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  1. It is with sad, sad heart that I announce the passing of Benjamin Franklin Jiles ("Frank" to me).  I first met Frank in the early 1970's when I moved to Chattanooga just out of college to teach algebra, chemistry, and coach baseball at Ringgold, Georgia High School.  Frank and I became fast friends along with Tom Napier and Ashley Cook.  We faithfully hunted Civil War relics two days per week.  Frank was an excellent relic hunter and one of the kindest, caring, and sharing relic hunting friends that I have ever had.  Many times Frank would pick me up to go relic hunting following my having worked an all-night shift at Dupont.  On one such occasion, we were hunting Snake Creek Gap, and I sat down against a tree to take a break and went sound asleep.  Frank had to walk up and down the gap for miles until he found me.  Those are some priceless memories.  Rest in Peace, Frank.

  2. It is Youth Relic Display Give-Away time again.  This display is our 6th Youth Display Give-Away, and is in a beautiful walnut display case and consists of an excavated Federal Eagle breast plate, four original Civil War uniform buttons, an original excavated Civil War domino, five different types of Civil War bullets, and an original $100 Bank of Louisiana Civil War note.  We have carried all entries forward, and we invite and encourage any young folks age 14 and under to send us a letter telling us why they would like to win this Civil War display, and we will get you entered into the contest.  The contest will end on April 30, 2021.  The following individuals, along with Nita & myself have contributed artifacts to make these youth relic displays possible: Eric Lawson - Ted and B. J. Campbell- David Hadden - Russ and Dottie Wunker - Jerry Emberlin - Tom Stone - William Briner - Jody Wright - Ed Heck - Charlie Williams - and Gerard Simoneaux.  IF YOU GUYS HAPPEN TO KNOW ANY YOUNG FOLKS THAT REALLY LIKE HISTORY - PLEASE MAKE THEM AWARE OF THESE CONTESTS !!!  I'D REALLY APPRECIATE YOUR HELP IN SPREADING THE WORD !!! BEST OF LUCK TO EVERYONE !!!

  3. WINNER, WINNER - chicken dinner - We have just had our drawing for the FIFTH Youth Civil War Relic Display Giveaway, and our winner is LILLY HICKOX from Arlington, Virginia.  We send our congratulations to Lilly and we will carry forward all our Youth entries for the next relic display giveaway which will begin soon.  Once again, Congratulations to Lilly !!!  ------  It is once again Youth Relic Display Contest time in Tennessee.  This relic display is, in my opinion, one of the most attractive to this point.  The display consists of a Droop Wing Eagle Confederate Officer's button, a camp site recovered soldier's Crucifix, a very attractive excavated lead-filled Eagle breast plate from here at Stones River, a stamped brass Cavalry rosette with the raised heart, an original pair of soldier's reading glasses, an original 1862 Wilmington, North Carolina, Confederate note, an original Civil War era domino, several bullets, a musket gun tool, a canteen stopper pull, and a coat size Federal Eagle button all displayed in a professionally made oak display case.  This collection is easily worth over $400.  So, young folks, get busy and let me hear from you.  The following individuals, along with Nita & myself have contributed artifacts to make these youth relic displays possible: Eric Lawson - Ted and B. J. Campbell- David Hadden - Russ and Dottie Wunker - Jerry Emberlin - Tom Stone - William Briner - Jody Wright - Ed Heck - Charlie Williams - and Gerard Simoneaux.  We will carry forward all entries from the first, second, third, and fourth giveaways.  We encourage ANY other interested youths (14 years of age and younger) who have not yet entered to send a letter telling why you would like to win the Civil War artifact giveaway display, and you will be entered as well.  We want to do our part to encourage our youth to be interested in our heritage.    IF YOU GUYS HAPPEN TO KNOW ANY YOUNG FOLKS THAT REALLY LIKE HISTORY - PLEASE MAKE THEM AWARE OF THESE CONTESTS !!!  I'D REALLY APPRECIATE YOUR HELP IN SPREADING THE WORD !!!  This contest has ended October 31, 2020.

  4. Quite a few of you folks that were shop regulars, a few years back, will remember Lorenzo from his time apprenticing in the shop.  We are very proud of Lorenzo having just finished his final field training exercise.  We wish the very best for Lorenzo and think he looks every bit the part of PVT Lorenzo Grover-Rizzo, Cavalry Scout, US Army.

  5. AND THE WINNER OF OUR FOURTH YOUTH RELIC DISPLAY CONTEST IS JAX BLEVINS (WHO CAN BE SEEN ABOVE WORKING ON HIS LETTER).  We will soon have our fifth Civil War display put together and a new contest underway.  All entries will be carried forward to the next contest, so if you haven't won so far -- Keep the faith - You might very well win the next one !!!  CONGRATULATIONS JAX !!!  IT IS TIME FOR OUR FOURTH YOUTH RELIC GIVEAWAY.  This display contains a genuine, excavated, lead-filled, Federal Eagle breast plate, a brass bayonet scabbard tip, a $15 coupon from a Confederate Loan Bond, an original Civil War domino, a .54 cal., ring tail Sharps Cavalry bullet, a coat size Federal Infantry Officer button, and a gilted cuff size New York State Seal button.  The following individuals, along with Nita & myself have contributed artifacts to make these youth relic displays possible: Eric Lawson Ted and B. J. Campbell- David Hadden - Russ and Dottie Wunker - Jerry Emberlin - Tom Stone - William Briner - Jody Wright - Ed Heck - and Charlie Williams.  We will carry forward all entries from the first, second, and third giveaways.  We encourage ANY other interested youths (14 years of age and younger) who have not yet entered to send a letter telling why you would like to win the Civil War artifact giveaway display, and you will be entered as well.  We want to do our part to encourage our youth to be interested in our heritage.    IF YOU GUYS HAPPEN TO KNOW ANY YOUNG FOLKS THAT REALLY LIKE HISTORY - PLEASE MAKE THEM AWARE OF THESE CONTESTS !!!  I'D REALLY APPRECIATE YOUR HELP IN SPREADING THE WORD !!!  This contest will end July 31, 2020

  6. AND WE HAVE A WINNER - OUR FIRST YOUNG LADY - MS. CASTIBELLE SCHWEINFURTH !!!  EVEN AT HER TENDER YOUNG AGE CASTIBELLE IS A FAMILIAR FACE AROUND THE CIVIL WAR LIVING HISTORY COMMUNITY, AND THAT IS THANKS TO THE DELIGENT EFFORTS OF HER MOM AND DAD - (BRET AND KELLY).  MY CONGRATULATIONS TO A VERY DESERVING YOUNG LADY !!!  IT IS YOUTH RELIC DISPLAY GIVEAWAY CONTEST TIME AGAIN !!!  This is our THIRD youth relic display give-away, and this beautiful display consists of an original VIRGINIA Confederate note - several bullets - one beautiful gilted Federal Infantry officer button - one bayonet scabbard tip - one sword belt length adjuster - a right and a left Civil War knapsack J-hook - a baggage trunk key - and a harmonica board.  I would like to thank Eric Lawson - Ted and B. J. Campbell- David Hadden - Russ and Dottie Wunker - Jerry Emberlin - Tom Stone - William Briner - Jody Wright - Ed Heck - and Charlie Williams who along with Nita and myself made this display possible.  We encourage ANY other interested youths (14 years of age and younger) who have not yet entered to send a letter telling why you would like to win the Civil War artifact giveaway display, and you will be entered as well.  We want to do our part to encourage our youth to be interested in our heritage.    IF YOU GUYS HAPPEN TO KNOW ANY YOUNG FOLKS THAT REALLY LIKE HISTORY - PLEASE MAKE THEM AWARE OF THESE CONTESTS !!!  I'D REALLY APPRECIATE YOUR HELP IN SPREADING THE WORD !!!  THIS CONTEST WILL END MARCH 31, 2020.  If any of you old time relic hunter/collectors would like to help support these youth relic give-aways, please just send over any relics to help us out.  Your help will certainly be appreciated and go for a good endeavor !!  TRIVIA QUESTION -- CAN ANYONE GUESS WHY CASTIBELLE IS HOLDING THE CANNON !!!  (HINT -- THE ANSWER IS IN THE QUESTION !!) - (ANOTHER HINT - WHAT IS THE NAME OF THE PART OF THE CANNON THAT CASTIBELLE IS HOLDING !!!)

  7. We just received the most current issue of "North South Trader", and, low and behold, there is Adian on page 19 - Youth Division.  Apparently, when you're hot, you're hot!!!   CONGRATULATIONS!!!  We have just held our drawing for our SECOND Youth Relic Giveaway, and our winner is - ADIAN HARWICK - from Lititz, PA.  Soon after the Thanksgiving holiday, we will begin our third Youth Relic Giveaway, and we will carry forward all entries from the first and second giveaways.  This is a fantastic display, and we congratulate Adian on his win!!!  We appreciate all of the youths who entered the first and second drawings.  We encourage ANY other interested youths (14 years of age and younger)  who have not yet entered to send a letter telling why you would like to win the Civil War artifact giveaway display, and you will be entered as well.  We want to do our part to encourage our youth to be interested in our heritage.  IF YOU GUYS HAPPEN TO KNOW ANY YOUNG FOLKS THAT REALLY LIKE HISTORY - PLEASE MAKE THEM AWARE OF THESE CONTESTS !!!  I'D REALLY APPRECIATE YOUR HELP IN SPREADING THE WORD !!!  ADIAN - YOUR PRIZE IS ON THE WAY TO YOU !!!

  8. ATTENTION - OUR "FIRST" YOUTH RELIC GIVE AWAY !!! - I was asked by a friend (MR. DICK TIMPANO) to give away this nice starter Civil War Bullet collection to a deserving young collector.  If you are 14 years old or younger and are really interested in Civil War history - please send me a letter as to why you would like to have this collection, and in a couple weeks we are going to have a drawing from all the names of young folks that sent me a letter wanting this collection.  We will show pictures of the drawing and post the WINNER on the page here !!!  GOOD LUCK !!!  SEND LETTER TO:  Larry Hicklen -- 3511 Old Nashville Hwy. - Murfreesboro, TN. -- 37129  (WE ARE GOING TO ACCEPT ENTRIES ARRIVING IN PERSON OR THROUGH MAIL DELIVERY ON OR BEFORE SEP. 30, 2019 !!!)  IF YOU ARE AN OLD SCHOOL CIVIL WAR COLLECTOR AND WOULD LIKE TO DONATE RELICS IN SUPPORT OF THESE RELIC GIVE-AWAYS TO YOUNG FOLKS -- PLEASE LET ME HEAR FROM YOU !!  THIS CONTEST IS NOW OVER AND WE WILL VERY SOON HAVE THE DRAWING.  BUT --- WE WILL SOON ANNOUNCE THE NEXT CONTEST, AND EVERYONE THAT ENTERED INTO THIS CONTEST WILL BE CARRIED OVER, -- SO YOU ARE ALREADY REGISTERED !!  MANY THANKS TO MR. DICK TIMPANO FOR THE ARTIFACTS !!!  AND OUR WINNER IS - JONATHAN PRIOR - 5TH GRADE, AGE 10!!!  CONGRATULATIONS, JONATHAN.

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

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

  11. Last Thursday (now years ago !!) 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 in the ground 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 !!!}

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

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

  14. Really pretty matching US - CS Martingale Heart display.  The Confederate Martingale Heart (on the left) was recovered from an 8th Texas Cavalry 1863 winter camp located near Unionville, Tennessee.  The regulation plain face Federal Martingale heart was recovered from Camp Stanley here at Murfreesboro, Tennessee (heart on the right).  When was the last time that you saw a matching, excavated, large size, US - CS Martingale display.--$895. for both.

  15. Very nice condition, original Model 1860, .44 cal., Colt Army Model revolver.  This revolver has a smooth, gently aging, gray/brown patina with barrel markings of, "Address - Col. Sam'l - Colt - New York - US America".  This revolver has an all-matching serial number of 106707, including a matching wedge.  This is very desirable 1863 - 1864 production.  It has excellent action, locking firmly into both half-cock and full-cock, and a crisp bore.  The owner's initials, "M. M"., are carved into the left-hand walnut grip.  This is a first-class, war date, Model 1860 Colt Army that shows clear wear evidence of actual service.--$1,950.

  16. Absolutely beautiful condition, Model 1849 Colt, .318 caliber pocket model, 5-shot revolver.  This revolver has an all-matching serial number (except for the wedge which is an old replacement) of 184374 which is very desirable 1860 production.  The barrel is marked, "Address Sam'l Colt - Hartford CT".  There is about 30% original cylinder scene remaining visible.  The trigger guard and back strap retain about 70% original silver wash.  There was, at one time, a name inscribed in the brass on the butt of the gun.  It is considerably worn, but appears to be "William Young".  The revolver has crisp action and locks firmly into both half-cock and full-cock, has a good bore, and nice condition original walnut grips.  This revolver would be an excellent addition to any collection.--$1,295.

  17. Just brought into the shop today - nice, clean, Model 1840 ("Old Wristbreaker") heavy cavalry saber and scabbard.  Model 1840's were extensively carried by both Union and Confederate Cavalry during the American Civil War.  Confederate General Nathan Bedford Forrest himself carried one early in the war, and many of his cavalry command continued to carry them throughout the war.  This example has a nice, clean blade, just beginning to darken with age.  The cast brass, three-branch guard remains in very nice condition, and the saber has original leather wrap and wire on the grip.  The iron scabbard remains in excellent condition with a smooth, chocolate patina and is without even a single dent.--$795.

  18. Beautiful condition, excavated, enlistedman's Confederate Cavalry spur made by Leech & Rigdon of Memphis, Tennessee, and Columbus, Mississippi.  This spur was recovered from an N. B. Forrest Cavalry camp located in north Mississippi and has a custom, hand-made rowel that appears to be from an Indian head penny.  This would be an excellent addition to any Confederate Cavalry display.--$450.

  19. Very nice condition, excavated, coat size, Mississippi "I" (Infantry) uniform button.  This button was recovered from Camp Withers located near Estill Springs, Tennessee, where the Mississippi Brigade was encamped in 1862.  This button has a smooth, chocolate brown patina with gold gilt in the letter "I".  The reverse remains in very nice condition with "Hyde & Goodrich - NO" backmark, and shank intact.  Mississippi button of this quality are rarely being dug anymore.--$375.

  20. Absolutely beautiful condition, excavated, coat size, Confederate Block "A" (Artillery).  This button has a slick, chocolate brown patina and a full, solid iron reverse with shank intact.--$175.

  21. About 30 years ago, it wasn't really uncommon to encounter one of these.  But, in recent times, you seldom see one offered.  This is an original 25 round, Requa - Billinghurst battery gun clip.  This clip is complete and will still hinge open and closed.  There has to be lots of Civil War artillery and small arms collections that are missing one of these.--$250.

  22. Very nice condition, excavated clay pipe bowl.  This pipe bowl was recovered from a Confederate trash pit located along Duck River near Shelbyville, Tennessee.  It remains complete without even a chip broken.--$45.

  23. Beautiful condition, regulation, Federal linen haversack complete with over-the-shoulder strap and both original buttons.  With the haversack is a complete soldier's mess kit, including a nice condition, original tin plate, two knives, a spoon, as well as scissors, era eyeglasses, and snuff or soap container.  All these items are in museum quality, beautiful condition and will make a soldier's camp items display worthy of any museum.--$895. for the entire group of eight items.

  24. Very pretty, excavated, Model 1851, cast brass, Federal Eagle sword belt plate.  This is the style plate routinely worn by Federal Cavalry.  This buckle was recovered from "Camp Stanley" here at Murfreesboro which was the massive Federal Cavalry camp following the Battle of Stones River.  This plate has the keeper loop and the attachment hook on the reverse both perfectly intact.  The buckle remains just as dug and has never even had the dirt washed off.  You just don't find them like this anymore.--$295.SOLD

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

  26. Absolutely drop-dead, mint beautiful, excavated, cast brass, rectangular Tennessee pattern "CSA" waist belt plate.  This beautiful buckle has a dark, olive green patina, nice body curve, and all three attachment hooks intact and full length.  It was recovered from Polk's Corps Army of Tennessee, 1863 winter camps located along Duck River near Shelbyville, Tennessee.  I have in my collection a near twin to this buckle that I recovered about 30 yards from where this buckle was found.  The Army of Tennessee occupied these camps from January 3, 1863, until June 25, 1863.  This is literally one of the prettiest Tennessee style rectangles that I have had to offer in years.--$3,250.SOLD

  27. Excavated, Western Theater, egg-shaped CS oval stamped brass waist belt plate.  This very attractive buckle was recovered many years ago from a Confederate Infantry camp located near Bovina, Mississippi.  This example has a good strike, and you can see the CS letters with ease.  When the buckle was recovered, it was bent across the "C", but that has been nicely straightened.  This style Confederate buckle was made at various locations as the army traveled using a drop-block press that traveled with the army.  The Western Theater pattern is just stamped brass with iron attachment hooks which is what this example is.  The Eastern Theater pattern is lead-filled.  This would be an excellent first "marked CS" buckle for your collection.--$1,495.

  28. Really pretty, excavated, "08" pattern of the Leech and Rigdon 2-piece, CS sword belt buckle.  This buckle was recovered from an Army of Tennessee Cavalry camp located near Tyner's Station, Tennessee (near Chattanooga).  When recovered, the tongue side of this buckle had a break in the loop which is no doubt why the buckle was discarded.  This break has been perfectly restored by the best, my buddy, Robert McDaniel.  This is the tall loop variety, and you couldn't ask for a prettier plate.--$2,450.

  29. Extremely rare, stamped brass, round corner "sardine" style, Confederate waist belt plate.  This scarce buckle was recovered over 20 years ago from near Fredericksburg, Virginia.  When recovered, the buckle was folded into a near circle and has been professionally straightened out and now displays quite nicely.  In perfect condition, this rare style Confederate buckle often sells for $6,500 - $8,000.  This one is not perfect but is a very decent representative example of an extremely scarce Confederate plate.--$2,650.

