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  1. Our good friend, Wayne Bryan, each year on Memorial Day remembers his Confederate ancestors and neighbors by placing a Confederate Flag on each Confederate Soldier's grave.  He has worked his way up to placing the Confederate Flag on about 30 soldier's graves in and around Grundy, Marion, and Franklin counties.  I salute Wayne and hope that we all continue to remember our ancestry.

  2. Take a good look at these.  We do not relic hunt much during the summer months.  Can you guess why??

  3. Here are an interesting series of pictures following our Relic Shop all the way back to 1929 when it was a little country grocery store servicing visitors to the Stones River Park and Cemetery.  The older pictures are the old store around 1930, and the pictures with the red arrows are showing various things that can be seen in the current pictures.  The sign pole out in front of the store I dug up and moved to the edge of the parking area, but it is the same pole.  The front of the store originally extended out further allowing vehicles to drive underneath it.  I cut it back to "porch size" which allowed room for parking in front of it.  Notice in one of the old pictures you can see an awning that could be raised up and provide an open counter toward the park.  I have been told that they made sandwiches and lunches for park visitors.  Originally, there was a train platform that unloaded visitors beside the cemetery stone wall, and they walked down the wall to the cemetery entrance which brought them right to the front of the store.  Over the years, I have been told and read many interesting accounts relating to the park and cemetery.  One story that I have been repeatedly told is that for a number of years, people travelled a good distance to avoid coming through the park area in July and August.  It is estimated that 8,000 - 10,000 mules and horses were killed in the battle, and to a great degree with the help of vultures, decayed on the field.  It is sobering all the history that remains here surrounding us.  The first picture is the current shop which incorporates the old original general store.

  4. If some of you have never visited the Carter House at the Battle of Franklin, Tennessee, AT NIGHT, you are missing a jaw-dropping experience.  The "farm office building" which sits on the south side of the Carter House lawn from the main house took the brunt of fire power from the afternoon of November 30, 1864, when the Confederate Army of Tennessee made a desperate charge (actually according to some accounts - six separate charges) on the Federal line just south of the Carter House.  The farm office building is one of the most battle scarred standing structures in the United States.  There are over 1,000 holes.  I was privileged one afternoon to be in the office farm house when rays of light came through the bullet holes.  It was unbelievable, and there was practically no place you would not have gotten hit.  For me, this is somewhat like seeing the great Redwood trees in California.  Until you stand there and see it in person, it is impossible to grasp the magnitude.

  5. I took the grandbabies, Lila Magnolia and Isabella Rose, relic hunting yesterday.  Even though it was a little cool and misty, they hung tough.  We were able to recover one bullet each for them.  We found one dropped .54 cal. 3-ring Confederate Minie ball for the Mississippi rifle and one .69 cal. musket ball for the old smooth bore muskets the Confederates were forced to use.  Then, wouldn't you know it, we ran into another relic hunter in the woods - Old Big Foot!!!

  6. After almost 50 years, I am now semi-retired, EXCEPT when an eight-year-old boy that is super interested in the Civil War and Civil War artifacts shows up at the door.  At that point all bets are off, and the important thing is to help stimulate the young person's interest in Civil War heritage, history, and artifacts.  Will Wilde is the young man, and I hope that he indeed does "always remember his visit".  If there were very many like Will, I would probably have to consider opening back up again!!!

  7. Here is a set of four of the very rarest buckles ever recovered here at Stones River and the camps just south of here.  I recovered the oval Alabama Map on Tree from the camp of the 1st Alabama Cavalry located just south of Murfreesboro, near Midland, Tennessee.  The cast brass "Map on Tree" sword belt plate was recovered by Bobby Moon at a hospital site here at Stones River.  The small oval AVC cartridge box plate was recovered by Richard Bodenhammer among the limestone out-croppings on private property actually here at the battlefield of Stones River.  And the large oval AVC was recovered from the same 1st Alabama Cavalry camp where I recovered the large oval Map on Tree.  It is a super rarity to see these four plates together!!!

  8. We started our water garden project back in June of 2022.  It has been a fun and challenging project that is at last coming into final focus.  Here are some pictures that follow us along the way.  We enjoy sitting by the water garden sipping wine, watching the fish and birds, and listening to the wind chimes.  Calms the soul!!!

  9. Soon to be married "73 years" (TOMORROW - NOW PASSED) - DEC. 8) - Dad is 93 and Mom is 92.  The secret to such longevity begins with a love for life and love for each other as well as dogged perseverance in the face of every challenge life brings.  Instead of "growing old gracefully", they are fighting it each step of the way!

  10. Exactly 50 years ago this year (make that 51 now !!), I began mailing out my first "mail order" Civil War relic catalogues.  The year was 1973, and the catalogues largely consisted of relics that I had personally recovered, or items my relic hunting buddies found and sold me.  An early local Civil War mail order dealer - Mr. John Heflin - helped me get going, and sold me large groupings of Civil War letters that I poured over, and sold them "one at a time" to those interested in specific content and units.  In ways that seems centuries ago, and in other ways it seems like just yesterday.  In 1976 we bought the Relic Shop, and had it open by 1977, and from then to now has literally been a blurr.  Here I sit - right where it all started 50 years ago, and I'm still writing descriptions of cool Civil War Relics  !!!!  Back in 1976 my Dad came over and helped me remodel the old 1920s grocery store into a Civil War Relic Store.  He came and helped me even though he had grave reservations about me giving up my chemistry job with Textron to "sell Civil War bullets" !!!  It has worked out OK though !!!!

  11. After over 50 years of relic hunting, this display case contains some of my favorite finds.  I have been fortunate to recover 69 Confederate buckles over that 50-year time span.  This case contains one of the nicest Western Theater CS Round Corner Sardine type plates that you could hope to see.  It has all three hooks intact.  Next is a "coin type" CS Tongue & Wreath buckle and top row to the right is a really nice Breckenridge style CS oval.  In the center on the left is a cast-brass Army of Tennessee "Round Corner CS", and on the right in the center row is a beautiful, thick, Atlanta Arsenal CSA rectangle.  On the bottom row left is a cast pewter, Noble Brothers CSA rectangle, and center bottom row is a super nice CS Rope Border with all three hooks intact.  And, on the bottom right is an Alabama Map on Tree oval.  There are some really sweet buttons in this case as well.  You can only imagine the relic hunting memories this case holds.

