is now completely destroyed and has a mental hospital located there.  I already have my room reserved.--$20.

  456. 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

  457. Nice, solid, complete, excavated, .58 cal., Federal, Springfield, triangular socket bayonet.  This bayonet was recovered by Wade Buchanan here at Stones River during the mid 1970's.  The bayonet is rusty, but remains complete and solid to the very tip.--$125.

  458. Beautiful condition, Model 1840, Federal Musician's sword and scabbard by Ames.  The blade remains sparkling bright and is marked, "US - 1864 - Ames Mfg Co."  The leather scabbard remains as perfect as the day it was issued.  You just won't find one much nicer than this one.--$695.

  459. Very attractive, Model 1850, Federal Foot Officer's sword in original, high grade, sharkskin covered scabbard.  The blade remains clean, just beginning to turn gray with age.  Deep intricate engraving remains visible from top to bottom and is maker marked, "W. H. Horstmann - Philadelphia."  The brass guard remains in excellent condition with a pretty, never cleaned, bronze/brown patina.  The grip has original sharkskin and wire.--$1,150.

  460. Quite rare, December 1, 1861 date, 5 cent, Bank of Tennessee fractional note.  This note is circulated but remains complete and sound and is marked "Bank of Tennessee - Nashville - December 1, 1861."--$75.SOLD

  461. Quite rare to find, complete mid-1800's DOUBLE leather shot flask.  This shot flask has two completely separate compartments with two brass measuring devices so that you could have your choice of two different size lead shot depending on what you were hunting.  It remains completely intact with original brass buckle, and both measuring devices still have good springs and work perfectly.--$115.

  462. Original, full length, very soft, tanned deer skin cover for an 1840 - 1850 era, ornate Militia Officer's sword.  These are quite delicate and fragile and rarely found still full length.  This one remains full length (38 inches) and has an early gilted Eagle button closure device.--$195.

  463. Cool little Reunion badge and ribbon with a suspended gilted brass stirrup indicating Cavalry of course. The unit and event date would have been in the cross bar, but has fallen out somewhere along the way.  A cool little Cavalry ribbon and a fun research project!!--$50.

  464. Beautiful condition small "Eagle" powder flask of the type usually seen with Cased Colt boxes.  It has a rich, aged bronze patina and is marked "E. Pluribus Unum".--$425.

  465. 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.

  466. Quite attractive .58 cal. original Model 1855 Federal leather cartridge box complete with original lead filled large oval "U.S." cartridge boxplate and also one original cartridge tin.  The box is missing one iron roller buckle.  The box is maker marked "R. Neece" and also has a set of soldier initials carved in the inner flap.--$495.

  467. Beautiful condition, non-excavated, circular, Federal, Eagle breastplate.  The face has crisp detail and a smooth, aged, bronze patina.  The reverse has full lead, and both wire attaching loops remain perfectly intact.  If you have been looking for an original, nice quality, Federal breastplate, they don't get much prettier than this one.--$250.

  468. Beautiful condition, 7 mm, folding trigger, French pinfire revolver.  The folding trigger and loading compartment door both remain perfectly intact.  In addition, on this revolver, the cartridge ejector rod is screwed into the base of the grip, and it remains intact as well.  I am including a complete pinfire cartridge for display, but it is the next size larger so that a child cannot accidentally load and discharge the gun.  The original checkered walnut grips remain perfectly intact.--$695.

  469. Excellent condition, non-excavated, stamped brass, officer's gilted, false embroidered Infantry hatpin.  The pin retains nearly 100% bright gold gilt, but is missing the two attaching loops on the reverse.--$225.

  470. Extremely rare and in near mint, perfect condition, Civil War regulation issue, over-the-shoulder Pioneer Brigade axe cradle.  In over 40 years, I have had only a handful of these, and this is the most perfect one I have ever had.--$695.

  471. Relic condition, early battlefield pick-up, Model 1858, smooth type, Federal tin canteen.  The canteen is in stable condition but is missing the sling straps and has a couple of small holes rusted through.  It will display very nicely.--$115.

  472. Bone handle, non-excavated, Civil War soldier's pocket knife as sold by many Suttlers.  The pocket knife has a hoof pick for the horses, a cork screw, and a regular knife blade.  Originally, there was a second knife blade, but that blade is broken.  There is a silver, Federal shield inlaid in the side of the bone handle.  I can clearly see why knives of this pattern were so popular with Civil War soldiers.--$175.

  473. Nice condition, cast brass, folding, double cavity bullet mold for a .45 cal. picket country rifle.  These are bullets that we only recover from Confederate sites.  This mold remains in nice enough condition to mold bullets today.--$95.SOLD

  474. Nice condition, "United States Naval Yard - Boston," marked leather naval fuse pouch.  The pouch remains in nice, pliable condition with a crisp "USNY - Boston" mark on the inside.--$195.

  475. Very attractive excavated "U.S." oval large size cartridge boxplate.  The REALLY cool thing about this plate is the 3rd Corps symbol carved into the lead in the back.  The plate was recovered from private property near Falmouth, VA.  It is a rarity to find any artifact with a carved corps badge, and 3rd Corps is a special rarity.--$250.

  476. Original T18, September 2, 1861 issue, $20 Confederate note with the sailing ship in the center.  The note is circulated and cut cancelled, but remains very sound and attractive.--$89.

  477. Nice condition, Model 1860, 1864 date, New Jersey marked, Ames light cavalry saber and scabbard.  The blade remains clean and is marked, "Ames Mfg - Chicopee Mass." - 1864 - N.J. - D.R."  The three branch brass guard remains in nice condition and has an attractive, aging patina.  The saber has original wrap and wire on the grip, but the leather wrap is wearing through to the wood beneath in some areas.  The metal scabbard remains in nice condition with a smooth, gray/brown patina and just two or three small dings from actual service.  This is a good, solid, Model 1860, Federal Cavalry saber that remains in good condition, but does show actual signs of service.--$795.SOLD

  478. Model 1840, Federal light artillery saber and scabbard.  The blade remains clean with just a few areas beginning to darken with age and is marked, "Ames Mfg. Co. - Chicopee Mass - US - 1865."  The blade was sharpened long ago but is aged to match the rest of the blade.  The D-shaped brass guard remains in very nice condition with an attractive, aged patina.  The leather grip was restored in the 1960's and displays as nicely as original today.  It is in the original metal scabbard which remains in good condition, but does have several small dings from field service.--$795.

  479. Pair of non-excavated and beautifully gilted, Federal, great coat size buttons.  One of the buttons is a gilted Federal Infantry "I" Officer's button with Waterbury backmark, and the other is a quite rare, HEAVILY GILTED, D. Evans backmark, Federal general service Eagle button.--$65 for the pair.

