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  1. I think that when I started mixing blackberry wine with moonshine is when "the mule threw Luther"!!!  HAPPY - HAPPY NEW YEAR EVERYONE AND I AM OFFICIALLY "SEMI-RETIRED" NOW !!!!  HERE IS A VIEW OF THE "BATTLEFIELD" FOLLOWING "THE BATTLE OF SEMI-RETIREMENT DAY - SAT., DEC. 30, 2017".  SO MANY DEAD AND WOUNDED LIE ON THE FIELD WITH ONLY A COUPLE LONE SURVIVORS.  BATTLEFIELD CLEANUP WILL BEGIN TODAY.  THANKFULLY MY HEADACHE IS MUCH IMPROVED THIS MORNING !!! "ALL MY FRIENDS SAY" THAT I SOLD A LOT OF RELICS AND HAD ONE HELL OF A GOOD TIME.  I THINK THAT I REMEMBER LIGHTING A HANDFULL OF BLACK POWDER THAT I HAVE REMOVED FROM CANNON SHELLS THAT I HAVE DISARMED !!!!  (AND IS LIKELY WHERE THAT BURN ON MY HAND CAME FROM !!!).   THANK YOU - THANK YOU - THANK YOU TO ALL MY FRIENDS THAT CAME BY TO WISH ME WELL, AND A SPECIAL "THANK YOU" TO MY OLDEST DAUGHTER "RACHEL" WHO COVERTLY FLEW IN FROM HOUSTON AND WALKED IN AND SURPRISED ME !!!!  I WAS TOTALLY SURPRISED AND SPEECHLESS !!!!      SEMI-RETIREMENT HAS BEGUN !!!! After 40 years, we are now on-line, at shows, and open by appointment only.  AND NOW - 15 DAYS LATER, MY HEADACHE IS ALMOST GONE !!!!  THERE IS CLEARLY A VERY GOOD REASON TO DO THIS ONLY ONCE EVERY 40 YEARS !!!!

  2. Is a "Tennessee Mountain Fall" beautiful or what !!!!  You can almost see the 30,000 Confederates that were camped in these woods in 1863.  WAIT - Is that General Forrest that I see standing over there !!!  HE WAS HERE !!!

  3. My lifetime friend and relic hunting good buddy from youth, Ashley Cook, came up to the cabin a couple of weeks ago to relic hunt - have lunch - and visit.  Ashley was hunting down very low among the ferns and near the spring itself, when he got a deep, but good sounding signal.  It turned out to be a discarded Confederate cartridge box containing about a dozen complete sets of .69 cal. Confederate buck and ball.  Over the past several years, we have found a total of five discarded cartridge boxes.  Two of the cartridge boxes contained .69 cal. buck and ball ammunition, two of the cartridge boxes contained .577 cal. Enfield ammunition, and one of the cartridge boxes contained .54 cal. Mississippi rifle ammunition.  This camp was occupied by the Confederate Army of Tennessee during the first week of August in 1863 while enroute to the Battle of Chickamauga, GA.  About 30,000 Confederates were camped here for a couple of days.  The site has yielded well over 500 artifacts, including one cast brass CSA rectangular waist belt plate, one cast brass CS round corner Army of Tennessee style waist belt plate, several Confederate spurs, including one that Nita eyeballed a few months back.  (Pictured above)  We have also recovered several buttons, including Confederate Droop Wing Eagles, floral buttons, plain face buttons, and Federal Eagle buttons.  In addition to these items, I found one Confederate Drum canteen, one disassembled Mississippi rifle, numerous gun parts, and several hundred bullets of many different types.  Many of the young Confederates who were encamped at this location would have only a few days to live before becoming casualties of the Battle of Chickamauga, GA.

  4. 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 Panther.  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.  A few years back, they were thought to be near extinction, but there have been numerous sightings over the last several years verified by the wildlife agencies.  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" !!!

  5. 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.

  6. Fresh in out of the local area, Model 1860, .44 cal., Colt Army revolver.  The revolver shows lots of use and has mixed serial numbers.  The primary number is 19827 which is most desirable 1861 production.  The revolver apparently sustained damage along the way, and replacement parts with a different serial number were used.  I suspect the Confederate soldier 150 years ago was much more concerned with having a functional weapon than whether the serial numbers matched.  This is an attractive Colt Army that no doubt saw the "Elephant".--$950.

  7. Huge, non-excavated, Eagle hat device.  Judging from the style attachment clips on the reverse, I suspect about 1880's era.--$45.

  8. Civil War Era, civilian horse bridle of the type that many young Confederates who left home with their own horse to join the Confederate Cavalry.  We often recover the "raised heart" rosettes of this type in early war Confederate Cavalry camps.  I personally recovered a heart rosette identical to the one on this bridle from the 1862 camp of Wharton's 8th Texas Cavalry.  This Cavalry bridle was found hanging in a Civil War Era log outbuilding here in Middle Tennessee and will make a very nice - yet inexpensive compliment to your Confederate Cavalry display.--$195.

  9. 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.

  10. 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.

  11. CDV of Confederate President, Jefferson Davis.  The image remains relatively clear, but does have a little chipping around a couple of corners.--$48.

  12. Very nice display of original Civil War "hardtack".  This hardtack was recovered from a Federal fire pit located near Ringgold, Georgia, by Dr. Rees Buttram in the early 1990's.--$75.SOLD

  13. Confederate issued, 5 dollar note, dated September 2, 1861.  This is a "T36" in Criswell and is commonly known as the"Ceres Seated on Bail of Cotton" note.  It is a very early numbered note - 851, and is in sound, complete, but circulated condition.--$85.

  14. 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.

  15. This is an absolutely incredible estate grouping of letters and documents belonging to Monroe McColister of the 6th Ohio Cavalry.  The estate grouping consists of approximately 35 letters - several documents - some poetry - two photographs - and one booklet.  In the grouping of material is one of the finest, most descriptive letters of the Battle of Shiloh that I have seen.  Excerpt from Shiloh/Ft. Donelson letter:  "We have seen some pretty hard sights at the Ft. Donelson fight and in the Battle of Shiloh --- to see the soldiers lying around --- some with head and arms shot off and others with legs and arms off --- some half dead and some dying.  I've seen them lie around in all kinds of shapes and form.  Many of our Company was taken prisoner last week while out on picket ... I have seen some pretty hard times since I left home dear cousin.  I think if them boys that are starting to war now had seen as much of it as I have, they would stay at home, but it is right that they go for this rebellion must be put down."  Excerpt from Dumfries, VA, April, 1863, letter informing his wife of her husband's death:  "Dear Madam, it is with regret and pain that I attempt to inform you of the death of your husband.  He departed this life on the 17th day of this month --- I believe he was sick four weeks from the day he took sick till the day he died.  He had the Black Measles and took cold and then Typhoid fever set in."  In another letter, "I have marked out the number of soldiers that are by him there.  It is in the open field with two trees by the side of the graves.  The largest board is your husband's grave - there is no fence there.   --- I don't think that our troops have got possession of the place there --- if you can get someone to come I will go with them after him and I will be sure to get his remains."  This estate is so extensive, there is room for many months research.  This is an incredible and heart wrenching Civil War estate.--$2,950 for the entire estate.

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

  17. Very distinctive, .36 cal., "Savage" Navy Model revolver.  The revolver's unusual action still operates properly with the bottom ring advancing the cylinder and cocking the revolver, and the trigger to fire the revolver is in the top ring.  The Savage revolver markings remain clearly visible on the top of the frame just in front of the hammer.  The revolver shows lots of actual field service with all corners worn rounded.  The Savage has such a distinctive look that once you see one - you never forget what it looks like.  This example clearly saw lots of actual "field service" in the Civil War.--$1,650.SOLD

  18. Nice condition, original leather US Navy fuse pouch.  The box is complete and is crisply marked, "U.S.N.Y. (United States Navy Yard) - Boston".  This is a difficult little box to find in nice condition.--$295.SOLD

  19. Original Civil War .577 cal. Enfield saber bayonet with pressed leather grips in original leather scabbard.  Both the bayonet and scabbard remain in nice condition.--$325.SOLD

  20. Excellent condition, non-excavated, large size, "US" lead filled oval cartridge box plate.  This plate has a beautiful, never cleaned, aged bronze patina on the face and full lead in the reverse with both attachment loops remaining intact.  The loops are 2 1/2 inches apart.  If you have a nice cartridge box needing a box plate, this is an absolute beauty.--$295.SOLD

  21. Standard, small, leather, regulation, Federal issue percussion cap pouch.  Both belt loops remain intact as well as the brass finial and closure tab.  The inside flap is marked, "Newark NJ".  The leather remains quite pliable and has some original percussion caps inside.--$135.

