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  1. Yesterday - 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 tomorrow.  Lila is very proud of her new baby sister, and we hope that sentiment lasts.

  2. Lila is very excited about having a new baby sister, and with every visitor, she immediately wants to take them to see her new little sister, Isabella. 

  3. We thought we had really done something when we recently raked out a nice Confederate spur while raking top soil from a root ball.  This is nothing to compare with the beautiful Atlanta style, cast brass, rectangle C.S.A. that a local girl recently raked out of her flower bed.  We are thinking of selling our metal detectors and investing in rakes!!!

  4. Fresh out of the attic - .52 cal. Sharps "New Model" 1863 percussion carbine.  This is serial number C21411 which is 1864 issue.  The marks all remain clear and are easily readable through the aged chocolate brown patina.  The action still works perfectly and has a good strong main spring.  Lots of bore remains, but is 100 years worth of dirty and brown.  The long range site base is intact, but the leaf isn't present.  The wood is very nice with clear evidence of the wear and dings, and marks of many campaigns.  The Sharps percussion carbine was a favorite among both Union and Confederate Cavalry, and this is an example that clearly "was there" and saw action.--$1,650.

  5. Beautiful condition, excavated, cast brass, Confederate rectangular "C.S.A." waist belt plate.  This excellent buckle was purchased several years ago from Harry Ridgeway when he sold a number of Confederate plates out of his own collection.  This plate was recovered from a Confederate camp in Central Virginia and was very likely one of the C.S.A. buckles brought back to Virginia from Tennessee by Longstreet's troops following the Battle of Chickamauga.  The buckle has a smooth, chocolate brown patina - nice body curve - and all three attachment hooks intact on the reverse.--$3,250.SOLD

  6. Absolutely beautiful early Battlefield pick-up cast brass Federal Cavalry Officer's spur with ornate design,  ribs and stippling.  The rowel remains 100 % intact and still rotates freely.  This was an early Brandy Station, VA. find and couldn't really be any nicer.  All you need to do is strap it back on the boot and ride off.--$275.

  7. 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.

  8. From life Anthony C.D.V. of General William "Extra Billy"Smith.  It I remember correctly, Gen. Smith was the oldest Confederate General to command in the field.  His nickname of "Extra Billy" came from his time with the railroad charging "Extra" for some side line pickups.  The image has been trimmed to fit a photo album or a 1/6th plate frame.  Quite a rare Confederate image with reduced price for being trimmed.--$125.

  9. Absolutely beautiful condition uncirculated State of Alabama 1864 date  $10. note.  This is a quite scarce Montgomery issue $10. Alabama note.--$95.

  10. Just brought in out of the local area, .58 cal., 3-band, Springfield rifled musket.  The lockplate is marked "US - 1864 - Springfield."  The musket has a Model 1863 lockplate and barrel, but has Model 1861 bands, wood, and ramrod.  It has clearly seen lots of service having been fired enough that a hole is burned in the wood immediately behind the nipple.  It is very possible that this musket could have been Confederate carried considering it is made up of salvaged parts and shows lots of dings and marks from field service.  The mainspring remains strong, and the action works perfectly.  There is decent rifling remaining in the bore.  This is a good, honest, "Attic" condition, .58 cal, Civil War Springfield musket.--$1,250.

  11. Model 1850, import, Federal Foot Officer's sword.  This was recently purchased out of an Ohio estate sale.  The blade has a smooth, gently aging, gray/brown patina with visible Union engraving top to bottom.  The guard has an attractive, aged, never cleaned, bronze patina, and the grip retains original sharkskin and wire.  The sword has wear in all the right places indicating that it saw lots of actual field service.--$495.SOLD

  12. Very nice condition, Confederate, February 17, 1864, $100 note.  This note is generally referred to as the "Lucy Pickens" one hundred.  The note shows very little circulation with good edges and sharp detail.--$125.

  13. Excellent condition, excavated, chocolate brown, coat size, solid cast, Confederate Block "I" (Infantry) button.  This button was recovered from a lawn along the Confederate battle line at the historic Battle of Franklin, Tennessee.  It was recovered only a few hundred yards from the famous "Cotton Gin" at the Battle of Franklin.  The button remains in perfect condition with shank intact.--$150.SOLD

  14. Absolutely beautiful condition, non-excavated, regulation issue, cast brass, Federal "grooved back," enlistedman's cavalry spur.  The spur has a rich, aged, bronze/brown patina, literally approaching the patina of an excavated artifact.  The brass rowel remains intact and appears to have been made from a large cent.  You won't see a nicer example.--$95.

  15. Absolutely beautiful condition, non-excavated, coat size, Vermont State Seal, Civil War uniform button.  This button has near 100% bright gold gilt and an R.M.D.C. Scovill backmark on the reverse with the shank perfectly intact as issued.--$85.

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

  17. Excavated, large size, lead filled, US Oval waist belt plate.  This buckle was recovered on March 18, 1990, from a Federal camp on private property near Winchester, Virginia.  It remains in fair condition with some rim flaking around the edge and has one attachment hook out of the three remaining intact.  Maybe not mint, but respectable and very difficult to recover these days.--$125.

  18. Very nice condition, excavated, lead-filled, Federal artillery rosette.  The face has a very nice, never cleaned, brown/green patina, and the reverse has full lead and one attachment hook remaining intact.  This rosette was recovered from a Federal camp near Brandy Station, Virginia, a number of years ago.--$65.

  19. Beautiful condition, excavated, stamped brass, rectangular, South Carolina State Seal waist belt plate.  This buckle was recovered on private property during the early 1980's by Cecil Hopper from a South Carolina Infantry camp located near Charleston, SC.  The plate has a completely uncleaned, brown-green woods patina with a very crisp strike.  This will be a fine addition to any Confederate buckle collection.--$3,450.

  20. Extremely rare, 2.6" Wiard canister round, one of the rarest there is.  It is out of an old Milwaukee collection and is in absolutely flawless condition.  Even the original wooden sabot remains perfectly intact.--$2,650.SOLD

  21. Nice condition "CS" marked, Roman style, Confederate Artillery short sword.  This example has a smooth, chocolate brown blade with a rich, aged, bronze patina on the massive, cast copper/brass guard.  The guard is marked "CS" in the center of the cross guard on each side and also has a recessed star cast into each side of the pommel.  Many collectors believe this pattern Confederate Artillery sword is likely to have been made at the Selma Confederate Armory.--$3,250.

  22. Very nice condition, excavated, Richmond Arsenal pattern, "CS" two-piece tongue and wreath saber belt plate.  This buckle was recovered about 30 years ago from a Confederate Cavalry Camp on private property near Brandy Station, Virginia.  The two pieces have a matching, chocolate brown patina and were recovered together and fit nicely.  This is a quality "CS" buckle that would be a compliment to any collection.--$2,450.

  23. Absolutely beautiful E.J. Johnston (of Macon, GA), Confederate manufactured, short Artillery sword. This type sword is easily recognizable by its concentric ring pattern on the cast brass guard. The cast guard is cast from typical Confederate high copper alloy material. The blade is in very nice condition, with a smooth, chocolate patina, and several typical Confederate casting impurity areas. The cast brass guard has an absolutely beautiful rich, aged-never cleaned-bronze patina. This is a Confederate manufactured sword that rarely comes up for sale.--$1,950.

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

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

  26. Excavated, standard large size, Confederate fork tongue frame buckle, measuring 2 3/4" wide by 4" long.  This plate has a smooth, brown/green, woods patina and was recovered from a Confederate Infantry camp in central Virginia.  When originally recovered, the plate had a break in one corner which is likely why it was discarded.  The break has been professionally stabilized, and you can't even find where it is located.  This plate displays very nicely.--$750.

  27. Massive, Confederate, D-Guard bowie measuring 24 inches overall with an 18 1/2 inch blade.  It has a beautiful, never cleaned, chocolate brown patina with its original walnut grip perfectly intact.  In the words of Crocodile Dundee - "NO---this is a knife!!"--$1,750.

  28. Absolutely beautiful applied gold gilted disc pattern non-excavated South Carolina 2-piece Officer's Sword Belt plate.  The South Carolina officer who wore this buckle apparently broke the wreath and had to replace it with the closest match that he was able to find.  The fit is perfect, but one belt loop is just slightly more rounded than the other.  The plate displays beautifully, and I do have some additional family information as to who it might have belonged to that I can pass along.--$2,850.

  29. Really nice, Confederate carbine just brought in out of the local area.  This weapon started life as a .69 cal., French import infantry musket.  It was shortened to carbine length, was probably carried by Confederate Cavalry, and would have likely been loaded with buck.  The family from which this carbine came had numerous members in the 8th Tennessee Cavalry, and that is very likely where this weapon saw service.--$650.SOLD

  30. 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

  31. Quite rare, "From Life" CDV of Confederate Secretary of State, Judah P. Benjamin.  Also included is a very nice condition, February 17, 1864, issue CS $2 note which pictures Secretary Benjamin on the right hand side.  This is quite a rarity to see these two artifacts offered together.--$275 for both.SOLD

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

  33. Absolutely perfect condition, coat size, Federal "C" (Cavalry) button.  It has virtually 100% bright gold gilt and couldn't be nicer.--$125.

  34. Very nice condition, Civil War date (January 21, 1862) ornate $100 note from the "State of New York - Ilion Bank - Herkimer County."  This note has beautiful graphics with an Indian warrior on the left side and a maiden pictured in the upper right.--$75.

  35. Absolutely beautiful, excavated, solid cast, Confederate, block "I" (Infantry) coat size, uniform button.  This button has a near reflective green patina and was recovered just off Columbia Pike in a lawn along the Confederate battle line at the Battle of Franklin, TN.  This one is as pretty as they get.--$150.SOLD

  36. Very nice condition, excavated, dropped, .69 cal., 2-ring Prussian Minie.  This rare bullet was recovered from an 1863 Ohio Infantry camp on private property here at Murfreesboro, TN.--$35.

  37. 1/6th plate, tintype of a double-armed, young Union Infantry soldier.  He is wearing his US beltrig with a sideknife stuck behind his belt and his Springfield musket at his side.  This image is in a 1/2 hard case and has very good content, but is unfortunately darker than we would like for it to be.  Even though somewhat dark, it is still a very nice image.--$195.

  38. Quite rare and sought after, Confederate $100, December, 1862 "Negroes Chopping Cotton" note (T-41).  This is a circulated note, but remains in complete, sound condition and has two interest paid stamps on the reverse.--$150.

  39. 40 - 50 year old vial of bullets collected at Malvern Hill, VA.  The label on the vial is so old, that the ink writing is quite faded.  This is out of the massive 50-year collection of Mr. Herbert Harper of Franklin, TN.--$45.

  40. Very scarce "T-14" September 2, 1861, $50 note.  This note pictures Moneta seated by a treasure chest with a sailor on the lower left.  It has been removed from circulation by being "cut canceled."  The note remains in nice condition but is somewhat uneven cut above the "$50".  Apparently the ladies cutting notes that day were a bit hungover.--$95.

  41. 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.

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

  43. 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.

  44. Richmond, VA, Confederate newspaper "The Richmond Sentinel Daily."  This is issue #147, dated Monday, June 20, 1864.  There is extensive content concerning fighting around Petersburg, VA.  Also in this issue is a listing of reported Confederate killed and wounded around Petersburg.  This is very reminiscent of the scene in Gone with the Wind where all the wives, mothers, and fathers huddled around the newspaper office waiting to see the list of killed and wounded.  Overall good condition and a nice record of current Civil War happenings around Richmond, VA.--$125.SOLD

  45. Extremely rare CDV of Sgt. Newton Cannon of Williamson County, Tennessee, who was a member of the 11th Tennessee Cavalry and author of the regimental history entitled The Reminiscences of Newton Cannon.  Sgt. Newton Cannon was the son of a well known previous Governor of the State of Tennessee.  This photo was taken at Giers Gallery in Nashville, TN.  In 40 years, this is only the second image of Sgt. Newton Cannon that I have ever had.  This image is out of the massive 50-year collection of Mr. Herbert Harper of Franklin, TN.  It will likely be many years before you get another chance at a CDV of Sgt. Newton Cannon.--$295.SOLD

  46. Very nice collection of 20 carved and whittled bullets, both US and CS, recovered over the last 20 years from Union and Confederate camps around Murfreesboro, Tennessee.  The collection is nicely displayed in a glass riker case.  All 20 for $125.

  47. Quite rare,  excellent condition, coat size, "U.S.N." United States Navy hard rubber button.  The button is backmarked, "Goodyears Patent - Novelty Rubber Co. - 1851 New York."  This is an absolutely perfect, beautiful example.--$150.

  48. Group of three unique, excavated artifacts recovered from the Battle of Franklin and out of Mr. Herbert Harper's collection.  The first item is the "hooking device" out of the back of an early pattern "puppy paw hook" US Oval waist belt plate.  The second item is a portion of a brass, Confederate Cavalry spur.  The third item is a brass bayonet scabbard tip with leather still protruding from the top of the brass tip.  All three items are displayed in a glass riker case.--$95 for all three.

  49. Excavated, circular, lead-filled, Federal, Eagle breast plate recovered a few years back on private property near Winchester, VA.  The plate for the most part remains solid and stable, but does have one area along the rim that is flaking and a bit weak.--$95.

  50. Excellent condition, non-excavated, lead-filled, arrow hook pattern, standard Civil War issue, US Oval waist belt plate.  This is a very nice example of the most representative Federal belt plate of the American Civil War.--$250.

  51. Small, 1/2" size, dye stamped brass, Company Letter "I" hat insignia.  This is out of the 50-year collection of Mr. Herbert Harper of Franklin, Tennessee.--$38.

  52. Absolutely beautiful condition, excavated, two-piece, coat size, Confederate Block "I" (Infantry) button.  It has a slick, chocolate brown face with a complete, rusty iron reverse with iron shank intact.--$95.SOLD

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

  54. 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.

  55. Excellent condition, excavated, lead-filled, circular, Eagle breastplate recovered on private property near Shiloh over 40 years ago.  During the early years of relic hunting, it was a relatively common thing for relic hunters to clean up plates to virtually pass as non-excavated examples.  This breastplate was cleaned up many, many years ago and would literally pass as non-excavated until you look at the reverse, and it is clearly an early excavated find.  The lead in the reverse remains 100% intact, and there is a "7" carved into the lead.  Both wire attachment loops remain perfectly intact and are still strong enough to actually attach to a cross belt.  Although excavated, this plate is nice enough to pass as non-excavated.--$225.SOLD

  56. Exceptionally nice condition, non-excavated, Confederate manufactured, bridle cutter pike head.  This is the same type pike that was recovered from the big train wreck in South Carolina.  This example was likely purchased from Bannermann during the early 1900's.  Bannermann purchased vast quantities of Civil War surplus material, both Union and Confederate, and sold all sorts of Civil War material from catalogues for many years after the Civil War.  I have seen this exact type Confederate manufactured pike heads offered for sale in early Bannerman catalogues.  This would be an excellent addition to any Confederate edged weapon display.--$450.SOLD

  57. Absolutely pristine, beautiful condition, non excavated, coat size, Wisconsin State Seal Federal Officer's 3-piece Staff style button.  It has excellent, crisp detail and near 100% bright gold gilt.  The shank remains intact on the reverse and has a "Waterbury Scovill" backmark.  This example is about as perfect as you are going to find.--$225.

  58. Excellent condition, excavated, regulation, Federal Cavalry spur.  This spur was recovered on private property from Camp Stanley, which was the 1863 Federal Cavalry winter camp here at Murfreesboro, Tennessee.  The spur has an interesting modification in that the standard rowel has been replaced by a very sharp, brass, spike like object.  Apparently this cavalry soldier had a horse requiring "extra stimulation".  I tried this on Nita, and it really works (only once)!!--$65.

  59. Excavated, cuff size, Federal Navy button.  This button was recovered many years ago from a Federal Camp on private property near Mobile, Alabama.  The face has crisp detail and about 30% gold gilt.  The reverse is solid, but is missing the shank.--$25.

  60. Excellent condition, excavated, creamy white, dropped, 5-point, "Swaged Base" .58 cal. 3-ring Minie.  The swage marks in the base of the Minie are actually from the lathe chuck that held the bullet in place while the three rings were cut in rather than molded in.  This is a beautiful example.--$18.

  61. Very nice condition, small, glazed, crock inkwell that was recovered years ago from a Confederate trash pit along Duck River near Shelbyville, Tennessee.--$48.SOLD

  62. .69 cal., leather cartridge box recently brought into the shop that is of the pre-Civil War type that carried .69 cal. musket ball or buck and ball ammunition.  The box remains quite pliable and has the US plate removed, which is to be expected considering it almost certainly saw CS service.  This is a typical cartridge box that a Confederate soldier would have carried with one of the early .69 cal, Model 1816 muskets converted from flint to percussion.  This box sings "Dixie" so loud that you need earplugs to even hold it!!--$395.SOLD

  63. Really cool, excavated, Union "Patriotic" glazed clay, pipe bowl.  The bowl has an "acorn" corp badge cast onto one side and a raised Union shield on the other side.  This was recovered from a Union trash pit on private property near Atlanta, Georgia.--$75.SOLD

  64. Excavated, cast brass, Confederate "snake motif" sword hanger.  This was recovered many years ago by Wayne Tucker from a Confederate camp on private property near Mobile, Alabama.--$45.

  65. Very nice condition, and one of the very rarest of all Martingale Hearts, this is the large size, lead-filled, Martingale Heart with the raised star device in the center.  It is believed that these type Martingales with the raised heart motif were private purchased for pre-war militia units.  Less than ten examples have been recovered from Civil War sites with most coming from Texas and Mississippi Cavalry camps.  This example was recovered from a Confederate Cavalry camp near Richmond, VA, and is actually the plate published in the reference book.  This Martingale Heart was the centerpiece of a 20-year Martingale collection.  It will likely be a very long time, if ever, that you have the opportunity at one of these again.--$2,850.SOLD

  66. Absolutely mint beautiful condition, non-excavated, coat size, Eagle "D" (Dragoon) button.  This button has literally near 100% bright gold gilt with shank intact, and is backmarked "Mintzer Phild".  It would be very hard to find a more beautiful example.--$175.

  67. Excavated, lead-filled, floral pattern, Cavalry rosette.  This was recovered many years ago from an 1863 Confederate Cavalry camp located on private property just south of Murfreesboro, TN.--$65.

  68. Excellent condition, tiny ivory grip dirk.  It measures 6" overall and would be perfect to have concealed in your boot.--$150.SOLD

  69. Excellent condition, excavated, 1840 pattern, large size, lead-filled, US oval with puppy-paw type hooks.  This buckle was recovered over 40 years ago, and during that era, the plates were still in such nice condition that they could be cleaned up to virtually look non dug.  That is exactly the case with this buckle.  One glance at the reverse, and it is clearly evident that the plate was originally excavated.  It is a local buckle recovered on private property here at Stones River many years ago.--$275.

  70. Excellent condition, non-excavated, stamped brass, "Hardee" hatpin.  The pin remains in near perfect condition with both attachment loops remaining intact on the reverse.--$175

  71. Excellent condition, February 17, 1864, $20 Confederate note.  This is serial# 7890 and appears to be in uncirculated or near-uncirculated condition.  This note pictures the standing State Capitol at Nashville, TN.--$85.

  72. Quite unusual reunion ribbon.  This is a gold Civil War Reunion Ribbon from the "Cavalry Corps Association".  This is a fairly rare ribbon as I have only had a couple other of these over the years.--$65.

  73. Excellent condition, excavated, .45 cal., Confederate Kerr 3-ring projectile.  This was recovered over 40 years ago by Calvin Sharp on private property near Ft. Donelson.--$55.

  74. Four excavated examples of Confederate polygonal cavity shrapnel.  These were recovered on private property here at Murfreesboro at the site of the 1864 "Battle of the Cedars".--$30. for all four.SOLD

  75. 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.

  76. Beautiful condition, non-excavated, lead-filled, circular, Federal Eagle cross belt plate.  If you have an original rig needing a Federal breastplate, you won't find one nicer.--$250.

  77. 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.