  30. Really pretty, excavated, matching set of cast brass US Cavalry rosettes.  Both these rosettes were recovered from "Camp Stanley" here in Murfreesboro, Tennessee.  Camp Stanley was named after the Federal Cavalry commander here at Murfreesboro, General David Stanley.  Maybe not super rare, but just plain pretty.--$125. for the pair.

  31. Very nice EXCAVATED Confederate display out of the local area that features (1) Very pretty (and rare as can be !!) excavated Egg-Shaped "CS" oval waist belt plate that was recovered years ago from a Confederate camp on private property near Bovina, MS - (2) excavated broken Breckenridge style "CS" oval waist belt plate that was recovered from a private property lawn on the Battlefield of Franklin, TN.  The "C" portion is from the Breckenridge CS oval, and the "S" is from a "US" oval being used only as display to complete the oval. (3) Coat size Confederate block "I"(Infantry) CS button from Franklin, TN. - (4) 2 excavated circular "Heart Rosettes" recovered from Franklin, TN - (5) Excavated stamped brass cavalry saddle shield recovered from private property at Franklin. (6)  Excavated nice drop rare CS used .69 cal. triangle base French minie. (7)  Very rare excavated .69 cal. drop CS used Towers minie (both rare bullets from Franklin as well. (8)  Excavated pure silver quill pen tip from Franklin, TN. as well (9)  Excavated broken cast brass saber guard branch. (10)  Broken piece of Civil War era china from one of the CS hospitals near Winstead Hill.  The entire display is in a very nice custom made wooden case.--$1,950.  for the entire display containing TWO CS PLATES (and lots of other cool stuff) !!

  32. .31 cal., Colt Pocket Model revolver in original Confederate manufactured holster.  This revolver has an all matching serial number of 290135 which is 1863 - 1864 production.  The revolver and Confederate holster are out of an Arkansas estate and almost certainly saw CS service.  The revolver has a smooth, brown/gray patina with very good action.  The original walnut grips remain intact, but there is a small chip out of the top of the left hand grip.  This could easily be restored.  The Confederate holster remains in excellent condition and fits the revolver perfectly.  This will be a fine addition to someone's Civil War collection.(CW)--$1,250.SOLD

  33. Very nice condition, Model 1840 import, heavy cavalry saber and scabbard.  This is the style saber often referred to as "The Old Wristbreaker".  Early in the Civil War, Confederate General Nathan Bedford Forrest carried one of these as did many in his command.  This particular saber is out of a North Carolina estate and is marked, "CSA - N.C.", in the brass guard.  This marking would have been done by the soldier and is not an arsenal type marking.  The blade has a smooth, brown/gray patina, and the saber retains original leather wrap and wire on the grip.  The original brass guard remains intact and in very nice condition.  1840 import heavy cavalry sabers were carried by both Union and Confederate Cavalry forces in the Civil War.(CW)--$895.SOLD

  34. Very attractive condition, Model 1851, .36 cal., Colt Navy Model revolver.  This revolver has an all matching serial number (including the wedge) of 154430 which is most desirable 1863 mid-war production.  This revolver came out of a Central Arkansas estate and was very probably Confederate carried.  It has a smooth, attic brown patina overall with about 30% or 40% original cylinder scene remaining.  The action works well locking firmly into both half cock and full cock, and lots of bore remains as well.  This is a nice, solid example of your classic Civil War Model 1851 Colt Navy revolver showing nice, honest, actual service.(CW)--$1,895.

  35. Very pretty condition, .50 cal., Smith carbine.  This is serial number 17599.  The carbine has deep, crisp marks, lots of rifling, and locks firmly into both half-cock and full-cock.  Both inspector marks remain clearly visible on the stock.  The long-range site, complete with slide, remains intact.  This Smith carbine clearly saw service but remains in very nice condition and functions perfectly.--$1,450.SOLD

  36. Excellent condition, excavated, cast brass Cavalry spur.  This spur appears to be a private purchase type and was recovered from the camp of the 8th Texas Cavalry located near Unionville, Tennessee.--$95.SOLD

  37. Very pretty condition excavated coat size Confederate "Lined I" uniform button.  This is a "Superior Quality", and has the shank intact on the reverse. This button was recovered over 30 years ago from a Confederate camp near Fredericksburg, VA.--$195.

  38. Very pretty condition excavated matching set - nicely gilted coat and cuff Mass. State Seal Federal uniform buttons.  These were recovered from a Mass. winter camp in Northern VA.--$75. for both-SOLD

  39. Really pretty cased set of three coat size, excavated, Federal buttons all recovered on private property here at the Battle of Stones River.  All three buttons have beautiful gold gilt, and all have shanks intact.  Two of the buttons are Infantry Officer buttons, and one is a Staff Officer button.--$85. for all three.

  40. Absolutely excellent condition, excavated, Civil War issue, square tip shovel.  This shovel was recovered from the Confederate trench line surrounding Shelbyville, Tennessee.  It has been cleaned, coated, and is ready for display.--$125.SOLD

  41. Very pretty condition, Model 1873, Springfield "Trapdoor Rifle".  This rifle is chambered for the .45 - .70 cartridge.  There was a total quantity of approximately 73,000 made, and this one, being serial number 34683, was roughly mid-range production.  The rifle was finished blue throughout with a case hardened breech and tang.  This example is very nice being a direct family hand-me-down and retains about 80% original bluing.  The action works perfectly, has an excellent bore, and still has the original bayonet with the rifle.  This is a first class example if you're needing one for your collection.--$975.

  42. Very sought after early date Civil War Model 1860 Light Cavalry Saber and Scabbard.  This saber has a smooth gently aging grey-brown patina on the blade with very crisp markings of "Mansfield And Lamb -- 1862".  The grip has nice condition original wrap and wire, and the 3 - branch brass guard remains in excellent condition with a pleasing aged patina.  The scabbard remains in excellent condition as well with deep wear in the ring mounts from actual field service.  This saber is nice enough for any museum.--$975.SOLD

  43. Complete center portion of an 1820's era import, .69 caliber flintlock musket.  This unusual relic was found several years ago in the walls of a Civil War Era home being torn down near Shiloh.  The lockplate mechanism still works perfectly locking firmly into both half-cock and full-cock.  The frizzen still locks firmly in place as well.  It is highly likely that this ancient flintlock musket was a battlefield pick-up from the field of Shiloh.  It would make a fantastic centerpiece for an excavated gun parts or battlefield pick-up items display and at a very reasonable price.--$350.SOLD

  44. Another one just brought into the shop yesterday.  This a nice condition 6-shot, Model 1860 .44 cal. Colt Army Model revolver.  The revolver has a smooth, gently aging grey patina, and an all matching serial number of 120067 (except for the wedge which is an original, but different number).  This revolver is about "fall of 1863" mid-war production.  The action still works perfectly, and has a good strong mainspring.  The revolver is out of this local area, and could have easily been Southern carried.  The .44 cal. Model 1860 Colt Army Revolver is considered by many collectors as being "the classic revolver of the American Civil War" and no Civil War collection is complete without having a Model 1860 ColtArmy Model Revolver.--$1,650.

  45. Very rare, pattern 1853, 3-band Towers type II, .577 caliber, rifled musket WITH THE NUMBERED BUTT PLATE.  This musket was just yesterday brought into the shop by a local family.  The English walnut stock remains in very nice condition with a near "Tiger striping" look.  The lockplate is marked, "1858 - Towers".  The brass butt plate is numbered "3365" which indicates that this musket was an early Confederate import purchase.  The action works perfectly locking firmly into both half-cock and full-cock.  The long range site remains intact as well as the original, slotted ramrod, and both sling swivels.  The numbered brass butt plate leads us to believe that this musket was among the first purchased and imported and would have seen extensive Confederate use.--$2,450.SOLD

  46. Model 1819, .54 cal., flintlock horse pistol that was converted to percussion by Baker of North Carolina for the Confederacy.  The pistol is dated "1821" and is marked, "US S North MIDDLtn Conn".  Baker imported distinctive shaped hammers from Europe to use on his conversions, and this horse pistol has the exact, correct Baker hammer.  It has a chocolate brown patina overall, and the action still works perfectly.--$1,250.

  47. Original "1837" date N P Ames manufactured "Peace Flask".  This flask has a rich, aged, bronze/brown patina and clearly shows evidence of wear and use.  The seam on one edge is opened up just slightly.  Many even advanced collections are lacking this flask.--$275.

  48. Excavated, great coat size, nicely gilted, Eagle "I" (Infantry) Officer uniform button.  This button was recovered many years ago on private property here at the Battle of Stones River.--$35.

  49. Excavated, coat size, Confederate stamped brass, Block "I" (Infantry) uniform button.  This button was recovered from General Lucius Polk's Brigade winter camp located near Tullahoma, Tennessee, during the winter of 1863.  The rusty iron back and the iron shank both remain completely intact which is a rarity with this style button.--$95.

  50. Excellent condition, excavated, one piece, coat size, English "Lion" button.  This button was recovered from General Wharton's 1863 winter camp of the 8th Texas Cavalry.  This camp was located just south of Unionville, Tennessee.--$48.

  51. Excellent condition, rare first printing of Confederate Belt Buckles and Plates by Steve E. Mullinax.  This copy remains in mint new condition.--$125.SOLD

  52. Quite rare and unusual, excavated, "Tennessee Thin" issue, cast brass, rectangular CSA waist belt plate.  This buckle was recovered from a Confederate camp site located on private property near Tupelo, Mississippi.  The two back hooks broke, and the soldier made a field modification using square nails in order to keep using the buckle.--$2,450.

  53. Very pretty, excavated, Richmond Arsenal style, Enlistedman's CS two-piece sword belt plate.  This buckle was recovered over 30 years ago from a Confederate Cavalry camp located near Brandy Station, Virginia.  The two halves were recovered just a few feet apart and lock together perfectly.  This buckle has been in Coy Kitchen's excellent Confederate buckle collection for many, many years.  It will make a fine addition to any Confederate artifact display.--$2,450.SOLD

  54. Very attractive, excavated, rare cast PEWTER, rectangular CSA waist belt plate.  These buckles were manufactured by "Noble Bros." of Rome, Georgia.  This example was recovered from an 1863 Army of Tennessee winter camp located along Duck River near Shelbyville, Tennessee.  The buckle was broken into several pieces (3 pieces I believe) as they always are when recovered.  It has been professionally restored by the best around, Robert McDaniels.  I have personally recovered three pewter CSA rectangular buckles from the same camps, and all three of mine were broken when found as well.  This is a Confederate buckle that most collections are missing, and this example, although repaired, has very nice display eye appeal and has all three attachment hooks intact on the reverse.--$2,850.

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

  56. Extremely rare, non-excavated, coat size, Charlotte Military Institute, Charlotte, North Carolina button.  This is "SU 55" in Albert and has a RMDC backmark of "Scovill Mfg Co/Waterbury".  This is an extremely rare Confederate used North Carolina Civil War button to come by in non-dug state with 90% bright gold gilt.  I do not recall ever having one of these non-dug before.(CW)--$795.

  57. Beautifully done cast exact replica of a 2.9 inch Confederate used Burton (or Dyer) projectile.  The original projectile that this was cast from was recovered at 2nd Manassas.  This display is nice enough to be in either a den or relic room.--$75.

  58. .52 cal., excavated, Spencer carbine or rifle cartridge.  This cartridge was recovered many years ago from the Battle of Hoovers Gap, Tennessee.  This was the first sizable engagement in Tennessee where the Confederates encountered the Spencer 7-shot repeating rifle in quantity.  They were so impressed that they nick-named it "The Yankee All-Week Gun" - you load it on Sunday and shoot it all week.  In my opinion, this weapon had a far more dramatic effect on Confederate morale than credit is given.--$35.SOLD

  59. Quite rare, excavated, "Post Exchange" token from Ft. Moultrie, South Carolina.  As best that I can determine, these date in the 1870 - 1890 era.  This example has a hole with quite a bit of wear, indicating it was worn on a chain around someone's neck.  In 44 years, I have only had about three of these, so it is not a common artifact.--$95.SOLD

  60. Beautiful set of seven intricately carved bullets all found together in a Confederate winter camp near Fredericksburg, Virginia.  No two of them are the same, so you have to wonder if the soldier was attempting to carve a chess set or something else.  We have all seven displayed in a glass case.--$75.

  61. Extremely rare and in drop-dead beautiful condition, excavated, Federal "cape hook".  This cape hook was recovered during the mid-1960's from a Federal camp located just north of Fredericksburg, Virginia.  The button portion of the cape hook itself is a cuff size Eagle "I" and has 90% bright gold gilt.  The hook remains perfect and is sharp as a needle.  The cape hook has the extremely rare backmark reading, "Pat. July 29, 1862", and that remains perfectly legible.--$325.

  62. Beautiful condition excavated "Exaggerated Serif" Virginia Style C.S. 2-Piece saber belt plate.  This nice Confederate buckle was recovered from a Confederate winter camp located on private property near Brandy Station, VA.  It has been in the Coy Kitchen's collection for many years.  This is a scarce style C.S. 2-piece that doesn't come up for sale just everyday.--$2,650.SOLD

  63. Very attractive condition, US Model 1884 Trapdoor Springfield rifle.  The trapdoor mechanism remains completely intact and functions perfectly.  Both sling swivels and the flip-up long range sight all remain intact as well.  This rifle is serial number 535046.(CW)--$850.

  64. Beautiful condition, excavated, large size, Confederate cast brass "fork tongue" frame waist belt plate.  This buckle has a smooth, olive patina and was recovered about 30 years ago from a Confederate camp on private property near Richmond, Virginia.  It would be difficult to recover a more perfect plate than this one.--$895.

  65. Very nice condition, excavated, 3-piece Confederate snake buckle.  This buckle was recovered many years ago from the camp of the 51st Alabama Cavalry located near Guys Gap on the main road between Murfreesboro and Shelbyville, Tennessee.  This example is a rare "medium" size which is recovered less often than the large size.--$550.SOLD

  66. This is an absolute "must" reference book for every serious Civil War collector.  This is the "Expanded Edition" Confederate Belt Buckles and Plates by Steve Mullinax.  This book is in "new" condition.--$125.SOLD

  67. Long since out of print, reference book, Confederate General Service Accouterment Plates, by Lon W. Keim, MD.  This quite rare and sought after reference book was published in 1987, and to this day remains the standard reference on Confederate General Service and frame buckles.  Although this book is used, it remains in very nice condition and is author-signed.--$150.SOLD

  68. Very rare, excavated, Western Theater, "coin type", CS tongue and wreath sword belt plate.  This buckle was recovered from an 1863 Army of Tennessee winter camp located along Duck River near Shelbyville, Tennessee.  The two pieces fit together nicely, and both have attractive green patinas due to the high copper content on this style buckle.  The two pieces were recovered in the same camp a few yards apart, but the wreath half is a bit greener than the tongue half.  This style CS two-piece tongue and wreath buckle is pretty much only found in the Western Theater of the Civil War.  Many, even advanced collections, are missing this style Confederate plate.--$2,650.SOLD

  69. Very nice condition, non-excavated, Model 1850 Officer's sword belt plate with the integrally cast wreath.  The plate has nice detail and a very pretty, uncleaned, aged, bronze patina.  This would be a very nice addition to any Civil War Relic Display.--$295.

  70. Rare one-piece excavated Navy button that was recovered from an 1863 Confederate Army of Tennessee winter camp here in Middle Tennessee.  I think this is a 1795 - 1812 English BNH7 in Albert, but I'm not 100 % sure.  I'm sure that it is VERY early though, and has nice gold gilt in all the right places.--$48.

  71. Really nice soldier hand carved "ball in cage".  These were carved by very bored soldiers - both North and South - from one piece of wood.  This example is 7 inches overall, and has a date of 1864, and has a soldier's name that is a little hard to read.  It appears to be "D. R. McVe???"-1864".  This is a cool little relic that is going to be a fun and challenging research project for someone.--$89.

  72. Beautifully done cast exact replica of a 30 lb. Federal Parrott Projectile.  The master original that this was cast from was recovered "The Seige Of Vicksburg, MS."  This is a very nice display piece.--$75.

  73. Very nice condition, 1820 - 1840 era, Eagle-head, Militia Officer's saber and leather scabbard.  This saber is out of a Central Arkansas estate and would no doubt have been Confederate carried during the Civil War.  The blade has a smooth, aged, gray/brown patina, and the grip is nice condition, original ivory.  The brass guard and eagle head remain in excellent condition with a rich, near brown patina.  The leather scabbard remains completely intact with no breaks and all three original mounts remaining in place.  There are numerous marks on the inside of all three brass mounts that could very well have some further meaning.  This was almost surely a Confederate carried, well pre-Civil War Eagle head Militia Officer's saber.(CW)--$950.

  74. Beautiful condition, non-excavated, coat size, Confederate manuscript "I".  This is a CS175A2 with the "Halfmann & Taylor - Montgomery Alabam"d".  The misspelling of Alabama is a well known trait of this button.  This is a beautiful example with crisp backmark and shank intact and would be a fine addition to any Civil War collection.(CW)--$325.

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

  76. Confederate Enlistedman's 21mm button.  This rare button is a cast pewter copy of the Federal Eagle button.  For many years it was thought to be a field molded button, but in more recent years has been determined to be the product of an actual Southern manufacturer.  I personally recovered this button about 30 years ago while relic hunting with Robert McDaniel in an N. B. Forrest Cavalry camp located along the Tallahatchie River in Northern Mississippi.  (I dug a complete Leech & Rigdon CS two-piece that same day!!!)  Most examples of this button are literally crumbling apart, but this button remains stable and solid as a rock.  It is missing the pewter shank which is near 100% the case.(CW)--$125.