  22. Very rare to find, an original pair of non-excavated "Richmond Arsenal" Confederate manufactured Cavalry spurs.  The two spurs came down through the family together and were worn as a pair, even though the two spurs are slight casting variants.  They have a beautiful, matching, aged bronze patina and both have original rowels remaining intact.  This will make a fine addition to someone's Confederate Cavalry display.--$550 for the pair.SOLD

  23. Pair of original Civil War wooden musket tompions.  One is .58 cal., and the other is .69 cal.--$95. for both.SOLD

  24. Very rare and in exceptionally nice condition, April 11, 1862, ten dollar Arkansas Treasury note.  Like all Arkansas artifacts, whether it is an Arkansas button or an Arkansas buckle, Arkansas currency is also very rare to come by.  A GREAT note.--$175.SOLD

  25. Very scarce, uncirculated, March 1, 1864 date, State of Florida ten dollar note.  This note was printed in Tallahassee, Florida, and is serial number 2810.  Civil War date Florida date currency especially issued and uncirculated is very difficult to find.--$175.SOLD

  26. Really pretty, excavated, Richmond Arsenal style, CS two-piece saber belt plate.  This buckle was dug together many years ago near Brandy Station, Virginia.  It has a smooth, chocolate brown patina, nice fit, and has original body curve.  This Confederate plate would be an excellent addition to any Civil War collection.--$2,850.

  27. Exceptionally nice, Confederate manufactured, percussion cap box.  This box is the classic Confederate manufactured pattern having a lead finial and single wide belt loop on the reverse.  The box has the name, D. D. Hipp, carved on the inside flap and C.S.A. very nicely carved on the outside flap.  The box was originally carried by David Dixon Hipp, Jr. of the 24th Regiment Tennessee Volunteer Infantry.  David Hipp died September 24, 1861, and the box was likely carried by another Confederate soldier the remainder of the war.  This is a museum quality piece that would fit nicely into even the most advanced Confederate collection.--$1,695.SOLD

  28. Beautiful condition, excavated, coat size, Confederate, solid cast brass "I" (Infantry) uniform button.  This button was recovered many years ago off Tyne Blvd. at the Battle of Nashville.  It is a perfect example with the shank intact.--$150.SOLD

  29. Very scarce, original pair of knee length, black bridle leather, lined leggings or false boots.  This pair remains in excellent condition and would have been worn by either a Union or Confederate Officer.  Very few collections have an example of this item.--$475.SOLD

  30. Excavated, iron back, coat size, Confederate Infantry button.  This button was recovered by Dr. Rees Buttram on private property at the Battle of Chickamauga, Georgia.  It is very rare to recover an iron back Confederate Infantry button with the iron shank remaining intact, and this one does have the loop intact.  It has a brown/green patina with some dirt remaining, and has never even been rinsed off.--$95. SOLD

  31. Very pretty, blacksmith handcrafted, 1860 date, Austrian Cavalry Carbine that was created from a standard full length Austrian Infantry musket.  The weapon has the original rear site intact and a handcrafted front barrel band.  The weapon remains in original .54 caliber with decent rifling remaining intact.  This is an excellent example of how the South armed their extensive cavalry when there were no more actual cavalry weapons available and will make a great addition to any Confederate Cavalry display.  It is fresh out of a Henry County, Tennessee, estate.--$795.

  32. Original leather holster for a Model 1851, .36 cal., Colt Navy Model revolver.  The leather remains pliable, but the belt loop on the reverse side is very fragile, and the leather closure tab is not present.  The holster will display very nicely with a Colt - Whitney - Remington - or Manhattan .36 cal. Navy revolver.--$195.SOLD

  33. Out of print and very sought after "Bullet Bible".  This is Civil War Projectiles II, Small Arms and Field Artillery by W. Reid McKee and M. E. Mason, Jr.  This has been out of print for a while and is an absolute must if you are going to search for Civil War artifacts, bullets being the most frequent thing you recover.--$95.

  34. Ultra rare and in very nice condition, DOUBLE Mosby signed Cabinet card.  The Cabinet card is from Cook's Gallery in Richmond, Virginia, and John Singleton Mosby himself gives a brief history of the origin of the portrait and also, additionally signs the Cabinet card on the reverse.  I suspect that very few DOUBLE Mosby signed Cabinet cards exist.--$2,950.SOLD

  35. Very nice condition rare "exaggerated serif" pattern Richmond Arsenal "C.S." 2-Piece saber belt plate.  This plate was recovered many years ago and has a smooth chocolate brown patina.  It was recovered from Confederate Cavalry camps located near Spotsylvania, VA. and has a very nice fit and light body curve.--$2,950.

  36. Beautiful example of an 1862 date, .577 cal., Tower musket that was Confederate carried and brought home from the war and very nicely transitioned into a fowling rifle for feeding the family once the Civil War was over.  The barrel remains full length and has the classic "25 - 25" marks.  The military barrel bands have been removed and replaced by brass tubes to hold the wooden ramrod.  This is an excellent example of how many military rifles were transitioned into civilian life once the Civil War ended.--$750.

  37. Non-excavated pair of regulation "US" marked iron stirrups.  An old tag with the stirrups indicates that they belong to a "Captain Ives".  The two stirrups are matching and remain in nice condition.--$65 for the pair.SOLD

  38. BIG 16 inch Confederate blacksmith crafted "D-Guard" bowie.  The blade is very heavy, measuring 12 inches in length and is 2 inches wide.  The bowie retains its original walnut grip, and the "D-Guard" itself remains completely intact.  This is exactly the type weapon early war Confederates were often photographed with.  This weapon would be a quality addition to any Confederate collection.--$1,450.SOLD

  39. Quite rare to find these days, an original, Election of 1864, Union Presidential Ticket, from Miami County, Ohio.  It lists Abraham Lincoln as the Presidential candidate and Andrew Johnson as the candidate for Vice President.  The ticket is in very nice condition, matted, and ready to hang.--$195.

  40. 1863 date Bible containing both Old and New Testaments.  The Bible has a notation inside the front cover that it was, "Found on board the ship, U.S.S. Kearsarge - The Conqueror of The Alabama."  The Bible was printed in New York by the American Bible Society and dated 1863.  It remains complete, but the covers have become unattached.  There is 150-year-old 4-leaf clover remaining pressed inside.--$150.SOLD

  41. 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.

  42. Extremely rare, "STATE OF FLORIDA" $5 note dated March 1, 1864, out of Tallahassee, FL.  The note remains in very nice condition showing just normal circulation and remaining complete with strong edges.  Civil War date currency from the State of Florida rarely comes along.--$325.