  78. Complete, mid-1800's, civilian horse bridle with all leather and both raised heart rosettes perfectly intact.  This bridle was found in an old log barn, where at one time, members of the Dibrell family lived.  The Dibrell family had numerous family members in the 8th Tennessee Cavalry CSA.  I have personally recovered two of these exact raised heart rosettes in the camp of Wharton's 8th Texas Cavalry here, and others have recovered the same rosettes in other Confederate Cavalry camps.  Although this style bridle was civilian in origin, there is no doubt that the Confederate Cavalry pressed many into CS service.  This will make a very nice addition to your CS Cavalry display.--$395.SOLD

  79. Seldom seen, original 1864 era date, 36-star parade flag.  The flag remains in complete, sound condition, and will display beautifully.  The flag's dimensions are 5 x 7 1/2 inches with original stick.--$125.SOLD

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

  81. Beautiful condition and quite rare, cast brass, non-excavated and perfectly matching set of regulation, Union, Cavalry spurs.  Both spurs have the original rowels completely intact and are ready to strap on your boots and ride away.--$195. for the matching pair.SOLD

  82. Excellent condition, fully cased, 1/9th plate, early war, ruby ambrotype of a seated Federal enlistedman with his .44 cal. Remington revolver across his chest.  This is an exceptionally nice quality, clear, early Civil War cased image.--$350.SOLD

  83. Nice condition, excavated, large size, regulation, Federal, Cavalry, lead-filled, Martingale Heart.  This Martingale was recovered many years ago from private property near Shiloh.  The Martingale had a bend across the face when recovered and has been expertly straightened and displays very nicely.--$325.SOLD

  84. Just in - -- Wicked Confederate carried HUGE BORE Austrian manufactured Percussion Cavalry Carbine.--$995.SOLD (Hope That You Enjoy Sherry !!!)

  85. Very cool excavated brass nameplate off a baggage trunk that belonged to Col. Henry W. Hilliard of Hilliard's Legion.  This was recovered years ago from a camp on private property in Alabama occupied by Hillierd's Legion.  A very nice artifact.--$175.SOLD

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

  87. Beautiful condition excavated cast brass Model 1851 "Officer's Grade" (with cast brass wreaths) Eagle sword belt plate.  This was recovered many years ago on private property near Chickamauga, GA. by Dr. Rees Buttram.--$395.SOLD

  88. Very cool excavated set of Federal Eagle buttons recovered "all together" from a site on private property near "The Crater" at Petersbutg, VA.  The cool part is that almost every button has a nice size hunk of Federal blue cloth still attached.  You never see buttons with cloth still attached recovered anymore.--$175. for the entire display.SOLD

  89. RARE KLI 'Keene Light Infantry' militia canteen (circa 1840) as shown and described in Sylvia and O'Donnells classic Canteen.  Reference on page 80. Canteen exhibits just light abrasions to original paint on convex front and and flat back and could easily hold water today. All strap guides solidly in place and the original partial cork stopper remains in place. Canteen measures 4 and 3/4" high and 1 15/16ths" wide. Just a RARE opportunity to own one of the better marked examples from our early American Militia Units from New Hampshire.--$695.

  90. Very nice condition on this smooth, gently aging grey-brown patina  5 shot Allen and Thurber "1845" date Pepperbox revolver.  Great for the vest with only a 2 1/2 inch barrel length.  Engravings remain about as crisp as new and good action.--$795.SOLD

  91. Pretty little Confederate Manufacture "Boyle and Gamble - Richmond, VA." C.S. Foot Officer's Sword.  The grip has 100 % original leather wrap and wire intact.  The blade has an aged grey-brown patina with a faint hint of C.S. engraving in a couple areas on the blade.  If you have always wanted an original "Confederate Manufacture Officer Sword" in your collection.  Here is a nice, honest example at a more than fair price.--$2,950.

  92. Fresh into the shop out of the local area.  .44 cal. "KERR REVOLVER" serial number "10088" which is in the known Confederate import range.  The metal has a smooth - never cleaned - chocolate patina with nice,  easy to read, marks.  The action works sometimes and doesn't sometimes - depending on its mood.  A GREAT little Southern imported and used revolver.  This one requires wearing ear protection to handle -- Because it is PLAYING DIXIE SOOOO LOUD !!!!--only $2,250.SOLD

  93. Blacksmith made 11 inch overall Confederate sideknife.  This crudely crafted sideknife appears to have been made from a file and was recovered about 20 years ago by Dr. Rees Buttram from a Confederate camp on private property near Chickamauga, GA.  It likely at one time had an "S" or "D-Guard" and a walnut grip.  This is going to look great in a "Dug C.S. Weapons" display.--$250.SOLD

  94. Extremely rare and historic, three page letter written by Confederate President Jefferson Davis (all completely in his hand) with a beautiful bold Jefferson Davis signature.  This very historic letter was written December 28, 1868, shortly after President Davis had been released from prison.  Following President Davis' release from prison, he and his family had traveled to Europe partly for pleasure and health and partly in search of the right situation where he could write an anticipated history of the Confederacy.  After staying two years in Europe, President Davis and his family eventually returned to the United States and settled at Beauvoir, located near Biloxi, Mississippi.  It was here that President Davis would pen the historic two volume Rise and Fall of the Confederate Government.  Jefferson Davis' citizenship to the United States was not restored until 1978 with a resolution from President Jimmy Carter.  You will not often have the chance to own such a beautiful and historic piece of our Southern heritage.--$1,850.SOLD

  95. 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.

  96. After almost 30 years of relic hunting, local relic hunter Larry Hutchison finally put one over the left field wall.  About an hour ago, Larry recovered this beautiful Breckenridge style Oval CS Waist Belt Plate.  "Congratulations" to a very deserving guy whose continuing efforts FINALLY really paid off!!!

  97. Very nice condition, regulation, Confederate manufactured, cedar canteen.  One side has a very old tag that says, "Confederate Soldier" and has several visible letters carved into the canteen which may be the soldier's name or initials.  The reverse side is plain with a rich, aged patina and also has some letters carved in.  The perimeter of the canteen has old gold paint likely from a UCV Hall.  This is overall about as pretty a Confederate wood canteen as you see.--$1,450.

  98. BAD TO THE BONE CONFEDERATE FIGHTING KNIFE made with a massive cast red brass grip from an "E. J. Johnston" Confederate Short Artillery Sword and that wicked blade is from a CONFEDERATE PIKE HEAD.  Beautiful rich aged patina and a knife "Crocodile Dundee" would have been proud of !!!!  This bad ass knife is out of good buddy and "KnifeMan Extraordinare" Lee Hadaway's collection.--$1,650.

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

  100. 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.

  101. Very nice condition, aqua colored "Sauce Bottle".  The bottle was recovered from a Union camp trash pit on private property at Vicksburg, MS.  It is marked, "Peckham" on one side and "E. Manwaring" on the other.  Pretty color that would make a very nice addition to any Civil War camp scene display.--$38.SOLD

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

  103. Excellent condition, excavated, plain face, lead filled, CS used, Martingale Heart.  This artifact was recovered in the early 1960's from a Rebel Cavalry Camp located near the Berkley Plantation and east of Malvern Hill, VA.SOLD

  104. Remington Model 1863 "New Model"  Army revolver.  This is serial number 100416 which is late Civil War production.  The .44 cal. Remington revolver was the stiffest competitor to Colts Model 1860 Army revolver.  It has a smooth, aged, attic, gray/brown patina with good action and edges rounded, showing evidence of lots of service.  The front site has been knocked off, but can easily be replaced.  This is a good, honest, Civil War revolver that "clearly saw the elephant."--$975.SOLD

  105. Very nice condition, excavated, stamped brass with lead fill shield with a cut-out star in the center.  This is a cavalry device that is believed to pre-date the Civil War and saw militia service, but was clearly carried over and found in both Mississippi and Texas cavalry sites.  This is a beauty, and I believe it to be published in one of the early reference books - likely one of Stan Phillips Excavated Civil War Relics books.--$295.SOLD

  106. Stamped brass, top bar to a "G.A.R." (Grand Army of the Republic) ribbon and bar.  There are fragments of the original ribbon on the back of the bar.  This was found in the attic of a Civil War Era Ohio home and has a rich, never cleaned, aged patina.--$38.

  107. Very nice condition, excavated, dropped, 12 mm, long pattern, French pinfire revolver cartridge.  This would be an excellent addition to your excavated Civil War projectile collection, or if you happen to have an original Civil War pinfire revolver, would display nicely with it as well.--$25.

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

  109. Very nice display of chewed bullets.  These all appear to be human teeth marks rather than animals.  Stories through the ages have it that wounded soldiers would sometimes "bite down" on bullets during medical procedures.  From this came the term, "Bite the Bullet".  In reality, we most often find the chewed bullets around campsites rather than hospitals.  My suspicion is that many were chewed out of boredom rather than pain, but that is not nearly as good a story!--$35. including a glass display case.SOLD

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

  111. 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.SOLD

  112. 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.

  113. Absolutely pristene beautiful NON-excavated regulation large size lead filled Federal Officer's "U.S." marked Martingale Heart.  This was uncovered in an estate several years ago by my buddy - Rafael at "Shiloh Relics" and has been in one collection ever since.  I don't think it could be any nicer - perfect face with a rich aged uncleaned patina - and full lead in the reverse with all three attachment wires still intact.  Simply choice.--$975.SOLD

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

  115. Beautiful matching set of interwined "USA" lead filled Federal Artillery rosettes with a small piece of the original leather harness.  You are just not going to find nicer.--$295. for the matching pair.SOLD

  116. Here are a couple little items that I have had for a long time and have decided to go ahead and let go.  Pictured are two scrap brass hooks off a C.S. oval waist belt plate that I recovered long ago from a C.S. camp near Shelbyville, TN.  I recovered the two hooks out of an old dig hole where a stamped brass "C.S." oval was dug many years earlier.  The plate had been sold - so I hung onto the hooks thinking I might someday dig the right plate and need them.  Apparently I'm not going to need them.  Also, there are two buttons (likely Confederate) out of the massive collection of the late Mr. Herbert Harper of Franklin, TN.  Nothing off the chart, but when was the last time that you saw two original DUG C.S. oval belt plate hooks for sale !!--$150. for the group !! (And will make the C.S. oval belt plate missing the hooks SOOOO Much cooler !!!)SOLD

  117. Extremely rare, "Henry Derringer" contract "common rifle."  This example has a smooth, brown overall attic patina and has lockplate markings of "US - Derringer - Philada."  There were a total of only a few thousand of H. Derringer Contract Arms ever produced.  This is an example of a Derringer common rifle converted from Flintlock to Percussion for Civil War use.  The weapon is out of a local Southern estate and was almost certainly Confederate carried.  The rifle remains completely functional and appears to be original from tip to tip.--$1,850.

  118. 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.--$3,950.

  119. Absolutely beautiful and extremely rare excavated "Baby Size" Confederate Forked Tongue Frame Buckle.  This was recovered many, many years ago from an 1863 Confederate camp located on private property along Duck River near Shelbyville, TN.  This is out of Charlie Harris's personal collection, and you won't find a nicer example - never even been washed off.--$1,250.SOLD

  120. Just in out of the local area, quite rare and sought after, "London Production," .36 cal., Model 1851, Colt Navy revolver.  The revolver has an all-matching serial number (except for the wedge which is an old replacement) of 41588 which is good, early mid-1850's production.  The revolver has a smooth, chocolate, attic type patina with barrel markings of "Address Col. Colt - London."  It retains excellent rifling, and the action advances the cylinder correctly, but sometimes does not lock in full cock.  This is a nice quality, early Confederate carried Colt revolver that would be a fine addition to any Confederate display.--$1,695.

  121. Nice condition, imported, brass handle, saber bayonet.  The bayonet is marked "PDL" and is of the type imported for use on Colt Revolving Rifles.  The blade has a gently, aging, gray/brown patina, and the guard has a nice bronze aged patina as well.--$195.SOLD

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

  123. Group of six excavated, Federal Infantry Officer buttons.  These buttons were recovered on the battlefield here at Stones River on private property, and were no doubt from one garment.  Five of the six buttons still have some percent of gold gilt, and a couple still have thread and/or cloth on the back.  This group of buttons will make an excellent battlefield recovery display.--$75. for all.SOLD

  124. Very nice condition, excavated, dropped, .69 cal., 2-ring Prussian projectile.  This was recovered from an Ohio Infantry camp here at Murfreesboro occupied in 1863 following the Battle of Stones River.--$35.

  125. Perfect condition, excavated, thin, delicate, green, Civil War Era medicine bottle.  It has an open pontil, and was recovered about 40 years ago from a trash pit on private property at Camp Stanley here at Murfreesboro, Tennessee.  It is amazing that this bottle survived 150 years underground without being broken.--$48.SOLD

  126. Excavated pair of dropped, .58 cal., type III, Williams Cleaner projectiles.  In over 40 years, I have never encountered this before.  One of the two Williams Cleaners has an iron plug in the base, and the other has the typical lead/zinc alloy.  I have no idea what the deal is with the iron plug having never encountered it before.--$45. for the pair.SOLD

  127. Excavated, 1 1/2 inch, zinc time fuse for a rifled Parrott cannon projectile.  This was recovered recently on private property here at Stones River.--$45.

  128. Very nice condition, excavated, .45 cal., dropped, 3-ring Kerr projectile.  This was recovered by Mr. Calvin Sharp on private property near Ft. Donelson.--$48.

  129. This tourniquet is from the estate of Dr. Harry J. Warthen, Jr. M.D. of Richmond, VA.  During his medical career, he became the last Surgeon General for the Confederate Veterans, the only non veteran to serve.  A similar example of this artifact can be found on page 133 of Excavated Artifacts From Battlefields and Campsites of the Civil War, by Stanley S. Phillips.  Beautiful excavated condition.--$95.SOLD

  130. Beautiful condition, excavated, dropped, Confederate, 4-ring, Prussian projectile.  This bullet was recovered on private property from Wharton's 8th Texas Cavalry position at Knob Gap, Tennessee.  This is a tough bullet to find in nice condition.--$48.

  131. Pretty green patina on this excavated, long pattern, "2-inch" Hotchkiss time fuse.  This was recovered many years ago on private property near Vicksburg, MS.--$45.

  132. Very nice condition, excavated, drop, .69 cal., "High Base" triangle cavity, French Dragoon Minie.  This was recovered on private property near Shiloh, Tennessee.--$65.SOLD

  133. Excellent condition, excavated pair of Confederate, brass, Borman fuse cannonball underplugs.  One of the underplugs is thinner and for a case shot ball, and one of the underplugs is thick and for a Confederate shell.--$65 for both.

  134. Pair of excavated Federal Cavalry Carbine cartridges recovered from Granny White Gap - Battle of Nashville.--$85 for the pair.

  135. Excavated set of three Enfield Towers projectiles, including a standard .577 cal. cone cavity Enfield, an excellent dropped .69 cal. plug base Towers, and by far the rarest, an excavated dropped tall pattern deep cone cavity Atlanta Arsenal Towers.  These were all recovered from Confederate Camps on private property near Corinth, MS.--$115. for all three.

  136. Group of three excavated, Confederate CS Gardner projectiles.  The group consists of a dropped excellent .54 cal. Gardner, a nice dropped .58 cal. Gardner, and a .69 cal. Gardner that has one nice display side and a damaged skirt on the reverse side.  These were recovered from General Lucius Polk's CS 1863 Brigade Camp located near Tullahoma, TN.--$75. for all three.

  137. Nice set of excavated .69 cal., triangle base, French projectiles.  One is a standard short base French, and the second is a rare, high base, French Dragoon.  The short base is perfect, and the high base has one perfect display side and a rim ding on the other.  These were recovered from a Confederate Camp on private property near Shiloh.--$75. for both.SOLD

  138. Excavated pair of dropped, .54 cal., German Suhl projectiles.  These projectiles were recovered from Wharton's 8th Texas Cavalry Camp located near Unionville, TN, occupied during the Spring of 1863.  One of the projectiles is the standard 2-ring variety, and the second is a seldom seen 3-ring variation of the same bullet.  Both are nice drops.--$45. for the pair.

  139. Perfect like new condition, rare, out of print, Plates and Buckles of the American Military 1795 - 1874, by Sydney C. Kerksis.  This is one of the best and most sought after of all reference books.--$95.

  140. Absolutely beautiful, excavated, collection of carved US & CS figures made from bullets.  The centerpiece is an excellent carved lead "TEXAS STAR" (which is in itself worth $250).  The collection is displayed in a pretty black walnut case.  This collection was accumulated over a 20+ year digging span.--$395 for the entire collection.-SOLD

  141. Very rare, 1813 date, Harpers Ferry, original Model 1795.  This musket is in basically untouched, attic condition, is out of an estate in north Alabama and would have, without a doubt, been Confederate carried.  The stock is complete with an old crack at the wrist and two sets of soldiers initials.  The musket is basically complete with the exception of missing one lockplate screw, which would be simple to replace.  Good honest, untampered with, original, 200-year-old Harpers Ferry Flintlock muskets hardly ever surface in estates anymore.  This example has all the dings and marks of many campaigns and would be a fine addition to any Confederate weapons display.--$1,895.SOLD

  142. Exceptionally nice condition, original "Nashville Plow Works," Confederate Cavalry Officer's saber and scabbard.  The saber has a beautiful, clean blade, just beginning to darken with age and with no pitting at all.  It has original wrap and wire on the grip and a beautiful condition cast red brass guard with the distinctive "NASHVILLE PLOW WORKS - CSA" cast into the guard.  The scabbard is in exceptionally nice condition as well with a smooth, aged, brown patina and only one or two small service dings.  You will look a long time to find a nicer Nashville Plow Works Cavalry Officer saber than this example.--$9,250.HOLD

  143. Really pretty, excavated, Richmond Arsenal pattern, CS two-piece saber belt plate.  This buckle was recovered over 30 years ago from private property near Brandy Station, Virginia.  The buckle has a smooth, chocolate brown patina and was dug together fitting perfectly.  When this plate was recovered, the belt loop on the wreath side was broken, which is likely why the plate was discarded.  It has been professionally restored and is nothing less than a beautiful example now.--$1,895.SOLD

  144. Quite rare, 1830 - 1840 era, Pennsylvania Flintlock rifle that was converted by "Baker" of Fayetteville, North Carolina, to percussion for issue to early war North Carolina Infantry units.  This example is marked "Allentown PA -- 1201" on the barrel and has the distinctive Baker hammer and drum style bolster conversion.  This musket surfaced many years ago from an estate near Southern Pines, North Carolina, and will no doubt make a fine addition to someone's Confederate weapons display.--$1,450.SOLD

  145. Excellent condition excavated stamped brass Company letter "I" worn on the kepi.--$48.

  146. Very nice condition excavated "Drop" .577 cal. Enfield projectile with the scarce "L" (London) base mark.  This was recovered from the Confederate Battle Line here at Stones River a good many years ago.--$25.

