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  1. Nick's injuries have healed, and he is ready for adoption.  He has had all his shots, and he has a flea collar, harness, and leash.  He is very playful and affectionate and loves to "try" to be a lap dog.  Nick is approximately 1 1/2 years old and likely a pit/boxer mix.  If I were able to keep him, I would certainly love to as he has stolen my heart.  It is just not practical for me at this time.  If you or anyone you know would be a good candidate for Nick, I would love to hear from you.  It has been a joy to watch him improve from the malnourished, injured dog that showed up on my doorstep four weeks ago.  Yesterday Nick played "fetch ball" with Brian Akins two youngest sons until both dog and boys were "Pooped" !!!

  2. Nick has come a long, long way since, only 21 days ago, my finding him lieing at my back door almost starved to death, and badly wounded.  He has gained 12 lbs. (and weighs a much more healthy 54 lbs.)and is getting his pretty slick black coat back.  He is literally glued to my hip whenever at all possible.  Bathtime is still an ordeal, and we both need a towel when it is over.  His wounds appear to be healing nicely.  I have lost 5 lbs. walking him, playing with him, and giving him baths -- And that part is certainly a good thing !!!

  3. Nick has reached 54 lbs., which according to the vet is a healthy weight and he really doesn't need to gain any more.  This means cutting back on the grub some which Nick was apparently not crazy about, because he ate my book, "Gettysburg", last night.  It apparently tastes like chicken!!  Note to self - do not leave enough slack in Nick's leash to reach the bookshelf.

  4. Yesterday, we took "Nick" to visit "Nicki", his namesake.  We loved Nicki for the past 12 years, (of her 18), and we knew her as a very faithful companion.  Although she was small, she would have at any time risked her life to protect those around her.  She was really one of a kind, and a day does not pass without thoughts of her.  Nick is a really sweet, loving dog, but even though he is SO much bigger, Nicki would have done her best to have run him off if she were here!!!  RIP

  5. Our rescue Pit-bull mix pup thinks he is still a lap dog, which would be all good except he is about the size of a Volkswagen!!!

  6. A couple of days ago when I first got up and opened the back door, there lay an injured, young Pit-bull mix pup.  It had apparently been hit by a car, as a big hunk of its right rear leg was missing.  In addition to having been hit by a car, the poor pup was literally skinny as a rail, and had multiple hairless spots due to some kind of fungus.  But in spite of his horrible situation, he wagged his tail and was very friendly when I came out the door.  Nita's first meeting with Nick was opening her car door and finding a large dog trying to crawl in the car on top of her.  I got a frantic phone call - "come get this crazy dog off of me"!  We couldn't bear not to help out a young dog that could be that friendly and have such a positive attitude in spite of its injuries and REALLY ROUGH condition.  We began to feed it, and took it to the vet to have its wound dressed.  This was Nita & I's first time in a waiting room to be summoned as "stray"!  Luckily his leg wasn't broken, just missing a hunk and somewhat infected.  The vet here is a great guy and charges only 50% when it is a good Samaritan call.  Today was Nita & I's first experience at giving a Pit-bull a bath.  The bathroom now looks like there was a bar room brawl in it, but "lucky pup Nick" is now clean, shiny, and smells sweet.  Our goal is to get Nick back to 100% healthy and find him a great home.  (Nita's little Rat Terrior puppy, Taco, and my cat, Tigger, have teamed up and are planning an "intervention"!)

  7. Our good buddy, Quindy Robertson, recently stumbled on a Civil War artillery dump.  It is not often in the Civil War relic hunting world that you need a wheel barrow, but in this case Quindy did!!!  I have no doubt that there will be a fantastic upcoming magazine article about this find.  I think Quindy said the count was somewhere over 700 pieces at this point!!!  Congratulations Quindy.  Now THAT is having some FUN !!!!

  8. I have recovered many thousands of bullets over the years, but this is the first bullet that I have ever heard in someone's chest.  I had a young lady in the shop with quite a story to tell.  It is going to take more than a 9mm to stop her.  She said that just pissed her off and burned like hell when it went in.  All I can say is "SALUTE"!!!  Just for the record, a 9mm in someone's chest has a VDI reading on the F-75 LE of a solid 48.

  9. Our first semi-retirement trip took us north into Canada to visit our friends, Russ and Dottie Wunker.  Our second semi-retirement trip took us to the far western coast to visit our friends, Noel and Nonie McMahan.  Then our third trip took us to historic Savannah, Georgia, on our eastern coast where we visited with Jerry and Susan Yannacone, and appropriately our most recent fourth trip took us to the near southern extreme of Florida, beautiful Naples, Florida, to visit Ted and BJ Campbell.  Each of our trips has been very special, particularly the time spent with good friends.  We have found each area in its own way historic and beautiful and a memorable experience to have visited.  Still the time spent with good friends was the best of all.  Upon arriving in Naples, we were greeted with everyone wearing coats and jackets.  For them, 50 - 60 degrees was a "great cold blast" and required this type clothing.  Even though it was cool, it was nice for us coming from MUCH colder temperatures here in Tennessee.  It was, however, near record-breaking cold for the folks around Naples.  Our first outing was a car ride around Naples in which we got to see how, not rich, but REALLY rich people live.  It is my understanding that 3/4 of our country's billionaires (with a "B") maintain a home in Naples.  I quickly came to realize that Porsches, Bentleys, and Maseratis are as common around Naples as a Chevrolet is around Murfreesboro.  This is absolutely the first place that I have ever seen a person buy a ten million dollar home only to get the view, tear that home down, and build a twenty million dollar home where it stood.  It is the natural beauty and climate of Naples that makes it a place that anyone would like to retire.  Space and waterfront property is so limited, only the most wealthy and privileged are able to have a home with such a view.  The town itself has a very friendly and festive ambiance with lights around the palm trees and beautiful store window displays.  There are outdoor tables around every restaurant.  On our second day, we took a drive down through the Everglades.  I can tell you that I wouldn't want to fall overboard from a boat in ANY of these waters.  There are literally alligators lying all over the place.  We found the birds in the Everglades to be equally as beautiful and fascinating.  After returning from the Everglades, we kicked back and relaxed at Ted and BJ's beautiful home, and Ted and I played with Civil War relics until bedtime.  The following day (Monday) was our prettiest day weather wise with a little sunshine for a change.  Our big adventure on this day was taking a guided boat tour and seeing some of the most beautiful, ornate, and sometimes eccentric homes that you can imagine lining both sides of the Gordon River all the way to the Gulf of Mexico.  Anchored behind almost every mansion was an equally impressive yacht.  This trip was truly an eye-opening adventure for both Nita and myself.  Our thanks and appreciation go to Ted and BJ Campbell for their wonderful hospitality (and BJ's wonderful cooking)!  We hope to one day see them up this way and also to someday return and visit them once more.

  10. Nita and I just returned from our third "semi-retirement" adventure.  Our first trip was to Canada, and our second to the West Coast, and this trip was to the East Coast.  We went to visit friends, Jerry and Susan Yannacone, at Savannah, Georgia.  Savannah has been a place that we have wanted to visit for years because of its beauty, historic significance, and mystic nature.  One of the first places we went was the Bonaventure Cemetery which was featured in the book, Midnight in the Garden of Good and Evil, a New York Times Best Seller for four years.  The book is a must read, and the movie is also fun to watch.  The cemetery proved to be far beyond our expectations from several different aspects.  Dates as early as the 1700's can be found in this cemetery, and the artistic work on the monuments is in many cases near unbelievable.  We found many, many Confederates buried there with everything from swords to belt rigs and hats beautifully sculpted in marble.  Also in this cemetery, we found the burial site for the Mercer family who are the original builders of the home featured in the book and movie.  Midnight in the Garden of Good and Evil is a mystic account of an actual killing that occurred in the Mercer - Williams house.  Savannah is a one-of-a-kind city loaded with history and draped in Spanish Moss which is hanging from the massive live oak trees located in the numerous "Squares" throughout the city.  If you have never visited this city and enjoy American history, art, and beautiful antebellum homes, Savannah should be on your "to-do list".  This is the first installment of our visit.  Additional pictures and locations will be coming soon (including two super-cool forts).  A heartfelt thank you to our gracious hosts, Jerry and Susan Yannacone, and we look forward to your visit to Tennessee.

  11. One of the two Civil War Forts preserved near Savannah that we visited was Fort Pulaski.  This fort has something like a 30 foot moat completely surrounding it and walls at least ten feet thick.  One would think this fort would be impenetrable, but that does not take into account the hammering from large bore Naval cannon.  It is really something to see the amount of damage that 5,000 artillery shells in 36 hours can do.  If you are ever in Savannah, do not miss going out and touring this incredible fort.

  12. The second fort we visited near Savannah was Fort McAllister. Fort McAllister was a Confederate earthen-work fort used to defend Savannah, Georgia during the American Civil War. It was the southernmost of the forts defending Savannah and was involved in the most battles. It was located on the Ogeechee River in Bryan County. It is listed on the National Register of Historic Places  . Fort McAllister was one of three forts protecting Savannah, the others being Fort Pulaski and Fort James Jackson standing in Confederate defiance of the Union naval blockade. The southeast coast of the United States was the place where both combatants tested the latest in naval artillery and coastal defenses.  Fort McAllister was the key to unlocking the defenses around Savannah, one of the most important Confederate ports on the Atlantic Ocean.

  13. 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!!!

  14. (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.

  15. 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" !!!

  16. Very - Very rare .69 cal. Harpers Ferry smoothbore flintlock musket IN ORIGINAL FLINT.  This was originally produced as a full length .69 cal. Harpers Ferry Smoothbore flintlock musket, and was shortened to the 36 inch barrel "Artillery length" during the Civil War era.  The easy "giveaway" that this weapon started out as a full length Infantry weapon and was shortened to Artillery length is the location of the center barrel band.  It is positioned correctly to be a full length musket.  This came directly out of a central North Carolina estate, and shows clear evidence of having seen LOTS of service.  I am, in addition, going to include a display with a set of "buck and ball", which was a favorite ammunition to use in this weapon.  The original "Harpers Ferry" flint lock mechanism on this musket is a REAL RARITY to come by on it's own.--$1,450.SOLD

  17. 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.

  18. Very nice condition, excavated, large size, plainface Confederate waist belt plate.  This plate was recovered many years ago from Confederate camps on private property near Corinth, Mississippi.  The reverse has clearly visible solder marks where the hooks were once attached, but they are no longer present.  This style is one of the most reasonably priced of all Confederate waist belt plates.--$250.

  19. 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.

  20. 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.

  21. Very attractive, excavated, Western Theater pattern, die struck, egg-shaped, CS oval Confederate waist belt plate.  This buckle was recovered over 30 years ago from the camp of the 1st Alabama Cavalry located near Midland, Tennessee, which was surprise raided and burned by Gen. David Stanley's Federal Cavalry in March 1863.  This plate has a smooth, brown/green patina with "CS" letters much easier to read than is often the case.  The buckle is solid as can be with only one edge chip that has been reinforced.  The reverse has the solder marks where the wire hooks were once in place.  This plate would rank as one of the nicer examples that was recovered from this camp all those years ago.  On this CS buckle, I could walk to within a few steps of where it was recovered.--$1,495.SOLD

  22. Quite rare to recover, lead-filled, Eastern Theater style, egg-shaped CS oval waist belt plate.  This buckle was recovered over 40 years ago near Winchester, Virginia, and has a smooth chocolate brown patina on the face and full lead-fill in the reverse.  The lead fill was chipped out at a couple of small places near the edge on the reverse and has been expertly reinforced.  This is a very difficult plate to find in anywhere near nice condition, and this is a very solid and attractive example.--$1,850.SOLD

  23. Super, super rare, complete Confederate waist belt rig with original waist belt, brass frame buckle, original single belt loop Confederate manufactured cap box, and beautiful hand-crafted, 14 inch, Confederate sideknife.  The waist belt is a typical early war Confederate style with a non-descript Confederate frame buckle.  The belt remains complete and pliable.  On the belt is an original, Confederate manufactured, single-wide belt loop, percussion cap box and a Confederate blacksmith-crafted bowie knife in original, leather sheath.  We have pictured a Confederate wearing a very similar belt rig and equipment.  Having relic hunted Western Theater Confederate camp sites for over 40 years, I have recovered numerous small brass non-descript frame buckles exactly like the one on this belt rig.  This is about as accurate display of an early war Western Theater Confederate belt rig that you will see.  It is directly out of a North Georgia estate.--$3,950.SOLD

  24. Absolutely beautiful, excavated, Richmond Arsenal Officer's pattern, two piece, CS sword belt plate.  Both halves were dug together over 30 years ago 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.