  12. Our buddy, Ralph Abbruzzese, is visiting us for a few days, and he brought along some super nice Civil War artifacts.  The Ohio State Seal breast plate is one of the most beautiful plates of the Civil War Era, and this one is top notch.  You can't help but enjoy a case of artifacts of this quality!!

  13. This beautiful case of excavated buckles and buttons belongs to Mike Hunt and daughter Beth.  This case of artifacts represents some of the nicest finds from 30 plus years walking and relic hunting.  We have been friends since Beth was tiny!!

  14. Our colors this year "2023" seem to be running a couple of weeks behind, but they are in full splendor now.  Too bad they only last for a few days and then cold weather follows.  On the bright side, goodbye ticks and snakes until next year!!!

  15. Here is an excellent display of Confederate Central Government plates from the collection of Ronnie Webb, a relic-hunting buddy since we were ten years old.  You won't find a prettier display case of artifacts than this one!!!  (As a result of this picture my buddy, Ronnie, is no longer the owner of this beautiful collection !!!!  (But, he now owns a whale of a nice antique "NOVA SS" !!!!!!  We do keep life interesting around here !!!)

  16. A new Civil War collector is born.  Matthew Tucker just received his first Civil War Cavalry saber.  It is a Model 1840 "Old Wristbreaker" heavy Cavalry saber, and he is now officially "one of us", a CIVIL WAR COLLECTOR!!!  CONGRATULATIONS MATTHEW!

  17. Here is an absolutely incredible collection of New Orleans patterned, round loop, Confederate local, two-piece tongue and wreath sword belt buckles.  This collection belongs to Wayne Bryan and features the three classic style round loop buckles being 1) Die Struck Star on disc concentric ring wreath, 2) Die Struck "CS" on disc with concentric ring wreath, and 3) Die Struck Louisiana Pelican disc with concentric ring wreath.  And, added to these basic types are assorted, very rare, solid cast brass variants.  This is no doubt the most complete grouping of the assorted, super rare buckles with the rounded belt loop there is around.  I think you guys will enjoy seeing this grouping as much as I did.  Wayne has for a good many years pursued these type plates and putting this display together, and it is certainly a display anyone would be proud of.  Congratulations to Wayne on methodically running down all these super hard to get plates.

  18. It is time for our first Youth Civil War artifact Give-Away Display of 2023 - "OUR 9TH CONTEST"- and our winner is "BRIELLE PREBECK" !!! This is a beautiful white oak, custom display case with a colorful $5 Civil War Era note in the center, portions of a Spencer and a Burnside cartridge and seven other projectiles, a Confederate "I" (Infantry) uniform button, three Federal Eagle buttons, a brass Cavalry spur part, a portion of a US cartridge box plate, a Kepi chin strap buckle, and numerous other genuine Civil War artifacts including a soldier's pipe bowl.  There are a total of 28 artifacts in a custom-made oak frame.  We plan to have the drawing for this display on June 1, 2023.  We have carried all entries forward, and we invite and encourage any young folks age 14 and under to send us a letter telling us why they would like to win this Civil War display, and we will get you entered into the contest.  The following individuals, along with Nita & myself have contributed artifacts to make these youth relic give-away displays possible: Eric Lawson - Ted and B. J. Campbell- David Hadden - Russ and Dottie Wunker - Jerry Emberlin - Tom Stone - William Briner - Jody Wright - Ed Heck - Charlie Williams - Kenny Brown - Jeff and Theresa Ruth - Gerard Simoneaux - Gary Strobel - Jeff Anderson - Lael Nelson - Ken Fleming, and Justin Simpson.  We sincerely thank you !!!  IF YOU GUYS HAPPEN TO KNOW ANY YOUNG FOLKS THAT REALLY LIKE HISTORY - PLEASE MAKE THEM AWARE OF THESE CONTESTS !!!  I'D REALLY APPRECIATE YOUR HELP IN SPREADING THE WORD !!! BEST OF LUCK TO EVERYONE !!!

  19. HAVE YOU NOTICED - That almost everything works better if once in a while you just unplug it and let it sit for a little while, and this includes us !!!

  20. A couple of days ago, we got a visit from someone very special to us.  Lorenzo Grover-Rizzo and his twin brother Iniko apprenticed in the relic shop here for several years.  Lorenzo took a deep interest in Civil War history and military in general.  After reaching 18, Lorenzo joined the military, and to this point is really enjoying the experience.  He was recently home for a few days on Christmas leave and came by to visit.  What a treat it was to get to see Lorenzo and a great opportunity to let him know how proud of him we are.  Salute!!  Lorenzo's twin brother, Iniko, has been on a mission in Georgia (country, not state) and has learned it's language fluently.  We have not seen him recently, but hopefully in the near future, he can return to share his experiences as well.

  21. This past weekend (several months ago now !!) -12-3&4-2022, was our annual Civil War Show at Franklin, Tennessee.  Much to my surprise, I received a "Lifetime Achievement" award.  I was pretty much speechless as this award comes from my fellow collectors and dealers.  I truly love what I do and am privileged to get to make a living all the while honoring my heritage.  Love of ones Southern Heritage is taking a beating these days, but as long as I'm alive, I, as well as all of you, will be proud of both our Southern and Northern Civil War Heritage.  I am very proud of my award.

  22. It is throw-back relic time again.  About 40 years ago, we recovered these two buckles from the camp of the 1st Alabama Cavalry that was destroyed in March of 1863 by General David Stanley’s Federal Cavalry out of Murfreesboro, TN.  The 1st Alabama Cavalry CSA was camped near Midland, Tennessee, and in March of 1863, General David Stanley’s Federal Cavalry struck the Confederate Cavalry camp at the break of dawn.  If you’d like to read about this event, you can find it in Volume 23, Part 1 of the Official Records under the heading, “Expedition to Middleton, Tennessee, March 1863”.  The Federal Cavalry surprised and overran the Confederate Cavalry camp and captured or destroyed most of the contents.  These are two of the nearly 20 Confederate buckles that our group found at this site.  I recovered the Alabama “Map on Tree” State Seal buckle, and one of my early hunting buddies found the large oval “AVC”.  In addition to these buckles, we recovered several “egg-shaped” CS oval waist belt plates, several solid-cast Army of Tennessee CS round-corner buckles, one rectangular pewter CSA, and several frame-style buckles.  Those are some WONDERFUL relic hunting memories.

