mtr2.jpg (16054 bytes)

Like us on Facebook

 

NEW ITEMS

 Click on any thumbnail for a large image

 

  1. My little Texas girl, Anastasia, is quickly becoming a young lady!!

  2. Tigger, my cat, is quite determined to get into the room and help take pictures.  With Tigger's help I can take about HALF AS MANY PICTURES !!!

  3. We invite everyone to join us this coming weekend, September 9 - 10, for the first ever "Annual Civil War Elite Collectors Display and Sale Extravaganza" hosted by Ft. Donelson Relics and held at the Stewart  County (Tennessee) Visitor Center, 117 Visitors Center Lane, Dover, TN, 37058.  It is located at the Fort Donelson historic area.  The display will be about 50 tables, and a free admission and open to the public event on Saturday , September 9th from 9:00 - 4:00, and Sunday, September 10th from 9:00 - 1:00.  The purpose of this event is to encourage public interest and awareness in Civil War historic preservation.  There will be on display some of the finest and rarest Civil War artifacts in private hands.  We look forward to seeing and talking with any of you folks that are able to attend.  It should be a wonderful opportunity to see up close some of the rarest Civil War artifacts in existence today.  WHAT A FUN WEEKEND WITH FINE FRIENDS AND SURE ENOUGH GREAT RELICS !!!  GREAT JOB JOHN WALSH AND FAMILY AND MATT HAGANS AND FAMILY !!!

  4. Extensive conservation and preservation efforts are currently underway at the Carter House - Battle of Franklin, Tennessee.  The Carter House farm office building is one of the most battle scarred standing Civil War structures in the nation.  Here are some very interesting photographs taken from inside the Carter House farm office building with interior walls removed, and as the sun was first coming up.  This wall faced to the south, and it was from this direction that the seven different Confederate charges came.  What a treasure this building is to have still standing today.

  5. In the past few weeks, we have been spending a good bit of time at the cabin on the Cumberland Plateau.  Some of the wild life that you encounter there is nothing short of beautiful, while other examples of wild life are interesting and fascinating but deserving of your complete respect (if you know what's best for you)!!  The hornets nest is as big around as a basketball and almost two feet tall.  (Aren't Game Cams Cool !!)

  6. I am SO SORRY to announce the passing of lifelong friend and collecting buddy - ROBERT WAYNE HEINS.  We were virtually the same age and enjoyed sharing new collecting finds with each other throughout our lives.  Robert always had a keen eye for quality, and several of the following beautiful condition artifacts are from Robert's personal collection.  Rest in Peace Robert, and thank you for 40 plus years of collecting friendship.  I pledge to you to do my best to see that these artifacts go to homes where they will be treasured and cared for as you have for many, many years.

  7. Drop dead beautiful "1852" dated HARPERS FERRY Model 1841 "Mississippi Rifle".  This was my friend - ROBERT HEINS - prized piece in his collection.  The markings are clear enough to read across the room, and the bore will still about cut your finger.  There are very few museums that can compete with this weapon.  The extra nipple and worm are still in the patchbox, and the action is as crisp as new.--$3,850.SOLD

  8. Very nice condition Model 1840 (Old Wristbreaker) Heavy Cavalry saber and scabbard.  Model 1840 sabers were extensively carried in the Civil War by both Union and Confederate Cavalry.  The famous Southern Cavalry Commander - General Nathan Bedford Forrest carried one as did many in his command.  This example has a clean, unmarked blade just beginning to darken with age.  The grip remains in nice condition with original wrap and wire.  The scabbard has a pretty uncleaned ageing grey-brown patina with just the normal small dings and marks from time in the saddle.  It was brought in today by a local family, and would have, no doubt, been Southern carried.--$850.SOLD

  9. BIG 20 inch section of Heartwood Pine containing a 12 lber size cannister ball, and was recovered at Chickamauga around 1900.  This is a SUPER NICE MUSEUM QUALITY piece and could almost be described as a small "War Log".  This was one of Robert's favorite pieces.--$450.SOLD

  10. Very attractive never cleaned large oval lead filled "U.S." oval waist belt plate on the original leather waist belt.  This belt and plate displays beautifully, but the belt has a portion missing on the reverse side.  The belt rig was originally purchased out of a Nashville estate sale by Robert Heins many years ago.  The missing piece does not detract from how nicely the belt and buckle displays.--$395.

  11. Beautiful condition excavated cast brass Model 1851 Federal eagle sword belt plate with applied wreaths.  This beautiful plate was recovered over 40 years ago from the position of Wilson's Federal Cavalry along Granny White Pike at the 2nd Day's fighting at the Battle of Nashville.  This plate has the applied wreaths remaining intact which you hardly ever see.  (And I mean hardly ever !!)  It has been a treasured centerpiece in Robert Heins Battle of Nashville collection for many, many years.--$395.SOLD

  12. 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.

  13. Excellent condition original paper wrapped .58 cal. Min'ie ball cartridge.  Perfect to display with your nice original .58 cal. musket.--$125.

  14. Beautiful condition non-excavated lead filled circular Federal eagle breastplate.  This was purchased many years ago out of a Delaware, Ohio estate sale.  The face has a rich aged (never cleaned) patina and the reverse has full lead and both attachment loops intact, and in addition has the soldiers initials "DH" carved into the lead reverse.  This excellent artifact is out of the Robert Heins collection.--$250.

  15. Extremely rare, excavated, "Rope Border" style CS oval, Confederate waist belt plate.  This buckle was recovered a number of years ago from one of General Leonidas Polk's Army of Tennessee, 1863 winter camps along Duck River near Shelbyville, TN.  This style CS oval waist belt plate is made of thin, stamped brass and is very difficult to find in a condition this nice.  It is a rarity at this point in time to hear of one of these in any condition recovered.--$2,850.SOLD

  16. Just brought in, nice condition, rare "4 - Screw", Model 1860, Colt Army revolver.  This is serial # 18981, and is all matching, including the wedge.  This is "most desirable" 1861 - 1862 production.  This revolver is out of the local area, here in Middle Tennessee, and comes in an original, hand stitched, brown leather, Confederate holster.  It retains a clear inspector cartouche on the left grip and has crisp, clear barrel markings of "Address Col. Saml Colt - New York - U.S. America".  The mainspring remains strong, and the action advances the cylinder properly (as long as you are shooting down), but due to a weak hand spring, does not advance the cylinder every time if pointed upward.  This is a nice condition "4-Screw" Colt Army that no doubt saw Confederate service and remains in an original, brown leather, hand stitched, Confederate, Colt Army holster.--$2,850.SOLD

  17. Excavated, "Forked Tongue" style, Confederate general issue, cast brass waist belt plate.  This buckle was recovered from an 1862 camp of the 16th Alabama Infantry.  It has a pleasing, smooth, pea-green patina.--$795.

