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  1. "LIFE" IS YOUR HAND OF POKER CARDS.  HOW "GOOD IT IS" DEPENDS ON HOW YOU CHOOSE TO PLAY YOUR CARDS, AND ON THE "LUCK OF YOUR DRAW" (WHO YOU CHOOSE TO MARRY) !!!

  2. DID YOU KNOW -- IN THE POPULAR AMUSEMENT PARK, "6 FLAGS" - ONE OF THE SIX FLAGS IS "THE FIRST NATIONAL FLAG OF THE CONFEDERACY".  THE "SIX FLAGS" REPRESENT ALL THE DIFFERENT FLAGS THAT THROUGHOUT HISTORY HAVE FLOWN OVER TEXAS.

  3. I JUST READ THIS AND IT MADE ME SMILE  !! TIME MAY BE "THE GREAT HEALER" BUT --"IT SUCKS AS A BEAUTICIAN !!!"

  4. One of my life-long relic hunting buddies, Wayne Jenkins, passed away a little over a year ago.  His grave marker is one like I have never seen before in that one of the pictures has Wayne relic hunting and also has the Confederate Flag.  I really like it a lot and wanted to share it with you all.  Rest in Peace, Wayne.

  5. Here is a picture sent to us by our buddy, Bob Ward, taken 52 years ago here at the Cemetery at the Battle of Stones River.  The Boy Scouts are still active on Memorial Day here at the Battlefield.  We have taken a current picture in basically the same location as it appears today.  The stone walls around the cemetery remain visible in both images.  We believe this to be especially meaningful now with Memorial Day coming up.  Our thanks to Bob Ward for the photograph.  The last picture is "Decoration Day" in Columbus, Mississippi, many many years ago.

  6. It is Youth Contest time again.  After a New Years break, we are beginning our 6th Youth Contest Relic Giveaway.  This is an especially nice display including an original, excavated Federal breast plate, an original Confederate $20 note, a nice excavated North Carolina Confederate uniform button, and numerous other genuine Civil War artifacts.  This is a display that even a seasoned adult Civil War collector would be excited to receive.  The collection would have a retail value of somewhere in the neighborhood of $400.  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.  We will draw the winner on August 1, 2022, and best of luck to everyone.  The following individuals, along with Nita & myself have contributed artifacts to make these youth relic give-away 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 - Kenny Brown - Jeff and Theresa Ruth - Gerard Simoneaux - Gary Strobel - Jeff Anderson - Lael Nelson - Ken Fleming, and Justin Simpson.  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 !!!

  7. WELL I JUST LEARNED SOMETHING, AND THAT IS I'M SURE GLAD THAT I AM NOT A "SEA HORSE" !!!  THE MALES BEAR THE YOUNG !!!!

  8. This is a very special "Throwback" relic digging memory.  This was my very first cast brass rectangular "CSA" to recover, and it was a thick, Atlanta style.  I dug this buckle exactly 50 years ago this year.  I dug the buckle on private property literally about 20 steps from Columbia Pike along the route that the Army of Tennessee charged over on November 30, 1864, at the famous Battle of Franklin, Tennessee.  This buckle has never even been under a water faucet and to this day, 50 years later, I could go back to within one foot of the dig hole !!!  What an exciting day !!!

  9. About 40 years ago, my hunting buddy, Claiborne Lytle, and myself were able to find the line of Confederate sharp shooters along the Brentwood hills at the 2nd day Battle of Nashville fighting.  Over a period of a couple of years, I was able to recover 136 dropped Whitworth bullets, and Claiborne recovered a similar number.  There was a point in time that I could spell out "Whitworth Rifle" with dropped Whitworth bullets.  During that era, I had two little girls at home as well as house and shop payment - insurance payment - and lots of other payments.  Every so often "lean months" came along, and I would need to sell a few Whitworth bullets to make that month's payments.  I don't have 136 Whitworths anymore, but I do still have a few and some very exciting memories.  I had one "12 Whitworth" day where they were all dropped in close proximity to each other.  Both Claiborne and myself always wondered why there were over 200 Whitworths lying on the ground rather than fired at the Yankees??  The area now has million dollar homes and electronic gates.

  10. Throw-Back DIGGING Time !!!!  I dug this beauty 42 years ago almost to the day !!!  They sure don't come out of the ground looking like this anymore !!!  I almost needed sunglasses !!!

  11. Here is another "throw-back" relic.  I recovered this WESTERN THEATER type CS "sardine style" waist belt plate at a Confederate hospital site on private property here at Stones River over 40 years ago.  It is absolutely perfect and has all three original hooks remaining intact.  This jewel will rank VERY high on being one of my "Lifetime Best Finds", and was beyond exciting to recover !!!

  12. Here is another "throw-back relic digging" memory.  Back in the fall of 1975, (47 years ago) my buddy Bob Ward and his hunting partner Wayne Read hit this "battlefield clean-up" glory hole.  This was here at Stones River and, at the time, was in a private property rock glade thicket.  The site is unfortunately now under a motorcycle dealership.  This find included seven Union plates, four musket barrels, four bayonets, two canteens, one smashed brass bugle, thirteen artillery shells, and a boatload of bullets.  Finds like this are memories worth their weight in gold !!!  (Second picture is current.)

  13. 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 !!

  14. 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 !!}

  15. We first want to send a huge thank you to Robert Hooven of Madison, Alabama, for his hard work and prompt attention to my Great Grandfather's grave stone.  My Great Grandfather is buried in the very old cemetery at the Madison Crossroads Presbyterian Church located near Huntsville, Alabama, near the Tennessee Alabama line.  A while back, one of the pieces of maintenance equipment at the cemetery hit our Great Grandfather's head stone and broke it loose from the base it was anchored to.  Robert was kind of enough to, the very next day, go and find the damaged stone, thoroughly clean and reseat it.  Our entire family send our heartfelt gratitude to Robert for taking care of this for us.  We could sure use more folks like Robert!!!

  16. Huge congratulations go out to 11-year-old Madison Brewer.  Madison is the lucky winner of our Garrett Ground Hog metal detector.  We hope that it is the beginning of a very enjoyable hobby and that Madison has lots of fun looking for Civil War relics with her Grandfather who has done it for many years.  (This really makes us happy!!!)  Madison is ready to go Civil War relic hunting with her Granddad -- Charlie Adams.  VERY IMPORTANT:  What time is it - what time is it???  It is Youth Relic Giveaway time again.  And this time, we are stepping up our game.  We are giving away a used Garrett Groundhog VLF/TR metal detector complete with a new high fidelity set of headphones and also a new Whites Bullseye pinpointer for locating your target.  This detector is several years old but still works perfectly and even comes with experience as this detector has already recovered a US belt buckle and a Confederate belt buckle.  The "Groundhog" takes some practice in getting used to, but even though it's a few years old, will still dig relics perfectly well.  Several years back, this detector was cutting-edge technology, but today there have been numerous improvements.  It is our hope that this detector will help inspire some young person toward many years of coin and/or relic recovery.  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.  We will draw the winner on October 2, 2021, (my 70th birthday) and best of luck to everyone.  The following individuals, along with Nita & myself have contributed artifacts to make these youth relic give-away 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 - Kenny Brown - Jeff and Theresa Ruth - Gerard Simoneaux - Gary Strobel - Jeff Anderson - Lael Nelson, and Justin Simpson.  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 !!!

  17. My apprentice, Tigger, is paying close attention to his musket lesson!!!

  18. This is what happens when two does have a disagreement on who has rights to the food block.  It may look like they are dancing, but they are not!!!

  19. Congratulations to the winner of our 6th Youth Civil War Relic Contest, "Tennessee Smith", of Mineral, Virginia.  This display 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 hope this display helps to encourage Tennessee's interest in Civil War artifacts, history, and heritage.  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 following individuals, along with Nita & myself have contributed artifacts to make these youth relic give-away 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 - Jeff Anderson - Gary Strobel - Justin Simpson - 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 !!!

  20. Meet my future replacement already in training.  This is "Stonewall Jackson" Todd.  Jackson is the son of Jon and Amy Todd.  I knew Jon had a keeper in Amy when they came in the shop in hip waders having been "water relic hunting" that day.  Finding a girl who likes going relic hunting is tough enough, not to mention relic hunting in the water with all kinds of creatures.  Amy is nothing short of a sweetheart!!!

  21. Here is a picture of myself and my "little friend" Castibelle Schweinfurth and her mom at the Civil War Show in Mansfield, Ohio, in 2015, and here is a picture of Castibelle and me at the Civil War Show this past weekend "2021" in Mansfield, Ohio.  She is growing into quite the "living history" young lady.  She even recently had the honor of firing a real Civil War cannon.  She and I also share a love for home made ice cream, and we got us a couple of cones at the show.  She is a genuine treat to spend time with, and her parents are doing an incredible job exposing her to Civil War history!!!

  22. 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 - Jeff Anderson - Gary Strobel - 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.

  23. 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 !!!  I'd say the physical training program is working QUITE WELL !!!  All that I can say is -- "Twin brother "Iniko" might better start hitting the gym !!!

  24. 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

  25. 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 !!!)

  26. 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 !!!

  27. 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.

  28. 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!!!

  29. 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!!!

  30. 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" !!!

  31. Just in out of a local estate, very nice condition, Model 1851, .36 cal., Colt 6-shot Navy Model revolver.  This revolver has a smooth, gently aging, gray patina with barrel markings of, "Address Col Saml Colt - New York - US America".  The cylinder retains about 50% original engraving, and the revolver has an all-matching serial number (even the wedge) of 130947, which is most desirable 1862 - 1863 mid-war production.  The revolver has crisp, perfect action - original walnut grips - and would be a fine addition to any Civil War collection.--$2,450.

  32. 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.

  33. Very pretty, excavated, coat size, Mississippi "I" (Infantry).  This button was recovered about 50 years ago from Camp Withers which was a Mississippi Brigade camp located along the Elk River here in Middle Tennessee and occupied during 1862.  This button is slick as can be with gold around each letter, around the star, and completely filling the "I" in the center.  It has the normal "Hyde & Goodrich - NO" backmark.  This is an artifact that will be a compliment to any collection.--$595.