  23. It is time to congratulate our 8th Youth Relic Display winner.  The winner of this display is Delaney Hickox of Arlington, Virginia.  We hope this Civil War artifact display encourages Delaney's interest in heritage and history.  This is an especially nice display including an original, excavated Federal breast plate, an original Confederate $20 note, a nice excavated North Carolina Confederate uniform button, and numerous other genuine Civil War artifacts.  This is a display that even a seasoned adult Civil War collector would be excited to receive.  The collection would have a retail value of somewhere in the neighborhood of $400.  We have carried all entries forward, and we invite and encourage any young folks age 14 and under to send us a letter telling us why they would like to win this Civil War display, and we will get you entered into the contest.  We will draw the winner on August 1, 2022, and best of luck to everyone.  The following individuals, along with Nita & myself have contributed artifacts to make these youth relic give-away displays possible: Eric Lawson - Ted and B. J. Campbell- David Hadden - Russ and Dottie Wunker - Jerry Emberlin - Tom Stone - William Briner - Jody Wright - Ed Heck - Charlie Williams - Kenny Brown - Jeff and Theresa Ruth - Gerard Simoneaux - Gary Strobel - Jeff Anderson - Lael Nelson - Ken Fleming, and Justin Simpson.  IF YOU GUYS HAPPEN TO KNOW ANY YOUNG FOLKS THAT REALLY LIKE HISTORY - PLEASE MAKE THEM AWARE OF THESE CONTESTS !!!  I'D REALLY APPRECIATE YOUR HELP IN SPREADING THE WORD !!! BEST OF LUCK TO EVERYONE !!!


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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

  33. Huge congratulations go out to 11-year-old Madison Brewer.  Madison is the lucky winner of our 7th Youth Giveaway - A Garrett Ground Hog metal detector.  We hope that it is the beginning of a very enjoyable hobby and that Madison has lots of fun looking for Civil War relics with her Grandfather who has done it for many years.  (This really makes us happy!!!)  Madison is ready to go Civil War relic hunting with her Granddad -- Charlie Adams.  VERY IMPORTANT:  What time is it - what time is it???  It is Youth Relic Giveaway time again.  And this time, we are stepping up our game.  We are giving away a used Garrett Groundhog VLF/TR metal detector complete with a new high fidelity set of headphones and also a new Whites Bullseye pinpointer for locating your target.  This detector is several years old but still works perfectly and even comes with experience as this detector has already recovered a US belt buckle and a Confederate belt buckle.  The "Groundhog" takes some practice in getting used to, but even though it's a few years old, will still dig relics perfectly well.  Several years back, this detector was cutting-edge technology, but today there have been numerous improvements.  It is our hope that this detector will help inspire some young person toward many years of coin and/or relic recovery.  We have carried all entries forward, and we invite and encourage any young folks age 14 and under to send us a letter telling us why they would like to win this Civil War display, and we will get you entered into the contest.  We will draw the winner on October 2, 2021, (my 70th birthday) and best of luck to everyone.  The following individuals, along with Nita & myself have contributed artifacts to make these youth relic give-away displays possible: Eric Lawson - Ted and B. J. Campbell- David Hadden - Russ and Dottie Wunker - Jerry Emberlin - Tom Stone - William Briner - Jody Wright - Ed Heck - Charlie Williams - Kenny Brown - Jeff and Theresa Ruth - Gerard Simoneaux - Gary Strobel - Jeff Anderson - Lael Nelson, and Justin Simpson.  IF YOU GUYS HAPPEN TO KNOW ANY YOUNG FOLKS THAT REALLY LIKE HISTORY - PLEASE MAKE THEM AWARE OF THESE CONTESTS !!!  I'D REALLY APPRECIATE YOUR HELP IN SPREADING THE WORD !!! BEST OF LUCK TO EVERYONE !!!

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

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

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

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

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

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

  40. A little while earlier today (7-12-19), I had a couple of fellows in the shop from near Perryville, Kentucky.  In the course of looking at relics and discussing various battlefields, one of the gentlemen said, "I visit your nature area at the Battlefield of Perryville quite often."  I had absolutely no idea what he was talking about.  A good many years ago (25 to 30 I'd say), I purchased a 54-acre farm on the Battlefield of Perryville, Kentucky, that was in danger of being developed.  I held the farm for several years until the Civil War Preservation Trust was in a position to acquire it.  Little did I know that in appreciation for saving that part of the Battlefield, I have a pond and nature area marked with our family name.  How cool is that!!!

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

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

  43. Smoking cool, shadow boxed display of a .69 cal., Model 1842, 3-band musket that was literally "wrapped around a tree" in order to disable the weapon.  This weapon was recovered many years ago near New Kent Courthouse, Virginia, and has been in the personal collection of Dr. Lawrence Pawl for many years.  I was recently able to purchase this display, and it is all framed and ready for a new home.  Now for the bad news - this display measures 21 inches by 51 inches and will need to be picked up here at the shop.  It is a whale of a nice display and deserves a good home.--$650.

  44. REALLY PRETTY AND SUPER RARE excavated large size SOUTH CAROLINA STATE SEAL "Palmetto Tree" panel plate.  This buckle was recovered about 30 years ago, and has literally never been washed off.  It still has the green woods mulch stuck to the face.  It was recovered near Charleston, SC, and still has both the bar, and main front hook perfectly intact.  I haven't seen a South Carolina Militia Panel Plate this nice recovered in ages.  SO PRETTY !!! --$3,850.

  45. Excavated large size "Forked Tongue Frame" Confederate waist belt plate.  This Confederate buckle was recovered about 40 years ago from a Confederate camp located on the banks of Duck River near Shelbyville, TN.  Polk's Corp, Army of Tennessee, spent many months, from Jan. 3, 1863 until June 25, 1863, encamped here.  I have several frame buckles in my own collection that I recovered from these same camps.  This example has an attractive green-brown patina.--$850.

  46. Really pretty, high grade, single-shot, percussion pistol with blued barrel and intricately engraved solid silver frame.  This absolutely beautiful, single-shot pistol is Civil War maker marked, "Van Wart & Son Co. London".  The action works perfectly, and it is 100% museum grade.--$1,150.

