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  1. HAPPY NEW YEAR !!!  BRING ON 2021 !!!  AND GOOD BYE AND GOOD RIDANCE TO 2020 !!!  I WISH EVERYONE A COVID FREE AND AN EXCELLENT COMING YEAR FILLED WITH LOTS OF FANTASTIC CIVIL WAR ARTIFACTS !!!

  2. Overnight (1-7-21), at our cabin on the Cumberland Plateau, brought a beautiful white snow that covered every tiny branch and made for a scene worthy of being on a Christmas postcard.

  3. Looks like Santa brought Nita a "Confederate" kind of Christmas this year.  Maybe a little bit politically incorrect, but I think she likes it!!!

  4. A few days ago - Dec. 8, 2020 - marked my Mom and Dad's 70th wedding anniversary.  They are solid, very hard working people, who at nearly 90 years of age still get out and work in the garden.  They are an inspiration to all of us, and I learned grit, hard work, and never give up from them, and I see that same trait carried on to my daughters.  I salute them for being strong and dedicated through thick and thin, and in 70 years together they have seen it all.  They are the only generation that both got around in their early life by horse and wagon - and lived to witness space travel and man land on the moon in one lifetime !!!  My Mom has lived in that same old farm house for her entire 87 years of life !!  Now THAT is one hell of a ride together !!!

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

  6. This is exactly what happened to me on my first day of school in the first grade.  My first grade teacher - Mrs. Myra McCanless and I came to an understanding.  It was "if I would keep my mouth shut and stay in my seat, she would not beat my butt!!!"  I personally think a good many young folks today could use a dose of the medicine that was given me!!!  It was a lesson that has served me well over the years.  There is a clear line between discipline, and abuse, and that line MUST NEVER be crossed.

  7. Just a note for my friends and customers.  It is a popular notion among some folks now to say "This virus isn't real - just a political ploy".  We just buried my son-in-law's grandfather with Covid contracted through an elderly health care facility.  It IS quite real, and I hope that each of you exercise good common sense health care precautions for your own family's sake.  We will get through this, but be smart and cautious in the meantime for ALL OUR SAKE !!!  THE VIRUS IS VERY REAL AND YOU DON'T WANT IT !!!  We regretfully have to report that we yesterday (September 10th) lost another one of our neighbors to the Covid virus.  (Oct. 5) Lost a highschool classmate (Paul Raymond) to Covid today.

  8. It is with genuine disappointment that I announce that this years Franklin Civil War Show has been officially canceled.  We were today informed that the Williamson County Ag Center where the show is held is a Covid testing center, and all events through the end of October (end of year now) have been canceled by the County.  The County Commission is scheduled to meet again near the end of October to determine the fate of the rest of the year, but it is felt highly probable that all events will be canceled at the facility for the remainder of the year.  In light of this high probability, we felt it far and away in everyone's best interest to go ahead and cancel the show so that there would not be last minute airline reservations, hotel reservations, etc. to have to deal with.  We look forward to seeing everyone back again as normal next year - first weekend of December.  Both Mike and myself considered it in no way worth the risk of even one Covid case.

  9. We were up at the cabin on the Cumberland Plateau yesterday and spotted this monster mushroom.  It measures something like two feet across and is on a single stem.  We had to cross a creek to get this picture, and Nita fell in the creek crossing.  But, she persevered and got this picture.  I have pictures of her too, but she won't let me put them on.

  10. 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.

  11. You have got to love this!  Pictured here are Jax Blevins and his brother Baxter Blevins hard at work on their letters entering the Youth Relic Display Giveaway Contest.  Jax and Baxter are sons of our Civil War collecting buddy James Blevins of Fairfax, Virginia.  I join with James in doing all we can to cultivate interest in history and heritage among our young folks.

  12. 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

  13. 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 !!!)

  14. 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 !!!

  15. 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.

  16. 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!!!

  17. 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 !!

  18. 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 !!!}

  19. 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!!!

  20. 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" !!!

  21. Very pretty, Model 1850, Federal Foot Officer's sword that was carried by Captain Sam Estill of the 114th Illinois Volunteer Infantry.  This is the sword only without the scabbard, and the blade has deep, crisp engraving top to bottom and is maker marked, "C. Roby West Chelmsford Mass."  The grip retains original leather but is missing the twisted wire.  This sword was in possession of Ms. Mamie Estill, Captain Sam Estill's great-granddaughter.  The 114th Illinois Volunteer Infantry fought at the Battle of Nashville and made several charges there.  Ms. Estill passed in the year 2000, and this very nice sword was purchased directly from her estate.  This is a beautiful sword and would be a fine addition to any Civil War collection.--$695.

  22. Beautifully blacksmith crafted, Confederate side knife with rare, original, hand-crafter tin scabbard.  The blade itself is 17 inches long with an "S" shaped guard and a turned walnut grip.  This is a very nice Confederate side knife and has one of the nicest, original tin scabbards that I have seen in ages.--$1,150.

  23. Original, regulation tin of musket percussion caps labeled, "United States Army Caps" with the Eagle in the center.  This would be an excellent compliment to display with your Civil War musket.--$95.

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

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

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

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

  28. 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.

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

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

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

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

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

  34. Civil War Era Fraternal type sword with elliptical cross-section blade indicating Civil War Era production.  These Fraternal type swords were made along the same lines as the Model 1860 Federal Field & Staff Officer's sword.  The elliptical cross-section blades (like this one has) date the Civil War Era, and those with the diamond cross-section date a bit later.  This would be an excellent first Civil War Era sword for a young collector.--$125.SOLD

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

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

  37. Very nice condition, Civil War Era, "baked hard rubber" snuff box.  Every camp scene display should include a snuff box.  It is my understanding that the last thing you want to happen is for your snuff to "swarm".--$75.

  38. 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.

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

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

  41. Very rare to find, half-dollar size, hand-crafted iron rowel for a Confederate cavalry spur.  If you have recovered a Confederate spur missing the rowel, here is just what you need.--$38.

  42. Very nice condition, Blaine & Logan brass Presidential token on chain.  Blaine and Logan were the Republican candidates and were defeated by Grover Cleveland who was the Democratic Presidential candidate.  This is a Presidential token that you do not often see.--$95.SOLD

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

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

  45. Absolutely mint beautiful condition on this non-excavated, coat size, super rare, two-piece Republic of Texas Navy.  This is the 23 mm coat size with 100% bright gold gilt, crisp clear backmark, and perfect shank.--SOLD.

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

  47. Beautiful condition excavated large size English Snake Buckle.  This buckle was recovered about 30 years ago on private property from the camp of the 51st Alabama Cavalry located just North of Guy's Gap on Shelbyville Highway between Murfreesboro and Shelbyville, TN.  The buckle was dug together, and fits and matches perfectly.--$595.SOLD

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

  49. Very nice condition and 100% totally untouched, Model 1860, Federal light cavalry saber.  This saber has been in a private museum for the past 30 years and is of a condition justifying being in a museum.  The blade has a smooth, gently aging, gray/brown patina and is marked, "C. Roby - W. Chelmsford Mass. - 1864 - US - A.G.M."  The brass guard has an aging, bronze patina and has several combat marks, one of which has caused a crack in the outside branch.  The saber retains its original leather wrap and wire.  The scabbard remains in very nice condition with a smooth, chocolate brown patina and has several small combat marks and dings.  The end of the scabbard drag has lots of wear indicating significant field service.  The saber still has the original leather "sword drop" that attached it to the Model 1851 cavalry sword belt rig.  This would be a fine addition to any Civil War cavalry collection or display.--$950.

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

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

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

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

  54. Very pretty condition, Confederate made, Roman style short artillery sword.  This sword is out of a North Georgia estate and is known to be the product of Confederate manufacturer E. J. Johnson.  The blade has a smooth, brown/gray, aged patina with several blade to blade nicks and with virtually no pitting at all.  The high copper content Confederate bronze guard has a beautiful, rich, aged, uncleaned patina.  This sword will make an excellent addition to even an advanced Confederate display.--$1,895.SOLD

  55. Beautiful condition, 12 mm, Belgian produced pinfire revolver.  Many Confederate officers carried French or Belgian pinfires that they purchased for themselves.  Confederate General T. J. (Stonewall) Jackson carried one as did many other Confederate officers.  This example remains in near pristine condition with loading door, ejector rod, and lanyard ring all remaining perfectly intact.  The original checkered walnut grips are in excellent condition as well.  This will make a fine addition to someone's Confederate display.--$975.SOLD

  56. Confederate wooden canteen carried by Patrick H. Witt of Co. C, 10th Battalion Virginia Heavy Artillery.  This canteen is in nice condition with remnants of Civil War Era old green paint on it and the soldier's initials "PHW" carved into the canteen on one side.  It remains untouched and exactly as it was when it originally came out of the Virginia family.  It has been on display in a private museum in Arkansas for many years.--$2,850.SOLD

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

  58. Really pretty, excavated, coat size Staff, 3-piece Virginia State Seal.  This button was recovered over 40 years ago and has bright gold gilt in all the right places.  This is a VA261C4 in Tice and has the shank intact.  Buttons this beautiful with gold gilt around every feature are rarely recovered anymore.--$295.SOLD

  59. Very nice condition, 12 pound size, Confederate wood drive-in fuse type cannonball.  This ball was recovered over 40 years ago by Mr. Roy Blick from private property here at the Battle of Stones River.  The ball remains exactly as it was when Mr. Blick recovered it.--$295.SOLD

  60. Excavated, six pound solid shot cannonball recovered many years ago by Mr. Roy Blick from private property here at Stones River.  The vast majority of six pound size cannonballs were Confederate fired at this battle.  This example is completely uncleaned and just as found, so you can clean it to suit yourself and choose your own final finish for it.--$165.SOLD

  61. Original Civil War "vent pick" for a LARGE BORE cannon.  This vent pick measures a full 24 inches in length and was used to puncture the powder bag and clear the vent hole for inserting the friction primer.  This example remains in near perfect condition and will be an excellent compliment to someone's artillery display.--$75.SOLD

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

  63. 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.