  34. Really pretty and quite rare, excavated, thick Atlanta style cast brass "Rectangle C.S.A." Confederate waist belt plate.  This buckle was recovered at a Civil War era home site located near Corinth, Mississippi.  The buckle was likely lost after the Confederate soldier returned home from the Civil War rather than when the Confederates were camped around Corinth in 1862.  This style Confederate belt plate was issued in quantity during the winter of 1863 - 1864 when the Army Of Tennessee was camped around Dalton, GA.  The plate has a nice brown-green patina, and has all three brass attachment hooks intact on the reverse.  The front hook had an air bubble casting flaw into the tip of the hook when recovered.  This created a hollow hole in the tip of the front hook, and we have had this filled for good hook strength.  It is almost certain that a young Mississippi soldier wore this plate from Dalton, GA to Atlanta, and then on to Franklin, and Nashville, and eventually on to Greensboro, NC.  This would be a fine addition to even the most advanced Confederate display.--$3,450.

  35. Very nice condition, Model 1863, type II, .58 cal., Springfield, 3-band, percussion, rifled musket.  This musket is out of a Pittsburgh, PA, estate and has been nicely taken care of and remains just as it was 150 years ago.  The lockplate is marked, "1864 - Springfield - US" and both the lockplate and bolster have a sharp Federal Eagle.  The metal is just beginning to turn a gray/brown with practically no pitting at all.  The musket has both sling swivels, original ram rod, and the original long-range site.  The musket locks firmly into both half-cock and full-cock and has deep, crisp rifling from to to bottom.  I have no doubt that this musket would still be quite accurate at 200 - 300 yards.  Many students of history consider the .58 cal. Springfield musket the most representative musket of the American Civil War.  We are including with the musket a small display with an original Minie ball and a percussion cap.  This musket is nice enough for any museum and would be a weapon that you could hand down to future generations with pride.--$1,950.

  36. A very pretty Texas Cavalry display consisting of a rare, stamped brass, lead-filled shield with star Martingale and a super rare, excavated, pewter Texas produced Cavalry saddle corner device.  Both artifacts remain in excellent condition.--$750. for the entire display.

  37. Absolutely flawless beautiful condition, excavated, coat size, solid cast brass, "CS" in Star Houston Depot (T. Miller) Texas button.  This button was recovered from a Texas camp near Vicksburg, Mississippi.  It has a beautiful, uncleaned, brown/green patina with the shank remaining perfectly intact on the reverse.  You will not find a nicer example.--$1,950.SOLD

  38. Excavated, coat size, Droop Wing Eagle, Confederate Staff Officer's button.  This button has a smooth, chocolate patina with good detail but does have one very minor age crack.  The reverse is a depressed channel Confederate local with large iron shank remaining perfectly intact.--$195.

  39. Excavated, coat size, Confederate local, two-piece "I" (Infantry) button.  This button was recovered from General Hardee's Army of Tennessee spring of 1863 camps located near Tullahoma, Tennessee.  The iron reverse was rusty and weak and has been reinforced and stabilized to last.--$95.

  40. Excavated, circular, lead-filled, Federal Eagle breast plate.  This plate was recovered over 20 years ago from a lawn along Columbia Pike at the Battle of Franklin, Tennessee.  It has good detail on the Eagle but does have some rough spots where the iron hooks once were on the reverse side.  The iron loops rusted away long ago, but the reverse still retains full lead and little iron stubs where the hooks once were.  From this point forward, there are going to be very few new artifacts recovered at the Battle of Franklin, Tennessee.--$89.

  41. Rebel cigarette lighter in its original small cloth container.  This lighter pictures a Rebel Soldier on one side and the Confederate Battle Flag on the reverse side.  When you wind it up, it plays Dixie while it is lighting your cigarette or cigar.-$65.

  42. 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.

  43. 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.

  44. Extremely rare and sought after, .56 cal., Model 1860 Spencer repeating "RIFLE".  This rifle remains in very nice condition with crisp action and good bore and shows clear evidence of actual field service.  The rifle is serial number "8413" which we believe to be within the range used by Wilder's Lightning Brigade.  All markings remain quite clear, and this is all in all a museum grade Spencer rifle.  We are including with the rifle an excavated Spencer cartridge recovered at Hoover's Gap where this rifle was likely actually used.  There are many Spencer carbines available for every one Spencer rifle.  Here is your chance to get a nice one.--$3,850.

  45. 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.

  46. Very nice condition, complete Federal waist belt rig including original waist belt, original .58 cal. cartridge box, and the original percussion cap box.  The belt itself remains complete and pliable with a beautiful arrow-hook pattern US oval waist belt buckle, and the brass length adjustor remains perfectly intact.  The cartridge box is a Model 1864 with embossed “US” and both cartridge tins remaining intact on the inside.  The leather percussion cap box has both belt loops and closure tab intact and has an embossed “US” mark on the outside flap.  There are quite a number of original percussion caps remaining inside.  This belt rig was on display in an Arkansas museum for a number of years and would be an excellent addition to any Civil War collection.--$1,250.

  47. During the mid-1970's, Claiborne and I were able to find the position of the Confederate Sharp Shooters on the Brentwood Hills during the 2nd day's fighting at the Battle of Nashville, Tennessee.  The Confederate Sharp Shooters had a good many of the famous English Whitworth scoped sniper rifles.  Claiborne and I together found a good many beautiful drop, .45 cal., Whitworth sniper projectiles.  This particular bullet is a beautiful example and is one that Claiborne recovered on this line.--$225.

  48. Beautifully crafted, 13 inch, Confederate bone handle side knife, blacksmith made from an 1840 era Knight's Head Militia Officer's sword.  This knife has an 8 inch blade that remains razor sharp yet today.  This is out of our local area and was no doubt carried by a local Middle Tennessee Confederate.  This would be an excellent addition to any Confederate display.--$795.

  49. Absolutely beautiful Revolutionary War era "Cheesebox" canteen.  The canteen remains in excellent condition, and has several sets of soldier initials on it.  One initial set is with the date "1800", and a second set of initials is with a date of 1804.  There is faint remnants of an old museum tag that says something to the effect of "Revolutionary War canteen carried in the Civil War and picked up at Shiloh".  This canteen has been in a private Arkansas Museum for the past 30 years or so.  This is a mighty fine artifact.--$850.

  50. Excellent condition, super thick, cast brass, triangle tooth, Georgia frame Confederate waist belt plate.  This buckle has never even had the dirt washed off and was recovered near Selma, Alabama, and was likely a product of that arsenal.  This style Georgia frame is considered one of the rarest to recover.--$850.SOLD

  51. 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.

  52. Absolutely beautiful condition, excavated, coat size, "Kent Paine" Virginia State Seal.  This button was recovered over 40 years ago from the Shenandoah Valley of Virginia and has 80% - 90% bright gold gilt, shank intact, and "Kent Paine Richmond" backmark.  You could not hope to dig a more beautiful button than this one is.--$375.

  53. Absolutely beautiful condition, non-excavated, Confederate coat size stippled block "A" button.  This is a CS101A with "H. T. & B. Manchester" backmark.  The button has a rich, aged patina, crisp backmark, and shank intact on the reverse.--$425.

  54. Excavated coat size MISSISSIPPI "I" recovered many years ago by Wayne Jenkins from 1862 "Camp Walthall" (Mississippi Brigade camp located near Estil Springs, TN.)  The button has a smooth chocolate brown patina with gold in the "I".  The reverse has a "HYDE and GOODRICH - NEW ORLEANS" backmark.  There is a slight press in the center of the star, but still displays nicely.--$275.

  55. Absolutely drop-dead beautiful condition, excavated, cuff size, Virginia State Seal 3-piece staff.  This button was recovered about 40 years ago from a Virginia camp in the Shenandoah Valley by Ed Heck.  The button has excellent detail and 80% - 90% bright gold gilt and is the highly sought after, "Mitchell Tyler Richmond" backmark, and the shank remains perfectly intact.--$250.

  56. Extremely rare, 1863 date Civil War token for a War Claims Agent.  This token is marked, "C. G. Bruce, Authorized War Claim Agent, 1863, Cleveland O.", and on the reverse, "$100 Bounty, Pensions, Back pay, and Etc. Collected and Cashed".  A small hole is drilled for wear on a chain for a soldier to have for future reference.  In over 50 years in the business, I have had less than ten of these, and this is the only one I have ever had from the State of Ohio.--$175.

  57. Tiny folding silver "book" that has two gem size images inside.  I believe both images to be of Civil War Generals, and although they have a familiar look, I cannot place their name.  A little help would sure be appreciated.  The small case itself appears to be solid silver.--$195.

  58. Excavated, large coat size, Federal Cavalry Officer's button.  This button was recovered on private property here at Stones River about 40 years ago by one of my old hunting partners, Claiborne Lytle.  It has a smooth, chocolate brown patina with gold gilt surrounding the Eagle and in the shield around the "C".  The reverse is backmarked, "Extra Quality", and the shank remains intact.--$69.

  59. Absolutely beautiful, excavated, 1-piece, 1820 - 1840 era, coat size Militia Officer's button.  This button was recovered from a spring of 1863 Confederate camp along Duck River near Shelbyville, Tennessee.  It has 90% bright silver on the face and is backmarked, "Superior Strong Plated" on the reverse with shank intact.  This is a beautiful excavated button.--$79.

  60. Nice condition, "hand-me-down", 1864 date copper 2 cent piece.  This was found while clearing a local estate and brought in.  It will be a very nice addition to someone's Civil War display.--$35.

  61. Quite rare excavated set of Colt Revolving Rifle Projectiles.  One is the normal .56 cal. Colt Revolving Rifle, and one is the extremely rare .50 cal. Colt Revolving Rifle.  The small caliber is a Sporting Model, and was found in a Confederate Cavalry camp here.  It is my understanding that they were used in Southern Fox Hunting, and carried over to the Southern Cavalry (much like the small caliber Maynards were).  I have only recovered 2 of these small cal. Colt Revolving projectiles in 50 years hunting.--$48. for the set

  62. Beautiful condition, non-excavated, early pattern "puppy-paw" hook style, large, lead-filled, US oval waist belt plate.  This plate is perfect with nice bronze patina on the face, full lead, and all hooks intact.--$325.

  63. 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.

  64. Extremely rare, excavated, entire Model 1840 Heavy Cavalry saber.  This saber was recovered many years ago from the camp of the 1st Alabama Cavalry located near Middleton (currently Midland) that was raided and burned in March of 1863 by General David Stanley's Federal Cavalry.  This saber has the complete blade, pommel cap, and a portion of the brass guard.  Part of the guard was melted from the camp being burned.  This raid can be read about in Volume 23, Part I of the Official Records of the War of the Rebellion "Expedition to Middleton, Tennessee" (March 1863).--$595.