  25. Super RARE to recover - excavated lead filled rectangular LOUISIANA STATE SEAL waist belt plate.  This extremely rare C.S. State plate was recovered about 30 years ago from Confederate 1862 camps around Corinth, Miss.  The plate was bent a bit when recovered, but easily straightened nicely.  There is not one really nice example of this rare Confederate plate per year being recovered now.  This is one Confederate buckle that every relic hunter dreams of recovering.  It has been in my good buddy - Coy Kitchen's - personal collection for the past 20 plus years.  This beautiful plate would be a fine addition to any Civil War collection.--$3,250.SOLD

  26. Very RARE and really pretty  excavated 1863 issue (heavier belt loop pattern) "COIN TYPE" "C.S." 2-piece saber belt plate.  This beautiful C.S. 2-piece sword belt plate was recovered from the Spring of 1863 Confederate Artillery Camp located a couple miles outside Shelbyville, TN. on the Lewisburg Pike.  When recovered this plate was broken at the usual weak spot where the narrow part of the tongue neck meets the C.S. disc.  I personally recovered one just like this one at the same camp and was broken at exactly the same spot.  Both my plate and this one were both professionally restored by Robert McDaniel.  We believe that it is quite likely that these plates may have been manufactured at the Selma C.S.A. Arsenal.--$2,650.

  27. Absolutely drop-dead beautiful condition, excavated, chocolate brown, Tennessee pattern, cast brass, C.S.A. rectangular waist belt plate.  This buckle is one of the "extra thin" CSA types that were issued to the Army of Tennessee in late 1862 and early 1863.  These buckles were cast so thin that the cast brass hooks sometimes pulled through the face of the plate, and I have seen them with an air bubble cast into the face allowing you to see light through the buckle.  CSA buckles that were issued in Tennessee from about March 1863 on are thicker than this quite rare variety.  This example has a smooth, chocolate brown, uncleaned patina with all three attachment hooks perfectly intact.  It was recovered from one of Leonidas Polk's January - February, 1863, Army of Tennessee winter camps along the Duck River near Shelbyville, Tennessee.  You couldn't ask for a more perfect example of this rare style.--$2,850.

  28. Very nice condition, thick cast brass, Atlanta style, rectangular "C.S.A." waist belt plate on original, Confederate waist belt.  With this belt rig  came a nice condition, hand-stitched, Confederate holster for a .36 cal. Navy size revolver.  The belt and buckle have clearly been together for many, many years as they are literally grown together with green patina.  With the addition of a nice Colt Navy revolver, this will be a fine museum grade display.--$5,950.

  29. Beautiful condition, excavated, "gutter back" style, Confederate Georgia frame, cast brass waist belt plate.  This excellent buckle was recovered from the 1862 - 1863 Army of Tennessee Confederate camps along Duck River near Shelbyville, Tennessee.  This particular buckle was recovered many years ago and has a slick, brown/green patina.  This is the look we all like to see come out of the ground.--$595.

  30. Very pretty, Richmond Arsenal style, Confederate Enlistedman's CS tongue and wreath sword belt plate.  This buckle was recovered about 40 years ago from a Confederate Cavalry Camp on private property near Brandy Station, Virginia.  It has a very pretty, uncleaned, brown/green patina and is going to make a beautiful centerpiece for someone's excavated relic collection.--$2,450.SOLD

  31. Excellent condition, excavated, rectangular, plain face, stamped brass, Confederate waist belt plate.  This style plate was manufactured by Noble Brothers of Rome, Georgia.  The solder spots remain visible on the reverse where the hooks were, but the hooks are not present.  This plate was recovered on private property near the Battle of Chickamauga, Georgia.--$395.

  32. 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.

  33. 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.--$2,450.

  34. Really pretty excavated "tall loop" Leech and Rigdon "08" pattern C.S. Cavalryman's 2-piece saber belt plate.  This buckle was recovered about 30 years ago from Gen. N. B. Forrest's Confederate Cavalry camp located on Tippa Creek in North Mississippi.  I personally recovered an identical plate to this one in the very same camp around 1980.  When this plate was recovered the belt loop on the wreath side was broken, and has been expertly repaired by the "best around" - Robert McDaniel.  This is a very scarce Confederate sword belt plate that anyone would be pleased to have in their collection.  It has a smooth perfectly matching chocolate brown patina.--$2,450.SOLD

  35. Group of four excavated buckles, all recovered from the camp of the 16th Alabama Infantry occupied during the Spring of 1863.  The buckles include three cast frame type and one wreath half to a die-stamped 2-piece sash buckle.  All four buckles--$100.

  36. 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.

  37. 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.

  38. 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.

  39. 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.

  40. Very nice condition, excavated, large size, plainface Confederate waist belt plate.  This plate was recovered many years ago from Confederate camps on private property near Corinth, Mississippi.  The reverse has clearly visible solder marks where the hooks were once attached, but they are no longer present.  This style is one of the most reasonably priced of all Confederate waist belt plates.--$250.

  41. 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.

  42. 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.

  43. Very attractive, excavated, Western Theater pattern, die struck, egg-shaped, CS oval Confederate waist belt plate.  This buckle was recovered over 30 years ago from the camp of the 1st Alabama Cavalry located near Midland, Tennessee, which was surprise raided and burned by Gen. David Stanley's Federal Cavalry in March 1863.  This plate has a smooth, brown/green patina with "CS" letters much easier to read than is often the case.  The buckle is solid as can be with only one edge chip that has been reinforced.  The reverse has the solder marks where the wire hooks were once in place.  This plate would rank as one of the nicer examples that was recovered from this camp all those years ago.  On this CS buckle, I could walk to within a few steps of where it was recovered.--$1,495.SOLD

  44. Quite rare to recover, lead-filled, Eastern Theater style, egg-shaped CS oval waist belt plate.  This buckle was recovered over 40 years ago near Winchester, Virginia, and has a smooth chocolate brown patina on the face and full lead-fill in the reverse.  The lead fill was chipped out at a couple of small places near the edge on the reverse and has been expertly reinforced.  This is a very difficult plate to find in anywhere near nice condition, and this is a very solid and attractive example.--$1,850.SOLD

  45. Super, super rare, complete Confederate waist belt rig with original waist belt, brass frame buckle, original single belt loop Confederate manufactured cap box, and beautiful hand-crafted, 14 inch, Confederate sideknife.  The waist belt is a typical early war Confederate style with a non-descript Confederate frame buckle.  The belt remains complete and pliable.  On the belt is an original, Confederate manufactured, single-wide belt loop, percussion cap box and a Confederate blacksmith-crafted bowie knife in original, leather sheath.  We have pictured a Confederate wearing a very similar belt rig and equipment.  Having relic hunted Western Theater Confederate camp sites for over 40 years, I have recovered numerous small brass non-descript frame buckles exactly like the one on this belt rig.  This is about as accurate display of an early war Western Theater Confederate belt rig that you will see.  It is directly out of a North Georgia estate.--$3,950.SOLD

  46. Absolutely beautiful, excavated, Richmond Arsenal Officer's pattern, two piece, CS sword belt plate.  Both halves were dug together over 30 years ago 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.

  47. Super RARE to recover - excavated lead filled rectangular LOUISIANA STATE SEAL waist belt plate.  This extremely rare C.S. State plate was recovered about 30 years ago from Confederate 1862 camps around Corinth, Miss.  The plate was bent a bit when recovered, but easily straightened nicely.  There is not one really nice example of this rare Confederate plate per year being recovered now.  This is one Confederate buckle that every relic hunter dreams of recovering.  It has been in my good buddy - Coy Kitchen's - personal collection for the past 20 plus years.  This beautiful plate would be a fine addition to any Civil War collection.--$3,250.SOLD

  48. Very RARE and really pretty  excavated 1863 issue (heavier belt loop pattern) "COIN TYPE" "C.S." 2-piece saber belt plate.  This beautiful C.S. 2-piece sword belt plate was recovered from the Spring of 1863 Confederate Artillery Camp located a couple miles outside Shelbyville, TN. on the Lewisburg Pike.  When recovered this plate was broken at the usual weak spot where the narrow part of the tongue neck meets the C.S. disc.  I personally recovered one just like this one at the same camp and was broken at exactly the same spot.  Both my plate and this one were both professionally restored by Robert McDaniel.  We believe that it is quite likely that these plates may have been manufactured at the Selma C.S.A. Arsenal.--$2,650.

  49. Absolutely drop-dead beautiful condition, excavated, chocolate brown, Tennessee pattern, cast brass, C.S.A. rectangular waist belt plate.  This buckle is one of the "extra thin" CSA types that were issued to the Army of Tennessee in late 1862 and early 1863.  These buckles were cast so thin that the cast brass hooks sometimes pulled through the face of the plate, and I have seen them with an air bubble cast into the face allowing you to see light through the buckle.  CSA buckles that were issued in Tennessee from about March 1863 on are thicker than this quite rare variety.  This example has a smooth, chocolate brown, uncleaned patina with all three attachment hooks perfectly intact.  It was recovered from one of Leonidas Polk's January - February, 1863, Army of Tennessee winter camps along the Duck River near Shelbyville, Tennessee.  You couldn't ask for a more perfect example of this rare style.--$2,850.

  50. Very nice condition, thick cast brass, Atlanta style, rectangular "C.S.A." waist belt plate on original, Confederate waist belt.  With this belt rig  came a nice condition, hand-stitched, Confederate holster for a .36 cal. Navy size revolver.  The belt and buckle have clearly been together for many, many years as they are literally grown together with green patina.  With the addition of a nice Colt Navy revolver, this will be a fine museum grade display.--$5,950.

  51. Beautiful condition, excavated, "gutter back" style, Confederate Georgia frame, cast brass waist belt plate.  This excellent buckle was recovered from the 1862 - 1863 Army of Tennessee Confederate camps along Duck River near Shelbyville, Tennessee.  This particular buckle was recovered many years ago and has a slick, brown/green patina.  This is the look we all like to see come out of the ground.--$595.

  52. Very pretty, Richmond Arsenal style, Confederate Enlistedman's CS tongue and wreath sword belt plate.  This buckle was recovered about 40 years ago from a Confederate Cavalry Camp on private property near Brandy Station, Virginia.  It has a very pretty, uncleaned, brown/green patina and is going to make a beautiful centerpiece for someone's excavated relic collection.--$2,450.SOLD

  53. Excellent condition, excavated, rectangular, plain face, stamped brass, Confederate waist belt plate.  This style plate was manufactured by Noble Brothers of Rome, Georgia.  The solder spots remain visible on the reverse where the hooks were, but the hooks are not present.  This plate was recovered on private property near the Battle of Chickamauga, Georgia.--$395.

  54. 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.

  55. 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.--$2,450.