  147. Excavated pair of Confederate "Polygonal cavity" cannon ball fragments.  One is the pentagon and the other is the diamond.  They were recovered at the site of the 1864 "Battle of the Cedars" here at Murfreesboro -- A different battle entirely from the 1862/1863 Battle of Stones River.--$48. for both

  148. Excavated, large size, plain face, Confederate clip cornered waist belt plate.  This plate was recovered many years ago from Confederate camps along the Duck River near Shelbyville, Tennessee.  It has an attractive brown/green patina on the face and solder marks on the reverse where the attachment hooks once were.--$375.SOLD

  149. Extremely rare, PAIR of Confederate letters written from the famous or infamous "Fort Pillow," Tennessee.  The letters were written in late April, 1862, while Fort Pillow was still under Confederate occupation.  They  have very good content describing the Union artillery as having thrown multi thousand shells at them.  (I never realized what a grand place to relic hunt for artillery that Fort Pillow would be.)  He describes in the letters the death of numerous comrades along with his attempts to send the corpses home.  From the letters, it sounds like "measles" became an even greater enemy than the Yankees.  This is a couple of really good Confederate letters describing "Fort Pillow," and it is rare to encounter Confederate letters from this site.--$295.SOLD

  150. Very sought after, .36 cal., Model 1851, Colt Navy Revolver with the rare "Hartford" address.  The revolver has a smooth, aged, gray/brown patina with an all matching serial number (except for the wedge which is an old replacement) of 96162.  This is most desirable 1860 production during the time the South was procuring weapons, gearing up for war.  The revolver was purchased out of a Blount County, Alabama, estate quite a number of years ago.  The soldier's initials, "NW", were nicely carved into the brass butt strap with a pin knife.  A neat revolver with near certain Confederate use.--SOLD

  151. Beautiful condition, excavated, Federal, Eagle breast plate recovered well over 20 years ago on private property off Blacksmith Road, Gettysburg, PA.  This beautiful artifact was originally purchased from my buddies, Sam & Wes Small, of the Horse Soldier - Gettysburg, PA, 22 years ago, (back when Sam & Wes were mere youngsters)!!!  You couldn't ask for a nicer condition artifact from the Battle of Gettysburg, PA.--SOLD

  152. This is a leatherette cased 1/6th plate ambrotype image of Pvt Lindsey Williams, Co. M, 22nd NC Vol Inf-(Randolph Hornets). This image is published in the book "A Nation Divided: Storms Gather" by Robert Marcum and also published in one of the "Confederate Faces" by Turner or Albaugh.  Lindsey Williams was a resident of Moore County, North Carolina.  He enlisted on March 13, 1863, as a private.  He mustered into "M" Co. NC 22nd Infantry.  He died of disease on May 21, 1864.  There is no written ID on the image, but this image has been around the Civil War collecting field for several years, so its provenance is solid.  It is very rare to get an opportunity to own an ID'd and armed and published Confederate image.--$985.SOLD

  153. Beautiful condition regulation issue Confederate tin drum canteen.  I just purchased this out of a North Alabama estate, and you just won't see a nicer one.  Remnants of the old leather sling still remain under the strap holders.--$650.SOLD

  154. Drop dead beautiful excavated emerald green coat size Confederate solid cast "I" (Infantry) button.  This button was recovered about 30 years ago along Lewisburg Pike on private property at the Battle of Franklin, TN.  You aren't going to see a nicer example.--$150.SOLD

  155. Excavated rare medium size cast brass Confederate used "Snake Buckle".  This is the uncommon variety with the snake head on one end and the snake's tail on the other (most have heads on each end).  This plate was recovered many years ago from an 1863 Confederate infantry camp located along Duck River near Shelbyville, TN.--$375.SOLD

  156. Nice little cased 1/6th plate ambrotype of a young Alabama soldier - likely Cavalry - wearing a rare 2-Piece Saber Belt Plate.  One time that I look through the loop I think that I see a Leech and Rigdon "C.S." and the next time that I look through the loop I think that I see a PreWar Eagle Militia 2-piece.  Very cool little REB image either way - This was a Blunt County, Alabama estate find.  Very Rare to come upon Now !! --$595.SOLD

  157. Extremely rare, BIG, 1/4th plate, fully cased, Ruby Albumin of an early war Confederate Militia officer wearing a rare "round belt loop" Confederate tongue and wreath sword belt plate.  These style buckles are believed to have been manufactured in New Orleans and possibly by Bellenot and Ulrich.  He is wearing a flamboyant private purchase hat with plume.  This is a great image and in a large 1/4th plate size that you rarely see offered for sale and is in a full "book cased" type case.--$975.SOLD

  158. Very sought after, Spencer Model 1860, 7-shot repeating rifle.  This rifle is serial number 8413, which is 1863 issue and appears to be to an Indiana mounted Infantry Regiment.  The metal has a pretty, gently aging, gray/brown patina with clearly legible marks.  The stock is in very nice condition as well with just the normal dings and marks from campaigns in the field.  The original loading tube remains intact; the action works perfectly and still has a very good bore.  After Stones River, this weapon was effectively used by Wilders Lightning Brigade at Hoover's Gap as well as Chickamauga a little bit later.  Word of Federal forces having the 7-shot repeating rifles swept through the Confederate troops, and it became known as the Yankee "all week" gun (load it on Sunday and shoot it all week).  This is a quality example showing just enough wear to know it was there and saw service.--$3,350.SOLD

  159. Beautiful condition, excavated, thick belt loop variety, CS two-piece "coin style", Confederate saber belt plate.  This buckle was recovered about 30 years ago from General Walthall's Brigade camp located a few miles out of Shelbyville on Lewisburg Pike.  The plate was dug together and fits and matches perfectly.--$3,250.SOLD

  160. 69 cal, Model 1842, 3-band percussion musket made by Harpers Ferry and dated 1851.  The metal has a smooth, darkening, aged patina with some pitting and burnout around the nipple area, clearly indicating lots of actual field service.  The lockplate is marked "Harpers Ferry - 1851 - US and the Eagle."  The stock has numerous small dings and marks from actual field service.  This musket is out of the local area and was almost certainly Confederate carried.--$1,250.SOLD

  161. 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 and even remains in its original leather holster.  The revolver does show considerable wear and is missing the loading lever.  Its well known English counterpart made by Adams and Kerr was extensively carried by Confederates.  As far as I can remember, this is the first example of this revolver that I have ever had in original leather holster.--$1,450 complete in holster.SOLD

  162. Excavated, cast brass, Confederate Cavalry spur.  The spur remains in very nice, complete condition with the iron rowel remaining intact.  It was recovered from an Alabama Cavalry camp in Middle Tennessee and appears likely to be a Leech & Rigdon product.--$295.SOLD

  163. Model 1860, .44 cal., Colt Army Model, 6 - shot revolver.  This revolver has an all matching serial number (except for the wedge - an old replacement) which is very desirable 1863 production.  This revolver is out of the local area and has the initials "JSF" cut with a pin knife into the brass trigger guard.  It is believed that this revolver was carried by Lt. J.S. Fields of Co. E - Greer's Tennessee Partisan Rangers.  This unit was raised from around Paris, Tennessee.  The revolver shows normal wear and has an attractive gray/brown, aged patina.  The action still advances and locks well.  Lt. Fields apparently didn't care for the New York marking on the barrel.  He left the "Address Col Saml Colt," but removed the New York and US marking.  A nice revolver to add to your Southern Cavalry display.--$1,850.SOLD

  164. Very nice condition, historic, February 20, 1863, $1000 bond with Stonewall Jackson pictured in the center.  The bond has eight coupons remaining and is going to frame beautifully.--$195.SOLD

  165. SUPER, SUPER RARE, Nashville, Tennessee, made COLLEGE HILL CONFEDERATE CAVALRY OFFICERS' SABER AND SCABBARD.  The College Hill saber differs from the Nashville Plow in that the ribbon on the College Hill saber guard is unmarked, and the grip backstrap is made of iron rather than brass and has a capstan nut on the base.  There are at least ten Nashville Plow Confederate Cavalry Officers' sabers for every one College Hill.  On this example, the blade has just begun to darken with age.  The brass guard has a near chocolate brown aged patina, and the grip is worn to polished wood with the original wire remaining intact.  The brass mounted College Hill scabbard has a smooth, brown patina, has several small dings and marks from field service, and the iron scabbard ring is worn 1/3 way through the upper brass mount indicating that this saber has seen lots of actual field service.  The College Hill Cavalry Officers' saber is rare enough that I typically only get about one a year.  Here is your chance to own one of the tougher Confederate manufactured Cavalry Officers' Sabers around.--$9,850.SOLD

  166. 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.

  167. Nice condition, Model 1840, import, heavy Cavalry saber and scabbard - known as "The Old Wristbreaker."  Model 1840 heavy Cavalry sabers were extensively used by both Union and Confederate Cavalry during the American Civil War.  The famous Southern Cavalry General, Nathan Bedford Forrest, carried one as did many in his command.  This example has a very nice condition blade just beginning to gray with age with no pitting at all.  The saber has original grip and a perfect condition 3-branch brass guard.  The guard has a pretty, uncleaned, aged patina.  The scabbard remains in very nice condition with only one or two small dings from actual field service.  This saber is going to look fantastic over someone's fireplace.--$850.

  168. Nice condition, Smith & Wesson, Model #2, old style revolver (AKA - Old Model #2 Army).  This is a .32 cal. rimfire, 6-shot revolver with the more desirable long, 6 inch octagonal barrel.  The revolver has original rosewood grips and is an early serial number of 14700 which is 1861 - 1862 production.  The #2 Old Model Smith & Wesson was a very popular personal sidearm with both officers and enlisted men during the American Civil War.  Generally, Smith & Wesson revolvers with serial numbers under 36000 are more desirable because of their likely Civil War use.  This example has crisp action - clean metal with easily legible marks - and has original nice condition rosewood grips.  This is one of the early "rimfire cartridge" guns of the Civil War Era.--$950.SOLD

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

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

  171. Very nice condition, non-excavated, stamped brass, Federal Infantry bugle hatpin.  Displayed with the bugle is a small, stamped brass, 1/2 inch Company letter "G".  They are displayed in much the same way they would appear on a Federal Kepi.--$135.

  172. Excavated, heavy cast brass, Confederate Cavalry spur.  This spur was recovered from the 1863 camp of Starnes Confederate Cavalry.  The spur is quite heavy and is worn in such a way that it is clear that it was worn on the left boot.--$195.

  173. Beautiful condition, non-excavated, big great-coat size, gilted, Federal Eagle button.  This is a "really big" Eagle button and has an Extra Quality backmark with shank intact.--$35.

  174. Beautiful condition, non-excavated, early fat letter style, large size US Oval waist belt plate with puppy-paw style hooks.  The face has a rich, aged, bronze patina with the typical small dings and marks of actual field service.  The reverse has full lead and all three attachment hooks intact.--$295.SOLD

  175. Early battlefield pick-up, 5-ring, Federal, bullseye canteen.   This canteen is out of the 50-year collection of Mr. Herbert Harper of Franklin, Tennessee.  There is an old "Antietam" label on the canteen and a couple of old nail holes where it was once on a relic board.  This relic displays very, very well.--$175.

  176. Quite scarce, circular, celluloid, Delegate badge from the "Grand Camp C.V. of VA" held at Pulaski, Virginia, October 11th - 13th, 1899.  This badge has the unusual motif of the Confederate battle flag crossed with the State Seal of Virginia flag.  The badge is backmarked "Whitehead and Hoag".  This is a Virginia badge that you will not often encounter.--$150.

  177. Nice condition, Civil War, .50 cal., percussion, breechloading, Smith carbine.  This carbine is serial number 1250.  The metal has a smooth, gently darkening, aged patina with some case colors remaining in recessed areas.  The stock remains in nice condition as well with just the normal small dings and marks from use, and the two inspector cartouches remain easily visible.  The action works perfectly at both half-cock and full-cock, and the bore is about as crisp as new.  This is a nice, honest, Smith carbine that pretty much anybody would be proud to have in their collection.--$1,450.SOLD

  178. Fresh out of the attic, this is the saber only without scabbard Confederate manufactured "Dog River" C.S. Cavalry saber.  The blade has the classic unstopped fuller with some areas remaining bright and other areas darkened.  The cast brass, three branch Cavalry guard remains in nice condition with a rich, aged patina.  The grip was completely gone and has been professionally restored and looks as nice as you'd want.  Here is your chance to get a very reasonably priced, yet nice looking Confederate manufactured Cavalry saber for your collection.--$895.SOLD

  179. Excavated, Confederate, bridle cutter pike head.  This example is one of the pikes excavated from the train wreck along the old Wilmington and Manchester railroad.  The pike comes with the original certification tag from the Atlanta Cutlery Corporation.  This is one of the most reasonably priced Confederate manufactured edge weapons that you will find.--$275.SOLD

  180. Very desirable Feb. 17, 1864 Confederate $1,000. bond known among Civil War collectors as the Confederate $1,000. Equestrian Bond.  This example is in excellent condition and has 55 of the original coupons remaining intact.  The motif on this bond is the statue of General George Washington.  The colors remain bright and vivid, and the edges strong.--$225.SOLD

  181. Mint condition, cased set of gilted, Federal, cuff size buttons.  One of the buttons is a cuff size Infantry officer and the second button is a cuff size Artillery officer.--$65 for the pair.

  182. 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.

  183. 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.

  184. Excellent condition, Confederate T14 $50, September 2, 1861, $50 C.S. note.  This is the note generally referred to as the "Moneta seated by treasure chest" $50.  It is a note that you do not commonly encounter.--$125.

  185. Super nice example of an excavated Richmond Arsenal pattern C.S. 2-piece saber belt plate.  This beautiful Confederate buckle was recovered nearly 30 years ago on private property near Brandy Station, VA.  It has never even been washed off.  The two pieces were dug right together and match and fit perfectly.--$2,650.SOLD

  186. Beautiful condition , and very rare - Civil War era percussion .58 cal. "walking cane gun".  It has an under barrel bar hammer, and would fire a load of buck as well today as ever.  It retains original varnish on the grip, and  nice engraving just below.  At the same price as a Colt Pocket Model, and 10 times rarer.--$950.SOLD

  187. Scarce to come by - Very nice condition Model 1855 leather cartridge box for rifled .69 cal. ammunition.  The box remains pliable with both roller buckles - closure tab - both belt loops - large size U.S. oval boxplate - and both .69 cal. cartridge tins.  Perfect to display with your rifled Model 1816 conversion musket, or your rifled .69 cal. Model 1842 musket.  This is a very difficult box to find in nice condition.--$795.SOLD

  188. Very nice condition excavated C.S. used small civilian style cast brass Cavalry Spur.  This was recovered from the 1863 winter camp of the 1st Alabama Cavalry.  Even the rowel remains intact.--$65.SOLD

  189. Very, very scarce to recover - .577 cal. dropped Enfield SOLID BASE projectile.  This was caused by the bullet being field molded, and the cavity insert missing from the mold.  Only about one Enfield bullet per thousand recovered is solid base.  This example was recovered from the Confederate line here at Stones River.--$75.SOLD

  190. Out of Print forever, and a rarity to come by.  This is the red "Field Artillery of the Civil War" by "Dickey - George".  It is in virtually "New Condition".--$150.

  191. 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.

  192. 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.

  193. Very, very pretty, excavated, thick, Atlanta style, high copper content, cast brass, rectangular "C.S.A." waist belt plate.  This buckle was recovered about 40 years ago on private property located near Dalton, GA.  This type thick cast rectangular C.S.A. waist belt plate was issued to Army of Tennessee Confederate troops while encamped for the 1863 - 1864 winter around Dalton, GA.  This example has a beautiful, smooth, chocolate brown patina with all three hooks intact on the reverse.  This is one that you will never need to upgrade.--$3,450.SOLD

  194. Extremely rare, Maynard primed, Cadet Model 1858, U.S. Percussion rifled musket.  In over 40 years, this is only the third example of this scarce rifled musket that I have had.  There was only a total quantity of 2,501 of these weapons ever produced.  This example has lockplate markings of, "1859 - US - Springfield."  The Maynard mechanism is completely intact and works perfectly.  The stock has usual small dings and marks and has one small crack at the rear of the lockplate.  The barrel still has very good rifling.  Many "quite advanced" collections are missing this weapon.  It will likely be a very long time before you see another example of this weapon offered for sale.--$2,650.SOLD

  195. 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.

  196. 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.

  197. Early battlefield pick-up, Model 1851, cast brass, Federal Eagle sword belt plate.  It was found here at Stones River around the turn of 1900 and was actually worn for several years after being found.  The plate still has about 70% of the silver wreath, and the belt keeper hook remains intact on the reverse.  It is benchmarked number 317 on the reverse of the plate.  The plate has a very pleasing eye appeal.--$275.SOLD

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

  199. Excavated pair of .50 cal. Maynard carbine cartridges.  These were recovered from Wilson's Cavalry position along Granny White Pike at the Battle of Nashville.  One is a flat top variety, and one is a pointed top variety.--$85 for the pair.

  200. Very nice condition, 1862 date, Confederate "Locomotive" $100 note.  Interest has been paid on the reverse for years 1863 - 1864 - and 1865.--$135.

  201. Excavated, coat size, solid cast brass, Confederate "I" (Infantry) button.  This was recovered at the Battle of Nashville many years ago.--$150.SOLD

  202. Excavated, "Droop Wing Eagle", rosette off the side of an 1840 era Dragoon Officer's stirrup.  This was recovered many years ago by Charlie Harris and is out of his personal collection.--$95.SOLD

  203. Beautiful condition, excavated, "Hardee" stamped brass hatpin.  It was recovered many years ago on private property here at the Battle of Stones River.  This one is about as nice as they come.--$175.

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

  205. 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.

  206. Absolutely beautiful condition, excavated pair of gilted Federal buttons.  One is a coat size gilted Federal Staff Officer's, and the other is a coat size Federal Infantry Officer's.--$85 for the pair.

  207. Nice condition excavated .52 cal. complete Spencer cartridge.  This cartridge was recovered from private property in Hoovers Gap where Wilders Lightning Brigade is famous for the use of their Spencer repeating rifles at this engagement.--$38.

  208. Early Battlefield pick-up Confederate manufactured "Dog River" C.S. Cavalry saber.  Although rusty - the blade is 100% stable and smooth brown.  The guard and cap remain 100% intact and have a near dug brown-green patina.  The high copper content Confederate "red brass" guard has a nice little Southern casting flaw and you can see a little light through the flaw !!  Any Confederate collector would love this relic !!--$975.SOLD

  209. Very attractive "attic look" Confederate manufactured Foot Officer's Sword.  Although we are not exactly sure "which" maker, but the sword has definite traits of New Orleans production.  The blade has a nice uncleaned grey-brown patina and is the classic "unstopped fuller" C.S. type.  The guard is nice Confederate "red brass" (high copper content), and has a deep bronze - near chocolate patina.  The grip has complete original wrap and wire.  Just a nice - nice straight out of the attic Confederate Foot Officer's Sword.--$2,450.

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

  211. This is one of the most popular and fastest selling of all the Confederate notes.  It is the T41 - "Negros Chopping Cotton" - 1862 Confederate $100. note.  It is in very nice - (not far from uncirculated" - condition with clean edges and crisp color.--$150.

  212. Quite nice condition, .58 cal., Model 1863, type 2, 3-band, Springfield rifled musket.  The .58 cal. Springfield musket is considered by many to be the classic - most representative firearm of the American Civil War.  This example has nice metal, just beginning to darken with age.  The lockplate is marked "US - Springfield - 1864".  The stock remains in nice condition with two faintly visible inspector cartouches and two separate sets of soldier initials.  It has both sling swivels intact as well as the long range site and the original ramrod.  There is considerable original rifling left in the bore, and the mainspring remains about as strong as when it was issued and locks firmly into both half-cock and full-cock.  This would be a very nice example of a classic firearm of the American Civil War.--$1,450.SOLD

  213. 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.

  214. Very sought after Confederate "Stonewall Jackson" $500.00 Dollar note.  This is the rare T64 - Feb. 17th, 1864 issue.  It is in very nice - "near" uncirculated condition, and would be a fine addition to any collection.--$450.SOLD

  215. Excellent condition, excavated, complete, regulation Federal Cavalry bit.  The bit remains 100% intact with both cast-brass US Rosettes as well as the lower cross bar and both reins rings.  This was recovered something like 40 years ago from a Federal Cavalry camp on private property near Shiloh.  This is a Civil War Cavalry artifact that is rarely found complete.--$250.

  216. Very nice condition, hand blacksmith crafted, 12 1/2 inch Confederate sideknife.  The blade appears to be blacksmith crafted from a file.  It remains razor sharp and is just beginning to darken with age.  The original turned walnut grip remains perfectly intact with a brass cross guard and an inlaid silver plate for a presentation.  But the plate is open having never been engraved.  The knife has a very attractive, rich, uncleaned, aged patina overall and will make a nice addition to any Southern display.--$595.SOLD

  217. Excavated cylinder to a Model 1860, 6-shot, Colt Army revolver.  The cylinder has four chambers still loaded, three are loaded correctly, and one is loaded backwards.  Interestingly, the cylinder pin remains frozen inside the cylinder.  This was recovered during the early 1970's from private property near Shiloh.--$125.SOLD

  218. Excavated, enlistedman pattern of the Leech and Rigdon, Memphis, Tennessee, cast brass Confederate Cavalry spur.  At some point, the Confederate Cavalryman lost one side of the rowel holder.  In order to continue using this spur, the Confederate soldier sharpened the remaining side to a very sharp point, and this became the rowel.  The spur has a very nice, uncleaned, brown-green patina and was recovered during the early 1970's from private property near Shiloh.  This is a hand modified Confederate Cavalry artifact that any Confederate collector would be proud to own.--$295.

  219. Very nice condition, excavated, .69 cal., friction fit, Model 1816, triangular, socket bayonet.  This bayonet was recovered during the early 1970's from private property near Shiloh.  Many Confederate Infantry at the Battle of Shiloh was armed with this exact weapon.  It has been electrolyzed, cleaned and coated, and is ready to display.--$150.SOLD

  220. Very sought after early (1840 - 1850) era non-excavated "Puppy Paw" hook style large oval lead filled "U.S." oval waist belt plate.  The face has a pleasing uncleaned bronze patina, and there appears to be soldier's initials carved into the lead in the back of the plate.  This is a first class example of this early pattern "U.S." oval waist belt plate.--$295.

  221. Drop dead BEAUTIFUL excavated lead filled large oval "U.S." cartridge boxplate.  This plate was recovered 47 years ago on private property at "New Hope Church".  It has a mirror slick chocolate brown patina on the face - full lead - and both loops 100% intact.  Plates that we are recovering now are almost always more ground action on due to more years and acid rain.  Just not being recovered like this anymore.--$250.

  222. Just in, import English Cavalry saber with rare Confederate "MOLE" marking.  The blade has a smooth, aged, gray-brown patina, and the grip is worn to wood with a portion missing.  This is the saber only without scabbard, and it shows clear evidence of lots of actual field service.  Quite reasonably priced and is just as Confederate as a "Boyle & Gamble" or "Nashville Plow Works".--$795.SOLD

  223. Model 1840, import Heavy Cavalry saber and scabbard.  Model 1840 sabers - "The Old Wristbreaker" - were extensively carried by both Union and Confederate Cavalry during the American Civil War.  The famous Southern Cavalry General, Nathan Bedford Forrest, carried one early in the war as did many of the men in his command.  This example is out of a local estate, and was almost certainly C.S. carried.  The blade remains in very nice condition with luster and cross brushing still visible.  The grip has original wrap and wire, and the brass guard has a rich, aged, brown patina.  The iron scabbard is in nice condition as well with a smooth, brown, attic patina and is without a single dent.--$795.