  64. This Confederate Boyle & Gamble Field and Staff Officer's sword is out of an Arkansas estate.  The Boyle & Gamble is untouched with an attic bronze/brown patina throughout.  The scabbard remains in nice condition and came out of the original family with the sword, but the scabbard is not Boyle & Gamble production.  The sword does appear to have been carried in the scabbard though.  This is one of the most popular Confederate manufactured Officer swords around.  Although the blade has a smooth, aging patina, original Confederate engraving can be seen in some areas through the patina.  This would be an excellent addition to any Confederate collection or display.--$6,850.SOLD

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

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

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

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

  69. 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.

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

  71. Very nice condition, Model 1840 import, Heavy Cavalry saber.  These sabers were affectionately known as "The Old Wristbreaker" because of their weight.  The South was able to trade cotton to several European countries for the somewhat outdated Heavy Cavalry sabers.  Confederate General Nathan Bedford Forrest carried one of these early in the Civil War as did many in his command.  This example has a clean blade, gently darkening with age, original leather on the grip, and in its original metal scabbard.  This is a very nice example that would be right at home in most any museum.--$895.SOLD

  72. Very pretty, excavated, large size, lead-filled "OVM" (Ohio Volunteer Militia) waist belt plate.  This extremely rare Ohio buckle was recovered over 40 years ago on private property near Shiloh.  The face of the buckle has a near reflective, olive brown/green patina.  The reverse has full lead and both stud type hooks intact.  The front hook is broken which is almost certainly why the plate was discarded.--$1,650.SOLD

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

  74. Very nice, excavated, 1810 era, die struck brass Eagle Militia plate.  This plate has always been considered one of the most beautifully detailed plates of the American military.  This particular example has crisp, sharp detail and original silver wash remaining in recessed areas.  This plate was recovered over 40 years ago from a Confederate camp in Central Virginia.  It is missing the attachment hooks on the reverse side, but the solder marks are present where they once were.  This plate will be a beautiful addition to any Civil War collection.--$475.SOLD

  75. Drop-dead beautiful condition, original lockplate and hammer assembly for a .69 cal., Model 1842 Springfield musket.  This lockplate remains clean and bright with "knee-deep" markings of "1853 - Springfield - US - the American Eagle.  You aren't going to find a prettier one.--$225.SOLD

  76. Relic condition, 1863 date, barn find Springfield .58 cal. musket.  The musket is basically complete but does have lots of pitting from being stored out in a smokehouse, and the stock is cracked across the wrist.  The 1863 date is faint but still visible.  This would be a fantastic original Civil War musket to display over the fireplace in a cabin where you'd like a genuine Civil War musket but would not want to put a high grade musket there.  Here is the good part - even though a bit "weathered" a COMPLETE genuine Civil War musket at a whale-of-a good price.--$695.(less than a re-pro costs)---SOLD

  77. 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.

  78. 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.

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

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

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

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

  83. Excavated "leg portion" of a Leech and Rigdon Confederate Cavalry officer's spur.  I feel sure that someone has recovered a LEECH SPUR with one leg broken that this piece will nicely complete.--$95.SOLD

  84. Very nice condition, Model 1841, Federal D-Guard style Naval Cutlass.  This cutlass has a smooth, gently aging, attic gray/brown patina on the blade and markings of "USN - 1842" and on the reverse, "W. P. Ames - Cabotville".  The massive cast brass guard has a rich, aged, bronze patina with the cast Eagle on the pommel.  This would be a very nice addition to any collection.--$850.SOLD

  85. Just brought in out of the local area 6-shot, Model 1860 .44 cal Colt Army model revolver.  The revolver has a smooth attic grey patina, and an all matching serial number (including a matching wedge which is rare to find) of 87659.  This is most desirable mid Civil War production - late 1862 to early 1863.  The action still works perfectly, and has a good strong mainspring.  10 % to 15 % original cylinder scene can still be seen.  The original military inspector's cartouche can still be easily seen on the base of the walnut grips.  This revolver was very likely Confederate carried - considering that it surfaced from an estate here in the Mid-South, but also considering the 1862 -- 1863 serial number - could just as easily been carried by either side.  The .44 cal. Model 1860 Colt Army Revolver is considered by many collectors as being "the classic revolver of the American Civil War".--$1,695.SOLD

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

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

  88. Beautiful condition excavated coat size Federal Infantry Officer's uniform button.  This excellent button was recently recovered here at Stones River on private property just up the street from the shop.  The button is solid as can be with beautiful gold gilt.--$35.SOLD

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

  90. Beautiful condition Civil War era handmade walnut "snuf box".  This is an item often found in a Civil War soldier's haversack, and was also an item popular with the mid-1800s ladies.   HMMMM - Maybe a stocking stuffer for Nita !!!  Remember -- Whatever you do - NEVER - EVER let your snuf "swarm" !!--$65.SOLD

  91. Extremely rare to find, lead-filled Georgia oval State Seal on original belt.  The Georgia oval buckle has pretty detail and an attractive, aged patina.  This piece would be a museum quality addition to any Confederate display or collection.  The buckle has full lead, and all three attachment hooks remain intact on the reverse.--$8,500.SOLD

  92. This is an absolutely beautiful excavated coat size Confederate Local "LA8" Louisiana State Seal.  It is COVERED with gold gilt - front and back.  I personally dug this beautiful button about 40 years ago from a Confederate camp located on private property near Morris Ferry on the Elk River here in Middle Tennessee.  This is a mighty fine Confederate button !!--$425.SOLD

  93. Here is another REALLY nice Confederate button that I dug over 40 years ago.  It is a coat size Mississippi "I" with "Hyde and Goodrich - NO" backmark.  The button was recovered from an 1862 Mississippi Brigade camp located on the Elk River near Estill Springs, TN.  At the time that this camp was occupied in 1862, the camp was known as "Camp Walthall" in honor of the Brigade commander.  During the 1970s I saw some very nice Mississippi buttons recovered at this site.--$450.SOLD

  94. Absolutely beautiful, excavated, Richmond Arsenal pattern, "CS" two-piece sword belt plate.  This excellent buckle was recovered in the 1970's from a Confederate Cavalry camp near Brandy Station, Virginia.  The buckle was dug together and fits like a glove.  This CS two-piece is literally about as nice as they get, and you will literally never need to upgrade.--$2,450.SOLD

  95. Very nice condition, "Cadet" size drum measuring 12 1/2 inches in diameter and 9 1/4 inches tall and manufactured by Haynes Company of Boston and is of a pattern dating the Civil War Era through the 1870's.  The drum has excellent eye appeal and has a museum like appearance and presentation.  The snare remains intact.--$450.SOLD

  96. And yet another of the rarest of rare - excavated, coat size Arkansas State Seal.  This is an AK1A1 in Albert and is the Arkansas State Seal with the "Horstmann & Allien/NY" backmark.  This button has a smooth, chocolate brown patina with a little gold gilt in the recessed areas around the device.  This button was recovered from General Lidell's Arkansas camps occupied from January 3, 1863, to June 25, 1863, and located around Bell Buckle, Tennessee.  This example is solid as can be with crisp, intricate detail and shank intact.  The button does have a very slight press on the dome of the button, but is so slight that it is hardly noticeable, and the button has nothing short of excellent eye and display appeal.  The coat size Arkansas Staff ranks right up there with the rarest of all Civil War uniform buttons.--$1,450.SOLD

  97. Absolutely beautiful, excavated, 1810 era, die struck brass Militia plate.  This plate has always been considered one of the most beautifully detailed plates of the American military.  This particular example has excellent, sharp detail and original silver wash remaining in recessed areas.  The original belt keeper bar with double tongues remains intact as well as the front brass keeper hook.  This plate was recovered over 40 years ago from a Confederate camp in Central Virginia.  You would be hard pressed to find a more beautiful and perfect example of this plate than this one.--$650.SOLD

  98. This is one of the rarest Confederate uniform buttons of the American Civil War.  It is a Civil War uniform button for the State of Arkansas.  This is one of the most coveted and most desirable of all Civil War uniform buttons.  This is the one that was made for the 2nd Regiment of Arkansas Infantry.  The buttons are 22.5mm in size.  These buttons were produced by the New Orleans, Louisiana firm of Casimir Rouyer.  One version shows up with their maker mark and the other is like this one that is unmarked with a blank channel.  The front of the button has a large five pointed star in the center.  Around the edge it reads "C.S.A. 2D ARK. RGT."  Just outside of the lettering, it has a rope like design.  These buttons were produced of thin brass and became damaged very easily.  Pristine versions of this button are almost nonexistent.  This is the style listed as figure AK6 in Albert's button book and AK250a2 in Tice's button book.  In the 43 years that I have ben open door here in the relic shop, this ranks as one of the top five items to ever come through the door.  This button is a non-dug, hand-me-down example that was given to a local family as a souvenir of taking care of an ill officer from the 2nd Arkansas Regiment.  Their home was located only a few hundred yards from where the 2nd Ark - CSA camped from January 3rd to June 25th of 1863.  According to family legend, the Arkansas Officer who the family cared for left them this uniform button to remember him by.  It has been in the family continually until about 30 years ago when I purchased it from them and sold it to Ann and C. W. Webb (now deceased) who have owned it to the present time.  This is a great looking button that is absolutely as rare as they come.  Some collectors actually feel that this is THE rarest button of the American Civil War.--$8,500.SOLD