  480. Perfect condition, non-excavated, musket tumbler punch.  It has lots of original bluing remaining and will make an excellent compliment to your Civil War musket display.--$65.

  481. 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.

  482. Extremely rare, non-excavated, 100% gilted, 15MM, VA20 - Virginia State Seal, cuff size button with the super sought after "Mitchel & Tyler/Richmond, VA" backmark.  This beautiful button has a deep, sharp backmark, straight shank, and an original piece of butternut cloth still with it.  This was purchased out of a Richmond, Virginia, estate many, many years ago.  This is one very tight button that you will not see offered very often.--$295.

  483. Excellent condition pair of United Confederate Veteran, circular, metallic button/pins that are for the benefit of the "Home for Confederate Women".  This motif is written encircling the Confederate Battle Flag.  One of the two pins is backmarked, "Lucke Badge & Button Co., Baltimore MD".  Both buttons remain in excellent condition with pins intact on the reverse.--$45 each, or both for $75.

  484. Extremely rare to recover, "1861" date, silver, U.S. quarter dollar.  This quarter was recovered from a spring of 1863 Confederate Infantry camp located along Duck River near Shelbyville, Tennessee.  It is extremely unusual to recover any of the 1861 date U.S. silver coins.--$85.SOLD

  485. Nice condition, percussion, 12-guage, double-barrel shotgun of the exact type carried by many Confederates when they first left home for war during the early years of the American Civil War.  This example is out of the local area and has a beautiful, aged, chocolate patina with ramrod intact and original walnut stock.  Pictured above is a Texas Confederate carrying a nearly identical weapon during the early years of the American Civil War.--$695.

  486. Very attractive, Model 1860, Ames produced light cavalry saber and scabbard.  The saber has a nice, clean blade and is marked, "1864 - Ames Mfg. Co. - US" - and is N.J. marked for New Jersey.  The saber retains original wrap and wire, but the leather is worn through to wood in some areas due to service.  The scabbard remains in very nice condition with a smooth, brown/gray patina with only a couple of small dings from actual service.  This is a classic example of what is considered the most representative saber of the American Civil War.--$850.

  487. Excellent condition and quite rare, non-excavated, 1840 - 1850 production, lead filled, large oval U.S. waist belt plate with stud type hooks.  We tend to recover this style U.S. Oval waist belt plate from 1861 and 1862 early war Federal camp sites.  This example has a beautiful, rich, aged patina with full lead and all three hooks intact on the reverse.--$350.

  488. Quite rare and in very nice condition, non-excavated, Model 1839, small size oval U.S. waist belt plate.  This plate has a nice patina on the face with full lead and both brass hooks intact on the reverse.  Early issue small size U.S. buckles and plates are usually recovered from 1861 and 1862 Civil War sites.--$350.

  489. Beautiful condition, non-excavated pair of .69 cal. bullet worms.  One of the worms is a long pattern, and the other a short pattern.  This display will make a wonderful compliment to display with your .69 cal. percussion muskets.--$95 for both worms.

  490. Beautiful condition, excavated, gilted, Confederate used, floral button, and also an intricately carved, .69 cal. musket ball.  Both these nice artifacts were recovered from the 1863 winter camp of the 8th Texas Cavalry located near Unionville, Tennessee.  Both artifacts are presented in a glass display case.--$75 for both.

  491. 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.--$95 for both artifacts.

  492. Quite rare to find, an original Model 1842, complete lockplate and hammer assembly with all internal parts.  The lockplate still functions perfectly and will lock at both full-cock and half-cock.  The lockplate is crisply marked, "Springfield - 1851 - US - and the American Eagle."  If you have a Model 1842 Springfield musket with a "not-so-great" lockplate, here is your chance to significantly upgrade your musket.--$250.

  493. Quite rare to come by, WAR DATE, Bank of Chattanooga, Tennessee, $1 note.  The note is dated January 4, 1863, and pictures a locomotive scene.  The note is circulated but remains complete and sound.--$89.

  494. Very nice condition, non-excavated, large size, brass face, lead filled, US Oval cartridge box plate.  The plate has a nice face with a gently, aging patina.  The reverse retains full lead and both wire attachment loops.  The loops are 2 5/8" apart.  This would be perfect to complete your nice Federal cartridge box lacking a box plate.--$275.

  495. Good, solid, complete, lightly circulated, February 17, 1864, Confederate $20 bill picturing the current State Capitol in Nashville, Tennessee.  The note pictures the Tennessee State Capitol in the center and Confederate Vice President, Alexander Stephens, on the lower right.--$85.

  496. Excellent condition, non-excavated, Federal, circular, lead-filled, Eagle cross belt plate.  The plate has an excellent face with a rich, aged patina, full lead, and both belt loops intact on the reverse.  You couldn't ask for a nicer example.--$295.

  497. Fresh out of a Pennsylvania estate sale, crisp, clear CDV of a Federal Lieutenant in a Civil War Era, die stamped, black paper lacquered frame.--$175.

  498. Pair of non-excavated, pre-Civil War Era coins that were handed down through a local family by a Confederate ancestor.  The coins are an 1828 large cent and an 1847 half dime.  Both coins are presented in a glass display case.--$79.

  499. Absolutely beautiful, non-excavated, "SUPER INTRICATE" patriotic, gem size, stamped brass photo case.  The case has a spread wing Eagle with stars above on one side and a raised shield with wreath and stars on the reverse.  In 40 years, I have only had three or four of these.--$350.

  500. Excavated, coat size, South Carolina State Seal uniform button.  This button has a smooth, chocolate brown patina with some slight traces of silver surrounding the Palmetto tree.  It has a Waterbury - Scovill, RMDC backmark and shank is intact.  This button was recovered from General Manigault's 1863 South Carolina winter camp near Unionville, Tennessee.  The button has nice detail and remains solid as a rock.--$175.

  501. Excavated, circular, lead-filled, Eagle breast plate.  The face has a smooth, chocolate brown patina with crisp detail.  The reverse has full lead and 1 1/2 of the two wire attachment loops remaining intact.  This plate was recovered many, many years ago from a Federal campsite in Central Virginia.--$150.

  502. Really pretty, excavated, coat size, Confederate Local, North Carolina State Seal uniform button.  This button was recovered from a North Carolina winter camp in Central Virginia over 40 years ago.  It has a smooth, chocolate patina on the face and an excellent Confederate Local reverse with gold gilt remaining in the channel and shank intact.  This is a nicer example than most that you see and that is most likely because it was dug so long ago.--$115.SOLD

  503. Very nice, excavated, coat size, Droop Wing Eagle, Confederate Staff Officer button.  The button has a smooth, chocolate brown patina on the face with no dents or cracks whatsoever.  The reverse is the depressed channel Confederate Local.  Rusty iron stubs remain of what was once the iron shank.  This button was recovered many years ago from the 1863 winter camp of the 1st Alabama Cavalry.  This is about as nice an example as you could hope to dig.--$225.