  56. Really pretty excavated "tall loop" Leech and Rigdon "08" pattern C.S. Cavalryman's 2-piece saber belt plate.  This buckle was recovered about 30 years ago from Gen. N. B. Forrest's Confederate Cavalry camp located on Tippa Creek in North Mississippi.  I personally recovered an identical plate to this one in the very same camp around 1980.  When this plate was recovered the belt loop on the wreath side was broken, and has been expertly repaired by the "best around" - Robert McDaniel.  This is a very scarce Confederate sword belt plate that anyone would be pleased to have in their collection.  It has a smooth perfectly matching chocolate brown patina.--$2,450.SOLD

  57. Group of four excavated buckles, all recovered from the camp of the 16th Alabama Infantry occupied during the Spring of 1863.  The buckles include three cast frame type and one wreath half to a die-stamped 2-piece sash buckle.  All four buckles--$100.

  58. 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.

  59. 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.

  60. 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.

  61. 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.

  62. Very nice condition, excavated, large size, plainface Confederate waist belt plate.  This plate was recovered many years ago from Confederate camps on private property near Corinth, Mississippi.  The reverse has clearly visible solder marks where the hooks were once attached, but they are no longer present.  This style is one of the most reasonably priced of all Confederate waist belt plates.--$250.

  63. 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.

  64. 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.

  65. Very attractive, excavated, Western Theater pattern, die struck, egg-shaped, CS oval Confederate waist belt plate.  This buckle was recovered over 30 years ago from the camp of the 1st Alabama Cavalry located near Midland, Tennessee, which was surprise raided and burned by Gen. David Stanley's Federal Cavalry in March 1863.  This plate has a smooth, brown/green patina with "CS" letters much easier to read than is often the case.  The buckle is solid as can be with only one edge chip that has been reinforced.  The reverse has the solder marks where the wire hooks were once in place.  This plate would rank as one of the nicer examples that was recovered from this camp all those years ago.  On this CS buckle, I could walk to within a few steps of where it was recovered.--$1,495.SOLD

  66. Quite rare to recover, lead-filled, Eastern Theater style, egg-shaped CS oval waist belt plate.  This buckle was recovered over 40 years ago near Winchester, Virginia, and has a smooth chocolate brown patina on the face and full lead-fill in the reverse.  The lead fill was chipped out at a couple of small places near the edge on the reverse and has been expertly reinforced.  This is a very difficult plate to find in anywhere near nice condition, and this is a very solid and attractive example.--$1,850.SOLD

  67. Super, super rare, complete Confederate waist belt rig with original waist belt, brass frame buckle, original single belt loop Confederate manufactured cap box, and beautiful hand-crafted, 14 inch, Confederate sideknife.  The waist belt is a typical early war Confederate style with a non-descript Confederate frame buckle.  The belt remains complete and pliable.  On the belt is an original, Confederate manufactured, single-wide belt loop, percussion cap box and a Confederate blacksmith-crafted bowie knife in original, leather sheath.  We have pictured a Confederate wearing a very similar belt rig and equipment.  Having relic hunted Western Theater Confederate camp sites for over 40 years, I have recovered numerous small brass non-descript frame buckles exactly like the one on this belt rig.  This is about as accurate display of an early war Western Theater Confederate belt rig that you will see.  It is directly out of a North Georgia estate.--$3,950.SOLD

  68. Absolutely beautiful, excavated, Richmond Arsenal Officer's pattern, two piece, CS sword belt plate.  Both halves were dug together over 30 years ago 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.

  69. Super RARE to recover - excavated lead filled rectangular LOUISIANA STATE SEAL waist belt plate.  This extremely rare C.S. State plate was recovered about 30 years ago from Confederate 1862 camps around Corinth, Miss.  The plate was bent a bit when recovered, but easily straightened nicely.  There is not one really nice example of this rare Confederate plate per year being recovered now.  This is one Confederate buckle that every relic hunter dreams of recovering.  It has been in my good buddy - Coy Kitchen's - personal collection for the past 20 plus years.  This beautiful plate would be a fine addition to any Civil War collection.--$3,250.SOLD

  70. Very RARE and really pretty  excavated 1863 issue (heavier belt loop pattern) "COIN TYPE" "C.S." 2-piece saber belt plate.  This beautiful C.S. 2-piece sword belt plate was recovered from the Spring of 1863 Confederate Artillery Camp located a couple miles outside Shelbyville, TN. on the Lewisburg Pike.  When recovered this plate was broken at the usual weak spot where the narrow part of the tongue neck meets the C.S. disc.  I personally recovered one just like this one at the same camp and was broken at exactly the same spot.  Both my plate and this one were both professionally restored by Robert McDaniel.  We believe that it is quite likely that these plates may have been manufactured at the Selma C.S.A. Arsenal.--$2,650.

  71. Absolutely drop-dead beautiful condition, excavated, chocolate brown, Tennessee pattern, cast brass, C.S.A. rectangular waist belt plate.  This buckle is one of the "extra thin" CSA types that were issued to the Army of Tennessee in late 1862 and early 1863.  These buckles were cast so thin that the cast brass hooks sometimes pulled through the face of the plate, and I have seen them with an air bubble cast into the face allowing you to see light through the buckle.  CSA buckles that were issued in Tennessee from about March 1863 on are thicker than this quite rare variety.  This example has a smooth, chocolate brown, uncleaned patina with all three attachment hooks perfectly intact.  It was recovered from one of Leonidas Polk's January - February, 1863, Army of Tennessee winter camps along the Duck River near Shelbyville, Tennessee.  You couldn't ask for a more perfect example of this rare style.--$2,850.

  72. Very nice condition, thick cast brass, Atlanta style, rectangular "C.S.A." waist belt plate on original, Confederate waist belt.  With this belt rig  came a nice condition, hand-stitched, Confederate holster for a .36 cal. Navy size revolver.  The belt and buckle have clearly been together for many, many years as they are literally grown together with green patina.  With the addition of a nice Colt Navy revolver, this will be a fine museum grade display.--$5,950.

  73. Beautiful condition, excavated, "gutter back" style, Confederate Georgia frame, cast brass waist belt plate.  This excellent buckle was recovered from the 1862 - 1863 Army of Tennessee Confederate camps along Duck River near Shelbyville, Tennessee.  This particular buckle was recovered many years ago and has a slick, brown/green patina.  This is the look we all like to see come out of the ground.--$595.

  74. Very pretty, Richmond Arsenal style, Confederate Enlistedman's CS tongue and wreath sword belt plate.  This buckle was recovered about 40 years ago from a Confederate Cavalry Camp on private property near Brandy Station, Virginia.  It has a very pretty, uncleaned, brown/green patina and is going to make a beautiful centerpiece for someone's excavated relic collection.--$2,450.SOLD

  75. Excellent condition, excavated, rectangular, plain face, stamped brass, Confederate waist belt plate.  This style plate was manufactured by Noble Brothers of Rome, Georgia.  The solder spots remain visible on the reverse where the hooks were, but the hooks are not present.  This plate was recovered on private property near the Battle of Chickamauga, Georgia.--$395.

  76. 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.

  77. 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.--$2,450.

  78. Really pretty excavated "tall loop" Leech and Rigdon "08" pattern C.S. Cavalryman's 2-piece saber belt plate.  This buckle was recovered about 30 years ago from Gen. N. B. Forrest's Confederate Cavalry camp located on Tippa Creek in North Mississippi.  I personally recovered an identical plate to this one in the very same camp around 1980.  When this plate was recovered the belt loop on the wreath side was broken, and has been expertly repaired by the "best around" - Robert McDaniel.  This is a very scarce Confederate sword belt plate that anyone would be pleased to have in their collection.  It has a smooth perfectly matching chocolate brown patina.--$2,450.SOLD

  79. Group of four excavated buckles, all recovered from the camp of the 16th Alabama Infantry occupied during the Spring of 1863.  The buckles include three cast frame type and one wreath half to a die-stamped 2-piece sash buckle.  All four buckles--$100.

  80. 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.

  81. 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.

  82. 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.

  83. Very nice condition, Model 1816, .69 cal., smooth bore, E. Whitney musket converted from flintlock to percussion for Civil War use.  The lockplate is beautifully marked, "US - crossed arrows - E. Whitney - New Haven - 1834", and the barrel has a very nice matching 1834 date.  The metal has a smooth, gently aging, gray/brown patina with nice, crisp markings remaining.  The stock remains in very nice condition with the name "John" lightly carved into the left-hand side with a pen knife, and the initials JC are carved into the stock beside the hammer leading us to believe the soldier's name that carried this weapon is John C.  Although this musket remains in very nice overall condition, there is clear wear and evidence of having seen many a campaign.  With this musket we are including a small display case with an original buck and ball and percussion caps.  This is a classic example of what many Confederate Infantry soldiers were armed with for the first year of the Civil War.--$1,150.SOLD

  84. Very nice condition, Federal Cavalry carbine cartridge box.  From its size, this appears to be for a Burnside carbine.  We have included an original Burnside carbine cartridge in the box for display.  This would be a super nice artifact to compliment your Burnside carbine.--$350.

  85. Beautiful condition, small leather Federal percussion capbox.  This box has full original wool on the inside and has a very nice, original, Model 1839 small US Oval waist belt plate attached to the outside flap.  This is a very pretty piece.--$375.SOLD

  86. 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.

  87. Very nice condition, excavated, large size, plainface Confederate waist belt plate.  This plate was recovered many years ago from Confederate camps on private property near Corinth, Mississippi.  The reverse has clearly visible solder marks where the hooks were once attached, but they are no longer present.  This style is one of the most reasonably priced of all Confederate waist belt plates.--$250.

  88. 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.

  89. Absolutely drop-dead beautiful, Confederate import marked, .577 cal., Enfield, 3-band, rifled musket.  This musket has lockplate markings of, "1863 - Tower - and the British Crown."  The barrel has the very desirable upside down "25-25" markings.  The long range site remains perfectly intact, and this musket's bore is about as crisp and sharp as when it was first issued.  The stock has a beautiful, circular, British Small Arms mark as well as the import anchor in front of the butt plate, a Sinclair Hamilton & Co. marking behind the trigger guard, and a beautiful, crisp "Bentley and Playfair" stock maker mark.  The main spring remains as strong and crisp as when the musket was first issued, and the long range site is intact and works perfectly.  The original ram rod remains intact as well.  This is one of the prettiest Southern import marked Enfields that has come through the shop in a long time.--SOLD

  90. Extremely rare, excavated, 6.25 inch stand of Naval grape.  This stand of grape was recovered over 30 years ago on private property near Vicksburg, Mississippi.  For many years, it was on display in the Lotz House Museum in Franklin, Tennessee.  It can be shipped, but life would be tremendously better if someone picked it up here at the shop.--$695.SOLD

  91. 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.

  92. Excavated, complete 3 inch, Confederate Read projectile.  This projectile was recovered many years ago near Richmond, Virginia.  It has been disarmed, cleaned, and coated and has both the CS copper time fuse and a very nice, complete, rifled, copper Confederate sabot.  This shell is ready for display.--$595.SOLD

  93. Excellent condition, blacksmith crafted, 11 inch Confederate side knife.  The knife has a 7 inch blade that was made from a file.  It has original walnut grips and a 2 1/4 inch iron cross guard.  This is about as classic a blacksmith homemade Confederate side knife as you are going to see.--$695.SOLD

  94. 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

  95. Very attractive, Model 1840, Ames produced, Federal Musicians sword.  The blade has a very nice, smooth, aging, gray/brown patina with markings of, "1862 - Ames Mfg. Co. - US".  This pretty sword is out of a Florida estate where the family moved from the northern states to Florida sunshine and recently passed.--$295.

  96. 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.

  97. Very pretty, Model 1860, .44 cal., Colt Army model revolver.  This revolver is out of the local area and is serial number 43850, which is very desirable 1862 production.  A nice clear, visible inspector cartouche remains on the walnut grip.  At some point, the barrel of this revolver was damaged and was replaced with a barrel of a different serial number (an 1863 production).  It is a very nice quality weapon and remains just as it has been for the past 100+ years.  Because of the replaced barrel, the revolver is priced at about half what it would be otherwise.--$1,295.SOLD

  98. Quite rare, 10 inch, Sheffield sideknife with beautiful, patriotic gutta percha grips.  The blade on this knife is six inches long with a clipped tip and remains razor sharp.  It has a 2 1/2 inch brass cross guard and is going to make a beautiful addition to someone's Civil War display.--$395.