  99. Absolutely beautiful, lead-filled, Maryland State Seal oval on original leather belt.  This is out of a Southern Maryland collection and was most likely Confederate worn.  The buckle has sharp detail and a rich, bronze patina.  The reverse has full lead and all three attachment hooks remain intact.  The belt remains pliable with no breaks or weak spots.  You couldn't ask for a nicer example to add to your collection.--$7,250.SOLD

  100. Extremely rare, excavated, Tennessee State Seal, Confederate local, coat size uniform button.  This is a TN4B in Albert's button book.  The button has a smooth, chocolate brown patina and no dents or cracks at all.  Tennessee locals are famous for having very poor detail, and often you are not even able to see the mast on the sailing ship.  This example has typical detail, and you can see the mast on the ship.  The button has bright gold gilt remaining in the depressed channel on the reverse.  The shank was iron, and just rusty residue remains.  This button was recovered by one of my local relic hunting buddies, Paul Klipa, from the camp of the 2nd Tennessee Infantry on private property here at Murfreesboro.  This is certainly a button that you rarely see an example recovered.--$1,850.SOLD

  101. Quite rare, excavated, "ball serif" style, 2-piece, Confederate sword belt plate.  This buckle was recovered many years ago from a Confederate Cavalry camp located near Culpepper, Virginia.  The buckle has the distinctive solid cast wreath that is found only with this pattern Confederate tongue and wreath.  This buckle has, for many years, been a part of the Coy Kitchens Confederate buckle collection.--$2,650.SOLD

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

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

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

  105. Very rare excavated "US" horse or cattle branding iron.  This was recovered from a Federal camp trash pit located near Chattanooga, TN.--$195.SOLD

  106. Excavated lead filled small heart shaped rosette or martingale.  This was recovered from a Confederate Cavalry camp located here in Middle TN.--$95.SOLD

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

  114. Original Civil War discharge of Captain Charles F. Joy of Co. F, 54th Regiment, Massachusetts Volunteer Infantry.  The 54th Massachusetts Volunteer Infantry was the first black regiment raised in Massachusetts and is famous for its assault on Ft. Wagner and the subject of the movie "Glory".  This document will frame beautifully.  Artifacts from the 54th Massachusetts are sought after and very rare to find.--$125.SOLD

  115. Extremely rare to recover, excavated, gilted, tongue and wreath, 1840 - 1850 era, two-piece Eagle Militia "Artillery" sword belt plate.  This buckle was recovered over 40 years ago from a Confederate Artillery position on private property at Shiloh.  The buckle has gold gilt remaining in recessed areas of both the tongue and the wreath.  I personally recovered one of these from a Confederate campsite over 40 years ago and have had less than 1/2 dozen all total in the 43 years the shop has been open.  This is a true rarity that would be a fine addition to any Civil War collection.--$695.SOLD

  116. Beautiful, excavated, 1840 era, spread-wing Eagle Militia Panel plate.  This beautiful buckle has a militia style spread-wing eagle on the panel surrounded by thirteen stars.  The plate has beautiful detail and original silver wash still remaining in the recessed areas.  The reverse has some silver wash remaining, as well as the solder spots where the attachment hooks once were, but they are no longer present.  This plate would be a beautiful addition to any Civil War collection.--$595.SOLD

  117. Excavated, coat size, "NC" Starburst uniform button recovered from the 1863 Army of Tennessee winter camps near Dalton, Georgia.  It is an extreme rarity to recover an "NC" Starburst with the soldered on shank remaining intact.  This button still has the soldered on loop in place.  It has a smooth, chocolate brown patina.--$175.SOLD

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

  119. Very rare, Civil War date CDV of Confederate General Thomas L. Rosser.  This is a nice condition "Anthony" image.  General Rosser served with distinction in numerous battles, including Manassas, Gettysburg, the Wilderness, and the Appomattox Campaign.  He was a favorite of Confederate General Jeb Stuart.  This is an image that you do not often see.--$275.SOLD

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

  121. Beautiful condition, non-excavated, coat size, Confederate "R" (Rifleman) button.  This is the highly sought after CS201A in Albert which is the stippled Roman R made by "H. T. & B./Manchester".  This is an excellent button retaining about 90% original bright gold gilt.--$575.SOLD

  122. 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.

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

  124. 1849 date, United States large Cent that appears to be on the way to becoming a spur rowel.  The hole in the center is complete, but the points were not fashioned yet.  Also, an 1863 Indian Head Cent with a small hole for wearing it as a necklace or watch fob.  There is also an excavated, coat size, Confederate used Sportsman button with a buck deer on it.  A very attractive display for the money.--$49.

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

  126. BBB-BAD TO THE BONE!!!  Absolutely beautiful, large size, lead-filled, non-excavated, "AVC" (Alabama Volunteer Corp) waist belt plate on original, brown leather waist belt.  The AVC buckle has all the small dings and marks of many a campaign, and it has a rich, aged, uncleaned, bronze patina.  The brown leather belt shows wear but remains complete and strong.  This would be a centerpiece to even an advanced Confederate artifact display.  You can't hold this without hearing "Dixie" playing!!!--$9,500.SOLD

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

  128. Drop-dead beautiful, excavated, lead-filled with die stamped brass face, rectangular Louisiana State Seal waist belt plate.  This spectacular buckle was recovered over 40 years ago from private property at Port Hudson, LA.  The face has a slick, near reflective brown patina with crisp, intricate detail.  The reverse has full lead and all three attachment hooks remaining intact.  There is faint lettering in the lead on the back which may be a soldier's name or unit but cannot make it out.  They just don't get better than this - fabulous condition and is the very one in the reference book.--$5,500.SOLD

  129. Very rare to come by, nice condition with rich, aged patina, original, 3-band, percussion .58 cal., Richmond, Virginia, Confederate rifled musket.  This musket has an attractive, aged, consistent patina throughout.  The lockplate is marked, "CS Richmond VA", and dated "1863".  The mechanism works perfectly with a good, strong main spring, and the bore has very good rifling remaining.  The lockplate is dated 1863, and there is a matching 1863 date on the breech of the musket.  When the lockplate is removed, the proper "mule shoe" cut out is behind the lockplate and where the Maynard primer system would have been if it would have been a Model 1855.  There are a couple of cracks that have been stabilized, repaired, and patched with small square wooden inserts.  This repair is professionally done.  Other than that repair, the stock is in nice condition with moderate service wear and has a small, diamond shaped lead insert on one side of the butt stock.  The musket has the distinctive Southern barrel bands (with offset "U") and also has the brass Confederate nose cap.  This is a first class, authentic, Confederate long arm that would be a museum grade addition to any collection.--$7,850.SOLD

  130. Excellent condition, non-excavated, cast brass, Model 1851, Federal Eagle sword belt plate.  This buckle has a never-cleaned, rich, aged, bronze patina, and the applied silver wreath remains perfectly intact.  The buckle has original body curve and has the original brass keeper still intact.  It would be difficult to find a nicer example.--$395.SOLD

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

  132. Beautiful condition, excavated, "drop", .58 cal., 3-ring Minie ball with rare "US" base mark.  On this bullet, the US stands up tall and clear.--$79.SOLD

  133. Excellent condition, Confederate manufactured, small leather percussion cap pouch.  This is the classic Confederate style box with the single-wide belt loop on the reverse.  The box has a crude turned brass finial with the leather closure tab remaining perfectly intact.--$695.SOLD

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

  135. Very nice condition, excavated, small size, stamped brass, lead-filled Martingale Heart.  This Martingale only measures about 2 inches by 2 inches.  It was recovered from an 1863, CS Alabama Cavalry winter camp.  The heart has a smooth, brown/green patina, full lead, and all three attachment hooks remaining intact.  This would be an excellent addition to any Confederate Cavalry display.--$195.SOLD

  136. Absolutely beautiful condition, excavated, cast brass pommel cap to a very rare Confederate College Hill Officer's sword.  This was recovered from 1863 Confederate winter camps here in Middle Tennessee.  This is an excellent artifact.--$150.