  504. Rare, 12 pound size, Confederate, polygonal cavity ball with four side diamond shaped pattern shrapnel inside.  The ball has been cut in half, nicely showing the diamond shaped pieces inside, the wooden drive-in fuse plug, and a large casting flaw typical of Confederate artillery shells.  This will make an excellent addition to someone's Confederate artillery display.  It has been cleaned, coated, and is mounted on a walnut display base.--$295.

  505. Beautiful condition, non-excavated, large size, US Oval cartridge box plate.  The attachment loops on this plate are 2 5/8 inches apart.  If you have a Federal cartridge box missing the box plate, this plate will nicely complete your cartridge box.--$295.

  506. Small display containing three items from a Central Texas estate sale.  One item is a one-piece 1840 Mexican War Era coat size Eagle Militia button, and a second is a coat size pewter, floral, 1840 Era button, and most importantly a silver medal made from an early 1800's silver coin with a castle affixed to the face.  (The castle, of course, generally relates to Engineers)  There is also a silver cross bar with the Texas Star.  All three items -- $195.

  507. Pair of non-excavated spurs that date the late 1800's Indian War Era.  Both spurs --$48.

  508. Extremely rare, tiny U. S. Grant Presidential Ferrotype.  The image holder and pin on the back both remain perfectly intact.--$150.

  509. Small cased display containing five chewed musket balls.  These balls were all recovered from the Confederate line on private property here at Stones River.  All five balls have been chewed and on close examination, four of the five appear to have human teeth marks.  There has through the ages been a folklore tale of soldiers biting down on a bullet for pain while medical procedures on the field were being performed.  This is the origin of the term, "bite the bullet".--$45 for the entire case.SOLD

  510. Really pretty little lady's locket that is shaped like a bible and actually opens up and has 4 tiny little gem size tintypes on the pages inside.  There are tintypes of George Washington - Grant - Scott - and McClellan.  The back cover of the locket is not present.  I only get one of these little book lockets about every couple years.  This little locket displays beautifully opened up to the pictures inside.--$195.SOLD

  511. Excavated, large size, puppy-paw hook pattern, Oval SNY (State of New York) waist belt plate.  The buckle has a pleasing, chocolate brown patina with a little scattered green.  The reverse has full lead and all three attachment hooks intact.  It was recovered about 40 years ago on private property at Harrison's Landing, Virginia.--$895.

  512. 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.

  513. 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.

  514. 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.

  515. 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.SOLD

  516. 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.

  517. 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.

  518. Relic condition, Model 1860, Federal Navy Cutlass.  The blade on this Cutlass is pitted and appears to have possibly been excavated once upon a time.  The massive, brass guard has a small portion broken away but remains 80% - 90% intact.  The grip was restored for display back in the 1970's era.  Not high grade by any means, but is still a real deal Civil War sword.--$250.

  519. 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.

  520. Absolutely pristine beautiful, excavated, Model 1851, Federal Eagle sword belt plate with applied wreaths.  This plate was dug over 30 years ago and has a beautiful, slick, olive green patina, and the applied wreaths remain over 90% intact.  This is one of the nicest excavated Model 1851 Eagle sword belt plates that I have seen on the market in a long time.--$350.

  521. Unusual to come by, non-excavated, gilted, coat size, Connecticut National Guard Staff "C.N.G."  This is the pattern of this button that is occasionally recovered from Civil War camp sites.  This example has near 100% bright gold gilt, a "Waterbury Scovill" backmark, and has the early style narrow lock rim.--$65.

  522. Very nice condition, Model 1860, Light Cavalry saber and scabbard.  The blade remains clean with no rust at all and just beginning to gray with age.  The blade is marked, "US - 1864 - Emerson & Silver, Trenton NJ".  The three-branch brass guard remains in nice condition with a gently aging, bronze patina.  The grip retains 100% original wrap and wire intact.  The iron scabbard has a smooth, gray/brown patina just beginning to age with time.  There is nice ring wear in the upper mount indicating actual field service.--$895.

  523. Excellent condition, excavated, coat size, droop wing Eagle, Confederate Staff Officer button.  This is a coat size, CS22 in Albert and a Confederate Local back with an iron shank which has rusted away.  This button remains just as dug with the woods mulch still stuck to it and hasn't even been rinsed off.--$195.

  524. Excellent condition display consisting of a coat size, non-excavated, Federal Infantry Officer Eagle "I" button and a matching non-excavated, cuff size, Officer Eagle "I" button.  Also included is a coat size, non-excavated Enlistedman's Eagle button and a cuff size, non-excavated Enlistedman's Eagle button.--$55. for all four.

  525. Fresh out of the attic, Model 1850, Federal Foot Officer's sword (sword only without leather scabbard).  The blade is just beginning to darken in areas with age and retains original blade engraving almost full length on both sides of the blade.  The sword retains its original brass guard with a beautiful, near chocolate aged patina and original sharkskin on the grip.  This would be a fantastic first Civil War sword for a young or new Civil War collector.--$450.SOLD

  526. Quite rare, 1862 date, State of Missouri $5 note.  This note was printed in Jefferson City, Missouri.  At some point in the past, someone has attached the note to a clear backing by a little drop of glue in each corner.  The note has a little fraying along the top left edge, and I'm sure the clear backing was done to help stabilize the note.  We don't get State of Missouri Civil War date currency very often.--$115.

  527. Very scarce, Civil War Era $1 "script".  This $1 note was printed in Kansas City, Missouri, and could be redeemed at the "American Clothing House" located at the corner of 4th and Main in Kansas City, MO.  This note was at some time in the past affixed to a clear plastic backing for support.--$115.

  528. Excellent condition grouping of three non-excavated, gilted, cuff size, Federal uniform buttons.  One is an artillery, one is an infantry, and one is general service.--$48. for all three.

  529. Very rare and in nice condition, October 10, 1861, Civil War date, State of Florida, $50 note issued from Tallassee.  Florida notes as a whole are rare to come by, but a Tallassee $50 is especially rare.--$225.

  530. Solid as a rock excavated coat size North Carolina Confederate local uniform button.  This was recovered from a North Carolina camp in Virginia, and does have a small push - but has great detail, and a very attractive, slick chocolate brown patina.  The shank is broken off the reverse, but displays very nicely.--$95.SOLD

  531. Excellent condition, excavated, solid silver, side knife scabbard tip.  This was recovered from the 1863 camp of the 16th Alabama Infantry.--$65.

  532. October 17, 1861 issue of a one dollar State of North Carolina note.  The note is circulated but remains in complete, sound condition.--$48.

  533. Quite circulated, April 1861, Corporation of Richmond VA, fifty cent fractional note.  The note remains complete but is quite worn from circulation.--$45.