  99. Extremely scarce, Confederate, 6 pound, solid shot cannonball with complete straps and complete wooden sabot.  This projectile was recovered over 30 years ago out of the Savannah River near the Confederate Augusta Arsenal site.  It has been cleaned, coated, and preserved and is ready for display.--$650.SOLD

  100. Beautiful condition, non-excavated, Model 1839, small oval US cartridge box plate, crisply backmarked, "W.H. Smith - Brooklyn".  The face has a rich, uncleaned, aged patina, and you just couldn't ask for a nicer example overall.--$350.

  101. 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.

  102. 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.

  103. 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.

  104. Absolutely beautiful, excavated, Richmond Arsenal Officer's pattern, two piece, CS sword belt plate.  Both halves were dug together over 30 years ago 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.

  105. Among the rarest of all Civil War relics are Southern maker marked belts, cartridge boxes, and cap boxes.  This particular box is brown leather with lead finial and is maker marked, "Muncer & Calvin - Columbus, MISS."  It has been in the soldier's family since the Civil War, and was carried by Absolum Myers Cooper of Co, "E" 1st TENN. VOL. INF.  To my knowledge there are only 4 examples remaing in existence, and this is #1 or #2 nicest out there.  This jewel is "The Last House On Bad Street" !!!--SOLD

  106. 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.

  107. Very nice condition, massive 21" Confederate side knife, blacksmith made from an English manufactured cavalry saber with pressed leather grips.  The knife has a smooth, chocolate, never cleaned brown patina overall and original pressed leather grips remaining perfectly intact.  This is a well crafted and lethal Confederate weapon and would make a fine addition to your Confederate weapons display.--$895.

  108. 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.

  109. 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

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

  111. Extremely rare, hand stitched, brown leather, Confederate haversack/utility bag with original, over-the-shoulder, brown leather sling.  The sling remains complete with the original iron roller buckle remaining intact.  This is out of a North Alabama estate and is one of the nicest that I have seen in a long time.--$1,650.SOLD

  112. 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.

  113. Virtually drop dead beautiful MINT large size arrow hook U.S. oval waist belt plate on mint unissued brown buff leather belt.  This belt rig was no nicer 150 years ago than it is today !!--$595.

  114. Very attractive 1864 date .58 cal. COLT "Special Model" 3-band percussion rifled musket.  Everyone is acquainted with the Colt Civil War era handguns, but COLT also made a Civil War 3-band rifled musket.  The metal has a gently aging brown-grey patina with lockplate markings of "1864 - COLT MFG. CO. - HARTFORD, CT."  The original walnut stock remains in overall nice condition with two visible military inspector cartouches.  A little bit of original bore remains, but the weapon has seen quite a bit of firing and actual field service.  An original Civil War date COLT MUSKET would be a nice addition to any Civil War collection.--$1,450.SOLD

  115. 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.

  116. 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.

  117. 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.

  118. Very pretty condition, "1863 date", small, leather, Federal, percussion cap box.  The leather remains soft and pliable and is marked, "Longley & Co. - Lewiston, ME - 1863".  The closure tab, both belt loops, and inner flap all remain intact, and some original percussion caps are still inside.--$195.SOLD

  119. Very rare, regulation, Confederate manufactured, tin drum canteen with original, over-the-shoulder leather sling.  This canteen was found hanging in a barn near Chickamauga, GA, and has the distinct look of being a battlefield pick-up artifact.  It will fit equally as well in an excavated or non-excavated, Confederate display.--$595.SOLD

  120. Drop-dead beautiful condition, excavated, circular, Federal Eagle breast plate.  This plate was recovered November 6, 1955, near Spotsylvania Courthouse, Virginia.  It's beautiful condition reflects having been out of the ground 64 years.  The iron attachment loops on the reverse are not only both intact, but are nice enough that the plate could literally go back on leather.--$225.SOLD

  121. 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.

  122. 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.

  123. 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.

  124. Beautiful condition, excavated, "gutter back" style, Confederate Georgia frame, cast brass waist belt plate.  This excellent buckle was recovered from the 1862 - 1863 Army of Tennessee Confederate camps along Duck River near Shelbyville, Tennessee.  This particular buckle was recovered many years ago and has a slick, brown/green patina.  This is the look we all like to see come out of the ground.--$595.

  125. Very attractive, 1848 date, Model 1841, "Mississippi" rifle.  The metal has a smooth, attic brown patina, and the lockplate is marked, "E. Whitney, N. Haven - 1848."  The mainspring remains very strong and firmly locks into both half cock and full cock.  Both inspector marks remain visible in the wood opposite the lockplate.  This is a classic example of one of the more sought after weapons of the American Civil War Era.--$1,895.SOLD

  126. Nice condition, 1863 date, .54 cal., second type Merrill carbine.  This carbine is out of a North Carolina estate and has a replacement hammer identical to those used by M.A. Baker of Fayetteville, North Carolina.  M.A. Baker is well known to have repaired and converted many weapons for the State of North Carolina during the entire Civil War.  It is quite likely that this weapon could have been repaired by M.A. Baker and Confederate carried.  The metal has a smooth, aging, gray/brown patina with lockplate markings of "J.H. Merrill - Baltimore - July 1858".  The original walnut stock is in nice condition but does have an old age crack running down the left hand side.  The action still works perfectly, and a good bore remains.  This carbine is serial number (14432) and has an assembly number of "94" and two dots at several different locations.--$1,450.

  127. 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.

  128. Extremely rare to recover, DROP 3.8 inch Birdcage James Bolt with complete lead and tin remaining intact.  This projectile was recovered over 40 years ago on private property near Shiloh.  It has been cleaned, coated, and is ready for display.--$950.

  129. 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.--$595.

  130. 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.

  131. 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.

  132. 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.

  133. Excellent condition, "CS" marked, Confederate manufactured Artillery short sword in original leather scabbard.  The blade has a smooth, gently aging, gray/brown patina with virtually no pitting at all.  The cast brass copper/bronze guard has a rich, aged, bronze/brown patina with a CS cast into the guard mid-way of the cross guard and a star cast into each side of the pommel.  The leather scabbard remains in nice condition and has no breaks or repairs except for the brass drag which is a recent replacement to protect the leather tip of the scabbard.  This is a considerably nicer example of this sword than you generally see.--$3,450.

  134. 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

  135. .69 cal., 1851 date, Austrian, 3-band, percussion musket.  The musket has a smooth, aging, gray/brown patina, and the action still locks firmly in place at both half-cock and full-cock.  The lockplate is dated "1851".  This musket was purchased over 40 years ago from an estate near Birmingham, Alabama, and has been in Buddy Cornelius's collection in North Alabama ever since.  Nicely carved into the right side of the stock  with double hatched lines is, "1  A L A", no doubt indicating the musket was carried by someone in the 1st Alabama Volunteer Infantry.  It has a very attractive, uncleaned patina and will make a fine addition to someone's Confederate display.  We are including a small display with an original musket ball and percussion caps of the same type this musket would have used.--$1,250.SOLD

  136. 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.

  137. Absolutely beautiful, museum grade, Federal Artillery red-trimmed shell jacket.  The jacket has virtually no mothing at all, bright vivid colors, and all buttons intact.  This jacket is out of one of the oldest and best condition collections in this area.  You couldn't ask for a nicer example to add to your collection.  Both coat liner and sleave liner remain perfectly intact.--$2,250.

  138. 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.

  139. Very nice condition, excavated, 3 inch, Confederate Reed artillery projectile.  This projectile was recovered over 40 years ago from private property near Chickamauga, Georgia.  The copper sabot remains 100% intact, and the iron remains almost nice enough to fire today.  The projectile has an open fuse hole and took a wood drive-in fuse adapter.  This is a really nice Confederate projectile.--$650.

  140. 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.

  141. ornateswdcls2.JPG (49777 bytes)ornateswdeng.JPG (60419 bytes)ornateswdgrd.JPG (63202 bytes)ornatesedeagl.JPG (58129 bytes)ornateswdopn.JPG (17871 bytes)ornateswd.JPG (12115 bytes)ornateswdgrp.JPG (61235 bytes)ornateswdeng2.JPG (95821 bytes)Absolutely breathtakingly beautiful high grade 1840 era Militia Officer's sword and scabbard.  The pommel cap is an intricate, finely detailed gilted cast brass eagle, as is the sword's cast brass cross guard.  BOTH the brass scabbard and the blade have finely detailed engraving, and the grip is very old ivory.  Only a high ranking officer would have carried a sword of this fine grade.  Anyone that comes to look at your collection will stop in their tracks when they get to this one.  Swords of this type were carried by both Union and Confederate High Ranking Officers.--$1,850.

  142. Just brought in out of a local family, a nice, honest, Model 1873, caliber 45 -70, "trapdoor" Springfield rifle.  This rifle was carried by an ancestor who was in the military during the Indian War Era.  The walnut stock remains in nice condition with a faintly visible cartouche.  The long range site, both sling swivels, and cleaning rod all remain intact.  This is a good, honest quality hand-me-down trapdoor Springfield.--$650.SOLD

  143. Nice condition, original, .577 cal., Enfield, triangular socket bayonet in original leather scabbard.  The bayonet remains clean and bright with virtually no pitting at all and would be a very nice compliment to display with your .577 cal. Enfield, 3-band, rifled musket.--$325.SOLD

  144. Absolutely mint, beautiful condition, non-excavated, Model 1851, cast brass, Eagle sword belt plate with applied wreaths.  This plate has a rich, aged, never cleaned patina with the silver wreaths 100% intact, and the bench mark - "211" - is on the reverse.  Both the tongue and belt loop keeper are intact.  This is an exceptionally nice example.--$350.

  145. 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.

  146. Excellent condition, Civil War Era, four-section, 13 1/2 inch spyglass.  It has 100% original leather wrap intact, and the optics still work perfectly.--$195.SOLD

  147. Very attractive, Model 1865, Spencer, 7-shot repeating carbine.  This carbine is serial number 24675.  It has crisp action, a very good bore, long range site, loading tube, and snap swivel bar and ring all remaining intact.  The only thing missing is the rear sling swivel.  This model Spencer carbine saw limited service at the very end of the Civil War and lots of service in taming the Wild West It has a deep groove worn in the stock where the snap swivel has rubbed back and forth from lots of time in the saddle.  This is a very nice quality Model 1865 Spencer that has actually seen real service.--$1,850.SOLD

  148. 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

  149. 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.

  150. 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.

  151. Very attractive, excavated, Western Theater pattern, die struck, egg-shaped, CS oval Confederate waist belt plate.  This buckle was recovered over 30 years ago from the camp of the 1st Alabama Cavalry located near Midland, Tennessee, which was surprise raided and burned by Gen. David Stanley's Federal Cavalry in March 1863.  This plate has a smooth, brown/green patina with "CS" letters much easier to read than is often the case.  The buckle is solid as can be with only one edge chip that has been reinforced.  The reverse has the solder marks where the wire hooks were once in place.  This plate would rank as one of the nicer examples that was recovered from this camp all those years ago.  On this CS buckle, I could walk to within a few steps of where it was recovered.--$1,495.SOLD

  152. Quite rare to recover, lead-filled, Eastern Theater style, egg-shaped CS oval waist belt plate.  This buckle was recovered over 40 years ago near Winchester, Virginia, and has a smooth chocolate brown patina on the face and full lead-fill in the reverse.  The lead fill was chipped out at a couple of small places near the edge on the reverse and has been expertly reinforced.  This is a very difficult plate to find in anywhere near nice condition, and this is a very solid and attractive example.--$1,850.SOLD

  153. 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

  154. Absolutely drop-dead beautiful, mint, museum grade condition, super rare, Federal Artillery Musicians' Shell Jacket.  The colors remain bright and vivid with no fading or moth damage whatsoever.  All buttons remain intact as well as full interior lining and sleeve lining.  You can look as long as you like, but you're not going to find a nicer Federal Artillery Musician's jacket than this one.--SOLD

  155. Beautiful condition, .577 cal., Enfield, triangular socket bayonet in original leather scabbard.  If you have a nice condition, .577 cal., Civil War Enfield, 3-band, rifled musket, here is your chance to complete your display with an excellent condition bayonet and scabbard.--$325.