  137. Quite rare Civil War Era molded thermoplastic folding tintype/ambrotype hard case designed to contain four 1/9th plate images.  In this beautiful case is a Federal soldier in full uniform with his musket and bayonet standing alongside.  Also in the case is an image of his wife as well as ambrotypes of their two children.  This grouping beautifully captures a typical Civil War Era family with the father off at war in the military.--$395. for rare case and all four images.SOLD

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

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

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

  141. Very nice condition and super rare, excavated, medium size, "OVM" (Ohio Volunteer Militia), single arrow-hook waist belt plate.  This rare buckle was recovered on private property near Shiloh over 30 years ago.  It has a pleasing brown/green patina on the face with full lead and both hooks intact on the reverse.  Ohio belt plates have always been among the most popular and sought after of all Civil War Federal plates.--$1,450.SOLD

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

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

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

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

  146. Very attractive, Model 1860, .44 cal., Colt Army Model revolver.  This revolver is out of a Coffee County, Tennessee, estate and quite likely saw Confederate service.  The revolver shows actual service wear and was likely damaged in battle requiring the trigger guard and back strap to be replaced.  The majority of the weapon, including the frame, the barrel, the cylinder, the wedge, and the cylinder pin are all numbered 99237 which is mid-1863 production.  The trigger guard and back strap are 99869 which is only a few numbers different and also 1863 production.  It would be a very interesting story to know how the trigger guard and back strap were damaged.  The revolver has a smooth, aging, gray/brown patina, and the action still works perfectly with the hammer locking firmly into both half-cock and full-cock.  With this revolver, we are including a display containing an original, excavated Colt revolver projectile and an original revolver percussion cap.  The Col. Saml Colt marking on top of the barrel remains clearly visible.  There is considerable wear on the front site and end of the barrel from going in and out of the holster.--$1,450.SOLD

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

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

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

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

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

  152. Excavated, coat size, 2-piece, Confederate Block "I" (Infantry) uniform button.  This button has an attractive, smooth, brown/green patina and appears to have never even been washed off.  The reverse has a tin/iron back and remains completely intact.  This button was recovered about 30 years ago from the Camp of the 2nd Tennessee Volunteer Infantry - CSA - located on private property near Tullahoma, Tennessee.--$95.SOLD

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

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

  155. Very nice condition, Confederate States of America newspaper.  This is the Daily Journal out of Wilmington, North Carolina, printed Friday, June 14, 1861.  Lots of very interesting content as well as ads asking for volunteers - all manner of interesting Civil War content and will be excellent for framing.--$125.SOLD

  156. War date CDV of Confederate General A. P. Hill.  This is a quite rare CDV to find, but this example unfortunately is quite faded.  You can still see the figure.--$48.SOLD

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

  158. Exceptional, museum quality Gettysburg grouping.  This extensive grouping of material is from the estate of Wallace Bascom who was a member of Co. A, 2nd Massachusetts Volunteer Infantry.  Wallace Bascom enlisted with the 2nd Massachusetts in August of 1862 at the advanced age of 31.  Wallace, while a member of the 2nd Massachusetts Infantry, was engaged with the regiment at Antietam, Virginia - Chancellorsville, Virginia - Beverly Ford, Virginia - and finally at the Battle of Gettysburg, PA, where he was killed in action July 3, 1863.  The following grouping of material came directly from his family estate and includes his tar cloth knapsack, his eating utensil, two musket worms and a gun wrench, a folding leather secretary with his name on the inside, an original tin of musket caps, his shaving razor and case, his "housewife" including a packet of needles, and a packet of matches.--$850. for this entire estate including approximately 11 items altogether.SOLD

  159. Excellent condition, quite rare, cast brass "Port Hudson" style CS round corner waist belt plate.  This buckle was recovered near Vicksburg and has a beautiful, uncleaned, pea-green patina with traces of original black enamel in the background.  The hooks are the distinctive "lines down the side" type hooks generally found on the Port Hudson style solid cast CS plates.  This beautiful Confederate buckle is out of Coy Kitchen's excellent Confederate plate collection.--$3,450.SOLD

  160. Absolutely beautiful, non-excavated, cast brass, Atlanta letter pattern, rectangular "C.S.A." on original brown pigskin belt.  This beautiful belt rig is out of our buddy and long time Confederate collector, Sam Padgett's personal collection.  You couldn't ask to add a finer Confederate waist belt rig to your collection.--$4,850.SOLD

  161. 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.

  162. I find this to be a very fascinating artifact.  This is a full page letter from the renowned American Shakespearean actor, Edwin Booth, who was the brother of President Lincoln's assassin, John Wilkes Booth.  The letter is one page, ALS, 5 inches by 6.75 inches and dated January 9, 1876.  Very interesting to me, Edwin Booth states, "So long as my arrangements with Mr. Ford (of Ford's Theater) are satisfactory, I do not feel justified in entertaining other offers."  Apparently, the Ford Theater family did not hold ill feelings that his brother, John Wilkes Booth, killed the President in their theater.  With the original letter, we are including a copy of a photograph of Edwin Booth.--$150.SOLD

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

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

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

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

  167. Nice condition leather cartridge box with the brass device "MNG" which is believed to be Massachusetts National Guard, Maryland National Guard, or Maine National Guard.  This particular box came out of a Massachusetts estate sale, so we feel it likely to be Massachusetts National Guard.  This is a large, .58 cal. size cartridge box and is believed to have been used from 1860 through the 1870's.  It will make a very nice addition to someone's Massachusetts Civil War Collection.--$275.SOLD

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

  169. Excavated, coat size, Confederate block "I" (Infantry) uniform button.  This button was recovered from a 1862 - 1863 Confederate camp located near Tullahoma, Tennessee.  The button has a crease across it from some sharp edged object.  It is an iron-back Confederate local variety, and the iron reverse remains intact.--$48.SOLD

  170. Extremely rare, excavated, very ornate "Eagle Head" Cavalry Officer's spur.  This beautiful spur has quite a story.  The body of the spur itself, consisting of the Eagle's wings wrapping around each side, was recovered in an Alabama Cavalry camp here in Middle Tennessee.  When the spur body was recovered, it was missing the Eagle's head portion which is a separate piece to the rest of the spur.  As luck would have it, one of my local relic hunting buddies, Josh Tyree, recovered the Eagle Head portion of this exact type spur from one of John Hunt Morgan's Confederate Cavalry camps.  Both pieces were sent to Robert McDaniel, restorationist extraordinaire, and Robert was able to cast an Eagle Head from Josh's artifact to complete this beautiful spur for display.  The completed spur is an absolutely incredible artifact.--$450.SOLD

  171. Excavated coat size Confederate Block "I" (Infantry button) recovered from Gen. Breckinridge's, Nov. 1862, C.S. Infantry camps located near Readyville, TN.  The button has a smooth, chocolate brown patina, and a nice "E.M.L. - Richmond, VA." backmark.  It is, unfortunately, dented, but displays nicely, and the "I" really stands out clearly.--$95.SOLD

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

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

  174. Beautiful condition, blacksmith hand-crafted, 13 inch Confederate dagger in original pigskin sheath.  The dagger itself has a rich, aged patina overall with a brass cross guard and walnut grip.  The sheath is beautifully constructed with brown pigskin over tin.  They just don't get much prettier than this one.--$950.SOLD

  175. Quite rare to find, beautiful condition, non-excavated, .44 cal., Colt "Dragoon", double cavity, folding, iron bullet mold.  We have inserted two original battlefield excavated Colt projectiles for nice display.  This is a perfect example and virtually couldn't be nicer.--$225.SOLD

  176. Excellent condition, original, non-excavated, die-stamped brass, Federal Infantry bugle hatpin.  This pin has a nice aged patina with both brass attaching loops remaining intact on the reverse.--$95.SOLD

  177. 16 inch x 21 inch framed portrait of Federal General William T. Sherman.  This is a bust portrait with Napoleonic pose.  General Sherman is quite famous for his burning of Atlanta and the "March to the Sea".  I was recently in Atlanta and saw an interesting bumper sticker.  It read, "General Sherman, where are you now that we need you?"--$35.SOLD

  178. Very rare, PUBLISHED, excavated, egg shaped CS oval.  This Confederate buckle was recovered about 40 years ago from a Confederate campsite located at Lumpkin's Mill, Mississippi, which is near Holly Springs, Mississippi.  The hooks were detached when found, and have been reattached for nicer display.  The soldier's initials, "JT", are cut into the face of the buckle with a pin knife just above the letter "C".  This buckle is published and on page 137 (upper left) in Charlie Harris's, Civil War Relics of the Western Campaigns.  It is always a very good thing to be able to say, "My buckle isn't like the one on page 137; my buckle IS THE ONE on page 137."--$1,450.SOLD

  179. Very attractive condition, .54 cal., Model 1816, flintlock, Federal military horse pistol that has been converted to percussion by Baker of North Carolina for Confederate usage.  The pistol is marked, "A. H. Waters & Co - Milbury Mass".  The date and US markings have been intentionally removed.  The action still works perfectly, but the top of the nipple is broken off and needs to be replaced.  This will make a very nice - yet inexpensive addition to someone's Confederate artifact display.--$575.SOLD

  180. Relic condition, Model 1836, single-shot, .54 cal., military pistol originally produced in flintlock having what appears to be a Confederate conversion to percussion for Civil War use.  This ancient handgun could tell many stories and almost certainly saw CS service.  We are pricing it at literally what an excavated example would sell for.--$475.SOLD

  181. Very pretty, excavated, cast brass, Army of Tennessee round corner "CS" waist belt plate.  This buckle was recovered many years ago from a Confederate Cavalry camp located near Booneville, Mississippi.  The buckle has what appears to be "kill notches" cut into the left-hand side.  The buckle has two hooks intact on the reverse, one long and one short due to an air bubble in the end and is missing one hook.  The plate has very pleasant display eye appeal and some traces of original black enamel in the background.  This buckle would be an excellent addition to any Confederate display.--$2,950.SOLD

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

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

  184. NOW THIS IS COOL !!  EXCAVATED .36 cal. single shot - bar hammer boot pistol.  This was recovered many years ago in a Confederate camp here at Stones River.  My friend, who recovered this little pistol, hand carved some walnut grips to go back on it, and they look really good.  He was able to get the trigger and bar hammer freed up to work once again.  Not very expensive, but one very nice excavated Civil War weapon !!--$350.SOLD

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

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

  187. Beautiful condition, official State of Vermont document from the Executive Department, dated July 6, 1863, (literally during the Battle of Gettysburg).  A letter from the Governor of Vermont during the Civil War, Frederick Holbrook, to Honorable Edwin M. Stanton, Secretary of War, Washington D.C.  This letter is a letter of introduction of Brigadier General, George F. Davis, who was the Quartermaster General of Vermont, and requesting a pass to tour the Vermont Regiments in the Army of the Potomac.  This is an excellent Executive Department, State of Vermont Civil War letter and cover written directly to the Secretary of War.--$95.SOLD

  188. Excellent condition, Ordnance document from Col. J. B. McCown, Commander of the 63rd Regiment Illinois Volunteer Infantry requesting 44,000 rounds of .58 caliber ammunition in June of 1863 for use in the Vicksburg, Mississippi campaign.  Siege of Vicksburg documents are somewhat rare to come by.--$79.SOLD

  189. Excellent condition, original Civil War issue, non-excavated, "hi-port", Federal Cavalry bit.  This bit remains in perfect condition and could be literally used today.  Both cast brass "US" rosettes remain intact as issued.  This would be an excellent addition to any Civil War Cavalry display.--$195. SOLD

  190. 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.