  18. Unique, hand crafted, .577 cal., Enfield musket hardware, custom fitted onto a Tennessee fowling rifle stock.  This unique weapon was brought into our Ft. Donelson exhibition by a Henry County family this past weekend.  The lockplate is marked, "1862 - Tower - and the English Crown."  The barrel has the normal upside down "25-25" mark that we associate with Confederate imported Enfield weapons.  This is an excellent example of Southern ingenuity blending two completely different weapons to result in one weapon functional enough to take into battle.  This musket "plays Dixie" so loudly that I have to keep it wrapped up in blankets and in another room to be able to get some sleep!!!  It would be an excellent addition to any Confederate display.--$895.SOLD

  19. Nice condition, 1961 era, set of cast iron, President Lincoln bookends.--$45.

  20. Excellent condition, non-excavated, regulation, cast brass, Federal Cavalry spur.  The rowel will still spin and is ready to strap on a boot.--$85.

  21. Beautiful condition, excavated, solid cast brass, coat size, Confederate Block "I" (Infantry) button.  This nice Confederate button was recovered from a lawn behind the stone wall at the Battle of Nashville.--$150.SOLD

  22. 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.

  23. Nice little display containing two bullets that the soldier artistically carved.  One actually looks like a little space ship; I wonder if he saw a UFO!--$38.

  24. Very nice display containing nine "bone buttons" recovered from a Confederate trash pit near Wartrace, TN.  The entire display--$48.

  25. Very nice condition, excavated, blacksmith crafted candle holder.  It could either be driven into a tree, or hooked over a limb.  It is very likely that quite a number of soldier letters home were written from the light of this candle holder.--$48.SOLD

  26. Very nice condition, Model 1851, .36 cal., Colt Navy Model revolver.  The revolver has an all matching serial number of 105731 (except for the wedge which is an old replacement).  This is most desirable 1861 era production.  The Colt barrel markings remain crisp and clear and about 60% of the cylinder scene remains intact.  The action is about as crisp as when issued and has deep, sharp rifling.  There was at one time a name carved into the brass butt strap with a pen knife, but due to wear, I can't quite make it out.  The original walnut grips remain intact with a perfect fit and sharp edges.--$1,850.

  27. Exceptional, fully cased, 1/6th plate, tintype of a well equipped Federal Cavalry trooper.  He has a Model 1860, .44 cal., Colt Army revolver across his chest and an 1840 Heavy Cavalry saber standing alongside.  He is also wearing a regulation Model 1851 Eagle sword belt rig and has a clearly visible crossed sabers hatpin on his cap.  The image is cased in a beautiful, patriotic, Gutta Percha, "UNION" case.  The case is marked, "Littlefield, Parsons & Co." patent union cases.  Only a few images per year this nice come along.--$750.

  28. Massive 21 inch, Confederate, side knife/short sword that was blacksmith made from a "MOLE" marked Confederate, imported English, pattern 1853, cavalry saber.  It is quite possible that the saber may have been broken, and for that reason, turned into a side knife.  The blade was gradually tapered to a needle sharp point, and the sword's guard was expertly blacksmith crafted into a classic, Confederate, bowie "S-guard".  The original, English, pressed leather grips remain perfectly intact.  This is an excellent example of the Confederacy making do with what they had on hand.--$795.SOLD

  29. "1862 - Tower" Cavalry carbine that was blacksmith crafted from a standard .577 cal. Enfield Tower 3-band rifled musket.  This carbine was brought into the Civil War event this weekend by a family at Ft. Donelson.  The lockplate is marked, "1862 - Tower - and the English Crown."  The barrel has the upside down "25-25" marks found on Enfield muskets imported into the South.  This would have been a wicked weapon loaded with buck on horseback.  I once relic hunted an 1863 winter Texas Cavalry camp where we found the cut-off barrels from where they had been converting 3-band infantry Enfield weapons to cavalry carbines.--$695.SOLD

  30. 3" size, Hotchkiss case shot nose section.  This projectile was recovered from a lawn near Granny White Pike - 2nd days fighting at the Battle of Nashville, TN.  It has been disarmed, cleaned, and coated, and is ready for display.--$125.SOLD

  31. 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.

  32. Excavated, 12 lb. size, Confederate, Bormann fused cannonball.  This ball was recovered here at Stones River and has the distinctive, Confederate, brass underplug.  It has been cleaned - disarmed, - coated and is ready for display.--$250.

  33. .58 cal., Model 1864, Federal cartridge box.  The box has the embossed, oval US on the outside flap and has both belt loops intact as well as leather closure tab and both iron roller buckles.  Every Civil War collection should have an original cartridge box.--$275.

  34. 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.

  35. 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.

  36. Nice condition gilt embroidered Federal 4th Regiment Cavalry insignia.  Literally is in nice enough condition to sew back on a kepi.--$250.

  37. RARE - RARE - RARE excavated "ROPE BORDER" style "C.S." oval waist belt plate.  This buckle was recovered over 40 years ago from a Confederate camp on private property near Corinth, MS.  It has a beautiful - never cleaned brown - green woods patina and has all three attachment hooks intact.  The buckle does have a couple hairline stress cracks that are normal with "Rope Border" style C.S. oval belt plates.  It has been a while since I had a "Rope Border" C.S. oval this nice to offer for sale.--$2,850.SOLD

  38. SUPER RARE CONFEDERATE BOYLE AND GAMBLE SABER BAYONET.--$1,450.SOLD

  39. .69 cal. Model 1816 smoothbore musket originally produced in flint and altered to percussion for Civil War use.  It has a smooth, aged grey-brown patina and lockplate markings of "U.S. - Springfield - 1834".  The stock is in nice condition with just good honest wear from being carried, and has an easily visible inspector cartouche opposite the lockplate.  The soldier's initials "T.M.S." are nicely carved into the stock which most likely is for "Thomas M. Sanders" of Co. "E" - 45th TN. Inf.  (I have hunted their Spring of 1863 camp here many times).  This is a classic example of what many Army of Tennessee Confederates were carrying here in Middle Tennessee during the years 1862 and 1863.--$1,250.SOLD

  40. Exceptionally pretty Model 1850 Federal Foot Officer's Sword and Scabbard.  The blade remains sparkling bright with crisp Federal engraving from top to bottom.  The original wrap and wire remains intact on the grip, and the original leather scabbard is complete with no breaks or weak spots.  This sword is "Museum Grade" and would be a fine addition to any collection.--$1,150.SOLD

  41. "Bad to the Bone" Confederate carried .72 cal. Austrian Carbine.  This came out of a North Georgia estate, and you can clearly see where the carbine snap swivel rubbed back and forth on the stock from "in the saddle wear".  Nice condition and is a weapon that - even today - you wouldn't mind having loaded up and under the car seat when on the wrong side of town !!--$1,150.SOLD

  42. Excavated, large oval, lead filled, "VMM" (Volunteer Maine Militia) cartridge box plate.  This plate has a smooth, brown patina on the face and was recovered many years ago from a Maine camp located near Port Hudson, LA.  Most large VMM boxplates have very little, if any, lead in the reverse, but this one has about the same amount of lead as a US cartridge boxplate.  It has been in the Coy Kitchens collection for many years and will make an excellent addition to your collection.--$975.