  156. Super, super rare, complete Confederate waist belt rig with original waist belt, brass frame buckle, original single belt loop Confederate manufactured cap box, and beautiful hand-crafted, 14 inch, Confederate sideknife.  The waist belt is a typical early war Confederate style with a non-descript Confederate frame buckle.  The belt remains complete and pliable.  On the belt is an original, Confederate manufactured, single-wide belt loop, percussion cap box and a Confederate blacksmith-crafted bowie knife in original, leather sheath.  We have pictured a Confederate wearing a very similar belt rig and equipment.  Having relic hunted Western Theater Confederate camp sites for over 40 years, I have recovered numerous small brass non-descript frame buckles exactly like the one on this belt rig.  This is about as accurate display of an early war Western Theater Confederate belt rig that you will see.  It is directly out of a North Georgia estate.--$3,950.SOLD

  157. Absolutely drop-dead beautiful condition, excavated, chocolate brown, Tennessee pattern, cast brass, C.S.A. rectangular waist belt plate.  This buckle is one of the "extra thin" CSA types that were issued to the Army of Tennessee in late 1862 and early 1863.  These buckles were cast so thin that the cast brass hooks sometimes pulled through the face of the plate, and I have seen them with an air bubble cast into the face allowing you to see light through the buckle.  CSA buckles that were issued in Tennessee from about March 1863 on are thicker than this quite rare variety.  This example has a smooth, chocolate brown, uncleaned patina with all three attachment hooks perfectly intact.  It was recovered from one of Leonidas Polk's January - February, 1863, Army of Tennessee winter camps along the Duck River near Shelbyville, Tennessee.  You couldn't ask for a more perfect example of this rare style.--$2,850.SOLD

  158. RARE, RARE, RARE, excavated "CS" marked Memphis Novelty Works, Confederate Cavalry Officer's spur.  This spur was recovered from a General N. B. Forrest Confederate Cavalry camp in North Mississippi.  The spur has both legs broken but has a "CS" that you can read across the room.  This is a fantastic and rare CS marked Confederate artifact just as it is, or I can 100% guarantee that Robert McDaniel could do a restoration on this jewel that would knock your eyes out.--$595.SOLD

  159. Really, really pretty, early war, Model 1855, .58 cal., Federal cartridge box with original sling, both plates, and original tins.  The cartridge box remains pliable and complete intact.  The cartridge box plate is the "fat letter" early war style US.  The sling remains pliable with the original breast plate intact, and both plates have a rich, aged, never cleaned patina.  This is literally a museum grade cartridge box and sling rig.--$1,150.

  160. 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.

  161. Extremely rare, Confederate short sword, hand crafted from a Confederate Naval Cutlass.  The Cutlass appears to be a Griswold product and has had the massive Naval, brass D-guard removed and replaced by a small, functional brass guard reminding one much of the Leech and Rigdon short sword product with no guard at all.  The blade has a smooth, gray/brown patina, and the cast bronze grip and guard have a rich, never cleaned, aged patina.  The transition from Naval Cutlass to short sword is so perfectly done that one would think it the work of an arsenal.  This is a very unusual, Confederate weapon and is in rich, aged, never cleaned, untouched condition.  It will be a fantastic addition to any Confederate weapons display.--$2,250.

  162. Excavated, die struck brass, North Carolina, coat size, "Sunburst" button.  This button has never even been washed off and has crisp, sharp detail and a beautiful brown/green patina.  It was recovered from a lawn on private property at the Battle of Franklin.  These jackets were purchased by the Confederate government from the State of North Carolina and distributed to Confederate troops of the Army of Tennessee when encamped around Dalton, GA, during the winter of 1863 - 1864.  Many were still being worn on November 30, 1864, at the Battle of Franklin, Tennessee.--$110.SOLD

  163. 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.

  164. 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.

  165. Very rare, original, unopened packet of six .44 cal. Colt Army revolver cartridges.  The packet remains in very nice condition and would be a fine compliment to display with your .44 cal., Model 1860, Colt Army revolver.--$395.

  166. Very neat, excavated display from Stones River.  This display includes half a US cartridge box plate, one nice condition excavated Federal Infantry Officer's button, and one excavated Eagle coat size enlistedman's button.--$65. for the entire display.

  167. 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.

  168. 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.

  169. Beautiful, non-excavated, gilted, matching pair of Civil War Officer eaglehead spurs.  This beautiful pair of eaglehead spurs is out of the well known Civil War author, Charlie Harris's personal collection.  The intricacy of the detail on this pair of spurs is a near work of art.--$850.SOLD

  170. 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

  171. 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.

  172. 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.

  173. 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.

  174. .36 cal., Savage 6-shot Navy Model revolver.  This revolver has a serial number of 8224, which is very desirable mid-war production.  The weapon has a smooth, attic, gray/brown patina, and the intricate Savage action still works perfectly.  There are a couple nipples that are chipped and broken from the weapon being dry-fired over the years  This is a very pretty, uncleaned Savage revolver with clear evidence of having been carried in many campaigns.  The corners of the grips are worn rounded from the many hours in the saddle.  A family brought this revolver into the Dalton, Georgia, Civil War Relic Show, and I purchased it from them there.  They had been told that a Confederate ancestor carried it during the Civil War.--$1,650.SOLD

  175. Absolutely beautiful condition, non-excavated, large size, lead filled, Arrow Hook US Oval waist belt plate.  This buckle was recently purchased out of a Central Ohio estate sale and has a beautiful, never cleaned, rich, aged, bronze patina on the face and full lead and all three attachment hooks on the reverse.  This waist belt plate is exactly like you want to find them.--$295.

  176. 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

  177. Absolutely beautiful condition, quite rare, non-excavated, .56 cal., Requa Billinghurst battery gun cartridge.  These have become VERY difficult to find.--$125.

  178. Excellent condition, PAIR of GAR/UCV, stamped brass hat wreaths.  One of the wreaths is a medium size and one is a large size.--$89. for both.

  179. 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.

  180. Very attractive, .577 cal., 3-band, percussion, Enfield - Towers, rifled musket.  The lockplate has crisp markings of "1862 - Tower - and the English Crown."  The barrel has the classic upside down "25 - 25" mark.  The metal has a smooth, brown/gray patina with a very strong main spring and action as crisp as 150 years ago.  The English walnut stock is very attractive with normal dings and marks from use and has an old repair under the middle barrel band.  Both sling swivels and the original ram rod remain intact, but the long range site has been missing for many years.  This musket was just brought in out of a local estate and was almost certainly Confederate carried.--$1,250.SOLD

  181. 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.

  182. 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.

  183. Very rare "CS" marked Confederate Artillery short sword.  This is the style Confederate short sword with the CS letters located on each end of the cross guard and that match those on many Leech & Rigdon, Memphis, Tennessee, CS two-piece sword belt plates.  Those of us in the collecting community often refer to this letter style as the "08" letter style.  Most collectors feel Leech and Rigdon of Memphis, Tennessee, was likely the source of this pattern Confederate short sword in that the CS letters matched those on a number of their other products such as buckles and spurs.  This sword was found in an old barn in North Mississippi.  The blade is complete and very stable but does have a smooth, rust covered patina.  The cast brass guard remains perfect with a rich, aged, bronze patina.  This beautiful CS marked, Confederate short artillery sword is going to make a museum quality addition to someone's Confederate collection.--$3,250.  ( Note CS letter style on buckle below.)SOLD

  184. Really pretty excavated "tall loop" Leech and Rigdon "08" pattern C.S. Cavalryman's 2-piece saber belt plate.  This buckle was recovered about 30 years ago from Gen. N. B. Forrest's Confederate Cavalry camp located on Tippa Creek in North Mississippi.  I personally recovered an identical plate to this one in the very same camp around 1980.  When this plate was recovered the belt loop on the wreath side was broken, and has been expertly repaired by the "best around" - Robert McDaniel.  This is a very scarce Confederate sword belt plate that anyone would be pleased to have in their collection.  It has a smooth perfectly matching chocolate brown patina.--$2,450.SOLD

  185. Very nice condition, .69 cal., Model 1842, Springfield, 3-band, percussion, smooth bore musket.  This musket is out of a local estate and has a smooth, never cleaned, aged, brown patina from tip to tip.  The lockplate is marked, "Springfield - 1845 - US - and the American Eagle".  The main spring remains as strong as when first issued, and the musket locks firmly into both half-cock and full-cock.  With this musket we are including a display with a set of buck and ball and percussion caps which would have been used with this model musket.  The musket has numerous small dings, marks, and wear indicating lots of actual field service.  Being out of a local Middle Tennessee family, it was very likely Confederate carried.  It has a beautiful look and would be a fine addition to any Civil War collection.--$1,450.SOLD

  186. Smooth, chocolate brown, aged patina on this .58 cal., Model 1855, triangular socket bayonet correct for Model 1855, Model 1861, and Model 1863 muskets.  The bayonet retains a deep, crisp US mark.--$195.

  187. Extremely rare, Confederate manufactured, Mitchell & Tyler - Richmond, VA, Confederate Foot Officer's sword in original leather scabbard.  The blade has a smooth, uncleaned, gray/brown patina with faint traces of original Confederate etching.  The Confederate manufactured, brass guard has a rich, bronze/brown, uncleaned, aged patina.  It has original wrap and wire on the grip with the leather worn through to wood in several places.  The leather scabbard has been with the sword as it has come down through the ages.  At some point, the brass drag dropped off the scabbard and became lost.  We have located a brass Foot Officer sword scabbard drag with a closely matching patina.  This is a very rare Confederate manufactured Foot Officer's sword with scabbard and is going to be an excellent addition to someone's Confederate display.--$3,450.

  188. 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.--$2,450.

  189. 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.

  190. Extremely rare, Confederate, copper, time fused, Reed - Parrott projectile with the super scarce lead side loading plug.  This projectile was recovered near High Bridge, Virginia, and has been disarmed, cleaned, and coated.  In over 40 years, this is only the fourth one of these that I have ever had.  The projectile's overall condition is very nice, but it did throw the sabot as is often the case with this type shell.  It has been over five years since I have had one of these to offer for sale.--$795.SOLD

  191. Excavated brass spur of the style common around southern plantations during the Civil War Era.  These were brought from home by young, southern soldiers joining the Confederate Cavalry.  We recover this style quite often around early war Confederate Cavalry camps.  This is an excellent example with iron rowel remaining completely intact.--$75.SOLD

  192. 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.

  193. 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.

  194. Beautiful condition, original string of Federal Eagle buttons, found in 1958 in the attic of the Jenkins house hospital site here at the Battle of Stones River.  The buttons all remain in perfect condition with a rich, aged, never-cleaned patina throughout.  The Jenkins house remained standing here on the battlefield until about 20 years ago when a developer bought the property and bull-dozed it down.  This is a beautiful, untouched artifact from the 1862 - 1863 era of the Battle of Stones River.--$150.SOLD

  195. 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.

  196. Excellent condition, coarse weave, brown woven wool military blanket.  The blanket is regulation, mid 1800's size, is hemmed around the edges, and has the remnants of a red stitched "US" lettering.  It is actually very difficult to find an original butternut Civil War Era blanket in nice condition, and this one will make an excellent addition to someone's collection.--$495.SOLD

  197. 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.

  198. Original shadow boxed pair of original Confederate postal stamps.  One is a blue/green 5 cent stamp, and one is a blue/green 10 cent stamp.--$45. for both in a display case.-SOLD

  199. 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.

  200. 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.