  65. Very attractive cased display containing an excavated, Colt revolver gun tool along with four different varieties of excavated Colt projectiles.  This entire display was recovered from N. B. Forrest's 1863 Confederate Cavalry camp located near Spring Hill, Tennessee.--$69.

  66. Extremely rare and in very nice condition, Confederate manufacture, short Artillery sword.  This style unmarked Confederate sword is a product of "E. J. Johnston & Company" of Macon, Georgia.  This company provided the Confederacy with many different types and models of edged weapons.  A few of the weapons of this type are actually maker marked, but far and away most are unmarked.  This example has a nice, clean blade, gently darkening with age, and the classic concentric ring cast brass guard that has a rich, aged never cleaned patina.  This is a nicer example than what most museums have.--$1,895.

  67. Beautiful condition Model 1858 smooth type Civil War era Federal Canteen complete with original wool cover - sling - and stopper with chain.  This canteen is nothing less than museum quality, and was actually in a museum for many years.  Every quality Civil War collection will have a nice Model 1858 regulation issue canteen.--$450.

  68. Quite rare, Model 1860, Ames Cavalry saber in original scabbard and actually dated "1861".  This saber is out of a North Georgia estate, and according to family information, was Southern carried.  It is actually quite common for Ames Cavalry sabers with very early dates to be Southern used.  This saber has a nice, clean blade just beginning to gray with age.  It is marked, "US - 1861 - GCS - Ames Mfg Co".  The saber has a very nice condition, original wrap and wire on the grip, and the 3-branch brass guard remains completely intact with some initials or letters cut in with a pen knife.  It is not clear enough for us to decipher what it says.  The original metal scabbard remains in nice condition as well and is without a single dent.--$1,150.

  69. Excellent condition, non-excavated, coat size Georgia State Seal Civil War Confederate button.  This button came out of a North Georgia estate and has nice, crisp detail and is backmarked, "Horstmann & Alien".  The shank remains intact and straight.--$250

  70. Excavated, coat size, Confederate "Pelican Feeding the Young" uniform button.  This button was recovered by my good buddy, Wayne Jenkins, from one of General Hardee's 1863 winter camps located near Tullahoma, Tennessee.  The face has a small push, but you can still clearly see the Pelican feeding the young.  This is a Confederate button that you don't often recover anymore.--$150.

  71. Absolutely beautiful condition, excavated, solid cast brass, coat size "CSA" uniform button.  This exceptional button was recovered in 1979 from a Confederate camp near Drury's Bluff, Virginia.  This button has never even been washed off and has an excellent brown/green woods patina throughout.  This is a CS86D in Albert.--$650.

  72. Absolutely mint perfect beautiful condition, excavated, coat size, 2-piece "CSA" uniform button.  This is a CS81A with the "S. Buckley & Co/Birmingham" backmark.  This button was recovered in 1979 from Drury's Bluff, Virginia.  You could not ask for a more drop-dead perfect example and hasn't even been washed off.--$650.

  73. Excavated SUPER RARE CS17 one piece coat size Confederate Officer's button WITH "CS" IN THE SHIELD.  This is a $2,000. plus button when recovered in nice complete condition.  This example was recovered from a Confederate camp in the Shenandoah Valley of Virginia.  It had apparently been stepped on, and broken many, many years ago.  Fortunately, what remains has the "CS IN SHIELD" intact !!  (AND YOU CAN READ THE CS FROM 3 FEET AWAY !!)  We are pricing this button where even a beginner collector can have a "CS" marked item in their collection.--$295.

  74. Excellent condition, non-excavated, cuff size, Georgia State Seal uniform button.  This button is perfect with a smooth, aged, bronze patina, has crisp detail, and is backmarked, "W. G. Mintzer - Phil."  It's shank remains intact.--$175.

  75. Very nice condition, Civil War issue, .36 cal., pistol cartridge box correct for the Colt Navy Revolver, the Remington Navy Revolver, as well as many other Civil War issue .36 cal. revolvers.  This box remains completely pliable with both belt loops and closure tab intact and is crisply marked, "H. A. Dingee NY".  The outside flap is slotted for a plate.--$150.

  76. Beautiful condition, non-excavated, large size, US oval cartridge box plate.  This plate has a nice, uncleaned, bronze patina on the face with full lead in the reverse and both wire loops intact.  The wire loops on this plate are 2 1/2 inches apart, if you have a Federal cartridge box needing a box plate.--$250.

  77. Absolutely SMOKINGLY BEAUTIFUL excavated GILTED coat size Confederate 23mm "CS-7" Staff Officer's button.  This is a truly fantastic button with a "W. Dowler/Superior Quality" backmark.  It has the shank intact, and was recovered many years ago from a Confederate camp near Fairfax, VA.  In an entire Relic Hunting career, you will be able to count on your fingers the number of Confederate buttons that you recover this nice.--$875.

  78. Quite RARE Model 1819 .54 cal Flintlock single shot horse pistol originally manufactured by Simon North of Middletown, Conn. and dated "1822".  At the beginning of the Civil War Baker of Fayetteville, N.C. converted a good number of these to percussion using a distinctive "S" shaped Fowling hammer and a "drum bolster" and issued these to early war Confederate troops.  This is a classic Confederate modified and issued weapon.  It is missing the pivoting ramrod which is quite common.  I have personally encountered several with hand made wooden ramrods.  Here is a very nice and reasonably priced weapon with a well documented Southern origin.--$1,250.

  79. Nice condition, 1/6th plate, fully cased tintype of two Federal Cavalrymen seated with their Cavalry sabers over their shoulders and a Colt revolver stuck behind each of their Model 1851 sword belt rigs.  The cast brass, Model 1851, Eagle sword belt plate is clearly visible on each soldier.  This image is housed in an excellent condition gutta percha "Union Case" with the Constitution and an Eagle beautifully molded into the face of the case.  This is an excellent multi-subject, both DOUBLE armed, Civil War image in a perfect condition CONSTITUTION patriotic case.  Very rare to find.--$795.

  80. Very pretty, excavated, coat size, Mississippi "I" (Infantry).  This button was recovered about 50 years ago from Camp Withers which was a Mississippi Brigade camp located along the Elk River here in Middle Tennessee and occupied during 1862.  This button is slick as can be with gold around each letter, around the star, and completely filling the "I" in the center.  It has the normal "Hyde & Goodrich - NO" backmark.  This is an artifact that will be a compliment to any collection.--$595.SOLD

  81. Very pretty condition, 1860 Era, 12 gauge, percussion, double barrel shotgun.  This shotgun is out of a local family who had several members that served in the 13th Tennessee Cavalry CSA.  According to family hand-me-down information, this shotgun was carried by one or more of his ancestors, but we are unsure as to which one.  These weapons were extensively carried in 1861 and 1862 after which they were gradually replaced with more standard carbines such as the Austrian and Enfield carbines.  This weapon would be a fine addition to any Confederate Cavalry display.--$650.SOLD

  82. Unusual, excavated, cast pewter "star" button.  This button was recovered from the camp of Wharton's 8th Texas Cavalry that was occupied during 1862/1863.--$35.

  83. Excavated, cast brass, Enfield nose cap recovered on private property along the Confederate battle line here at Stones River.  It was recovered over 30 years ago by Wayne Jenkins and still has some of the wood musket stock inside the nose cap.  A very nice little Confederate relic from Stones River.--$38.

  84. This is a rare little recovery.  It is two sections of a Suttler's button sample chain that showed the various buttons he carried in stock.  This example has a Federal Navy button and a rare California button "Eureka".--$75.

  85. Very nice condition, non-excavated, .69 cal., triangular socket bayonet correct for the Model 1842 Springfield or Harpers Ferry, 3-band, .69 cal. musket.  This bayonet has a crisp "US" mark and is just beginning in areas to darken with age.--$250.

  86. Very nice display of artifacts recovered from the 1862 camp of the 16th Alabama Volunteer Infantry.  This display includes a soldier's pocket knife, a cast brass heel plate, and a perfect condition, 2-piece, Confederate block "I" (Infantry) uniform button.--$150. for the entire display.

  87. 1usinfantryman.jpg (27856 bytes)1/6th Plate tintype of seated Union Infantryman.  He is wearing a 9-button Federal enlistedman's frock coat...coat is open showing his military vest beneath ...this photo is in nice condition and quite clear -it is unfortunately a little bit dark however. $125.

  88. Absolutely drop-dead perfect, excavated, coat size, South Carolina State Seal.  This button has over 90% bright gold gilt and has an "HT & B Manchester" backmark.  This button was recovered from a South Carolina camp located near Charleston, South Carolina.  This is about as nice a "Manchester" South Carolina button as you are going to see.--$225.

  89. Extremely rare to recover, an excavated CUFF size, droop-wing Eagle Confederate Staff Officer's button.  This button is a recent recovery by my friend, Joey Beech, from the camp of the 39th North Carolina Volunteer Infantry located along Duck River, near Shelbyville, Tennessee.  There was a Confederate local coat size North Carolina button recovered only a few steps away.  In over 50 years relic hunting, I have only found two of these.--$295.

  90. Excellent condition, United Confederate Veteran "Special Orders No. 27" dated May 7, 1914.  This would be a quality addition to any UCV collection or display.--$35.

  91. Three excellent condition coupons from Confederate Loan Bonds.  One is from an 1863 $100 bond, one is from an 1861 $500 loan bond, and one is from a February 17, 1864, $1,000 Confederate Loan Bond.  All three are in perfect condition and are presented in a glass display case.--$50.for all three.

  92. Very nice condition, .52 cal. rim fire, Joslyn Model 1864, single-shot cartridge carbine.  This carbine is serial number 5536 and has crisp action with some traces of original color.  The Joslyn carbine were used by the 4th and 8th Indiana Cavalry, 19th New York Cavalry, 13th Tennessee Cavalry, 9th Pennsylvania Cavalry, 3rd West Virginia Cavalry, 2nd Wisconsin, 1st Nebraska Cavalry, and 11th Ohio Cavalry.  This is a nice quality carbine that could literally still be fired today.--$1,650.

  93. Beautiful condition, 1862 date, .577 cal., Confederate used, 3-band, Enfield rifled musket.  This musket is out of a local estate and has excellent wood, smooth, clean, gently toning metal with lockplate markings of, "1862 - Tower, - the English Crown".  It has crisp action and locks firmly into both half-cock and full-cock.  The musket has both sling swivels intact, original ram rod, original long-range site, import cartouche on the stock, and "25 - 25" mark on the barrel.  In addition, the musket still has a bore that will about cut your finger.  You will wait a long time before you'll see a nicer Enfield than this one and with a nice early date.--$2,150.SOLD

  94. Nice condition, excavated, cast brass, snake portion of a 3-piece Confederate used English snake buckle.  This snake was recovered from the camp of the 51st Alabama Cavalry located near Fosterville, Tennessee.  It has an excellent, never cleaned, excavated patina.--$95.