  77. Excellent condition, excavated, .577 cal., Enfield bullet with a crisp, "57" base marking with the original boxwood plug in place in the base (and as you can see, the boxwood plug can be removed).--$25.SOLD

  78. Early production, .31 cal., 5-shot, fluted cylinder, Bacon Manufacturing Company pocket model revolver.  This is a very early production Bacon, being serial number 294 which would date 1858 - 1860 production.  The Bacon competed with the Colt and Manhattan pocket model revolver series.  This example has nice engraving remaining and good, deep rifling in the barrel.  It would make an excellent addition to any Civil War display.--$850.

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

  80. Drop dead beautiful archivally framed collection of "U.C.V." (United Confederate Veteran) badges and ribbons.  The "Shining Star" in this collection is of course the 1901 Gen. N. B. Forrest - 11th Reunion - Memphis, TN.  This RARE badge/ribbon alone often approaches $600. to $900.  There is also a 1902 Dallas, TX. -- a 1900 Louisville, KY. -- 1904 Nashville, TN. - 1903 New Orleans, LA. - 1895 Petersburg, VA. - and a "Star" which is probably Texas.  The frame job is First Class with light filtering glass, and acid free matting.--$1,650. for the entire collection !!

  81. Very attractive, Starr Arms Co., double action, Model 1858, .44 cal. Army revolver.  This revolver has a smooth, aging, gray/brown patina and is serial number 4992 which is early 1860's Civil War production.  The revolver is out of an Arkansas estate and could have just as easily been US or CS carried.  There were only a total number of about 23,000 of the Starr Arms .44 cal., double action Army revolvers ever produced.(CW)--$850.

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

  83. Extremely RARE non-excavated CS107A3 - Confederate Coat Size non-excavated Script "A".  This button does actually show field use.--$795.

  84. Beautiful condition, large size, excavated, solid cast brass, 1812 era waist belt plate.  This buckle was recovered about 40 years ago from Polk's Corp, Army of Tennessee 1863 winter camps located along Duck River near Shelbyville, Tennessee.  The plate has a smooth, reflective, brown/green patina and all three attachment hooks intact on the reverse.(CW)--$695.

  85. Very nice condition, Model 1858, Federal bullseye canteen that is complete with butternut cover, linen sling, cork stopper, and chain.  Every Civil War display should have a nice original canteen.(CW)--$450.

  86. Beautiful condition, excavated, coat size, "sideways Pelican", Louisiana State Seal.  I personally recovered this button over 40 years ago from an 1863 Louisiana Infantry camp located on private property near Tullahoma, Tennessee.  The button remains solid as a rock and has a "Horstmann & Allien" backmark and shank intact.(CW)--$350.

  87. Absolutely beautiful condition, non-excavated, coat size, Maryland Staff Officer button.  This button has near 100% bright gold gilt and is backmarked, "Waterbury Scovill Mfg Co" in small letters.  The shank remains perfectly intact on the reverse.(CW)--$425.

  88. Coffee tin containing 100 mixed type excavated Union and Confederate bullets.  This would be perfect for giving young folks an original bullet who come to view your collection.--$175.SOLD

  89. 1808 - 1818 era, P-guard cavalry saber.  This is the saber only without the scabbard.  The saber has a 32 inch very wide dragoon type blade with a smooth, brown/gray patina.  The brass guard remains in excellent condition, and the grip is down to polished wood.  This saber dates the Revolutionary War Era, and many of its type were carried over and saw Civil War use as well.(CW)--$595.SOLD

  90. Absolutely mint beautiful condition, Federal Navy two-piece tongue and wreath saber belt plate.  This is the style buckle in which the disc is die-struck and sweated to a cast bar.  Both tongue and wreath remain in perfect condition, retaining about 90% original bright gold gilt.(CW)--$650.SOLD

  91. Very pretty, excavated, coat size, Virginia State Seal uniform button.  This button has a smooth, chocolate brown patina with crisp detail and an RMDC backmark of "William H. Smith - New York".  It was recovered near Fredericksburg, Virginia.  The shank remains perfectly intact as well.(CW)--$250.

  92. Extremely rare, large size, lead-filled, US oval waist belt plate with very rare iron dragoon style hooks.  This rare style US dates from 1834 - 1840 era and is often found with Confederate association due to being so early.--$495.SOLD

  93. What remains of a large size US oval cartridge box plate that was found many years ago in a sand bar in Stones River here at Murfreesboro, Tennessee.  Not beautiful, but absolutely the real deal.--$95.SOLD

  94. Very pretty condition, 1864 date Union 2 cent piece.  This coin has excellent detail.--$25.SOLD

  95. Very pretty condition, Model 1852, Federal Naval Officer's sword and leather scabbard.  The blade remains sparkling bright with Naval engraving from top to bottom and is maker marked, "W. H. Horstmann & Sons, Philadelphia".  The ray skin grip and wire remain perfectly intact, and the brass guard retains 90% bright gold gilt.  This Naval sword and scabbard remain in nicer condition than most that you encounter.--$1,250.

  96. Just in, classic pattern 1853, .577 cal. 3-band, Enfield - Towers rifled musket.  This musket has smooth, chocolate brown metal from tip to tip.  The lockplate is marked "1863 - Towers".  It has both sling swivels, the original ram rod, and long range site all remaining intact.  This is a classic example of one of the most popular and used rifled muskets of the American Civil War.  We are including with this musket a small display with an Enfield projectile and percussion caps.--$1,450.SOLD

  97. Very nice condition, excavated, small cavalry size, Confederate Georgia frame waist belt plate.  This particular buckle was recovered from a Confederate cavalry camp near Vicksburg, Mississippi.  They are believed to have been made by the firm McElroy & Hunt of Macon, Georgia.  This is the wide-tooth variety Georgia frame.--$595.SOLD

  98. Very rare to recover, two-piece interlocking, "Militia Eagle" sword belt plate.  This buckle was recovered from a Confederate camp on private property near Shiloh.  The plate has very nice detail and a smooth, chocolate brown patina.--$650.SOLD

  99. Beautiful condition, excavated, coat size, Mississippi "Militia" button.  This is an MP5A with the plain star and the word "Mississippi" perimetering the outside edge.  I personally recovered this button about 40 years ago from a Mississippi campsite located near Tullahoma, Tennessee.  This button remains absolutely solid as a rock.--$850.

  100. Very attractive, excavated, coat size, Confederate lined "C".  This Confederate Cavalry button is a CS127A1 in Albert and was recovered over 30 years ago from a Confederate camp near Richmond, Virginia.  It has a smooth, chocolate patina on the face and shank intact and "Superior Quality" backmark on the reverse.--$295.SOLD

  101. Very rare and in beautiful condition, Confederate manufactured, tall loop Leech & Rigdon (Memphis Novelty Works) CS two-piece saber belt plate.  This rare buckle was recovered over 40 years ago by Dr. Rees Buttram from Confederate camps on private property near Corinth, Mississippi.  This is the "08" letter pattern in which the "C" almost makes a 0 and the "S" nearly makes an 8.  This buckle will make an excellent addition to any Confederate collection.--$2,850.SOLD

  102. Excavated, coat size Rhode Island State Seal Civil War uniform button.  This beautiful button was recovered about 40 years ago on private property near Fredericksburg, Virginia.  It has 90% bright gold gilt with Waterbury Scovill backmark and shank intact.  It would be very hard to recover a nicer button than this is.(CW)--$125.SOLD

  103. Very pretty, excavated, coat size, Wisconsin State Seal Staff Officer's button.  This button was recovered over 30 years ago on private property here at Stones River.  It has about 70% bright gold gilt with an Extra Quality backmark and shank intact.  It is very rare now-a-days to recover a Civil War button with this much gold gilt.(CW)--$195.SOLD

  104. Beautiful condition, excavated, coat size Connecticut State Seal.  This button was recovered over 40 years ago from near Charleston, South Carolina.  It is flawless with 70% bright gold gilt - Steele & Johnson backmark and shank intact.(CW)--$85.

  105. Beautiful condition, original, Regimental size, 1855 to Civil War Era drum.  This drum measures 15 inches in height and 17 inches across and is a larger regimental size.  Both heads are intact and remain in nice condition with red trim top and bottom.  The label inside reads, "Bass and Tenor Drums - Porter Blanchard - Concord NH".  The drum has original ropes and has a museum worthy display presentation.(CW)--$1,450.

  106. Extremely rare, second Model, Kenansville, NC, (Confederate States Armory) CS cavalry saber.  This is the saber only and is out of a Central North Carolina estate.  The blade has a gently darkening gray/brown patina and is literally one of the heaviest Kenansville blades that I remember seeing.  The grip is worn to polished wood, and the brass guard and pommel cap have an aged, near bronze/brown never cleaned patina.  The high copper content brass guard has the Roman Numeral VII cut into it.  This saber has been in the Ann and C.W. Webb private museum in Lowell, Arkansas, for the past 30 - 40 years.  This artifact would be a fine addition to any Confederate cavalry display or CS collection. (CW)--$2,950.

  107. Extremely rare, Model 1858, smooth type canteen with complete butternut cover, complete linen sling, and the remnants of a water filtering system.  I actually can't remember ever having a standard issue Federal canteen with the Civil War water filtration system still intact with it.  It appears that the rubber hose is about the only thing missing.  A good many years ago, Nita & I recovered a pewter water filter dropped and left by one of the springs on top of the Cumberland Plateau.  This is without question quite a rarity.(CW)--$650.SOLD

  108. This is one of the top tier, rarest of all excavated Confederate buttons and is the coat size, sailing ship, CSN and is a CS68A in Albert with the "E. M. Lewis/Richmond" backmark.  This button was recovered about 40 years ago from a Confederate camp on private property in Fredericksburg, Virginia.  The button has very nice detail with the ship clear as a bell and the CSN beneath easily legible.  The reverse of the button has a good size plug of original Civil War thread still in the shank.  Although the button has beautiful detail, there is a slight press on the mast of the ship.  It has been a long, long time since I have had one of these to offer. (CW)--$1,850.

  109. Beautiful condition, uncirculated, State of North Carolina 25 cent note.  This note is serial number 14460 and is dated January 1, 1863.--$85.

  110. Very attractive, circulated, February 7, 1862 date, Bank of the State of South Carolina $2 note.  This note has a beautiful spread-wing eagle in the graphics in the center.  Although the note is circulated, it remains sound and complete.--$85.

  111. Absolutely drop-dead beautiful condition, non-excavated, coat size, Confederate stippled "A" (Artillery) button.  This button has a nice aging tone patina with excellent detail and "H T & B --MANCHESTER" backmark.  This is a 25mm button and is CS101A in Albert and displays about as nice as you could hope for (CW).--$425.SOLD

  112. Excavated, .577 cal., Enfield triangular socket bayonet.  This bayonet was recovered many years ago along the Confederate line on private property here at Stones River.  The bayonet is just as recovered and still has mud packed inside the socket.  Many years ago, I would recover a bayonet every three or four relic hunts.  But, at this point in time, it is an extreme rarity to recover a complete CS used bayonet.--$150.

  113. Absolutely drop dead perfect and beautiful non-excavated coat size Confederate stippled Old English "E" (Engineer).  This button literally has 100 % bright gold gilt - "H. T. & B. - Manchester" Backmark - and shank straight and intact.  It is "CS153A" in Albert.   I recently saw one of these sell for $2,000. - and was not one bit nicer than this one.--$1,450.

  114. Excavated, Model 1854, Austrian Lorenz, 3-band musket nose cap.  This was recovered many years ago along Confederate lines on private property here at Stones River.--$25.

  115. Very nice condition, quite rare, excavated, .69 caliber, Confederate 2-ring Gardner dropped projectile.  I have recovered almost 20,000 Civil War bullets, and I can count on my two hands the number of these that I have recovered.--$95.SOLD

  116. Just in out of the local area, nice condition, Confederate manufactured, "Dog River", C.S. Cavalry saber and scabbard.  The saber blade is just beginning to darken with age.  The Confederate "Red Brass" guard remains perfectly intact as well as the wrap and single-strand iron wire on the grip.  The scabbard is a classic Confederate manufactured lap seam with brass mounts.  This saber without a doubt saw a lot of actual field service, because the top mount is worn almost halfway through.  This excellent Confederate manufactured saber would be a fine addition to any Civil War collection.--$4,250.

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

  118. Beautiful condition hand blacksmith crafted Confederate short sword/side knife.  The knife measures 24 inches tip to tip, and was masterfully created from an import Model 1860 light cavalry saber.  This short sword/side knife was captured at Fort Powhatan, Virginia - and has the capture information BEAUTIFULLY cut into all 4 sides of the polished cherry hand-grip.  It was taken home as a Federal "War Trophy" and rightfully so - as it is BEAUTIFUL !!!--$975.SOLD

  119. Very pretty condition, non-excavated, Model 1839, small size oval, lead-filled US cartridge box plate.  This is the small early plate generally found on Model 1842 cartridge boxes.  Being pre-Civil War, it is not uncommon to uncover these in Confederate campsites.  I have personally recovered five of them in Confederate camps here in Middle Tennessee.  This is a very nice example that would be a excellent compliment to any collection.--$325.

  120. Very pretty collection of both Union and Confederate Civil War buttons assembled during the mid-1960's and consisting of 12 buttons with each being from a different battlefield.  Included in the collection is an excellent, E.M. Lewis backmarked coat size Confederate "I" - a coat size North Carolina State Seal - coat size Eagle "R" (Rifleman) - Rhode Island State Seal - New York State Seal - and numerous other more common buttons.  This collection was assembled over 50 years ago and is presented extremely well and is now yellowing with age.  The entire grouping has been verified by a Notary Public.--$595. for the entire collection.SOLD

  121. Absolutely beautiful, excavated, coat size, CS41A in Albert.  This button was recovered about 40 years ago from 1863 Confederate camps along Duck River near Shelbyville, Tennessee.  The detail of the button is crisp as can be and outlined with gold gilt.  It is one of the few Confederate local Staff Officer buttons with the Eagle looking to the right and a circular laurel wreath in his left talon.  A good many early button collectors believe this button to be a product of "C. Rouyer/NO".  There is some gold gilt remaining on the reverse also.  The shank is missing which is typical with this particular button.  It would be difficult to find a prettier example of this style Staff.--$395.

  122. Very nice condition, Model 1851, Federal cast brass Eagle sword belt plate with applied three-piece silver wreath on its original brown buff NCO belt.  The buckle has a rich, aged patina, and the applied silver wreath remains 100% complete and intact.  The brown buff leather waist belt remains in excellent condition with no breaks or weak spots at all.  This beltrig came out of an estate in Hendersonville, North Carolina, several years ago.  This would be a beautiful addition to any Civil War relic display.--$695.

  123. Very nice condition Confederate $20 bill picturing the Tennessee State Capitol in Nashville in the Center and Confederate Vice President Alexander Stephens on the lower right.  This note is serial number 13764 and is only lightly circulated with strong, crisp edges and nice detail and color.--$89.

  124. Very nice condition Confederate $5 note dated February 17, 1864, and picturing the State House in Richmond, Virginia, as well as President Jefferson Davis on the lower right corner.  The note is serial number 88066 and has nice color and strong edges showing only light circulation.--$89.

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

  126. Very nice condition, Model 1858, smooth type Federal canteen with a complete, original butternut cover, original linen sling, and original stopper with chain.  This canteen is as nice quality as most that you see on display in park museums.--$395.

  127. Very nice condition, Civil War Era, folding leather CDV photo album.  This album contains twenty CDV's with about six or seven being Civil War military.  It will make a very nice addition to someone's Civil War display.--$350.

  128. Beautifully ornate, 1840 - 1850 era, gilted, non-excavated, two-piece Militia sword belt plate.  This very ornate buckle retains near 100% bright gold gilt, and most that have been recovered come from Confederate sites.  This buckle would be a fine addition to any Civil War collection.--$450.

  129. Very pretty condition, excavated, extremely rare, coat size, Confederate block "I" with the "I" surrounded by ten 5-point stars.  This is CS186 in Albert and has a brass face with a tin/iron back.  This is a button that is extremely difficult to find in nice condition, and usually the stars can barely be seen if at all.  On this example, the stars can be seen from across the room, and the rusty iron back remains intact along with the iron shank.  A nice example seldom seen offered for sale.--$395.

  130. Absolutely mint beautiful condition, non-excavated, cuff size, Confederate States Navy button.  This button has virtually 100% bright gold gilt, shank intact, and "Treble Gilt" backmark.  You won't find a more perfect example.--$595.

  131. Absolutely beautiful condition, excavated, coat size, LA8, Confederate Local Louisiana State Seal.  This beautiful button was recovered from General Hardee's 1862 - 1863 winter camps around Tullahoma, Tennessee.  Several rectangular Louisiana buckles were recovered from this same camp.  This excellent button has a flawless, smooth, chocolate brown face with gold outlining the detail and a perfect reverse with gold in the depressed channel and shank intact.--$395.

  132. Excavated, coat size, Georgia State Seal.  Very attractive face with a smooth, brown patina and gold gilt nicely outlining the detail.  The reverse was pushed in some when found and has had some stabilization work.  It has Mintzer backmark with shank intact.--$195.

  133. Beautiful display containing a non-excavated, Federal Eagle breastplate with nice detail and two small holes where the plate was once mounted on an old relic board.  Also in the display is a large, coat size, non-excavated, Federal "I" (Infantry) Officer's coat button and also a perfect condition large size Federal Staff Officer's uniform button.  This is really a nice-looking display.--$225. for everything including the display case.