  43. Nice matching coat and cuff, early 1900's, "U.S. Indian Service" buttons.  These would be a very nice addition to your Native American display.--$38 for the pair.SOLD

  44. I just got in a very nice little local C.S. grouping, but I need some help from my "crack ability" research buddies out there.  Here is what I know --  The actual spelling of this young man's name is "James D. Jeffress", but it is spelled 3 or 4 different ways on these documents.  He was from Bedford CO., TN. and was listed on the 1860 Bedford County census with that spelling, and listed as 18 years old at the time.  The family still resides in Bedford CO. (Shelbyville, TN.) yet today.  From the documents we know that James was captured at some point, and was in prison at Point Lookout, MD. when the Civil War ended.  We know that he was 5 feet 8 1/2 inches tall - light complexion - dark hair - and grey eyes.  We have his Prison release document - his Oath of Allegiance - and his side knife.  Any help in learning more about this young Confederate would be GREATLY appreciated.  Thank You very much guys !!!  James D. Jeffress was a member of CO. "J" - 23RD REG. TENN. VOL. INF. and served with the Regiment through the entire Civil War.  He was present for EVERY MAJOR BATTLE  (Shiloh - Perryville - Stones River - Hoover's Gap - Chickamauga - Drewry's Bluff, VA. - Petersburg, VA.)  that the Regiment was involved in through the entire Civil War until he was captured at Petersburg on April 2, 1865, and sent to Point Lookout, MD.  Prison.  He was released from Point Lookout, MD. prison on June 11, 1865 and took the Oath on June 16, 1865 (with the Civil War over) and returned home to Shelbyville, TN. (where his descendants yet live today).  This excellent grouping consists of his side knife - his Certificate of release from Point Lookout Federal Prison - and his original "Oath of Allegiance".--$475. For All-SOLD

  45. Extremely rare, Confederate manufactured and "CS" marked on the outside flap, percussion capbox.  This scarce box remains quite pliable and is hand-stitched with the classic Confederate lead finial and single wide belt loop on the reverse.  The outside flap is embossed with an oval with "CS" in the oval.  It requires decent lighting, but the oval and "CS" can be discerned.  I barely average one "CS" marked capbox or cartridge box per year.  This is a Confederate marked leather item that very few collections or museums have.--$2,250.SOLD

  46. Was just brought in today, very pretty "Hartford" production, .36 cal., Model 1851, Colt Navy revolver.  The revolver has an all matching number of 94432 except for the wedge which is an unnumbered old replacement.  Serial number 94432 is most desirable 1860 - 1861 production, and considering it came out of a Middle Tennessee estate, almost certainly saw CS service.  The action remains crisp, and the mainspring strong, and the grips retain about 90% original lacquer.  This is a near identical weapon to the Colt Navy revolver carried by Confederate General N. B. Forrest and left to his son in his last Will and Testament.  It is recommended that earplugs be worn when handling this revolver, because it plays "Dixie" SO loud!!  I just learned from my good buddy, and N. B. Forrest collector eatraordinare - Matt Hagans - that the serial number of this Colt falls RIGHT IN the serial number range of Colt Navys personally purchased by Gen. N. B. Forrest for his own command !!!--$2,250.SOLD

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

  48. Extremely rare, excavated, "Sardine Lid" style, stamped brass, CS rounded corner, waist belt plate.  This was recovered many years ago on private property near the Wilderness Battlefield in Virginia, and has been in the personal collection of Civil War author, Charlie Harris, for many, many years.  The plate is very solid and has nice eye appeal with a chocolate brown patina, but does have a couple of light ripples across the plate likely from being somewhat bent in the past.  The reverse has solder marks where the hooks once were, but the hooks are no longer present.--$2,950.

  49. Beautiful, rich aged bronze patina on this "CS" marked Confederate Artillery Short Sword.  This is the pattern with the "CS and Star" cast into each side of the massive cast red-brass guard.  The blade has a smooth dark brown - never cleaned - patina as well.  There have been a couple not-completed examples of this rare sword found in the river at Selma which causes us to speculate that Selma Arsenal may have been where this sword was made.  This is a "Museum Grade" Confederate sword and will make a fine addition to any Confederate artifact display, and are becoming rarer and rarer to locate.--$3,250.

  50. Very nice condition .32 cal. and most desirable long barrel (6-inch) Model 1849 Colt Pocket Revolver.  It has an all matching serial number of "162815" which is very sought after "1858 - 1859" production.  This was brought into the shop out of the local area yesterday and was almost certainly Confederate carried.  The action remains crisp - very good bore - and about 60% visible original cylinder scene.  It has original walnut grips and 90% original lacquer.  If you have been wanting a nice condition - likely C.S. carried - early production Colt revolver at a reasonable price - here it is.--$1,295.

  51. Civil War Era, large CDV album containing 15 images, some of which are military, and some of which are civilian.  The rarity in the album is a small piece of a Confederate flag that was captured at the Battle of Jackson Mississippi, on May 14, 1863.  Beneath the flag fragment is a yellowed, aged paper label giving the history of the fragment.  I have seen Confederate flag fragments on their own bring more than we are pricing this entire CDV album.--$395.SOLD

  52. Very nice pliable condition with virtually no flaking whatsoever and quite rare St. Louis, Missouri, maker.  This small leather Federal percussion cap box is in exceptional condition, and the scarce "Sickles and Co - St. Louis, MO" makers mark remains crisp and clear.  Both belt loops and the closure tab remain perfectly intact.--$165.SOLD

  53. Pair of excavated, Federal Enlistedman, brass shoulder epaulets.  These are only recovered from sites dating the first couple years of the war, because their use was pretty much discontinued after that.  These are huge signals, and by far, most brass signals of this size have been excavated and are hardly ever recovered now.  The pair has a nicely matching brown/green patina and will be a quality addition to any excavated Civil War relic collection.--$295 for the pair.

  54. 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.

  55. 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.

  56. Quite rare, silver embroidered oak leaf on a blue background indicating a Federal Infantry Lieutenant Colonel.  This is a totally embroidered example and remains in very nice condition.--$295.SOLD

  57. Very attractive, "Parkers Snow and Co - Meriden Conn" contract .58 cal., 3-band, percussion, rifled musket.  The metal has an attractive, gently aging, gray/brown patina with lockplate markings of, "1864 - US - Parkers Snow and Co - Meriden Conn."  The wood remains in nice condition with one inspector cartouche remaining visible.  There does appear to be some old wood repair directly behind the nipple.  The musket has rounded corners and shows clear evidence of having actually been carried.  The original long range site remains intact as well as the ramrod and one sling swivel.  The mainspring is still strong and the action crisp.  This is an attractive, honest example of one of the rare contracts of the .58 cal., Model 1861, 3-band, rifled musket.--$1,250.

  58. 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.--$3,500.

  59. Very nice condition and extremely rare to recover, die stamped brass, "Rope Border" pattern, CS Oval waist belt plate.  This buckle was recovered many years ago from Polk's Corps 1863 Confederate camps along Duck River near Shelbyville, Tennessee.  It has a smooth, chocolate brown patina with the cabled rope visible all the way around the plate.  All three scrap brass hooks remain intact on the reverse of the plate.  Thin die stamped brass Confederate plates such as the Rope Border - the Breckenridge - and the Regulation are very rarely recovered this intact and nice any more.--$3,250.SOLD

  60. Very nice condition, early production, very tall, Federal blue forage cap.  The cap remains sound as can be with just a few scattered small moth nips.  The original leather chin strap remains intact with both kepi buttons and an original, stamped brass, Infantry French Horn hat insignia.  The verbal ID. on this hat is to "Private John Haven - Co. D - 124th IND. VOL. INF."  It appears that he was at both the Battles of Franklin and Nashville.  Head gear this nice rarely comes along any more, and this will make a museum grade addition to any collection.--$3,850.SOLD

  61. Excellent condition, excavated, coat size, Confederate, solid cast brass "I" (Infantry) uniform button.  This button was recovered several years ago in a lawn at the Battle of Franklin, Tennessee.  It remains in near perfect condition.--$150.SOLD

  62. Really pretty excavated "Tennessee Pattern" thinner cast brass "C.S.A." rectangular waist belt plate.  This plate was recovered many years ago from Confederate 1863 winter camps along Duck River near Shelbyville, Tn.  It has a nice uncleaned brown patina on the face and all three attachment hooks intact on the reverse.  This would be a fine addition to any Confederate collection.--$2,950.SOLD

  63. Very attractive, excavated, Richmond Arsenal pattern, two-piece, CS sword belt plate.  This buckle was recovered many years ago from a Confederate Cavalry camp located near Brandy Station, Virginia.  The plate has a nice fit and slight original body curve and will be an excellent center piece for an excavated, Confederate artifact display.--$2,595

  64. Excellent condition, excavated, die stamped brass, North Carolina Sunburst button.  This button was recovered several years ago from a lawn along the Confederate battle line at the Battle of Franklin, Tennessee.  Although the buttons are "NC" (North Carolina), most of the Confederate troops wearing the jackets were Tennesseans having been issued these jackets that were purchased by the Confederate Government from the State of North Carolina while in 1863 - 1864 winter camps near Dalton, Georgia.  A good number of Confederate troops were still wearing these jackets one year later at the Battle of Franklin.--$125.SOLD

  65. Beautiful condition, gilted, coat size, non-excavated, Georgia State Seal uniform button.  This button is one of an entire coat of Georgia buttons that several years ago came out of a Georgia estate and were all off one Confederate uniform.  The button has a "Horstmann Allien" backmark with shank perfectly intact.  This is the style Georgia button most often recovered from Civil War camp sites and battle areas.--$225.