  95. Extremely rare to find, a non-excavated, coat size, NC8, Confederate local manufactured, North Carolina State Seal.  The face has over 90% bright gold gilt, and the reverse is perfect with depressed channel and shank intact.--$695.

  96. Excavated pair of 4-piece rifleman buckle adjusters.  These were recovered from General Polk's Corps, Army of Tennessee 1862 - 1863 winter camps along Duck River near Shelbyville, Tennessee.--$89. for the pair.

  97. Scott #1 Confederate Jefferson Davis 5 cent postage stamp, crisp color, and very nice condition overall.--$95.

  98. Very attractive Civil War era .9 mm Belgian made 6 - shot pinfire revolver.  This revolver is out of a local family that had several members that served in the Confederate Cavalry.  Even CS General "Stonewall Jackson" had a Pinfire Revolver much like this one.  The revolver's action still functions nicely, and the lanyard ring, and the ejector rod still remain intact.  The cartridge loading door is not present and appears to have been gone a very long time.  We are including an original pinfire cartridge to display with the revolver, but it is the next size up to eliminate the possibility of a child chambering the cartridge.--$650.

  99. Very pretty condition, .50 cal., percussion, breach loader, single-shot, Smith carbine.  This carbine remains in very nice condition with crisp rifling and a little bluing remaining in recessed areas.  The stock remains in nice condition with an easily visible Federal inspector cartouche.  This carbine would be a very nice addition to any Civil War collection.--$1,650.

  100. Excavated, 12 pound size, Bormann fused, Civil War cannon ball.  This ball was recovered near Spring Hill, Tennessee, on the way to the Battle of Franklin.  When recovered, this cannon ball had an open fuse hole, and we have included a correct Bormann fuse to display with the cannon ball.  Very nice relic, uncleaned, just as dug.--$275.

  101. Excavated, small caliber (likely .28 cal.) revolver that has been struck by a projectile just in rear of the cylinder, and everything from there back has been severed by the projectile strike.  This was recovered on private property along the battle line here at Stones River many years ago.  This is a fantastic example of the kind of thing that happens in the fury of battle.  We have set a projectile into the strike for display.--$395.

  102. Excavated, Model 1840, “Old Wristbreaker”, heavy Cavalry scabbard.  This scabbard was recovered many years ago on private property along the Confederate line here at the Battle of Stones River.  This is the upper portion of the scabbard, having both ring mounts.  The scabbard appears to have been struck exactly on one of the heavy iron ring mounts by a piece of 12 pound cannon ball shrapnel.  It bent both the scabbard and ring mount to exactly conform to the curvature of a piece of 12 pound cannon ball shrapnel.  This is an excellent battlefield damaged relic for any collection.--$125.

  103. Beautiful condition, non-excavated, coat size, Georgia State Seal uniform button.  This button has a rich, aged patina on the face with a "Horstmann and Alien - New York" backmark and shank intact.  This button came out of a North Georgia estate sale many years ago and was no doubt a souvenir of someone's relative who served in the war.--$250.

  104. Very nice cased display showing a .58 cal. Minie ball in its original paper wrap and an original bullet extractor for removing misfired bullets.  This would be a very nice compliment to display with your Civil War musket.--$125.

  105. Very pretty condition, excavated, .52 cal., Spencer rifle/carbine cartridge.  This cartridge was recovered at Hoover's Gap, Tennessee, and would have been lost by one of Wilder's Lightning Brigade.  General Wilder's mounted Federal Infantry was armed with Spencer 7-shot repeating rifles.  This cartridge would be a nice compliment for your Spencer rifle or carbine.--$45.

  106. Very nice glass display case containing two extracted Minie balls with extractors showing both the long and short variety extractors.--$95. for both.

  107. Very pretty condition, excavated, .52 cal., Spencer rifle/carbine cartridge.  This cartridge was recovered at Hoover's Gap, Tennessee, and would have been lost by one of Wilder's Lightning Brigade.  General Wilder's mounted Federal Infantry was armed with Spencer 7-shot repeating rifles.  This cartridge would be a nice compliment for your Spencer rifle or carbine.--$45.

  108. One half of an excavated, cast brass, large size, Georgia frame Confederate waist belt plate.  This plate was recovered from an 1863 Alabama Infantry camp located along Duck River near Shelbyville, Tennessee.  This is the half with the two prongs that went through the belt and displays almost as well as an entire frame buckle.--$195.

  109. Very attractive, .69 cal., smooth bore, Springfield 3-band musket.  This musket was originally produced in flintlock, but at the time of the Civil War, was converted to percussion.  This musket was just brought in out of the local Middle Tennessee area and was no doubt Confederate carried.  The metal has a smooth, chocolate brown, aged patina with lockplate markings of, "US - Springfield - 1841".  The action still works perfectly and locks into both half-cock and full-cock.  The walnut stock remains in nice condition, but as expected, has numerous dings and marks from extensive service.  This musket is a perfect representation of what most Army of Tennessee Infantry soldiers carried the first year of the Civil War.  By 1862 and 1863, the Confederacy was importing lots of Enfield muskets from England as well as long arms from France, Belgium, Germany, and other countries.  This would be an excellent addition to any Civil War display especially depicting the early war Confederacy.--$1,250.

  110. Quite rare, non-excavated, 1840 era, 3-iron hook, Federal Eagle cross breast plate.  This is the style breast plate that pre-dates the most common breast plate with two wire loops.  This style breast plate was actually a functional buckle that could be hooked and unhooked.  Two of the three iron hooks remain intact.  The plate has clearly seen a lot of service as the breast of the Eagle almost has the feathers worn off.--$295.

  111. Excavated, coat size, Confederate "lined - I" (Infantry) uniform button.  This button has a smooth, chocolate brown patina and is backmarked, "Courtney & Tennent", and the shank remains intact.  The button has crisp detail but is, unfortunately, dented.--$95.

  112. Excavated, "bust" dime dated 1834 and recovered from the camp of the 8th Texas Cavalry.  The coin has some wear, but you can still read "Liberty", and the 1834 date is very clear.--$89.

  113. This is one of the most popular of the Confederate sword makers during the Civil War Era.  It is a "Thomas Griswold - New Orleans" Confederate manufactured and marked Foot Officer's sword.  This was purchased many years ago out of a New Orleans estate sale.  The blade is clean, just beginning to darken with age and has Thomas Griswold that you can see from ten feet away.  The sword has original wrap and wire and an excellent cast brass, Confederate Thomas Griswold guard.  It has never been cleaned and has a rich, bronzed patina.  This Confederate Officer's sword is literally nice enough for any museum.--$5,850.

  114. Very pretty Federal Model 1832 Short Artillery (Roman Style) Sword and Scabbard.  This sword has a nice clean blade, and is marked "1836 - N. P. Ames - Springfield - United States - and T.W."  The massive cast brass guard has a pleasing aged bronze patina.  It is a rarity to find one of these with its original leather scabbard.  This original scabbard is complete with brass top and bottom mounts intact.  The scabbard's only negative is that the seam has opened up in one area, but the scabbard remains complete with no breaks at all.  This is a tough Civil War Sword To Come By with a complete original scabbard.--$975.

  115. Absolutely SMOKINGLY BEAUTIFUL excavated GILTED coat size Confederate 23mm "CS-7" Staff Officer's button.  This is a truly fantastic button with a "W. Dowler/Superior Quality" backmark.  It has the shank intact, and was recovered many years ago from a Confederate camp near Fairfax, VA.  In an entire Relic Hunting career, you will be able to count on your fingers the number of Confederate buttons that you recover this nice.--$875.

  116. Beautiful condition non-excavated gilted false embroidered Federal Artillery Officer's crossed cannons hat pin.  It has lots of gold gilt, and has all 4 attachment loops intact.  A very nice example.--$275.

  117. Group of 21 Federal Infantry Officer buttons found all together at the Battle of Cold Harbor and are without a doubt all from one uniform.--$150. for all 21 buttons.

  118. Very pretty, non-excavated, family hand-me-down, large size, lead-filled, Civil War Martingale Heart.  This pattern Martingale Heart was most often Confederate used, and the family where this one came from had relatives that served in the Tennessee Cavalry CSA.  The heart has nice patina and has a number of small marks from actual service.  This would be a fine addition to any Confederate Cavalry display.--$595.

  119. Excavated, large oval, puppy-paw hook, US waist belt plate.  This buckle was recovered almost 50 years ago by Wade Buchanan on private property here at the Battle of Stones River.  This buckle remains solid enough to put on a belt and wear it today.--$275.

  120. Very pretty condition, early battlefield pick-up, Federal Eagle breast plate from here at the Battle of Stones River.  This plate has a smooth, chocolate patina, full lead in the reverse, and the iron loops remain nice enough to put back onto a cross belt.  Local battlefield plates rarely come along this nice anymore.--$225.

  121. Beautiful condition, excavated, coat size, New York State Seal Staff Officer Federal uniform button.  This button has a smooth, chocolate patina with gold gilt totally surrounding the detail.  It has no dents or cracks whatsoever.  The button has an "Extra Quality" backmark with the shank intact and straight.--$38.

  122. Absolutely massive, 3-blade folding, brass cased, Civil War Era bleeder.  This bleeder was made by Davies Co., and the largest blade goes 3/4 of an inch deep.  This thing is massive and scary.--$175.

  123. Very nice condition, original non-excavated, stamped brass, "French Horn", Federal Infantry Hardee hat insignia.  This hat pin remains as crisp as can be with a gently aging brass patina.  The reverse of the pin still has one of the two attaching loops remaining intact.  You couldn't ask for a prettier example.--$115.

  124. Very nice condition, large size, arrow hook pattern, US oval waist belt plate on an exceptionally nice, brown buff, US leather waist belt.  This belt and buckle literally remain in nice enough condition to put on and wear.  It will be an excellent addition to any Civil War display.--$650.