  134. Very nice archively framed grouping of Confederate currency and also a Confederate slave document.  The slave document is dated February 15, 1839, and is a Bill of Sale for a young slave girl.  She is guaranteed to be "sound in body and mind".  Also from the Crane family are five excellent condition Confederate notes consisting of an 1863 $1 note, an 1864 $10 note, an 1862 $2 note, a February 17, 1864, $20 note, and a February 17, 1864, $100 Confederate note.  All of the Confederate notes and the Confederate slave Bill of Sale are in very nice condition and are framed on acid-free matting with light-filtering glass.--$475.SOLD

  135. New condition, quite hard to get, out of print Civil War reference book.  This is Civil War Artifacts - A Guide for the Historian, by Howard R. Crouch.  This is one of the very best reference books covering excavated Civil War artifacts.--$125.SOLD

  136. Untouched family hand-me-down, Model 1851, cast brass Eagle sword belt plate.  This buckle came out of a local estate and has a deep, rich, untouched, aged, bronze/brown patina with the applied silver wreaths remaining intact.  This style Eagle sword belt plate was extensively worn by both US and CS Cavalrymen.  So, this buckle, coming out of a Middle Tennessee estate, could have been just as easily US or CS worn.--$395.

  137. Large size, lead-filled, regulation US oval waist belt plate.  This buckle was recently purchased out of an Ohio estate sale.  It has a smooth, bronze/ brown, aged patina with full lead and all three attachment hooks intact.  Every Civil War collection should have a nice US oval waist belt plate.--$295.

  138. Excellent condition excavated cast brass "US" cavalry rosette.  This was recovered many years ago out of "Camp Stanley" - which was the massive 1863 winter - spring Federal Cavalry camp here at Stones River.  The camp was named after Union Cavalry General David Stanley who was in command of Federal Cavalry here at Murfreesboro.--$55.

  139. Very attractive, .36 cal., Model 1862, Colt Police Revolver.  The Colt Police was made from 1862 - 1873 and was serial numbered with the Model 1862 Pocket Navy revolver.  This example is serial number 35406, which places the production of this revolver right at the end of the Civil War Era and into the beginning of the Reconstruction Period.  It has a smooth, gray patina overall, and the action functions correctly.  This revolver is out of a local estate and was thought to have been carried by an ancestor in the Civil War, but the serial number indicates that he carried it just after the Civil War and into the Reconstruction Era.  The Colt Police Model revolver was made in a much more limited quantity than most other Civil War Era Colt revolvers.  There were only about 28,000 Model 1862 Colt Police Model revolvers produced compared to about 250,000 Model 1851 Colt Navy revolvers, 200,000 Model 1860 Colt Armies, and over 300,000 Model 1849 Colt Pocket revolvers.  This revolver will be a nice addition to someone's Civil War Era Colt revolver display.--$895.

  140. Very attractive, Civil War Era, Model 2, Smith & Wesson Army revolver.  This revolver is crisply marked, "Smith & Wesson - Springfield Mass", and has the very early serial number 18338.  The action still works perfectly, and there are traces of original finish in recessed areas.  The revolver has its original walnut grips.--$950.

  141. Very pretty, excavated, Model 1851, cast brass, Federal Cavalry Eagle sword belt plate.  This very nice buckle was recovered over 40 years ago by Mr. Ed Heck from a Federal Cavalry camp located near Fredericksburg, Virginia.  The plate has crisp detail and a smooth, rich, chocolate brown patina overall.  The belt keeper was recovered only about a foot from the buckle and fits perfectly.--$350.

  142. Excavated hand blacksmith crafted wrought iron hook for hanging pots over the camp fire.  A very nice campsite item not often recovered.--$25.

  143. Nice condition, battlefield pick-up, .577 cal., Enfield triangular socket bayonet.  This bayonet was purchased out of an estate near the Battle of Olustee, Florida.  It has a smooth, thick, chocolate brown patina typical of artifacts that were exposed to the elements for a few years.  This bayonet is complete tip to tip with the lock ring remaining intact.  It will make an excellent addition to someone's collection.--$150.SOLD

  144. Beautiful, uncirculated condition, $10 State of Texas warranty note.  This note was authorized on December 15, 1863, and was issued on February 10, 1865.  You couldn't ask for a more perfect condition Texas note.--$89.

  145. Mint uncirculated condition, January 1863, 50 cent note from the State of North Carolina.  This beautiful note was issued out of Raleigh, North Carolina.--$75.SOLD

  146. Very nice condition, lightly circulated, September 2, 1861 issue, T28, Confederate $10 note.  This note pictures Ceres and Commerce with an urn on the upper left and a locomotive on the right.  This note is serial number 134549 and is a note that you do not often see.--$125.

  147. Very pretty untouched Model 1860 AMES Light Cavalry saber and scabbard.  This saber was purchased many years ago from a Pennsylvania estate sale not too many miles from Gettysburg.  The blade has a smooth grey-brown patina gently darkening with age.  The blade is marked "Ames Mfg. Co. - Chicopee, Mass. - 1863 - U.S.".  The brass guard remains in very nice condition, and the saber has nice original wrap and wire on the grip.  The original metal scabbard remains in very nice condition with a smooth - never cleaned - chocolate patina.  This saber is felt by many to be the most representative saber of the American Civil War.--$950.

  148. Beautiful condition, non-excavated, mid-Civil War pattern, large oval, lead-filled US waist belt plate.  This buckle has a rich, never cleaned, aged, bronze patina with full lead in the reverse and all three attachment hooks remaining intact.  This is the classic, Federal Infantry Enlistedman's belt plate of the American Civil War.--$295.SOLD

  149. Autograph of Union Rear Admiral Hiram Paulding.  Admiral Paulding was appointed in 1861 by President Abraham Lincoln to be in charge of building up the Federal Navy Fleet.  He personally took over the New York Navy yard and oversaw the destruction of several Federal ships in port at the Norfolk Virginia shipyard to prevent them from falling into Confederate hands.  This is a comparatively rare autograph with rank to find.--$195.

  150. Very attractive, Model 1840, Light Artillery saber and scabbard.  This saber has a nice, clean blade and is marked, "1863 N.J. - Emerson & Silver - Trenton N.J."  The saber has original wrap and has correct replacement wire.  The scabbard remains in very nice condition but does have several small dents from service.  If your collection is missing an artillery saber, here is a nice example at a very fair price.--$850.

  151. Nice, solid, excavated, Confederate "Droop Wing Eagle" Staff Officer's button.  This is a CS26B in Albert and is in very solid condition with no dents and shank remaining intact.  This is a Confederate Local and was recovered about 30 years ago by Kenny Banks from General Hardee's 1863 Confederate winter camps near Tullahoma, Tennessee.--$275.

  152. Model 1839 "Baby US Oval" waist belt plate on the original leather belt.  The plate has a gently aging patina with both attachment hooks and full lead in the reverse.  I have recovered five of these in Civil War camp sites, and four of the five were from Confederate camps.  It appears the Confederates were able to obtain, likely from arsenals, some older outdated Federal equipment.  This particular belt and buckle are out of a local estate and was very likely CS worn.--$550.

  153. 1849 date, United States large Cent that appears to be on the way to becoming a spur rowel.  The hole in the center is complete, but the points were not fashioned yet.  Also, an 1863 Indian Head Cent with a small hole for wearing it as a necklace or watch fob.  There is also an excavated, coat size, Confederate used Sportsman button with a buck deer on it.  A very attractive display for the money.--$49.

  154. Excavated coat size Confederate worn Sportsman button and two excavated silver coins - {a "1783" Spanish Reale - and a bust half dime with a hole through part of the date} For the Confederate Sportsman button and both silver coins.--$95.

  155. Excavated pair of pre-Civil War silver coins recovered from an 1863 Confederate winter camp.  One of these coins is an 1854 date dime, and the other coin is an 1854 date silver quarter.  Each of the coins has a small hole, and the tale that I have always been told is that the Confederate soldiers often wore a silver dime or quarter on a string around their neck so that at all times they had enough money for a meal.  When you realize that gravity, these two silver coins really do represent something.--$48. for both.-SOLD

  156. Excellent, uncirculated condition, February 1, 1863 dated, State of South Carolina 25 cent note.  This note remains in near perfect condition.--$38.

  157. Beautiful condition, excavated, Federal Infantry, lead-filled Eagle breast plate.  This plate has a glossy, brown/green patina with full lead and both attachment loops remaining intact.  This plate was recovered over 40 years ago from private property at the Battle of Chickamauga, Georgia.  Plates this beautiful are just not being recovered anymore.--$225.

  158. Super rare, excavated, "6th Inf. NC.S.T.".  This buckle ranks among the rarest of all Confederate belt plates to recover.  This particular example was recovered over 30 years ago from North Carolina camps near Dumphries, Virginia, and is published in several reference books including Civil War Artifacts by Howard Crouch.  You couldn't ask for a nicer example in any collection.--$6,500.SOLD

  159. Very nice excavated pair of dropped 3-piece Shaler projectiles.  Both of these projectiles were recovered on private property near Gettysburg, Pennsylvania.  Each of the bullets was recovered with two out of the three parts intact.  It is a very doable thing to locate the missing top portion for each of the bullets and have two very rare and expensive Civil War projectiles.--$95. for the pair.

  160. Absolutely flawless beautiful, non-excavated, coat size, Federal "C" (Cavalry) button.  This button has very near 100% bright gold gilt and has a "Waterbury Scovill" backmark with shank intact and straight.  You won't find a more perfect example.--$95. 

  161. Excavated, cuff size, VA13A4, Virginia State Seal.  This button has a smooth chocolate patina with a little gold gilt perimetering the figures.  It has a backmark of, "Schuyler H & G/N Y".  This button was recovered over 30 years ago from a Virginia Infantry camp located near Winchester, Virginia.  This is a cuff size, Virginia State Seal that you rarely encounter.  It remains in very solid and uncleaned condition.--$150.

  162. Very attractive, small collection of excavated, rarer cuff size Civil War issue Federal uniform buttons.  This group of buttons consists of a gilted cuff size Federal Navy, a gilted Connecticut State Seal, a gilted Massachusetts State Seal, a gilted Eagle "I" (Infantry) officer's button, a gilted cuff size Vermont State Seal, and an extremely rare, excavated cuff size Eagle "V" uniform button.  This group of six rare Civil War cuff size buttons is displayed in a glass riker case.  Entire collection -- $195.

  163. Beautiful condition, September 1, 1862, State of North Carolina $1 note.  This note is number 32 and was printed out of Raleigh, North Carolina.  The note remains in excellent, uncirculated condition.--$75.

  164. Very rare signature of Confederate Brigadier General John Bullock Clark, Jr.  John Bullock Clark entered the Confederate service as a Lieutenant and was soon made Captain of the 6th Missouri Infantry.  He was later promoted to a Major and participated in the Battles of Carthage and Springfield.  Clark was then promoted to the rank of Colonel and commanded a Confederate Brigade at Pea Ridge (Elkhorn).  On March 6, 1864, John Bullock Clark was commissioned Brigadier General.  From 1864 forward General Clark served with Generals Marmaduke and Shelby in the Trans-Mississippi Department.  Following the Civil War, Clark was elected to Congress and served from 1873 until 1889.  From 1889 until his death in 1903, he practiced law in Washington where he died and is buried.  This is a very important autograph in Missouri history.--$195.

  165. Beautiful condition, uncirculated, January 15, 1862 issue, State of Georgia $5 note.  This is an excellent note with crisp edges and has orange over-print.  The note is out of Milledgeville, Georgia.--$85.

  166. A pair of $20 Confederate notes showing the State Capitol of Nashville, Tennessee, and dated February 17, 1864.  Both these two notes were brought in out of a local estate and had been in the family since the Civil War Era.  Each of the two notes has a little damage around the perimeter due to mice, and these small areas have been tastefully restored for nice display.  One of the notes is serial number 34558 and the other note is serial number 94883.  Both notes display well and will frame up nicely, and we are offering them together at a considerably reduced price to reflect the restoration around the perimeter.--$75. for both notes.SOLD

  167. Very pretty, T64, Confederate States of America $500 note picturing Stonewall Jackson and dated February 17, 1864.  This note has good color and remains crisp and strong but does show mild evidence of circulation.  It is serial number 25739.  I have recently seen this note priced at well over $1,000.  This is a very nice example and reasonably priced.--$595.

  168. Excavated, coat size, South Carolina State Seal.  This button was recovered many years ago from the position of Gen. Managault's South Carolinians on private property here at Stones River.  The location where this button was found is now under a giant hospital.  The button has a smooth, chocolate brown patina with good detail of the Palmetto tree on the face, but appears to have been stepped on and is somewhat flattened.  The button has a "Waterbury Scovill" RMDC backmark.--$125.

  169. Beautiful condition, excavated, vest size, Federal Navy button.  This beautiful button was recovered about 30 years ago from Charleston, South Carolina, and was the "extra" button on a small loop sewn inside the uniform.  The button has a "Waterbury" backmark with lots of gold gilt even on the reverse and shank intact.--$45.

  170. Three nicely carved bullets recovered from an 1863 Confederate Army of Tennessee winter camp located along Duck River near Shelbyville, Tennessee.  Two appear to have been carved from Enfield bullets and one from a .58 cal. Minnie.  All three are displayed in a glass Riker case.--$48.

  171. Original stereo card of Mt. Vernon (home of President George Washington) photographed by Gardner of Washington, D.C.  The image has a pleasing, yellowing, aged tone but remains complete and in good condition.--$48.

  172. Beautiful condition, post Civil War Era, Federal Navy Officer's sword of the pattern of 1851.  The sword has a beautiful blade with 100% crisp, clear engraving and a presentation to "Tom Graham".  The sharkskin grip remains in very nice condition, and the scabbard remains in nice condition as well.  We are unsure as to the exact era that this sword falls, but we are confident that it is post Civil War Era.  This beautiful presentation sword will be a fun research project for someone.--$495.

  173. Beautiful condition, non-excavated, cuff size, VA13, Virginia State Seal uniform button.  The button has a rich, aged patina with some gilt remaining and shank intact.--$195.

  174. Excellent condition CDV of George Smith of Co. D, 7th Iowa Infantry.  George Smith enlisted at Ft. Madison, Iowa, on 9-16-1862, and served to the war's end and mustered out in Washington on 5-26-1865.  George was in numerous battles, including both Corinth and Shiloh.  The image is nicely signed on the reverse.  Iowa images are among the harder states to find.--$145. 

  175. Model 1860, Federal Naval Cutlass with leather scabbard.  The Cutlass has an aging, brown/gray patina on the blade and is dated 1862.  The brass guard remains in nice condition, and the original leather scabbard remains with the sword but is missing the brass button for seating into the leather saddle.  The scabbard is very solid and sturdy but is missing the last couple of inches.  This would be a quality addition to someone's Civil War display.--$695.

  176. Non-excavated, coat size, 2-piece, Virginia State Seal uniform button.  This is a VA15B with a Horstmann & Allien - NY backmark.  The button remains in very nice condition with a rich, aged, bronze/brown patina.  The reverse has the shank remaining perfectly intact.--$250.

  177. Beautiful condition, 1862 date, commission for Thomas Claffey to be appointed 2nd Lieutenant in the 19th Regiment of the Massachusetts Volunteer Infantry.  Unfortunately, Lieutenant Claffey was killed six months later on December 16th at the Battle of Fredericksburg, Virginia.  This document measures 10 1/2 by 16 inches and remains very crisp and complete.  The document has the State Seal of the Commonwealth of Massachusetts embossed on it.  It will frame beautifully.--$150.

  178. Excavated, coat size, Virginia State Seal uniform button.  This button was recovered on private property near Chickamauga, Georgia.  The button has traces of gold gilt around the figure but is unfortunately pressed a bit in the center.  The shank is still filled with Civil War thread.  The button has an RMDC Scovill backmark.--$125.

  179. Clipped corner CDV of Private Ira C. Denise of Co. B, 10th Regiment, New York Infantry.  Private Denise was in the Army 1861, 1862, and until May of 1863 and saw numerous battles including Malvern Hill, Bull Run, Fredericksburg, and Chancellorsville.  The image is backmarked, "Photographed BY MOSES, 13 E. State Street, Trenton, N.J."--$75. 

  180. Just brought in out of the local area, .32 cal., Colt Model 1849 pocket revolver.  This is a nice, clean example out of the local area and has an all matching (except for the wedge which is an old replacement) serial number of 201089, which is most desirable 1861 production.  The action still works perfectly, and about 50% cylinder scene remains easily visible.  It has a five inch barrel with a barrel marking of, "Address Saml Colt - Hartford CT".  This would make an excellent addition to any Civil War display and was very likely Confederate carried.--$1,250.

  181. Very sought after set of Civil War reference books in new condition.  The Unfinished Fight - Volume 1, by Craig L. Barry, and The Unfinished Fight - Volume 2, also by Craig L. Barry.  This rare set of books has in-depth information on Confederate material culture.--$95. for the set of two.

  182. Check signed "S. Remington".  7 1/4 x 2 1/2, March 17, 1860, Check is for $5, made out to himself for expenses and drawn on Remington's account at the Ilion Bank in Ilion, New York.  Samuel Remington (1819 - 1892) was the son of Eliphalet Remington II, the founder of Remington Arms.  Samuel joined his father's company in 1845 when it was named E. Remington & Sons and became a partner in the company.  This is an excellent Civil War Era document from a family of very important people during the American Civil War.--$95.

  183. Very nice historic grouping containing three $50 Confederate notes that have been handed down and are original to the historic Cedar Grove plantation house that is located in Mecklenburg County, North Carolina.  The notes remain in solid condition but have clearly been circulated and come with a signed family affidavit verifying that these notes are original to the Cedar Grove plantation.  It isn't often that we have Confederate currency come in that has an iron-clad, single family history back to the Civil War.--$275.for all three notes along with their documenting history.

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

  185. Very nice condition, seated view CDV of Private William J. Bodell of Co. D, 66th New York Volunteer Infantry.  This is an excellent photo, signed on the reverse with a nice clear "BRADY'S PHOTOGRAPHIC STUDIO" mark.--$95.