  47. Nice condition, Allen's Patent, .32 cal., six-shot, pepperbox revolver.  The revolver is dated 1847 on the barrel and shows nice, honest service.  The original walnut grips remain intact and in good condition.  The little revolver's only negative is that it has a broken main spring which could be easily restored.  Early war Confederates are often photographed with a pepperbox revolver stuck behind their belt.--$495.

  48. Extremely rare, Confederate manufactured, Roman style short Artillery sword with “CS” in the center of the cross guard and a star on the pommel.  These swords are thought to have been made at the Selma Arsenal in Alabama, as a couple of partially cast guards have been found in the river there.  This example has a brown/black, aged patina blade with scattered pitting.  The high copper content, heavy cast brass guard has spiraling ribs and a “CS” and star cast into each side.  This style Confederate sword is known for its crudity of manufacture (which is one of the factors that makes Confederate collectors love it).--$3,250.

  49. Fresh in out of the local area, Confederate carried, .69 cal. carbine made from a standard .69 cal., Model 1842, 3-band rifled musket.  This carbine has been tastefully contoured to nearly match a normal Civil War carbine much like a Sharps.  The lockplate is marked, "Springfield - 1845" and has a Wm. Glaze marking on the side of the barrel.  The Wm. Glaze marking does appear to have genuine age.  Due to lack of standard Cavalry weapons, Confederates were forced to "create" weapons from what they could acquire.  The carbine still has good tight action and a strong main spring and would probably still fire today.  We are including a display containing two .69 caliber buck and ball rounds which was a favorite ammunition for this type weapon.  When you put your ear up to the muzzle of the barrel, you can hear "Dixie" playing.--$1,150.

  50. Absolutely "SMOKING NICE" excavated coat size "AVC" (Alabama Volunteer Corp) with gold gilt "dripping" off of it !!  This "KILLER" AVC was recovered about 50 years ago from near Fredericksburg, VA., and looks like it just fell off the uniform.  It has an RMDC "Waterbury/Scovill" backmark, and shank is intact.  I should probably include a pair of sun glasses with this button for the buyers protection !!!--$650.

  51. Very attractive, regulation issue, dark blue, red trimmed, Federal Artillery shell jacket.  This jacket shows clear evidence of actual service and not just a surplus jacket.  The blue and red colors are not faded and remain bright and vivid.  There are several pencil point size moth nips, but nothing beyond what is normal.  The inspector and maker marks remain clearly visible in the right sleeve.  This jacket was on display for many years in a private museum.  The owners passed away a few years back, and I am selling some of the contents of the museum.--$1,850.

  52. Beautiful condition, excavated, 3-inch Confederate "Mullane", or as it is now known, a "Tennessee Sabot".  This projectile was recovered about 40 years ago from here at Stones River and has been cleaned, disarmed, and coated and is ready for display.--$795.

  53. Smoking pretty solid cast brass Army of Tennessee round corner CS waist belt plate.  This buckle was recovered 47 years ago (Jan. 22, 1977) at Spanish Fort, Alabama.  The plate has a beautiful light green woods patina, and has never even been washed off !!!  It has nice deep "spundowns" around the hooks, and has one "long hook" - one "short hook", and one broken hook.  It has been a couple years since I saw an Army of Tenn. C.S. plate this pretty dug around here.--$3,850.

  54. Very pretty condition, classic Confederate manufacture "Haiman" style, unmarked, Confederate Cavalry saber.  This style Confederate saber is believed to have been made in Georgia actually during the Civil War.  The blade has classic manufacture faults, and the guard is classic, high copper content "Confederate red brass".  This is a very nice saber and would be a great addition to any Southern artifact collection.  It is out of a 30-year central Alabama collection.--$1,975.

  55. Smokingly beautiful, non-excavated, Richmond Arsenal pattern, CS two-piece sword belt plate with a portion of the original "bullet stitch", brown leather, Confederate belt.  This CS buckle and partial belt is part of a display that also consists of (6)six excellent condition, coat size, Civil War issue, Superior Quality, "C.S.A." uniform buttons and (2) two coat size Federal Staff Officer buttons of the type frequently worn by Confederate Officers.  Also in the display is a $50 Confederate note also from Richmond, Virginia.  This display is in a very nice quality, hand made, 12" by 18" walnut display case.  This would be a beautiful addition to even a museum display.--$6,495.

  56. Extremely rare, Confederate manufacture, "Dog River" Confederate Cavalry saber and scabbard picked up on the battlefield and taken home as a war trophy.  The saber has original, single strand iron wire on the grip and some of the original leather.  The cast high copper content brass guard has a rich, never cleaned patina.  The saber has the original unstopped fuller Confederate blade, and it is snapped into about ten inches up from the tip.  The Confederate lap seam "Dog River scabbard" could not be more perfect and has an excellent soldered lap seam with brass mounts.  This is a beautiful, museum quality artifact.--$2,850.

  57. Really pretty, excavated, Confederate manufacture, cast brass, Leech & Rigdon, unmarked Enlistedman's CS Cavalry spur.  This spur was recovered from General Starne's 1863 Confederate Cavalry camp located near Altamont, Tennessee.  It has a pretty, brown/green patina with remnants of the iron rowel remaining intact.  I personally dug one of these almost identical from the same camp.--$375.SOLD

  58. Excellent condition, non-excavated, snake with keeper, CS used waist belt plate.  This type buckle was issued with British Enfield accoutrements.  I have a fair idea of who might have actually worn this buckle.  All you need is locate one keeper, and you will have a really pretty, complete, Confederate used snake buckle.--$295.

  59. Absolutely beautiful condition, non-excavated, cast brass, Model 1851 sword belt plate with applied silver wreath.  This is an unusually nice example with a 100% complete silver wreath and the brass keeper with the exact same matching benchmark number (910).  It is quite tough to find a sword belt plate that has a matching buckle and keeper number.  You are not going to find a nicer Model 1851 sword belt plate and keeper than this one.--$425.

  60. Absolutely beautiful condition, Gettysburg recovered, "puppy-paw belt hook", large size, US oval waist belt plate.  It has a wonderful, chocolate brown patina with full lead and puppy-paw stud hooks intact.  It was recovered in the early 1960's and remains in beautiful condition as it was found.  It has all three hooks intact and full, smooth lead.  You could not hope to recover a nicer one.--$425.SOLD

  61. Beautiful condition, excavated, coat size, solid cast, Confederate block "I" (Infantry).  This button was recovered on the west side of Columbia Pike in the area charged over by the Army of Tennessee Confederates at the Battle of Franklin, Tennessee.  It has not even had the dirt washed off.--$175.