  66. 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.

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

  68. Very nice condition, excavated, 10 PDR time fused Parrott projectile.  This projectile was recovered about 30 years ago by one of my hunting buddies on private property just down the road from the shop.  It has been disarmed and cleaned, but currently has not been coated and has its natural finish.--$275.

  69. Beautiful matching pair of private purchase Confederate enlistedman's cast brass Cavalry spurs complete with leather straps and buckles.  Both spurs have the original rowel perfectly intact.  There is an old tag with the Civil War owner's name, Henry Metcalf, of the 7th Kentucky Cavalry, John Hunt Morgan's command.  This set of spurs is in museum quality condition.--$495. SOLD

  70. 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.

  71. 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.

  72. 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.

  73. Extremely rare, excavated "coin style" CS two-piece, saber belt plate.  This is the thicker belt loop variety generally recovered from Confederate sites post 1862.  This plate has a smooth, chocolate brown patina and was recovered from the 1863 Army of Tennessee Artillery camp located along Lewisburg Pike outside Shelbyville, Tennessee.  This is as nice an example as you could hope to find.--$2,950.SOLD

  74. Very rare excavated Leech and Rigdon Plain Face Enlistedman's 2-Piece saber belt plate.  This plate was recovered many years ago on private property near Fort Donelson.  The plate has a nice uncleaned brown-green woods patina.  The belt loop on one side was broken when recovered, and has been beautifully restored.  The broken belt loop was no doubt why the plate was discarded.--$1,250.SOLD

  75. Quite nice condition .36 cal. Model 1851 Colt Navy Model Revolver.  It is out of the local area and has a nice early serial number of "85262" which is most desireable "1859 - 1860" Hartford production.  All serial numbers are matching except for the wedge which is an old replacement.  The revolver still functions properly and indexes well.  The soldier's initials "J. M." are nicely carved into the brass butt strap.  I'm thinking "J. M." would certainly be "John Morgan" -- Right !!!!   OK - Maybe not John Hunt Morgan, but no doubt some equally brave Confederate Cavalry Trooper from here in Middle Tennessee.  The revolver shows clear wear from lots of time in the saddle.  It does require wearing ear plugs when handling as it PLAYS DIXIE SO LOUD !!!--$1,850.SOLD

  76. Original .58 cal. minie ball in original paper wrap.  I recently purchased a Confederate .58 cal. cartridge box and a couple of these were still inside.  I am unsure if it is U.S. or C.S. production.  It will certainly be an excellent addition to someone's collection, and would be very nice displayed as a compliment to your Civil War .58 cal. musket.--$125.

  77. Three inch Amsterdam Federal Civil War Cannon projectile.  The shell has an open fuze hole, and has been cleaned to a smooth brown display apperance.  The brass sabot remains completely intact and the Amsterdam patent stamping can still be seen in the brass sabot.--$250.

  78. Excavated 6 lb. Bormann ball that was recovered many years ago here at Stones River.  Far and away most of the 6 lb. size Bormann Balls used here at Stones River were fired by Confederates.  This example has been disarmed - cleaned - and coated and is ready for display.  The Bormann fuze remains stable with a couple of the second numbers still visible.--$325.

  79. Quite rare, early pattern "fat letter", puppy paw hook, large oval, lead filled, SNY waist belt plate with original leather waist belt.  The buckle has a rich, uncleaned, aged "near chocolate" patina with full lead and all hooks intact on the reverse.  The original leather waist belt remains complete and pliable, but is quite worn from service.  This belt rig will be a quality museum addition to your Civil War display.--$950.SOLD

  80. Drop-dead beautiful condition, excavated, early puppy-paw hook, large oval, "U.S." waist belt plate.  This buckle is as near a perfect recovered example as you can get.  The face has a smooth, chocolate patina with a slight body curve, and the reverse has full lead and all three hooks remaining intact.  This plate was recovered near 50 years ago on private property near Chickamauga and literally is about as nice as it could possibly be.--$350.SOLD

  81. Excavated, super nice, large oval, lead-filled, U.S. cartridge box plate.  This plate was recovered near 50 years ago from private property near Chickamauga, GA.  The face is perfect with a smooth, chocolate patina, and the lead in the reverse is full and smooth with both wire attachment hooks remaining intact and strong enough to reattach to a cartridge box.  Plates of this perfection are just not being recovered anymore.--$225.

  82. Nothing short of beautiful condition, excavated, lead-filled, circular, Federal Eagle breast plate.  This plate was recovered nearly 50 years ago on private property near Chickamauga, GA, and has a smooth, chocolate brown, crisply detailed face and full lead and both wire attachment loops perfectly intact on the reverse.  Recovering plates of this quality is now "GONE WITH THE WIND".--$225.

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

  84. boydbkl.JPG (75540 bytes)boydbklrev.JPG (60510 bytes)boydbklenv.JPG (46847 bytes)boydbklmrk.JPG (78654 bytes)Very sought after beautiful condition excavated large oval "U.S." cartridge boxplate recovered by none other than Sid Kirksis {author of the first major comprehensive book on Civil War Belt Plates} in August of 1956 on private property at the Battle of  Cedar Mountain.  The plate has never even been washed off with green woods mulch still adhering to the front of the plate.  On the reverse it has full lead - both attachment loops are intact - AND is backmarked "Boyd and Sons - Boston".  This beautiful plate still remains in Mr. Kirksis's personal distinctive little brown envelope with all the information written on it.  This plate is nothing short of superb.--$350.

  85. Extremely rare, Confederate manufactured waist belt with a brass frame style buckle and a Confederate manufactured, single wide belt loop pattern, percussion cap box.  Both the belt and cap box show typical service wear but remain quite pliable and complete.  Confederate manufactured belt rigs this nice rarely surface anymore.--$1,950.

  86. Nice condition, crude blacksmith crafted, 12 1/2" overall, Confederate sideknife.  The blade on the dagger is just over 7" in length and is crafted from a file, and it has a pewter throat and walnut grip.  The knife remains in its original leather sheath, and although very crude in construction, is quite sturdy built and remains very sharp yet today.  Maybe not ornate or fancy, but I guarantee this knife would yet today be lethal as ever.--$495.

  87. 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.

  88. Absolutely mint condition, complete set of Federal Cavalry hat insignia.  This grouping would read, "Company H, 5th Regiment, Cavalry."  Each of the insignia has all attaching loops perfectly intact.--$450. for the complete set.

  89. Very nice condition, non-excavated, set of Federal Enlistedman's brass epaulets.  Both epaulets actually show wear from service and have a pretty, uncleaned, aged, bronze patina.--$350 for the set.

  90. Quite attractive, 8 inch, 1840 - 1850 era copper/brass powder flask.  Many young Confederates left home for the Civil War in 1861 carrying the family fowling rifle and a powder flask much like this one.  This is a "Hawksley" marked flask and remains in very nice condition.--$85.

  91. 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.

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

  93. 1870 - 1880's era presentation fraternal sword.  Many Civil War soldiers and officers became members of various fraternal organizations such as Knights of Pythius, The Odd Fellows, and The Masons following the Civil War.  This particular sword has a Knights head pommel cap and a silver cross in the grip.  The blade is intricately engraved from top to bottom and was presented to "William A. Delzell."  It is totally possible that W. A. Delzell could have been a Union or Confederate soldier during the Civil War.  This is an ornate and attractive 1800's era sword at a very reasonable price.--$125.

  94. Seldom encountered, 1874 issue, United States Ten Cent Fractional note.  The note remains in sound but circulated condition.--$38.