  43. Nice condition, .32 cal., Model 1849, Colt Pocket Revolver.  This revolver has an all matching serial number of 200850, which is most desirable 1861 (first year of the war) production.  The metal has a smooth, gently graying, aged patina with a barrel marking of "Address Saml Colt - Hartford CT".  The cylinder retains about 30% original cylinder scene.  The action remains strong, advancing and locking as well as it did when new.  The revolver has original walnut grips with about 80% original varnish.  This little Colt would be a very nice addition to any Civil War collection.--$1,250.

  44. 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.

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

  46. Very rare, excavated, cast brass, "spun hook" variety, Army of Tennessee, round corner, CS waist belt plate.  This buckle was recovered a number of years ago from an N. B. Forrest Confederate cavalry camp located in Central Mississippi.  The buckle has a pleasing, brown patina with clear remains of black enamel paint in the background.  The reverse has one complete hook intact and partials of the other two.  There is an old scar on the reverse where the plate was struck by a disc or some other farm related implement many years ago.  You couldn't ask for a more pleasing face than this CS buckle has.--$3,450.

  47. Very nice condition, English import, pattern 1853, Cavalry trooper's saber and scabbard.  This pattern saber was imported into the Confederacy and quite often encountered.  They are noted with several different retailers' marks, including "Mole" and "Isaac & Co."   They are also often encountered unmarked, and that is exactly the case with this example.  The blade is in excellent condition with no pitting at all, and the pressed leather grips remain in perfect condition.  The saber retains its original scabbard and is also in very nice condition.  The vast majority of the pattern 1853 English Cavalry sabers that I have encountered over the years have had Confederate association.  This example is in very nice condition and would make a great addition to someone's Confederate Cavalry display.--$750.

  48. Nice condition, Model 1840, "AMES PRODUCTION" Heavy Cavalry Saber and Scabbard.  The blade is clean, just beginning to gray with age and is marked, "US - A.D.K. - Ames Mfg Co - Cabotville - 1851".  The three branch, cast brass guard has an attractive, uncleaned, bronze, aged patina, and the grip is complete with original wrap and wire.  The scabbard has a smooth, aged, brown patina, and it is without a single dent.--$1,150.

  49. Confederate carried, "Hartford" production, "five shot", .36 cal., Colt Navy revolver in an excellent condition, hand stitched, Confederate, leather holster.  You might say, "There is no such thing as a five shot Model 1851 Colt Navy."  Well, there is if you blew one of the six cylinders out and continued to carry the revolver.  The revolver has an all matching serial number of 89348, including the wedge.  This is most desirable 1860 production which is known for having gone South.  The Confederate holster is completely hand stitched and has an original, regimental #1 attached to the outside flap.  This revolver and Confederate holster has so many cool Southern attributes, one doesn't even know where to start.--$2,250 complete in Southern holster.SOLD

  50. 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.

  51. 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.

  52. Excavated, Civil War Era, "lead melting ladle" together with a single cavity "scissor type" round pistol ball mold.  These two items make a wonderful display together.--$115 for both.

  53. Excavated, Confederate "Bridle Cutter Pike".  This pike was one of those recovered by Greg Craven from the Great Train Wreck in South Carolina.  It has been cleaned and coated, and is ready for display.--$350.

  54. Excavated, solid shot, 6 pound cannonball.  This ball was recovered from private property near Shiloh by early relic hunter, Tedford Cohn, many years ago.  It has a visible mold seam around the ball and has been cleaned and coated and is ready for display.--$175.

  55. Excavated, regulation, cast brass, Federal Cavalry spur.  This spur was recovered from private property near Chickamauga and has a smooth, brown/green patina with remnants of the iron rowel still intact.--$75.

  56. One of the most popular muskets of the American Civil War era! This is the .58 cal. Model 1861 three band Springfield rifled musket. The metal has a smooth gray-brown patina with lockplate markings of "U.S. - SPRINGFIELD - 1862". The stock is very attractive and shows clear evidence of lots of field service with small dings, marks, and rounded edges from wear. Both sling swivels - original ram rod - and long range sight remains intact. This is a solid middle grade musket that clearly "Saw The Elephant".--$1,650.

  57. 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.

  58. Civil War era gaming piece that is near an exact duplicate of a large cent. I have seen a number of similar pieces recovered from Civil War campsites over the years. This is a neat item for a Civil War "camp scene" display.--$38.

  59. Recently brought into the shop - A COOL - COOL "Upside Down" U.S. belt rig with an excellent CONFEDERATE MANUFACTURE cap box.  It was a common practice among Confederate soldiers due to lack of actual Southern made supplies to wear a captured "U.S." belt rig upside down turning it into a "SN" (Southern Nation).  This is a beautiful example of just such a Southern adapted belt rig and the C.S. manufactured cap box is a very nice example.  I will pass along family name to the buyer.  Over the years I have run into several cartridge boxes with the upside down plate as well.--$950. (With the value about equally divided between the U.S. belt rig and the C.S. made cap box)SOLD

  60. Very rare Type I Cook and Brother Confederate saber bayonet.  This style bayonet was likely produced in New Orleans prior to Cook and Bro. being forced to relocate in Athens, GA.  The bayonet has a nice aged patina, and is in very nice condition, but does have the top part of the brass barrel ring broken.  This could easily be restored if desired.  Most of these bayonets were produced for the State of Alabama.--$895.

  61. Excellent display of a 1/2 sectioned 6 pound size Bormann case shot ball.  This ball was recovered on private property at Shiloh and clearly shows the Bormann fuse, the underplug, the case shot balls and tar matrix, and the chamber for the black powder.  It has been cleaned and coated and is ready for permanent display.--$195.

  62. Blacksmith crafted, Confederate sideknife made from what appears to have been originally a kitchen knife.  The blade has been reshaped and is razor sharp, and a stag handle installed.  This is a very nice example of how Confederate soldiers turned everything from files, rasps, and kitchen cutlery etc. into fighting weapons.--$150.SOLD

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

  64. Just in- Confederate manufacture "DOG RIVER" C.S. Cavalry saber in an 1840 Heavy Cavalry Saber scabbard.  This is out of an estate auction several years ago in Williamson County, TN.  The saber has a nice grey-brown blade with typical Southern "unstopped fuller" and a nice C.S. manufacture high copper content 3-branch brass guard.  The guard has a beautiful "never cleaned" rich bronze aged patina.  The saber was carried in a pre-War 1840 "Old Wristbreaker" scabbard as was frequently the case.  This will be a fine addition to any Southern Cavalry display.--$1,950.

  65. Very nice condition percussion 12 GA. double barrel shotgun.  This is the exact type weapon that many young Confederates left home carrying.  It is a well made and nicely engraved weapon, and is one of the heaviest weapons of its type that I have held in a long time.  Several years ago I recovered a nearly identical 12 GA. double barrel in the camp of the 51st Alabama Cavalry - C.S.A.  This weapon will make a fine addition to someone's Confederate display.--$595.

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

  67. 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.