  534. Attractive, framed display containing several original Frankford Arsenal musket percussion caps.  Nicely displayed and ready to hang.--$35.

  535. Excavated, .58 cal., Springfield, triangular socket bayonet.  This bayonet was recovered about 20 years ago from private property at the base of Rocky Face Ridge, Georgia.  At this point in time, it is a real rarity to recover a complete Civil War bayonet.--$125.

  536. Mint UNCIRCULATED State of North Carolina "Jan. 4, 1863" Wardate $2. note.  This note is in just flawless condition.--$85.

  537. Nice condition, leather sword knot, correct for the 1840 or 1860 Model Cavalry sabers.  This would be an excellent compliment for your nice condition Civil War Cavalry saber.--$350.

  538. Beautiful condition, excavated, marble white patina, dropped .69 cal. triangle base, French Minnie.  This bullet was recovered from General Breckenridge's 1862 camps near Readyville, Tennessee.--$38.

  539. Excellent condition, non-excavated, Company letter "I", stamped brass hat insignia.  The insignia remains in excellent condition with the attachment loop intact on the reverse.--$48.SOLD

  540. Complete excavated set of ammunition for a .69 cal. Civil War musket.  This group includes a .69 cal. buck and ball, a .69 cal. 3-ring Minie ball, and a .69 cal. musket ball.  These projectiles were all recovered from private property along the Confederate battle line here at Stones River.  This would be an excellent set to display with your .69 cal. Civil War musket.--$38.

  541. Quite rare to find and original paper wrapped, .69 caliber conical Minnie cartridge.  We have the cartridge displayed in a small glass display case with an excavated .69 cal. conical Minnie ball displayed alongside.--$150.

  542. Very colorful "GAR" Reunion ribbon from Post #349, Boston Mass.--$45.

  543. Nice condition, standard "GAR" Membership Badge.  The badge has a nice, aged patina and displays well.--$65.

  544. Extremely rare to find, original, complete .45 cal. Ringtail Sharps cartridge.  I have never seen one of these projectiles recovered anywhere except from Confederate Cavalry camps.  This is a cartridge that you will rarely get a chance to own.--$250.

  545. Beautiful condition, very ornate, 8 inch, game scene, brass powder flask.  Flasks of this type were very popular with sportsmen in the South at the time of the outbreak of the Civil War.  Many young Confederate volunteers left home for the war carrying the family fowling rifle and "game scene" brass powder flask.  This example is fresh in out of the local area and has an intricate game scene and a rich, aged, uncleaned, bronze patina.--$175.SOLD

  546. Beautiful condition, excavated, die struck brass, North Carolina sunburst, coat size, Confederate uniform button.  This button has not been cleaned, and I can see lots of silver wash lying behind the woods mulch patina in the background.  The strike is crisp and sharp and has excellent detail.  This button was recovered by Dr. Rees Buttram from near Dalton, Georgia.  As is almost always the case, the solder mark is visible on the reverse where the shank was, but the shank is no longer present.--$150.SOLD

  547. Very nice condition, excavated, coat size, Confederate local manufacture, South Carolina State Seal.  This button is solid as can be with a smooth, chocolate brown patina and was recovered from Manigault's Confederate South Carolina camps following the Battle of Stones River.  The shank remains intact on the reverse.--$165.

  548. Civil War Era, civilian horse bridle of the type that many young Confederates who left home with their own horse to join the Confederate Cavalry.  We often recover the "raised heart" rosettes of this type in early war Confederate Cavalry camps.  I personally recovered a heart rosette identical to the one on this bridle from the 1862 camp of Wharton's 8th Texas Cavalry.  This Cavalry bridle was found hanging in a Civil War Era log outbuilding here in Middle Tennessee and will make a very nice - yet inexpensive compliment to your Confederate Cavalry display.--$195.

  549. Excellent condition, original Civil War Cavalry carbine bore brush.  The leather thong is complete with no breaks or weak spots, and the bore hair brush has all bristles 100% intact.  This would be an excellent compliment to display with your Civil War Cavalry carbine.--$89.

  550. Excellent condition, non-excavated, 3/4 inch size, regimental hat numbers, 4 and 6.  Both hat numbers retain the original loops for sewing on on the reverse.--$75. for both.

  551. Confederate issued, 5 dollar note, dated September 2, 1861.  This is a "T36" in Criswell and is commonly known as the"Ceres Seated on Bail of Cotton" note.  It is a very early numbered note - 851, and is in sound, complete, but circulated condition.--$85.SOLD

  552. Very ornate, 5 dollar note from the "Farmers & Exchange Bank of Charleston, SC".  The note has intricate graphics of oxen pulling a load of cotton.  The note is circulated, but sound.--$65.SOLD

  553. Quite scarce, US Navy marked, Federal percussion capbox.  The box is marked, "USN" in an oval on the outside flap and is maker marked, "E. Metzger - Philadelphia" and is inspector marked, "H. H. Hartzell - US Ord. Dept" on the inside flap.  The box remains complete with both belt loops, closure tab, and finial all intact.-$195.

  554. Extremely rare, "STATE OF FLORIDA" $5 note dated March 1, 1864, out of Tallahassee, FL.  The note remains in very nice condition showing just normal circulation and remaining complete with strong edges.  Civil War date currency from the State of Florida rarely comes along.--$325.SOLD

  555. Really pretty, excavated, large oval, lead-filled, US Cartridge box plate.  This plate was recovered on private property near Chickamauga, Georgia, on February 10, 1978.  The face has a smooth, chocolate brown patina, and the reverse has full lead and both attachment loops intact and is backmarked, "Boyd and Sons - Boston".  There is a small cut along the top edge of the plate that appears to be original to the plate from the time it was lost.  Maker marked plates this nice just are not being recovered anymore.--$250.

  556. 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.

  557. Really pretty large size lead filled "SNY" oval waist belt plate.  This plate was recovered from the James River about 30 years ago and has as nice a face as you are going to see.  The reverse has full lead and prints where the three iron hooks once were, but they are no longer present.  The "SNY" letters are very crisp and bold.--$550.

  558. 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.

  559. Beautiful condition, gilted, coat size, non-excavated, Georgia State Seal uniform button.  This button is one of an entire coat of Georgia buttons that several years ago came out of a Georgia estate and were all off one Confederate uniform.  The button has a "Horstmann Allien" backmark with shank perfectly intact.  This is the style Georgia button most often recovered from Civil War camp sites and battle areas.--$225.

  560. Mint, beautiful condition, non-excavated, coat size, "C.S.A.", Confederate officer's button.  This button retains near 100% bright gold gilt with shank intact on the reverse, and backmarked "Superior Quality".--$250.

  561. 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.