  95. Beautiful, excavated, coat size, Georgia State Seal uniform button.  This button was recovered about 30 years ago from the 1863 camp south of Murfreesboro of the 3rd Georgia Cavalry Regiment.  It retains crisp, sharp detail and has a smooth, chocolate brown patina.  The reverse has the shank remaining intact and a "Horstmann and Allien NY" backmark.--$175.SOLD

  96. Just brought in quite Rare Model 1850 AMES MFG. Federal Foot Officer sword (This is the sword only without leather scabbard.)  It has a nice clean blade and crisp, clear "AMES" markings and visible engraving top to bottom.  The cast brass guard remains in excellent condition with a rich aged patina.  The sword retains original, sharkskin wrap and wire on the grip.  This is a very nice Ames manufactured, Federal Foot Officer's sword.--$695.

  97. Very unique .58 cal. Model 1863 - Type II Springfield 3-band rifled musket.  The musket has TWO beautiful SILVER CORP BADGES inlaid in the stock, and the soldier's initials "J. F. R." beautifully checked pattern carved into the stock.  Both the 5th Corps and the 8th Corps were involved in important Virginia campaigns (and Gettysburg).  The musket remains in nice condition, but shows clear evidence of considerable field service.  The lockplate is crisply marked "1864-U.S.-Springfield".  This musket has tons more personality than most muskets that come along, and the two silver Corps Badges on their own would have real decent value.--$1,495.

  98. 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.

  99. HUGE 1864 issue, Confederate $1000 Equestrian bond.  This bond was "actually issued" and is number 9512 rather than an unissued leftover as most that you encounter are.  The bond remains complete with all 60 coupons remaining intact.  There are a couple of old water stains and a small crack or two, but the bond will frame and display beautifully.--$195.

  100. Nice condition, original 1840 era, pewter powder flask with a hanging game scene.  Many young Confederates left home for the Civil War in 1861 carrying a flask much like this one and the family fowling rifle.  The flask has a 150-year-old, aged, gray/white patina that is much like the patina on an excavated Civil War bullet.  This will make an excellent addition to someone's Civil War display.--$85.SOLD

  101. 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.

  102. Beautiful condition, cuff size, Civil War Era, Federal "Marine" button.  It has 90% bright gold gilt with "Extra Quality" backmark and shank intact.--$75.

  103. Beautiful condition gilt officer's sword knot.  Perfect to finish off that pretty Civil War Officer's Sword.  Completely correct for either Union or Confederate Officer's sword.--$295.SOLD

  104. 1840 - 1850 era single shot percussion boot pistol.  These were often carried as a soldier's "last resort" vest, belt,  or boot pistol.  This example has an unusually large bore - .44 cal. - for such a small pistol.  It is in very nice condition with crisp action, and virtually no pitting at all.--$295.SOLD

  105. Excellent condition Civil War "Peace Flask".  It has a rich aged patina and is marked "N. P. Ames - 1838".  The seams remain perfect all the way around.  This is a GEM !!--$550.

  106. 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.

  107. Very nice condition excavated 3-inch size Schenkl "Case Shot".  This shell was recovered over 30 years ago from private property near Fredericksburg, VA.  It has been disarmed - cleaned - and coated and is ready for display.  The iron is unusually nice.--$375.

  108. A local family just brought this in.  They were cleaning out their Grand-Father's home and found this Reunion Medal and a $5. Confederate note.  The Reunion medal may not be complete as it just has a brass hat with red-white-and blue ribbons suspended from it (no writing at all).--$65. for BOTH the $5. Confederate Note and the Reunion medal-SOLD

  109. Nice little display of 5 sizes of Civil War Artillery iron balls ranging in size from a small iron case shot ball - through the various canister sizes and ending with a big 4 lb. Naval grape ball.--$125. for all.SOLD

  110. Excavated Confederate "I" {Infantry button} and two excavated silver coins - {a "1783" Spanish Reale - and a bust half dime with a hole through part of the date} For the Confederate "I" button and both silver coins.--$125.

  111. Absolutely beautiful Civil War era 8 inch brass powder flask of the exact type carried by many young Confederates when they first left home for the Civil War.  The flask has an intricate game scene with a dog and pheasants.  This is guaranteed to add a nice touch of class to any Civil War display.--$175.

  112. Nice little display of Civil War artifacts found while cleaning out an old antebellum home here.  The artifacts appear to be C.S. related as the display includes (1) Confederate Flag "UCV" reunion pin (2) two non-excavated .69 cal. musket balls typical of what the C.S. was using here (3) two brass musket percussion caps (4) two sew on shirt buttons that look to be made from Oyster shells.--$65. for the entire display

  113. Excavated large size - 2 inch in diameter - 12 lber cannon size "Grape Shot Ball".  This was recovered at the Battle of Nashville, and not a lot of these larger balls have been recovered there.  They were fired 9 to a shot.--$25.

  114. Super rare, excavated, Leech & Rigdon, "CS" marked, Confederate Cavalry Officer's spur.  This spur was recovered over 30 years ago at Snake Creek Gap, Georgia, by my life-long buddy, Ashley Cook.  The spur has a beautiful, green patina and clearly shows lots of actual saddle wear.  Even the original rowel remains intact.  This is a find of a lifetime kind of artifact.--$2,250.SOLD

  115. Absolutely beautiful condition, intricate 1840 era, 8 inch brass powder flask.  This was just brought in and is a very typical type that many young Confederates left home with for the Civil War in 1861.--$195.

  116. Model 1863, 3-band, .58 cal., Springfield rifled musket.  This musket has overall clean metal with a small amount of flash around the nipple area.  The lockplate is marked, "Springfield - 1864 - US - and the American Eagle."  The musket has nice wood with normal wear and a faint inspector cartouche opposite the lockplate.  The mainspring remains strong, and the hammer locks in both half-cock and full-cock positions.  There is a little bore remaining, but very dirty, likely having not been cleaned in the last 100 years.  This is an attractive, honest, middle grade example of one of the most famous muskets of the American Civil War.--$1,450.

  117. 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.

  118. Excavated, large size, lead filled US Oval cartridge box plate.  This plate was recently recovered on private property near Shiloh.  The face has a smooth brown/green patina, and the reverse has full lead intact and the rust remnants of where the two wire loops once were.  This is a good quality plate for a current recovery.--$150.

  119. Excavated coat size Confederate tin-iron back block "I" (Infantry) button.  This was recovered on private property near Chickamauga, GA. and still has the iron back and shank intact.  That is almost never the case.--$95.SOLD

  120. What was once a quite rare, Model 1840, Ames Heavy Cavalry saber, marked "Ames Mfg. Co - Cabotville - 1851", and on the reverse "US - A.D.K.", this pre-war Ames manufactured heavy cavalry saber was Southern carried and brought home from the Civil War where it was shortened and adapted to "tobacco cutting."  This is a classic and perfect example of how a military weapon was converted to an implement of farming during the years following the Civil War in the South.--$295.SOLD

  121. Beautiful condition, cast brass, .32 cal., "Colts Patent" marked, double cavity bullet mold, an excellent compliment to display with your .32 cal., Model 1849, Colt Pocket Model revolver.--$175.

  122. Beautiful condition, excavated, lead filled, large oval "US" cartridge box plate.  This plate was recovered over 45 years ago on private property near the Battle of Shiloh and is the kind of quality that was being recovered during that era.  The face is perfect with a smooth, chocolate brown patina with full lead in the reverse and one of the two iron loops remaining intact.--$195.

  123. Excellent condition, excavated, thin, delicate "open pontil" medicine bottle recovered from a Confederate trash pit on private property along the Duck River near Shelbyville, Tennessee.  These camps were occupied during the spring of 1863, following the Battle of Stones River.--$45.