  224. 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.

  225. Single shot, 1840 - 1850 era, percussion boot pistol.  These little single shot percussion pistols were often carried as a last line of defense in the boot or behind the belt by Civil War soldiers.  This is an attractive example with a smooth, dark patina, and the barrel will still unscrew.  The pistol displays beautifully, and the action still works well; but the hammer is slightly bent and doesn't strike the nipple dead center.  A great little display weapon at a very reasonable price.--$250.SOLD

  226. Very nice condition, 1870's - 1880's Indian War's Era, Federal Navy belt rig.  This is the style buckle that we often refer to as a "false two-piece".  The belt remains complete and pliable, and the buckle is perfect with near 100% original bright gold gilt.--$195.SOLD

  227. Just in, .36 cal., Model 1851 Colt Navy revolver.  The revolver is serial number 54737, which is very desirable mid 1850's production.  It is all matching except for the wedge, which is an old replacement.  The revolver has original walnut grips and a smooth, uncleaned attic patina.  It is out of the local area and was very likely Southern carried.--$1,850.

  228. Just brought in by a local Rutherford County family.  This is a very nice condition Model 1860 "Henry Boker" import Cavalry Saber and Scabbard.  This is the same company that make the famous "Boker" pocket knives.  The saber is in very nice condition with a smooth aged brown patina on the blade - complete leather wrap and wire on the grip - nice clear "Henry Boker - Solingen" mark, and the scabbard is in ver nice condition as well with a smooth chocolate brown patina, and shows very nice service wear in the ring mounts.  This is a classic example of the type import saber that many Confederate Cavalrymen were carrying in the American Civil War.--$850.

  229. SOLD
  230. Exceptionally nice condition "E. Lefaucheux" 12 mm French Pinfire revolver.  French pinfire revolvers were extensively used by both U.S. and C.S. forces during the Civil War.  The famous Confederate General "Stonewall Jackson" carried an example nearly identical to this revolver.  All the little things that are often missing (ejector rod - loading door - and lanyard ring) all remain intact on this revolver, and the action works perfectly.  There is virtually no pitting, and the "E. Lefaucheux" mark remains crisp and easy to read.--$950.SOLD

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

  232. Excavated group of three artifacts recovered from Wharton's 8th Texas Cavalry Camp located just South of Unionville, TN. and occupied during the Spring of 1863.  The group consists of a blacksmith made Confederate stirrup - a brass toe plate, and a cast brass heel plate with the "heart design".  All three were recovered about twenty years ago.--$75. for all

  233. 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.

  234. Just in today - Quite nice Model 1860 light Cavalry saber and scabbard.  The blade has no pitting and is just beginning to grey with age.  The blade is marked "1864 - Emerson and Silver - Trenton - U.S."  The grip is exceptionally nice with 100% original wrap and wire intact.  The brass guard has a pleasing rich aged patina, and the scabbard is excellent without even a single ding.  This is a really nice Cavalry saber and scabbard.--$850.SOLD

  235. Just brought in - Beautiful .58 cal., dated 1860 on the lockplate, Austrian Lorenz 3-band rifled musket complete with original 4-side bayonet.  This musket has a thick - NEVER CLEANED - attic brown patina.  There is some original rifling remaining, and the action still works correctly with a strong mainspring.  Austrian muskets were extensively carried by both Union and Confederate forces during the American Civil War as evidenced by the fact that we recover Austrian projectiles equally as often from Union and Confederate campsites.  If you like untouched thick attic brown patina on your relics - You will love this musket.--$1,350 complete with bayonet.SOLD

  236. Excavated, partial, quite rare, large oval "VMM" (Volunteer Main Militia) cartridge box plate that was recovered on private property near Port Hudson, Louisiana.  This plate is out of the nationally known Civil War author, Charlie Harris's, collection and still has his tag with it.  Although not 100% complete, the plate displays nicely and is out of a very well known collection.--$195.

  237. Excellent condition, non-excavated, matching coat and cuff set, United Confederate Veteran "Confederate Battleflag" buttons.  They have a nice, rich, aged patina with shanks perfectly intact on the reverse.--$75 for the pair.

  238. Absolutely beautiful - near mint lead filled circular Federal eagle breastplate.  The plate has a choice face - full lead - and both wire loops perfectly intact.  If you need a breastplate to complete a rig - you won't find a nicer example.--$250.

  239. 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.

  240. Just brought in by a local Rutherford County family.  This is a very nice condition Model 1860 "Henry Boker" import Cavalry Saber and Scabbard.  This is the same company that make the famous "Boker" pocket knives.  The saber is in very nice condition with a smooth aged brown patina on the blade - complete leather wrap and wire on the grip - nice clear "Henry Boker - Solingen" mark, and the scabbard is in ver nice condition as well with a smooth chocolate brown patina, and shows very nice service wear in the ring mounts.  This is a classic example of the type import saber that many Confederate Cavalrymen were carrying in the American Civil War.--$850.

  241. Rare Civil War Confederate retractable blade pike produced in Georgia as requested by Gov. Joe Brown in 1862.  This unusual weapon was the invention of a Methodist minister from Vermont who resided in Georgia.  The oval wooden shaft is made out of two pieces of pine hollowed out for a double edged fourteen inch blade.  The entire pike length with blade extended is 86 inches.  It has a cast iron butt and a brass collar at the top with a catch mechanism on the side that allows the blade to slide out.  This pike is in excellent condition with all the authentic parts.  It would be a very unique addition to any Civil War Confederate collection.--$2,950.SOLD

  242. Absolutely beautiful condition excavated coat size Confederate "Droop Wing Eagle" C.S. Staff Officer's button.  This is a CS-25A with nice face - perfect back and shank intact.  It was recovered from an 1863 Army of Tennessee Confederate winter camp located on private property near Shelbyville, TN.--$250.SOLD

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

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

  245. REALLY COOL excavated Model 1842 .69 cal. entire musket.  The musket was recovered on private property near New Kent Courthouse, VA.  The musket has been intentionally disabled by wrapping it around a tree.  It is displayed in a very creative manner showing exactly what occurred.  This artifact will need to picked up here at the store for a couple of reasons.  One, and the most obvious, is that it is freaking huge, measuring approximately 4 feet by almost 2 feet.  Secondly, I am convinced that it would destroy the display.--$495.

  246. Quite unique handcrafted Confederate bowie knife, blacksmith fabricated from an early 1820 era Eaglehead Militia sword.  The bowie measures 20" overall with a massive 14" blade.  The blade remains very sharp and is just beginning to turn gray/brown with age.  The grip is made of hand carved bone, and the brass guard and pommel cap are fashioned from the original brass eagle head sword guard.  There are remnants of the original leather scabbard remaining, but it is very fragile.  This is one massive and impressive knife.--$1,250.

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

  248. Excavated, coat size, 2-piece Confederate Block "A" (Artillery) uniform button.  This button was recovered from the 1863 Army of Tennessee winter artillery park located a few miles from Shelbyville out Lewisburg Pike.  The button has a smooth, chocolate brown face, and the iron reverse is rusty but remains completely intact.--$175.

  249. Very attractive condition, .36 cal., Manhattan Navy Model revolver.  It has a barrel marking of "Manhattan Firearms Co. - Newark NJ".  It has a smooth, gently aging, gray patina with about 80% cylinder scene remaining and has a matching serial number of 38304.  We have been referring to this pistol as the "Death Pistol" in that it has 35 notches.  We suspect someone might be exaggerating a bit!  The revolver still has a good strong main spring, and the cylinder advances sometimes, and sometimes not (depending on its mood).  A revolver with 35 death notches couldn't help but be a great conversation piece in your collection.--$1,150.

  250. Excavated, medium size, measuring 2 1/4" wide by 3 1/2" long, Confederate fork tongue frame buckle.  This was recovered many years ago from the camp of the 16th Alabama Infantry located on the banks of Duck River near Shelbyville, TN.  This is a nice plate with a smooth, chocolate brown patina.--$750.SOLD

  251. Very nice condition, non-excavated, early letter pattern, large size, lead filled "Puppy Paw" style hook, US Oval waist belt plate.  You will only encounter one of these early puppy paw style US buckles per about 1/2 dozen of the regular arrow hook pattern US plates.--$295.

  252. Very nice condition, early battlefield recovered, regulation, Union, cast-brass cavalry spur.  This spur was found on the battlefield of Franklin, Tennessee, by pioneer relic hunter/collector Mr. Herbert Harper.  It is the pattern with the hollowed out back of the spur.--$95.

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

  254. Very rare, excavated, 1839 type, small oval "VMM" (Volunteer Main Militia) waist belt plate.  This buckle was recovered during the early 1970's at Harrison's Landing, Virginia, and is out of the nationally known Charles S. Harris collection.  The buckle has a very nice face and has an uncleaned, brown/green patina.  The reverse has full lead and both attachment hooks remain intact.  When originally recovered, the lead was flaking some around the perimeter and has been stabilized.  This is a very tough buckle to come by now and especially from a nationally known collection.--$950.

  255. Very nice condition (actually near mint), non-excavated, large size, lead-filled US Oval waist belt plate.  This is the 1860 era type with arrow hooks and lead-filled back.--$250.SOLD

  256. .50 cal., percussion, breech loading, Gallager, single-shot carbine.  This example has smooth uncleaned attic brown metal and is marked "Gallagers Patent, July 17, 1860 - Manufactd by Robinson and Overman - Philada."  This is serial number 24822.  The carbine has good action and crisp rifling remaining.  The long range site and sling bar and ring both remain intact.  The stock shows wear and rounding of corners indicating lots of actual field service.  The Gallager carbine saw extensive service during the Civil War being carried by many Federal Cavalry regiments, including the 2nd, 3rd, 4th, and 6th Ohio Cavalry - the 13th Tennessee Cavalry - and the 3rd West Virginia Cavalry.  Interestingly, the inventor of the Gallager carbine - Mahlon J. Gallager - was a native of South Carolina.--$1,450.

  257. Just in out of the local area, Confederate manufactured "Dog River" style C.S. cavalry saber and scabbard.  The blade is in nice condition with unstopped fuller and typical Confederate irregularities.  It is just beginning to gray with age.  The red brass three-branch Confederate guard has a rich, never cleaned, bronze-brown patina.  The scabbard is Confederate manufactured with a lap seam and brass mounts and has a uniform, brown patina overall with good surface wear in the brass mounts.  This will make a nice addition to your Confederate Cavalry display.--$3,850.SOLD

  258. Model 1850, Ames Foot Officer's sword in its original "Ames Manufacturing Co. marked" scabbard.  The blade is clean and bright with only faint hints of engraving remaining.  It is marked "Made by Ames Mfg. Co - Chicopee, Mass".  The grip retains original sharkskin and wire, and the cast-brass foot officer guard has a pleasing, aged, bronze patina.  The original leather scabbard is intact but somewhat fragile, and we have supported it with a wooden rod.  American made Ames Officers swords are somewhat rare to come by.--$895.

  259. Quite rare "From Life" Anthony CDV of Confederate General Sterling Price.  The image is a bit faded and has been trimmed to fit a 1/6th plate hard case.  It may not be in perfect condition, but it is definitely one that is hard to come by.--$150.

  260. Extremely rare to find, excavated, rectangular, Confederate "SHEET IRON" waist belt plate.  This buckle was recovered by Bob Bankston from Confederate camps on private property near Vicksburg, Mississippi.--$350.

  261. Beautiful condition, excavated, Federal, circular Eagle breastplate recovered on private property during the 1960's by Mr. Herbert Harper of Franklin, Tennessee.  It has a smooth, chocolate brown face with full lead in the reverse and both wire loops intact.--$250.SOLD

  262. Excellent condition, non-excavated, coat size, Virginia State Seal.  The face has near 100% bright gold gilt, and the reverse is silvered with a "Mintzer" backmark.  The shank remains intact and straight.--$225.

  263. Extremely rare to find, 1862 date, $10 Texas Treasury Warrant.  The note is in very nice condition and dated May 19, 1862, and is serial number 55611.--$150. 

  264. Very rare to find, non-excavated, 1820 era, U.S. "great coat" buttons.  This is a GI70 with United States backmark.  The coat size is a beautiful button but is missing the shank.  The cuff size remains perfect with the shank intact.--$125 for the pair.

  265. Nice condition, Model 1850, Federal Foot Officer's sword and scabbard.  The blade remains clean and bright with ornate U.S. - Eagle - E Pluribus Unum engraving top to bottom.  The grip has original sharkskin intact, and the brass guard has a pleasing, gently aging patina.  The leather scabbard remains in good condition with all three brass mounts intact.  The brass mounts on the scabbard show lots of wear indicating the sword was actually carried and saw lots of service.  Every Civil War collection should have a nice officer's sword and scabbard.--$950.

  266. Extremely ornate, 1840 Era, Eagle Head Militia Officer's saber.  The grip is in excellent condition and is finely checkered bone.  The blade is in very nice condition with lots of original bluing and gold inlay.  The leather scabbard is complete and in nice condition with ornate silvered mounts.  Many Confederate officers that had been in the Union military service during earlier times carried these over into the Civil War.--$1,250.SOLD

  267. Quite rare non-excavated .58 cal. spring type bullet extractor displayed with a .58 cal. Minie that was extracted using this exact type extractor.--$55.

  268. Excellent condition, United Confederate Veteran "U.C.V.", coat size, CSA button with a Lilley backmark that has been jeweler converted to a lady's pin.  The early "T-Bar" type fastening device remains intact and still works perfectly.--$75.

  269. Nice condition and very rare to find - "George Wostenholm - IXL Cuttlery" Union Civil War Stag Handle Navy knife.  It still remains sharp as a razor.  A fantastic Christmas Gift for that Navy guy in your family !!--$250.SOLD

  270. Beautiful condition 11 inch Confederate sideknife in original brass mounted leather sheath.  The blade remains bright as in 1860 and is razor sharp.  The grip is made of turned "concentric ring" rosewood.  You are not going to see a prettier little Rebel sideknife.--$950.

  271. Very nice condition, Model 1860, Federal Light Cavalry saber and scabbard.  The blade is just beginning to gray with age and is marked "US - DFM - 1864" and on the reverse "Emerson and Silver - Trenton NJ".  It has original wrap and wire on the grip and a rich, aged, never cleaned, bronze patina on the 3-branch brass guard.  The scabbard is excellent having a smooth gray/brown patina without even one single dent.  This is about as nice an example of a Model 1860 Civil War light cavalry saber as you are going to find.--$895.SOLD

  272. Quite rare, .69 cal., 3-band musket originally produced in flint and converted to percussion for Civil War use.  It is Springfield marked and dated 1825.  This musket is DOUBLE "Ohio" marked and would have been one of the muskets issued to Ohio Infantry troops when they first left the state in 1861.  The musket is rifled with decent rifling remaining.  I have relic hunted numerous early war Ohio camps, and they are well known for producing .69 cal. 3-ring minnies and also .69 cal. 2-ring Prussian minnies.  I have recovered three "O.V.M." waist belt plates from these early war Ohio camps.  This is a neat weapon being one of the first issued by the State of Ohio for the Civil War and shows numerous dings and marks from lots of field service.--$1,150.SOLD

  273. Excellent condition, non-excavated, quite rare ball puller, displayed screwed into an enfield projectile that was extracted using a puller of this exact type.  It is mounted in a nice glass display case.--$55.

  274. Excellent condition, uncirculated, February 17, 1864, issue of the Confederate $50 note with Jeff Davis pictured in the center.  This is serial number 41431.--$115.

  275. Beautiful condition, possibly uncirculated, February 17, 1864, "Lucy Pickens" $100 Confederate note, serial number 15377.  The pink color on this note remains bright and vivid.--$125.

  276. Matching set of original Federal enlisted man's brass epaulets picked up during the 1950's on private property at the Antietam Battlefield in Virginia.  There is an old I.D. tag on one of the epaulets with the recovery site.  These were a part of the incredible collection of the late Mr. Herbert Harper, Sr., of Franklin, Tennessee.--$295.SOLD

  277. Extremely scarce, three line stamp "Memphis - Novelty Works - Thos Leech & Co." Confederate manufactured cavalry saber and scabbard.  This saber is out of a local Rutherford County estate and is in beautiful, rich, untouched condition.  The blade has a smooth, chocolate patina throughout; and the high copper content, three branch brass guard has a beautiful, aged, bronze patina and is stamped on the reverse "Memphis - Novelty Works - Thos Leech & Co."  The grip has a fine twist cord covering the leather wrap and has been in place since the Civil War Era.  Its purpose appears to be to provide a better grip.  The metal scabbard has a smooth, uncleaned, chocolate patina with brass mounts typical of Leech and Rigdon production.  The Leech and Rigdon is one of the rarest and most popular of all Confederate manufactured cavalry sabers.--$6,850.SOLD

  278. Excavated large size Confederate Forked Tongue Frame buckle, but is missing the forked tongue.  The tongues are around for these as I have personally recovered two of them.  The buckle was recovered on private property from Breckinridge's 1862 camp prior to Stones River near Readyville, TN.  It has a very pretty, uncleaned, brown/green patina and will be a solid $895 - $950 buckle after you locate a tongue.  We are pricing it very reasonably to make it worth searching for a tongue.--$450.SOLD

  279. Excellent condition, cast brass, eagle head sword pommel cap.  Eagle head swords date the 1840 - 1850 era and were extensively carried over into the Civil War Era, especially by Confederate officers.  This example has excellent, intricate detail and will display nicely.--$75.SOLD

  280. Very rare to find separate from a musket.  This is an original iron ramrod for the .69 cal. Model 1842 percussion musket.  It is full length and complete from tulip tip to the threaded end for the extractor.  If you have an original Model 1842 musket, this is your chance to get an original ramrod for it.--$195.

  281. Excavated Richmond Arsenal style Confederate enlistedman's C.S. 2-piece saber belt plate.  This very attractive Confederate C.S. 2-piece buckle was recovered by Charles Harris in 1970 AND IS THE VERY BUCKLE PICTURED IN CHARLIE'S BOOK (Civil War Relics Of The Western Campaigns) on page 183.  Charlie recovered this buckle on private property along the Confederate retreat route on Lookout Mountain.  Every Civil War collector that I know likes to have a couple relics that aren't just "like" the relic in the reference book on page 183, but is actually "THE RELIC ON PAGE 183" !!  And at a very reasonable price.--$1,650.SOLD

  282. Model 1850, Federal Foot Officer's sword in original leather scabbard.  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.  It is in its original leather scabbard that is complete except it has lost the brass drag from the base somewhere along the way.  This is a really pretty "just as attic found" Federal Foot Officer's sword and scabbard.--$695.

  283. Quite rare, Model 1860, Union enlisted Cavalry saber and scabbard by maker J.E. Bleckmann imported from Solingen, Prussia.  It is believed that only about 5,000 of these sabers were actually received from Bleckmann.  The firm of J.E. Bleckmann was located in Solingen, Prussia, and the sabers were considered quality, well made pieces.  The blade has Bleckmann's signature mark of a bow and arrow with "B and M" inside of the bow.  The blade on this saber is clean and well marked.  The three-branch brass guard has a rich, aged, never cleaned patina.  The grip is worn to polished wood indicating the saber saw considerable service.  The iron scabbard remains in very nice condition without even a single dent.--$750.

  284. Model 1851, cast brass, Federal Eagle sword belt plate on original leather belt.  The leather belt remains complete and pliable, and the Eagle sword belt plate has a beautiful face with complete 3-piece applied silver wreath.  The buckle is unfortunately missing the front hook on the reverse.--$495.

  285. Beautiful condition, excavated, coat size, two piece, iron reverse, Confederate Infantry button.  This button was recovered on private property at Chickamauga, Georgia, by Dr. Rees Buttram.  You are not going to find a nicer iron back Confederate local excavated than this example.  Even the iron shank remains intact.--$115.

  286. Very scarce "From Life" C.D.V. of Confederate General John C. Breckinridge.  General Breckinridge was a past Vice President of the United States from the State of Kentucky.  During the Civil War, General Breckinridge was assigned to the Army of Tennessee under Confederate General Braxton Bragg.  General Bragg accused General Breckinridge of being in a drunken state at the Battles of Stones River and Missionary Ridge and thereby contributing to Confederate defeats at these sites.  This is a Brady-New York image.--$195.

  287. Very nice condition .36 cal. Manhattan 5-shot Navy Model Revolver.  It has nice original cylinder engraving and is serial # 60123.  This serial number falls at the end of the Civil War Era and into the Indian War's period.  The revolver is out of a local family and possibly saw service in two different eras.  This revolver has crisp action and a good bore.--$1,150.
  288. Quite rare to find "from life" C.D.V. of Confederate General Gideon Johnson Pillow.  Well known for surrendering Fort Donelson to General Grant.--$150.