  125. Very attractive, excavated, coat size, "sideways Pelican" Louisiana State Seal uniform button.  This button was recovered from one of General Hardee's winter/spring 1863, Army of Tennessee Louisiana camps located near Tullahoma, Tennessee.  In Charlie Harris' reference book, Relics of the Western Campaigns, there is an actual excavated ambrotype of two Confederates wearing Louisiana State Seal buckles and buttons.  Many years ago, I personally dug several Louisiana buttons in these same camps.  This button has a smooth, chocolate patina with very little pitting but is dented a bit right in the center.  It has a Scovill backmark on the reverse with shank intact.  This is a very pretty Louisiana button for the price.--$195.

  126. Beautiful condition, non-excavated, coat size, 3-piece Virginia Staff Officer's button manufactured by "M. C. Lilly - Columbus Ohio" to go on Virginia Officer's United Confederate Veteran (UCV) frock coats.  This is an excellent example, and M.C. Lilly is well known for their making products for United Confederate Veteran uniforms, badges, and reunion ribbons.--$95.

  127. Really beautiful, excavated, two-piece, iron back, Confederate block "I" (Infantry) coat size uniform button.  This button was recovered from General Lucius Polk's brigade camp located near Tullahoma, Tennessee in 1863.  The face is so smooth, it's nearly reflective.--$115.

  128. Excellent condition, excavated, gilted, cuff size, Federal Infantry Officer's button.  This little cuff size button has super detail and was recovered on private property from the General Smith hospital site here at the Battle of Stones River.  The bright gold gilt outlines every detail.--$25.

  129. Beautiful condition, non-excavated, coat size, New York Excelsior button.  This button is silvered and in near perfect condition.--$65.

  130. Extremely rare, Confederate manufactured Foot Officer's sword by E. J. Johnson of Macon, Georgia.  E. J. Johnson Confederate manufactured swords were made with stopped fullers and with highly polished and lacquered wooden grips.  The grips are so beautifully polished that it takes close examination to determine that the grip is made of wood and not horn.  This is an unmarked example with only faint traces of Confederate engraving.  The high copper alloy brass guard on this sword has a beautiful, bronze, never-cleaned patina.  The original wire remains intact on the grip, and the blade is just beginning to turn brown/gray with age.  I recently purchased this sword out of an Arkansas estate.--$4,500.

  131. Very nice condition, early war pattern, arrow hook, lead-filled, large size US oval waist belt plate on original issue Civil War black leather belt.  This belt is fresh out of a central Ohio estate sale.--$550.

  132. Quite rare to recover, excavated, coat size, CONFEDERATE LOCAL manufactured, Mississippi "I" (Infantry) uniform button.  This button was recovered about 30 years ago from Camp Walthall which was an 1862 Mississippi Brigade camp located near Estill Springs, Tennessee.  This Mississippi "I" even still has the massive iron shank intact.--$350.

  133. Very scarce to recover, pretty chocolate brown, CUFF SIZE, Confederate Local Mississippi "I".  This pretty little Confederate Local Mississippi "I" was recovered many years ago from Camp Walthall located near Estill Springs, Tennessee.  You won't see many of these recovered.--$250.

  134. Nice condition, Battlefield pick-up, 4 side, .54 cal., Austrian socket bayonet.  This bayonet came out of a local smokehouse near the Battlefield here at Stones River and was almost certainly a pick-up on the field after the battle.  It has a smooth, even, aged, chocolate brown patina.--$150.

  135. Very rare to find, original CASED Civil War Era spring-loaded fleam.  This type fleam (or bleeder) was activated by "cocking" the blade and then placing it against the area that needed to be lansed and pulling the trigger.  The third picture demonstrates the blade piercing paper that it was placed against.  It has been a couple of years since I had a medical fleam in its original folding case.--$195.

  136. Very pretty condition, original United Confederate Veteran celluloid button commemorating the 1904 Confederate Reunion at Nashville, Tennessee.  The button still has the original attachment pin intact and was manufactured by "Whitehead and Hogue".--$95.

  137. Small, leather, Cavalry, .52 cal. cartridge box.  The box is marked "E. Gaylord - Chicopee Mass" on the inside flap and still has the wooden cartridge block intact inside.  The box would be correct for Spencer ammunition and came from an estate near Hoover's Gap, Tennessee.  This could very well be from one of the "Lightning Brigade" troops as they passed following the Battle of Hoover's Gap.  It will make an excellent compliment for a Cavalry or Carbine display.--$375.

  138. Very attractive, NON-EXCAVATED, coat size, Virginia State Seal.  We believe this to be VA13A5, and it still has some thread in the shank.  The button has a blank depressed channel.  There is one minor press just to the side of the figure.  This is a nice Virginia button that no doubt actually saw service in the Civil War.--$295.

  139. Quite rare, unissued, Andrew Jackson Confederate Red two cent postage stamp.  This example remains in near perfect condition.--$75.

  140. Very attractive Model 1851 "Script NY" sword belt plate on original black leather waist belt.  This is the early pattern Script NY with the very narrow tongue.  The belt is complete and remains pliable with only one weak spot that has been supported from the reverse for strength.  The plate has a rich aged patina and is one that you do not encounter very often.--$1,295.

  141. 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.

  142. 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.

  143. Excavated Confederate copper Bormann fuse under plug.  This CS under plug was recovered on private property at the Battle of Nashville, Tennessee.--$65.

  144. Excellent condition, excavated, Confederate, large size, cast brass "forked tongue" or "wishbone" CS Enlistedman's waist belt buckle.  This buckle was recovered about 30 years ago from Polk's Corp, Army of Tennessee Confederate camps located along Duck River near Shelbyville, Tennessee, in 1863.  It has an excellent, never cleaned, brown/green patina.--$895.

  145. Quite attractive, .577 cal., Enfield triangular socket bayonet in original leather scabbard.  This would display very nicely with your .577 cal., 3-band Enfield musket.--$395.

  146. Very nice condition, folding, 3-blade, Civil War Era, cased bleeder.  This bleeder is maker marked, "Wismar Cutlery Co. - England".  This is out of a local Middle Tennessee estate and could have been here for the battle.--$175.

  147. Excellent condition, original, Springfield or contract musket combination nipple wrench and screwdriver gun tool.  This gun tool has 90% original bluing and clear inspector initials still visible.  This would be an excellent compliment to display with your Civil War musket.--$65.

  148. Really pretty, non-excavated set of crossed sabers stamped brass hat insignia.  Although this is a Federal style hat insignia, it came out of a local estate that had ancestors in the 8th and 13th Tennessee Cavalry.  The pin has very nice patina, and three of the four attaching loops are intact on the reverse.  The pin shows clear evidence of lots of usage with old bends and ripples from campaigns gone by.  This pin would be fine displayed alone or could easily be put back on a Kepi or a Hardee hat.--$375.

  149. Extremely rare, excavated, 1826 pattern, US NCO Eagle breast plate with three iron attachment hooks on the reverse.  This excellent buckle was recovered many years ago on private property near the Battle of Chancellorsville, Virginia.  It has a smooth, chocolate patina on the face with just a couple minor rust spots and has full lead in the reverse.  This is a pattern breast plate that is rarely recovered, especially in nice condition with all the hooks.--$350.

  150. Beautiful condition non-excavated regulation U.S. cavalry "hi-port" bit.  This bit has a smooth, chocolate brown patina and could easily still be used today.  It has both cast brass US rosettes intact as well as the lower crossbar (which is usually missing) and both rings.  The bit also has the original hook intact for the brass curb chain.  If you have been looking for a really nice Federal Cavalry bit, this one should fit the bill.--$225

  151. Really nice little display.  In this display is a TINY pinfire revolver replica that just came in in a United Confederate Veteran collection.  I suspect the little pinfire revolver was a novelty given out at one of the reunions much like tiny canteens that I have seen.  The detail is absolutely unbelievable even with wooden grips.  We have included in the display with the little pinfire revolver an original, 12mm pinfire cartridge that we recovered in a Confederate Cavalry camp here.  The tiny little pinfire revolver has detail that is truly amazing.--$95.

  152. Excavated, large size, "snake buckle centerpiece" to a 3-piece English belt rig snake buckle.  This was recovered from an Alabama Cavalry site near Fosterville, Tennessee, and the majority of bullets that we recovered from the camp were .577 cal. Enfield bullets.--$95.

  153. Excellent condition, non-excavated, brass cased, 4-blade, Civil War Era bleeder.  This bleeder has three lancing blades and one regular knife blade.  Most Civil War Era bleeders do not have the knife blade.  It remains "razor sharp" and would still work just fine.--$175.

  154. Extremely rare, 1/6th plate, ruby ambrotype of an armed Confederate soldier.  This image came out of a local Tennessee estate, and the soldier is holding a Colt Pocket Model revolver across his chest.  He is wearing an early war "roller buckle" style Confederate belt rig.  There is writing done with a pin knife in the upper left corner of the image.  It appears to likely be a name, but we are unable to decipher it.  This would be a fine Confederate image to add to any CS image collection.--$1,250.

  155. Very pretty condition, Model 1861, US Navy rifle saber bayonet.  This style saber pattern bayonet was made for the Model 1861 Plymouth Navy rifle.  This example has a bright, clean blade marked, "Collins & Co- Hartford, Conn."  The cast brass guard remains in perfect condition with the attaching spring intact and strong.  The saber bayonet remains in its original leather scabbard, and we have added a reproduction leather carrying frog for display.  If you have a Model 1861 Plymouth Navy rifle, this would make a fantastic compliment to complete your musket display.--$650.

  156. Very nice condition, Model 1849, Colt 5-shot, .32 cal., 4-inch barrel, pocket model revolver.  This revolver is out of a local estate and is serial number 188385 - all matching except for the wedge which is a field-made replacement.  Serial number 188385 is most desirable 1860 production.  The revolver has a "soldier-made" lanyard ring from a knapsack triangle.  This little Colt is about as Confederate carried as you can get.--$1,250.

  157. Nice condition, Model 1864, .58 cal., Federal cartridge box.  This cartridge box has the embossed US oval on the flap, but during the Civil War Era had a standard US oval cartridge box plate attached over the embossed US mark.  The box is maker marked, "W. H. Wilkinson Maker - Springfield Mass."  This cartridge box has no flaking at all and remains quite pliable with both iron roller buckles intact as well as both belt loops, the leather closure tab, and both cartridge tins intact inside.  This is a really nice Civil War Federal cartridge box.--$595.

  158. Very attractive, non-excavated, .58 cal., triangular socket bayonet correct for Model 1855 or Model 1861 or 1863 Springfield or contract 3-band rifled muskets.  This would be an excellent compliment to enhance your Civil War musket display.  The bayonet remains clean, just beginning to darken in some areas.--$195.