  186. Just in out of a South Carolina estate, February 1, 1863 date,  South Carolina fractional note.  The note interestingly states, will pay bearer on demand "in current funds" (whether it's US or CS).  The note is quite circulated but remains strong and stable.--$48.SOLD

  187. This is one of the most popular of all Confederate notes.  It is the February 17, 1864 issue of the $10 note picturing horses pulling a cannon.  This example is uncirculated with a pretty pink color and strong crisp edges all the way around.--$79.SOLD

  188. Very pretty "State Of North Carolina" War Date 10 cent fractional note.  The note is out of Raleigh, NC and is dated Jan. 1, 1863.--$65.SOLD

  189. Beautiful condition, Civil War date, $5 Texas Treasury Warrant.  This note was issued February 10, 1865, out of Austin, Texas, and remains in excellent, uncirculated condition.--$89.

  190. Beautiful condition, non-excavated, coat size, gilted Eagle "D" (Dragoon) button.  This button has a rare "Extra Rich Robinson" backmark and retains over 90% original bright gold gilt with shank perfectly intact on the reverse.--$175.

  191. Very pretty, non-excavated, coat size, Eagle "R" (Rifleman) uniform button.  This button has over 90% bright gold gilt and is RMDC and is backmarked Horstmann Bro & Allien NY, and the shank remains perfectly intact.--$95.

  192. Excavated belt loop portion from a Leech & Rigdon CS tongue and wreath sword belt plate.  If you have the "CS disc" portion of the buckle, this is all you need to complete your tongue.--$95.

  193. Excellent condition, excavated, solid cast brass mount to a "Dog River" Confederate Cavalry saber scabbard.  This would be an excellent addition to your Confederate Cavalry display.--$75.

  194. Excellent condition, non- excavated, coat size, Federal Eagle "C" (Cavalry) uniform button.  This button has over 90% original bright gold gilt and a very rare RMDC "Canfield Bros. Baltimore" backmark.  This button is about as pretty as they get !!--$95.

  195. Excellent condition, February 17, 1864, issue, $5 Confederate note.  This note appears to be uncirculated or near uncirculated and is serial # 33754.  It has strong edges and nice pink color.--$75.

  196. Very nice condition, State of Louisiana, $1 note issued from Shreveport, Louisiana, on March 1, 1864.  The note retains nice detail and sharp edges.--$75.

  197. Very nice condition, State of North Carolina $1 note.  This note was issued from Raleigh, North Carolina, January 1, 1863, and remains in uncirculated or near-uncirculated condition.--$75.SOLD

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

  199. Quite rare, excavated, blacksmith forged tool for working leather.  This tool was recovered in 1989 from a Civil War trash pit located on private property near Camp Butler, Illinois.  Most of the original wooden handle remains intact.  This tool would be a very nice addition to any camp scene artifact display.--$45.

  200. Model 1840, "Ames" heavy Cavalry saber (Old Wristbreaker) found in a Civil War Era outbuilding located near Charleston, South Carolina.  The saber is complete but has a very dark patina overall with some pitting to the scabbard due to exposure to the elements for the last 150 years.  When found, the grip was decayed down to wood and has had the leather nicely restored for better display.  The blade is marked, "Ames Mfg Co - Chicopee Mass - 1855 - US - JB".  This is a quite rare saber that could be displayed equally well with an excavated or non-excavated collection.--$850.

  201. Model 1851, Federal, cast brass, rectangular Eagle sword belt plate on original black leather N.C.O. belt.  The buckle remains in perfect condition with the applied silver wreath remaining completely intact.  The buckle has a benchmark of "773" on the reverse.  The leather waist belt is complete and original but is broken in one spot and weak in another.  This beltrig is displayed in a custom-made glass walnut display case and would be a very nice addition to any Civil War collection.--$550.complete with walnut display case.

  202. The Illustrated History of American Civil War Relics, by Stephen W. Sylvia and Michael J. O'Donnell.  This is one of the "must have" Civil War reference books in new condition.--$65.

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

  204. Cased set of four excavated, Federal uniform buttons consisting of a coat size New York, a cuff size New York, a coat size Federal Infantry officer, and a cuff size Federal Infantry officer.  These buttons were all recovered from General Joe Hooker's 1863 camps near Chattanooga, Tennessee.  All four buttons have varying degrees of gold gilt remaining.--$55. for all four buttons and case.

  205. Model 1851, Federal Officer's cast brass Eagle sword belt plate with integrally cast wreaths on its original leather belt.  The belt remains pliable with no breaks or weak spots.  The cast brass Eagle Officer's buckle has a very nice, uncleaned, aged brown patina and would make a very nice addition to any Civil War display.--$650.

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

  207. Excavated, large size, puppy-paw hook pattern, Oval SNY (State of New York) waist belt plate.  The buckle has a pleasing, chocolate brown patina with a little scattered green.  The reverse has full lead and all three attachment hooks intact.  It was recovered about 40 years ago on private property at Harrison's Landing, Virginia.--$850.

  208. Super rare, original die - counter die - and cut out die for the scarcest Sheridan Cavalry Corps badge.  These items have been in an old New England collection for many, many years.  They were originally purchased from Bannermann's Island, and I was able to purchase them as part of settling the estate.  I really don't have a clue how to price this, as in over 50 years - I have never seen one of these offered for sale.  SO -- I am just going to take a guess, and this price very well may be less than 50% of this group's actual value.--$1,500.

  209. Quite rare, original, ivory pocket diary.  The small ivory tablets were carried in the soldier's pocket where he would keep notes to later be transcribed into his regular paper diary.  It is quite rare to find one of these that remains complete, perfect, and undamaged.  This is an excellent example.--$195.

  210. Beautiful condition, excavated, 1812 - 1815, one-piece Script "I" (Infantry) uniform button.  These buttons pre-date the Civil War by almost 50 years, but apparently some Confederates were wearing buttons from their father's or grandfather's early uniforms.  This button was recovered from an 1862 - 1863 Army of Tennessee winter Infantry camp.  This example is in perfect condition with shank intact.--$95.

  211. Excellent condition, excavated pair of Federal, brass epaulet keys.  These were sewn onto the uniform, and the brass button came up through the epaulets and twisted to lock them in place.  These would be an excellent compliment for your set of either excavated or non-excavated brass shoulder epaulets.--$45. for the pair.

  212. Quite unique, excavated, 10 inch, blue/green, French manufactured medicine bottle.  This bottle is marked, "Marque Deposee" which roughly translated means "mark registered or trademark".  The bottle has what appears to be a medical symbol embossed on the side, and has an applied lip at the top.  This bottle was recovered many years ago from a trash pit near to the Confederate camps along Duck River near Shelbyville, Tennessee.  We are not 100% sure of the time frame on this one but believe it to be of the Civil War Era.--$65.

  213. Quite rare to find, original, Federal carbine sling over-the-shoulder belt, complete with buckle, belt tip, and carbine sling snap swivel.  The belt remains solid and pliable but does have one break repaired with small staples located just behind the buckle.  This would be an excellent accessory to display with your Civil War Cavalry carbines.--$750.SOLD

  214. 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.

  215. Indian Head token, G.C. Porter & Co. Clothing and Dry Goods, Meadville, PA.  Although undated, these tokens are believed to have been issued in 1863.  The token has a hole in the top where it appears to have been worn as a necklace at some point in time.  This is a neat Civil War Era Pennsylvania store token.--$38.

  216. Absolutely beautiful, excavated, coat size, Federal "C" (Cavalry) Officer's button.  This button has about 70% bright gold gilt, crisp detail, and almost no ground action.  The backmark is "Horstmann Alien - New York", and the shank remains intact but is bent over.--$75.

  217. Very pretty condition Enfield saber bayonet and scabbard that fits the 2-band, Civil War Enfield rifle.  This bayonet has a bright, clean blade just beginning to darken with age in a few areas.  The checkered pattern, pressed leather grips remain in absolutely perfect, excellent condition.  The leather scabbard is complete with no breaks, repairs, or weak spots.  This saber bayonet is very nice quality and would be a fine addition to any Confederate display.--$350.

  218. Beautiful condition original "Carbon Studio" albumin of Confederate General P. G. T. Beauregard.  The image measures 4" by 6" and was published by "M. Miley and Son - Lexington, VA (Michael Miley)."  It remains in absolutely perfect condition.--$295.

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

  220. Extremely ornate, 1860, Bank of the State of South Carolina note with beautiful graphics typical of life in Charleston around 1860.  The note is circulated but remains complete and sound.  This note would make a fine addition to any Civil War display.--$65.

  221. Very attractive, Model 1864, .58 cal., Federal leather cartridge box.  The box remains pliable and is maker marked, "W. H. Wilkinson - Maker - Springfield Mass."  Both iron buckles and both belt loops remain intact on the box.  The small leather closure tab is broken where it snaps over the brass finial.  There are not cartridge tins remaining inside.  This box has an excellent display appearance.--$295.

  222. Small display consisting of an excellent condition, non-excavated, stamped brass, "Jeff Davis" or "Hardee" Federal hatpin.  Stamped brass Hardee hatpins are almost paper thin and very difficult to recover intact after 150+ years.  With the non-excavated Hardee pin, we are including in the display fragments of a battlefield recovered Hardee pin from here at Stones River.--$95. for the display.SOLD

  223. Very attractive, circulated February 17, 1864, Confederate $10 horses pulling the cannon note.  This note clearly shows circulation but remains complete and very sound.  The lady who was cutting the note apparently had a rough previous night and got portions of three adjoining notes with this note.  It is a very early serial number of 900.--$65.

  224. Very attractive, February 17, 1864, issue of the Lucy Pickens $100 Confederate note.  This note is serial number 72062.  Apparently the ladies that sat and signed and cut Confederate notes all day long every day had grown weary, because this one has a quite uneven angular cut.  If I had to sit, sign, and cut Confederate notes all day long every day, I'm certain mine would be more uneven than this one is.--$110.

  225. Non-excavated, early "fat letter" pattern, large size, lead-filled US oval cartridge box plate.  This plate has been cleaned up a bit, but some dark patina remains in recessed areas.  The reverse has full lead, and the wire attachment loops are 2 3/4 inches apart.  I have most often encountered this early pattern US cartridge box plate on early .69 cal. cartridge boxes.--$250.

  226. Original 1840 -1850 era, pewter, 7 1/2 inch powder flask.  This is the exact type powder flask carried by many young Confederates as they left home for the Civil War in 1861.  We frequently recover evidences of them in early 1861 Confederate Infantry camp sites.  It will make a nice addition to someone's early war Confederate display.--$65.SOLD

  227. Quite rare, $50 Treasury Warrant from the State of Texas.  This $50 note was authorized December 15, 1863, but wasn't actually produced until January 26, 1865.  Every Texas collection should have at least one "Texas Treasury Warrant" note.--$89.

  228. Complete, excavated, regulation Federal Cavalry bit with both cast-brass US rosettes remaining intact.  This Cavalry bit was recovered about 30 years ago from a trash pit in "Camp Stanley" which was the 1862 - 1863 Federal winter Cavalry camp here in Murfreesboro following the Battle of Stones River.  The bit remains exactly as it was recovered and can be cleaned to a collector's personal taste.  This is an excellent artifact rarely recovered complete.--$195.

  229. Very attractive condition, small leather Federal percussion cap pouch.  This pouch has both belt loops, brass finial, closure tab, and inner flap all remaining intact AS WELL AS original wool and numerous original percussion caps still inside.  The box is clearly maker marked, "E. GAYLORD - CHICOPEE MASS".--$195.

  230. Absolutely beautiful, excavated, lead-filled, circular, Federal Eagle breast plate.  This plate was recovered here at the Battle of Stones River over 40 years ago.  It remains exactly as it was recovered and has never even been washed off.  It has brown/green wood mulch still on the face with nice detail and full lead on the reverse with both attachment hooks remaining perfectly intact.  This is an excellent example of how much nicer quality recovered plates were 50 years ago.--$225.

  231. Absolutely beautiful, free standing, 9 foot in length and 4 1/2 feet in height, antique display case with walnut trim and four sliding doors in the reverse.  This case remains in beautiful condition and is out of the private museum of my lifelong collecting buddy - Sonny Collins, who recently passed.  This case is currently available for the give away price of $750, but must be picked up at Sonny's home just north of Nashville, Tennessee.  There are also a couple of smaller size antique display cases as well that could be additionally purchased if interested.  Please get in touch with me if you are interested in purchasing this case, and I will assist you in contacting the family.SOLD

  232. Just brought in today, fresh out of a Murray County estate, this is an untouched, second model, Confederate manufactured Kenansville Cavalry saber.  This is the saber only without scabbard.  The blade has a smooth, unpitted, brown/gray patina, and the brass guard and distinctive style pommel cap remain in perfect condition.  The grip is worn to polished wood, much like a staircase railing.  The brass guard has the Roman Numeral "XLV" which is a classic trait of Kenansville sabers.  This is an untouched saber from a rare Confederate maker that would be a fine addition to any Confederate Cavalry display.--$2,150.SOLD

  233. Drop dead gorgeous excavated Federal circular eagle breastplate.  This stunning plate was recovered over 40 years ago on private property near Chickamauga, GA.  It has crisp detail - a smooth chocolate brown patina - full lead - and both wire loops intact on the reverse.  I don't think that you could recover any nicer.--$225.

  234. Very nice condition, quite rare, cast brass folding "scissor" type bullet mold for a .36 cal. "SUGAR LOAF" pistol projectile.  I have only recovered rare Sugar Loaf projectiles from Confederate campsites.--$175.

  235. Excavated, Federal, Infantry Bugle stamped brass hatpin.  This hatpin was recovered many years ago just down the street from the shop near what is known as the "Rock Quarry".  The pin has a smooth, chocolate brown patina, and both attachment loops are intact on the reverse.  The small bugle mouthpiece was "as usual" broken and has been restored.  There have been only a handful of these recovered over the years at the Battle of Stones River.--$125.

  236. Very attractive, excavated group of Enfield related items recovered from Confederate Army of Tennessee camps along Duck River near Shelbyville, Tennessee.  The display includes two Enfield nipple protectors with chain, one complete brass Enfield tompion, one drop Confederate mold, .577 cal. Enfield bullet, and one excellent condition and quite rare Isaac Campbell Confederate knapsack hook.  Entire display in a glass display case.--$150.

  237. Excavated group of Confederate artifacts recovered from General Manigault's South Carolina Brigade camps located near Shelbyville, Tennessee.  The display includes an excavated, coat size, South Carolina State Seal button, a Confederate cap box lead finial, a Confederate manufactured brass scabbard tip, and a brass back from a Confederate local button.  All in a glass display case.--$125. for all

  238. Very nice condition, original Model 1855, Federal .58 cal., leather cartridge box.  The box remains pliable with both roller buckles, both belt loops, closure tab, both cartridge tins, and lead-filled US cartridge box plate all remaining intact.  The box has strong stitches throughout and will be a very nice addition to someone's Civil War collection.--$595.

  239. Quite rare, 1862 date, State of Arkansas Treasury Warrant.  The note is serial number 137438.  This scarce note is only lightly circulated, is dated July 22, 1862, and has the Arkansas State Seal in the center of the note.--$175.SOLD

  240. Very ornate, March of 1863, $5 State of Louisiana mid-Civil War note.  I am unsure of the meaning of the graphics in the center of the note, but it appears to be a warrior with his foot on an Eagle's neck, holding the Eagle down, with a drawn sword about to run through a young lady on the ground.  This note was issued out of Shreveport, Louisiana, on March 10, 1863.--$75.SOLD

  241. Beautiful graphics and in near uncirculated condition, 1860 date $5 note from the State Bank of South Carolina.  This South Carolina note will add a touch of color and ornateness to your collection.--$85.

  242. Beautiful condition, lightly circulated, 1862 date, State of Virginia $10 note.  This is an extremely ornate note dated October 15, 1862.--$75.

  243. Very attractive, heavy solid cast brass, Confederate Cavalry spur that was recovered many years ago from a Confederate Cavalry camp located in Orange County, VA.  This style Confederate spur is believed to have originated from a small foundry located at Richmond Virginia.  Interestingly, we recovered an exact matching spur from an August 1863 Confederate Cavalry camp here in Middle Tennessee.  This particular spur was discarded, because one of the legs broke.  Both pieces were present when found, and the broken leg has been epoxied back into place.  This will make a very nice addition to any Confederate Cavalry display.--$150.

  244. Very pretty GAR grouping out of Crawford County, Illinois.  This grouping consists of a GAR pin remaining in perfect condition, a ribbon for the 1911, 31st Annual Reunion of the Crawford County Veteran Association, and a CDV of the owner wearing a GAR hat.  We unfortunately do not know the soldier's name, but this is a really nice, out of the bushes, GAR grouping.--$55. for all.

  245. Very scarce display containing six rare type dropped Confederate projectiles.  The grouping consists of 1) long pattern, cone base, .69 caliber, Atlanta Arsenal Towers projectile whittled by soldier on one side, but remains perfect for display on the other.  2) Nice drop, .69 cal., 3-ring, Belgian Minie.  This projectile was recovered from Army of Tennessee camps near Dalton, GA..  3) Nice drop, .58 cal., "blob-top", field mold, Confederate Minie.  This projectile was recovered from Confederate camps along Duck River near Shelbyville, Tennessee.  4) Beautiful drop, .69 cal., Italian Carcano projectile recovered from a North Carolina camp near Browns Gap, Virginia.  5) Nice drop, .69 cal., triangle base, French Minie recovered from the Confederate line on private property here at Stones River.  6) Very rare, .58 cal., 2-ring German Shul projectile.  This projectile was recovered from the camp of the 1st Confederate Cavalry, CSA, near Unionville, Tennessee.  This is a fine selection of very scarce Confederate projectiles.--$195. for all.