  562. Beautiful condition, matching coat and cuff, Georgia State Seal uniform buttons.  These two buttons came out of an estate and are said to be hand-me-downs off the same uniform.  Both buttons are perfect with near 100% gold gilt.  The coat size is backmarked, "Horstmann & Allien/NY", and the cuff size has a "Mintzer" backmark.  This Georgia two button set makes a fantastic display.--$350. for both buttons.

  563. Original .58 cal. minie ball in original paper wrap.  I recently purchased a Confederate .58 cal. cartridge box and a couple of these were still inside.  I am unsure if it is U.S. or C.S. production.  It will certainly be an excellent addition to someone's collection, and would be very nice displayed as a compliment to your Civil War .58 cal. musket.--$125.SOLD

  564. Extremely rare, Confederate manufactured waist belt with a brass frame style buckle and a Confederate manufactured, single wide belt loop pattern, percussion cap box.  Both the belt and cap box show typical service wear but remain quite pliable and complete.  Confederate manufactured belt rigs this nice rarely surface anymore.--$1,950.

  565. Nice condition, crude blacksmith crafted, 12 1/2" overall, Confederate sideknife.  The blade on the dagger is just over 7" in length and is crafted from a file, and it has a pewter throat and walnut grip.  The knife remains in its original leather sheath, and although very crude in construction, is quite sturdy built and remains very sharp yet today.  Maybe not ornate or fancy, but I guarantee this knife would yet today be lethal as ever.--$495.

  566. Extremely rare, and in mint condition, folding scissor type bullet mold for the Hanovarian or Saxon projectile.  100% of these type bullets that I have seen recovered have been from Confederate sites.  The projectile appears to be approximately .50 cal.--$195.

  567. Very nice condition, non-excavated, set of Federal Enlistedman's brass epaulets.  Both epaulets actually show wear from service and have a pretty, uncleaned, aged, bronze patina.--$350 for the set.

  568. Excellent condition, non-excavated, coat size, Federal Navy button.  The face has near 100% bright gold gilt, and the reverse has an R.M.D.C. backmark of "Horstmann and Alien".  The shank remains perfectly intact on the reverse.--$75.

  569. Model 1860, Federal Navy Cutlass.  The blade on this sword is actually an early excavated artifact.  The digger was able to locate an original 1860, Navy guard and brass pommel cap.  He reassembled the sword to display as it would have originally when issued.  This artifact could easily be a great centerpiece for an excavated relic collection.--$295.

  570. Unusual, 1850 era, "cylindrical", brass powder flask.  Far more powder flasks of the era were of the classic "bag" style than the cylindrical design.  This would make an excellent display compliment for one of the single shot pistols of the era.--$125.

  571. Very pretty Model 1850, Federal Foot Officer's sword.  The sword has a nice clean blade with lots of original engraving remaining visible.  The brass guard has a rich, aged, bronze/brown patina with original sharkskin on the grip.   This is a really pretty "just as attic found" Federal Foot Officer's sword.--$550.

  572. 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.

  573. Model 1863, 3-band, .58 cal., Springfield rifled musket.  This musket has overall clean metal with a small amount of flash around the nipple area.  The lockplate is marked, "Springfield - 1864 - US - and the American Eagle."  The musket has nice wood with normal wear and a faint inspector cartouche opposite the lockplate.  The mainspring remains strong, and the hammer locks in both half-cock and full-cock positions.  There is a little bore remaining, but very dirty, likely having not been cleaned in the last 100 years.  This is an attractive, honest, middle grade example of one of the most famous muskets of the American Civil War.--$1,450.

  574. Extremely rare, cuff size, non-excavated, Federal Topographical Engineer button with 100% bright gold gilt on the face and shank intact on the reverse.  This button is backmarked, "Robinsons/Extra".  In 40 years, I have only had three non-excavated, cuff size, Topographical Engineer buttons.--$350.

  575. Excavated, large size, lead filled US Oval cartridge box plate.  This plate was recently recovered on private property near Shiloh.  The face has a smooth brown/green patina, and the reverse has full lead intact and the rust remnants of where the two wire loops once were.  This is a good quality plate for a current recovery.--$150.

  576. Beautiful condition, cast brass, .32 cal., "Colts Patent" marked, double cavity bullet mold, an excellent compliment to display with your .32 cal., Model 1849, Colt Pocket Model revolver.--$175.

  577. 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.

  578. Really pretty grouping of four excavated cuff size buttons - ALL RETAINING NICE GOLD GILT - The grouping consists of a gilted Federal enlistedman's eagle button (rare to dig with nice gilt) - a pretty gilted eagle Infantry Officer - a nicely gilted Federal Staff Officer - and a gilted Confederate Floral.  All are presented in a glass riker display case.--$79. for all

  579. 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.

  580. Nicely cased, apothecary scale with an embossed eagle on the outside of the case and original weights and pans intact on the inside.  I have been told that these cased scales were used both in the medical/apothecary application and also were used around the early gold mines.--$295.

  581. Excellent condition, non-excavated, heavy cast brass, single-cavity bullet mold for making "country rifle" type bullets.  Many young Confederates, when they first left home for the Civil War in 1861, left home carrying the family country rifle, and in many cases, were forced to field mold ammunition for these "brought from home" weapons.  We have recovered "country rifled" type bullets from Confederate camps dating at least to the end of 1863.  This is a quite heavy brass bullet mold and has enough brass to make at least two or three CSA rectangle buckles.--$175.

  582. Quite scarce, original CIVIL WAR DATE 1863 issue, bank of Chattanooga one dollar note.  The note remains in very sound circulated condition and is noted on the face of the note, "Pay to Bearer One Dollar in Confederate Treasury Notes when presented in sums of five dollars or its multiples."  This would be an excellent addition to a Chattanooga area Civil War collection.--$95.

  583. 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.SOLD

  584. Early battlefield pick-up look, .577 cal., Enfield, rifled musket, triangular socket bayonet.  The bayonet is missing the lock ring, but is otherwise full length and complete.--$150.

  585. Beautiful condition, 1840 land grant from President Martin Van Buren.  This grant contains 40 acres and is for land located near Edwardsville, Illinois.  This land grant retains the original Presidential Seal and is certificate number 19691 and is dated January 1, 1840.--$250.

  586. Small leather Civil War era Pistol cartridge box correct for .44 cal. revolver ammunition.  The box remains in nice condition with pliable leather, and is only missing the tip of the leather closure tab.  This would be a perfect compliment to display with your .44 cal. Colt or Remington Army revolver.--$175.

  587. Absolutely beautiful condition, excavated, coat size, "silvered", NC, sunburst button.  This button was recovered many years ago by Benny Anderson from Confederate camps near Dalton, GA.  Shell jackets had been purchased by the Confederate States government from the State of North Carolina and distributed during the winter of 1863-1864 to Army of Tennessee Confederate troops camped around Dalton, GA.  It is very rare to recover a North Carolina sunburst retaining this much original silver wash.--$150.