  62. Absolutely beautiful condition, 1/9th plate, folding red/brown, thermoplastic Daguerreotype case.  This case is manufacturer marked, "Littlefield Parsons & Co." and is patent dated October 14, 1856, and April 21, 1857.  If you happen to have a very nice 1/9th plate image worthy of a super-nice case, here it is.--$150.

  63. Beautiful condition, uncirculated, State of Georgia $20 note.  This note was printed at Milledgeville, Georgia, and is dated April 6, 1864, and is serial number 69067.  You couldn't ask for a nicer Milledgeville, State of Georgia note.--$89.

  64. Really pretty condition, Colt .318 caliber Pocket Model, 6-shot revolver.  This revolver has an all-matching (even the wedge) serial number of 275262 which is most desirable Civil War date 1863 - 1864 production.  The revolver still functions perfectly and has the original walnut grips with original varnish still on them.  With the revolver comes an original factory "Colt marked" bullet mold.  This is a museum condition Colt revolver and mold.--$1,650.

  65. Very pretty and quite rare, "Presentation grade", Model 1840, NCO (Non-commissioned Officer) sword in original engraved brass scabbard.  I have only had a few of these over the years.  The blade has crisp engraving with "US" and stars, vines, and leaves.  The brass scabbard is also nicely engraved.  Unfortunately, at some point, the blade got bent and was straightened leaving a line and slight ripple at the site.  This is quite a rare sword and scabbard to ever even see.--$1,450.

  66. Very nice condition, excavated, low convex, one piece, coat size Virginia Militia button.  This button dates manufacture between 1820 and 1835.  It has a light brown patina with traces of gold gilt.  The button is backmarked, "Young, Smith, & Co. - New York".  It remains in very nice condition and was recovered on private property at a hospital site at Gettysburg, Pennsylvania.--$375.SOLD

  67. Nice condition, fully cased, 1/6th plate image of a Federal Enlistedman.  The interesting thing about this image is that the soldier has an Infantry cross-belt and buckle belt rig but is holding a Model 1860 light Cavalry saber by his side.  The image is nice and clear but is just a touch darker than what would be optimum.--$350.

  68. SOLD

  69. SOLD

  70. Just in, beautiful condition, .577 cal., Enfield 3-band rifled musket.  This musket is out of the local area and almost certainly was Confederate carried.  It has lockplate markings of, "1862 - Tower - and the British Crown".  The musket has a crisp, clear "Birmingham Small Arms" cartouche on the stock.  The Enfield nipple protector with brass chain remains intact along with both sling swivels, original ram rod, and long-range site.  The barrel has the upside down "25 - 25" mark indicating a Confederate import.  The main spring remains crisp as in 1862 and locks firmly in both half-cock and full-cock.  The musket retains deep, crisp, original rifling and would no doubt be deadly at 300 - 500 yards today.  This musket literally remains as ready to go to war today as it was in 1862.--$2,250.SOLD

  71. Just brought in the shop, nice condition, Confederate carried, Model 1840, "Old Wristbreaker" heavy Cavalry saber in original scabbard.  The blade has a smooth, aging, gray patina and is maker marked, "W. Clauberg - Solingen".  Model 1840 Cavalry sabers were extensively carried by Confederate Cavalry throughout the Civil War.  Even General Nathan Bedford Forrest carried one early in the Civil War, and a good portion of his Cavalry command was armed with 1840 heavy Cavalry sabers throughout the war.  This is without question the most commonly carried Cavalry saber among Southern Cavalry.--$895.

  72. Fully cased, large 1/4th plate tintype of a standing Federal soldier at attention wearing his 9-button Enlistedman's frock coat and his kepi.  He is wearing a complete leather Federal accoutrement set with US buckle, brass breast plate on the cross-belt, cartridge box, and has his Springfield musket with bayonet in place standing alongside.  There is a Patriotic back-drop in rear of the soldier.  The image has good clarity but is slightly faded  due to light, but remains a very nice armed Federal Infantry image.--$250.

  73. Fully cased, large 1/4th plate tintype of a standing Federal soldier.  He is wearing a 9-button Enlistedman's frock coat, his kepi, and US belt rig with breast plate and buckle both visible.  He has his musket standing at his side.  The image, unfortunately, has been exposed to light and is now quite faded.  There is writing in the back behind the image which may be the soldier's ID, but we cannot make it out.  Here is a bargain on an "ARMED" cased tintype of a Federal Infantry Enlistedman.--$175.

  74. Absolutely drop-dead beautiful condition, excavated, coat size, "MVC" (Mississippi Volunteer Corp).  For many years, this button was believed to be a "Mobile Volunteer Corp", but recent information has come to light where they were ordered by the State of Mississippi.  This only makes sense considering the wide range of distribution they are known to have.  This button has a slick, chocolate brown face with bright gold gilt outlining the "MVC" and the Eagle.  The reverse is super nice with a "RMDC Scovill" backmark with shank intact.  You couldn't ask for a prettier example.--$875.

  75. Super choice condition, excavated, coat size, "CSA".  This beautiful button was recovered near Fredericksburg, Virginia, and has a slick, near reflective chocolate brown patina, with a "Superior Quality" backmark and shank intact.  You couldn't ask for a prettier excavated example.--$450.

  76. Very attractive glass jar adorned with Stones River Battle scenes and containing about 225 Civil War bullets recovered over the years here at Stones River.  There are many different types and calibers consisting of about 80% dropped projectiles and 20% fired projectiles.  There are numerous $8 - $10 bullets including Confederate Selma Arsenal, assorted Enfields, various cleaner bullets, assorted carbines, and numerous other types.  These were for the most part picked up in crop fields here at Stones River after the rains had washed them off following cultivation in years gone by.--$450.

  77. Beautiful condition, February 13, 1863, $3 Arkansas State Treasury note.  This is an "uncirculated note", serial number 8554, and has crisp, sharp edges with the Arkansas State Seal on the left-hand side.--$125.

  78. Beautiful condition, "totally uncirculated", February 17, 1864, Confederate States of America $1 note.  This note has crisp, sharp edges and bright pink color.--$125.