  289. Very nice condition Southern imported (and "MOLE" marked) English cavalry saber.  The blade is clean and the "MOLE" marking is clear as can be.  The pressed leather grips remain totally intact.  A very nice condition Confederate imported Cavalry saber.--$850.SOLD

  290. Two non-excavated Civil War era externally primed Maynard cartridges.   One is your standard .50 cal. flat top Maynard cartridge for the very popular Civil War Maynard carbine.  The second is an oddity and the first of it's type that I have had.  It is a non-excavated .40 cal. Model 1865 Maynard Sporting Rifle cartridge.  Some feel that a few of these made it into the Civil War, but most feel that they saw most of their service out West during the buffalo hunting and Indian Wars (1866 - 1870) era.  Not a real common cartridge as this is the first one that I have ever had (that I recall !!)-- $95. (for both in a display)

  291. Good solid .54 cal. "Standard Model" Burnside carbine.  This is serial number "15968" and is matching between the barrel and the breech block.  The wood has the normal dings and marks of actual field service.  The action works correctly, and decent rifling remains.  The lockplate does have a little pitting, but not extreme.  All in all - I would grade this a solid "mid-grade" example.--$1,295.SOLD

  292. Excavated coat size Confederate lined "I".  This is an attractive button with a smooth chocolate brown patina.  It was recovered years ago from Confederate camps on private property near Richmond, VA.  There is one tiny ding on the face.  The reverse remains completely intact with shank, but I do see one small hairline freeze crack in the back.  Even with a couple small imperfections is still a nice Confederate button.--$125.

  293. Very nice condition original Confederate Pike complete with a portion of the original pole and both support straps remaining intact.  Seldom found for sale with some of the original pole.--$1,250.

  294. SOOO PRETTY !!  This is a Richmond Arsenal "Bullet Stitch" C.S. 2-Piece Sword Belt Plate on it's original brown leather Confederate Saber Belt.  This fine C.S. Cavalry Belt Rig is out of the famed Norm Flaydermann's collection.  The plate has a wonderful rich - never cleaned - aged bronze patina, and the belt remains nice and pliable but does have one old break on the back side.  This belt rig would feel right at home in any of the nation's finest museums.--$5,850. (You were expecting $8,500. weren't you !!)SOLD

  295. buckner.JPG (19286 bytes)bucknergen.JPG (8767 bytes)Nice crisp autograph of Confederate Gen. Simon Bolivar Buckner.  This autograph has for many years been on display at the Lotz House Civil War Museum in Franklin, Tennessee.--$250.

  296. CDV of a seated Union private.  He is wearing an open frock coat exposing his vest beneath.  The photo has an unusual "Jas. Hart  Muscatine, Iowa" backmark.--$65.

  297. Crisp, clear, fully cased "Really Big" 1/4th plate tintype of a full length standing Federal soldier holding his musket with sling and bayonet.  This is - without a doubt - an early war image in that he is carrying a .69 cal. musket converted from flint. A first class image.--$395.SOLD

  298. 1/6th plate ambrotype of a young Union soldier seated with who I would guess to be his younger brother from his look and his age.  Both are seated, and the soldier is wearing a frock coat and his kepi.  The photo has nice clarity but is not in a case.--$115.

  299. Large 1/4th plate fully cased tintype of a Union Infantryman.  He is standing at attention with his musket with bayonet standing at his side.  He is wearing a U.S. belt rig with buckle, cap box, cartridge box, cross belt, and eagle breastplate.  The photo is just a little dark but has very good content.--$295.

  300. Fully cased 1/6th plate tintype of a standing Federal Cavalry Trooper.  He is wearing his kepi,  his Model 1851 sword belt rig,  and has his cavalry saber standing right in front of him.  Nothing really fancy about this guy - Just your typical Federal Cavalry Trooper ready to mount up.--$275.

  301. Beautiful condition, excavated, 1859 Canadian one cent piece.  This was recovered from an 1863 Confederate camp on private property near Shelbyville, TN.--$45.

  302. Glass jar with very old antique paper label containing bullets that were picked up at the Battle Of Franklin, TN. during the 1950 - 1960 era.  I would guess that the jar contains 50 bullets or so.--$195.SOLD

  303. Nice drop, .58 cal., excavated "Confederate HI-Base".  This was recovered on private property near Petersburg, Virginia.--$35.

  304. Very nice condition, excavated, .69 cal., 3-ring, Confederate Belgium type Minie.  This was recovered on private property south of Nolensville, TN, from the 1863 camp of Wharton's 8th Texas Cavalry.--$38.

  305. Two excavated cartridges recovered from the Battle of Franklin, TN.  One cartridge is a Burnside and was recovered from the Federal Cavalry position at Franklin.  The other cartridge is a French Pinfire and was recovered from a lawn on the Confederate battle line.  Both cartridges in glass display case - $48.

  306. Beautiful condition, excavated, .58 cal., Confederate, "Blob Top" nose cast Minie.  This was recovered many years ago from a Confederate position on private property near Shiloh.--$25.

  307. Soldier hand-crafted lead pencil made from a bullet.  This was recovered on private property at the Battle of Franklin, TN.--$28.

  308. Excavated, nice drop, .577 cal., lube grooved - plug cavity, Confederate Minie.  This was recovered on private property at the Battle of Chickamauga.--$25.

  309. Quite attractive, excavated, low convex, coat size, Virginia State Seal uniform button.  This is a VA5-A with "Young, Smith, New York" backmark.  It has a smooth, brown patina with traces of silver wash and is missing the shank on the reverse.--$150.

  310. Quite scarce Revolutionary War Era "Brown Bess" bayonet picked up by Marhsall Fish around 1900 from private property near Ft. Ticonderoga, New York.  This is quite a rare find.--$250.SOLD

  311. Very nice condition, Confederate Arsenal manufactured, Naval Cutlass in original leather scabbard.  The blade remains clean and bright and measures 21 1/2 inches in length.  The grip is crudely cast, and the guard appears to be cast, but actually has the edge folded back to make the perimeter.  It is marked only with a serial number.  Some collectors feel this to be a product of Cook & Brothers while others feel it to be a Leech and Rigdon product.  I personally lean toward it being a Leech and Rigdon product because of its similarity to some of their other products.  The leather scabbard remains complete and original, but is missing the brass throat and drag at the top and bottom of the scabbard.  It has been a long time since I have seen a Confederate manufactured cutlass with a blade this nice.--$4,250.

  312. Quite rare, Parker - Field and Sons, London Enfield Tower style carbine.  This is an early pattern carbine, and the stock is "G" marked on the right hand side.  In the new book "The English Connection" it is noted on page 66 that Parker - Field & Sons supplied weapons to the state of Georgia, and this weapon surfaced in North Georgia.  It is in overall nice condition, but does show evidence of lots of field service.  This weapon will make a wonderful addition to any Confederate Cavalry display.--$1,650.SOLD

  313. Excavated, medium size "OVM" oval waist belt plate.  This plate was recovered from 1862 camps near Corinth, Mississippi.  The plate was damaged when recovered and has been straightened and stabilized.  It displays very well, but you can still faintly see the lines where the plate was originally bent when recovered.  Although not a perfect example - still nice.--$695.SOLD

  314. Beautiful condition 1812 era hand Silversmith made PURE SILVER British cross belt plate.  You can still clearly see the tiny ping marks on the reverse of this plate left by the Silversmith.  This buckle is hand engraved and is without question the work of a master craftsman.  It is quite common for us to recover 1820 to 1840 era British materials around American Civil War Confederate campsites.--$850.

  315. 1/6th plate, fully cased ambrotype of a young Union Private.  The image has some fading, but in good light, is all completely visible.  In the back of the case is written "August 10, 1862, age 23".  This is a seated pose, and he is wearing an enlisted man's 9 - button frock coat and also his kepi.--$150.

  316. Excellent condition, "semi"- excavated, regulation Union Cavalry spur.  This is an early 1900 era battlefield pickup and is in such nice condition the rowel will still turn.--$85.

  317. Excellent condition, non-excavated, three blade, Springfield combination gun tool.  This model tool is for the 1855 which is much tougher to come by.  If you have a nice Springfield musket, this will make an excellent accessary to display with it.--$75.

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

  319. Very scarce, "1860 date" Ames manufactured Light Cavalry saber and scabbard.  This saber was just brought into the shop a couple of hours ago and has a smooth, gently aging, gray/brown patina on the blade with markings of "1860 - Ames Mfg. Co. Chicopee Mass" and is NOT "US" marked.  The grip remains completely intact with original wrap and wire, and the metal scabbard has the typical dings and marks of lots of field service.  There is extensive wear in the upper ring mount indicating lots of time in the saddle.  1858, 1859, and 1860 Ames Cavalry sabers that surface in the South that are devoid of the US marks almost always were Confederate carried.  This is a classic example of exactly that type saber.--$1,150.SOLD

  320. Fully cased, large 1/4th plate, tintype of a seated Union artilleryman.  The subject is seated with his kepi on his knee with a clearly visible set of crossed cannons on his kepi.  His Model 1840 artillery saber is out of the scabbard and standing directly in front of him.  The image has nice clarity but is just a little bit darker than optimum.--$295.

  321. Perfect condition, non-excavated, large size, die stamped brass number "5" regimental hat number.  The pin retains the small loop on the reverse for sewing it onto the hat.  One inch size.--$48.

  322. Very rare "Anthony" backmark CDV of Confederate General Thomas Hart Taylor.  This CDV is incorrectly ID'd on the back of the card as being General Dick (Richard) Taylor when in reality we have found that he is actually General Thomas Hart Taylor.  General T. H. Taylor came up through the ranks originally being a Colonel commanding the 1st KY Volunteer Infantry.  He served in Virginia - East Tennessee - and ended his career at Vicksburg, Mississippi, and Mobile, Alabama.  Following the Civil War, General Taylor had a long civilian career at Louisville, Kentucky.  As far as I can remember, this is the first image I have ever had of CS General Thomas Hart Taylor.--$195.

  323. Excellent condition, excavated, coat size, 2-piece, Confederate Block "I" (Infantry) uniform button.  This button was recovered about 40 years ago from private property along Duck River near Shelbyville, Tennessee, where Polk's Corp - Army of Tennessee - was camped for the winter of 1862-1863.  This button not only has the complete iron back with depressed channel, but has shank intact as well.  That is almost never found on excavated examples of this style Confederate button.--$125.

  324. Excavated, very nice condition, coat size, solid cast brass, Confederate Block "I" (Infantry) button.  This button was recently recovered on private property from a lawn along the Confederate battle line at the Battle of Franklin, Tennessee.--$150.

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

  326. Excellent condition, concentric ring pattern, Confederate manufactured, tin drum canteen.  This was brought in out of a local estate and shows clear evidence of use with a nice, uncleaned, aged patina.  The concentric ring pattern, Confederate tin drum canteen is considerably rarer to encounter than the standard flat style.--$695.SOLD

  327. REALLY NICE excavated .577 cal. Enfield triangular socket bayonet.  This bayonet was recovered about 40 years ago from the Confederate lines on private property here at Stones River.  It is rusty - just as dug - but remains solid as a rock.--$150.

  328. Excavated pair of heavy private purchase spurs that were recovered in the 1862 camp of Starnes Confederate Cavalry.  The spurs remain in good solid condition with most of the iron rowels intact.--$525.

  329. Quite scarce, Model 1843, Hall-North, Breech-loading, Percussion carbine, also referred to as the "Model 1843 Side Lever Hall".  This weapon was manufactured from 1844 until 1853 with a total number produced of around 10,000.  It is among the weapons referred to in the famous "Freemont Hall Carbine Affair."  These carbines were originally produced as smoothbores but were rifled for Civil War use.  The carbines were not very well thought of, and although originally issued to a number of Federal Cavalry regiments, most of these weapons ended up in Confederate hands.  In 40 years of relic hunting, I have dug many Hall carbine projectiles in Confederate camps, but I have yet to find my first in a Union Cavalry camp.  These weapons almost always show evidence of extensive usage, and this example is no exception.  It is marked, "S. North MIDLtn/CONN./1849."  The metal has a smooth, gray-brown attic patina, and the action still works perfectly.  The wood has rounded edges and numerous small dings and marks from saddle wear.  The weapon has faint initials, "C. H. T.", cut into the right hand side of the stock.  In my opinion, it has a high probability of having been Confederate carried.--$1,895.

  330. Nice condition non-excavated .577 cal. Enfield/Tower triangular socket bayonet.  An excellent compliment to display with your .577 cal. 3-band Enfield/Tower rifled musket.--$195.

  331. Small size 1/9th plate tintype of a young Federal soldier. He is seated and wearing a Regulation Federal Enlistedman's Frock coat.  The image is housed in a 1/2 hard case.--$95.

  332. Excellent condition original bone handle Civil War era 3-prong fork and dinner knife.  Perfect for a camp scene display and exactly what would have been in a typical Civil War Soldier's knapsack.--$50. for both

  333. Perfect condition large size stamped brass Civil War hat letter"K".  It really is hard to find a "K" in perfect shape with no damage and the loop on the back still intact.  One inch size.--$85.

  334. Beautiful condition non-excavated regulation U.S. cavalry "hi-port" bit.  This bit was lightly plated a few years back and until fairly recently was actually STILL BEING USED.  You couldn't ask for a nicer example, and the plating could easily be removed if desired.  Cross bar and both cast brass "U.S." rosettes remain intact.--$225.

  335. Excavated regulation Federal Cavalry bit and excavated regulation cast brass Federal "Rooster Neck" Cavalry Spur.  These were recovered many years ago from the 1863 winter Federal Cavalry camps located on private property here at Murfreesboro, TN.  The bit is very sound with one of the original "U.S." cast brass bosses still intact. The brass spur is in very nice condition as well, and in recent years has had a brass rowel put back in it (which could of course be removed if desired).  Both are ready for display.--$195. for the PAIR

  336. Beautiful non-excavated Model 1851 Eagle Sword Belt Plate on a portion of its original brown leather waist belt.  The plate has a BEAUTIFUL - never cleaned - rich aged bronze patina, and the applied wreath remains 100% intact.--$425.

  337. Excavated 3 inch size Confederate Read shell.  This was recovered from private property near Richmond, VA.  It has the copper time fuze remaining intact as well as 100% of the copper sabot.  The iron has been through electrolysis - disarmed - cleaned and coated.  It has about average amount of pitting/ground action, and is ready for display.--$325.SOLD

  338. Quite nice condition MASSIVE Model 1832 Federal Artillery Short Sword.  The blade has a gently aging grey-brown patina and is marked "U.S. - 1843 - N. P. Ames - Springfield", and the massive cast brass guard has a beautiful aging bronze/brown patina.  And in the words of C. D. "NO - THIS IS A KNIFE"!!--$650.

  339. Nice condition, excavated, coat size, Confederate cast pewter "I" (Infantry) uniform button.  This button was recovered from a Confederate Camp on private property just north of Atlanta, Georgia.  The button itself is in excellent condition, but the shank is decayed off as is usually the case.--$195.SOLD

  340. Nice condition, Model 1860, Ames Light Cavalry saber and scabbard.  This saber was purchased out of the H. Matthews estate in East Tennessee.  The blade is clean, just beginning to gray with age.  It is marked, "Ames Mfg Co - 1863 - Chicopee Mass."  The grip has original wrap and wire, and the scabbard remains in very nice condition with a smooth, uncleaned, aged, brown patina.--$895.SOLD

  341. Excellent condition, Confederate "CS marked" short artillery sword.  This sword is of the style that has the "CS and star" cast into each side of the massive cast brass guard.  The blade has a smooth, aging, gray/brown patina with no pitting whatsoever.  Partially completed examples of this type sword have been recovered in the river near Selma, Alabama, and it is thought these swords might have been made there.  This is as nice an example of this rare style Confederate sword as I have had in a long time.--$3,450.

  342. Excellent condition, uncirculated, 1863 date, State of Alabama 25 cent note.  This is serial# 77969 and was issued from Montgomery, Alabama.--$65.

  343. Excellent condition, uncirculated, January 1863 issue, State of Georgia 15 cent note.  This note was issued from Milledgeville, Georgia, and is serial# 2817.--$48. 

  344. Fully cased, 1/9th plate, tintype of a young Federal Soldier.  This is a bust view, and he is wearing an early war style military jacket.--$125

  345. Excavated, quite rare, .69 cal., Model 1842, triangular socket bayonet.  This bayonet was recovered many years ago by Dr. Rees Buttram on private property near Shiloh.-$125.

  346. 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.SOLD

  347. Quite crude, excavated, brass Confederate musket buttplate recovered on private property by Wayne Tucker from a Confederate Camp near Mobile, Alabama.--$45.SOLD

  348. Exceptionally nice condition .44 cal, Remington new model army revolver. This revolver is serial number 19,183. The revolver has as crisp action as when it was new, with all corners remaining sharp, and a good percentage of original bluing covering much of the revolver. Barrel markings are "Patented September 14, 1858 - Remington and Sons - Ilion, New York, USA" The original walnut grips remain intact with the military inspector cartouche remaining visible on the left hand grip. This is a quality Civil War revolver that would be a nice addition to any Civil War collection.-- $2,450.SOLD

  349. Quite rare to recover coat size Confederate Droop Wing Eagle staff officer - (Albert - CS26A).  This button was recovered from Confederate 1863 winter camps along Duck River near Shelbyville, TN.  The button was either struck with a crack in the die or it has a hairline freeze crack across the eagle's left wing, and I am unsure which.  The reverse is a Confederate local with shank intact and gold gilt in the channel.  This is a button you rarely recover.--$195.

  350. This has always been a bit of a mystery button.  It is a non-excavated example of an Albert CS8A.  Mr. Albert states that they first showed up in this country (from England) in the 1960s - and have never been Battlefield or campsite recovered, but do appear to be old.  The question is whether this is a Civil War date button that like (some Van Warts and others) simply did not make it to this country for distribution in time to get to the field, or might they have been produced later - possibly for Confederate Reunion uniforms.  A question for the ages to determine, but for sure a very nice looking button that may some day be determined to be a very rare button.  My gut feeling is a bit later than the Civil War - likely for Confederate Reunions.  A very pretty button and priced RIGHT.--$48.

  351. Very nice condition, .58 cal., Model 1864 Federal cartridge box.  The leather remains smooth and pliable with hardly any flaking at all.  It is double marked on the inside flap.  Both roller buckles, the leather closure tab, and both belt loops all remain intact.  This would be a quality addition to any Civil War collection.--$450.

  352. Very nice condition, crossed sabers, dye stamped brass, Cavalry hatpin.  This is the pattern with the closed hole in the hand guard and is the rarer version to come by.  The hatpin has solder marks on the reverse, but the wire loops are not present.--$250.

  353. Absolutely drop dead beautiful cased .44 cal. Tranter Revolver with all the normal compliments.  The revolver has near 100 % original bluing and fine, intricate engraving.  There are numerous original Tranter bullets with the cased set.  Tranter revolvers were extremely popular with Confederate officers.  Many major museums do not have one of these.--SOLD.

  354. Model 1860, .44 cal., Colt Army Revolver.  The revolver shows honest service wear and has an attractive gray/brown overall patina with no serious pitting at all.  The revolver has an all matching serial number of 43669 except for the wedge which is an old replacement.  This serial number falls in very desirable 1862 - 1863 production.  The action works correctly about eight times out of ten.  The barrel retains good bore and is marked "Address Col. Sam Colt - New York - U. S. America".  This is a good honest example of the revolver considered by many to be the most representative of the American Civil War.--$1,650.

  355. Excellent condition, Cadet gray, United Confederate Veteran (UCV) kepi.  The kepi is yellow trimmed, indicating its owner was a member of the Confederate Cavalry.  There is literally no mothing whatsoever, and the complete liner sweatband and brass UCV medallion all remain perfectly intact.  In our current era where war date Confederate kepis often sell for between $15,000 and $20,000, a nice Confederate Veterans' kepi that literally displays about as nicely as a war date kepi and at only a slight  fraction of the price, becomes quite desirable.--$750.SOLD

  356. Quite scarce, complete .54 cal., Confederate Minie in original paper wrap.  This would have been correct ammo for the .54 cal. Mississippi rifle.--$150.

  357. Beautiful condition single shot "1837" dated ALLEN percussion vest pistol.  These were often carried by Civil War soldiers in their vest as a "last line" of defense.  This excellent example was sold by a "VIRGINIA" retailer and is crisply marked "SPRATLEY - NORFOLK, VA.".  It was almost certainly Southern carried, and just about couldn't be in nicer condition.--$975.

  358. Beautiful condition non-excavated .50 cal. Maynard carbine cartridge - Perfect to display with your nice Maynard carbine.--$48.

  359. Full standing view of a Federal Cavalry officer wearing his nine button officer's frock coat with Lieutenant shoulder straps, a Model 1851 cast brass Eagle sword belt rig, and his maroon officer's sash is visible at his side.  In addition, he has a Model 1860 Light Cavalry saber cradled in his arm.  This is a quite large 1/4 plate image in a 1/2 hard case.  There are a couple small scuff marks on the image, but it is in overall good condition.  It is really hard to find a big 1/4 plate armed Cavalry image.--$250.