  588. Original 1862 date $1,000. Confederate Civil War Bond.  The bond is #1710 and was actually issued - not a surplus bond - and has 30 original interest coupons remaining.  It was authorized by Confederate Congress on August 19, 1861 and was actually issued on Nov. 4, 1862.  It is an excellent piece of Confederate history and will frame beautifully.--$125.SOLD

  589. Beautiful condition non-excavated coat size Federal Staff Officer's button.  It has near 100 % bright gold gilt - "Extra Quality" backmark - and shank intact.--$45.

  590. Excellent condition original unissued red Federal Artillery Hat Cord.  A very nice - yet inexpensive, addition to your Civil War Artillery display.--$48.

  591. Original Feb. 20, 1863 $100. Confederate States of America Loan Bond.  Eight of the original interest coupons remain intact, and the bond will frame beautifully.  The vignette in the center pictures a Confederate soldier with sword in hand and leaning against a tree.--$125.SOLD

  592. Quite rare to find - Beautiful condition non-excavated coat size "Excelsior - New Yok State National Guard".  I don't think that I have ever seen a nicer example.--$75.

  593. Excavated, coat-size, Eagle "D" (Dragoon) button.  This was recovered from the 1862 - 1863 winter camp of Lucius Polk's Army of Tennessee Brigade winter quarters located near Tullahoma, TN.--$75.

  594. Quite rare, mid 1800's era, dental forceps for extracting teeth.  I had to go to the dentist this morning for a crown, and I'm sure glad I didn't see this thing coming my way.  I have also, through the years, heard that in certain situations, this instrument was also used for recovering bullets.  I wouldn't want to be on the receiving end of that use either!!!--$79.

  595. Original, February 17, 1864, issue Confederate $50 note.  This note is serial# 37003 and pictures Confederate President, Jefferson Davis.  This is a good, honest, circulated Confederate $50 note.--$89.

  596. Excellent condition, Civil War, leather, cavalry carbine boot.  This device was used to keep the barrel of the cavalry carbine stable while riding.  Without this cavalry boot to keep the carbine restricted, it would have been flying all over the place when riding at a gallop.--$85.

  597. Excavated, coat size, die struck, North Carolina Sunburst uniform button.  This button was recovered from an 1863 - 1864 Army of Tennessee winter campsite located near Dalton, GA.  It has a beautiful, brown/green woods patina that has never even been rinsed off.--$110.

  598. Absolutely beautiful condition, New Jersey State Seal, Staff Officer, coat size button.  The face is flawless with a "Schuyler H. & G. - New York" backmark.  It retains near 100% original gilt with shank remaining intact and straight.  This is a relatively rare Civil War State Seal button to come by.--$350.

  599. Absolutely beautiful condition, private purchase, cast brass, Confederate used cavalry spur.  Over the years, we have recovered several spurs of this type, and every one has come from Confederate Cavalry sites.  This example has a rich, aged patina and a large, handcrafted, copper rowel that was made from a coin.  A small portion of the original leather boot attachment strap remains with the spur.--$295.

  600. 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.

  601. Very attractive excavated coat size MISSISSIPPI "I" Confederate uniform button.  This was recovered from Gen. Walthall's 1862 Mississippi camp located near Estill Springs, TN.  It is solid as can be with a smooth chocolate brown patina - no dents - shank intact - and "Hyde and Goodrich - N.O." backmark.--$295.

  602. Model 1864 Federal .58 cal. cartridge box with the original "over the shoulder" leather sling.  The cartridge box remains pliable with the original .58 cal. cartridge tins still intact.  The leather sling is slotted for an eagle breastplate, but there is no evidence that there was ever one there.  The entire rig is in overall solid, pliable condition.--$895.

  603. Beautiful condition, Model 1840, Ames Non-Commissioned Officer, Federal sword and scabbard.  The blade remains clean and bright with Ames on the scroll marking on one side and dated 1864 and marked "US" on the other.  The leather scabbard remains complete and in very nice condition tip to tip.--$695.

  604. 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.

  605. During the opening years of the Civil War many young Confederates left home for the War carrying the family fowling rifle or double barrel percussion shotgun just like the young fellows in the pictures above.  This percussion 12 Ga. double barrel is an 1800s era W. Richards from London, England and was purchased many years ago out of a Northern Mississippi estate.  The shotgun remains in nice condition and the action on both barrels works perfectly.  This is going to be an excellent and reasonably priced addition to someone's Civil War display.--$650.SOLD

  606. Just brought in out of a local estate - .69 cal. Harpers Ferry 3 band musket originally produced in flint and converted to percussion for Civil War use.  The musket is clean with lockplate markings of " 1834 - Harpers Ferry - U.S." and the barrel has a matching "1834" date.  The stock remains in nice condition, but does show rounding of corners from lots of service.  There appears to be an old repair to an old crack at the wrist, but is very nicely done.  This weapon was no doubt carried by a local Tennessee Confederate, and is going to be a very nice and reasonably priced addition to someone's Confederate display.--$1,295.SOLD

  607. 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

  608. 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.

  609. 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.

  610. Quite rare, non-excavated, two-piece, flat "Ancient and Honorable Artillery - 1638" button.  This is a Massachusetts Artillery unit and is among the oldest military organizations in the nation.  The button has the inscription, "A & H A " above and "1638" below.  It has near 100% bright gold gilt with shank intact on the reverse.  This is an MS47A in Albert and is a virtually perfect example.--$175.

  611. Quite rare, .58 cal., type III, Richmond Armory, 3-band, rifled musket.  This musket has lockplate markings of "CS - Richmond VA - 1863".  This is the type III Richmond Armory musket with the "lower" humpback lock.  The barrel is Richmond Production as well with the distinctive crescent shaped slot.  The musket has the distinctive brass buttplate of Richmond Production after leftover Harpers Ferry parts had been exhausted.  The stock appears to be Confederate produced rather than a leftover Harper's Ferry stock, in that it is not milled for the Maynard primer system.  The musket shows rounding of corners with numerous dings and marks in the wood from many campaigns.  This musket is a good, solid example of a Confederate Arsenal weapon that has survived many a campaign.--$5,850.SOLD

  612. Non-excavated, large size, lead-filled, US Oval Cartridge Box Plate.  This plate has a very attractive, never cleaned, dark aged patina on the face and full lead and both attachment loops intact on the reverse.  The wire loops are 2 5/8" apart.  If you have a nice, .58 cal., Federal cartridge box missing the plate, here is an excellent example to finish out your cartridge box.--$250.

  613. Very rare, and beautiful condition non-excavated cuff size "Goodyear's Patent" HARD RUBBER Federal Eagle Button.  These are believed to have been used by Federal Sharp Shooters to prevent the sparkle of gilted brass buttons to give the Sharp Shooter's position away.--$225.