  159. Model 1858, "tin spout", smooth type canteen out of a north Georgia estate.  The canteen is overall quite crude and is either St. Louis Arsenal production or a Confederate local.  It was without a doubt Confederate carried and quite possibly Confederate manufactured.--$250.

  160. Quite rare to find, non-excavated, .69 cal., triangular bayonet for a Model 1842 Springfield or Harpers Ferry rifled musket.  The bayonet is full length and just beginning to gray with age.  The lock ring remains intact, and the US stamping is deep and clear.  This will be a perfect compliment for your Model 1842 musket.--$250.

  161. Excavated, .54 cal., 4-side Austrian socket bayonet.  This was recovered over 20 years ago along the Confederate line on private property here at the Battle of Stones River.--$98.

  162. Nice, clean, Model 1850, Foot Officer's sword (without scabbard) out of a Central Ohio estate.  The blade remains clean with clearly visible engraving from top to bottom.  The brass guard remains in very nice condition with rich, aged patina and gold gilt showing through in areas.  The grip has original sharkskin and some of the original wire.  The sword shows honest wear and no doubt saw action.--$595.

  163. Excavated CARVED .69 cal., 3-ring Minie Ball.  This was recovered from a Confederate camp along Duck River near Shelbyville, Tennessee.  The bullet is carved to almost look like a space ship.--$25.

  164. Very pretty condition, excavated, coat size, Confederate local "Droop-wing Eagle" Staff Officer button.  This button was recovered from the 1862 8th Texas Cavalry camp located near Knob Gap, Tennessee.--$195.

  165. Very pretty, excavated, coat size, Confederate local Staff Officer button.  This is a CS26B and was recovered from General Lucius Polk's 1863 Army of Tennessee winter camp located near Tullahoma, Tennessee.  It has nice detail and a little gold surrounding the Eagle.  It does have one small, hairline freeze crack that is barely visible.--$195.

  166. Absolutely beautiful excavated coat size gilted Federal Eagle "R" (Rifleman) uniform button.  As is usually the case, this button was being Confederate worn, and was recovered from the winter 1863 camp of the 51st Confederate Alabama Cavalry located near Fosterville, TN.--$95.

  167. Very attractive, .69 cal., smooth bore, Springfield 3-band musket.  This musket was originally produced in flintlock, but at the time of the Civil War, was converted to percussion.  This musket was just brought in out of the local Middle Tennessee area and was no doubt Confederate carried.  The metal has a smooth, chocolate brown, aged patina with lockplate markings of, "US - Springfield - 1841".  The action still works perfectly and locks into both half-cock and full-cock.  The walnut stock remains in nice condition, but as expected, has numerous dings and marks from extensive service.  This musket is a perfect representation of what most Army of Tennessee Infantry soldiers carried the first year of the Civil War.  By 1862 and 1863, the Confederacy was importing lots of Enfield muskets from England as well as long arms from France, Belgium, Germany, and other countries.  This would be an excellent addition to any Civil War display especially depicting the early war Confederacy.--$1,250.

  168. Very pretty condition, Model 1840, NCO (Non-commissioned Officer) sword and scabbard.  The sword blade remains bright and clean with a crisp "Ames Mfg. Co. - 1864 - ADK - US" blade marking.  The cast brass guard remains in perfect condition.  The sword remains in its original leather scabbard, and the scabbard is complete but does have an old repair to a weak area a few inches above the brass drag.  This Model 1840 NCO sword and scabbard is definitely nicer than most that you see.--$695.

  169. Quite unique relic.  This is one compartment of a wooden block containing six Colt .36 cal. Navy size cartridges.  There is one complete, original .36 cal. Colt cartridge in the wooden block.  This would be an excellent compliment to display with you Colt Navy Model revolver.--$95.

  170. Perfect condition, non-excavated, 12mm pinfire cartridge.  This would be a perfect compliment to display with your pinfire revolver.--$25.

  171. Beautiful condition, large size, 3-blade, cased bleeder.  This bleeder is maker marked, "Thomas Turner & Co. - Sheffield".  It remains 100% complete and is literally still sharp as a razor.  This was a widely used medical device during the Civil War, and every collection should have an example.--$125.

  172. Civil War Era CDV (Carte De Viste) of General George B. McClellan and wife.  This is a "from life" photo.--$89.

  173. Nice condition, excavated, coat size, Confederate local Block "I" (Infantry) uniform button.  This button was recovered from an 1863 Confederate camp along Duck River near Shelbyville, Tennessee.--$89.

  174. 1862 issue, Confederate States of America $2 note.  This note depicts the South striking down the North.  It is a circulated note but remains complete and fully intact.--$85.

  175. Excavated, original, regulation "Hi-Port" Federal Cavalry bit with both cast-brass rosettes remaining intact.  This bit was recovered from "Camp Stanley" which was the 1863 Federal winter Cavalry camp here at Murfreesboro, Tennessee, named in honor of General David Stanley.  The bit is rusty, but remains quite stable with both brass rosettes intact.--$150.

  176. Excavated, coat size, Confederate local North Carolina State Seal uniform button.  This button has a smooth, chocolate brown patina with an unmarked Confederate local back and shank intact.  This button was recovered near Brandy Station, Virginia.--$125.

  177. Excavated, coat size, Block "I" (Infantry) Confederate uniform button.  This is a CS local with a brass face and an iron reverse.  It was recovered from an Army of Tennessee winter Infantry camp located along Duck River near Shelbyville, Tennessee.--$89.

  178. Excavated, two-piece, stamped brass, Confederate local Block "I" (Infantry) uniform button.  This button was recovered about 40 years ago from General Breckenridge's "Orphan Brigade" camp located near Readyville, Tennessee.  It is a very attractive button with shank intact and still dirt covered.--$95.

  179. Very attractive, small display case of artifacts recovered on private property here at the Battle of Stones River.  The display includes an original, brass bayonet scabbard tip with a little bit of the original leather scabbard sticking out the top of the scabbard tip.  There is in addition an excellent condition, coat size, Federal Officer's Eagle "I" (Infantry) uniform button and also a nice condition, excavated Federal Enlistedman's coat size Eagle button.--$55 for the entire display, case and all.

  180. Quite rare, July 1, 1862 date, State of Virginia, Fluvanna County $1 Civil War note.  The really cool thing about this note is that it was printed on the reverse of a sheet of already printed pre-war currency.  This was done due to the scarcity of paper in the South during the Civil War years.--$85.

  181. Quite rare, war date, March 10, 1863, 75 cent note issued by the Macon (GA) Savings Bank in Macon, Georgia.  The note is redeemable in Confederate Central Government currency.--$65.

  182. Excavated, silver seated Liberty dime.  This dime was recovered from the camp of the 8th Texas Cavalry and is dated 1838.  The camp where this coin was recovered was occupied in 1863 which means that the coin had already been in circulation 25 years and explains why the coin shows wear.  In just a few years, this coin will be 200 years old--$48.

  183. Very pretty, uncirculated condition, Confederate $10 note dated February 17, 1864, and picturing the horses pulling the cannon.  It is serial number 60124 and actually does not appear to have ever been bent or folded.--$89.

  184. Very rare, 1862 date, State of Florida $10 note.  This note pictures three maidens in the center and two blacks working in cotton on the left.  The note is serial number 985 and was issued January 1, 1862, from Tallahassee, Florida.  The note remains complete and shows mild circulation.--$225.

  185. Very nice condition, original 1863 dated Wilmot Patent, .58 cal., musket tompion.  This tompion has a never-cleaned, rich, aged patina and yet today still works perfectly.--$75.

  186. Quite rare to find anymore, excavated, complete, .577 cal., Enfield nipple protector with chain.--$48.

  187. Excavated, super rare, "Confederate States Navy" uniform button.  This button was recovered about 20 years ago from a Confederate Infantry camp located near Triune, Tennessee.  The button has a drop-dead beautiful face, but the reverse was partially damaged.  The button originally had a "Hebbert - London" backmark.  The London part of the backmark remains clearly visible, but the Hebbert part was pushed in.  The button has been nicely restored and displays like a million bucks.  If this button had not had damage to the reverse, it would have been an $800 button.  But, since the reverse required some restoration, we are pricing it at virtually half price.--$350.

  188. Really nice excavated coat size CS26A Confederate Staff Officer's button.  This was recovered by my old relic hunting buddy - Claiborne Lytle - from the 1862/1863 winter camp of the 1st Alabama Cavalry located near Midland, Tennessee.  The button has a smooth, brown patina with traces of gold gilt, and the reverse has gold gilt in the channel with shank intact.   I have learned that this button had a couple cracks in the face when found and that they have been expertly stabilized.--$150.

  189. Very nice detail, excavated, die struck, brass, one-piece North Carolina sunburst coat size uniform button.  This button was recovered along the Confederate line at the Battle of Nashville, Tennessee.  The Confederate government purchased several thousand shell jackets from the State of North Carolina and issued them to Army of Tennessee troops camped around Dalton, Georgia.  These are the same troops that would later be involved in the Battles of Franklin and Nashville.--$125.

  190. Nice condition excavated "Crescent Hatpin" recovered over 30 years ago from an 1862 Louisiana camp located in the Shenandoah Valley.  This was recovered from the same camp as the one pictured in the Jan. - Feb., 1987 North - South Trader magazine.  This will be a fine compliment to a display of Louisiana State Seal buttons.--$175.

  191. Early battlefield pick-up, "raised rib", 3.67 inch Shenkl fragment.  This was picked up long ago here at Stones River and almost appears non-dug.--$25.

  192. 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.--$395.

  193. Nice condition, non-excavated, Model 1842, .69 cal., Springfield complete lockplate and hammer assembly.  The hammer locks firmly into both half-cock and full-cock positions, and the main spring is as strong as when it was issued in 1850.  The lockplate is marked, "Springfield - 1850 - US - and the American Eagle."  If you have a Model 1842 Springfield musket that needs a nice lockplate, here is your chance.--$225.

  194. Excavated, cast brass, Model 1851, Federal Cavalry sword belt plate.  This buckle was recovered here in Murfreesboro, Tennessee, from "Camp Stanley" which was the 1863 winter Cavalry camp of the Army of the Cumberland.  The buckle was no doubt discarded because the attachment hook on the back broke.  It has a smooth, chocolate patina, crisp detail, and still has body curve.--$295.