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

  192. Very nice quality, excavated, coat size, Virginia State Seal uniform button.  This button was recovered many years ago from a Confederate camp site in central Virginia and has a smooth brown/green patina overall.  It has crisp detail on the face and a fully legible "Canfield Bro & Co - Baltimor"  backmark, and the shank is intact and straight.  This is a nice quality, excavated button.--$195.SOLD

  193. Excellent condition, recently recovered, coat size, Confederate block "I" (Infantry) uniform button recovered from a lawn off Columbia Pike at the Battle of Franklin, Tennessee.  This button is perfect and hasn't even had the dirt washed off.--$150. SOLD

  194. Drop-dead beautiful, excavated, large size oval US cartridge box plate that was recovered on private property here at Stones River over 40 years ago.  This plate has a slick, near reflective, chocolate brown patina with full lead and both attachment loops intact and strong enough to put back on a cartridge box.  This example is literally (as nice as they come) and you will never need to upgrade.--$225.SOLD

  195. Absolutely perfect condition, original "ray skin" sword scabbard blank.  It has been my experience that ray skin scabbards usually appear on higher grade Federal Foot and Field & Staff Officer swords.  It is 30 inches overall tip to tip.  This example was purchased from Bannermann's Island during the 1940 - 1950 era, and it was part of an estate that I recently purchased.  I'll bet there is someone out there with a Federal Officer's sword that this will help complete.--$195.

  196. Excellent condition, small leather Federal percussion cap pouch.  This cap pouch remains sturdy and pliable with both belt loops, closure tab, and some of the original wool all remaining intact.  Every Civil War collection should have a nice cap box.--$225. SOLD

  197. Nice, clear, Civil War Era CDV of President Abraham Lincoln.  The photo has slightly rounded corners from having been in a photo album.--$75.SOLD

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

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

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

  201. Very nice, attractive, cased set of three excavated, gilted, Federal buttons.  These buttons were all recovered many years ago on private property here at Stones River.  They consist of a coat size Federal Staff Officer's button - a cuff size gilted Federal Staff Officer's button - and a gilted cuff size Federal Infantry Officer's button.  All are presented in a glass display case.--$55.for all three buttons and case.SOLD

  202. Excavated, .52 cal., Spencer rifle or carbine cartridge.  This cartridge was recovered from Wilder's Lightning Brigade position at the Battle of Hoover's Gap.--$38.SOLD

  203. Beautiful condition, excavated wreath half of a very rare Leech & Rigdon "08" pattern tongue and wreath sword belt buckle.  This wreath was recovered about 20 years ago from a Confederate camp along Highway 2 in Chattanooga, Tennessee.  The belt loop measures 2 inches across outside to outside, and the wreath can take a center disc up to 1 1/8th inch across.  The wreath has a beautiful, uncleaned, pea-green color and will be perfect to finish a rare Confederate buckle if you happen to have the correct tongue.--$950.SOLD

  204. Absolutely beautiful, excavated, coat size, Confederate "Script I" - CS177A.  This button has a slick, near reflective, chocolate brown patina and an excellent reverse with Isaac Campbell backmark and shank perfectly intact.  This button was recovered from an Army of Tennessee 1862 - 1863 winter camp along Duck River near Shelbyville, Tennessee.  It would be difficult to recover a more perfect example.--$195.SOLD

  205. Beautiful grouping containing 5 original Confederate Postal stamps.  All 5 have nice crisp color and are all in excellent condition.--$150. for All.SOLD

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

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

  208. Absolutely unissued, mint perfect condition, large lead-filled oval US on original brown buff leather belt with brass keeper remaining perfectly intact.  This buff US belt rig was literally no more perfect in the 1860's than it remains today.  It would be very hard to improve upon this US belt and buckle.--$650.SOLD

  209. Very pretty condition, .69 cal., percussion, Sharpe (of London) fowling rifle dating the 1850 - 1860 era.  These nice grade English fowling rifles were very popular game and sporting firearms in the South just prior to the Civil War.  When the Civil War broke out, many fowling rifles were carried from home to the War during the first couple years.  This example has clean metal with nice engraving and is marked, "Sharpe" on the lockplate.  The walnut stock remains in excellent condition with fine checkering at the wrist.  This will make an excellent addition to someone's Civil War Confederate display.  We are including an original ".69 cal. buck and ball" which was an often used ammunition for this weapon.--$1,150.SOLD

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

  218. 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.

  219. Very interesting letter dated April 14, 1924, from Mrs. Mary Snyder of Ft. Clinton, Ohio, detailing how her seven brothers and brother-in-law all served in the Union Army, several of which were wounded at Shiloh and Cheat Mountain and one brother who was confined at Andersonville Prison.  Mary states that her brother, Job Kelley, weighed 145 pounds when he entered Andersonville and weighed only 75 pounds and was unable to walk when he was released.  This is quite a moving letter of one family's sacrifice.--$20.SOLD

  220. Quite rare Civil War medical display.  This display includes a fired Civil War Minnie ball that was recovered from a hospital site.  The Minnie ball has clear and obvious marks from where forceps gripped the bullet on each side removing it from a wounded soldier.  With this bullet we are including an original pair of non-excavated Civil War forceps that fit the marks on the bullet perfectly.  With the forceps and extracted bullet, we are including two Civil War Era drug bottles that were recovered from a hospital trash site.  This group displayed altogether makes a quite impressive Civil War medical exhibit.--$195. for all.SOLD

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

  222. Quite rare, excavated, large open pontil, approximately one gallon size, light blue jug with its original metal cap that seated over cork that would have sealed the jug.  This beautiful Civil War Era jug was recovered from a trash pit located on private property at Camp Butler, Illinois.  This large Civil War Era jug would be a beautiful addition to any Civil War display or collection.  I have learned that these were often medical related, and usually contained cotton balls.--$75.SOLD

  223. Absolutely beautiful condition, early "fat letter" puppy paw hook style, large size US oval waist belt plate.  This beautiful buckle was recovered in 1967 by Sid Kerksis at Fussell's Mill, Virginia.  Here is your chance to own a beautiful US buckle recovered by one of the pioneers of our hobby.--$350.SOLD

  224. 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.

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

  226. Absolutely mint beautiful, excavated, circular, lead-filled, Federal Eagle breast plate.  This plate was recovered over 40 years ago on private property here at Stones River and has a slick, reflective, brown patina with full lead, both attaching loops intact and strong, and the soldier's initials "BD" carved with a pin knife on the reverse.  Plates of this mint beautiful quality are just not being recovered anymore.--$225.SOLD

  227. Excavated pipe bowl from a Confederate trash pit located along Duck River near Shelbyville, Tennessee.  This pipe bowl appears to have a pair of Texas Longhorn horns wrapping around the pipe, I think likely from Wharton's 8th Texas Cavalry.  (Hook 'em horns!!!)--$95.SOLD

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

  229. This Leech and Rigdon CS two piece buckle is the very rare "tall loop" variety with 2" belt loops and was recovered just this past year by L. R. Hen (actually Little Red Hen) as the chickens scratched this buckle up in a chicken pen located where Roddy's Alabama Cavalry was at one time encamped.  The camp was located near Unionville and Chapel Hill, Tennessee.--$2,850.SOLD

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

  231. Very intricately made, 1830 - 1840 era Presentation Dirk.  The Dirk has a faintly engraved Presentation to Joseph Kimmery down the silver scabbard.  It has ornate silver fittings, a polished horn handle, and a silver scabbard.  This is a well manufactured, high grade, pre-Civil War Dirk.--$795.HOLD

  232. Excellent condition, CONFEDERATE STATES OF AMERICA, "The Daily Journal" printed in Wilmington, North Carolina.  This particular issue is dated Monday, May 27, 1861.  It has numerous Civil War references, including references to the Battle of Ft. Sumter and also numerous recruiting advertisements for various regiments and also various tactic manuals for sale.  This particular issue is four huge pages long and has almost every conceivable content, including numerous ads for Negroes for sale.  The paper remains in excellent condition and will frame beautifully.--$125.SOLD

  233. Excellent condition, folding, "scissor" type, .32 cal., pistol ball bullet mold.  This mold dates the 1840 - 1860 time period and would display beautifully with your single-shot Civil War Era boot pistol.  We are including an original projectile correct for the mold recovered from the Confederate camps near Shelbyville, Tennessee.--$48.

  234. Excavated, coat size, Georgia State Seal Confederate uniform button.  The button has a smooth, brown patina with gold gilt outlining the detail.  It unfortunately has a small dent in the crown of the button, but even so remains a very attractive excavated Georgia uniform button.  It has a "Horstmann & Allien" backmark and is missing the shank on the reverse.  This button was recovered on private property near Chickamauga, Georgia.--$125.SOLD

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

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

  237. 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.