  360. Very nice condition excavated dropped Confederate "Blob Top" field molded minie.  This rare bullet was recovered from Wharton's 1863 Texas Cavalry camp located near Unionville, TN.--$25.

  361. Really pretty high grade Federal Staff Officer's Sword and Scabbard.  The intricate cast brass guard has an eagle head quillon, and a very intricate drooped wing eagle cast into the motif of the brass guard itself.  The sword has intricate blade ingraving and is maker marked "Clauberg and Co." and has a beautiful silver hilt.  The sword has a brass mounted metal scabbard and shows clear evidence of field service, wear, and actually being carried.  Most museums do not have a sword of this grade and beauty in their displays.--$2,250.

  362. Model 1858 regulation Federal 5-ring "Bullseye" canteen complete with original butternut cover - stopper - chain - and linen sling.  The canteen has a few small moth holes in the cover, but the canteen is otherwise quite nice, complete and stable.--$395.

  363. Very attractive group of 4 excavated cuff size Federal buttons.  The group includes {1} a gilted cuff size Federal eagle "C" {2} a gilted cuff size New York State Seal {3} a highly gilted Federal eagle "I" and {4} a crisp, chocolate brown Federal Navy - all in a glass display case.--$95.SOLD

  364. pike.jpg (44751 bytes)pikedesc.jpg (52672 bytes)Beautiful condition Confederate Pike complete with cuff and several inches of the original pole.  These original Confederate Pikes were sold by Bannerman during the 1950's era and he cut the poles into so that they were much easier and less expensive to ship.  Every Confederate collection should have an example of an original Confederate Pike.--$1,150.

  365. Very attractive excavated coat size Confederate "Droop Wing Eagle" Staff Officer's button.  This is a "CS21" and was recovered on private property near Corinth, Miss. by Charlie Harris about 30 years ago.  It has a smooth brown patina and has traces of gold gilt both around the perimeter of the face and on the reverse.  The shank remains perfectly intact, and except for having just the slightest press on the eagle - this unmarked "C. Rouyer" style button would be very hard to improve on.--$250.

  366. Nice condition, .58 cal., 3-band, percussion "1861 Special Model", rifled musket.  The lockplate is marked "L.G.&Y. - US - 1862".  The metal has a smooth, gently graying, aged patina, and the stock remains in nice condition with two visible inspector cartouches.  The action works perfectly at both half-cock and full-cock, and the main spring is about as strong as the day it was made.  The bore has good rifling and would quite likely still shoot accurately; although I do not recommend firing original weapons.  The long range site, original ramrod, and both sling swivels all remain intact.--$1,450.

  367. Excavated, .69 cal., Model 1816, friction fit, triangular, socket bayonet.  This bayonet was recovered from Confederate lines on private property here at Stones River over 30 years ago.  It has about the last one inch of the tip of the blade broken off, which is likely why the bayonet was discarded.  Still an excellent piece for any excavated relic display.--$125.

  368. 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.SOLD

  369. Excellent condition, excavated, lead-filled, bullseye Artillery rosette recovered by Terry Booth on private property from a Texas Cavalry camp.  You couldn't hope to find one in nicer condition.--$65.

  370. 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

  371. Absolutely mint-perfect beautiful, excavated, cuff size, Confederate Local, Louisiana Pelican with every bit of 90% bright gold gilt.  This button was recovered about 40 years ago by Charlie Harris on private property near Corinth, Mississippi.  The face is perfect, and the reverse is equally as nice with the shank intact.--$250.

  372. Excellent condition, excavated, coat size, Confederate "Script I" uniform button.  This button was recovered many years ago by Dr. Rees Buttram on private property near Chickamauga, Georgia.  It has a smooth, chocolate brown patina on the face with nice detail and no dents or cracks.  The reverse remains perfect as well with an Isaac Campbell backmark, and the shank is intact and straight.--$195.

  373.   Excavated early production .28 cal. "Colt Root" Model 1855 Side Hammer Pocket Revolver.  This was a turn of the century find on private property near Chickamauga, GA.  The revolver is mostly complete - even with remnants of the original grips.  It is, however, missing the hammer and loading lever.  This revolver will make a wonderful center piece to any excavated relics display.--$550.

  374. Absolutely beautiful excavated Confederate "Droop Wing Eagle" coat size staff officer's button.  This was recovered by Charlie Harris about 40 years ago on private property near Chickamauga, GA.  Both face and reverse are perfect with the original iron shank perfectly intact.  You are not going to find a nicer example.--$250.SOLD

  375. Beautiful condition "1837" date 6-shot "Allen and Thurber" .36 cal. PepperBox revolver.  The revolver retains beautiful engraving and is marked "Allen and Thurber - 1837 - Worcester" and has original varnish on the grips.  The action still works nicely {most of the time} - but gets in a bad mood once in a while and doesn't advance.  The metal has a smooth aged grey-brown patina with really no pitting at all.--$795.

  376. Beautiful excavated ornate floral pattern, lead filled, Confederate Cavalry rosette recovered from an 1863 Alabama Cavalry camp located near Middleton, TN. - super condition.--$75

  377. Really pretty excavated smaller size lead filled floral pattern Confederate Cavalry rosette recovered from the 1863 winter camp of the 8th Texas Cavalry located near Unionville, TN.  Really pretty rosette.--$65.

  378. Very nice condition and seriously "Bad-Ass" 1840s - 1850s era Allen and Thurber .36 cal. single shot percussion pistol with a "10-INCH" Barrel - REALLY !!--$850.

  379. Absolutely drop dead beautiful excavated coat size Louisiana Pelican button.  This was recovered by Charlie Harris on private property near Corinth, MS.  It is an "LA-8" Confederate Local with gold gilt outlining literally everything.  The reverse is as pretty as the front with shank intact.--$350.

  380. Just a good old honest regulation Federal Model 1858 smooth type canteen - fresh out of an OHIO estate sale.  The canteen shows clear evidence of field service with several small service dings and also - with wear to the spout.  Every Civil War collection should have a field carried canteen - just a MUST.--$150.

  381. Nice condition excavated .69 cal. drop Confederate Belgium style bullet recovered many years ago from a Confederate camp on private property near Corinth, MS. by Dr. Rees Buttram.--$48.

  382. Excavated "bullet in Heartwood Pine" recovered many years ago from private property near Chickamauga, GA.  And, if you'd like - You get to open the wood and see what type bullet is inside !!--$48.

  383. Beautiful condition non-excavated highly gilted, false embroidered 1850 era stamped brass Artillery Officer's hat pin.  Absolutely perfect with all 3 attachment wires remaining intact.--$275.

  384. Very nice condition excavated .58 cal. Civil War Springfield triangular socket bayonet.  This was recovered about 40 years ago on private property along the Federal Battle Line here at Stones River.  These are rarely ever recovered now, and those that are recovered now have serious ground decay.--$125.

  385. Excavated lower portions of 2 artillery shells.  One is a Federal 3 inch Hotchkiss projectile, and the other is a C.S. used 3 inch Dyer [what we used to call a 3 inch Burton}.  These were both recovered on private property near Chickamauga by Dr. Rees Buttram.--$48. for both shells

  386. 50 cent United States fractional note printed per the Acts of March, 1863, and June, 1864, and is the series of 1875.  Fractional U.S. currency is rare to come by.--$48.

  387. Scarce, original, .36 cal. Maynard cartridge correct for the sporting Model Maynard carbine that was popular in the South as a sporting rifle before the Civil War and carried by many Confederate Cavalry into the Civil War.  In addition, the states of Florida, Georgia, and Mississippi purchased an additional 2,369 to help arm Cavalry troops from these states.  This will be an excellent compliment to display with your .36 cal. Maynard carbine.--$150.

  388. Original, Civil War packet containing five 10-second artillery fuzes.  This packet was produced by Frankford Arsenal and is dated 1863.  I have been very tempted to light one, but have resisted the urge.--$95.

  389. SUPER RARE, Paris Transition Model Lemat.  This is one of the most formidable handguns of the American Civil War Era.  It could fire nine shots of .42 cal. from the cylinder and one shotgun blast of .63 cal. from a smooth bore shotgun barrel around which the cylinder revolved.  The 7 inch octagonal barrel has rifling remaining about as crisp as new.  This revolver has a nice early matching serial number of "797" and has original finish remaining in many areas.  The barrel is marked "Col. Lemat Bte sgdg - Paris" in script.  This revolver is out of the nationally known Don Bryan collection and has been a part of Don's award winning Lemat display for many years.  (The Lemat display is pictured above.)  Some of the South's most famous figures, including Jefferson Davis - P. G. T. Beauregard, and Jeb Stuart, just to name a few, carried this fearsome weapon.  A beautiful Lemat revolver in your collection would definitely go a long way in making your collection one of the most elite around.--$23,500.

  390. dogriver.JPG (11494 bytes)dogriveropn.JPG (17419 bytes)dogrivercls.JPG (65607 bytes)"Attic Pretty" Confederate Manufactured "DOG RIVER" C.S. Cavalry Saber And Scabbard.  This saber was just brought in out of the local area here in Middle Tennessee, and is believed to have been carried by one of the "Dibrell" boys from the area around Sparta, TN.  The blade is classic C.S. manufacture "unstopped fuller",  and is just beginning to grey with age.  The guard is richly patinaed Confederate "Red Brass", and the grip is original - but is worn through to wood beneath the leather in some areas -  from actually being carried.  The scabbard is classic "brass mounted - lap seam" Confederate, and has a thick brown patina - top to bottom, but has lost the little brass plate at the top somewhere along the line over the past 150 years.  If you've always wanted a pure "C.S." Cavalry saber that CLEARLY plays "Dixie" when you hold it up to your ear - here it is !!!--$3,450.

  391. SOLD
  392. Mint, perfect non-excavated .44 cal. Tranter projectile {by Deane and Adams} complete with original leather washer on the base.  This is number "91" under the "Cartridge Section" in the "McKee and Mason" bullet book.--$48.

  393. Just brought in - Beautiful .58 cal. Austrian Lorenz 3-band rifled musket complete with original 4-side bayonet.  This musket has a thick - NEVER CLEANED - attic brown patina.  Lots of rifling remains and the action still works perfectly.  Austrian muskets were extensively carried by both Union and Confederate forces during the American Civil War as evidenced by the fact that we recover Austrian projectiles equally as often from Union and Confederate campsites.  If you like untouched thick attic brown patina on your relics - You will love this musket.--$1,350.SOLD

  394. Absolutely beautiful excavated "CS" tongue portion of a Richmond Arsenal style Confederate 2-piece saber belt plate.  This buckle was recovered many years ago from a Confederate Cavalry camp located on private property near Brandy Station, VA.  It still has the dirt on it - just as recovered.--$1,250.

  395. Beautiful condition non-excavated 1840 - 1850 era die stamped brass spread wing eagle hat divice.  This example is mint with both wire attaching loops remaining perfectly intact.--$250.

  396. Extremely rare, complete Model 1832 Federal Artillery short sword 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 Springfield" on one side and "United States - 1835" 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.  It has been close to two years since I've had a complete rig like this one.--$2,450.

  397. Excavated 8-side aqua unbrella inkwell--$45.

  398. Excellent condition set of excavated "drop" .54 cal. and .58 cal. Confederate Selma Arsenal bullets.--$38. for BOTH

  399. Nice condition, Model 1858, 9 ring, Federal issue bullseye canteen, complete with cover, stopper, and a fragment of the original linen sling.  The pewter spout is maker marked "J. Hall Rohrman, Philad." and has the soldiers initials, "W. A. H." carved into the pewter spout with a pin knife.  The cover is complete and in nice condition, but does show clear evidence of rubbing back and forth on the soldier's side.  Every collection should include a nice canteen.--$350.

  400. Beautiful condition, original, non-excavated, Civil War cannon friction primer.  It is totally possible that we might be able to still fire a cannon with this jewel.--$55.

  401. Excavated, coat size, Federal Navy button.  The face has about 90% bright gold gilt, and the reverse is backmarked "Waterbury Scovill & Co".  The shank is missing which is likely why the button was lost.  You couldn't hope to find a button with a more beautiful face.--$95.

  402. Excellent example of a dropped, excavated, field molded, "blob top" .58 cal. Confederate 3-ring minie.  This rare bullet was recovered from a Confederate Camp on private property along Duck River near Shelbyville, Tennessee.--$25.

  403. Very scarce, excavated, tiny, cuff size, Kentucky State Seal Staff Officer's button.  The button does have a push, but remains very solid with a smooth brown patina and crisp detail.  There are hints of gold gilt around the perimeter, and the shank remains intact on the reverse.--$250.

  404. Extremely rare, 1/9th plate, crisp, clear, ruby ambrotype of an early war Federal Infantryman wearing his sky blue great coat with cape, Model 1858 Union canteen with linen sling over his shoulder, and tar cloth haversack hanging under the canteen with tar cloth strap over his shoulder and under the linen canteen sling.  I could count on my fingers how many images I have had over the last 40 years with canteen and haversack.  If you remove the image from the case and matting, you can see much more of the canteen and haversack.--$395.

  405. Non-excavated, COMPLETE, "1863" date .58 cal. U.S. Springfield lockplate - hammer and all internal parts.  This lockplate works perfectly and is ready to drop into a musket.--$175.SOLD

  406. eagbltrig.JPG (53544 bytes)eagbltrigrev.JPG (48364 bytes)eagbltrigplt.JPG (81621 bytes)Model 1851 Federal Cavalryman's saber belt rig with the excellent condition cast brass eagle saber belt plate with applied silver wreath remaining perfectly intact, and the original leather waist belt is complete and remains reasonably pliable.  This would be a great addition to your collection.--$650.

  407. Very nice condition, excavated, coat size, Connecticut State Seal button.  This button was recovered from a Connecticut Camp on private property in Northern Virginia.  It has crisp detail with gold gilt in the recessed areas.  The reverse is backmarked "R. M. D. C." (Waterbury), and the shank remains perfectly intact.--$75.

  408. Very nice condition, excavated, coat size, Confederate two-piece "Block I" (Infantry) button.  The face couldn't be prettier with a slick, chocolate brown patina, and the reverse is rusty iron as usual.  This button was recovered on private property from a Confederate Camp along Duck River near Shelbyville, Tennessee.--$95.

  409. Beautiful condition, excavated, matching pair of Confederate style cast brass Cavalry spurs.  These were recovered from a Mississippi Cavalry Camp on private property in North Mississippi.  They are the style with the very long extended necks.  Both spurs retain complete rowels.  Matching pairs of Confederate spurs this nice simply are not being recovered anymore.--$650.

  410. Excavated male phallic symbol recovered from an 1863 Confederate winter camp on private property along Duck River near Shelbyville, Tennessee.  I was a little surprised that this bullet did not have carved into it "Lorena Bobbitt was here".--$75.

  411. Really pretty Model 1850 Federal Foot Officer's Sword in its original brass mounted metal scabbard.  The blade is clean and bright with crisp engraving up and down both sides of the blade, and is clearly marked "EISENHAUER".  The brass guard has an attractive, and uncleaned aged bronze patina - and original wrap and wire intact on the grip.  This sword would look great in anyone's collection.--$1,150.

  412. Beautiful condition, non-excavated, Federal Cavalry Officer's cast brass spur.  This spur started out as a standard regulation Federal "roosterneck" cavalry spur.  A jeweler has finely stippled the spur over the entire outside body of the spur.  This would have been privately contract done by the individual soldier.  The original rowel remains intact and spins freely.--$195.

  413. Excavated, silvered, coat size, one piece, NY State Militia button.  This button is a very early 1820 - 1840 era NY Militia button and was recovered from 1863 NY Camps near Chattanooga, TN.  It is missing the shank but is otherwise a beautiful excavated example.--$65.

  414. Really pretty, excavated, coat size, gilted Louisiana State Seal button.  This button was recovered from a Confederate Camp on private property near Shelbyville, Tennessee.  The face has crisp detail and beautiful bright gold gilt outlining the pelican and the young.  The reverse is backmarked "Hyde & Goodrich, New Orleans" and has the shank remaining intact.  This is a beautiful button that anyone would like to have in their collection.--$375.

  415. Non-excavated, .58 cal., Springfield triangular socket bayonet.  This bayonet has a smooth, attic brown patina with a crisp "US" mark and would make an excellent compliment to your Springfield or contract .58 cal. rifled musket.  This bayonet could easily clean to a brighter look to match a musket if so desired.--$195.

  416. Excellent condition, excavated, dye stamped brass, Company hat letter "B".  This was recovered by Wayne Tucker on private property near Mobile, Alabama, about 30 years ago.--$75.

  417. Extremely rare and very nice condition, excavated, coat size, Confederate local, Alabama "Map on Tree" State Seal.  This button was recovered from a Confederate Camp on private property near Savannah, Georgia.  It is an AB7B - and has a smooth chocolate brown patina with no dents or cracks, and the shank remains intact.--$650.

  418. Small "1861" date book entitled Poems of Womanhood.  There are poems in this booklet that every woman should read, such as "She Was a Phantom of Delight" and "The Widow to Her Hourglass", or maybe "Be Gentle, Husband"!!--$75.

  419. Very nice condition .577 cal. Enfield 3-band rifled musket triangular socket bayonet in original leather scabbard.  If you have a nice 3-band Enfield rifled musket - Here is the perfect compliment to make it "Museum Ready".--$295.

  420. Excavated, .577 cal., Enfield triangular socket bayonet.  This bayonet is very rusty, just as recovered.  It was dug many years ago on private property near Chickamauga, Georgia, and the blade is bent in a way suggesting that it was run over by a wagon or canon wheel.  In our current era, it is quite rare to recover a complete bayonet at all.--$95.SOLD

  421. SUPER NICE small leather Federal Percussion Cap Box.  The box remains pliable with full wool - nipple pick - and original percussion caps still inside.  It is maker marked "Young - Newark, N.J." and is military inspector marked on the outside flap.  This is nothing less than a "Museum Grade" Cap Box.--$195.SOLD

  422. Exceptionally nice condition Model 1864 .58 cal. Federal cartridge box complete with original cartridge tins remaining inside.  The leather remains soft and pliable with both belt loops - both iron roller buckles - and the original leather closure tab - as well as both cartridge tins - all remaining perfectly intact.--$450.

  423. Nice condition, 5-section, brass spyglass, measuring 36 inches when fully extended.  This spyglass, according to the family, belonged to a Captain Hedges of General Wade Hampton's Legion.  It remained in the family until 2007 when it was sold at an estate sale.  It has a beautiful, rich, aged, never cleaned, brown patina and will be a fine addition to any collection.--$295.SOLD

  424. Beautiful condition, original .577 cal., Enfield, triangular, socket bayonet in its original brass mounted leather scabbard.  This will be an excellent compliment for someone's nice .577 cal. Enfield 3-band rifled musket.--$295.

  425. 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.

  426. Excavated, lower and middle sections of a dropped 3-piece Shaler bullet.  This is the long pattern, and all you need is the top section to have a very rare and expensive bullet for your collection.  This bullet was recovered on private property on the Gettysburg Campaign.--$55.

  427. 1840militiaopn.JPG (18907 bytes)1840militiacls.JPG (52444 bytes)1840militia.JPG (12764 bytes)1840militiaarm.JPG (58283 bytes)1840militiaarmrev.JPG (56455 bytes)1840militiaflag.JPG (75461 bytes)1840militiaus.JPG (72429 bytes)1840militiaeng.JPG (59180 bytes)1840militiaeng2.JPG (67084 bytes)1840militiaeng3.JPG (55838 bytes)1840militiaeng4.JPG (76130 bytes)1840militiahorstman.JPG (70818 bytes)1840militiascabdes.JPG (71502 bytes)Absolutely beautiful 1840 era militia officer's sword in its original ornate brass scabbard with the Horstmann and Son's motif actually a part of the scabbard.  The grip is beautiful "Mother of Pearl", and the ornate cast brass guard forms a large Federal shield, and has a knight's head pommel cap.  The blade is pretty and clean - just beginning to darken with age - and has pretty and very ornate engraving top to bottom.  This surfaced in Atlanta, GA. and was very likely "C.S." carried as is often the case with prewar Militia Officer Swords.  This is so pretty that it is nearly a "work of art".--$1,895.Absolutely beautiful 1840 era militia officer's sword in its original ornate brass scabbard with the Horstmann and Son's motif actually a part of the scabbard.  The grip is beautiful "Mother of Pearl", and the ornate cast brass guard forms a large Federal shield, and has a knight's head pommel cap.  The blade is pretty and clean - just beginning to darken with age - and has pretty and very ornate engraving top to bottom.  This surfaced in Atlanta, GA. and was very likely "C.S." carried as is often the case with prewar Militia Officer Swords.  This is so pretty that it is nearly a "work of art".--$1,895.