  201. 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.

  202. 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.

  203. Very RARE and really pretty  excavated 1863 issue (heavier belt loop pattern) "COIN TYPE" "C.S." 2-piece saber belt plate.  This beautiful C.S. 2-piece sword belt plate was recovered from the Spring of 1863 Confederate Artillery Camp located a couple miles outside Shelbyville, TN. on the Lewisburg Pike.  When recovered this plate was broken at the usual weak spot where the narrow part of the tongue neck meets the C.S. disc.  I personally recovered one just like this one at the same camp and was broken at exactly the same spot.  Both my plate and this one were both professionally restored by Robert McDaniel.  We believe that it is quite likely that these plates may have been manufactured at the Selma C.S.A. Arsenal.--$2,650.

  204. 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.

  205. Very nice shadowbox display of excavated Enfield musket artifacts recovered from 1863 Army of Tennessee Confederate winter camps located along Duck River near Shelbyville, TN.  The display includes an Enfield nipple protector with chain - a brass Enfield nose cap - a brass Enfield trigger guard - a complete brass Enfield tompion - and 4 dropped Enfield bullets - all displayed in a glass riker case.--$95. for entire display

  206. 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

  207. 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.

  208. Excellent artillery display consisting of six excavated iron balls ranging in size from 5/8" in diameter case shot balls all the way up to 2" in diameter Naval grape shot balls.  These projectiles were all recovered on private property at Vicksburg, Mississippi.  This is a very attractive and educational Civil War artillery display.--$95. for all.SOLD

  209. 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.

  210. 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.

  211. 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.

  212. 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.

  213. 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.

  214. 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.

  215. Absolutely drop dead beautiful, excavated, large size, lead-filled, Federal, US cartridge box plate.  This plate was recovered over 40 years ago from private property at the Battle of Chickamauga, Georgia.  You literally could not hope to recover a more beautiful plate than this one.  The face has a smooth, near reflective, chocolate brown patina, and the reverse has full lead with both iron attachment loops remaining intact.--$225.

  216. Very attractive, 1864 date, .577 cal., Enfield/Towers, 3-band, percussion, rifled musket.  This musket was recently purchased out of a North Alabama estate and has lockplate markings of, "1864 - Tower - and the British Crown."  The barrel has the typical "25 - 25" marks typical of an American used Civil War import, and has a smooth, never cleaned, aged patina overall.  The stock remains in complete, nice condition with the normal small dings and marks of actual field service.  There is decent rifling remaining, but the bore is very dirty, appearing to have not been cleaned in the last 100 years.  This musket is a classic example of the many .577 cal. Enfields - Towers imported and used by both Union and Confederate forces during the American Civil War.--$1,450.

  217. 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.

  218. 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.

  219. 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.

  220. 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.

  221. 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.

  222. 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.

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

  224. 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.

  225. Super RARE to recover - excavated lead filled rectangular LOUISIANA STATE SEAL waist belt plate.  This extremely rare C.S. State plate was recovered about 30 years ago from Confederate 1862 camps around Corinth, Miss.  The plate was bent a bit when recovered, but easily straightened nicely.  There is not one really nice example of this rare Confederate waist belt plate per year being recovered now.  This is one Confederate buckle that every relic hunter dreams of recovering.  It has been in my good buddy - Coy Kitchen's - personal collection for the past 20 plus years.  This beautiful plate would be a fine addition to any Civil War collection.--$3,250.SOLD

  226. 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.

  227. Very rare, early 1849 date, Ames manufactured, Federal N.C.O. sword and scabbard with highly engraved brass guard.  The blade is clean, just beginning to darken in areas with age.  The blade is marked, "Ames Mfg. Co. Cabotville - 1849 - N.J - US".  The brass guard remains in excellent condition with a rich, aged, never cleaned, bronze patina and intricate engraving from top to bottom.  The sword remains in its original, leather scabbard which remains complete with only one spot that was a little weak and has been reinforced.  Not one in 100 Federal N.C.O. swords have this degree of intricate engraving.--$895.

  228. Extremely rare, .69 caliber, Model 1812, smooth bore musket made by Jenks and was converted from flint to percussion by "Baker" of Fayetteville, North Carolina.  This musket has the distinctive Baker style hammer and drum type bolster.  The metal is clean overall just beginning to gray with age.  The lockplate is marked, "Jenks - 1812 - and has the small Eagle over an oval US.  The walnut stock remains in very nice condition with sharp edges and only a few dings and marks from service.  Both Model 1812 type sling swivels remain intact.  This is a very early musket converted from flint to percussion for Southern service.  Many even advanced collections do not have an example of this weapon.--$1,895.SOLD

  229. Excavated, coat size, "Hyde & Goodrich - NO", Mississippi "I" (Infantry).  This is a very attractive button with chocolate brown patina and gold gilt in the letter "I" and around some of the letters of Mississippi.  It does, unfortunately, have a small dent and is missing the shank on the reverse.  It does still display very nicely.--$250.

  230. 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.

  231. Very - Very pretty excavated circular lead filled Federal eagle breastplate.  This superb plate was recovered over 40 years ago from private property near Chickamauga, GA.  The face has a smooth chocolate patina with full lead in the reverse and both attachment loops remaining perfectly intact.  This is literally a half century ago quality, and hardly ever recovered like this now.--$225.

  232. 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.

  233. Nice condition, .32 cal., Model 1849, Colt 5-shot pocket revolver.  The metal remains clean with very little pitting whatsoever.  The barrel is marked "Address Sam'l. Colt - New York City".  It has an all matching serial number of 130138 which is good early 1855 - 1856 production.  It retains good action and about 60% - 70% original cylinder scene intact.  The revolver has original walnut grips with 90% original lacquer.--$1,150.

  234. Very nice condition, thick cast brass, Atlanta style, rectangular "C.S.A." waist belt plate on original, Confederate waist belt.  With this belt rig  came a nice condition, hand-stitched, Confederate holster for a .36 cal. Navy size revolver.  The belt and buckle have clearly been together for many, many years as they are literally grown together with green patina.  With the addition of a nice Colt Navy revolver, this will be a fine museum grade display.--$5,950.

  235. 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.

  236. Very sought after, original, .577 cal., Enfield musket tampion with original cork and ready to be put in a musket.  This is an excellent accessory for your Enfield musket display.--$75.SOLD

  237. 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

  238. 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.SOLD

  239. Extremely rare to find, a complete English "Tower" flintlock lockplate assembly for a large, single-shot military horse pistol.  The lockplate is marked, "TOWER - GR - and the Crown."  Everything about the lockplate still functions perfectly including the flash pan and frizzen assembly and both half cock and full cock with the hammer.  This artifact displays beautifully on its own or would be perfect to drop back into an original weapon.--$150.SOLD

  240. 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.

  241. 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.

  242. 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.

  243. 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.

  244. 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.

  245. Super, super rare, excavated, "Von Lenke" gun cotton projectile.  This projectile was recovered from an early war Texas camp and is just a little less than perfect, but clearly discernable what it is.  In perfect condition, I have seen this projectile sell from $650 - $850.  Although this example is less than perfect, it is decent, and you can clearly tell what it is and at a smoking good deal.--$125.SOLD

  246. 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.

  247. Beautiful condition, excavated, large size, plain face, regulation, Federal Cavalry Martingale Heart.  This Martingale is out of the Charles Sweeney collection and was recovered over 30 years ago from Federal camps at La Grange, Tennessee.  La Grange is well known for its sandy soil and beautiful condition artifacts, and this Martingale is no exception.  It has a smooth, brown/green patina on the face and full lead intact in the reverse.  This is one that you will not ever need to upgrade.--$595.

  248. Excellent condition, .36 cal., pistol cartridge box appropriate for display with Colt, Remington, Whitney, or any of the standard .36 cal., Civil War percussion revolvers.  The box is complete with both belt loops, brass finial, and leather closure tab and is, in addition, "Davy and Co." maker marked.--$195.SOLD

  249. 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.

  250. 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.

  251. 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.

  252. 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.

  253. 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.

  254. 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.

  255. 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.

  256. Very nice condition, Federal .58 cal. cartridge box complete with both belt loops, both iron sling buckles, brass finial, and leather closure tab, large size lead-filled US cartridge box plate and both cartridge tins intact on the inside.  The box remains complete and very pliable and is maker marked, "Moores & Co. Cin. O".  This is an Ohio cartridge box maker that is quite rare to find offered for sale - especially in nice condition.--$595.SOLD

  257. 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.

  258. Quite rare to recover, excavated, coat size "A.V.C." (Alabama Volunteer Corp) button.  This pretty button was recovered many years ago on private property near Shiloh.  It has a smooth, chocolate brown patina with no dents, and the Eagle and A.V.C. all surrounded in gold gilt.  It has a Scovill backmark and shank intact.--$295.SOLD

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

  260. Model 1832, Federal Dragoon, sword only without scabbard.  This sword came out of a local estate many years ago and would have been definitely Confederate carried.  The blade has a dark brown patina with traces of engraving showing through in areas.  The brass guard remains in very nice condition.  The leather grip was worn to wood and was replaced several years ago.  This is the same type sword that General Armistead is famous at Gettysburg for holding in the air with his hat on the top of his sword at the stone wall.--$550.SOLD

  261. Very pretty condition, excavated, tunic size, Mississippi "I" button.  This is a Confederate Local with gold in the "I" and traces of gold around the perimeter and lots of gilt on the reverse with the shank remaining intact.  This button was recovered from a camp in North Mississippi of the 33rd Mississippi Volunteer Infantry.  This is a very rare button to recover especially in nice condition.--$295.

  262. Very attractive, Model 1851, N.C.O.,belt and cast brass Eagle sword belt plate.  The belt remains pliable, and the Eagle sword belt plate has a very pretty, rich, aged, bronze patina.  The silver wreath remains 100% intact.--$595.

  263. Original Civil War soldier's letter and original cover written by Charles G. Adams of Co. "G" - 37th Ind. Vol. Inf.   This letter was written from Ward "C" of the Military Hospital here at Murfreesboro, and was written home to his mother in Indiana on Aug. 9th, 1863.  I would suspect that Charlie was wounded in the Battle here at Murfreesboro on the 1st of Jan. 1863.  The letter is nicely framed along with a lithograph of the Battle of Stones River.  It is quite large - 20 inches by 26 inches in frame - so will be very difficult to ship.  the choices are to take the items out of the frame, and just ship the documents - or to pack it up in a quite large box as it is and ship.  That will likely run about $25. to $30.  OR BETTER YET - Drop by the shop and pick it up !!!!--$95.  Plus Whichever method you decide on for delivery !!!SOLD

  264. 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.

  265. 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.

  266. 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.

  267. 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.

  268. Beautiful condition, NEVER FIRED, reproduction, 3rd Model, Colt Dragoon.  This is one massive handful of firearm with beautiful, intricate cylinder engraving.  It would be fun to actually fire or would be equally nice to keep it "never fired" and on display.--Only $295.

  269. 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.

  270. Excellent condition excavated coat size Confederate solid cast "I" (Infantry Button).  This beautiful button was recovered from Dalton, GA. 1863 - Army Of Tennessee Winter Camps located on private property there.  Smooth chocolate brown patina, and shank intact.--$150.

  271. Excavated, complete condition, Confederate Cavalry cast brass spur.  This spur  was recovered from a Confederate Cavalry camp in north Mississippi.  It is quite heavy in construction and is believed to have been a product of a small arsenal in Richmond, Virginia.  This example is an exact mate to the Confederate spur that Nita and I found at the cabin about a year ago.  The two are pictured together above.--$295.

  272. Quite rare to recover, gilted, 1860 date, John Breckinridge for President - Joseph Lane for Vice President, presidential campaign token.  This token originally had a ferrotype photo of each candidate in the center of the token.  The token was recovered from a Confederate camp on private property near Shiloh and has lots of bright gold gilt on both sides.  This is a very rare Civil War political item to recover.--$250.