  124. Quite rare medal and ribbon celebrating "50th Anniversary of the First Battle," held at Manassas, Virginia, July 21st, 1911.  It remains in superb condition.--SOLD

  125. High Grade Museum quality grouping belonging to ALBERT H. BENHAM of Co. "B" - 29TH REGT. - OHIO VOLUNTEER INFANTRY consisting of his THREE WAR DATE CIVIL WAR DIARYS (1863 - 1864 - 1865) and his "1863 DATE" three band SPRINGFIELD RIFLED MUSKET.  The diarys remain in very nice condition - are clearly legible - and document some of the most important Civil War events that shaped our nation's future.  The diaries detail the following battles -- CHANCELLORSVILLE - GETTYSBURG - KENNESAW MOUNTAIN -  THE MARCH TO THE SEA - and LEE'S SURRENDER.  He describes his first day of fighting at Gettysburg -- "JULY 2, 1863 (THURSDAY) -- The Battle raged all this PM on our left and center - but they found us to much for them there, and at dusk they attempted to turn our right, but did not succeed - although they did drive us back a few rods and occupy our rifle pits."  Endless interesting entries - "MAY 15th (Monday) -- Moved at the usual hour - Passed through Spotsylvania C.H. and over Grant's Battlefield.  Also our old Chancellorsville Field.  We found everything just as we had left it ... Very few of our killed had been buried and thier remains lay around on top of the ground ...  Crossed the Rappahannock and we camped near it ..."  "SEPTEMBER 18th - 1863 - (Friday)  "Two men out of the 78th NYV were shot this PM for desertion"  "JULY 8th - 1863 (Wednesday)  Started at 5AM and passed through Frederick City about 10 - Went by the tree where a spy was hung last Sunday - HE WAS HANGING THERE STILL".  A massive and historically enlightening estate and a book could be easily written from this fantastic grouping who just happened to see many of the events FIRST HAND that have shaped our current nation.--$6,850.SOLD

  126. Very attractive and quite rare to recover regulation large size lead filled Federal Cavalry Martingale Heart.  Most finds this nice were recovered thirty years or more in the past.  That is not the case with this artifact - It was recovered within the past 12 months on private property after Shiloh and from a Federal Cavalry position located near Corinth, Mississippi.  The face has a smooth brown/green patina with full, smooth lead, and two of the three attachment wires remaining intact on the reverse.  Aside from a couple very small spiderweb freeze cracks, you couldn't ask for a more attractive RECENTLY excavated Martingale Heart.--$475.

  127. Very attractive "1863" date Springfield 3-band percussion rifled musket.  This is a Model 1863 - Type I - .58 cal. musket, and is considered by many to be one of the classic muskets of the American Civil War era.  The musket was brought in out of the local area by a family with Pennsylvania ancestry.  The musket has smooth clean metal with lockplate markings of "U.S. - Springfield - 1863".  The wood is very pretty, and shows wear to the edges from actually being carried.  The action still works perfectly, and the mainspring remains strong.  Both sling swivels remain intact,and the long range site as well.  The ramrod is from a Model 1842 cadet musket, and has been with the musket as it came down through the ages.  Only a little rifling remains as the musket has seen lots of service.  This would be a wonderfully historic Civil War musket to pass down through future fenerations of your family.--$1,450.

  128. 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

  129. 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.

  130. Excavated "Flying Eagle" one cent piece.  This was recovered from a Confederate camp here, and "I think" is dated "1858".  I believe that the date can be brought out a bit more if desired.--$25.

  131. Quite rare, Confederate manufactured Foot Officer's sword that has traits causing us to believe it to be a product of College Hill Arsenal at Nashville, Tennessee.  The sword has the distinctive "elongated" pommel cap and high pommel generally associated with College Hill products.  The blade on this sword has the classic, unstopped fuller that is generally associated with Confederate manufactured blades, but differs from the College Hill "pin knife" design.  It is possible that the original blade could have been damaged and replaced during the Civil War Era.  The grip was worn down to wood and has been professionally restored.  This will be a very nice addition to someone's Confederate display.--$2,150.

  132. 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.

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

  134. 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.

  135. 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.

  136. Very nice condition and quite rare, early date, Model 1860, Light Cavalry saber and scabbard.  The blade has a very pleasing, gently graying, aged patina with markings of "US - 1862 - L.D. - Mansfield & Lamb.  The original grip remains in nice condition with complete leather and wire.  The brass guard is excellent with a rich, aged, never cleaned, bronze patina.  This is a nicer quality early war Cavalry saber than most that you see.--$975.

  137. Nice little display containing 3 excavated brass Civil War cartridges including (1) Rare .50 cal. point nose Maynard (2) .52 cal. Spencer Repeater (3) Nice 12 mm French Pinfire cart.  The Maynard and the Pinfire do each have a  small freeze crack, but remain quite stable.  The display comes in a small glass riker case, and each projectile has a nice display side.--$79. for all-SOLD

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

  139. Absolutely beautiful condition, complete Model 1832, Federal Artillery short sword, scabbard, and belt rig.  The sword itself has a clean blade just beginning to darken in areas with age.  The blade is marked "N.P. Ames Cabotville" on one side and "U.S. - 1847" on the other.  The short sword is mounted on the extremely rare, original, white buff belt with the two disc style cast brass buckle.  The belt remains complete and quite pliable and is maker marked, "H. Dingee - New York" on the belt reverse.  The belt remains strong, but clearly shows actual field service.  The buckle has a rich, aged, never cleaned patina.--$2,450.

  140. Very attractive, .69 cal., Model 1816, "A. Waters", 3-band, smooth bore musket converted from flint to percussion for Civil War use.  This example has a smooth, dark, attic patina with lockplate markings of "A. Waters - Millbury - 1832 - US".  The wood remains in nice condition with a crisp, clear inspector cartouche and the soldier's initials, "S. K.", stamped into the musket in at least nine different locations.  We have recovered from Confederate sites .69 caliber buck and ball ammunition for weapons of this type at least through the last half of 1863.  The action on this musket remains as crisp and strong as when it was used during the Civil War.--$1,150.

  141. Nice assortment of excavated artifacts recovered from the Confederate battle line (on private property) here at Stones River.  The group includes a broken blade to a Model 1816, .69 cal., socket bayonet, an 11 inch iron side knife, one camp hatchet, one early Model 1812 barrel band, two Jews harps, eight assorted type small arms projectiles, and one large, brass, officer's baggage trunk lock.  This entire collection of artifacts for -- $150.

  142. 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.

  143. Very nice condition, .69 cal., Confederate carbine constructed from a Model 1842, .69 cal., 3-band, infantry musket.  The barrel was shortened to carbine length as was the stock, and it was carried much like the short Austrian carbine.  This weapon originally surfaced here in Middle Tennessee about 20 years ago, and I just this afternoon purchased a portion of the collection that it went to.  This is an excellent example of how Confederate troops fabricated weapons to fight with from whatever they could obtain.  The metal has a smooth, dark, attic patina with lockplate markings of "Springfield - 1848 - US and the Eagle".  The action remains as strong and crisp as when it was used during the war.--$750.SOLD

  144. This is a really nice dug Confederate relic in that it so perfectly represents the South.  This artifact started out being a Confederate manufactured "Dog River" C.S. cavalry saber, and somewhere along the way the blade got broken.  Instead of just throwing the broken saber away - It went back to the blacksmith, and was fashion into an Infantry fighting knife.  It was recovered from a Confederate infantry campsite here at Stones River several years ago.  It has been cleaned and coated and is ready to display.--$195.SOLD

  145. Excavated perfect condition large iron cavalry stirrup, and an excavated broken cast brass Cavalry spur.  These were recovered from an Alabama Confederate Cavalry camp here in Middle Tennessee.--$48. FOR BOTH

  146. Complete, early pattern, US beltrig with original leather belt, buckle, and maker marked US percussion capbox.  The belt remains pliable, and the buckle is the more scarce, early, "thick lettering" variety with puppy paw hooks.  The capbox remains pliable and is marked "R. White - US Ordinance Dept." and still has the original nipple pick and some original caps inside.--$650. complete-SOLD

  147. 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.

  148. Very nice condition, excavated, cast iron ladle for melting lead and field molding bullets.  This was recovered from a Confederate camp here at Stones River, and I have included some original campsite lead for display.--$65.SOLD

  149. Nice condition, .69 cal., Model 1842, "Harpers Ferry", smooth bore, percussion musket.  The metal has a smooth, uncleaned, chocolate brown patina with lockplate markings of "Harpers Ferry - 1844 - US - and the American Eagle".  The stock remains in nice condition with "J. A. 3-R" carved into the lefthand side.  We believe the musket to have been carried by Joel Anderson, 3rd Regiment, Tennessee Volunteers.  The original ramrod remains intact, but the two sling swivels have been gone a very long time.  Harpers Ferry muskets of this type were extensively carried by Confederate Infantry, especially early in the war.  This musket will be a quality addition to any Civil War collection.--$1,850.SOLD

  150. Nice display containing three original, non-excavated, Civil War revolver cartridges.  One cartridge is an original brass cased derringer cartridge, and the other two cartridges are rare front-loading, .36 cal. teat-fired cartridges.  One of the cartridges is a flat type, and the other is a round teat type.--$75 for the entire display and glass case.