  238. Very attractive, excavated, vest size South Carolina State Seal uniform button.  This South Carolina button was recovered on private property from General Manigault South Carolina camps along Stones River here at Murfreesboro.  The button has the very "slightest" push to the high point of the button's curvature.  It retains beautiful, bright gold gilt around the SC and around the Palmetto Tree.  Any relic hunter would be thrilled to recover this button.--$95.SOLD

  239. Beautiful condition, excavated, coat size, Confederate local, block "A" (Artillery) button.  This excellent button was recovered from the 1863 Confederate Army of Tennessee Artillery camp located off Lewisburg Pike near Shelbyville, Tennessee.  This button was recovered many years ago and has a smooth, near reflective, chocolate brown patina.--$175.SOLD

  240. Very nice condition, excavated, coat size, Confederate script "I".  This button was recovered from Confederate 1863 Army of Tennessee Infantry camps along Duck River near Shelbyville, Tennessee.  It has a very pretty, uncleaned, brown/green patina with shank intact.--$150.

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

  242. This is quite possibly the most beautiful excavated CS26B Confederate Local Staff Officer button that I have seen recovered around here.  The face has a slick, chocolate patina with crisp detail with the Eagle totally surrounded by gold gilt.  The Confederate local reverse remains perfectly intact with gold gilt in the channel, and the iron shank remains intact.  Some of the local old-timers remember this button and say that it was recovered from Lucius Polk's Brigade 1863 winter camp located near Tullahoma, Tennessee.  I personally recovered half a dozen similar staffs from this camp, but none of mine are quite as nice as this one.--$295.SOLD

  243. Very pretty and extremely rare, excavated, large size, "OVM" (Ohio Volunteer Militia) waist belt plate.  This buckle was recovered over 30 years ago on private property at Shiloh.  When recovered, the outside rim had some weak areas which have been professionally stabilized for the long term preservation of the buckle.  It displays beautifully and has all three attachment hooks intact on the reverse.--$1,450.SOLD

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

  245. 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.

  246. Extremely rare to recover, Albert CS103, Confederate Lined "A" button in the small 20mm size.  This button was recovered from a Confederate Artillery camp located near Savannah, Georgia, and has a smooth, chocolate brown patina on the face with shank intact on the reverse with "Smith and Wright/Birmingham" backmark.  It has been several years since I've seen one of these recovered.--$350.SOLD

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

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

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

  250. Very attractive, excavated, "Leech & Rigdon", CS two-piece sword belt plate.  This is the pattern often referred to as the "08" letter pattern, because the "C" almost makes a zero and the "S" almost makes an 8.  This buckle was recovered from an N. B. Forrest Confederate Cavalry camp site in North Mississippi.  This rare Confederate CS buckle is out of the life-long collection of Coy Kitchens and will be a very nice compliment to any CS artifact collection.--$2,850.SOLD

  251. Massive 20 inch hand blacksmith crafted Confederate "S-Guard" bowie with its original Confederate leather sheath.  This massive bowie appears to be crafted from a buggy spring, or a huge rasp.  The brass "Eaglehead" is from an 1820s era Militia Officer's sword, and the brass "S-Guard" looks to likely have come from the same early Militia sword as the eagle pommel cap.  The grip is very nicely finished and detailed bone.  The leather sheath is 100 % original Confederate hand crafted, and although fragile, remains intact and with the bowie.  We have had a museum grade walnut display case custom made to display the knife.  This is a fine hand blacksmith crafted Confederate blade, and a better example than most museums have.  It is out of a North Georgia estate.--$1,295.SOLD

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

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

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

  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. 1/6th plate, fully cased tintype of what appears to be two brothers.  One of the brothers is in full military uniform.  This image came out of a North Florida estate, and it is quite possible he could be a Confederate, but just can't say for sure.  So we are pricing it as 100% Union.--$195.

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

  258. Beautiful condition, excavated, lead-filled, circular Federal Eagle breast plate recovered over 40 years ago on private property at the Battle of Chickamauga, Georgia.  The face has a beautiful, chocolate brown patina, and the reverse has full lead - both attachments loops perfectly intact, and is crisply backmarked "Boyd & Sons - Boston".--$250.SOLD

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

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

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

  262. Civil War Era, leather shot flask with the brass measuring device still intact.  I have excavated a number of the brass measuring devices from 1861 - 1862 Confederate camp sites.--$65.SOLD

  263. Very attractive, excavated, early 1840's era, "puppy-paw" hook, lead filled, large size, US oval waist belt plate.  This buckle was recovered over 40 years ago from a Federal Infantry camp just north of Fredericksburg, VA.  The plate was discarded because one of the puppy-paw hooks broke off.  It otherwise remains complete and perfect enough to wear today.--$275.SOLD

  264. 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.

  265. Just in and straight out of a local Tennessee estate, this is a family hand-me-down, Model 1863, type 2, .58 cal., Springfield 3-band percussion rifled musket.  Many collectors feel the .58 cal. Springfield musket to be the most representative firearm of the American Civil War.  This example has a beautiful, gently aging, gray/brown patina overall with lockplate markings of, "1864 - US - Springfield and the American Eagle".  The barrel has nice, clear proof marks and a faint matching 1864 date.  The musket retains decent rifling, but the bore is very dirty.  The barrel, although dirty, is clear, and you can blow air through the barrel and out the nipple.  The stock has numerous small dings and marks from service but remains complete with pretty color and faintly visible inspector marks.  This is about as close to a classic American Civil War firearm as you can possibly get.--$1,450.

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

  267. Very pretty condition, excavated, large size US oval, puppy paw hook pattern that was apparently being used as a cartridge box plate as it remains on a large section of cartridge box leather flap just as found.  This was recovered by Mr. Ed Heck about 40 years ago from a Federal camp located near Fredericksburg, Virginia.  This is an excellent example of some of the incredible artifacts recovered 40 - 50 years ago that are impossible to recover now.--$350.SOLD

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

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

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

  271. Very nice condition, 8 inch x 10 inch, 2-page letter written by Joshua S. Ramsdell of the MA 29th Infantry.  This letter was written December of 1861 from the United States General Hospital at Fortress Monroe, Virginia.  Joshua is writing his mother from the hospital informing her that he has been very sick for over two months but is now improving and hopes to be allowed to go home before too long.  He compliments the hospital care that he has received, but has bad bed sores on his back sides, and one has an abscess.  He says when he first got to the hospital he was so weak that he could not write nor even read his letters.  Joshua says, "After I got so I could read the letters I had received, I took a great pleasure in reading them, but it would still be greater pleasure if I could have found one from mother, but there was none there.  I hope you will answer this but you must not if you are too feeble."  This letter was written in December, and Joshua was eventually released for disability to go home September 26, 1862.  This is an excellent letter clearly describing medical hardships of the Civil War faced by both Union and Confederate soldiers.--$65.

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

  273. SUPER - SUPER RARE, BULLET-STRUCK, LARGE SIZE OVM WAIST BELT PLATE.  This is the pattern OVM waist belt plate that was issued in a set with the beautiful Ohio breast plate.  This beautiful plate has a brown/green patina on the face and a clear, obvious bullet strike at the base of the plate.  This extremely rare buckle was recovered on private property at Shiloh many years ago.  It has full lead in the reverse, and all three attachment hooks remain intact.  This beautiful Ohio waist belt plate is not only the rarest pattern OVM, but also bullet-struck and from a very famous battle.  It just does not get much better than that.--$2,450.SOLD

  274. Very scarce, excavated, wreath portion of a rare Leech & Rigdon "O8" pattern, two piece sword belt plate.  This wreath is correct for the tongue with a 2 inch outside-to-outside belt loop and for a 1 3/4 inch belt.  This buckle was recovered from an 1863 Army of Tennessee camp located near Tyner's Station in Chattanooga, Tennessee.  Pictured above is a complete Leech and Rigdon "of the pattern that this wreath is correct for".  When this wreath was recovered, the outside belt loop had a break which is no doubt why the wreath was discarded.  We have had the break in the belt loop professionally restored, and you cannot even find where it was.  If you have the correct tongue, this will finish out a beautiful Leech and Rigdon two piece sword belt plate.  MM dimensions on this wreath are 51MM outside to outside of the belt loop, 44MM inside to inside of the loop, 43MM outside to outside of the circular wreath, and 28MM on the interior of the wreath.--$795.SOLD

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

  282. Group of 2 Civil War cannon friction primers found along the Stone wall at the Battle of Nashville, TN.  One was broken when found and is restored.--$65. for both primers and glass case.

  283. Excellent condition, small cast brass, folding double cavity pistol ball mold for the .28 cal. boot pistol.  The mold still works perfectly, and we have inserted two small pistol balls for display.--$65.