  68. Very pretty condition non-excavated 1840 - 1850 era "Puppy Paw" Hook style large size lead filled "U.S." oval waist belt plate.  This was purchased several years ago out of a central Ohio estate sale.  You couldn't ask for a prettier example with a rich, aged - never cleaned - patina with full lead and all three attachment hooks intact.--$295.

  69. 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.

  70. Quite rare 10 # Parrott projectile with the late Civil War  "Rabbeted Brass Band" type sabot.  This projectile was recovered just off Robertson Academy Drive at the Battle of Nashville about 30 years ago.  I dug a twin to this one in the lawn next door to where this one was found.  It is a quite rare projectile and is complete with pewter fuze intact and brass sabot 100 % intact.  I have disarmed the shell and coated it - so it is ready for display.  I only know of about half a dozen of these that have been recovered at Nashville.  Most of this type shell have been recovered along the Johnston's River Line in GA.--$395.SOLD

  71. Very nice condition, Model 1860, Mansfield and Lamb, Federal, light cavalry saber and scabbard.  The blade remains bright and clean with markings of "US - 1864 - Mansfield & Lamb".  The three branch brass guard remains i perfect condition with a nice, uncleaned, aged patina.  The grip has original wrap and wire and is almost as nice as when issued.  The scabbard remains in excellent condition with only one or two small dings from actual field service.  This is a first class Model 1860 light cavalry saber and scabbard.--$895.

  72. RARE - RARE - RARE excavated coat size Confederate Local TENNESSEE STATE SEAL C.S. button.  This super rare Confederate button was recovered by Dr. Rees Buttram from the lawn of one of his patients that lived along the Confederate Battle Line on the crest of Missionary Ridge - Chattanooga, TN.  The button is very solid with a pleasing brown - green patina, and about as nice detail as you are going to see on a TN. Local button.  There are two small dimples on the crown of the button which we believe is from the prongs of the shank.  The loop on the reverse was intact when found, but had fallen out.  I had a professional put it back in place, and looks great.  Of the many thousands of artifacts that Dr. Buttram recovered - This Tennessee button was one of his absolute favorites.--$1,250.SOLD

  73. 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.

  74. Beautiful condition, excavated, larger size, Leech and Rigdon, oak leaf pattern wreath.  This plate has a smooth, uncleaned, green/brown patina and has a belt loop 2 inches in width.  This wreath was recovered during the 1970's from a Confederate Cavalry camp located near Tupelo, Mississippi.  If you happen to have the correct tongue, this will complete a beautiful Confederate 2-piece CS sword belt plate.--$895.

  75. Very attractive, excavated, Model 1851, cast brass, Federal Eagle sword belt plate.  The plate retains nice body curve and has a smooth, chocolate brown patina with traces where the applied wreaths once were.  This plate was recovered many years ago from private property near Corinth, Mississippi.--$275.

  76. Exceptional quality, excavated, large size, lead filled, State of New York (SNY) waist belt plate.  This beautiful buckle was recovered from a Federal camp site located near Falmouth, Virginia, and was dug (get this) 55 years ago in 1962.  This is a first class plate that anyone would be proud to have in their collection.--$975.

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

  78. Drop dead beautiful condition large size lead filled "U.S." oval cartridge boxplate recovered over 40 years ago by Dr. Rees Buttram from Private property located near The Battle of Chickamauga, GA..  This is a classic example of the wonderful condition of artifacts recovered during the 1960s - 1970s "Golden Age" of relic hunting.--$250.

  79. 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.

  80. 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.

  81. 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.

  82. Very rare, non-excavated, original Confederate "Georgia Pike" complete with about three feet of the original pole.  The pike itself has a never cleaned, rich, aged patina and will make a very nice addition to someone's Confederate edged weapon display.--$1,250.SOLD

  83. Just in, untouched, Confederate manufactured "Dog River" CS Enlistedman's Cavalry saber.  The blade has the classic Confederate unstopped fuller and a never cleaned, thick, chocolate brown attic patina from tip to tip.  The brass guard is classic, high copper content, Confederate manufactured, and also has a thick, bronze/brown, aged patina.  The grip is original with single strand, copper wire, and the leather is worn through to wood in several areas.  The scabbard has a matching, thick, brown patina and is an era replacement being a standard iron mounted 1840 heavy cavalry saber scabbard.  The original brass mounted scabbard was no doubt damaged somewhere along the way.  This is a very nice example of Southern craftsmanship and ingenuity.--$2,250.SOLD

  84. Nice condition .50 cal. percussion Maynard carbine.  Maynard carbines were used by both U.S. and C.S. cavalry during the American Civil War.  This example has a smooth dark attic patina with traces of case color in the recessed areas.  The action is crisp and the bore very deep and sharp.  This is serial number "3153".  I am also including an original non-excavated .50 Maynard cartridge to display with the weapon.--$1,650.SOLD

  85. 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.

  86. Very attractive original Model 1850 Federal Foot Officer's sword (without scabbard).  This was purchased long ago out of a central Ohio estate sale.  The blade has a gently aging grey-brown patina with visible engraving top to bottom with "U.S. - E. Pluribus Unum - etc.".  The ornate cast brass guard has a rich never cleaned aged patina, and the grip has original shark skin and wire.  The sword shows clear signs of having actually been carried.  This would be a wonderful sword to begin your Civil War collection.--$550.

  87. Nice condition DOUBLE OHIO MARKED .69 cal. Model 1816 Springfield musket originally produced in flint and converted to percussion for Civil War use.  This would have been one of the early War muskets that early Ohio Volunteers left the State armed with.  The metal has a smooth, pleasing attic brown patina with lockplate markings of "1825 - U.S. - Springfield - and the eagle".  The wood is in nice condition with all the small dings and marks of lots of field service, and a crisp "OHIO" stamp on the left hand side and a second "OHIO"on top just behind the tang.  What a wonderful addition this weapon would be to any OHIO Civil War collection.--$1,450.SOLD

  88. Really pretty and VERY rare to recover - coat size "ALABAMA MAP ON TREE" State Seal.  This is a scarce Confederate local and was recovered from the 1863 camp of the 1st Alabama Cavalry.  This is one that you rarely see offered for sale.--$595.SOLD

  89. Nice condition, original Model 1841 "Mississippi Rifle."  It has smooth, clean metal just beginning to gray with age.  The lockplate is marked "E. Whitney - N. Haven - US - 1851."  The original walnut stock remains in nice condition with two visible inspector cartouches.  The rifle has crisp action at both half cock and full cock, and remains in original .54 cal. with deep, crisp rifling.  I expect this rifle would remain an accurate shooter today and would be an excellent addition to any Civil War weapons collection.  This rifle originally came out of the local area and was quite likely Confederate carried.--$2,150.SOLD

  90. Very rare excavated Confederate "Bridle Cutter" pike that was among the cache recovered at the site of the train crash in South Carolina.  This one is cleaned - coated - and quite stable, and is ready for display.  It ranks among the better condition of those recovered there.  This is a true piece of Confederate military history.--$350.SOLD