  273. 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.

  274. 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.

  275. 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

  276. 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.

  277. 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.

  278. Very pretty, Richmond Arsenal style, Confederate Enlistedman's CS tongue and wreath sword belt plate.  This buckle was recovered about 40 years ago from a Confederate Cavalry Camp on private property near Brandy Station, Virginia.  It has a very pretty, uncleaned, brown/green patina and is going to make a beautiful centerpiece for someone's excavated relic collection.--$2,450.SOLD

  279. 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.

  280. About as nice as you will ever see recovered, large oval, lead-filled, US cartridge box plate recovered by Dr. Rees Buttram from private property near the Battle of Chickamauga, Georgia.  The face has a smooth, chocolate patina with full lead in the reverse as well as both iron attaching loops intact.  They just don't get much prettier than this.--$250.SOLD

  281. 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.

  282. 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.

  283. 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.

  284. Excellent condition, excavated, rectangular, plain face, stamped brass, Confederate waist belt plate.  This style plate was manufactured by Noble Brothers of Rome, Georgia.  The solder spots remain visible on the reverse where the hooks were, but the hooks are not present.  This plate was recovered on private property near the Battle of Chickamauga, Georgia.--$395.

  285. 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.

  286. 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.

  287. 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.

  288. Super rare recovery, FULLY LOADED, Model 1851, .36 cal., Colt Navy Model revolver.  This revolver has a field repair to the loading lever and appears to have been struck by something REALLY HARD severing the trigger guard and brass grip frame.  A portion of the brass frame remains intact with the screws in place and the remainder severed from just beneath the screws.  This revolver was recovered on private property near the Battle of Chickamauga, Georgia.--$750.

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

  290. 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.

  291. 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.

  292. Exceptionally nice condition, large size, lead filled, Arrow Hook pattern, US Oval waist belt plate on original black leather waist belt.  The belt remains pliable with no breaks or repairs.  This would be an excellent belt to display with an original cap box or cartridge box.--$450.

  293. 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.

  294. 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.

  295. 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.

  296. 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.

  297. 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.

  298. 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.

  299. Small display containing five Civil War Era cartridges.  The display includes a 9mm French pinfire, a brass cased Derringer, a Spencer carbine cartridge, a Wesson cartridge, and a small caliber Smith & Wesson cartridge.--$75. for the entire display in glass case.

  300. 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.

  301. 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.

  302. 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.

  303. Small display of nice artifacts recovered here in Middle Tennessee from the camp of the 1st Alabama Cavalry - CSA.  This display consists of an excavated, iron rowel for a Cavalry spur and an iron bullet extractor and an extracted Minie.  If you have recovered a nice Civil War spur, but missing the rowel, here is your chance to significantly improve your spur.--$69.

  304. Pair of excavated, brass Hotchkiss time fuse adaptors.  These were recovered a number of years ago by Kent Wall along Leland Lane at the 2nd days fighting - Battle of Nashville, Tennessee.--$48. for both.SOLD

  305. 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.

  306. 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.

  307. Excavated, .577 cal., Enfield, triangular, socket bayonet that was recovered here on private property at the Battle of Stones River in 1956.  The bayonet is of course very rusty just as recovered, but is complete and sound with an old 1956 dated recovery label.--$125.

  308. Just brought into the shop out of the local area a .44 cal. Model 1860 Colt Army Revolver.  The metal has a smooth, gently aging grey brown patina with an all matching serial number of "131333" (except for the wedge which is an old replacement with a different number). This is very sought after mid-war 1863 production.  The cylinder retains about 50% of the original cylinder scene, and the grips have faint remnants of the original military inspector's cartouche.  The action remains crisp, and the revolver retains an excellent bore.  This is a quality Colt, but does show clear evidence of seeing actual field and campaign Civil War service.--$1,950.

  309. 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.

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

  311. 1864 date, Bank of Commerce - Savannah, GA, $20 note.  This note has beautiful river graphics and has been "cut-cancelled".--$89.

  312. 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.

  313. 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.

  314. 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.

  315. 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.

  316. Very pretty condition, excavated, circular, Federal Eagle breast plate.  This plate has a smooth, chocolate patina on the face with crisp detail and full lead on the reverse and both iron attaching loops remaining intact.  It was recovered over 40 years ago from private property near Chickamauga, Georgia.--$225.SOLD

  317. 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.

  318. 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.

  319. 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.

  320. Group of four excavated buckles, all recovered from the camp of the 16th Alabama Infantry occupied during the Spring of 1863.  The buckles include three cast frame type and one wreath half to a die-stamped 2-piece sash buckle.  All four buckles--$100.

  321. Beautiful condition, excavated, circular, lead-filled, Federal Eagle breast plate.  This plate was recovered over 40 years ago and has a beautiful face with crisp detail and a smooth, chocolate brown patina.  The reverse has full lead fill and both wire attachment loops remaining intact.  This plate was recovered on private property from near "The Wilderness" area in Virginia.--$225.

  322. Quite attractive, .58 cal., Model 1855, Federal cartridge box.  This box is both maker marked and dated on the inside flap, "Longley & Co. - Lewiston - ME - 1863".  The box remains pliable with the original lead-filled brass cartridge box plate on the outside flap.  Both cartridge tins remain intact on the inside.  The box is missing part of the leather closure tab and appears to have had both iron roller buckles intentionally removed.  The box has very nice display eye appeal.--$450.

  323. Just purchased directly out of the family, quite rare Ames Model 1840, Heavy Cavalry saber and scabbard.  The blade has a smooth, brown/gray patina, gently darkening with time.  It is marked, "Ames Mfg Co - Cabotville - 1849 - US".  The brass guard remains in excellent condition with a nice, toned, uncleaned, aged patina.  The grip has original wire and fragments of the original leather, but is largely worn through to the wood.  The iron scabbard is complete and in very nice condition.  We purchased this saber directly out of the Reindhart family here, and it is believed that the saber was carried by their ancestor, Private M. L. Reindhart, Co. D of Napiers, Tennessee, Cavalry Battalion.  It is quite rare now that I get items directly out of families.--$1,150.SOLD

  324. 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.

  325. Excellent condition, original linen powder bag for a 12 pound cannonball.  Every Civil War artillery collection should have an original powder bag.--$95.

  326. 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.

  327. Very attractive, sky-blue, 1863 date, Frankfort Arsenal, 12-second, artillery time fuses.  The packet itself remains almost completely intact, but only one fuse remains inside.  It is still, however, an excellent piece for a Civil War artillery display.--$65.SOLD

  328. 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.

  329. 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.

  330. 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.

  331. 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.

  332. 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.

  333. Excellent condition, original Civil War powder bag for a 9 inch size Naval cannon ball.  It remains in excellent condition and is big enough to carry a good size baby.--$95.

  334. Model 1851, .36 cal., Colt Navy Model revolver.  The revolver has crisp action and a smooth, dark, gray/brown patina.  It has an all matching serial number of 167874, except for the wedge which is an old replacement.  This is 1863 - 1864, mid-war production.  There are faint hints of original cylinder scene remaining but most is worn away.  It has barrel markings of, "Address Col. Saml. Colt New York US America."  The revolver has original walnut grips with 90% original lacquer.--$1,495.

  335. 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.

  336. 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.

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

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

  339. 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!!!

  340. Beautiful condition, non-excavated, .58 cal., bullet extractor with an extricated Minie ball for display.  This has become an item not as readily available as they once were.--$55.SOLD

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

  342. 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.

  343. 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.

  344. Original, unopened, blue colored packet of Frankford Arsenal, 1863 date, 10-second artillery time fuses.  This is going to be a very nice and colorful addition to someone's Civil War Artillery display.--$95.

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

  346. 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.

  347. 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.

  348. 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 !!!

  349. Nice white patina, excavated drop, .44 cal., foreign rifle projectile (sometimes referred to as Swiss Chaucer).  This example was recovered by Charles Sweeney during the early 1970's from Corinth, Mississippi.--$48.

  350. 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

  351. 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.

  352. 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.

  353. 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.

  354. 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.

  355. 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.

  356. 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.

  357. 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.

  358. Quite rare, complete, Model 1851, Federal Eagle sword belt rig complete with both leather drops remaining intact.  The leather belt is a little stiff but remains complete with no breaks or repairs.  This would be a perfect rig to display with your Model 1860 Light Cavalry saber and scabbard.--$975.

  359. 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.

  360. 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

  361. 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.

  362. 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.

  363. 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.

  364. 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.

  365. Quite rare to come by, original 1975, First Edition, Civil War Projectiles II Small Arms & Field Artillery, by W. Reid McKee and M.E. Mason, Jr.  This book remains in nice condition with just normal, slight yellowing of pages with age.--$150.

  366. 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.

  367. Quite rare 1993 book entitled Brown Angels by Walter Dean Myers.  This book is a collection of late 1800 and early 1900 photographs of African American children.  Some of the pictures are quite incredible.  For example, there is a beautiful photograph of a 5 - 6 year old Negro boy on his little wagon being pulled by two billy goats.--$35.SOLD

  368. 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.

  369. 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.

  370. 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.

  371. 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.

  372. 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.

  373. 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.

  374. VERY SELDOM RECOVERED - Excavated Federal carbine sling buckle and matching belt tip that is "E. Gaylord - Chicopee, Mass." Maker Marked and "T. J. Sheppard - U.S." Inspector Marked.  And to make it even nicer - The belt tip still has some of the original leather belt still intact on the reverse.  Very few excavated collections have one of these.--$295.

  375. 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.

  376. 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.

  377. 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.

  378. 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.

  379. 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.

  380. 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.

  381. 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.

  382. 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.

  383. 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.

  384. 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.

  385. 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.

  386. 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.

  387. 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.

  388. 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

  389. 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.

  390. 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.

  391. 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.

  392. 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.

  393. 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.

  394. 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.

  395. 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.

  396. 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.

  397. 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.

  398. Beautiful condition, excavated, Model 1851, cast brass, Federal Officer's sword belt plate and keeper.  This is the officer's variety in that the plate has integrally cast wreaths around the Eagle.  This buckle was recovered many years ago from an 1863 Federal winter camp on private property just west of Triune, Tennessee.--$395.SOLD

  399. 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.

  400. 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.

  401. 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.

  402. 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.

  403. 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.

  404. Very rare, Model 1861, .58 cal., "C.D. Schubarth" Contract 3-band percussion rifled musket.  This is a very scarce contactor to find and not to mention in beautiful condition.  The metal throughout remains clean with lockplate markings of, "1863 - U.S. - C.D. Schubarth - Providence", and the barrel has a matching 1863 date.  The original walnut stock remains in exceptionally nice condition with two deep, crisp inspector cartouches.  The musket has both sling swivels intact as well as long range site with both leafs.  The musket has crisp action at both half-cock and full-cock and has a beautiful bore, practically as deep and sharp as when it was issued in 1863.  This is without question a museum grade weapon and a very rare contractor.--$2,850.SOLD

  405. 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.

  406. 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.

  407. 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.

  408. 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.

  409. Early 1900's battlefield pick-up, 3.8 inch Hotchkiss Bolt projectile.  This projectile was picked up near Vicksburg, Mississippi, many years ago and has been a door stop ever since.  The family now lives in this area, and there was recently a death in the family.  The surviving widow is "tired of tripping over that damn thing."--$350.

  410. 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.

  411. 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.

  412. 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.

  413. Group of excavated artifacts recovered from the 1863 winter camp of the 51st Alabama Cavalry located near Fosterville, Tennessee.  The grouping consists of a soldiers brass lice comb, a soldiers brass wedding band, and a Confederate worn, "star pattern", civilian floral button.--$95 for the entire CS used grouping and glass case.SOLD

  414. 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.

  415. 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.

  416. 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.

  417. 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.

  418. 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.