  79. Really pretty, celluloid, circular medallion from a Union GAR Reunion medal depicting the 3rd US Artillery - Battery "E" - a very colorful addition to your collection.--$45.

  80. Excellent condition, red 2-cent Andrew Jackson Confederate Postal stamp.  This example is uncanceled and in near mint condition.--$75.

  81. Smoking nice condition, non-excavated, coat size, "CSA" Confederate Officer's button.  This button has 100% bright gold gilt, a "Superior Quality" backmark, and the shank intact and straight.  I don't think you could find a nicer one.--$225.

  82. Absolutely beautiful UNCIRCULATED 1862 date State of Missouri $1 note.  This very rare note was printed on the BACK of a sheet of unissued preWar Missouri State notes.  It is mint serial number 35117, and has a RED "One" overprint.--$175.

  83. Excavated Federal "bugle" Infantry kepi hat pin.  This was recovered on private property among the limestone outcroppings here at the Battle of Stones River.--$195.

  84. Extremely ornate, non-excavated, cast brass guard to a Civil War Era Militia Officer's sword.  The brass guard has an intricate Eagle cast into it.  The guard has excellent display eye-appeal.--$150.

  85. Model 1860 style Fraternal or Militia, slender Officer pattern sword and scabbard.  This sword has the diamond cross-section blade which suggests 1865 - 1875 era.  This type sword was extensively used by various Militia groups and Fraternal organization such as Knights of Pythias, Odd Fellows, Masons, and numerous other groups.  It is believed that a small number of swords of this type made it into Civil War service right at the end, but far and away, most saw service from 1865 - 1878.--$250.

  86. 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".--$795.

  87. Excellent condition, non-excavated, Federal Cavalry snap swivel.  This fits on the over-the-shoulder leather sling and snaps into the sling ring on the back side of various carbines.  This is to secure the carbine while in the saddle.  This is the longer pattern which is the earlier of the two styles.  An excellent compliment to display with your Civil War Cavalry carbine.--$95.

  88. Beautiful condition non-dug lead filled Civil War era cavalry bridal rosette.  This is out of a local family that had several members who served in the Confederate Cavalry.  We, unfortunately, do not know for sure which family member it belonged to.--$35.

  89. Very nice condition non-excavated coat and cuff set of rare GILTED Federal eagle buttons.--$38.

  90. Nice condition, Confederate States of America, $10 Confederate note "T10#35A".  This is a solid, mildly circulated note, serial #53811.  The note has "Lady Liberty" seated by the Droop-wing Eagle.  This is actually a pretty tough note to find.--$295.

  91. Civil War Era (1864), engraving of General John Sedgwick.  This was published by Johnson Fry & Co. - New York in 1864.  It remains in nice condition and will frame up beautifully.--$45.

  92. Absolutely beautiful condition Civil War Date "From Life" bust view CDV of Confederate General Robert E. Lee.  This image has crisp, sharp edges, and the image is literally as vivid today as during the Civil War.  A quality addition to any collection.--$295.

  93. Really pretty 1862 date $5. Bank of Louisiana note dated May 25, 1862, and is out of New Orleans, LA.  This note is serial # 4501, and has a beautiful spread wing eagle in the graphic.--$95.

  94. Civil War Era postal cover addressed to Emil Peterson.  Emil was a member of Co. '"I", 2nd Wisconsin Volunteer Infantry and was wounded at the Battle of Bull Run, Virginia, on 7-21-1861.  He was discharged due to his wounds on 9-24-1861.--$45.

  95. Quite rare and in very nice condition, early war, puppy-paw hook pattern, lead-filled US oval on original leather waist belt.  The original cap box remains on the belt rig with an "H. W. Oliver - Pittsburgh" makers mark and 100% wool remaining intact.  The leather belt itself is "Newark, NJ", maker marked with brass adjustor remaining intact.  This belt rig was discovered in a central Ohio estate about 30 years ago.  Belt rigs this nice rarely turn up anymore.--$750.

  96. Very pretty condition small leather CONFEDERATE manufacture percussion cap pouch.  This CS capbox is made very much like a regular Federal box except that it has the little nail holes (common to C.S. manufacture), and very crude copper rivets.  It is out of a local family that had half a dozen Confederate ancestors.--$425.

  97. Excavated coat size Virginia State Seal -- VA9A1.  It was recovered about 40 years ago from a Confederate camp located near Fredericksburg, VA.  The button is a little bit flattened, and is missing the shank, but has a smooth brown patina, and is as "Rebel real as a heart attack !!".--$48.

  98. Excavated, glazed clay pipe with 3 inch stem remaining intact.  This pipe was recovered from a Confederate trash pit along the Duck River near Shelbyville, Tennessee.  Ninety percent of the pipes we recover have the stems broken off.--$48.

  99. Absolutely beautiful condition, Model 1839, "baby US" on original white buff waist belt being worn upside down so as to read "Southern Nation".  This belt rig is out of a north Alabama family and has a very nice condition CONFEDERATE MANUFACTURE cap box on the belt rig.  You will not get more solid Confederate than this rig, and it remains in first-class, museum grade condition.--$1,450.

  100. Very pretty condition, and a VERY RARE saber.  This is an 1862 date Model 1860 "Providence Tool Co." cavalry saber and scabbard.  This saber is out of a central Kentucky estate, and actually stands a 50 - 50 chance of having been Confederate carried.  You won't see nicer even in a museum.--$1,150.

  101. Just in out of a local estate, very nice condition, Model 1851, .36 cal., Colt 6-shot Navy Model revolver.  This revolver has a smooth, gently aging, gray patina with barrel markings of, "Address Col Saml Colt - New York - US America".  The cylinder retains about 50% original engraving, and the revolver has an all-matching serial number (even the wedge) of 130947, which is most desirable 1862 - 1863 mid-war production.  The revolver has crisp, perfect action - original walnut grips - and would be a fine addition to any Civil War collection.  (The .36 cal. Colt Navy is exactly the weapon Gen. Nathan Bedfod Forrest carried, and in his own words "And My Trusty Colt Navy Got Me Out Of Many A tight Place !!"--$2,450.