  91. Very nice condition cast pewter coat size Confederate eagle button.  These were cast using regular Federal eagle buttons as the master.  They are mostly found in early War Western Theater Confederate camps.  This one was recovered from a Confederate Cavalry camp on private property near the Tippa River in North Mississippi.--$100.SOLD

  92. 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

  93. Extremely rare, excavated, large size, lead-filled, oval Maryland State Seal.  This plate was recovered about 30 years ago from a Confederate winter camp trash pit in Northern Virginia.  The plate had fire damage along about 1 1/2 inches of the top edge.  This area has been professionally restored, and the plate displays quite well.  It has a pleasing, brown/green patina and all three attachment hooks present on the reverse.  If this plate had been perfect when recovered, it would sell for $5,000 - $6,000.  This is a very nice plate for less than half what it would sell for if there were no restoration.--$2,450.SOLD

  94. Just brought in out of the local area, an untouched, Model 1840 import "Old Wristbreaker" Heavy Cavalry saber and scabbard.  Model 1840 Heavy Cavalry sabers were extensively used by both Union and Confederate Cavalry during the American Civil War.  The famous Southern Cavalry Commander, General Nathan Bedford Forrest carried one as did many in his command.  This saber has a clean blade, just beginning to gray with age.  About 1/2 of the original grip remains intact and the other half is worn to wood.  The cast brass, 3-branch guard has a dark, aged patina and has a small piece at the very top severed.  The scabbard has a thick, brown, never cleaned, aged patina with clear evidence of wear and several dings and marks from lots of field service.  This is a Cavalry saber that clearly "saw the elephant".--$695.

  95. 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.

  96. 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

  97. 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

  98. 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.

  99. Crisp - clear fully cased 1/6th plate tintype a young Federal enlistedman.  This is a seated pose wearing a shell jacket (likely artillery), and has nice clarity with no flaking at all.--$150.

  100. Excellent condition, excavated, brass sabot from a 30 lb., Federal Parrott projectile.  This was recovered on private property at Vicksburg, MS.-$45.

  101. 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.

  102. Excellent display of excavated round balls recovered from Confederate camps following the Battle of Stones River.  The balls include .28 cal., .32 cal., .36 cal., .44 cal., .54 cal., .58 cal., .69 cal., and the big .72 cal.--$48.

  103. 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.

  104. 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.

  105. Nice condition, excavated, coat size and cuff size, matching set of Federal Infantry officer buttons.  Each of the buttons has lots of bright gold gilt remaining intact and comes in a glass display case.  These were recovered on private property here at Stones River.--$45.

  106. 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

  107. 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.

  108. Model 1850, Federal Import Foot Officer's sword and metal scabbard.  The sword has a nice, clean blade with crisp, clear "US - E Pluribus Unum and Eagle" engraved motif down the blade.  The cast brass guard has a rich, aged, bronze/brown patina, and the grip retains original wrap and wire.  The metal scabbard is in nice condition also with a rich, aged patina and ring mount wear almost 1/3rd of the way through the brass mount.  The brass drag is literally worn all the way through to the hollow inside.  This Federal Officer's sword and scabbard has seen many a march and field of battle.--$1,150.SOLD

  109. 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.

  110. Very rare EARLY DATE Model 1860 light cavalry saber and scabbard.  This came out of a local Middle Tennessee estate years ago and was very likely Confederate carried.  The blade has a smooth gently aging grey-brown patina with maker markings of "Ames Mfg. Co. - 1861 - and U.S."  The scabbard has a pleasing aged brown patina with tons of drag wear, and the ring is worn 1/4th way through the ring mount.  This saber saw many campaigns in the saddle, and could no doubt tell some great battle stories.--$1,295.

  111. 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.--$295.

  112. Beautiful condition early battlefield pick-up cast brass Federal Cavalry spur.  This was picked up many years ago near the Battle of Chickamauga, and is an uncommon tapered neck variety.  It remains in beautiful condition with the original rowel intact and will still turn.--$89.

  113. 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.

  114. Very nice condition excavated gilted Federal coat and cuff Infantry officer's buttons.  These were recovered many years ago on private property near Chickamauga, GA by DR. Rees Buttram.--$45. for the pair

  115. Very attractive, attic brown patina, .54 cal., breech loader, single shot, percussion, Starr carbine.  Starr carbines were used by numerous Federal Cavalry units including the 1st Arkansas (US), 5th Kansas, 11th Missouri, and 24th New York Cavalry units.  I have noticed in several soldier letters that the Starr carbine was rated equal to or better than the very popular Sharps carbine.  This example is serial number 10848.  Even though the metal has a dark attic patina, the Starr markings remain easily legible.  The action works well, and good rifling remains.  Both the long range site and the sling ring remain intact.  This is a good, honest example that clearly shows actual Civil War use.  We are including an excavated dropped Starr carbine projectile that we recovered from a Federal Cavalry campsite here at Stones River.--$1,450.SOLD

  116. Just brought in out of the local area "Henry Boker - Solingen" Model 1860, light cavalry saber and scabbard.  The blade has a smooth, gray/brown, aging patina with crisp, clear Henry Boker marks.  The grip is in nice condition with original wrap and wire.  The three branch, brass guard is in nice condition with a never cleaned, bronze/brown patina.  The metal scabbard is in very nice condition with an aged, brown patina and is without even a single dent.  Considering where this saber came from, it was very likely Confederate carried.--$795.SOLD

  117. Just brought into the shop out of the local area, very nice condition, .577 cal., 3-band, percussion Enfield rifled musket.  The lockplate is marked, "Isaac Hollis and Sons - Makers to Her Majesty's War Department" and has the "25 - 25" barrel markings.  Both sling swivels and the long range site remain intact.  The musket has a crisp bore remaining.  Hollis and Sons is a known supplier to the Confederacy.--$1,850.SOLD

  118. Nice condition original Civil War leather cavalry saber/sword knot.  These were used just like the ones used today on snow skis so that if your saber is knocked from your hand - You are NOT S.O.of L.  If you have a nice Civil War cavalry saber - here is a compliment to make it  museum level.--$425.

  119. Just brought into the shop out of the local area, .577 cal., "1861 date", Enfield Tower, 3-band rifled musket.  This musket has a smooth, dark, attic brown patina throughout the metal with lockplate markings of "1861 - Tower - and the British Crown."  Both sling swivels - the original ramrod - the original long range site - and the original nipple protector and chain all remain intact.  The musket shows clear evidence of lots of actual field service with burnout from nipple - cap flash in the area of stock just behind the nipple.  The action remains good, and decent rifling remains.  In addition, the musket has the nice, clear "25 - 25" barrel marks of Confederate imports.  This is a weapon that clearly saw combat and was almost certainly Confederate carried.--$1,650.SOLD

  120. Very attractive .69 cal. Model 1842 3-band percussion musket.  This musket was carried during the Civil War by Amon Reynolds who served in the KY. INF. C.S.A. during the Civil War.  This musket was purchased directly from the family and comes with a breif family history written by the family member the musket was purchased from.  The metal is clean with lockplate markings of "Harpers Ferry - 1851 - and the American eagle".  Amon Reynold's initials "AR" are nicely carved into the stock of the musket.  The stock retains a visible inspector cartouche opposite the lockplate.  This weapon would be a wonderful addition to anyone's Civil War collection.--$1,975.SOLD

  121. .36 cal., Model 1851, Colt Navy revolver, serial number 22852, and is all matching except for the wedge which is an old replacement.  Serial number 22852 is a very desirable early 1850's production Colt.  This Colt revolver comes directly out of a local family and comes with a notarized letter from the family identifying the ancestor who carried the revolver.  This Colt Navy Model revolver was carried by their great-grandfather, Thomas J. Northcott.  Thomas Northcott served in Company I of the 45th Regiment Tennessee Volunteer Infantry - CSA.  While encamped near Murfreesboro in November, 1862, according to archive records, Private Northcott became "absent without leave".  According to the family, Private Northcott came home to help with a deathly ill family member and later returned to Confederate service.  There is room for lots more research on this artifact.--$2,150.SOLD

  122. 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.