  614. Very rare to recover, nice drop, .69 cal., two-ring musketoon projectile.  This rare bullet was recovered years ago from a Confederate camp near Triune, Tennessee.  Interestingly, this is one of the very few sites in our area where this projectile has been recovered.--$79.

  615. Non-excavated, private purchase style spur that we often excavated from Confederate Cavalry campsites.  The spur remains in nice, stable condition with the original rowel still intact and will spin.--$150.

  616. 1/6th plate, ambrotype of two seated Union soldiers that look to likely be brothers.  One is wearing a standard kepi, and the other is wearing an earlier Mexican War era hat.  The image is out of an Ohio estate and remains nice and clear.--$150

  617. Very attractive "Special Model 1861" .58 cal., "S. Norris & W.T. Clements for Massachusetts", 1863 date, 3-band percussion rifled musket.  The metal has a smooth, gently aging, gray/brown patina with an 1863 date on the lockplate and an 1864 date on the barrel.  The main spring remains strong and the musket locks in both half-cock and full-cock positions.   Both sling swivels , long range site, and original ramrod remain intact, and a good, crisp bore remains.  The wood remains in nice condition with a faintly visible inspector cartouche, and the normal dings and marks from actual field service.  There is a small sliver of wood missing from just beneath the lockplate.  This is a quality condition musket and shows evidence of just good, honest, actual Civil War field service.--$1,450.

  618. Absolutely beautiful condition, excavated, large coat size, Confederate block "A" button.  This is a rare 25mm, CS-101A in Albert and is backmarked, "HT & B /Manchester".  This button has a glossy, dark green/black patina and has the shank perfectly intact on the reverse.  It was recovered near Savannah, Georgia, and has that slick, glossy, beautiful patina common to that sandy area.  You are not going to find a more beautiful example.--$395.

  619. Beautiful condition 9-mm French Pinfire revolver.  The revolver still has pretty case colors and the ejector rod intact - the loading door intact - folding trigger intact - and I am including two original cartridges to display with the revolver.  The South purchased many of these, and we recover the pinfire cartridges from almost every 1863 Confederate camp here.--$695.SOLD

  620. Excellent condition, non-excavated, large size, lead-filled, US Oval, Federal cartridge box plate.  This is an early "fat letter" style plate.  The wire loops on the reverse are perfectly intact, straight, and 2 3/4" apart.  If you have a leather US cartridge box needing a box plate, this is a beauty.--$250.

  621. 58 cal., triangular socket bayonet, correct for .58 cal. Springfield or contract 3-band rifled muskets.  The metal is smooth, just beginning to darken with age.  It was apparently a private purchase, because there are no US marks.--$195.

  622. Excellent condition, non-excavated, coat size, Pennsylvania National Guard.  It is in perfect condition with near 100% bright gold gilt.  This button has a late war backmark of "Horstmann NY & Philada."  A quite rare and beautiful button at a great price.--$125.

  623. Absolutely beautiful condition, excavated, coat size, Confederate Officer's droop wing button.  This button was recovered over 40 years ago by Dr. Rees Buttram on private property near Chickamauga, Georgia.  It has a smooth, chocolate brown patina - nice crisp detail - and even has the brass shank intact on the reverse.--$275.

  624. Quite rare "From Life" CDV of Confederate Brigadier General Humphrey Marshall.  General Marshall was from Kentucky and was very active during the Civil War Era, both militarily and politically.--$125.

  625. Very - very nice condition Model 1852 Federal Naval Officer's Sword and Scabbard.  The blade is beautiful with deep - crisp engraving from top to bottom.  The guard has a rich never cleaned thick bronze - brown patina, and the grip has the original sharkskin weap and wire.  The blade is bright with sparkling bright engraving and is marked "Philadelphia" and would have been also marked "Horstmann" -  but that mark has been intentionally removed.  The leather scabbard is exceptionally nice with "coiled rope" ring mounts and a Dolphin drag.  What a fantastic gift this would be for that Naval person in your family.--$1,250.

  626. 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.

  627. 1/6th plate tintype of a fully equipped, Federal Infantry Enlistedman.  This is a standing view wearing a 9-button frock coat with US beltrig and cartridge box at his side.  His musket with bayonet stands in front of him.  The photograph is taken in front of a patriotic backdrop with tents, canons, and flags.  The photograph is housed in a 1/2 hard case and remains in good stable condition with no flaking at all.  The only negative is the image is unfortunately darker than what would be ideal.  Even though dark, the image has great content and would be a nice addition to a collection.--$175.

  628. Excavated, coat size, "CS 5" Confederate Droop Wing Eagle Staff Officer's button.  The button remains solid as a rock with the rare "Rivet'd & Solderd" backmark.  The face has crisp detail, nicely outlined with gold gilt, but does unfortunately have a light press at the eagle's chest.  This is a backmark that you rarely see recovered.--$250.

  629. Very attractive excavated large oval lead filled "SNY" waist belt plate.  This plate was recovered on private property near Cold Harbor over 20 years ago.  The face is complete , and has a pretty brown-green patina with good crisp detail.  The reverse is lead filled, and all three attachment hooks remaining intact.  At the time this plate was recovered the lead on the reverse was flaking a bit along one edge.  This has been professionally stabilized, and this is now a very nice plate that most any collector would be very proud to have in his collection.--$650.

  630. Pristine, non-excavated, pair of brass, Federal, enlistedman's shoulder epaulets.  The epaulets are completely intact with both attaching tabs underneath as well as the brass, sew-on clips to attach the epaulets to the uniform.  If you have a nice Federal shell jacket or enlistedman's frock coat, these will be perfect to complete your display.--$375. for the pair.

  631. Beautiful excavated large size oval "VMM" (Volunteer Maine Militia) cartridge boxplate.  This plate was recovered about 40 years ago on private property near Port Hudson, LA.  The face has a slick chocolate brown patina and sharp, crisp letters and the plate has literally never even been rinsed off.  The plate is the pattern ""VMM" with very little lead in the back - Actually just barely enough to keep the wire loops in place.  Rusty residue of the wire loops still remains.  This is one of the prettiest "VMM"s from that area that I have seen.--$1,150.

  632. Just in out of the local area - .69 cal. Model 1842 Springfield percussion musket.  The metal has a dark chocolate brown attic patina with lockplate markings of "1855 - Springfield - and U.S.".  There is some pitting around the nipple area from having seen lots of field service.  The wood is a very dark red-brown color and has the expected numerous small dings and marks from lots of actual field service.  The mainspring is still strong as can be and the hammer sets solidly at both half cock and full cock.  This one is a smoothbore and would have fired both musket balls and "buck and ball".  This is a very typical antequated weapon that the Southern Infantry was armed with through much of the Civil War, and considering the area here where the musket came from - was almost certainly Southern carried and is going to look great on someone's wall.--$1,295.