  246. Very attractive, Model 1850, Federal Foot Officer's sword and original, metal scabbard.  The sword has crisp, visible, Union engraving on the blade top to bottom.  The sword is a "Solingen" marked import manufactured under Federal contract.  The grip has original sharkskin and original wire.  The metal scabbard has a smooth, brown, aged patina and a couple of normal small service dings.  The brass drag has a rich, dark, never cleaned patina and is mounted "upside-down" to the way it usually is.  If you like a nice, honest sword that clearly saw service and has not been cleaned, you will enjoy this one.--$1,150.

  247. Excavated, large size, lead-filled, US oval cartridge box plate.  This is a very attractive plate with a smooth, brown/green patina on the face and full lead with both attachment loops intact on the reverse.  This plate was recovered over 40 years ago on private property near Manassas, Virginia.--$185.

  248. Quite hard to come by - 3 out of the 4 Parts of Vol. 34 - Official Records of The War Of The Rebellion.  This is the Trans-Mississippi Set for April - May, 1864.  I can guarantee from personal experience that there are some GREAT Relic Hunting spots hidden within these volumes !!--$65. for all three

  249. Just brought in out of a local estate, .58 cal., 3-band, Model 1861, contract rifled musket.  This musket has a dark, attic brown look tip to tip and has definitely seen service as there is some flash around the nipple area, and the stock has the typical bumps and scratches from having been carried.  The lockplate is marked, "Norfolk - 1863".  The action still works perfectly and firmly locks into both half-cock and full-cock.  The mainspring still remains strong.  This is not a "high grade" musket but a good, honest example of a typical regulation Civil War musket that clearly saw service.--$1,150.

  250. Two absolutely beautiful excavated floral buttons recovered from an Alabama Cavalry camp located near Midland, TN.  Each has nice gold gilt and excellent detail with both shanks intact.  They are preserved in a nice glass riker mount display case.  For both buttons and display case.--$45.

  251. Unusual dug glazed brown clay pipe bowl recovered from a Confederate camp trash pit along Duck River near Shelbyville, TN.  The figure appears to possibly be Middle Eastern.  It will make a neat addition to someone's excavated artifact display case.--$45.

  252. Excellent condition, State of South Carolina 75 cent fractional note dated February 1, 1863.  This note remains in near uncirculated condition and is hard to find mid-Civil War dated.--$45.

  253. Quite scarce, $3 note from the "Bank of East Tennessee".  This note remains in nice, solid but circulated condition.  It was issued January 1, 1855, out of Knoxville, Tennessee.  This would be a very nice note to add to any Tennessee collection.--$125.SOLD

  254. Absolutely drop dead beautiful excavated cuff size Virginia.  The button has 70 % to 80 % bright gold gild - super sharp detail - "Extra Quality" backmark, and the shank is intact.  This was recovered about 40 years ago from a Confederate camp on private property just North of New Market, VA.--$195.

  255. Model 1850, Federal Field & Staff Officer's sword in original, brass mounted metal scabbard.  The blade on this officer's sword was at some point in time plated and has residue of old plating remaining today.  The cast brass guard remains in nice condition with a good bit of original gold gilt still visible.  The grip remains very nice with original shark skin wrap and wire.  The metal scabbard remains in nice condition as well and also has residue of old plating.  Over the years, I have discovered that a good many Civil War guns and swords that were plated were on display in old GAR meeting halls and UCV meeting halls.  Their thinking apparently was, if we plate them, we won't have to keep cleaning them.  This is a very attractive sword and scabbard with the cut-out "US" in the guard.--$950.

  256. Very pretty excavated coat size Virginia State Seal uniform button.  This button was recovered over 40 years ago from a Virginia Infantry camp on private property near Fredericksburg, VA.  The button has nice detail, and a smooth chocolate brown patina with traces of gold gilt around the figures.  It has a "Horstmann and Allien" backmark with the shank intact.--$195.

  257. Absolutely beautiful excavated Coat size New York State Seal 3-piece Uniform button.  This was recovered on private property about 50 years ago from Gen. Hooker's camps near Tiftonia (near Chattanooga, TN.)--$48.

  258. Very nice condition, 1840 - 1860, pewter clamshell design, 8 1/2 inch powder flask.  This type powder flask is the exact pattern that many young Confederates left home carrying as they headed off to the Civil War in 1861.--$65.SOLD

  259. Huge Military Atlas that was originally published to accompany the Official Records of the War of the Rebellion.  The atlas has been reprinted several times and is an absolute must have in doing Civil War research.  Mine is so worn that some of the pages have become dis-attached.  This book was, at one point in time, fairly available to find, but in the last few years has become difficult to get.  This example remains in very nice condition.--$95.

  260. Just beautiful excavated early pattern large size "Puppy Paw" hook style U.S. oval waist belt plate.  This super nice U.S. oval was recovered by one of my old hunting buddies - Wade Buchannan - from private property right here at Stones River.  I can take you to within a few feet of where this plate was recovered.  This is 50 year ago plate quality.--$325.SOLD

  261. Just purchased out of a local Southern estate.  This is a folding BRASS double cavity bullet mold for a .32 cal. round ball, and also for a .32 cal. elongated projectile.  This mold would make projectiles correct for the .32 cal. Colt Pocket Model, or would fit any of the other .32 cal. Pocket size revolvers.--$125.

  262. Beautiful uncirculated condition State of North Carolina 1863 date $5. note.  This note was printed in Raleigh, and is serial number 4328.  Bright and vivid note that could hardly be any nicer.--$95.

  263. Beautiful condition excavated lead filled concentric ring "Artillery" rosette recovered about 20years ago from here at the Battle of Stones River.  I don't think that you could recover a nicer example than this one.--$75.

  264. Very pretty condition "COLT" marked double cavity bullet mold that goes with the .32 cal. Model 1849 Colt Pocket Revolver.  This would be a sweet display accessory for your pretty Colt Pocket Revolver.--$175.

  265. Excavated set of 3 Naval Grape - The larger balls are roughly 2 inches in diameter.  These were recovered on private property at Vicksburg, MS. many years ago.-- $65. for all three

  266. Long out of print - One of the relic hunter classic books detailing what Relic Hunting was REALLY like back in the very earliest days (and with lots of pictures of the finds).  This is "RELIC HUNTER - The field account of Civil War Sites, Artifacts, and Hunting" by Howard Crouch.  I guarantee this book will have you amped, and ready to go digging in the morning !!--$65.

  267. This new condition and very nice quality reproduction, Confederate Officer's grouping consisting of: 1) brass frame "Griswold like" Confederate revolver, 2) nice quality reproduction Confederate Officer's saber and scabbard, 3) complete Confederate belt rig consisting of leather saber belt, 2-piece interlocking CS buckle, revolver holster, leather percussion cap box, leather cartridge box, and leather over-the-shoulder support strap.  This excellent grouping of nice quality reproduction, Confederate Living History items has been donated to sell with proceeds going to Battle of Nashville Preservation.  The retail value of this grouping of material would be between $800 and $900.  Here is a bargain.--$495. for the entire group.  (And you will be supporting Battle of Nashville Preservation.)--SOLD

  268. Display containing two quite rare Confederate bullets.  These bullets were recovered from an 1862/1863 Army of Tennessee Confederate winter camp located along Duck River near Shelbyville, TN.  One of the bullets is a "dropped" Enfield with the rare "L-2" marking in the base (London -2nd Type), and the other projectile has a teat protruding out from the base of the cavity, and is often called by collectors a "Georgia Troop" - because more of these are recovered from the camps of Georgia Troops than anywhere else.--$48. for the pair of rare bullets and display case.

  269. Original twisted brown paper packet containing original Civil War musket percussion caps.  One of these packets of percussion caps were packaged with each brown factory wrapped package of 10 Civil War Minie Ball cartridges.  EVERY Civil War collection should have an original packet of musket percussion caps.--$48.

  270. Smokeingly beautiful excavated large size lead filled "U.S." cartridge boxplate recovered here at Stones River in the 1960s - before acid rain and before 50 more years of decay.  This boxplate is just FINE !!!--$225.

  271. SUPER RARE excavated .41 cal. VOLCANIC in excellent condition with self contained cork and brass cavity with propellant remaining completely intact.  Over the past 50 years I have recovered over 30,000 Civil War bullets - and have recovered only ONE of these !!  These are almost always recovered from CS sites.--$195.

  272. Local "smokehouse find", circular, Federal Eagle breast plate with an aged patina on the face almost approaching an excavated brown patina.  The reverse has full lead, and both attachment loops remain intact.  This was without a doubt a local battlefield or campsite pick-up 150 years ago that ended up in the smokehouse.  You gotta love the patina the face of this plate has.--$225.

  273. Beautiful condition, non-excavated, vest size, South Carolina State Seal.  This button has near 100% bright gold gilt with shank intact on the reverse and a "Horstmann" backmark on the reverse.  This would be a very nice addition to any South Carolina collection.--$95.

  274. Excellent condition, blacksmith made, "scissor type" bullet mold for a single, .36 cal. pistol or musket ball.  The mold has a rich, aged patina and still works perfectly.--$85.

  275. .58 cal., triangular, socket bayonet correct to fit the Model 1855, all Springfield and contract rifled muskets Model 1861, and Model 1863 type 1 & 2 muskets.  The bayonet was an early battlefield pick-up here at Stones River and has a smooth, chocolate brown patina overall.--$150.

  276. Beautiful condition, non-excavated, Federal cast-brass, rooster neck Cavalry spur.  This spur turned up in an estate here at Stones River and was likely a left-over battlefield pick-up from the Battle of Stones River.  Very interestingly, the rowel on this spur, which is absolutely untouched since the Civil War, is in reality a clock gear.  This spur has an absolutely gorgeous, never cleaned, bronze/brown, aged patina tip to tip and even still has the original leather strap with it.--$125.

  277. Absolutely beautiful, excavated, Model 1851, cast-brass, Federal Cavalry Eagle sword belt plate.  This buckle was recovered from "Camp Stanley" here in Murfreesboro, Tennessee, which was the Army of the Cumberland's 1863 winter Cavalry camp following the Battle of Stones River.  Camp Stanley was named in honor of General David Stanley who was the Commander of Federal Cavalry here at Murfreesboro.  The plate has a smooth, chocolate brown patina with crisp detail, and both the belt loop and attaching hook on the reverse remain intact as well as the belt keeper that hooked into the attaching keeper hook.  This was recovered many years ago and is about as nice as you could hope to recover.--$350.SOLD

  278. Very rare, double cavity, cast brass bullet mold for a "Sugar Loaf" style projectile.  This mold is approximately .48 cal. and would have been likely used with a "Country Rifle".  I have only recovered a few "Sugar Loaf" type projectiles, and every one that I have found has been from an early war Confederate camp.--$150.

  279. Beautiful condition scissor type cast brass double cavity bullet mold for a .36 cal. Country Rifle.  Many young Confederates left home for the Civil War carrying the family Rifle as that was all they had.  Within the first year of the Civil War these were all pretty much replaced by more conventional military weapons.  This is out of a local estate, and is in near perfect condition.--$95.

  280. Beautiful, archively framed portrait of General Ambrose E. Burnside, double matted and framed with a clipped, original Burnside autograph.  On the reverse is a "Beckett Letter of Authenticity" for the Burnside autograph.  This is framed with acid-free matting and light filtering glass and is ready to be hung in your office or relic room.--$225.SOLD

  281. SUPER RARE complete 2-disc white buff belt rig for the Model 1832 Roman Style Federal Heavy Artillery Short Sword.  It you have a nice Model 1832 U.S. Heavy Artillery Short Sword in scabbard - Here is all you need to have a Museum Level Display.  The belt is complete tip to tip, and the two disc buckle is PERFECT.--$1,250.

  282. Quite rare to find, non-excavated, .44 cal., Colt "Dragoon", double cavity, folding, iron bullet mold.  We have inserted two original battlefield excavated Colt projectiles for nice display.--$195.

  283. Beautiful cased artifact display purchased out of a local private museum.  This display consists of an excavated Model 1851, cast brass, sword belt plate recovered from an 1863 camp Stanley trash pit, an 1863 Patriotic token, an excavated soldier's pocket knife with bone handle intact, an excavated 12mm pinfire cartridge, an excavated .69 cal. Confederate buck and ball, an excavated tin containing percussion caps, an excavated bayonet scabbard tip with leather still inside, one CS used excavated floral button, 4 Federal Eagle buttons, two excavated knapsack hooks, and several other smaller artifacts.  These artifacts are all displayed in a very nice 12 x 18 glass face walnut display case.--$395. for the entire display.

  284. Very pretty, excavated, slick emerald green, Confederate Cavalry spur.  This spur was recovered over 30 years ago from a Confederate Cavalry camp located near Kennesaw, Georgia.  It is a style spur that had a long, extended neck much like a Mississippi spur.  The spur broke at the narrow, weak point on the neck.--$95.

  285. Very sought after, original 1889 printing of Volume XXIV in all three parts.  This is the "Vicksburg" set and is without question loaded with research information that would result in some good relic hunting locations.--$125.

  286. Really pretty, non-excavated, coat size, "CSA", with Superior Quality backmark.  It has a rich, aged, never cleaned, bronze patina with shank intact and the correct "Superior Quality" backmark.--$250.

  287. Very nice artillery display containing five iron balls ranging from case shot to 6-pound size canister and 12 pound size canister ball, and finally a large Naval grape.--$75. for the entire display.

  288. Super rare and in drop-dead beautiful condition, original folding scissor type, cast brass bullet mold for the Confederate used, .69 cal., "Tower" bullet.  Early in the Civil War, the South traded cotton to England for .69 caliber Tower muskets in an attempt to arm Southern Infantry troops.  The massive, .69 cal., Towers bullets are recovered in early war Civil War sites such as Ft. Donelson, Shiloh, Corinth, and Stones River, but by mid-1863, most of the .69 cal. muskets had been replaced by the .577 cal., 3-band, Enfield rifled muskets.  This example is the rarer, cone cavity variety and is out of Civil War author, Charlie Harris's, personal collection.  In almost 50 years, this is the most perfect condition, .69 cal., Towers bullet mold that I have seen.--$950.

  289. Quite rare, Model 1839, small oval, single hook pattern, lead-filled US waist belt plate on original white buff leather belt, together with an excellent condition, Federal leather percussion cap pouch.  The white buff leather belt remains in very nice condition with no breaks or weak spots and remains very pliable.  The small oval US buckle has an excellent face with a gently aging bronze patina.  The buckle has full lead in the reverse and both attachment hooks remain intact.  This belt rig is out of a local Middle Tennessee estate and was almost certainly Confederate used.  The US buckle is being worn "upside down" so as to read "SN" (Southern Nation).  We recover these small 1839 US plates almost exclusively from early war camps (both US and CS) and battles.  With this belt rig is a really nice condition regulation small leather Federal percussion cap pouch.  The box remains quite pliable with virtually no flaking at all.  The box is crisply marked "J. E. Condict - NEW YORK" on the inside flap, and has the original nipple pick, and several original percussion caps still in the box since the American Civil War.  The box retains both belt loops - closure tab - brass finial - original nipple pick - and several original percussion caps.  It is nicer than those in most museums.  This belt rig would be an excellent addition to any Civil War collection (both US and CS).--$695.

  290. Excellent condition, excavated, "1861" dated, Federal Cavalry Officer's spur.  This spur was recovered from Federal Cavalry camps near Triune, Tennessee, that were occupied during the spring of 1863.  It has the 1861 date on the inside of the spur.  Remnants of the rusty iron rowel remain intact.--$275.

  291. Quite scarce excavated "Long Tail" Confederate cavalry - Hall carbine projectile.  This is an excellent drop recovered from the camp of the 1st Confederate Cavalry located near the old academy at Unionville, TN.--$65.

  292. Just brought in by a local family, and is 100% untouched.  This is a very nice hand-me-down Confederate local made "CS DOG RIVER" Cavalry saber and scabbard.  The blade has a pretty gently greying aged patina, and the brass guard has a thick - never touched - brown patina.  The grip is down to the wood with only a few fragments of the leather and single strands of iron wire.  The scabbard is a classic lap seamed - brass mounted CS made scabbard.  This is a very nice, straight out of the Southern estate and untouched for the last 150 years, Confederate manufactured, "Dog River" CS Cavalry saber and scabbard.--$3,850.

  293. Very nice condition, original, non-excavated pair of Federal Enlistedman brass shoulder epaulets.  This pair of epaulets was purchased out of a Central Ohio estate sale and have numerous small dings and marks clearly indicating actual service.  Both epaulets remain complete with brass attachment tabs intact underneath each.--$325. for the pair.

  294. Nice condition excavated .58 cal. Springfield trianglar socket bayonet.  This bayonet was recovered over 40 years ago on private property here at Stones River.  It is rusty, of course, but has been nicely cleaned, and is ready for display.  It is complete to the very tip, and even has the lock ring still intact.  These days - it is a real rarity to recover one of these, and they are almost never in this nice condition.--$150.

  295. Excellent condition, uncirculated, Confederate 50 cent note dated February 17, 1864.  This note is serial number 6217.--$48.

  296. Very nice condition, near uncirculated, "T-69" Confederate $5 note dated February 17, 1864, and is serial number 94875.  This note literally appears to have never been folded.--$75.

  297. CDV of Federal General Philip H. Sheridan.  General Sheridan served with distinction in the west at Stones River, Chickamauga, and Chattanooga and was then called back east where he commanded the Federal Cavalry at Yellow Tavern, Valley Campaigns of 1864, Third Battle of Winchester, Battle of Cedar Creek, and Appomattox Campaign.--$95.SOLD

  298. 1864 date, State of Alabama, $50 note.  This note pictures an Indian Warrior on the lower left and the Alabama "Map on Oak Tree" in the lower right.  It was printed in Montgomery and shows clear evidence of actual circulation.  A "Montgomery" $50 Alabama note is a rarity to find.--$150.