  151. Beautiful condition, non-excavated, lead-filled, circular, Federal, Eagle breastplate.  This plate has a very pretty, uncleaned, aged patina with full lead and both attaching loops intact on the reverse.  This plate was purchased a number of years ago out of an estate sale near Edwardsville, Illinois.--$250.

  152. Ultra-Rare 8 Foot Chickamauga War Log that was cut during the 1880s and has remained in the immediate Chickamauga/Chattanooga area since that time.  The tree is a Dogwood measuring about a foot in diameter at the base and 6 inches or so at the top.  It is peppered with artillery fire from top to bottom, and has about 9 or 10 strikes consisting of canister and shrapnel from numerous different type shells.  This fantastic "Museum Quality" artifact has been a part of Charlie Harris's Nationally known collection for many years.  Charlie has the piece mounted on a base that will turn to view all sides, and a custom made bracket for the top, and this all goes with the War Log.  This artifact is nothing short of incredible.   Priced at less than half what I have seen other War Logs half its size priced at.--$9,850.

  153. 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.

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

  155. Very attractive, Model 1850, contract import, Federal Foot Officer's sword and scabbard.  The blade is just beginning to gray with age and has clearly legible US engraving from top to bottom, and is "Solingen" marked.  The brass guard is in very nice condition with a rich, uncleaned, aged, bronze patina and original sharkskin and wire on the grip.  The sword is in the original, brass mounted, metal scabbard that it came down through the family in.  It has a couple of small dents from field service and is missing the brass drag.  This is a nice, honest example of a typical, Federal Foot Officer's sword and scabbard that was carried in the American Civil War.--$850.SOLD

  156. This is considered by many to be the classic long arm of the American Civil War.  It is the .58 cal., Model 1861, Springfield, 3-band, rifled musket.  This musket is out of the local area and was just brought into the shop today.  The metal has a smooth, uncleaned, chocolate, attic patina tip to tip with lockplate markings of, "1862 - US - Springfield".  The action remains crisp and works perfectly, both sling swivels - original ramrod - and long range site all remain intact.  There is faint rifling remaining, but considerable wear from having seen the entire Civil War.  An 1862 date Springfield musket is one of the most sought after long arms of the American Civil War.--$1,450.

  157. Beautiful condition, non-excavated, set of four, gilted, cuff size, Federal, Eagle buttons, also correct to be used on a Union Cavalry or Artillery Shell jacket.  The set of four buttons are displayed in a glass Riker case.--$48.

  158. Beautiful condition, non-excavated, complete set of Cavalry hat insignia.  The crossed sabers has all four attaching loops intact, and the "F" and "1" also have the attaching loop intact.  The group comes displayed in a glass case.--$395.

  159. Beautiful condition, cast brass, excavated, Leech and Rigdon, enlistedman's Confederate Cavalry spur.  This spur was recovered from an 1863 N.B. Forrest camp located near Spring Hill, Tennessee.  The spur is complete with a nice, uncleaned, green patina and rusty remnants of where the iron rowel once was.  The wear pattern of the spur indicates it was worn on the right boot.--$295.

  160. Absolutely beautiful condition, excavated, coat size, "silvered", NC, sunburst button.  This button was recovered many years ago by Benny Anderson from Confederate camps near Dalton, GA.  Shell jackets had been purchased by the Confederate States government from the State of North Carolina and distributed during the winter of 1863-1864 to Army of Tennessee Confederate troops camped around Dalton, GA.  It is very rare to recover a North Carolina sunburst retaining this much original silver wash.--$150.

  161. Excavated, cast brass, Enfield musket buttplate.  This musket buttplate was recovered years ago in a crop field here at Stones River that is now the upscale "Avenues" mall.--$25.

  162. Nice condition, Confederate carried, Model 1816, Springfield, smooth bore musket converted from flint to percussion for Civil War use.  The metal has a smooth, attic, gray/brown patina with lockplate markings of "Springfield - 1838 - US" and a barrel date of 1837.  The action remains virtually as crisp and strong as when issued, and both sling swivels as well as original ramrod remain intact.  The wood is in very nice condition, just showing the normal dings and marks of actual field service wear.  A clear inspector cartouche remains visible in the stock opposite the lockplate.  I am including with this musket a small display of correct ammunition which we have recovered here at Stones River.  This is a nice condition, classic example of one of the primary Infantry weapons that the Confederates were armed with the first two years of the Civil War.  It will make a fine addition to any collection - advanced or beginning.--$1,250.SOLD

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

  164. 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

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

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

  167. 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.

  168. Very pretty condition rare IDed complete Federal infantry soldier's rig consisting of the regulation Federal waist belt with beautiful "U.S." buckle and brass adjuster - Nice Federal percussion cap box - leather bayonet scabbard with the original .58 cal. Springfield  bayonet.  This rig was carried by Newton Gant of the 123 Indiana and was at Kennesaw Mtn. - Atlanta - and Jonesboro.  This is a very nice rig straight out of the family, and out of my good buddy - Robert Heins' personal collection.--$1,150.SOLD

  169. This item will probably take the prize for being the most "Politically Incorrect" child's Christmas gift OF THE YEAR !!!  It is a 1961 era miniature (about 1/2 scale) of a "Floating C.S." Leech and Rigdon child size Confederate Officer's Sword (complete with floating C.S. in the guard).  As a 10 year old already interested in the Civil War in 1961 - I would have SOOO LOVED to have had this on the wall of my room.  As a matter of fact - as a near 66 year old - I today have the grownup real version of this same sword on the wall of my room, and love looking at it !!!  A very cool Christmas gift for that 10 year old Civil War buff (and near the most politically incorrect Christmas Gift POSSIBLE !!!)--$79.SOLD

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

  171. 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.

  172. Excavated, large oval, lead filled, "VMM" (Volunteer Maine Militia) cartridge box plate.  This plate has a smooth, brown patina on the face and was recovered many years ago from a Maine camp located near Port Hudson, LA.  Most large VMM boxplates have very little, if any, lead in the reverse, but this one has about the same amount of lead as a US cartridge boxplate.  It has been in the Coy Kitchens collection for many years and will make an excellent addition to your collection.--$795.

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

  174. 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.

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

  176. 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.

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

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

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

  180. 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.

  181. 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.

  182. 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.

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

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

  185. Excavated, coat size, die struck, North Carolina Sunburst uniform button.  This button was recovered from an 1863 - 1864 Army of Tennessee winter campsite located near Dalton, GA.  It has a beautiful, brown/green woods patina that has never even been rinsed off.--$110.

  186. Absolutely beautiful condition, New Jersey State Seal, Staff Officer, coat size button.  The face is flawless with a "Schuyler H. & G. - New York" backmark.  It retains near 100% original gilt with shank remaining intact and straight.  This is a relatively rare Civil War State Seal button to come by.--$350.

  187. 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.

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

  189. 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.

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

  191. 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.

  192. 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.

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

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

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

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

  197. 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.

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

  199. Very nice condition, excavated, iron Cavalry spur recovered from the 1863 camp of Wharton's 8th Texas Cavalry.  This camp was located near Unionville, Tennessee, and occupied during the spring of 1863.  The spur has the classic, large, Mexican/Spanish type rowel that we found on several spurs recovered from this camp.--$195.

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

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

  202. 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

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

  204. 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

  205. Pair of excavated cast brass spurs recovered many years ago in a Confederate Cavalry camp located near Brandy Station, VA.  Each of the two spurs is broken, but could be easily restored because 95% of the spurs are intact, or they display perfectly fine just as they are.--$225. for the PAIR

  206. Excavated smooth face large size Confederate style Martingale Heart.  This was recovered on private property near Manassas over 30 years ago.  The Heart had two bends when found. and has been unfolded.  Here is a rare Confederate type lead filled Cavalry Martingale Heart at the price of a common "U.S." oval.--$250.