  123. Drop dead beautiful condition, excavated, coat size, North Carolina Sunburst with the letters "NC" in the center.  This button was recovered near Savannah, Georgia, and is an extreme rarity having the original soldered on shank remaining intact.  You couldn't hope to recover a more crisp, sharp example.--$250.SOLD

  124. Beautiful condition, excavated, coat size, solid cast brass, Confederate Block "I" (Infantry) button.  This button was recovered from 1863 Army of Tennessee winter camps around Dalton, Georgia.--$150.

  125. Nice condition, small, leather, Federal percussion cap pouch.  The pouch has both belt loops intact, original inner flap, brass finial, and has a very old, brown ink tag that says, "This cap pouch was given me by Samuel Brady.  It was given to him by James 'illegible due to water damage' who carried it in the Civil War."  The last few words are difficult to make out due to water stain.--$150.SOLD

  126. Non-excavated, small size, drum style tin canteen.  This canteen came out of the local Middle Tennessee area and is believed to have been Confederate carried.  The size is so small that I suspect it might have carried something other than water.  The canteen's appearance is much like a standard tin Confederate drum style canteen, except it is about 1/2 the size.--$150.SOLD

  127. 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.

  128. Quite rare, non-excavated, Civil War Era, pewter medical syringe.  We have excavated several identical syringes from the Union and Confederate 1862-1863 winter camps here.  They were used for irrigation and for spraying powders.  This example is identical to the one pictured in Medical Instruments and Equipment of the Civil War, by Dr. Gordon Dammann.  This will make an excellent addition to someone's Civil War medical display.--$275.

  129. Beautiful condition, non-excavated, .69 cal., Model 1842, triangular, socket bayonet.  The bayonet has a smooth, gently aging, gray patina with a crisp "US" mark.  If you have a nice Model 1842 .69 cal. musket, this is the perfect compliment for it.--$250.

  130. Very attractive Model 1851 early Hartford production .36 cal. Colt Navy Revolver.  This is serial number 101257 which is most sought after 1861 - 1862 production.  The revolver is all matching except for the wedge which is an old replacement.  The action still works perfectly, and a crisp bore remains.  The revolver was purchased years ago out of the Dibrell family of Sparta, TN.  This family had numerous members in the 8th Tennessee Cavalry - C.S.A. and this revolver was no doubt carried by one of them.  A very nice example with some visable cylinder scene remaining.  This would be a quality addition to any collection.--$1,895.SOLD

  131. 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

  132. Fully cased, 1/6th plate tintype of a young, standing, Federal soldier wearing a regulation, Federal Cavalry Shell jacket.  His right arm is resting on what appears to be a draped regimental flag.  The image is crystal clear with no flaking whatsoever.--$165.SOLD

  133. Quite rare and sought after, Confederate $100, November 24, 1862, "Negroes Chopping Cotton" note (T-41).  This is a near uncirculated note, and remains in complete, crisp condition with vivid colors and an 1863 interest paid stamp on the reverse.--$175.SOLD

  134. 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.

  135. 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.

  136. Nice , clean, early war date, Model 1840, Ames Musician sword.  This is the sword only without scabbard.  The blade is marked, "US - 1862 - Ames Mfg Co."  The cast brass guard has a pleasing, uncleaned, aged patina.--$295.

  137. 1/9th plate, tintype of a young, Union Sergeant with his stripes clearly visible.  The image is housed in a 1/2 hard case.  This is a seated bust view with arms folded and has nice clarity.--$150.SOLD

  138. Excaxvated, Sharps 4-shot pepperbox.  This was recovered in 1958 by Perry Taylor on the old Confederate breastworks, 3 1/2 miles east of Corinth where the breastworks cross the Taylor farm.--$495. SOLD

  139. Very rare to come by - Original .56 cal. double cavity Colt Marked bullet mold for the .56 cal. "Colt Revolving Rifle".--$495.SOLD

  140. Extremely rare, 1/9th plate, crisp, clear, ruby ambrotype of an early war Federal Infantryman wearing his sky blue great coat with cape, Model 1858 Union canteen with linen sling over his shoulder, and tar cloth haversack hanging under the canteen with tar cloth strap over his shoulder and under the linen canteen sling.  I could count on my fingers how many images I have had over the last 40 years with canteen and haversack.  If you remove the image from the case and matting, you can see much more of the canteen and haversack.  The image is housed in a beautiful condition, 1/9th plate, full gutta percha case.  This is a museum quality image.--$450.

  141. Very attractive, .58 cal., Model 1863, type 2, Springfield, 3-band, percussion, rifled musket.  The .58  cal. Springfield is often considered the classic representative musket of the American Civil War.  This musket has crisp lockplate markings of “Springfield – 1864 – US” and has metal that is just beginning to gray with age.  The wood is in nice condition with the normal small dings and marks of field service and a visible inspector cartouche opposite the lockplate.  The action remains crisp and locks firmly into both half-cock and full-cock.  Both sling swivels, long range site, and original ramrod remain intact.  The musket has a very pleasing “used but not abused” type appearance and will be a very nice addition to any Civil War collection.--$1,450.

  142. Exceptionally nice, crisp condition, Colt .32 cal., Pocket “Model 1849” 5-shot percussion revolver.  The grips are original and in near mint condition with original varnish.  The revolver has an all matching serial number of 185464 which is most desirable 1860 production.  The cylinder retains 90% original scene and also retains about 60% original silver wash on the trigger guard and backstrap.  The barrel is crisply marked “Address Saml Colt – Hartford Conn”.  The action remains perfect with crisp mainspring and excellent bore.  This revolver turned up in a local estate and was almost certainly Confederate carried.  I have included a small display of ammunition and percussion caps to display with the revolver.  There are some cased colors remaining in recessed areas.--$1,250.SOLD

  143. This is one of the most sought after of all Confederate notes.  It is the February 17, 1864, Confederate $500 note picturing and honoring General Stonewall Jackson.  The note is lightly circulated and retains strong, sharp edges all the way around with good color and serial number 16447.  This is a note that is becoming increasingly more difficult to acquire.--$395.