  299. Civil War date, August 9, 1861, receipt from Providence Tool Company for 3 bundles of iron weighing 353 pounds.  It is very likely that this wrought iron during the Civil War was on its way to becoming muskets, sabers, or bayonets.  Providence Tool Company itself produced both muskets and sabers during the Civil War.--$45.

  300. 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.

  301. Recent purchase out of a Central Florida estate, almost certainly brought to Florida by someone from the north seeking the warm Florida climate.  This is a Model 1861, .58 cal., 1864 date, Whitneyville contract, 3-band, rifled, percussion musket.  The musket has a smooth, chocolate patina overall with lockplate markings of, "1864 - Whitneyville - US - and the American Eagle".  The walnut stock is complete with numerous nicks, dings, marks, and rounded edges from many campaigns.  The lockplate has good action, and both sling swivels are present as well as the ram rod and the bayonet.  This is a good, honest Civil War musket with a fresh "out of the attic" type look.--$1,350. complete with bayonet.--SOLD

  302. Nice, crisp CDV of Major General George B. McClellan and his wife.  This image is backmarked, "R. W. Addis - Photographer - McClee's Gallery - 38 Penn. Ave. - Washington D.C."  On the face it is marked, "Entered according to the Act of Congress in the year 1863 by R. W. Addis".--$85.

  303. Beautiful condition, stamped brass, gold and silver gilted, "GAR" hat wreath.  This hat pin remains in perfect condition with the attachment pin still intact on the reverse.  This pin displays beautifully just as it is or could be put back on a GAR hat.--$65.

  304. Model 1840, Federal, Ames "N.C.O." (Non-Commissioned Officer) sword and scabbard.  The blade is clean, just beginning to darken with age and is marked, "1862 - US - ADK (Alias D. King) - Ames Mfg. Co."  The brass guard remains in perfect condition with a rich, deep, bronze/brown, never cleaned patina.  The leather scabbard is complete with no breaks or repairs but has a little surface flaking in areas.  This is considered by many to be the most desirable date N.C.O. that you can get.--$650.

  305. Very nice condition group of three "Day Orders" for the 33rd Regiment, New York State Volunteers.  All three documents remain in very nice condition and are dated the second half of 1861.--$150 for all three.

  306. Quite scarce .58 cal. "Providence Tool Co." - 1863 date Model 1861 3-band contract rifled musket.  This musket shows clear signs of having really been carried A LOT.  The metal has a smooth dark, attic brown patina with lockplate markings of "Providence Tool Co. - Providence, R.I. - 1863".  The markings are all visible, but worn down quite a bit from use.  The wood shows lots of use as well with corners rounded and all the normal bumps and bruises of a carried weapon.  The inspector's cartouche is worn, but you can still faintly make it out.  It is missing the rear sling swivel and has a "home grown" rear site.  This is a good, honest rare contract Civil War musket that without question "Saw The Elephant".--$1,150.

  307. Very nice condition from life CDV of Lt. Col. Theodore Jones, 30th Ohio Volunteer Infantry.  This image is backmarked, "Griswold and Smith, Photographers - Johnson Bldg. - Columbus O."  This is a very nice Ohio officer CDV.--$95.

  308. SUPER RARE complete 2-disc white buff belt rig for the Model 1832 Roman Style Federal Heavy Artillery Short Sword.  It you have a nice Model 1832 U.S. Heavy Artillery Short Sword in scabbard - Here is all you need to have a Museum Level Display.  The belt is complete tip to tip, and the two disc buckle is PERFECT.--$1,250.

  309. Gorgious pair of excavated coat or shell jacket size gilted floral buttons.  These buttons were recovered many years ago from the "spring of 1863" camp of Wharton's 8th Texas Cavalry located near Unionville, TN.  Both buttons are perfect, beautiful, and are displayed in a glass riker box.--$45. complete in display case

  310. Original completely filled out Consolidated Morning Report Document for the 33rd Regiment New York State Volunteer Infantry.  A scarce New York document in very nice framable condition.--$95.

  311. Very nice condition, non-excavated, Model 1850 Officer's sword belt plate with the integrally cast wreath.  The plate has nice detail and a nice, uncleaned, aged, bronze patina.  We have a correct belt keeper on hand for this buckle, and it is pictured above on the buckle.  We are going to offer the buckle itself without keeper, and also the buckle with correct keeper attached.--$315. without keeper or $350. with keeper.

  312. Nice, clear CDV of Federal General William Rosecrans.  This image is particularly relevant here at Stones River in that General Rosecrans commanded the Federal forces here at the Battles of Stones River.  His CDV is one that you do not encounter as often as many of the others.--$95.

  313. Regimental detail for duties at Camp Granger, July 22, 1861, for the 38th Regiment, New York State Volunteers.  All the camp guards and police for July 22, 1861, are detailed by name in this order.  This hand-written order is signed by R. F. Taylor, Col. commanding the Regiment.--$95.

  314. Very nice condition, cast brass, Model 1851 sword belt plate of Civil War issue on an original 1870's Indian War leather waist belt.  The belt remains soft and pliable and is marked, Watervliet Arsenal.  This would be the perfect belt rig if you happen to have an Indian War's Era jacket.--$495.

  315. Recent find in the attic of a Civil War Era Middle Tennessee home, original Model 1860, Light Cavalry saber.  The blade has a smooth, chocolate brown patina that literally has never been cleaned since the Civil War.  The brass guard has a rich, aged patina as well and the peculiarity of having one branch intentionally and perfectly removed for some reason, making this saber a two-branch guard Cavalry saber.  The original leather grip remains approximately 90% intact.  This would make a fantastic first Civil War saber for a young collector.--only $350.

  316. Extremely rare, 100% gold gilted, Confederate Staff Officer CS36A1.  I don't see how this button could possibly be any nicer.  The face is flawless with 100% bright gold gilt, and the reverse remains perfect as well and is marked, "H. T. & B. Manchester".  This is a Confederate button that you will NEVER, EVER need to upgrade.--$1,150.

  317. In 43 years, I can count on one hand the number of original Civil War Election "Pollbooks" that have come through the shop.  This example remains in very nice condition and is for Co. B, 1st Pennsylvania Light Artillery.  The election was to be held on the 8th day of November, being the Tuesday next after the 1st Monday of November in the year 1864.  This artifact is especially relevant in this current year of election.--$275.

  318. Very attractive, $500 Confederate States of America Loan Bond, dated February 20, 1863.  The bond still has seven interest coupons remaining intact.  It was folded for many years and has been supported along one fold line.  This bond is serial number 11125 and pictures a Confederate on Pickett, sitting by a fire.  It will frame up beautifully.--$115.

  319. Beautiful condition, non-excavated, cast brass, original Cavalry saber pommel cap.  This pommel cap would be correct for either an 1840 or an 1860 Civil War Cavalry saber.--$89.

  320. Beautiful condition Confederate Feb. 17, 1864 issue $20. note picturing the State Capitol at Nashville, TN.  This note is a rarity in that it has the red Confederate Treasury Dept. stamp in the lower left corner of the reverse of the note.  Only a very rare few notes have this.  This note is serial number "57312", and is in near uncirculated condition.--$125.SOLD

  321. Nice bust shot image of a Federal Officer (likely from Kentucky) taken at "J. C. Elrod's Gallery - 409 Main Street - Louisville, KY."  This is a Kentucky photographer that you rarely see.--$85.

  322. Very attractive bust shot C.D.V. of Confederate General Joseph E. Johnston, C.S.A.  This image has a plain reverse with no photographer's stamp.  It's a good solid Reb image.--$150.

  323. Very rare Confederate preprinted ordnance document from Guinas Station, VA. dated April 15, 1863.  The document pretains to food and soap for Ramsiur's Brigade at Guinas Station, VA.  Guinas Station, VA. is most famous for being the site where Stonewall Jackson died.--$250.

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

  325. Excellent condition, WAR DATE (March 1, 1864), State of Florida $5 note printed out of Tallahassee, FL.  This is an absolutely beautiful note with a standing Indian (probably a Seminole).  This note is serial number 5175 and appears to be uncirculated or very close to it.--$295.

  326. Drop-dead beautiful, hand-me-down, non-excavated, large size, arrow hook pattern, US oval waist belt plate.  This buckle has a nice, never cleaned, near chocolate patina on the face with full lead and all three attachment hooks intact on the reverse.  If you have an extra Civil War Era black leather waist belt, here is the perfect US buckle to go with it.--$275.

  327. Very nice condition, solid cast brass bullet mold for a .45 caliber "country rifle" projectile.  Country rifles were carried from home by many young Confederates when they first left home for the Civil War in 1861.  We rarely find country rifle projectiles in Confederate camps any later than 1863 because of issue of more standard weapons.  This mold still operates perfectly and would yet mold bullets today.--$195.

  328. Very nice condition, Model 1851, brown buff, Federal Cavalry sword beltrig complete with brass hardware and both leather sword drops.  The brown buff belt remains strong with no breaks, repairs, or weak spots.  This is a nicer beltrig than most that you encounter.--$850.

  329. Extremely rare to recover, excavated, single cavity bullet mold for the .50 caliber Smith carbine.  This bullet mold is out of the nationally known Civil War author, Charlie Harris's, collection.  Although excavated, it remains in very nice condition and will open and close with ease.  This would be a fine compliment to display with your Smith carbine or to add to your Civil War excavated artifact collection.--$395.

  330. Absolutely beautiful, non-excavated, Model 1850 Officer's Eagle sword belt plate with integrally cast wreaths.  Although non-excavated, this buckle has an aged chocolate patina rivaling many excavated examples.  It has crisp detail and nice wear marks around the hook, indicating lots of actual field service.  It has such a beautiful, chocolate patina that the plate would nicely fit into either an excavated or non-excavated Civil War artifact collection.--$375.

  331. Beautiful condition, non-excavated, Model 1851, cast brass, Federal Cavalryman's Eagle sword belt plate with applied silver wreath.  This buckle remains in excellent condition with a nice, uncleaned, aging patina.  Both the belt loop on the side and attachment hook on the reverse remain intact.--$375.

  332. Here is an incredibly RARE item to excavate.  This is a complete recovered cast brass "EAGLEHEAD" Civil War Officer's spur.  This very rare spur was recovered from one of Gen. N. B. Forrest's 1863 C. S. Cavalry winter camps located near Spring Hill, TN.  The spur clearly appears to have been worn on the left boot.  When was the last time that you saw one of these dug !!!--$595.

  333. Very nice condition, $5 Arkansas Treasury Warrant.  This note is dated January 21, 1863, and is especially rare in that the note is printed on "Bank of the State of Arkansas - Little Rock" notes on the reverse.  It is serial number 4089 and remains in very near uncirculated condition.--$150.

  334. Small leather Federal percussion cap pouch.  This pouch has both belt loops, closure tab, brass finial, and inner flap all remaining intact.  The box is marked on the inside flap, "Lewiston, ME - 1862".  Only a very few makers of Civil War percussion cap boxes dated them.  This cap box remains pliable, and still has several percussion caps present on the inside.--$195.

  335. Quite rare, State of Arkansas, war date note (January 6, 1864).  This note is complete with strong edges, but does appear to be lightly circulated.  It has the Arkansas State Seal pictured on the left-hand side of the note.--$150.

  336. Very nice condition, original Centennial edition from the "Nashville Tennessean".  One hundred years ago, Battle of Nashville, the end came on Shy's Hill.  This particular paper is dated Sunday, December 6, 1964.  This issue has an in-depth breakdown of the Battle of Nashville along with a full page, color map that I have personally used many times in relic hunting at the Battle of Nashville.  Also found in the same old house, a 50-year-old Kurtz & Allison print of the Battle of Pea Ridge, Arkansas.  The print has aged to an attractive, cream/tan color and will frame nicely for your relic room.--$38 plus shipping for both items.

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

  338. Very nice condition, complete, Model 1858, smooth type, Civil War canteen with nice condition butternut cover, original stopper, and original linen sling still intact.  There appears to be soldier's initials around the pewter spout cut in with a pen knife.--$425.

  339. Militia style, tin drum canteen, 5 inches in diameter, and 1 1/2 inches in width.  The canteen has a single belt loop attachment on the reverse.  I have always heard that small type canteens like this one often carried whiskey rather than water.  This is out of a deep South estate and was very likely Confederate carried.--$295.

  340. Very pretty, complete, excavated, Federal Enlistedman's brass shoulder epaulet.  It is very difficult to recover an epaulet in complete condition like this one.  This example was recovered over 40 years ago from private property near Shiloh.--$95.

  341. Very nice condition, February 17, 1864, "T66" Confederate $50 note picturing President Jefferson Davis in the center.  This note has nice pink color and is serial number 65762.  The note appears to be uncirculated or very near to it.  In addition, this note has the red "Department of Treasury" stamp in the lower left.--$125.

  342. Very nice condition, large size, US oval waist belt plate on its original, black leather waist belt.  The US buckle has a rich, bronze/brown, never cleaned, aged patina, and the brass belt adjustor remains perfectly intact.  On this belt rig is the original, brown leather percussion cap box.  The box remains in very nice, pliable condition and is maker marked, "J.B. Thaxter - Portland, ME - 1862".  The percussion box still has the original nipple pick, and there are original percussion caps still inside.  This is a very nice example of a regulation US Infantry Enlistedman's waist belt rig with clear indication of actual service.--$695.

  343. Original, very nice condition, Confederate States of America newspaper.  This is the Friday, July 12, 1861, issue of "The Daily Journal - Wilmington, North Carolina".  Content is quite varied, including numerous medical miracle drugs and quite a number of "arms" for sale, including Smith & Wesson, Allen & Wheelock, pistols with bowie attached, and Maynard rifles all offered for cash.  With this newspaper, you are reading exactly the same news that a citizen would have been in 1861.--$125.

  344. Beautiful condition, non-excavated, coat size, Eagle "R" (Rifleman) Officer's button.  This button has 100% bright gold gilt remaining with the shank intact on the reverse and is backmarked, "Horstmann and Allien - NY".--$95.

  345. Very ornate, October 10, 1862, State of Louisiana $5 note.  This note was printed in Baton Rouge and has a very ornate, symbolic scene in the center and a mother Pelican feeding her young on the left-hand side (just like on the Louisiana buttons and Louisiana waist belt buckle).  The note remains in solid, crisp condition but does have a little chipping on the upper left corner.--$75.

  346. Two beautiful condition, excavated, rare Confederate bullets recovered on private property near Shiloh.  One of the bullets is a .69 cal., 3-ring "Belgian" Minie, and the second projectile is a dropped, Confederate, .69 cal. Towers.  Both projectiles are excellent examples.--$78 for both.

  347. Nice, clear, war date, Brady/Anthony New York CDV of Federal Major General Nathaniel P. Banks.  Brady images are among the more sought after Civil War photographers.--$95.

  348. Extremely rare, College Hill Arsenal, Confederate Foot Officer's sword and original scabbard.  The sword has a nice, clean blade with faint traces of original Confederate engraving.  The cast brass Foot Officer's guard remains in perfect condition with a never-cleaned, rich, aged, bronze patina.  The leather grip remains in nice condition as well, but we feel it may have had the leather restored during the 1960's era.  The original scabbard remains with the sword with no breaks or weak spots and all brass mounts intact.  This would be a museum quality addition to any Civil War Confederate collection.--$7,950.

  349. Extremely rare, scissor type, Confederate used, .65 cal., Hanoverian bullet mold.  This rare mold remains in perfect condition and is out of the personal collection of Civil War author, Charlie Harris.  It will be a fine addition to any Civil War collection.--$395.

  350. Beautiful condition, non-excavated, cuff size, Eagle "A" (Artillery) with Horstmann backmark and 100% bright gold gilt.--$25.

  351. Beautiful condition (near uncirculated), Confederate, February 17, 1864, (horses pulling the cannon) $10 note.  The most interesting thing about this note is that it appears to have two different serial numbers on the same note (20951 at one location and 30951 at another location.--$75.SOLD

  352. Confederate tin drum canteen with original linen strap.  The canteen measures 6 3/4 inches by 2 inches.  It has all three sling strap holders intact as well as the tin spout and cork stopper.  There appears to be some soldier initials in old brown ink on the linen sling.--$795.

  353. Excavated, 2-piece, Confederate Block "I" (Infantry) button.  This button has a smooth, chocolate brown patina with the rusty iron reverse still intact.  It was recovered from General Lucius Polk's 1862 - 1863 winter Brigade camp located near Tullahoma, Tennessee.  This button was recovered only a couple of days ago.--$85.

  354. Beautiful condition, uncirculated "Lucy Pickens" Confederate $100 note.  This is the February 17, 1864, issue note with the standing Confederate soldier pictured on the lower left and Lucy Pickens in the center.  This note is a T-65 and is serial number 51894.--$150.

  355. Beautifully ornate, $5 note from "The Bank of East Tennessee - Knoxville".  This note is dated January 1, 1855, and is in near uncirculated condition.  It is serial number 1421.--$150.SOLD

  356. 1/6th plate, fully cased, Ambrotype of a Union soldier.  He is seated and wearing a 9-button frock coat.  The image remains in nice condition with good clarity and hardly any flaking at all.--$150.

  357. Very attractive and quite rare to find in complete condition, 1/9th plate, ornate black thermoplastic photograph case.  This is an "Improved Union Case" by "S. Peck & Company".  The case comes complete with patriotic brass matting and glass.  The brass matting bears the logo, "The Union Now and Forever.--$150.

  358. Very attractive condition, T39, Confederate $100 note with "straight steam" coming out of the locomotive.  This note is serial number 31885 and is dated August 12, 1862.  The note is only lightly circulated with good, strong edges.--$125.