  428. coltpkt107084.JPG (61604 bytes)coltpkt107084rev.JPG (64253 bytes)coltpkt107084mrk1.JPG (66606 bytes)coltpkt107084mrk2.JPG (42547 bytes)coltpkt107084mrk3.JPG (47965 bytes)coltpkt107084mrk4.JPG (41359 bytes)coltpkt107084mrk5.JPG (73370 bytes)coltpkt107084mtk.JPG (69177 bytes)coltpkt107084sn.JPG (44988 bytes)Really pretty Model 1849 .31 cal. Colt Pocket revolver.  It has nice clean metal with an all matching serial number of "107084" {except for the wedge which is an old replacement}.  This is nice early 1852  - 1853 production, and what you would expect surfacing here in the "Sunny South".  The brass trigger guard still has a nice amount of original silver wash, and the cylinder still retains lots of original scene.  It has action about as crisp as new, and a near perfect bore remains.  This is a real nice little Colt Pocket Revolver.--$1,250.

  429. Very scarce first pattern Confederate saber made in the facility in Nashville, TN, that would eventually produce the famous Nashville Plow Works Confederate Cavalry Officers sabers.  This type cavalry saber was produced by "Sharps and Hamilton" and consists of a long sweeping unstopped fuller blade and a massive cast bronze "D-Guard".  The Sharps and Hamilton saber has an iron backstrap and capstan nut on the rear of the tang.  As can be seen in the photographs above, the very first Nashville Plow Works Cavalry Officers sabers continued several of the Sharps and Hamilton traits, including the capstan nut and the iron backstrap.  After Nashville Plow Works' earliest production, they went to a brass backstrap and dropped the capstan nut in favor of simply bradding.  This example has a very nice condition clean blade with unstopped fuller and clear evidence of being hand forged.  The massive bronze guard is in excellent condition with a rich, aged patina.  The saber's grip shows extensive use being worn down to polished wood.  Here is your opportunity to own one of the very first Confederate sabers (saber only without scabbard) out of Nashville, TN.--$2,850.SOLD

  430. Very attractive "1848 - Ames" NCO sword in original leather scabbard {missing only the brass tip} with the white over-the-shoulder sling - frog - and eagle breastplate.  The blade on this sword is "sparkling" bright with deep, sharp marks.  This rig will display with museum quality beauty.--$975..

  431. Excavated, dropped, .577 cal., "L" basemarked Enfield projectile.  This was recovered a number of years ago on private property along the Confederate battle line here at Stones River.--$20.

  432. Very nice condition, original, matched pair of Civil War drumsticks.  This set of sticks is rather crudely manufactured and likely Confederate used.--$175 for the pair.SOLD

  433. Quite scarce, original, first edition, "Confederate Edged Weapons" by William A. Albaugh, III.  This is an excellent example with the original dust jacket still intact.--$95.

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

  435. Fresh in the door, crude, blacksmith-made, 17" Confederate Bowie Knife.  The blade is blacksmith handcrafted from a large rasp and has many rasp teeth still remaining visible, both on the flats of the blade and along the upper edge.  The copper ferrule around the walnut handle and the brass washer around the riveted tang have a 150-year-old, never cleaned, rich bronze/brown aged patina.  This is a wicked hand-made Confederate weapon, and still remains sharp enough to easily cut you.  It is going to be a fine addition to someone's Confederate blade display.--$975.

  436. Very nice condition, excavated, drop, .36 cal. Savage revolver projectile.  This bullet was recovered quite a number of years ago on private property that was at one time part of Camp Stanley located here at Murfreesboro, TN, during the Spring of 1863.--$25.

  437. Model 1858 "Bullseye" canteen with original wool cover intact, original stopper intact, and a portion of the linen sling.  The cover is quite sound and looks like it might have originally been blue, with only one or two very small moth holes.  The pewter spout is maker marked "J. H. Rohrman & Co".  No Civil War collection is complete without an original canteen.--$295.

  438. Very ornate, war date (December 30, 1863), shipping document to Providence Tool Company Armory in Providence, Rhode Island from the Arcade Malt Iron Company.  Providence Tool Company is a well known sword and musket manufacturer during the Civil War, and quite likely, that is what these materials were to be used for.--$95.

  439. Nice condition, ordinance document for Company J, 63rd Regiment, Illinois Volunteer Infantry.  Per this document, Company J of the 63rd Illinois received 69 Prussian muskets with bayonets, gunslings, bayonet scabbards, cartridge boxes, cartridge box plates, cap pouches, belts, and US waist belt plates.  The Prussian muskets that were issued at this time proved to be quite unsatisfactory and were replaced with Springfields as soon as possible.--$48.

  440. Very nice condition Federal Navy leather fuze pouch.  The pouch remains soft and pliable and is marked on the outside flap "Navy Yard - Philadelphia - 1863".  Both the leather closure tab and the leather belt loop remain intact on the box.--$425..

  441. Absolutely perfect, beautiful non-excavated Richmond Arsenal Pattern Confederate "C.S." 2-piece saber belt plate.  This plate was purchased a few years ago out of an estate near Richmond, VA.  The plate has a nice rich aged bronze-brown patina, and is the style pictured on page 9 - Plate - 003, in original Mullinax, and is known for it's high copper content.  You are not going to find a nicer example.--$3,500.SOLD

  442. Excellent condition, excavated, Confederate Cavalry spur recovered from a Confederate Cavalry camp on private property in the Shenandoah Valley in Virginia.  This spur is a crude Confederate copy of the regulation style Federal spur of the Civil War Era.--$195.

  443. Excavated, coat size, Federal Cavalry Officer's button.  It has a smooth, brown patina and crisp detail.  The button was recovered on private property at Gravely Springs, Alabama.--$45.

  444. Broken, excavated, regulation, Federal Cavalry horse bit with cast brass "U.S." rosette remaining intact.  This bit was recovered on private property from a Federal Cavalry campsite located near Winchester, Virginia.--$125.

  445. Excavated, Confederate manufactured, solid cast brass saber scabbard ring mount recovered from a Confederate 1863 camp located on private property along Duck River near Shelbyville, TN.  We aren't recovering many cool little brass items like this anymore.--$75.  

  446. Very rare Confederate manufacturaed Foot Officer's sword by "A. Dufilho".   This is a classic example of a New Orleans, LA, made Confederate Foot Officer's sword.  Prior to the Civil War, Agruider Dufilho had been a former cutlery manufacturer, and during the Civil War, turned swordmaker.  One of Dufilho's primary products was a well made Foot Officer's sword that bears some resemblance to the Federal Model 1850 Foot Officer's sword.  His New Orleans firm stamped some of his swords with his name and address but equally as many were left unmarked without any stampings or markings at all.  Dufilho's products, though, can be easily recognized by classic features of this well known maker.  This example has a clean, unmarked, 29" long blade with a 23" long unstopped fuller down each side.  The original Dufilho cast brass guard remains intact and in very nice condition with a rich, aged patina.  The grip retains the sword's original black leather and is in excellent condition.  The fine twisted brass wire is missing and has been for many, many years.  This Confederate manufactured Foot Officer's sword made in New Orleans by A. Dufilho represents a classic, original, southern sword of the Civil War that is in very nice, honest condition.  This is a quality CS manufactured edged weapon at a very fair price.--$2,850.

  447. Beautiful condition, non-excavated, coat size, two piece, gilted Georgia State Seal uniform button.  This button has 100% bright gold gilt with shank intact and is back marked "Van Wart & Son Co."--$195.

  448. Gilted, two-piece, G.A.R. (Grand Army of the Republic) medal for the 31st encampment held August 22 & 23, at Buffalo New York in 1897.  The medal remains in excellent condition with the attaching pin still intact on the reverse.--$48..

  449. Excavated dropped two pieces of a quite rare "long pattern" three piece Shaler projectile.  This is one of the rarer patterns and was recovered on private property near Gettysburg, PA.  This is going to be a real bargain if you are willing to go on the search for the missing section.--$55.

  450. Pair of very colorful, unused, but original Union patriotic covers.  Both of these are satirical in nature.--$48.50

  451. Original December 7, 1925, General Order "# 6" from the United Confederate Veteran Headquarters.  And with this original 1925 United Confederate Veteran's Document are two sets of unused United States postal stamps.  One set of stamps is honoring the Federal GAR Veteran's organization, and the other set of stamps is honoring the United Confederate Veteran's Organization.  (I'm thinking that they would be holding ice olympics in hell before this set would be issued today.)--$55.

  452. Original 1921 imprint concerning the origin of Memorial Day.  This document was authored by Federal General Norton P. Chipman (who was Col. of the 2nd Ohio Infantry during the Civil War and was later Judge Advocate for the famous Andersonville Prison trial of Commandant Henry Wirz) and has an original "N. P. Chipman" autograph on the reverse of the document.  This is a very cool document and completely pertinent today.--$55.

  453. Excellent condition, excavated "1839" date silver "half-dime".  This coin was recovered from the camp of the 2nd Tennessee Infantry - C.S.A. - located near Tullahoma, TN.  It has crisp detail with the "O" (New Orleans) mint mark.--$75.SOLD

  454. Rather scarce September 2, 1862, "T46 Confederate 10-Dollar note" picturing Ceres reclining on a cotton bale and R. M. T. Hunter in the right corner.  This is a solid, attractive note, but is circulated with some water staining.--$75.

  455. Original autograph of Brigadier General Ramsey Potts.  General Potts was one of America's most decorated and successful bomber pilots of the 2nd World War.  Interestingly, during his time, as a bomb group commander, the well know actor, James "Jimmy" Stewart, was his Operations Officer.  At age 27, Potts was promoted to full Colonel and assumed command of the 453rd Bomb Group based in Norfolk.  Among Potts' accolades, he was awarded "The Distinguished Service Cross", two Silver Stars, the Legion of Merit medal, three DFCs, the Bronze Star, five Air Medals, and was awarded the British "DFC" for his outstanding courage and heroism.  He retired from the Air Force as a Major General in 1972.  Major General Potts lived to age 89.--$50.

  456. Original cast brass 1870's era Federal Eagle saber belt plate on an orignal Civil War Era linen belt.  Rigs like this were commonly worn by military academy cadets in the years just following the Civil War.  Very nice condition throughout.--$175.

  457. Beautiful condition, non-excavated, coat size Federal Infantry "I" Officer's button.  The face has 100% bright gold gilt, and the reverse is backmarked "Fine Gold Plate" in a ribbon with an eagle between the ends of the ribbon.  The shank is intact on the reverse.--$45.

  458. Very nice excavated "dropped" .577 cal. Enfield projectile. This bullet has a smooth, white patina with a raised "57" in the base indicating pattern of 1857, and the original boxwood plug remains intact.--$20.

  459. bgratzbrown.JPG (38860 bytes)Civil War Era CDV of Benjamin Gratz Brown.  B. Gratz Brown was a well known Civil War Era legislator from Missouri.  Brown is most well known for his extreme - near radical anti-slavery position.  A rather scarce CDV to find.--$48.Civil War Era CDV of Benjamin Gratz Brown.  B. Gratz Brown was a well known Civil War Era legislator from Missouri.  Brown is most well known for his extreme - near radical anti-slavery position.  A rather scarce CDV to find.--$48.

  460. equipbuckles.JPG (90828 bytes)equipbucklesrev.JPG (92309 bytes)Two excavated sword belt plate keepers and one sword belt adjuster buckle.  These artifacts are all in excellent condition and were recovered from one of John Hunt Morgan's 1863 winter Confederate cavalry camps near Liberty, Tennessee.--$125. for all-SOLD

  461. brigshields.JPG (29799 bytes)brigsheildsrev.JPG (37807 bytes)CDV of Federal General Jas. Shields.--$48.CDV of Federal General Jas. Shields.--$48.

  462. blobtopmnie.JPG (79917 bytes)Quite sought after by Civil War bullet collectors - nice drop Confederate field mold "Blob Top" C.S. three ring Minie.--$25.

  463. carbinecart.JPG (70404 bytes)Very nice condition non-excavated .50 cal. Flat Top Maynard Carbine Cartridge.  An excellent compliment to display with your Civil War Maynard Carbine.--$48.

  464. remingtonck.JPG (45604 bytes)remingtonsig.JPG (53365 bytes)Very nice condition check from Remington Arms Co. dated Sept. 27, 1854 and signed by Samuel Remington {one of three owners along with brothers Philo and Eliphalet III} during the Civil War era.  Remington Firearms were very well thought of during the Civil War era.--$48.

  465. pattersonnotary.JPG (36298 bytes)pattersonnotarysig.JPG (51967 bytes)pattersonnotaryseal.JPG (50254 bytes)pattersonnotaryrev.JPG (41400 bytes)Beautiful condition Tennessee Governor's Commission signed by John W. Morton - then Secretary of State and during the Civil War was General Nathan Bedford Forrest's "Chief of Artillery", and who later authored the definitive book entitled "Forrest's Artillery".  The document is in beautiful, perfect condition and John Morton's signature is clear and perfect.--$150.

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

  467. eaglebeltplate.JPG (93288 bytes)eaglebeltplaterev.JPG (88042 bytes)Really pretty excavated Model 1851 officer grade eagle sword belt plate with integrally cast wreaths and gold gilt still remaining in recessed areas.  This belt plate was recovered on private property near Winchester, Virginia.--$425.

  468. northcarolina.JPG (62222 bytes)northcarolinarev.JPG (74673 bytes)Excavated Coat size Confederate local North Carolina State Seal button.  This was recovered from a Confederate camp located on private property near Brandy Station, VA.--$125.

  469. usbayonet.JPG (12140 bytes)usbayonetus.JPG (87331 bytes)Nice condition original .58 cal. triangular socket bayonet correct for the Model 1861 and Model 1863 Springfield muskets and for all of the Model 1861 contract muskets.  This would be an excellent compliment to display with your .58 cal. three-band rifled musket.--$195.

  470. fridaybayonet.JPG (36652 bytes)Nice clean non-excavated .69 cal. Model 1816 friction fit triangular socket bayonet.  This would be a State or private purchase as there are no "U.S." markings.  This bayonet was most likely Confederate used, and perfect to display with your .69 cal. Model 1816 Flint or conversion musket.--$195.

  471. bulletdisplay.JPG (56835 bytes)Collection of eighteen various type Civil War pistol bullets, including Savage, Smith & Wesson, Remington, Colt, Whitney, as well as others.  This collection of bullets was recovered by Dr. Rees Buttram during the mid 1960's on private property at Shiloh and Chickamauga.  The bullet collection is displayed in a very nice black walnut display case.--$195.

  472. photoback.JPG (76128 bytes)photobackrev.JPG (86672 bytes)Excavated 1/6 plate Daguerreotype recovered from an 1863 Confederate winter camp along Duck River near Shelbyville, TN.--$45.Excavated 1/6 plate Daguerreotype recovered from an 1863 Confederate winter camp along Duck River near Shelbyville, TN.--$45.

  473. mbthreeringer.JPG (53568 bytes)mbthreeringerbase.JPG (46611 bytes)Excellent condition excavated "Blob Top" Confederate field molded .58 caliber Minie Ball.--$25.

  474. swdmount.jpg (88629 bytes)Excavated solid cast brass saber scabbard ring mount recovered from a Confederate 1863 camp located on private property along Duck River near Shelbyville, TN.  We aren't recovering many cool little brass items like this anymore.--$75.  

  475. howitzerrear.jpg (1289193 bytes)howitzer.jpg (1227670 bytes)howitzerrev.jpg (1318867 bytes)howitzerside.jpg (1175111 bytes)howitzerdstnt.jpg (1309053 bytes)howitzermkr.jpg (740994 bytes)howitzernmbr.jpg (916256 bytes)howitzercstbl.jpg (774920 bytes)howitzerdte.jpg (826019 bytes)This is as rare as it gets in Civil War collecting !!  ORIGINAL 12 pound bronze Mountain Howitzer on a fine quality "Cannons Ltd." carriage with complete implements.  This is a "Cyrus Alger" 12 # bronze tube and is marked "C.A. & Co. - Boston" on the right trunnion, and is dated "1861" on the left trunnion.  The muzzle has "180" on the top face, and "T.J.R." on the bottom face.  "U.S." is nicely stamped on the top of the tube between the trunnions, and on the cascabel is the number "224".  The tube has a beautiful - uncleaned - aged pea green patina - no shiny brass here !!  The vent hole is open and we are supplying 20 friction primers with the cannon, SO look out neighbors !!!  A finer ORIGINAL and "1861" dated Civil War cannon you just will not see.  You can pick it up here, or we can help in arranging delivery.  A BARGAIN AT--$58,500.This is as rare as it gets in Civil War collecting !!  ORIGINAL 12 pound bronze Mountain Howitzer on a fine quality "Cannons Ltd." carriage with complete implements.  This is a "Cyrus Alger" 12 # bronze tube and is marked "C.A. & Co. - Boston" on the right trunnion, and is dated "1861" on the left trunnion.  The muzzle has "180" on the top face, and "T.J.R." on the bottom face.  "U.S." is nicely stamped on the top of the tube between the trunnions, and on the cascabel is the number "224".  The tube has a beautiful - uncleaned - aged pea green patina - no shiny brass here !!  The vent hole is open and we are supplying 20 friction primers with the cannon, SO look out neighbors !!!  A finer ORIGINAL and "1861" dated Civil War cannon you just will not see.  You can pick it up here, or we can help in arranging delivery.  A BARGAIN AT--$58,500.

  476. bulletone.JPG (43663 bytes)bulletonevase.JPG (45465 bytes)Nice excavated drop .69 cal. Confederate "plug base" Towers bullet.  This was recovered from an 1863 Army of Tennessee camp located along Duck River near Shelbyville, TN.--$45.

  477. bullettwo.JPG (59751 bytes)bullettwobase.JPG (43734 bytes)Quite rare excavated drop FIELD MOLD .50 cal. Confederate Sharpshooter's bullet.  The bullet has "cold mold" lines all over it from being field molded.  It was recovered on the Brentwood Hills at the Battle of Nashville - mixed right in with standard .45 cal. cylindrical Whitworth bullets.  Some say this bullet was for a Greene Sharpshooter rifle, and others feel that there were actually a few .50 cal. Whitworths here.  A very cool bullet in any case.--$65.

  478. 1839usoval.JPG (88311 bytes)1839usovalrev.JPG (86923 bytes)Very pretty non-excavated rare Model 1839 "small oval" U.S. waist belt plate.  The face couldn't be more beautiful and perfect, and the reverse has nice full lead, and both hooks intact for display - HOWEVER, the plate was missing the single arrow hook when it came in.  As luck would have it - a while back I dug the exact arrow hook that this plate was missing from an Ohio Infantry camp here, and decided to give up my hook to let this plate display more perfectly.  I have simply glued the hook in place if, for some reason, you'd like to removed it.--$295.

  479. ibuttonscript.JPG (93533 bytes)ibuttonscriptrev.JPG (84098 bytes)Very nice condition excavated coat size Confederate "Script I" (infantry) uniform button.  This button was recovered from Polk's Corp 1863 winter camps along the Duck River near Shelbyville, Tennessee.  It has a smooth chocolate brown patina, "Quality" backmark, nice detail, and shank intact.--$175.

  480. dugbreastplate.JPG (85272 bytes)dugbreastplaterev.JPG (93795 bytes)Excavated, lead filled, circular Federal eagle breastplate.  This was recovered on private property here at the Battle of Stones River and remains green and dirt covered just as recovered.  The lead fill remains in the reverse, but the wire attachment loops are rusted away.  Plates of any kind have become very rare to recover.--$115.

  481. eaglea.jpg (86086 bytes)eaglearev.JPG (100270 bytes)Excavated coat size Federal "Eagle A" artillery button.  The button has a smooth brown patina with the shank remaining intact and was recovered from private property here at the Battle of Stones River.--$28.SOLD

  482. northcaro.JPG (115529 bytes)northcarorev.JPG (113369 bytes)Excavated die struck coat size North Carolina "Sunburst" Confederate uniform button.  This was recovered by Dr. Rees Buttram from Confederate camps near Dalton, GA.  The button has nice detail and some pretty silver wash in recessed areas.  These buttons were on shell jackets purchased by the Confederate Govt. from the State of North Carolina, and issued to the Army of Tennessee while in winter camp near Dalton, GA.--$125.

  483. onedime.jpg (116010 bytes)onedimerev.JPG (110044 bytes)Excavated "1838-O" dime recovered from a Confederate 1863 winter camp here.  Look this jewel up as it is a rare bird and in very pretty condition !!--$95.

  484. enfield.jpg (66702 bytes)enfieldbase.JPG (40629 bytes)Excavated .50 cal. "Whitworth-like" smooth sided projectile recovered among .45 cal. Whitworth bullets in the Brentwood Hills at the Battle of Nashville, TN.  Many collectors believe this to be from a Confederate Sharp-Shooter's weapon - possibly a Greene Rifle.--$45.