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

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

  286. Excellent condition, non-excavated, medium size, 19 mm, CS-5, Confederate Droop Wing Staff Officer's button.  This button has excellent detail and near 100% bright gold gilt on the face.  The reverse is backmarked, "Rivited & Soldered", and the shank remains perfectly intact.  This is a backmark that you do not often see.--$195.SOLD

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

  288. Very pretty, excavated, cast brass Officer's Model 1851 sword belt plate with integrally cast Eagle and Wreaths.  This buckle was recovered about 30 years ago by one of my lifetime hunting buddies -- Ronnie Web.  Ronnie recovered this plate from a Federal Cavalry camp located near a spring just west of Triune, Tennessee.  The buckle is missing the end portion of the keeper hook, but enough of the hook remains for the keeper to hook into.  There are at this very minute million dollor homes being built exactly where this buckle was recovered.--$375.SOLD

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

  290. Excavated, coat size, Georgia State Seal Confederate uniform button.  This button was recovered over 30 years ago from Ringgold Gap, Georgia.  It has a smooth, chocolate brown patina with a little gold gilt remaining in recessed areas.  It has the shank intact on the reverse with a "Waterbury Scovill" backmark.  This button is solid as a rock.--$250.SOLD

  291. Very pretty excavated "Egg Shaped" CS oval waist belt plate.  This rare Confederate plate was recovered by Wayne Williams from an 1863 Army Of Tennessee Confederate camp located at Tyner's Station (Chattanooga), TN.  Wayne recovered this plate in 1994 (26 years ago) near a large spring that appeared to be the camp's source of water.  This buckle has a dark chocolate uncleaned patina and the "C.S." letters stand out considerably more bold and clear than is typically the case with this style Confederate buckle.  The original iron "frog hooks" remain intact with the buckle, and this is seldom the case.  Confederates had the ability to make these buckles in the field, and made a good many of these "Egg Shaped" C.S. plates in the field as the Confederate Army moved.  It has been ages since anyone around here found one of these this nice.  This is going to be a quality addition to someone's Confederate display.--$1,650.SOLD

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

  302. REALLY nice grouping of three quite rare excavated complete Civil War cartridges.  (1) Excavated very nice condition .52 cal. Spencer Carbine cartridge (2) Excavated .58 cal. Minie with complete "skin" cartridge, and (3)  Very Nice excavated 12 mm drop French Pinfire cartridge.--$95. For The Set Of 3.SOLD

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

  304. Quite a unique find, original, excavated Enfield musket tompion with much of the original cork still intact up inside the tompion.  Very neat relic presented in a glass Riker display case.--$25.SOLD

  305. 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.

  306. Beautiful, gilted, excavated, New York State Seal coat and cuff staff buttons.  Both buttons are beautifully gilted with shanks intact on the reverse.  They were recovered from New York camps on private property in and around Fredericksburg, Virginia.--$75. for the pair.SOLD

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

  308. Very nice, excavated, coat size, Michigan State Seal Staff Officer's button.  This button has 50% bright gold gilt with a "Goddard and Bros." backmark with the shank intact.  This button was recovered from a Michigan camp on private property located near Fredericksburg, Virginia.--$195.SOLD

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

  316. Very attractive, excavated, 2-piece coat size, Confederate block "I" (Infantry) uniform button.  This is a Confederate local with a brass face and an iron reverse.  It was recovered by Kenny Banks about 30 years ago from an Army of Tennessee 1862 - 1863 winter camp of Hardee's Corps that was located near Tullahoma, Tennessee.  The button remains just as dug with the dirt only wiped off of the "I".--$89.SOLD

  317. 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.

  318. Extremely rare Confederate adapted Bormann time fuze with hole drilled in the center to take a standard paper time fuze.  This was found here at Stones River, and is one of only three that I am aware of ever being recovered here.  This is "sure enough" a Confederate artillery rarity to recover.--$125.SOLD

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

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

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

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

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

  324. Drop dead beautiful excavated coat size Virginia Staff Officer's button.  This button was recovered over 40 years ago by Mr. Ed Heck from a Virginia camp located on private property near New Market, VA.  It has nearly 90 % bright gold gilt, and shank is intact.  The button is, unfortunately dented, but still beautiful.  It has a "Waterbury Button Co." backmark.--$195.SOLD

  325. Absolutely beautiful, hand-carved, lead ring fashioned from a bullet.  The top of the lead ring has three initials that appear to be "USA".  The US is pretty well completely formed, and a faint A can be seen that was to be used as a guide, but it was not completed.  This is one of the coolest carved lead artifacts that I have seen in a long time.  It was recovered from a Federal camp near Manassas, VA, in the mid-1960's.  This is about as cool as carved lead gets.--$250.

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

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

  328. Very rare, excavated, great coat size, Georgia State Seal Confederate Local button.  This example was recovered nearly 50 years ago on private property just north of Orange Plank Road above Spotsylvania, Virginia.  It has a smooth, chocolate patina with traces of gold gilt around the figures and a depressed channel on the reverse.  The loop remains perfectly intact.  This is a Confederate Local Georgia State Seal that you rarely see.--$295.SOLD

  329. 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.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

  342. .58 cal., triangular, socket bayonet correct to fit the Model 1855, all Springfield and contract rifled muskets Model 1861, and Model 1863 type 1 & 2 muskets.  The bayonet was an early battlefield pick-up here at Stones River and has a smooth, chocolate brown patina overall.--$150.

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

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

  345. Incredibly accurate, resin cast, 3 inch Confederate Mullane projectile.  The original shell that this example was cast from was recovered at the Siege of Vicksburg, Mississippi.  The accuracy of this casting is almost hard to believe.  The projectile is mounted on a nice walnut base with a label describing the shell.--$65.SOLD

  346. Really pretty, excavated, 4 inch, glazed crock food jar.  This jar was recovered from a Confederate trash pit located near Lavergne, Tennessee.  It will add a pretty touch of color to your excavated Civil War artifact display.--$65.SOLD

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

  348. Excavated crude cast brass saber pommel cap recovered from an 1862 -1863 winter Alabama Cavalry camp located here in Middle Tennessee.  It appears to me to likely be from a Confederate "Dog River" Cavalry saber.--$65.

  349. Quite rare and very pretty condition, excavated pair of dropped CS used, imported French Minies.  This display contains the huge .69 cal., triangle base French Minie and the equally as rare 3-ring, .58 cal, standard Minie with the triangle French cavity.--$79. for the pair in a nice display case.SOLD

  350. Super, super rare to recover, .44 cal., Colt Dragoon bullet with 100% complete skin cartridge remaining intact.  Out of over 30,000 bullets, this is the one and only.--$79.

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

  352. Drop dead perfectly accurate 3 inch Read bolt cast from an original recovered at Moorhead, MS.  This reproduction Selma Read is "right on" in every respect, and will display beautifully in any Civil War themed Study - Office - or Relic Room.--$65.SOLD

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

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

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

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

  357. 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.

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

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

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

  361. Extremely rare to recover, .58 cal., 3-ring Minie ball with complete skin cartridge still intact.  This rare find was recovered about 40 years ago from near Harrison Landing, Virginia.--$45.

  362. Excavated, .58 cal., type 3, Williams cleaner bullet.  The rare thing about this bullet is that the zinc cleaning washer remains intact, and that is something you practically never find.  The bullet was recovered near Breezy Hill, Battle of Franklin, Tennessee.--$15.

  363. Civil War Era, well crafted, tiny "ladies" snuff box.  Every "lady" should have her own snuff box.  We are told that it is critically important that you do not let it "swarm" which is quite unpleasant.  This would be an excellent item in a camp scene display.--$75.SOLD

  364. Very nice condition, original Model 1858, regulation issue, smooth side, Federal canteen.  The canteen has the original stopper and chain intact as well as all three sling loops.  It has an aged "rope like" sling that very well could date the Civil War Era.  Every Civil War collection should have an original canteen.--$175.SOLD

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

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

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

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

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

  370. 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.

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

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

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

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

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

  376. 1864 date, State of Alabama, $50 note.  This note pictures an Indian Warrior on the lower left and the Alabama "Map on Oak Tree" in the lower right.  It was printed in Montgomery and shows clear evidence of actual circulation.  A "Montgomery" $50 Alabama note is a rarity to find.--$150.

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

  378. Quite unique, excavated, heavy cast brass, Confederate used, carbine sling buckle.  This buckle was recovered from a Confederate Cavalry camp located near Aquia Creek in Stafford County, Virginia.  The buckle remains in perfect condition with both tongues intact and could literally be used again today.--$250.SOLD

  379. 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.

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

  381. Attic condition, 9-ring, Model 1858, Federal bullseye canteen.  This canteen is out of the local Middle Tennessee area and was quite likely Confederate carried.  The pewter spout has some faint writing, but we are unable to make out what it says.  The Civil War Era leather sling still remains with the canteen.--$195.SOLD

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

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

  384. Quite rare to recover, original Enfield nipple protector with chain.  This artifact was recovered about 40 years ago from the 1862 - 1863 winter camp of the 2nd Tennessee Infantry -C.S.A. - located near Tullahoma, Tennessee.--$48.SOLD

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

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

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

  388. Cool little child size Civil War Era camp chair just right for the regiment's drummer boy.  The chair has several old repairs, and we have recovered the seat with the original covering beneath the new covering.  This is a nice item that you won't see every day.--$125.SOLD

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

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

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

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

  393. 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.

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

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

  396. 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.

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

  398. 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.

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

  400. Large 1/4th plate tintype of a seated, Federal soldier wearing a regulation, Federal, nine-button, Enlistedman's frock coat and light blue pants.  The image has several small scuff marks but remains quite clear with practically no emulsion flaking at all.  Larger size 1/4th plate images are considerably rare to find.--$125.SOLD

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

  409. Rich bronze-chocolate aged patina on this regulation size stamped brass Federal bugle-hunting horn "Infantry" hat pin.  Never been cleaned with one of the two attachment loops still intact on the reverse.--$95.

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

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

  412. Excavated, 3 inch, heart wood pine knot with Minie ball inside.  This was recovered near Chickamauga, Georgia, as almost all of these are.  The knot has been split so that you can separate the two sides to see the bullet inside.--$48.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

  423. Complete Civil War era civilian leather horse bridle of the exact type often taken from home by young Confederates leaving their homes and plantations in the South for the Civil War.  With this bridle comes an entire collection of civilian bridle "heart rosettes" of the exact type that we often recover in early Civil War Confederate Cavalry camp sites.  This nice grouping would be an excellent addition to any Confederate Cavalry display.--$250. FOR ALL-SOLD

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

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

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

  427. Nice condition, early battlefield pick-up, .69 cal., Model 1816, triangular, friction fit, socket bayonet.  This was a battlefield pick-up from here at Stones River picked up just a few years after the battle.  Rusty as found, but remains very stable.  This type bayonet was extensively used here at Stones River by Confederate Infantry.--$125.