  102. Very nice condition, CONFEDERATE MANUFACTURE, small leather percussion cap box.  The box is all sewn with no brads and has the small nail holes common to Confederate manufactured boxes.  According to the family, this cap box was carried by Andrew Maxfield, Co. D, 25th Tennessee Volunteer Infantry.  The family lives in Overton County, Tennessee.  The box remains in nice, pliable condition with the soldier's initials and partial name on the outside flap of the cap box.  The box still has some original wool inside as well as a number of original percussion caps.  This Confederate cap box will be an excellent addition to someone's Confederate display.--$595.

  103. Beautiful condition, excavated, large size, arrow hook US oval waist belt plate.  This buckle was recovered about 50 years ago (which is why it is in gorgeous condition) from private property near Chancellorsville, Virginia.  There is a large size hunk of the original leather belt still intact under the arrow hooks, and the hooks even still have original silver wash.--$325.

  104. Very pretty condition, Confederate February 17, 1864, $100 note.  This note shows mild circulation with nice, pink color and good strong edges.  This note is serial number 8476 and pictures "Lucy Pickens" who was said to be one of the prettiest ladies in the South.--$110.

  105. Stamped brass, clip-corner Militia style waist belt plate with the silvered, lead-filled letter "G" attached to the middle of the plate.  This buckle has the wide style belt hook indicating that it dates the very end of the Civil War through the 1870's.  These were also quite popular with Military Academy Cadets' use during the same era.--$79.SOLD

  106. Excellent condition Civil War date (Oct. 9, 1863) Murfreesboro, TN. bank note written by R. D. Reed here in Murfreesboro, TN. while the dust was still settling a few miles down the road at the Battle of Chickamauga, GA.  The 1863 Revenue Stamp remains intact and in nice condition.--$45.

  107. Nice clear, "from life" CDV of President Abraham Lincoln.  This one is out of a Civil War photo album and has the corners slightly rounded to go in the album.--$65.

  108. Nice condition set of three excavated, dropped, Williams Cleaner projectiles.  This set contains a type 1, a type 2, and a type 3 all dropped and recovered on private property at the Battle of Chickamauga, Georgia.--$25.

  109. Excavated, carved lead "acorn".  This bullet was carved from a regular Minie ball, and the "acorn" is the corp badge for the 14th Army Corp.  This was recovered near the Battle of Chickamauga.--$25.

  110. Here we have a beautiful "Hi-Grade" Model 1850 Federal Field and Staff Officer's sword and scabbard that was purchased in 1975 directly from the family.  The information that came with the sword indicated that the sword was carried by an ancestor by the name of Lt. Jacob Probst.  He was a member of the 21st New Jersey Infantry.  The sword has an ornate brass guard with "US" cast into the guard.  The engraving on the blade is really something having US, a drum, a shield, stacked arms, a flag, crossed cannons, a camp scene with tents, and a soldier on picket.  The leather scabbard is ornately tooled, and patterned, but does have an old repair just above the drag.  This sword has been carried A LOT as the drag has "TONS OF WEAR".  He served in the Fredericksburg campaign, as well as Salem Heights.  Lt. Probst was born in Bremen, Germany, April 20, 1841, and died February 13, 1901, at age 59 years.  He was very active in Veteran and community activities.--$2,150.

  111. Absolutely beautiful condition, excavated, Confederate local, two-piece, North Carolina State Seal.  This button is an NC8C with the depressed channel in the back and a tiny 5-pointed star.  It is "silvered" and has shank intact.--$225.

  112. Beautiful condition, excavated, coat size, Confederate block "I" (Infantry) uniform button.  This button has a beautiful, slick, chocolate brown patina with an "E. M. L. & Co. - Richmond, VA" backmark.  They just don't get much nicer than this button.--$175.

  113. Really pretty, fully cased, 1/9th plate, Ruby ambrotype of an armed Union Private.  The soldier is seated with his .69 cal., Model 1842 musket across his chest and is wearing a US belt rig with the cross belt and breast plate visible.  The image has nice clarity, but unfortunately, has a scratch that runs right between his eyes.  The case is a beautiful Patriotic case with a spread-wing Eagle over an American Flag and the motto "Union Forever".  The case is in excellent condition except for one piece of the rim broken out about one inch long.  I have someone that can restore this break perfectly if so desired.--$295.  (This would be a $650 image and case if it were not for the scratch and small piece broken.)

  114. Drop dead stunning 23 mm CS 130 excavated Confederate coat size "Script "C".  This was recovered about 45 years ago from near Fredericksburg, VA., and has a "baby butt" smooth chocolate brown patina with "Isaacs and Campbell" backmark, and shank intact and straight.--$495.

  115. Beautiful condition, excavated, solid cast brass, coat size CSA.  This button was recovered about 35 years ago from a Confederate camp near Fredericksburg, Virginia.  It has a smooth, brown/green patina with shank intact.--$595.

  116. Nice, crisp, clear, 1/6th plate tintype of a young Federal Sergeant seated wearing a 9-button, Enlistedman's frock coat with his Sergeant stripes clearly visible as well as a nice, clear, 20th Corp "5-pointed Star" on his chest.  The image is cased in a beautiful thermoplastic hard case made by "Littlefield Parsons & Co." manufacturers of "Union Cases" and dated 1857.  This is a museum quality little image and case.--$450.

  117. Very pretty condition fully cased 1/6th plate WELL EQUIPTED Federal Infantryman literally ready to head to the front.  This image is out of an Ohio estate and the young man has his "US" waist belt rig complete with US buckle, cartridge box, over the shoulder sling, and cap box, and is "at attention" with his musket with bayonet at his side.  This is very close to being your absolute classic Federal soldier of the Civil War "ready to go".  It is housed in a super nice thermoplastic hard case made by "Littlefield, Parsins, and Co. - UNION CASES - 1857".  This is a "SMOKING NICE" little image.--$450.

  118. 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 image is out of an Ohio estate, and went through a house fire which literally began to melt the case, but the image itself remains in good condition but is a little bit darker than optimum.  This is a nice image, and the soldier is fully equipped, and ready to go to the front.--$195.

  119. Very nice condition, regulation, Civil War issue, black leather waist belt with large size, lead-filled, arrow-hook, US oval waist belt plate.  This buckle has a very nice, uncleaned, rich, aged patina, and the brass belt adjustor remains intact.  The belt is maker marked, "R. Nece - Phila".  The belt has a little normal surface flaking, but remains completely pliable.--$595.