  195. Very pretty condition, Model 1840, Federal Light Artillery saber and scabbard.  The saber itself has a bright, clean blade, marked, "Ames - Chicopee Mass - 1854".  The saber retains original wrap and wire on the grip, and the classic cast "D-guard" has a rich, never cleaned, aged patina.  I believe the saber was likely at one time on display in a "GAR" post, as the scabbard is lightly nickel plated, which many GAR posts did so that very little cleaning and maintenance was required.  If a person so desires, the nickel plating can be removed.  This is a nice quality Federal Artillery saber.--$895.

  196. Just brought in - A very pretty condition, Model 1860, Federal Light Cavalry saber and scabbard.  This saber has a nice clean blade marked "1864 - US - C. ROBY".  The saber has original wrap and wire, and the cast brass guard has a nice uncleaned, aged patina.  The scabbard has an uncleaned brown/black patina with only a couple minor service dings.  The saber has the type aged look we all really like.--$895.

  197. Very pretty condition, regulation, Federal percussion cap box with original nipple pick and still filled with percussion caps.  Clearly written on the outside flap is the soldier's name, Thomas Miller.  Here's the problem - this percussion cap pouch was purchased a number of years ago from a Central Ohio estate sale, and the problem is, there are about twenty Thomas Millers out of Central Ohio.  Still an excellent ID'd relic in beautiful condition.--$225.

  198. REALLY pretty excavated Model 1851 cast brass Federal Cavalry enlistedman's eagle sword belt plate.  This cast eagle plate was recovered long, long ago from a Federal cavalry camp located near Winchester, TN. and occupied during Aug. of 1863.  The brass keeper was with the plate when found.  Anyone would be thrilled to recover this plate !!--$425.

  199. Rich, aged, bronze/brown patina on this 1840's era "Peace Flask".  These flasks were often carried with the Model 1841 "Mississippi" rifle.  This example shows numerous small dings and marks from actual field service.--$395.

  200. I've just purchased 10,000 mixed excavated Civil War bullets.  Bag of 50 mixed dropped and fired U.S. and C.S. bullets (Aproximately 2/3 dropped and 1/3 fired) - each bag includes a variety of different type bullets at a low cost of $1.78 per bullet--$89. per bag.

  201. One of the most sought after and useful set of reference books that are out there.  1) Confederate Faces, by William Albaugh 2) More Confederate Faces, by William Albaugh, 3) Even More Confederate Faces, by Bill Turner.  Confederate Faces is autographed by William Albaugh.--$395. for the entire set.

  202. Very attractive pair of Indian War Era Eagle belt plates.  One of the plates is a die-struck plate, and the other plate is solid cast.  Both plates date the 1870's era and are from the Ft. Leavenworth, Kansas, area.--$295. for both.

  203. Beautiful condition, excavated, coat size, gilted South Carolina State Seal.  This button was recovered near Charleston, South Carolina, and has a beautiful face with 70% bright gold gilt and a "Waterbury Scovill"backmark.  The shank remains intact and straight.--$195.

  204. Very attractive, Model 1860, Light Cavalry saber and scabbard.  The blade has a gently aging, gray/brown patina with blade markings of, "Ames Mfg - Chicopee - 1863 - US - ADK" (Alias King).  The three-branch brass guard remains in very nice condition with original wrap and wire on the grip.  The iron scabbard has a deep, aged, chocolate brown patina with only one dent near the lower mount.  This saber shows wear evidence indicating quite a lot of use.--$895.

  205. Very attractive, .54 cal., Model 1842, percussion, single-shot "Horse Pistol".  This pistol was brought into the North Georgia Dalton Civil War Relics Show by some local folks whose Confederate ancestor carried it in the Civil War.  The pistol has a smooth, gray/brown, aged patina with lockplate markings of, "H. Aston - US - 1846 - Middtn Conn".  It has a strong main spring, and the action works perfectly.  The original walnut stock has two clearly visible military inspector cartouches.  There is an old age crack across the walnut stock just above the butt of the gun.  This would be a very easy repair, and the knurled very top portion of the hammer is broken off but is also a repair that any gunsmith could make.  This is otherwise a very nice example with the original pivoting ramrod completely intact.--$795.

  206. Really nice reproduction US Model 1840 short Mountain Howitzer on a very nicely crafted white oak carriage.  The barrel is 33 inches in length with a bore of 2.5 inches.  The carriage is 80 inches tip to tip in length, 49 inches wide, and 43 inches high.  The owner has fired the cannon with powder and wadding only numerous times.  This will be a beautiful piece to display under a gazebo in front of an Antebellum home.--$7,500.  You pick it up here or we can likely arrange delivery for a fee.

  207. Extremely rare, .54 cal., Starr carbine with breach markings of "1ARK/K" (1st Arkansas, Troop K).  This carbine is serial number 14509.  These Starr carbines were issued to Arkansas Federal Cavalry units, 1st, 2nd, 3rd, & 4th Cavalry.  This carbine has the initials "F.M.H." carved into the stock.  There is only one single Arkansas soldier with those initials in the 1st Arkansas Troop K.  His name was Frances Marion Holt.  He mustered both in and out as a private mustering in on July 20, 1862, and mustering out on August 20, 1865.  This particular carbine is crisply marked and in very nice overall condition, but does have a slight bulge in the barrel a couple of inches from the end of the barrel resulting from being fired with mud in the end of the barrel.  This is an extremely rare Arkansas artifact, because there were only a few thousand issued to begin with.  This artifact is out of the nationally known Charlie Harris collection.  Charlie is a well known Civil War authority and author.--$3,250.

  208. Very pretty condition Civil War era Belgium 7mm Pinfire 6 shot revolver.  Small Pinfire revolvers were very popular as a last resort weapon among Confederate officers.  It is difficult to find one of these that is all complete and functions properly.  This is a beauty with folding trigger - ejector rod - and cartridge door all remaining intact, and everything works perfectly.  The revolver has ornate gutta percha grips that are without a single chip.  This is a museum quality example.--$595.

  209. Very pretty, Confederate, large size, "forked tongue", cast brass, enlistedman's waist belt plate.  The plate has a slick, near reflective, brown/green patina and was no doubt discarded because the tip of one tongue broke.  This buckle was recovered around 1980 by Ray McMahon from a Confederate camp on private property near Kennesaw, Georgia.--$650.

  210. Very nice condition, Model 1860, Ames produced Light Cavalry saber and scabbard.  This saber was brought home from the Civil War as a souvenir by a local Confederate Infantry soldier.  The saber has a clean blade just beginning to darken with age.  The blade is marked, "Ames Mfg. Co. - US - 1865".  The grip remains in excellent condition with original wire intact.  The scabbard is in nice condition and has been with the saber since the Civil War Era, but is actually for an 1840 Heavy Cavalry saber.  This would be a beautiful saber to go over someone's mantle.--$695.

  211. 40 volumes of UCV magazines nicely bound by the year and including 1893 - 1932 with 3 volumes of indexes.  I have found the Confederate Veterans magazines to be an excellent research source.  We are offering this complete set of bound UCV magazines for less than $19 per volume.--$750.

  212. Very pretty condition, 1820 - 1840 era, "P-Guard" Militia Officer's saber.  This saber is out of a Texas estate and is believed to have been carried by a Texas Cavalryman.  The grip on the saber is intricately carved bone, and the blade is nicely engraved with gilting and bluing.  It is quite a rarity to encounter a saber of this type with the original leather scabbard remaining completely intact with both mounts and original brass drag.  It is very likely that this saber was carried by a Texas Cavalryman and will be a museum quality addition to someone's Civil War collection.--$1,150.SOLD

  213. Beautiful condition, regulation issue, large oval, lead-filled, arrow hook, US waist belt plate on its original leather waist belt with brass adjuster remaining perfectly intact and also an 1863 Lewiston makers mark on the belt.  This belt rig is museum quality and remains completely pliable.--$650.

  214. Mint beautiful, matching pair of CS5 Confederate Staff Officer buttons in both 24 mm and 19 mm size.  These are in pristine condition with near 100% gilt on each button.  They have "Extra Rich/Treble Gilt" backmark.  You couldn't ask for nicer examples.--$450. for the matching pair.

  215. Fresh in out of a local Confederate estate, this is a Model 1855, .58 cal., Maynard primed, percussion "pistol - carbine" made only between 1855 and 1857 by the Springfield Armory with a total production of only 4,021.  Almost every one of these that I have encountered over the years have had Confederate association.  This example shows good wear, but remains in very decent displayable condition.  When the pistol was brought into the shop, it was missing the front barrel band, and I was able to locate one that fits reasonably well.  With the massive pistol carbine, we are including an excavated Maynard door from this exact type pistol.  I recovered that door many years ago from the camp of the 8th Texas Cavalry located near Unionville, Tennessee.  This is a weapon that most museums do not even have an example of.--$1,650.

  216. Quite rare, excavated, wreath half of a Confederate local Georgia State Seal two-piece sword belt plate.  This wreath was recovered from the camp of the 1st Georgia Cavalry CSA located just south of Hoovers Gap, Tennessee, in 1863.  The wreath remains in very nice condition and would be perfect to complete the crude Georgia local two-piece sword belt plate if you happen to have a Georgia State Seal tongue.--$850.