  359. Very attractive, Model 1850, Federal Field & Staff Officer's sword and original leather scabbard.  The blade has darkened with age, but you can still clearly see the full engraving on both sides of the blade.  The blade is marked, "Iron Proof" on the top which indicates that it is a German contract and imported.  The cast-brass guard has the classic staff cut out "US" and a beautiful, rich, never cleaned, bronze/brown patina overall.  The grip retains full Ray Skin wrap and three strand wire.  The sword remains in its original leather scabbard, but the brass top mount and the brass drag have been lost somewhere over the last 150 years.  This Field and Staff Officer's sword shows clear evidence of actual use and will be a very nice addition to someone's Civil War collection.--$895.

  360. Very nice condition, February 17, 1864, "T66" Confederate $50 note picturing President Jefferson Davis in the center.  This note has nice pink color and is serial number 57355.  The note appears to be uncirculated or very near to it.--$125.

  361. Very attractive "T-43" Confederate $2. note depicting the "South Striking The North" with green overprint.  The note is circulated, but remains complete and sound, and is a note that is becoming rarer to see available.--$89.

  362. Very ornate, March of 1863, $5 State of Louisiana mid-Civil War note.  I am unsure of the meaning of the graphics in the center of the note, but it appears to be a warrior with his foot on an Eagle's neck, holding the Eagle down, with a drawn sword about to run through a young lady on the ground.  This note was issued out of Shreveport, Louisiana, on March 10, 1863.--$75.

  363. Very pretty condition, 1855 date, Bank of East Tennessee/Knoxville $5 note.  This note is serial number 445 and is one that you do not often see.--$125.SOLD

  364. Very nice, lightly circulated condition, Confederate Feb. 17, 1864 $20. Dollar note picturing the State Capitol in Nashville, TN.  This note has crisp detail and just enough wear to show that it was actually circulated.--$89.

  365. Nice clear, full standing pose CDV of Private David B. Parsels of Co. F, 107th Regiment, New York Volunteer Infantry.  This photograph was taken by J. E. Canfield and appears to be an early war photograph.--$75.

  366. Excavated soldier's pocket mirror that was hand crafted by folding a brass back around a portion of a broken pocket mirror.  The brass back has initials carved on the reverse.  This artifact was recovered from a Confederate camp located near Tunnel Hill, Georgia, by Dr. Rees Buttram about 40 years ago.  The brass back is about the weight of a stamped brass Confederate buckle, and it is possible that the Confederate soldier might have used a stamped brass Confederate buckle to form the back of his mirror.  This is a very cool excavated soldier's personal item that was very meaningful to the Confederate soldier in the field.--$75.

  367. Hand crafted Confederate side knife blade formed from a file.  This was recovered about 30 years ago by Dr. Rees Buttram from a Confederate winter camp located near Dalton, GA.--$75.SOLD

  368. Absolutely mint beautiful condition, non-excavated, coat size Eagle "R" (Rifleman) button.  This button retains literally 100% bright gold gilt and is backmarked, "Waterbury/Extra Button Co."  The shank remains perfectly intact.--$95.

  369. Very nice condition, excavated, coat size, three piece, New York Staff button.  This button was recovered from General Joe Hooker's New York Infantry camps located in Wauhatchie Valley near Chattanooga, Tennessee.  The face has crisp detail, a chocolate brown patina, and nice gold gilt.--$48.SOLD

  370. Extremely rare, excavated, 1788 (as best as I can tell), "Connecticut Copper".  This is the oldest American produced coin that I have ever had to offer for sale.  Detail is only fair, but considering that this coin is 231 years old and spent the last 150 years underground, I suspect it is in about as nice condition as one could hope for.  It has a smooth, chocolate patina with just a little green, and displays very nicely.--$85.

  371. Very nice condition, $3 Texas Treasury Warrant note that was authorized December 15, 1863, but was not printed and issued until February 10, 1865.  The note remains in excellent, near uncirculated condition.--$89.

  372. Very rare, Confederate Central Government, T-26, Confederate $10 note with the solid red "XX" overprint.  This note remains in excellent, near uncirculated condition.--$195.

  373. Very nice condition, 1840 - 1860 era, 8 inch brass powder flask.  These were often carried from home to the Civil War by young Confederate recruits early in the war.  This example remains in nice condition with an attractive, aged patina.--$75.

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

  375. Excavated, coat size, Confederate Local, North Carolina State Seal.  This button was recovered from a Confederate camp on private property near Fayetteville, North Carolina.  It is solid as a rock with a smooth, chocolate brown patina and shank intact.  There is one very lightly pushed area that keeps the button from being 100% spectacular, but it is still a very pretty North Carolina, coat size Confederate Local.--$125.

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

  377. Uncommonly nice condition saber bayonet in its original leather sheath, correct for the Remington Zouave rifle.  The blade remains sparkling bright without even one hint of rust or darkening.  The heavy cast brass guard remains perfect as well and has a nice, untouched, bronze patina.  The original leather scabbard is complete and in nice condition, but the stitched seam has opened up in areas.  This would be an excellent compliment to display with your Remington Zouave rifle.--$395.

  378. 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 CS button to recover.--$350.SOLD

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

  380. Civil War date, Bank of West Tennessee, $20 note.  This note is dated September 6, 1861, and has beautiful graphics of a steamboat going down the Mississippi River.  The note remains in excellent condition and has a small hole where it was "cut-canceled".  If you are a Civil War collector from West Tennessee, this would be a very nice addition to your collection.--$125.SOLD

  381. Super Rare to recover.  This is a REALLY NICE condition excavated high copper content -"single hole" Confederate Richmond Musket nosecap.  This is the first one of these that I have seen recovered in ages.--$95.

  382. Fresh out of a Central Illinois estate, Model 1873, 45 - 70 caliber, "trap door", Springfield rifle.  This rifle has a smooth, attic brown patina tip to tip and remains just as it has been for many, many years.  With the rifle, comes an original, triangular, socket bayonet complete with a partial leather scabbard.  This old trap door rifle remains absolutely untouched with tiny specks of paint where the rooms in which it was stored have been painted several times over the years.  This is an historic, old, untouched, Model 1873, Springfield trap door.--$850.

  383. Quite scarce, and in very nice condition, original, large size, lead-filled, puppy paw hook pattern, US oval waist belt plate with a portion of the original, leather belt.  This US belt buckle and partial belt was purchased many years ago from an estate sale in New Hampshire.  The lead-filled US belt buckle has a tiny "NH" carved into the lead on the reverse.  This is a very nice artifact and would be a great addition to any Civil War collection.--$325.

  384. Very, very rare, 206-year-old newspaper from Georgetown, District of Columbia, and dated October 20, 1813.  This newspaper is titled, "Federal Republican and Commercial Gazette".  The ads in this newspaper are truly eye-opening.  For example, "$50 reward for runaway near Hagerstown, Washington County, Maryland.  A Negro slave who calls himself, Bill, about 5' 6" or 7" high, rather of a lighter complexion than the generality of blacks -- extremely awkward and ungraceful in his address and particularly his walk, and has a wild, suspicious stare when approached."  There are many more ads of this nature pertaining to slave runaways.--$95.

  385. One excavated sword belt plate keeper and one sword belt adjuster buckle.  These artifacts were all recovered from one of John Hunt Morgan's 1863 winter Confederate cavalry camps near Liberty, Tennessee.  All are in nice condition, with no breaks or cracks.--$45.

  386. Nice condition, non-excavated, stamped brass "Hardee" hatpin.  These were worn to hold up one side of the Model 1858 Hardee hat.  This example is in nice condition with one of the small brass loops remaining intact.--$175.

  387. Very attractive, 1840 - 1860 era, "hanging game", brass, 8 inch powder flask.  This flask was made by American Flask and Cap Company and shows clear signs of actually being carried.  The spring to the top measuring device is still strong and works perfectly.--$95.

  388. Hand carved brass device recovered from an 1863, Army of Tennessee winter camp near Tullahoma, Tennessee, by Kenny Banks.  Some relic collectors who have seen this feel it to be a soldier, hand-carved, "snake" -- while others feel that it is a hand made brass tool for pulling leather stitching through leather, making repairs in the field.  I can't say for sure which it is, but I can say it is --$35.

  389. Absolutely flawless, beautiful, non-excavated, great coat size, Federal Eagle "C" (Cavalry) button.  This button has 100% bright gold gilt with shank perfect and intact and rare "Treble Gilt" backmark.--$89.

  390. Absolutely flawless perfect, great coat size, gilted, Federal Eagle "D" (Dragoon) uniform button.  This button has 100% bright gold gilt with shank perfect and intact, and is backmarked, "Mintzer - Phila."--$175.

  391. Quite rare and very attractive, 8 inch, "basket weave", copper powder flask.  This flask dates the 1840 - 1860 era, has intricate detail, and a gently aging patina.  Many collectors have historically believed this to be one of the most attractive pattern antique powder flasks.--$95.SOLD

  392. A recent recovery from private property here at Stones River just down the road from the shop.  Beautiful, snow-white, dropped, triangle base, Confederate used, .69 cal., French projectile.  This has always been one of my favorite bullets to recover; the triangle cavity is so distinctive.--$38.

  393. Excavated "general service" brass waist belt buckle, coat size Confederate "Block I" Infantry button, and coat size Confederate used floral button.  These three artifacts were all recovered together in General Lucius Polk's, winter of 1863, Army of Tennessee Brigade camp located near Tullahoma, Tennessee.  Two of these three items were non-military and privately acquired mostly from the soldier's homes.  The two-piece Confederate "I" (Infantry) button is standard CS military issue and was issued in quantity in Tullahoma, Tennessee, during this time.  This display is perfectly representative of the typical buttons and buckle being worn by a large percentage of the Army of Tennessee - CSA - in 1863.--$125.

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

  395. Excellent condition pair of excavated, cased artifacts.  One of the two items is a Springfield combination musket tool.  The second item is a two-piece, brass sword hanger from a Model 1851, Federal Cavalryman's sword belt rig.  Both these artifacts were recovered over 40 years ago by Dr. Rees Buttram on private property near Chickamauga, Georgia.--$45.

  396. Nice, complete, small leather Federal percussion cap pouch.  The leather remains pliable with closure tab and brass finial intact as well as both belt loops on the reverse.  The box still contains a number of original percussion caps inside.--$175.

  397. Just brought in by a local family, a T-20 CSA Confederate note, dated September 2, 1861, serial number 545, with Alexander Stephens pictured in the lower left, and, in the center, Industry, Cupid, and Beehive.  The note is lightly circulated but remains complete with good, strong edges.--$85.

  398. Very pretty, non-excavated, crossed sabers, regulation, Federal, Cavalry hatpin.  The face has a nice, uncleaned, bronze/brown patina, and the reverse has two of the four brass attachment loops still intact.  The pin displays beautifully.--$295.

  399. Complete Model 1851 N.C.O. leather waist belt with the original brass keeper, and brass adjuster hook on the other end.  Perfect if you have a nice non-excavated Model 1851 cast brass eagle sword belt plate to put with it.  The belt has one weak spot reenforced from the back, but is solid and pliable otherwise--$195.SOLD

  400. Civil War Discharge and Pay Voucher dated March 12, 1862 for Private Edwin Teal.  Teal served from Jan.1, 1862 until  March 12, 1862.  He was discharged due to disability.  Private Teal was in Co. "B" - 4th New York Cavalry Regiment.  There are two documents.--$45. for both

  401. Virtually drop dead beautiful MINT large size "puppy-paw" U.S. oval waist belt plate on it's original mint unissued brown buff leather belt.  This belt rig was no nicer 150 years ago than it is today !!--$695.

  402. Very interesting, hand-written letter from L. W. Webb who was the Official Auditor of the State of Virginia CONFEDERATE Senate written to a friend from the CONFEDERATE "Hall of the Convention" in Alexandria, Virginia, December 12, 1864.  This is actually a quite rare document in that it was written from the Convention Hall and is Civil War dated.--$125.

  403. "1861" date brass handle saber bayonet and scabbard (the leather scabbard is broken at two places) but is all there and displays nicely, and is correct for the Remington Zouave rifled musket.  The blade has an attractive - gently aging grey-brown patina, and is marked "1861 - Collins and Co. - Hartford, Conn."  The bayonet and scabbard displays very nicely just as it is, or the leather scabbard could definitely be restored.  Here is a GREAT buy on a saber bayonet that you very seldom see.--$325.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

  414. 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.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

  460. This is an absolute soldier work of art.  It is the Eagle carefully and perfectly carved out of a Jeff Davis hat pin.  You won't see over one of these this nice recovered in a 10 year period.--$250.

  461. Quite rare to recover, excavated, die-struck, brass Eagle centerpiece to a Civil War Officer's two-piece Eagle sash buckle.  The Eagle center disc has a smooth chocolate patina with super crisp detail.  This would be an excellent addition to any excavated relic collection.--$95.

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

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

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

  465. Excavated, cast brass, patchbox door from a Model 1841 Mississippi rifle.  This was recovered from Confederate camps following Stones River and was somehow broken into three pieces.  This is quite a feat considering how thick and strong a patchbox door is.--$45.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

  483. Really pretty, 12 inch x 18 inch, matted display containing 23 artifacts including a Confederate style Martingale Heart, 20 excavated US and CS cap and cartridge box finials, and two Richmond Arsenal Gardner bullets.  This entire display of artifacts was recovered from Confederate Camps around Brandy Station, Virginia and has several rare Confederate lead ones.--$295 for the entire display.

  484. Very rare, excavated, cast brass, Confederate Richmond musket nose cap together with the brass rowel holder of a Richmond Arsenal spur.  Both artifacts are presented in a matted glass case.--$85.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

  494. Excavated portion of a VERY rare "IOWA" lead hat pin.  This was recovered on private property near Shiloh by Brant Arnold and is the "OWA" portion of the hat pin.  I have absolutely NO DOUBT that Robert McDaniel could restore this rare piece to display complete and would look like a million bucks.  In complete condition these guys run something like $500. to $600.  This can be a WONDERFUL display piece and at a price that a young collector "cutting grass" could afford !!--$125.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

  505. 1864 date, Bank of Commerce - Savannah, GA, $20 note.  This note has beautiful river graphics and has been "cut-cancelled".--$89.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

  519. 1/6th plate, fully cased tintype of a young, Federal Private.  This is a bust view, and he is wearing a 9-button Enlistedman's frock coat.  The image has good clarity and is not flaking at all.--$125.SOLD

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

  535. Beautiful condition, excavated, Civil War combination musket wrench.  This musket tool was excavated over 30 years ago from private property near the Battle of Chickamauga, Georgia, by Dr. Rees Buttram.  The tool remains in such nice condition that the folding screwdriver blade will still rotate.  This tool could easily still break a Springfield musket down today.--$65.

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

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

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

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

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

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

  542. Beautiful condition, excavated set of brass cufflinks and a rare "Eagle motif" portion of a private purchase military watch fob.  The Eagle is finely detailed and can be seen clear as can be.  These two artifacts were recovered from the 1863 winter camp of the 16th Alabama Infantry located along Duck River near Shelbyville, TN.--$95 for both artifacts.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

  552. Extremely rare, tiny U. S. Grant Presidential Ferrotype.  The image holder and pin on the back both remain perfectly intact.--$195.SOLD

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

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

  555. Very nice display containing brass Cavalry sword rig hardware.  Included is, (1) a sword belt plate keeper, (2) a brass sword belt adjuster buckle, (3) a two-piece brass sword hanger hook.  All three pieces were recovered at "Camp Stanley" which was General Rosecran's winter Federal Cavalry camp during the spring of 1863 after Stones River.--$55 for all.

  556. Excavated, brass powder flask that was recovered from an 1863 Confederate Infantry camp near Murfreesboro, Tennessee.  Both sides of the flask are present, but are separated at the seam.  With some TLC, this could be a very nice artifact to display.--$45.

  557. Excavated pair of "Rooster Neck" regulation, cast brass, Federal Cavalry spurs.  These spurs were recovered from Camp Stanley which was the 1863 Federal Cavalry main winter campsite here at Murfreesboro, Tennessee.  One of the spurs remains in near perfect condition, and the second spur got too close to the fire and nearly completely melted away.--$89. for both.SOLD

  558. Very attractive display of four excavated musket tools recovered during the 1960's from private property near Shiloh by Dr. Rees Buttram.  The tools include an Austrian musket jag, a standard Springfield combination gun tool, a "Y" shaped Austrian gun tool, and a portion of an Enfield gun tool.  The entire display for --$95.SOLD

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

  577. Quite rare to recover (and super hard to find when you need one) pair of excavated waist belt plate "brass hooks".  One of the hooks is a Confederate strip brass hook of the style found on "Roper Border -Regulation - and Breckenridge" style, stamped brass, Confederate waist belt plates.  The second hook is an excavated "stud" style that is found on 1840 - 1850 era State Seal and early US Oval waist belt plates.  Both hooks were recovered from an Alabama Infantry camp along Duck River near Shelbyville, Tennessee.--$65 for both.

  578. Very nice condition, excavated, Confederate used, private purchase, heavy cast brass spur.  The spur has an uncleaned brown/green patina and is a recent recovery from a Confederate Cavalry camp here in Middle Tennessee.  I personally recovered a near identical spur a few years back from the camp of Starnes 1863 Confederate Cavalry camp.--$275.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

  586. Excavated folding "box-end" Springfield combination gun tool.  This was recovered on private property along the battle line here at Stones River many years ago.  It is nicely cleaned and coated, and ready for display.--$45.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

  596. 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.

  597. 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.

  598. 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.

  599. 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.

  600. 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.

  601. 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.

  602. 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.

  603. 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.

  604. 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

  605. 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

  606. 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.

  607. 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.

  608. 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

  609. 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.

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

  611. 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.

  612. 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

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

  614. 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.

  615. 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.

  616. 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.

  617. 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.

  618. 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.

  619. 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.

  620. 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.

  621. 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.

  622. 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.

  623. 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.

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

  625. 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

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

  627. 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

  628. 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

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

  630. 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.

  631. 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 !!!!

  632. 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 !!!

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

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