  144. 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.

  145. Nice crisp albumin photograph of Corp. John A. Gilmore and his 5 brothers along with an individual CDV of Corp. Gilmore.  Gilmore was a member of Co. "E" - 9th Ill. Vol. Inf. and was involved at both Battles of Fort Donelson and Shiloh.--$195. for BOTH IMAGES

  146. 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.

  147. 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.

  148. Beautiful condition, cast brass with applied silver wreaths, Model 1851, Federal Eagle sword belt plate.  The face has a nice, aged, bronze patina, and the reverse shows lots of wear around the hook indicating significant field service.--$375.

  149. Very nice condition, original die stamped, brass crossed cannons, Federal Artillery hatpin.  All four attachment loops remain intact on the reverse, and the pin has a pleasing, uncleaned, aged, bronze/brown patina.--$195.

  150. 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.

  151. CDV of a Rhode Island Cavalry Trooper displayed in a Civil War Era, military motif frame.  With this photo, came a perfect condition, Federal cross sabers cavalry hatpin with all four attachment loops intact on the reverse.  It is very possible that this is the actual cross sabers hatpin being worn in the photograph.--$450 for the grouping.

  152. 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.

  153. Quite scarce, percussion, .31 cal., five - shot, mushroom shaped cylinder, 3" octagonal barrel with a large oval shaped brass trigger guard.  This example has excellent condition, original checkered, hard rubber grips.  This revolver has early, early production serial number "865".  For many years, this revolver was on display at the Lotz House Civil War Museum in Franklin, Tennessee, and still has their ID number on the butt.  The revolver's markings remain as crisp as when issued.  This is one of the nicest condition, .31 cal., percussion Remington - Rider revolvers that has come into the shop in years.--$895.

  154. Fully cased, 1/6th plate, Ambrotype of a standing Union Infantryman.  He is wearing a Hardee hat with infantry insignia - enlistedman's Federal frock coat with US beltrig with buckle, breastplate, capbox, and cartridge box.  His musket with bayonet affixed is standing alongside him.  There is a little haloing around the subject, but the image remains reasonably clear, and all his equipment can be easily seen.--$295.

  155. Beautiful condition, Civil War Federal Infantry Officer's gilt embroidered bugle hat insignia.  You won't find a more perfect, nice example.--$295.

  156. Nice condition, Model 1855, .58 cal., Federal, leather cartridge box.  The box remains quite pliable with the original lead-filled US cartridge box plate (with a rich, aged, bronze patina), and the two original cartridge tins remaining intact inside.  The brass finial, leather closure tab, and both belt loops all remain completely intact as well.  This is going to make a very nice addition to someone's Civil War collection.--$650.

  157. Very nice condition, Confederate "Dog River" CS Cavalry saber in original, brass-mounted, metal scabbard.  The blade has a smooth, gently aging, gray/brown patina with classic Confederate unstopped fuller.  The blade was sharpened during the Civil War Era, and to this day, has an edge that will nearly shave you.  (General Nathan Bedford Forrest's Cavalry is quite well known for this practice.)  The guard has an aged, bronze patina with classic Confederate high copper content.  The grip has original, single-strand, iron wire, and a portion of the original leather wrap with the remaining area worn to polished wood.  The scabbard remains in beautiful condition with heavy brass mounts and a lead-filled lap seam running from top to bottom.  It has a deep, uncleaned, chocolate brown, attic patina.   This is a Confederate saber that anyone would be proud to have on their wall.--$4,250.

  158. Massive, .69 cal., percussion "Horse Pistol".  This is a Belgium import and was almost certainly Confederate carried.  The South traded cotton for these antiquated "Old Hand Cannons".  Over the years, I have had several Confederate images where the subject had a massive horse pistol of this style stuck behind their belt.  I have no doubt that, if you loaded this thing with buck, you would surely be able to take out everything in a 20-foot area.  This is guaranteed to be a great conversation piece in your collection.--$650.

  159. Nice condition, .32 caliber, rimfire, Smith and Wesson, Model #2, old Model Army revolver.  The revolver remains in very nice condition with crisp action and some original case colors in recessed areas.  This is the more desirable 6-inch, octagonal, long barrel model.  Many Civil War officers, who were able to afford one, carried the Model #2 Smith and Wesson as their personal sidearm.  There were a total of 77,155 of these revolvers produced.  The serial number of this revolver falls at the end of the Civil War period and the beginning of the Wild West Era.  The notorious western gunslinger, "Wild Bill" Hickok, while Marshall of Deadwood, was carrying a Model #2 Army the night he was shot.  This is a very nice example of quite an historic weapon.--$895.

  160. 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.

  161. 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.

  162. Very nice condition, original, February 20, 1863, $100 Confederate loan bond.  The bond pictures a Confederate soldier leaning against a tree and has eight original coupons remaining intact.  It will frame up beautifully.--$150.

  163. 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.

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

  165. Absolutely screamingly beautiful 24 mm Confederate staff officer - "H. T. & B. - Manchester" with not less than 99.95 % BRIGHT gold gilt.  In 40 years, this could be the nicest one that I have ever had.--$650.

  166. 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.

  167. Just brought in today - VERY nice .36 cal. Model 1851 Colt Navy Revolver.  The revolver has a smooth gently ageing grey patina with an all matching serial number of "149088" (except for the wedge which is an old replacement).  This is very desirable mid-war early 1863 production and still functions perfectly.  There are traces of original cylinder scene, and I can faintly see some initials cut into the brass buttplate.  It has lots of original bore remaining.--$1,650.

  168. 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.

  169. Seldom seen, .36 cal., Navy Model revolver manufactured by Mass. Arms Co., Chicopee Falls, under "Adams Patent".  It is estimated that only about 1,000 of these weapons were produced and were all produced between 1856 and 1860.  They have checkered walnut grips much like their European counterpart.  Most of these that I have seen surface have turned up in the South.  This example is in relatively good condition, but the revolver does show considerable "field wear" and is missing the loading lever.  Its well known English counterpart made by Adams and Kerr was quite extensively carried by Confederates.  As far as I can remember, this is one of only about the third or fourth example of this revolver that I have in 40 years ever had.--$895.

  170. Excavated, medium size, lead-filled, Martingale Heart.  This was recovered during the early 1970's on private property near the Antietam Battlefield.  It was recovered from a Confederate Cavalry position.  There is a small amount of lead flaking from the bottom tip on the reverse side of the Martingale.--$295.

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

  172. Beautiful condition non-excavated "Military Mofif" brass pistol powder flask.  This flask is approximately 6 inches tall, and would be perfect to display with a Colt Pocket Model or Navy Model revolver.  The flask has never been cleaned, and has the prettiest rich, dark bronze aged patina that you could ever hope for.--$425.

  173. 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

  174. Beautiful condition, early battlefield pick-up, Confederate, cast-brass, private purchase spur.  The spur has a rich, never cleaned, aged, bronze patina with a large iron rowel remaining completely intact.  This is a really nice spur.--$295.

  175. 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.