  419. Very nice condition, original 6-shot, 7MM, folding trigger, French pinfire revolver.  Many Confederate Officers carried French pinfire revolvers, and we often dig pinfire cartridges in Confederate 1863 camps.  This is an unusually nice example with loading door, ejector rod, and folding trigger all remaining intact.  The action works perfectly, and the original walnut grips have near 100% original enamel.  I have included for display an original cartridge, but it is the next size larger to prevent a child from possibly loading the revolver.--$595.

  420. 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.

  421. 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.

  422. 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.

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

  424. Just this morning brought in out of the local area, .36 cal., Savage 6-shot Navy Model revolver.  This revolver has the distinction of being the earliest, lowest serial number of any, over the last 40 years, that I have previously had.  This is serial number 181.  The weapon has a smooth, attic, gray/brown patina, and the intricate Savage action still works perfectly.  There are a couple nipples that are chipped and broken from the weapon being dry-fired over the years.  Also, one side of the ramrod retainer is broken, but will be an easy repair for a gunsmith.  The family who brought this weapon in this morning has ancestry that served in the Ohio Cavalry and are quite likely who this weapon belonged to.  This is a super early production, straight out of the bushes Savage Navy Model revolver.  Very reasonably priced at -- $1,495.

  425. 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.

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

  427. 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.

  428. 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

  429. Just as recovered about 40 years ago, .69 cal., Model 1816, friction fit, triangular, socket bayonet.  This was recovered from a Confederate position on private property near Shiloh by Dr. Rees Buttram.  It remains exactly as it was when he found it.--$125.

  430. 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

  431. 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.

  432. 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.

  433. Excellent display consisting of an excavated, rare, first model, Confederate Kenansville, NC,  Cavalry saber and a section of the brass mounted Confederate scabbard.  It is very nicely displayed in a walnut display case.  This grouping was recovered a number of years ago by Barney Tyree in "LA" (Lower Alabama).--$495.

  434. 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.

  435. 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.

  436. 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

  437. 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.

  438. 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.

  439. 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.

  440. 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.

  441. 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.

  442. 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.

  443. 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.

  444. 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.

  445. 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.

  446. 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

  447. 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.

  448. 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.

  449. 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.

  450. 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.

  451. 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.

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

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

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

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

  456. 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.

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

  458. 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.

  459. 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.

  460. 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

  461. 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.

  462. 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.

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

  464. Early - Early - Early 1816 date Harpers Ferry .69 cal. smoothbore Musket originally produced in flintlock, and later converted to percussion for Civil War use.  This musket is out of the local area, and was nearly surely "C.S." carried.  After the Civil War was over the musket was brought home, and "sporterized" for hunting and feeding the family.  The stock was cut back to the first band to turn the old military rifle into a fouling rifle for game hunting.  In the last 20 years or so a collector has restored the musket stock back to full length and it now displays just as it was carried in the American Civil War.  It is a rarity to see a Harpers Ferry musket dated this early "1816", and YOU KNOW that a Federal soldier would HAVE NEVER been caught carrying this 50 year old antique at the time of the Civil War.  Talk about singing "Dixie" !!!--$1,150.

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

  466. 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.

  467. 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.

  468. 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.

  469. 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.

  470. 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.

  471. 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.

  472. 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.

  473. 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.

  474. 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

  475. Nice condition, Model 1840, Ames production, light Artillery saber and scabbard.  The blade has a smooth, gently aging, brown/gray patina and is marked, "Ames Mfg Co - Chicopee - 1863".  The grip remains intact with original wrap and wire.  The scabbard has a smooth, brown/gray, aged patina with just a couple of small dings from actual field service.  Every Civil War collection needs a nice light Artillery saber.--$975.SOLD

  476. 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.

  477. 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.

  478. 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.

  479. 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.

  480. 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.

  481. 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.

  482. 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.

  483. 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.

  484. Excavated, 20 pound size, time fused, Parrott projectile.  This shell was recovered about 30 years ago on private property at Vicksburg.  The iron remains very sound and stable with typical amount of pitting on the iron surface.  The pewter Parrott time fuse remains intact and in very nice condition.  It has been disarmed, cleaned, coated, and is ready for display.--$295.SOLD

  485. 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.

  486. 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.

  487. 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.

  488. 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.

  489. Very nice condition excavated 3 inch size fired Read - Parrott Confederate projectile.  This pretty Confederate projectile was recovered many years ago from private property near Chickamauga, GA.  The projectile has been dis-armed - cleaned - and coated and is ready for display.  The copper time fuze adapter remains perfectly intact, and all of the rifled copper sabot, but one small piece remains intact as well.  The iron is nice enough that we could fire it today.--$475.

  490. 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.

  491. 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.

  492. 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.

  493. 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.

  494. 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.

  495. Quite nice condition, .58 cal., Model 1861, "Special" model, 3-band, percussion, rifled musket..  The musket has smooth, attractive metal just beginning to darken with age.  The lockplate is marked, "1864 - L.G.&Y. - Windsor VT."  The stock remains in crisp condition with a deep, clear inspector cartouche opposite the lockplate.  The musket retains an excellent bore, and the mainspring remains as strong as when it was used during the Civil War.  The barrel has a matching "1864" date, and the musket retains both original sling swivels - original ramrod - and the long range site remains intact.  This is a quality example of quite a rare Civil War musket.--$1,750.

  496. 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.

  497. 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.

  498. 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.

  499. 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.

  500. 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.

  501. 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.

  502. 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.

  503. 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.

  504. 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.

  505. 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

  506. 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.

  507. 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.

  508. Excavated, coat size, Confederate Local, Virginia State Seal button.  It has a smooth, chocolate brown patina with a Confederate Local depressed channel reverse.  This button was recovered many years ago on private property near Winchester, Virginia, and still has the shank intact on the reverse.  The face has a small push, but remains very solid with good detail, especially for a Confederate Local.--$195.

  509. 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.

  510. 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.

  511. 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.

  512. 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.

  513. 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.

  514. 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.

  515. Pair of mid-1800s era "eliptical blade" Militia Officer/Fraternal bone grip swords and original scabbards.  These were quite commonly carried during the Civil War era and continued to be carried during the 1870 and 1880s post war years.  These swords have the early style "eliptical" shaped blades rather than the later diamond cross section blades.--$275. each or the pair for $450.SOLD

  516. 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 and is missing the brass drag.  This is a nice, honest example of a typical, Federal Foot Officer's sword and scabbard that was carried in the American Civil War.--$850.SOLD

  517. 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.

  518. 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

  519. Quite interesting sword belt rig.  This rig has a beautiful condition Civil War era Officer's integrally cast wreath pattern cast brass officer's sword belt plate mounted on an Indian War era leather sword belt with classic Indian War era round adjuster hooks.  It is likely that this could be an Indian War era belt rig sporting an earlier era Civil War Officer's Eagle Cast Brass Sword Belt Plate.  The beautiful Civil War Officer Buckle is worth the price of the rig all by itself alone.--$425.

  520. 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.

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

  522. 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

  523. 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.

  524. 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.

  525. 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.

  526. 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.

  527. 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.

  528. 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.

  529. 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.

  530. 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.

  531. 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.

  532. 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.

  533. 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.

  534. Exceptionally nice condition excavated coat size Confederate "A" (Artillery) button.  This beautiful Confederate button was recovered from the 1863 Army of Tennessee Confederate Artillery Park Camp located a few miles outside Shelbyville along Lewisburg Pike.  The face has a smooth chocolate patina with loop and iron back nicely intact on the reverse.--$175.SOLD

  535. 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.

  536. Drop dead beautiful example of a non-excavated heavy cast brass cavalry spur of a style that we often recover in Confederate 1863 Cavalry camps here.  This style spur is sometimes called a "Richmond Arsenal Variant" and sometimes referred to as a "Private Purchase".  I actually recovered a twin to this one a while back in the camp of Starnes Confederate Cavalry located near Altamont, TN.  You will not see a finer example.--$375.

  537. 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.

  538. Extremely rare, Virginia manufactured Cavalry saber manufactured at the Virginia Armory located in Richmond.  As originally designed, these Cavalry saber blades were massively long, measuring a full 40 1/2 inches.  These sabers were designed to be carried by a cross-shoulder sling and frog; therefore, the all iron scabbards were fitted at the throat only with a stud to engage the frog.  Many of the massively long Virginia manufactured sabers had the blades slenderized and shortened to the more 1860 era conventional 32 to 36 inch length.  The sabers were also re-scabbarded to conform with the standard 1860 method of carrying.  These scabbards were of iron with brass ring mounts and rings.  The throat and drag were of iron.  This example has a very nice condition, slenderized blade, measuring 35 1/2 inches long.  The brass mounted iron scabbard is in excellent condition, but does show clear wear from time in the saddle.  The grip is worn to polished wood with a small piece missing just at the rear base.  The saber has typical VA regimental markings on the top of the blade.  It has a beautiful, untouched, attic patina throughout with no evidence at all of cleaning.--$4,250.SOLD

  539. 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

  540. Excellent condition, non-excavated, Model 1851, cast brass, officer's grade, Eagle sword belt plate.  This plate has a medium size keeper on the reverse and integrally cast wreaths surrounding the Eagle, and has excellent, sharp detail.--$325.

  541. 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

  542. 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

  543. 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.

  544. 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.

  545. Beautiful condition, excavated, cast brass, Confederate style Cavalry spur.  This was recovered many years ago from an Alabama Cavalry camp.  The iron rowel is not only still intact, but will turn.--$325.

  546. 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.

  547. 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

  548. 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.

  549. Excavated, enlistedman's, Memphis Novelty Works, cast brass, Confederate Cavalry spur.  This spur was recovered from an 1862 N. B. Forrest Cavalry camp located near Spring Hill, TN.  The spur is complete except for one side of the small rowel holder. CS Arsenal manufactured spurs are very rare now to recover.--$250.

  550. 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.

  551. Very unusual recovery - Excavated leather remains of a Federal soldier's "Bootee".  This was recovered from a Federal trash pit located in Nashville, TN.  Not everyone has an original EXCAVATED Civil War shoe in their collection !!--$65.SOLD

  552. 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.

  553. 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.

  554. 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

  555. 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.

  556. 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.

  557. 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

  558. 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.

  559. 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.

  560. 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.

  561. Very nice condition, Confederate Manufacture "Dog River" CS Cavalry saber and scabbard.  The blade has a smooth, attic brown patina, and the grip has original wrap and wire and a beautiful aged bronze patina on the Confederate cast red brass guard.  The scabbard is soldered lap seam Confederate construction with heavy brass ring mounts.  This saber shows clear evidence of saddle wear and has several small dings and marks from actual field service.  Any Confederate collector would be proud to have this Confederate produced Cavalry saber in their collection.--$4,250.

  562. 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.

  563. 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.

  564. 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.

  565. 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.

  566. 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.

  567. Quite ornate non-regulation Model 1850 Federal Field and Staff Officer's sword and scabbard.  The blade is clean, just beginning to gray with age, and easily visible engraving remains. The guard is iron and quite ornate with the "cut-out eagle and U.S. and E. Pluribus Unum".  The original sharkskin and wire remains perfectly intact on the grip.  The scabbard has a slick brown aged patina with only a couple of small dings from use.  A nice honest example that has clearly seen field service.--$895.

  568. 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.

  569. Excavated, medium size, lead-filled, Martingale Heart.  This Martingale was recovered many years ago from a Confederate Cavalry camp in Central Virginia.  The perimeter of the heart was eroded away and frayed in some areas when recovered.  It has been professionally restored and stabilized.  Confederate used Martingale Hearts are very seldom recovered anymore.  Although this one does have a little restoration work, it is very sound and displays beautifully.--$195.

  570. 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.

  571. 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.

  572. 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.

  573. 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.

  574. 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.

  575. 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.

  576. 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.

  577. 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.

  578. 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.

  579. 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

  580. 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

  581. 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

  582. 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

  583. 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

  584. 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.

  585. 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 !!!!

  586. 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 !!!

  587. 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 !!!}

  588. .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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