  485. ibuttondimes.JPG (98771 bytes)ibuttondimesrev.JPG (94429 bytes)Excavated Confederate "I" {Infantry button} and three silver coins - {a "1783" Spanish Reale - an  "1856" Half Dime - and a bust half dime with a hole through part of the date} For the Confederate "I" button and all three silver coins.--$150.

  486. implekitopn.JPG (48462 bytes)implekit.jpg (80114 bytes)implekitrev.JPG (74890 bytes)implekitmkr.JPG (106334 bytes)Small folding leather surgeon's field kit made by Stevens and Son, London, and containing eight instruments, including a folding bleeder.  The instruments are all metal rather than bone or ivory handled indicating it is an 1880 to 1890's era kit.  Not Civil War, but will be an attractive addition to an early medical display.-- Only $125.

  487. engravedsword.JPG (13090 bytes)engravedswordcls.JPG (70573 bytes)engravedswordeng.JPG (66319 bytes)engravedswordms.JPG (52526 bytes)Fresh out of a North Alabama estate sale - Quite scarce Model 1833 Ames "Dragoon" saber.  The blade is clean and nicely engraved "United States - 1838 - Ames Cutler - Springfield".  The brass guard has a rich - bronze/brown never cleaned patina and has the "MS" Massachusetts mark.  The grip is worn down to wood, and shows evidence of lots of service.  You can take it to the bank that this sword was carried by a soldier that had been in the military years earlier.  Anyone would be excited to add this rare weapon to their collection.--$595.SOLD

  488. 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.

  489. VERY Pretty Model 1840 Ames Manufactured Federal Musician's Sword and Scabbard.  The blade is no less than SPARKLING bright and is marked "Ames Mfg. Co. - Chicopee, Mass. - U.S. - 1864" and the scabbard is in nice condition as well with only one little spot that has a little re-enforcing right at the bottom.--$595.
  490. bleeder.jpg (65559 bytes)bleederrev1.JPG (55302 bytes)bleedermkr.JPG (79881 bytes)bleederclsd.JPG (72368 bytes)bleederclsdrev.JPG (69186 bytes)Very nice condition brass cased folding three blade medical bleeder.  The bleeder is maker marked "Hardy Bros. - Sheffield" and would be an excellent addition to any Civil War medical display.--$95.SOLD

  491. msgpapers.JPG (47416 bytes)msgpaperscls.JPG (48554 bytes)msgpaperscert.JPG (63813 bytes)Announcement of the compilation of the "1861-1865 -- The Message and Papers of the Confederacy" dated 1905 along with a certificate inviting the named individual the opportunity to subscribe to one set of the Messages and Papers of the Confederacy.  This particular certificate is addressed to H.B.W. Heartsill.--$48.

  492. pittedibtn.JPG (83698 bytes)pittedibtnrev.JPG (93412 bytes)Really nice excavated coat size Confederate "Lined I" uniform button.  This was recovered on private property near Chickamauga, GA. and has a smooth chocolate patina with shank intact.  You just aren't going to dig a much nicer one.--$225.

  493. grantfamily.JPG (51895 bytes)Unusual horizontal shot C.D.V. of Gen. Grant with his entire family.--$65.

  494. test7.jpg (1353421 bytes)Excavated brass tipped iron ramrod recovered from Confederate camps along Duck River near Shelbyville, Tennessee, occupied during the winter of 1863.  The ramrod appears to have been shaped into a utilitarian camp implement such as a pot hook.--$75.

  495. cribbon.jpg (64525 bytes)convribbonhstn.JPG (67881 bytes)Delegate ribbon for the 1890 TEXAS STATE DEMOCRATIC CONVENTION held in HOUSTON.  Scarce ribbon - but fragile in some areas.--$45..

  496. 50cents.jpg (80469 bytes)50centsrev.JPG (82340 bytes)Quite rare to come by anymore.  Original June, 1861 date 50 cent fractional Federal note.  The note pictures Samuel Dexter - early Sec. of Treasury.--$75.Quite rare to come by anymore.  Original June, 1861 date 50 cent fractional Federal note.  The note pictures Samuel Dexter - early Sec. of Treasury.--$75.

  497. usscb.jpg (39479 bytes)usscbopn.jpg (43821 bytes)usscbclose.JPG (56008 bytes)usscbmrk.jpg (63039 bytes)Very nice condition "1870s"  .45 -- 70 Trapdoor triangular socket bayonet in original black leather scabbard.  The cast brass circular "U.S." disc remains intact on the leather scabbard.  The scabbard leather is complete and quite pliable.--$175. complete in scabbard-SOLD

  498. gardisplay.JPG (68699 bytes)Very nice condition 3 piece "G.A.R." grouping.  The group consists of one excellent condition 1909 PA. G.A.R. ribbon and medal, one 1932 New York ribbon and medal, and one coat size gilted "G.A.R." frock coat button.--$95. for the entire grouping.

  499. Perfect condition excavated heavy cast brass private purchase {but Confederate used} cavalry spur.  This one was recovered from Starnes 1863 C.S. Cavalry camp located near Altamont, TN.  It has the rowel perfectly intact and a nice green/brown uncleaned woods patina.  A very nice piece.--$275.

  500. Absolutely beautiful condition non-excavated coat size gilted Virginia Staff Officer's button.  This looks like a VA-20 and has the shank intact and a "Superior Quality" backmark with LOTS of gold gilt.--$250.

  501. Very nice condition Confederate "Sep. 2, 1861" $20. note.  This one is known as the "Industry, Cupid, and Beehive" T20 note and is somewhat hard to find in nice condition.--$85.                                         

  502. Beautiful excavated drop .58 cal. 2-ring German Suhl projectile.  This extra nice and quite rare Confederate bullet was recovered by Mark Heath from an 1862 Wheeler Confederate Cavalry Camp located near Knob Gap, TN.--$65.

  503. eglewthbag.JPG (57025 bytes)eglewthbagrev.JPG (48109 bytes)SUPER - SUPER RARE to find for sale now.  This is an actual beautiful condition Federal eagle breastplate recovered in Aug. 1965 by Sid Kirksis at Eastport, TN. AND STILL IN SID'S DISTINCTIVE little storage packet.  As most of you know - Sid Kirksis was the author of the first major book on belt plates of the American Civil War.  This plate is an absolute beauty to boot.--$350.

  504. deanadams.JPG (90569 bytes)deanadamsbore.JPG (58743 bytes)Excavated set of 34 cal. projectiles for the 34 cal. Dean and Adams revolver.  These are quite rare to recover and were excavated from a Confederate camp on private property near Corinth, MS.--$35.

  505. Quite ornate non-regulation Model 1850 Federal Field and Staff Officer's sword and scabbard.  The blade is darkening with age, but 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 leather grip remains intact in some areas and is worn through to polished wood in other areas.  The scabbard has a thick brown aged patina and several small dents from use.  A nice honest example that has clearly "seen the elephant".--$850.

  506. Mint condition original unissued "red" Federal Artillery hat cord for the "Hardee Style Hat".--$45.

  507. 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

  508. 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

  509. prussion2.JPG (55722 bytes)Excavated drop 2-ring .69 cal. Prussian bullet recovered from an 1862 OHIO INF. camp located near Decherd, TN.  About 30 years ago I recovered a beautiful large oval O.V.M. buckle in this camp.--$35.

  510. carvedbullets3.JPG (83628 bytes)3 carved bullets from Confederate camps located near Franklin, TN.  One appears to be an unfinished nipple protector - one looks like a little space ship - and one is a whittled C. S. Gardner.  All 3 are displayed in a nice glass case.--$55. for all

  511. conf100.jpg (66161 bytes)conf100rev.JPG (42085 bytes)Nice solid circulated condition "Lucy Pickens" Feb. 17, 1864 Confederate $100. note.  This one is serial number "40417".--$125.SOLD

  512. sprwed.JPG (46015 bytes)sprwedcls.JPG (68908 bytes)Beautiful condition non-excavated cast brass Cavalry spur of a style generally recovered from Confederate Cavalry camps and does have similarities to the "Mississippi" pattern spurs.  This style spur is thought to be a privately purchased item.--$275.

  513. tribaseblt.JPG (52487 bytes)tribasebltbase.JPG (50518 bytes)Excavated drop .69 cal. triangle base French minie.  This was recovered from Gen. Brechinridge's  Nov. - Dec. 1862 Confederate Infantry camp that was located near Readyville, TN. and occupied just before the Battle of Stones River.--$35.

  514. 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.

  515. soldierbook.JPG (78192 bytes)soldierbookclsd.JPG (78886 bytes)soldierbookclsd2.JPG (82384 bytes)Nice clear BIG 1/4th plate fully cased tintype of a Federal Chaplin.  This is a full standing pose with his bible in his hand.--$295.

  516. Beautiful condition non-excavated gilted coat size Confederate "Droop Wing" officer's button.  This is a "CS-5" with a "Treble Gilt" backmark.  You couldn't ask for a nicer example.--$250.

  517. sny.JPG (72353 bytes)snyrev.JPG (71311 bytes)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 nicer face as you are going to see.  The reverse has full lead and rusty remnants of the three iron hooks.  The "SNY" letters are very crisp and bold.--$695.

  518. corporal1.JPG (80029 bytes)corporalclsd.JPG (94675 bytes)corporalrev.JPG (86173 bytes)Fully cased 1/6th plate tintype of a young Federal Corporal.  This is a seated outside camp view with his Corporal stripes clearly visible.  The case is a very cool Union Patriotic with the eagle and shield on both sides.--$275.

  519. richmond.JPG (76604 bytes)richmondrev.JPG (85286 bytes)Beautiful non-excavated gilted coat size VA. staff button with the VERY sought after "Mitchell and Tyler - Richmond" backmark.  The face could not be prettier with sharp detail and nearly 100 % bright gold gilt.  Unfortunately, the button was made into a lady's "stick pin" years and years ago, and because of that the shank is not present.  There are a couple guys out there who could definitely restore the shank, but on the other hand - the button displays beautifully just as it is.--only $195.

  520. eagibtn.JPG (78667 bytes)eagibtnrev.JPG (75208 bytes)Beautiful condition non-excavated coat size Federal Infantry Officer Eagle "I" button.  It has 100 % bright gold gilt, and is backmarked "D. Evans - Attleboro", and has the shank intact and straight.  Just a choice button.--$35.

  521. 5dollarnote.JPG (64140 bytes)5dollarnoterev.JPG (61996 bytes)Nice condition January, 1864 issue Confederate $5. note.  This issue Confederate note has really pretty graphics on both front and back of the note.--$75.

  522. bugler.JPG (70709 bytes)If this image weren't so dark - It would be a BIG DOLLAR image.  It is a 1/9th plate tintype of a Federal BUGLER with his Bugle in his hand.  He is wearing a 9-button Federal enlistedman's frock coat, and is holding his bugle in his hand.  You can easily see the bugle, but the image is, unfortunately, quite dark.  Great content, but because it is so dark - priced to virtually give away.--$195.

  523. unioncase.JPG (52121 bytes)unioncasecls.JPG (50374 bytes)unioncaseclsd.JPG (80897 bytes)unioncaserev.JPG (83045 bytes)Nothing less than "Drop Dead" mint beautiful 1/9th plate gutta percha "S. Peck & Co. - Improved Union Case".  If you have a killer 1/9th plate image - Here is a case worthy of it.--$150.

  524. trianglebase.JPG (58084 bytes)trianglebasebtm.JPG (48692 bytes)Excellent condition excavated drop .69 cal. triangle base imported French minie.  This was recovered from Breckinridge's Nov. 1862 camp near Readyville, TN. occupied just before the Battle Of Stones River.--$35.

  525. ncbutton.JPG (61263 bytes)ncbuttonrev.JPG (71447 bytes)Very - Very - Rare NON-EXCAVATED "Confederate Local" manufacture coat size North Carolina State Seal uniform button.  This recently turned up in a jar of buttons at a North Carolina estate sale.  You won't see a more beautiful example.--only $495. {often seen $650. or more}

  526. scripti.JPG (63016 bytes)scriptirev.JPG (74502 bytes)Mint perfect condition excavated coat size Confederate "Script I" button.  This button was recovered from 1863 Confederate camps on private property along Duck River near Shelbyville, TN.  It has a reflective slick chocolate brown patina - Isaac Campbell backmark - and shank intact.  You ARE NOT going to find a nicer one.--$175.SOLD

  527. eagcoatbtn.JPG (60078 bytes)eagcoatbtnrev.JPG (61109 bytes)Beautiful non-excavated Coat size Confederate CS-5 Staff Officer's button.  It has near 100% bright gold gilt - shank intact - and is backmarked "Treble Gilt - Extra Rich".  You just won't see a more beautiful - highly gilted -  example.--$275.

  528. cuffbtn.JPG (54838 bytes)cuffbtnrev.JPG (70704 bytes)cuffbtnsize.JPG (63933 bytes)RARE - RARE - RARE excavated TINY kepi size Confederate "Droop Wing Eagle" Staff Officer's button.  I can't remember when I last had one of these.  This button was recovered near Savannah, GA. and is solid as a rock with no dents - no cracks - and shank intact.--$295.

  529. 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 !!!!

  530. 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 "3 YEARS" old now !!!!}  WOW --- Time sure gets away !!!!  And now ANOTHER year !!!!   I'm getting SOOO old, but beats the alternative !!!

  531. moldbullet.JPG (65804 bytes)moldbulletrev.JPG (64278 bytes)Single cavity cast brass "scissor type" bullet mold for the "Country Rifle or Picket Bullet".  This is a mold to make bullets for the rifles from home that many Confederates left home for the Civil War in 1861 carrying.  This one looks to be about .36 to .40 cal.  We primarily recover bullets of this type in 1861 and 1862 Confederate camps {but recently we recovered several from a mid-1863 Confederate camp.  Excellent condition.--$150.

  532. mnscrpti.JPG (87278 bytes)mnscrptirev.JPG (89404 bytes)Very nice condition excavated big 23 mm CS175A - by P. Tait with their distinctive floating shank.  It's a pretty button with a smooth brown woods patina and no dents or cracks.  This is a RARE Confederate button, and is certainly one you don't dig every day.--$325. {see all around priced at $450.}

  533. wreathdug.JPG (78488 bytes)wreathdugrev.JPG (85570 bytes)wreathdugwpctr.JPG (74899 bytes)Excavated wreath half of a state seal 2-piece - tongue and wreath State Seal Sword Belt Plate.  The wreath was recovered from one of General Manigault's South Carolina 1863 winter camps here - so it likely took a tongue like the one pictured above - HOWEVER - This same wreath would correctly fit a Louisiana tongue - a Virginia - a Georgia - or even the right Alabama.  If you have a nice State Tongue - Here is your chance to complete a VERY RARE and expensive Confederate 2-piece State Sword Belt Plate.--$850. {The tongue is worth $1,250. or so --- Yet the complete 2-piece buckle sells for $3,000. to $3,500. !!!!!}

  534. usonbelt.JPG (48606 bytes)Absolutely beautiful condition UNISSUED large size arrow hook style "U.S." oval waist belt plate on it's original brown buff leather waist belt with the original brass keeper intact.  This rig looks exactly as it did when they were issued 150 years ago.--$595.SOLD

  535. cs5note.JPG (57372 bytes)cs5noterev.JPG (57608 bytes)Nice condition circulated Confederate April 6th, 1863 $5. Confederate note.  This is a nice very early "T-60" picturing the State Capitol at Richmond, VA.--$79.

  536. .69 cal. Prussian Musket which was purchased and imported early in the war by the Governor of Ohio for the issue to Ohio troops as they marched off to war in 1861.  These muskets fired an absolutely massive projectile, and they were very quickly found to not be as accurate and serviceable as the smaller cal. Springfield muskets.  Over the years as relic hunters we have learned that when you recover the huge Prussian projectiles that you are certainly in an Ohio camp and could very well be about to recover an "OVM" beltplate.  This particular musket is marked "Potsdam" and dated "1837."  Although the musket was brought in to the shop by a local family, it was learned that the family's ancestry was not unexpectedly out of Ohio.  It has a smooth, dark, uncleaned patina and will display very nicely.--$975.

  537. Beautiful non-excavated 23 mm {CS175A2} coat size lined manuscript Old English "I".  This is an exceptional example with nice straight shank and "Halfmann & Taylor - Montgomery" backmark.  WOW - This button is pretty!!--$325.

  538. drpwngegl1.JPG (52586 bytes)drpwngegl1rev.JPG (67318 bytes)Excavated coat size Confederate local Staff Officer's button -{CS26B} recovered on private property years ago here at the Battle of Stones River.  It had a couple freeze cracks when recovered that have been professionally stabilized, and the button is solid as can be now.--$195.

  539. guntools.JPG (54115 bytes)Group of 7 assorted musket parts that are either non-excavated or are early pick-ups or recoveries, and still remain in nice enough condition to use on a musket today.  There are {2} .58 cal. Springfield or contract musket breechplugs - one brass Mississippi trigger guard - {1} .58 cal. Springfield trigger guard - one cast brass Enfield nose cap {1} one .69 cal. Model 1816 musket buttplate and {1} cast brass trigger guard to an unknown musket.  A real bargain !!--$195. for all

  540. lbsenfld.JPG (63348 bytes)lbsenfldl.JPG (11694 bytes)Excavated drop .577 cal. Enfield projectile with the raised "L" {London} basemark.  This was recovered here at Stones River and even still has the boxwood base plug with it.--$35.

  541. 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.

  542. iowaid.JPG (80570 bytes)iowaidrev.JPG (70585 bytes)iowaidbk.JPG (61018 bytes)iowaidbkcls.JPG (78812 bytes)Recently recovered partial very rare lead "IOWA" state pin.  This pin was recovered by Brant Arnold and - as you can see - is actually pictured in the current issue of North - South Trader.  The pin is perfectly fine just as it is "IOW" and {matching it's picture in the North South Trader} OR could be easily restored by the master {Robert McDaniel} to display as nicely as any complete example.  And priced at a fraction of the $850. that complete ones sell for.--only $175.SOLD

  543. Private purchase heavy cast brass spur with a crude "Eagle Head" rowel holder.  Most of these that I have seen recovered have been from Confederate sites.  The spur is perfect with it's original rowel intact.--$275..

  544. ibtnfri.JPG (77612 bytes)ibtnfrirev.JPG (77879 bytes)Beautiful condition excavated CS173 Confederate 19 mm Lined "I" with "P. Tait and Co. - Limerick" backmark.  This button was recovered many years ago from a Confederate camp on private property near Richmond, VA.  It has crisp detail and the prettiest chocolate brown patina that you are going to see.--$225.Beautiful condition excavated CS173 Confederate 19 mm Lined "I" with "P. Tait and Co. - Limerick" backmark.  This button was recovered many years ago from a Confederate camp on private property near Richmond, VA.  It has crisp detail and the prettiest chocolate brown patina that you are going to see.--$225.

  545. offgrdspur.JPG (58152 bytes)offgrdspurcls.JPG (62506 bytes)Beautiful condition high quality private purchase prewar cast brass cavalry spur of a type that were often brought from home and worn by Southern Cavalry officers during the American Civil War.  Just perfect condition.--$275..

  546. uswed.JPG (73118 bytes)uswedrev.JPG (71111 bytes)Drop dead beautiful non-excavated large size U.S. oval cartridge boxplate.  Beautiful "never cleaned" dark bronze/brown attic patina on the face and full lead and both wire loops intact on the reverse and the loops are  2 1/2 inches apart.   If you have a nice cartridge box needing a BEAUTIFUL plate - Here it is.--$250.

  547. drpwng.JPG (69802 bytes)drpwngrev.JPG (68545 bytes)Exceptionally nice condition excavated coat size Confederate local "Droop Wing Eagle" C.S. Staff Officer's button.  Recovered from the 1863 spring camp of the 1st Alabama Cavalry located near "Middleton, TN. {now Midland, TN.}  Crisp detail and smooth brown patina and not a hint of a dent or crack on this excellent button.--$250.

  548. unioncase.JPG (66572 bytes)unioncasecls.JPG (76244 bytes)unioncasebk.JPG (55756 bytes)Quite rare hanging style ornate gutta-percha case for a 1/6th plate tintype or ambrotype.  It is an "Improved UNION CASE" with an "1859" patent date.  When this case came out of the estate sale some of the corners were chipped, and I have had them professionally restored.  Perfect for your "extra nice image.--$150..

  549. Very attractive non-excavated large size "S.N.Y." cartridge boxplate.  The plate has a really nice aged patina and appears to be off an old relic board in that there are two old tack holes that have been solder filled where it was at one time tacked to the relic board.  It has full lead and one of the two iron loops remains intact on the reverse and it has excellent eye appeal in display.--$550.

  550. ibut.JPG (64948 bytes)ibut2.JPG (70902 bytes)Really, Really pretty excavated coat size Confederate "Lined I" uniform button.  Solid as a rock smooth woods chocolate brown patina - no dents - no cracks - and shank intact.  This is the way you like to dig them !!--$225.