  176. Good solid .54 cal. "Standard Model" Burnside carbine.  This is serial number "9586" and is matching between the barrel and the breech block.  The wood has two clearly visible inspector cartouches and has the normal dings and marks of actual field service.  The action works correctly, and decent rifling remains.  The metal is clean with just light graying with age.  There is one guide screw missing from the breech area of the carbine that would not be difficult to replace.   All in all - I would grade this a solid "upper mid-grade" example.--$1,295.

  177. 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.

  178. Very nice condition, Model 1840, "Old Wristbreaker," heavy cavalry saber and scabbard.  This was just brought in from the local area and was almost certainly Confederate carried.  Model 1840's were extensively carried during the Civil War by both Union and Confederate Cavalry.  The famous Southern Cavalry Commander, General Nathan Bedford Forrest, carried one as did many of the men in his command.  This example has a nice, clean, unmarked blade just beginning to darken a little with age.  The cast brass, 3-branch guard remains in excellent condition with a smooth, aged, bronze patina.  The grip retains original wrap and wire but is wearing through in some areas on the high points.  This is a very nice example of the saber most carried by Confederate Cavalry.--$795.SOLD 

  179. 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.

  180. 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.

  181. Quite rare, mint unissued, 1840 era "Puppy Paw Hook" pattern, large oval, US waist belt plate.  The belt is as nice and pliable as when issued, and the early style US buckle is a beauty.--$695.

  182. Original, 1862 date, $1000 Confederate Loan Bond.  The bond remains in very nice condition with 30 original coupons remaining and was issued November 4, 1862.  This is a quite rare issue Confederate bond that is going to frame beautifully.--$125.

  183. 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.

  184. Very nice display of three excavated artifacts recovered many years ago from private property near Shiloh.  The display consists of a folding iron scissor type bullet mold holding an original ball - a beautiful excavated coat-size Federal Infantry Officer's button with 90% bright gold gilt - and lastly, a rare excavated large size crossed cannons artillery stamped brass hat insignia.  The hat pin was missing one tip when recovered, and that has been restored for display.--$250 for the entire display.

  185. 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.

  186. Exceptionally nice condition, leather cartridge box by "J. Davy & Co. - Newark NJ".  An excellent item to display with your .44 cal. Colt revolver or your .44 cal. Remington revolver.  The box remains very pliable with very little flaking at all.--$295.

  187. Very nice condition, 1960's era excavated, lead-filled, large size, US Oval cartridge box plate.  This is an early war letter pattern, excavated plate and has been cleaned up a bit as was a fad during the 1960's time period.  The plate is so nice that it could almost pass as non-excavated, but from the reverse, you can clearly see it is indeed an excavated plate.  Just an extra nice quality excavated plate recovered over 50 years ago from private property near Shiloh.--$225.

  188. 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.

  189. Very rare to recover, coat size, low convex, iron reverse, Western Theater "C" (Cavalry) button.  The button has a smooth, chocolate brown patina on the face and a rusty iron reverse.  This rare style Confederate Cavalry button is often very fragile when recovered.  This example is solid as can be.--$375.

  190. Very nice condition, non-excavated, 4-side, "Austrian" socket bayonet.  These were extensively Southern used, and all that I have recovered over the years were from Confederate occupied sites.--$195.

  191. 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.

  192. Regulation, Federal, Model 1858, smooth type canteen with original butternut colored wool cover and original stopper with chain.  The cover on this canteen is considerably nicer than most with only one or two small moth holes.  Every Civil War collection should have a nice original canteen.--$295.

  193. Excavated, 4-piece, cast brass "Rifleman's Buckle."  This buckle is out of the well-known Civil War author, Charlie Harris's, collection.  The buckle was recovered from a Confederate Camp near Atlanta, Georgia.  The cast brass keepers to the buckle were recovered from one camp, and the interlocking two-piece center section from a different camp.  Therefore, the patinas are a bit different.  It is difficult to find this buckle with all four pieces.--$325.

  194. Absolutely mint condition deck of Civil War "Great Mogul" playing cards.  This set is the rarer blue in color.  The wrap remains perfect, and the original seal has never been broken.--$395.

  195. 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.

  196. 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.

  197. Absolutely "drop dead beautiful" .577 cal. Enfield "field pour" cast brass bullet mold.  This Enfield mold is complete with original cutter, and the original cone cavity insert.  I am including a Confederate Enfield bullet that EXACTLY fits the mold that I recovered on the Confederate Battle Line here at Stones River.  Super Nice to display with your C.S. carried .577 cal. Enfield Rifled Musket.  It has been ages since I have seen an Enfield mold this complete and nice.--$975.

  198. 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.

  199. 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.

  200. Excellent condition, non-excavated, large oval, lead filled, arrow hook style, US regulation belt plate.  They just don't come much nicer than this one.--$275.

  201. 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.

  202. Very hard to find when you need one - Nice condition original "1863" date Springfield lockplate and hammer assembly.  The plate has sharp marks of "1863 - U.S. - Springfield", and even has most of the internal original parts intact.  The hammer screw is broken off, but an original to replace it is included.  If you have a Model 1863 Springfield musket with a "less than pretty" lockplate - here is your chance to increase the value of your musket.--$125.

  203. 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.

  204. 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.

  205. Very nice condition, excavated, coat size, Confederate Artillery "A" button.  This button was recovered from the 1863 Confederate Army of Tennessee Artillery camp located a few miles out Lewisburg Pike from Shelbyville, TN.  It has a smooth chocolate brown patina on the front and the shank perfectly intact on the reverse.--$175.

  206. Nice condition, Model 1840, Federal Light Artillery saber and scabbard.  This example was manufactured by Emerson and Silver which is a seldom seen maker of Artillery sabers.  The blade is clean, just beginning to lightly darken with age.  It is marked "Emerson & Silver - Trenton, NJ - 1863".  The scabbard has a smooth, brown, aged patina with several service dings on the lower half.--$895.

  207. 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.

  208. Very nice condition original 1863 Civil War diary that was kept by Lieutenant William S. Carter.  Lieut. Carter only sporatically kept the diary with only about 35 entries.  He does give a nice description of their ship arriving at New Orleans.  In addition to the diary there are two postal covers and one letter home.  One reason that more of the 1863 diary isn't filled out is that Lieut. William Carter died on June 15th, 1863.  Additional research would certainly reveal if Lieut. Carter was killed in Battle or died of disease.  An extremely cool piece of Civil War history at a very fair price.--$475. for all

  209. Confederate manufactured, Roman style, Artillery Short Sword.  The blade has an overall dark patina with some pitting in areas.  The massive cast brass guard has a rich, aged, bronze patina and shows typical Confederate crudity and flaws.  Every Confederate collection needs a CS manufactured Artillery Short Sword.--$1,150.

  210. 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

  211. 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.

  212. 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

  213. 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

  214. 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.

  215. 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.

  216. 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 !!!!

  217. 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 !!!

  218. 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 !!!}

  219. .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.

   

Middle Tennessee Relics
Larry Hicklen

Shop:  (615) 893-3470

Email:
larryhicklen@comcast.net