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

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

  209. 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.

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

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

  212. 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.

  213. 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

  214. 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.

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

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

  217. Very rare, and beautiful condition non-excavated cuff size "Goodyear's Patent" HARD RUBBER Federal Eagle Button.  These are believed to have been used by Federal Sharp Shooters to prevent the sparkle of gilted brass buttons to give the Sharp Shooter's position away.--$295.

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

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

  220. Very rare to recover, nice drop, .69 cal., two-ring musketoon projectile.  This rare bullet was recovered years ago from a Confederate camp near Triune, Tennessee.  Interestingly, this is one of the very few sites in our area where this projectile has been recovered.--$79.

  221. 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.

  222. 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

  223. Very attractive "Special Model 1861" .58 cal., "S. Norris & W.T. Clements for Massachusetts", 1863 date, 3-band percussion rifled musket.  The metal has a smooth, gently aging, gray/brown patina with an 1863 date on the lockplate and an 1864 date on the barrel.  The main spring remains strong and the musket locks in both half-cock and full-cock positions.   Both sling swivels , long range site, and original ramrod remain intact, and a good, crisp bore remains.  The wood remains in nice condition with a faintly visible inspector cartouche, and the normal dings and marks from actual field service.  There is a small sliver of wood missing from just beneath the lockplate.  This is a quality condition musket and shows evidence of just good, honest, actual Civil War field service.--$1,450.

  224. 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.

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

  226. 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.

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

  228. Excellent condition, non-excavated, large size, lead-filled, US Oval, Federal cartridge box plate.  This is an early "fat letter" style plate.  The wire loops on the reverse are perfectly intact, straight, and 2 3/4" apart.  If you have a leather US cartridge box needing a box plate, this is a beauty.--$250.

  229. 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.

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

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

  232. 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.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

  240. Absolutely beautiful condition, excavated, coat size, Confederate Officer's droop wing button.  This button was recovered over 40 years ago by Dr. Rees Buttram on private property near Chickamauga, Georgia.  It has a smooth, chocolate brown patina - nice crisp detail - and even has the brass shank intact on the reverse.--$275.

  241. 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.

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

  243. 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.

  244. 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.

  245. 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.

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

  247. 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

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

  249. 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.

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

  251. Excavated, coat size, "CS 5" Confederate Droop Wing Eagle Staff Officer's button.  The button remains solid as a rock with the rare "Rivet'd & Solderd" backmark.  The face has crisp detail, nicely outlined with gold gilt, but does unfortunately have a light press at the eagle's chest.  This is a backmark that you rarely see recovered.--$250.

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

  253. 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.

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

  255. 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.

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

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

  258. 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.SOLD

  259. 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.

  260. Just in out of the local area - .69 cal. Model 1842 Springfield percussion musket.  The metal has a dark chocolate brown attic patina with lockplate markings of "1855 - Springfield - and U.S.".  There is some pitting around the nipple area from having seen lots of field service.  The wood is a very dark red-brown color and has the expected numerous small dings and marks from lots of actual field service.  The mainspring is still strong as can be and the hammer sets solidly at both half cock and full cock.  This one is a smoothbore and would have fired both musket balls and "buck and ball".  This is a very typical antequated weapon that the Southern Infantry was armed with through much of the Civil War, and considering the area here where the musket came from - was almost certainly Southern carried and is going to look great on someone's wall.--$1,295.

  261. Really pretty, cast brass, Model 1851, saber belt plate with the applied silver wreaths.  It is mounted on an excellent condition, "Rock Island Arsenal", Indian War, leather sword belt.  I suspect that this was a Civil War buckle carried over and used in a slightly later military campaign.--$495.

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

  263. Absolutely beautiful condition, SUPER RARE, Confederate manufactured wooden scabbard Confederate Cavalry saber.  Most collectors now believe this to be a product of Kraft, Goldschmidt, and Kraft of Columbia, SC.  This extremely rare Confederate saber was for many years believed a product of H. Marshall of Atlanta, GA.  This example has a bright, clean blade and an excellent grip with original wrap and wire.  The original wooden scabbard is one of the nicest that I have seen in years.  This fine Confederate Cavalry saber was for many years on display in a GAR Post in Boston.  You couldn't ask for a nicer example of this extremely scarce Confederate manufactured Cavalry saber and scabbard.--$8,500.

  264. 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.

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

  266. 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.

  267. 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

  268. 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

  269. 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

  270. 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

  271. 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.

  272. A few days ago - April 10th, 2017 - was one of life's very best days.  My 3rd granddaughter (Isabella Rose) was born to my younger daughter Savannah Cynthia and her husband Luke.  Isabella Rose was born at 1:10 p.m. weighing 7 lbs. 11 oz. and was 19 1/4" long.  She appears very healthy and has a head full of dark brown hair.  To me, she looks like a near exact duplicate of her older sister, Lila Magnolia.  The birth went perfectly, and we hope to have both coming home soon.  Lila is very proud of her new baby sister, and we hope that sentiment lasts.

  273. lilapic1.JPG (83855 bytes)lila2poppy.JPG (18033 bytes)lila3asleep.JPG (20264 bytes)lila5profpic.png (771077 bytes)lila5wrapped.jpeg (262144 bytes)lila4andmomhosp.JPG (141046 bytes)lila6reaction.JPG (23590 bytes)lila7goodmorning.jpg (65573 bytes)lila8happytues.jpg (59827 bytes)lili10pinksocks.JPG (26317 bytes)lila11withana.JPG (27622 bytes)lili12cheerldr.JPG (93658 bytes)savannahcheer.JPG (36520 bytes)lila13easterbunny.JPG (118941 bytes)lilasheep.JPG (27660 bytes)lilasthrnbell.JPG (28647 bytes)lilakitchen.jpg (37664 bytes)lilainstrawberries.JPG (702058 bytes) volcheerleader.JPG (647692 bytes)Meet "Lila Magnolia Blackwelder" !!!  She is my younger daughter - Savannah Cynthia and her husband - Luke Blackwelder's first child.  She was born December 4, 2013 at 3:25 pm weighing 7 pounds 4 ounces and was 19 3/4 inches long.  She was born with a head full of dark brown hair and a fine set of lungs.  She has a wonderful disposition, and loves to smile and giggle.  I plan to do my best to spoil her beyond belief !!!!

  274. annasoccer.JPG (39064 bytes)poppyana&rachJPG.JPG (253237 bytes)anastasiaschool.JPG (25834 bytes)larrya.jpg (610641 bytes)NEW PICTURE !!!  Guess who is celebrating 1 year old today ??  Yep -- "Lady A - Anastasia" .  I  just got back from Houston, TX. visiting my first "Grandchild - Lady-A" {Anastasia}.  She is an absolute little doll and has everyone wrapped around her tiny, little finger.  She has arrived at the conclusion - "If I'm awake, somebody best be holding me if you know what's good for you" -- {otherwise I'll give you the business} !!!  She and I have a lot in common -- Two of our favorite things on earth to do is "Eat and Sleep" !!!!  Jonathan {the pup} is a wonderful "Big Brother" -- As a matter of fact - He has a little sweater that has "Only Child" crossed out and "Big Brother" written beneath it.  She is something like 11 months old and already weighs 23 lbs. -- Texas thing I'm told !!!   {Make that "5 YEARS" old now !!!!}  WOW --- Time sure gets away !!!!  And now ANOTHER year !!!!   I'm getting SOOO old, but beats the alternative !!!

  275. Last Thursday was absolutely beautiful and 67 degrees.  My daughter - Savannah - and I decided that it was a perfect day to play "Hooky" and go relic digging instead of opening the shop.  I had found a small Union camp a few weeks earlier and we decided to see what was there.  We got several bullets - a coat size eagle "I" button - and then I got this nice clear "80" reading on the scale.  At 14 inches deep and under several big roots was a beautiful early style - lead filled - "U.S." oval.  Notice the oval "ghost" where it has been laying for the last 150 years.  Savannah now has it in her display case to remember the experience !!!!!  {If a guy could bottle the rush that you get from digging a Civil War belt plate - It would put Cocaine right out of business !!!}

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

   

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