  217. Super, super rare and in beautiful condition, Model 1849, long barrel, Colt Pocket revolver with all matching serial numbers of 211975.  This revolver is inscribed to and was carried by Confederate General Thomas Benton Smith and what a story General T. B. Smith has to tell.  General Thomas Benton Smith was born near Mechanicsville, Tennessee, and grew up on a farm near Triune, Tennessee.  General Smith was widely known in the area as being incredibly, intellectually gifted.  By age 15, General Smith had been given a patent on a locomotive "cow-catcher" and appeared to be headed toward a lucrative career in railroading.  When the Civil War came, young Thomas Benton Smith was enrolled in the prestigious Nashville Military College in Nashville, Tennessee.  Upon the outbreak of the Civil War, Thomas Benton Smith would raise the unit that eventually became known as Co. B of the 20th Tennessee Infantry under the command of Col. Joel A. Battle.  At Shiloh, the regiment suffered over 50% casualties including the capture and imprisonment of the regiment's Colonel, Joel A. Battle.  Upon reorganization, a month after the battle, his fellow soldiers elected Thomas Benton Smith as their new Colonel.  As Colonel of the 20th Tennessee, he led them at Murfreesboro where he was shot through both the breast and left arm.  Over the coming months, Col. Smith recovered, and at Chickamauga, Col Smith was again wounded.  At Missionary Ridge, the brigade commander, Col. Tyler was wounded, and Col. Thomas Benton Smith was assigned command of the entire brigade.  Through the fighting toward Atlanta, Col. Thomas Benton Smith was so impressive that, on July 29, 1864, while in front of Atlanta, he received his commission as Brigadier General CSA.  At this point, he was the youngest Brigadier General in the Army of Tennessee.  On December 16, 1864, on the apex of Shy's Hill at the Battle of Nashville, stood the tattered remnants of the 20th Tennessee Volunteer Infantry.  At approximately 4:00 pm, on December 16, 1864, the Federal Infantry overran the Confederate lines on Shy's Hill at the Battle of Nashville.  General Thomas Benton Smith had been ordered by Confederate General William B. Bate to "hold the line at all hazards".  General Thomas Benton Smith and a small squad of his soldiers fought until they were totally surrounded, and at the bitter end, held a white handkerchief over his head surrendering himself and his few remaining men.  General Thomas Benton Smith was approached by Col. William Linn McMillan who appeared to be inebriated and began to curse and berate Gen. Smith.  All witnesses stated that General Smith's simple response to Col. McMillan was to state that, "I am a disarmed captured prisoner."  Col. McMillan was so enraged that, according to witnesses, he appeared temporarily insane.  The Colonel became so enraged that he drew his saber and struck General Thomas Benton Smith three times over the head, each blow cutting through Gen. Smith's hat and crashing into his skull.  Shocked by the action of their own officer, nearby Federals rushed General Smith to a field hospital where the attending surgeon examined the wound and remarked, "Well, sir, you are near the end of your battles, for I can see the brain oozing through the gap in your skull."  Much to everyone's surprise, the boy General, Thomas Benton Smith, would survive these horrific blows.  Unfortunately, in a short time following the war, General Thomas Benton Smith had to be admitted to the Tennessee State Asylum, also known as the Tennessee Central State Psychiatric Hospital.  On some days, General Smith appeared near normal while on other days he was ordering his troops forward.  Many more years passed until, on May 21, 1923, General Thomas Benton Smith was released from his earthly bondage.  His grave rests with his former comrades in the Confederate Circle of Mt. Olivet Cemetery in Nashville, Tennessee.  By all measures, Confederate General Thomas Benton Smith was a hero in every regard, and whoever becomes caretaker of his Colt revolver should treasure it and preserve and protect it.  This artifact is nothing less than an Absolute Civil War Southern Treasure.--$28,500.SOLD

  218. Very nice condition, Confederate carried, carbine cartridge box.  This cartridge box is out of a north Florida estate and has an 1820 - 1840 pattern Infantry horn affixed to the front of the box.  The Infantry horn is a rare, very early pattern and has a near chocolate brown, never ever cleaned patina.  The box has the original cartridge tin remaining inside and also the loop for your belt to go through for the box to hang at your side.  This is a very nice example of a Southern Cavalry carried cartridge box.--$795.

  219. Very nice condition, 1st Model, Smith & Wesson 7-shot, .22 cal. revolver.  This revolver is serial number 64552 and is early Civil War production.  The "Smith & Wesson Springfield, Mass" marking on the barrel remains deep and crisp.  This little revolver has 90% silver wash intact and would be a very nice addition to any Civil War display.  They were very popular with officers in that they fired pre-manufactured, fixed ammunition.--$850.

  220. Absolutely mint perfect beautiful condition, excavated, coat size, 2-piece "CSA" uniform button.  This is a CS81A with the "S. Buckley & Co/Birmingham" backmark.  This button was recovered in 1979 from Drury's Bluff, Virginia.  You could not ask for a more drop-dead perfect example and hasn't even been washed off.--$650.

  221. Excellent condition, small 7 mm, Belgian Leige produced, 6-shot pinfire revolver.  This revolver has the folding trigger, cartridge ejector rod, and loading door all completely intact, and the action still works perfectly.  Confederate General Stonewall Jackson carried a pinfire revolver very much like this one except a larger caliber.  This revolver would make a nice addition to any Confederate display.--$595.

  222. Absolutely beautiful condition, excavated, solid cast brass, coat size "CSA" uniform button.  This exceptional button was recovered in 1979 from a Confederate camp near Drury's Bluff, Virginia.  This button has never even been washed off and has an excellent brown/green woods patina throughout.  This is a CS86D in Albert.--$650.

  223. Very nice condition, excavated, coat size, Albert CS17, one-piece, Confederate Staff Officer with "CS" in the shield.  This beautiful button was recovered many years ago in a Confederate camp near Fredericksburg, Virginia.  It has nice, crisp detail and a smooth, chocolate brown patina, and the shank remains perfectly intact on the reverse.  This button was recovered over 30 years ago and ranks among the rarest to find.--$1,150.

  224. Quite rare to find, complete set of Civil War brown leather saddle bags.  These saddlebags came out of a local Middle Tennessee estate and were very likely Confederate used.  They will make a fine addition to any Cavalry display.--$895.

  225. Beautiful condition, excavated, coat size, solid cast, "CSA" uniform button.  This extremely rare, solid cast CSA was recovered form General Longstreet's camp near Knoxville, Tennessee.  This camp was occupied following the Battle of Chickamauga.  The button has a very pretty, uncleaned, brown/green patina with the shank perfectly intact on the reverse.--$695.

  226. Very attractive, 6 inch barrel, Model 1849, Colt .318 cal., 6-shot pocket revolver.  This revolver is out of a deep South estate and was quite likely Confederate carried.  It is serial number 209433 which is most desirable 1861 production.  The revolver has a smooth, uncleaned, chocolate patina overall and is marked, "Address Col. Saml. Colt - New York - US America".  The walnut grips are original and show nice, even, honest wear.  The main spring remains good and strong, and the action advances properly some of the time and some of the time it does not.  This would be a very nice addition to any Civil War collection and was very likely CS carried.--$975.

  227. Excavated, gilted, extremely rare, coat size, "MVC".  For many years these were thought to be "Mobile Volunteer Corps", but documents have surfaced in recent years that strongly suggest that "MVC" is Mississippi Volunteer Corps just like "AVC" is Alabama Volunteer Corps.  This is a very attractive button but has too much build up on the reverse to read the backmark, but it is almost certainly Scovill.  The face remains very attractive with no dents and nice gold gilt.  This button was recovered from the 1862/1863 camps of Walthall's Mississippi Infantry.--$425.

  228. Absolutely massive "Bad To The Bone" Confederate blacksmith hand crafted bowie out of a North Carolina estate many years ago.  This wicked weapon measures a full 19 inches overall with a spear shaped blade measuring just over 12 inches, and this thing is still lethal sharp.  The knife has an attractive hand crafted brass guard.  When you hold this guy in your hand - the words of "Crocodile Dundee" comes to mind -- "NO - This Is A Knife" !!--$850.

  229. This is the most mammoth size excavated wreath that I have ever seen.  As can be seen in the picture, the perimeter of the wreath is the same size as an Eagle breast plate (believe it or not).  This buckle was recovered from an 1863 Confederate winter camp on Duck River near Shelbyville, Tennessee.  The wreath measures 2 1/2 inches from outside to outside of the circular portion.  The belt loop is for a massive 2 1/2 inch wide belt.  The center disc would measure 1 5/8 inch across.  I believe this to be some sort of pre-war militia buckle, but I have never seen a two-piece buckle this large.  This thing reminds me of some of the Texas rodeo buckles!!  As can be seen in the picture, a section of the wreath has been intentionally cut out for some purpose.  To say the least, this is a super unusual plate.--$450.

  230. Extremely rare to recover, massive 14 inch Confederate bowie knife blade recovered from the camp of the 8th Texas Cavalry.  This bowie knife was made from a huge rasp, and you can still see remnants of some of the rasp teeth in areas.  Apparently the Texas guys were much like Crocodile Dundee, "No, this is a knife."  This will be a fine addition to any excavated Confederate weapons display.--$750.

  231. Beautiful condition, coat size, Confederate Block "R" (Rifleman).  This button is in virtually mint condition with 100% bright gold gilt and a perfect reverse with "H.T. &B. - Manchester".  I don't think you could hope to find a more flawless example for your collection.(CW)--$650.

  232. Could not be nicer - mint beautiful as issued, large size, lead-filled US oval on original brown buff leather belt.  This belt rig was purchased almost 50 years ago and has been in the same private collection ever since.  Look as long as you like and you're not going to find a nicer example.--$650.

  233. Very nice condition, excavated, coat size, "CSA" Officer's button.  This is the very desirable "S. Buckley Birmingham" backmark.  It has a smooth, chocolate brown patina with crisp detail - nice clear backmark - and shank intact.--$595.

  234. Very pretty excavated coat size Confederate "C" (Cavalry) button.  This was recovered from a Confederate Cavalry camp located near Sayler's Creek, VA.  It has a slick brown patina with shank intact, and is backmarked "Superior Quality".--$425.

  235. Beautiful condition, excavated, coat size, solid cast "CSA" uniform button.  This button was recovered many years ago on private property near Chickamauga, Georgia.  It has a smooth, brown/green patina with the shank intact.--$750.

  236. Super rare, one of less than five known, excavated, kepi size, Confederate manuscript "A" button.  This beautiful button was recovered near Savannah, Georgia.  The button has a backmark, but is so tiny that I am not sure what it is, but my best guess is "Super Fine".  They just don't get nicer or rarer than this little gem.--$1,250.

  237. Very attractive, big 12 mm, "E. Lefaucheux" pinfire revolver.  This revolver is out of a private museum in Arkansas and is very similar to the pinfire revolver carried by General "Stonewall" Jackson.  It has intact both the loading door and cartridge ejector rod which are often missing.  The lanyard ring on the butt is not present and the trigger doesn't advance the cylinder "every time".  This will be a very nice addition to any Confederate display, and it is extra nice in that it is BIG caliber and is actually "E. Lefaucheux" marked.--$895.

  238. 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.

  239. 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.

  240. 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.

  241. 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.

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

  243. 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.

  244. 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.

  245. 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.

  246. 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.

  247. 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.

  248. 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.

  249. 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.

  250. 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.

  251. 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.

  252. 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.

  253. 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.

  254. 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.

  255. 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.

  256. 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.

  257. 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.

  258. 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.

  259. 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.

  260. 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.

  261. 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.

  262. 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.

  263. 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.

  264. 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.

  265. 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.

  266. 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.

  267. 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.

  268. 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.

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

  270. 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.

  271. 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.

  272. 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.

  273. 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.

  274. 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.

  275. 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.

  276. 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 !!!!

  277. 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 !!!

  278. 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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