  633. Really pretty, cast brass, Model 1851, saber belt plate with the applied silver wreaths.  It is mounted on an excellent condition, "Rock Island Arsenal", Indian War, leather sword belt.  I suspect that this was a Civil War buckle carried over and used in a slightly later military campaign.--$495.

  634. Absolutely beautiful condition, SUPER RARE, Confederate manufactured wooden scabbard Confederate Cavalry saber.  Most collectors now believe this to be a product of Kraft, Goldschmidt, and Kraft of Columbia, SC.  This extremely rare Confederate saber was for many years believed a product of H. Marshall of Atlanta, GA.  This example has a bright, clean blade and an excellent grip with original wrap and wire.  The original wooden scabbard is one of the nicest that I have seen in years.  This fine Confederate Cavalry saber was for many years on display in a GAR Post in Boston.  You couldn't ask for a nicer example of this extremely scarce Confederate manufactured Cavalry saber and scabbard.--$8,500.

  635. Beautiful condition, non-excavated, coat size, 3-piece, Virginia Staff Officer button.  This button has virtually 100% bright gold gilt and is perfect with no dents or cracks.  The reverse is backmarked "Canfield Bro. & Co. Baltimore," and the shank remains perfectly intact.  This button is nice enough quality for even the most discriminating collector.--$275.

  636. Absolutely beautiful non-excavated coat size Georgia State Seal Confederate Officer's button.  It has a super nice face with virtually 100 % bright gold gilt intact.  The reverse is prewar backmarked "Horstmann and Allien - NY" and is perfect as well with shank intact.--$225.SOLD

  637. Very attractive, excavated, large size, lead-filled, Georgia State Seal oval waist belt plate.  This extremely rare Confederate buckle is out of the nationally known Charlie Harris collection and was originally recovered by Dr. Rees Buttram off private property near Chickamauga.  The face has a nice brown/green patina with crisp detail.  This rare buckle has the distinction of having been in two of the finest nationally known excavated artifact collections in existence.--$3,950.SOLD

  638. scriptibutton.JPG (98130 bytes)scriptibuttonrev.JPG (90628 bytes)Nice crisp excavated coat size Confederate "Script "I" uniform button.  It has a smooth chocolate patina, with no dents and shank intact.  This button was recovered on private property located near Richmond, VA.--$165.SOLD

  639. pairofbullets.JPG (79945 bytes)pairofbulletsinside.JPG (51109 bytes)Pair of excavated .577 cal. Confederate Enfield bullets with rare base markings.  One is base marked "L" {for London} and the second is base marked "L-2" {for London 2nd pattern}.  The "L-2" still has the original boxwood plug intact in the base and can be taken in and out.  They come in a nice glass display case.--$45. with case-SOLD

  640. canteenstnd.JPG (59429 bytes)canteenstndcls.JPG (59303 bytes)canteenstndstns.JPG (95254 bytes)canteenrev.JPG (63506 bytes)Very cool Model 1858 Federal "Bullseye" canteen that is complete with cover - stopper - sling - and has the sling shortened indicating Cavalry service.  There are some "red-brown" splatters on it - Wonder if DNA works after 150 years ??--$495.SOLD

  641. bayonetwed.JPG (35332 bytes)Early Battlefield Pick-up .577 cal. Enfield triangular socket bayonet picked up on private property near Chickamauga, GA, many, many years ago.--$150.SOLD

  642. A few days ago - April 10th, 2017 - was one of life's very best days.  My 3rd granddaughter (Isabella Rose) was born to my younger daughter Savannah Cynthia and her husband Luke.  Isabella Rose was born at 1:10 p.m. weighing 7 lbs. 11 oz. and was 19 1/4" long.  She appears very healthy and has a head full of dark brown hair.  To me, she looks like a near exact duplicate of her older sister, Lila Magnolia.  The birth went perfectly, and we hope to have both coming home soon.  Lila is very proud of her new baby sister, and we hope that sentiment lasts.

  643. lilapic1.JPG (83855 bytes)lila2poppy.JPG (18033 bytes)lila3asleep.JPG (20264 bytes)lila5profpic.png (771077 bytes)lila5wrapped.jpeg (262144 bytes)lila4andmomhosp.JPG (141046 bytes)lila6reaction.JPG (23590 bytes)lila7goodmorning.jpg (65573 bytes)lila8happytues.jpg (59827 bytes)lili10pinksocks.JPG (26317 bytes)lila11withana.JPG (27622 bytes)lili12cheerldr.JPG (93658 bytes)savannahcheer.JPG (36520 bytes)lila13easterbunny.JPG (118941 bytes)lilasheep.JPG (27660 bytes)lilasthrnbell.JPG (28647 bytes)lilakitchen.jpg (37664 bytes)lilainstrawberries.JPG (702058 bytes) volcheerleader.JPG (647692 bytes)Meet "Lila Magnolia Blackwelder" !!!  She is my younger daughter - Savannah Cynthia and her husband - Luke Blackwelder's first child.  She was born December 4, 2013 at 3:25 pm weighing 7 pounds 4 ounces and was 19 3/4 inches long.  She was born with a head full of dark brown hair and a fine set of lungs.  She has a wonderful disposition, and loves to smile and giggle.  I plan to do my best to spoil her beyond belief !!!!

  644. annasoccer.JPG (39064 bytes)poppyana&rachJPG.JPG (253237 bytes)anastasiaschool.JPG (25834 bytes)larrya.jpg (610641 bytes)NEW PICTURE !!!  Guess who is celebrating 1 year old today ??  Yep -- "Lady A - Anastasia" .  I  just got back from Houston, TX. visiting my first "Grandchild - Lady-A" {Anastasia}.  She is an absolute little doll and has everyone wrapped around her tiny, little finger.  She has arrived at the conclusion - "If I'm awake, somebody best be holding me if you know what's good for you" -- {otherwise I'll give you the business} !!!  She and I have a lot in common -- Two of our favorite things on earth to do is "Eat and Sleep" !!!!  Jonathan {the pup} is a wonderful "Big Brother" -- As a matter of fact - He has a little sweater that has "Only Child" crossed out and "Big Brother" written beneath it.  She is something like 11 months old and already weighs 23 lbs. -- Texas thing I'm told !!!   {Make that "5 YEARS" old now !!!!}  WOW --- Time sure gets away !!!!  And now ANOTHER year !!!!   I'm getting SOOO old, but beats the alternative !!!

  645. .forrestprint.JPG (71374 bytes)Beautiful and tough to come by 1973 print of General Nathan Bedford Forrest that was done by the Sons of Confederate Veterans over 30 years ago.  The print is BIG measuring 24 inches by 30 inches before framing and is absolutely breathtaking once it's matted and framed.  I seldom get these in anymore.--$89.

   

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