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

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

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

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

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

  433. Large 1/4th plate tintype of a full-standing pose Union soldier.  He is wearing a "4-button sack coat".  The photo has good clarity and remains quite stable with practically no emulsion flaking at all.--Only $125.SOLD

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

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

  436. 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.

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

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

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

  440. 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.

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

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

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

  444. Civil War Era CDV of Private John W. Archer of 1st Regiment, Co. B, New Jersey Infantry.  This photograph was taken by Wenderoth and Taylor, Philadelphia, and has a 2 cent revenue tax stamp on the reverse.  This is a full standing view.--$75.SOLD

  445. 1/6th plate, fully cased, Ambrotype of a Union soldier.  He is seated and wearing a 9-button frock coat.  The image remains in nice condition with good clarity and hardly any flaking at all.--$150.

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

  447. Quite rare, blacksmith crafted, Confederate CARRIED Cavalry saber.  This saber was crafted using a "Dog River", unstopped fuller, Confederate manufactured blade with a pre-war, 1840,"Old Wristbreaker" guard and pommel cap.  The saber was carried in a Model 1840, iron-mounted wristbreaker scabbard.  A couple of sword collecting friends and myself were looking at the scabbard, and we noticed that the two iron ring mounts are soldered into place.  This is a trait sometimes associated with the Memphis Novelty Works) C.S. cavalry  sabers out of Columbia, South Carolina.  It is a classic example of the extreme lengths that the South went to to arm their Cavalry.--$1,450.SOLD

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

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

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

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

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

  453. Very sought after, Model 1840, "Ames" Old Wristbreaker Heavy Cavalry saber and scabbard.  The blade has a smooth, brown/gray patina just beginning to darken with age.  The blade is marked, "Ames Mfg Co - Chicopee Mass - 1856", and on the reverse, "US - ADK".  Ames Heavy Cavalry sabers were extensively used by both Union and Confederate Cavalry forces during the Civil War.  On this saber, the outside branch of the guard is bent forward indicating that at some point the horse went down on top of it.  This is an excellent artifact with clear proof that it "saw the elephant".--$975.SOLD

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

  465. 8 inch, Civil War Era, leather shot flask with a "hanging game" scene impressed.  These leather shot flasks were very common carrying buck shot for game hunting prior to and during the Civil War.  Early in the Civil War, many young Confederates left home carrying the family fowling rifle along with the brass powder flask and leather shot flask.  This is an inexpensive item that displays much nicer than it costs.--$55.SOLD

  466. 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.

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

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

  469. 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.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

  482. Fresh out of an Illinois estate sale, 1819 dated, .69 cal., Prussian Potsdam, 3-band, rifled musket originally produced in Flintlock and converted to percussion and rifled.  The Governors of both Illinois and Ohio ordered the purchase of several thousand of these obsolete, old muskets and issued them to State Troops heading off to the Civil War in 1861.  The muskets were soon found to be extremely heavy and not very accurate in comparison with the .58cal., Model 1855 and Model 1861 Springfield 3-band, rifled muskets.  This musket shows clear signs of many campaigns but remains completely functional, and the hammer locks in both half-cock and full-cock.  With this musket comes an original, 1862 Ordnance document showing the purchase of 74 new Prussian muskets for the 63rd Illinois Volunteer Infantry.  Also with this musket comes a small display containing a rare, .69 cal., 2-ring, Prussian projectile and two original musket percussion caps.  Altogether, this will make a museum quality display.--$1,150.

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

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

  485. Quite rare, non-excavated, MAKER MARKED, Hi-Port Federal Cavalry bit with both brass US rosettes intact.  The bit is maker marked, "Jos. Baldwin - Newark".  This is a local barn find and was likely used by General David Stanley's Federal Cavalry while stationed here at Murfreesboro, Tennessee, in 1863.  The bottom cross bar has been intentionally removed as was often done.--$195.SOLD

  486. Just in - Really nice dark brown leather "Rope Braid" saber knot.  This is out of a local Southern estate, and was at one time on an ancestor's "Dog River" Confederate Cavalry saber.  I'll bet that somewhere out there is a nice "Dog River", or "Memphis Novelty Works", or "Kenansville saber" just begging to have this beautiful knot on it. --$375.SOLD

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

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

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

  490. 1/6th plate, Ambrotype of a seated, Union Corporal wearing an Enlistedman's 9-button frock coat.  The image has good clarity but is just a little bit darker than what would be optimum.--$150.SOLD

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

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

  493. Absolutely beautiful condition, non-excavated, large size, lead filled, "US" Oval cartridge box plate.  This plate has an untouched, rich, aged patina with loops on the reverse, 2 1/2 inches apart.  If you have a Federal cartridge box needing a plate, and this one will fit, it is a gem.--$225.SOLD

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

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

  496. Really nice Enfield display with an original, brass, Enfield tompion with cork intact.  Second, an original .577 Enfield projectile that was extracted using a "ball puller",.  We have displayed the find with an original ball puller with the bullet.--$125 for the entire display.SOLD

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

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

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

  500. 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.

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

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

  503. "1861" date brass handle saber bayonet and scabbard (the leather scabbard is broken at two places) but is all there and displays nicely, and is correct for the Remington Zouave rifled musket.  The blade has an attractive - gently aging grey-brown patina, and is marked "1861 - Collins and Co. - Hartford, Conn."  The bayonet and scabbard displays very nicely just as it is, or the leather scabbard could definitely be restored.  Here is a GREAT buy on a saber bayonet that you very seldom see.--$325.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

  529. 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.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

  543. Very nice condition "barn find", Federal "high port" regulation Cavalry bit.  This was a local find near the site of Camp Stanley which was the site of Rosecran's Cavalry winter encampment during the months of January - June of 1863.  The bit remains very sound with a near dug-like patina.  Interestingly, the US rosette on one side has a period between the U & S, and on the other side, there is no period between the U & S.  Bits with this type extreme "high port" were usually reserved for horses with "bad manners".--$195.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

  551. Beautiful condition complete regulation Federal Cavalry bit with both cast brass "U. S." rosettes intact.  This nice Federal Cavalry bit was found in an old log barn here at Stones River located very near "Camp Stanley" which was the Federal 1862 - 1863 Winter Camp for the U. S. Cavalry Corps located here under Federal General David Stanley.  I feel it very likely that this bit found its way to the log barn from the massive Federal 1862 - 1863 winter Cavalry Camp so close by.--$250.SOLD

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

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

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

  555. 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.

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

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

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

  559. 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.

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

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

  562. Beautiful condition, excavated, heavy cast brass, Confederate bayonet scabbard tip.  This was recovered from Lucius Polk's 1863 Confederate Brigade camp located at Tullahoma, Tennessee.  These are quite rare to recover.--$25.SOLD

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

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

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

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

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

  568. 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.

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

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

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

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

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

  574. 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.

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

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

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

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

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

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

  581. 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.

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

  583. Beautiful condition, excavated, Confederate side knife, hand blacksmith crafted from a file.  The knife still has the original brass cross guard intact on the tang.  It was recovered about 30 years ago from a Confederate camp on Bear Creek near Tupelo, Mississippi.  It is going to make a fine addition to someone's excavated Confederate weapons display.--$395.SOLD

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

  605. 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.

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

  607. 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.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

  618. 1864 date, Bank of Commerce - Savannah, GA, $20 note.  This note has beautiful river graphics and has been "cut-cancelled".--$89.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

  632. 1/6th plate, fully cased tintype of a young, Federal Private.  This is a bust view, and he is wearing a 9-button Enlistedman's frock coat.  The image has good clarity and is not flaking at all.--$125.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

  720. Excavated interwined brass cavalry curb chain that was recovered many years ago by Steve Mullinax from private property at the Battle of Atlanta, GA.  This artifact was in Steve's private collection for over 30 years. Here is your chance to own an artifact from the collection of one of the pioneers in our collecting field.-- $125.

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

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

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

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

  725. Excavated bail from a camp cookpot.  This was recovered from an Army of Tennessee, 1863, Confederate winter campsite located along Duck River near Shelbyville, Tennessee.  Not super rare, but a camp item that you do not recover every day.--$35.

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

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

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

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

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

  731. 1/6th plate, ambrotype of two seated Union soldiers that look to likely be brothers.  One is wearing a standard kepi, and the other is wearing an earlier Mexican War era hat.  The image is out of an Ohio estate and remains nice and clear.--$150

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

  733. 58 cal., triangular socket bayonet, correct for .58 cal. Springfield or contract 3-band rifled muskets.  The metal is smooth, just beginning to darken with age.  It was apparently a private purchase, because there are no US marks.--$195.

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

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

  736. 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.

  737. Complete, excavated, cast brass, Confederate, Cavalry spur.  This was recovered many years ago, and has a smooth olive green patina with remnants of the iron rowel.  The spur has traits leading one to think that it is likely a product of Leech and Rigdon of Memphis, Tennessee.--$295.

  738. 1/6th plate tintype of a fully equipped, Federal Infantry Enlistedman.  This is a standing view wearing a 9-button frock coat with US beltrig and cartridge box at his side.  His musket with bayonet stands in front of him.  The photograph is taken in front of a patriotic backdrop with tents, canons, and flags.  The photograph is housed in a 1/2 hard case and remains in good stable condition with no flaking at all.  The only negative is the image is unfortunately darker than what would be ideal.  Even though dark, the image has great content and would be a nice addition to a collection.--$175.

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

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

  741. 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.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

  749. 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 hav