  120. Absolutely beautiful condition, excavated, coat size, "CSA" Confederate Officer's uniform button.  This button was recovered near Fredericksburg, Virginia, and is backmarked, "Superior Quality".  This is one of the more common Confederate Officer buttons to find in a non-excavated state due to the find of several hundred still in storage in Bermuda from a blockade runner that was not able to get through the blockade to a southern port.  Excavated examples are quite rare to come by, and this is a beautiful example.--$375.

  121. Very pretty, non-excavated, brass belt adjustor off a regulation Civil War issue US belt rig.  These are difficult to come by when you need one.  If you have a nice US belt rig but missing the brass adjustor, here's your chance.--$48.

  122. Just brought in by a local family, Model 1854, 3-band, .58 cal., rifled musket that appears to be an Austrian or some other similar import musket.  It is .58 cal. with the original long-range flip-up block site intact.  The wood appears to be English walnut.  I feel relatively sure the musket was Confederate carried due to the family from where it came.  The musket displays very nicely with good action and will still lock in both half-cock and full-cock.--$1,150.

  123. This ranks as one of the absolute rarest and most sought after Confederate Officer's sword of the American Civil War.  It is a superb Firmin & Sons "Dolphin Head" Confederate Naval Officer's sword and is THE VERY ONE pictured in Albaugh's book, Photograph Supplement of Confederate Swords.  It is pictured on pages 78 - 80 and is attributed to John McIntosh Kell, Executive Officer of the CSS Alabama.  This sword is in excellent overall condition with amazing, fine etching including a Confederate Flag and crossed cannons.  The grip is shark skin and remains completely intact.  This sword comes with a professionally made contemporary replacement scabbard that is perfect in every detail.  With this sword comes a framed family albumin photograph of John McIntosh Kell.  Civil War relics just do not get much better than this.  It has been in a local collection for many years.--$32,500.

  124. Beautiful condition and super rare, "Kraft, Goldsmith, & Kraft", Columbia, South Carolina, Confederate Cavalry saber with distinctive wooden scabbard, iron mounts and brass hardware.  This saber has an original Civil War Era, brown ink presentation on the wooden scabbard.  It reads, "Presented to Commodore John H. Sta??? by his friend, General George B. Dand???".  It is very rare to find a K G & K Cavalry saber with a nice original scabbard, and this one is a beauty.  The blade has a smooth, gently aging, gray/brown patina.  The original grip and wire remain intact and in nice condition.  This saber came into the shop about 40 years ago and has been in the collection of Dr. Joe Boyd ever since.  I have no doubt this is one of the nicest condition K G & K Confederate manufactured Cavalry sabers remaining in existence today.--$8,950.

  125. Very pretty condition and one of the most sought after weapons of the American Civil War, this is a Model 1860, .56 cal., 7-shot Spencer Repeating RIFLE.  Many historians feel that the introduction of this rapid multi-fire weapon not only gave a battlefield advantage but was very demoralizing to opposing Confederates with single-shot weapons.  The Confederates called the Spencer the "Yankees" all week gun" -- they loaded it on Sunday and shot it all week.  This rifle is serial number 28894.  The action remains crisp, and the rifle retains good bore.  There are other Spencer rifles in a very close serial number range that are documented as having been issued to the 37th Regiment Massachusetts Volunteer Infantry.  Many historians and collectors feel the Spencer carbine and Spencer rifle had a great impact on Civil War fighting from mid-1863 forward.  We have a complete Spencer cartridge recovered from Wilder's position at Hoovers Gap, Tennessee, where Spencer rifles were extensively used and will include an original Spencer cartridge with the rifle.  This will be an excellent addition to someone's Civil War weapons display.--$3,500.

  126. Beautiful condition and extremely rare, Confederate manufacture, Naval Cutlass and scabbard.  Although the sword is unmarked, it has several New Orleans characteristics.  The guard is solid cast, high copper content brass with no rivets.  The sword as a whole, although unmarked, has several Thomas, Griswold traits.  It would be hard to find an example  of a Confederate Naval Cutlass in scabbard in nicer condition.--$4,500.

  127. Extremely rare and in very nice condition, Sharps New Model 1863, .52 cal., percussion, breech loading, three band rifle.  It is serial number C33134.  The action remains tight as new with a good bore remaining.  Both sling swivels and long-range site remain intact.  Many units including the famous Berdan sharp shooters were armed with the Sharps 3-band rifle.  This weapon will make a museum level addition to someone's Civil War weapons collection.--$3,850.

  128. Absolutely beautiful condition, excavated, "Richmond Arsenal" style CS two-piece, tongue and wreath sword belt plate.  This buckle was recovered about 40 years ago from a Confederate Cavalry camp near Brandy Station, Virginia.  The two buckle halves were a belt length apart.  You couldn't ask for a nicer two-piece CS sword belt plate.--$3,250.

  129. Plastic display container with Battle of Stones River motif containing approximately 250 projectiles recovered here at the Battle of Stones River and being approximately 80% dropped and 20% fired.  The container of bullets weighs 15 pounds.--$475.

  130. Group of 15, nice condition excavated dropped .69 cal. 3-ring Minie Balls.  These were recovered from Confederate camps on private property here at Murfreesboro.  There are several different mold varieties in this grouping.  The display comes in a glass Riker display case.--$75.

  131. Excavated dropped .577 cal. Confederate used ".57" base marked Enfield rifled musket projectile with boxwood plug remaining in place.  This projectile was recovered among the limestone out-croppings on private property here at the Battle of Stones River.--$20.

  132. Very nice condition, excavated, drop, Confederate Richmond Lab High-Base Sharps.--$35.

  133. I've just purchased an additional several thousand bullets to go with the original 10,000+ mixed excavated Civil War bullets that we already had.  Bag of 50 mixed dropped and fired U.S. and C.S. bullets (Approximately 2/3 dropped and 1/3 fired) - each bag includes a variety of different type bullets at a low cost of $1.78 per bullet.  I can guarantee that it is progressively becoming much more difficult both to secure permission and to recover Civil War projectiles.  They are for sure not going to remain at the dirt-cheap price of $1.78 per bullet very much longer.--$89. per bag of fifty.

  134. Original Model 1855, .58 cal., leather cartridge box, slotted for a box plate and with tins inside.  This box came out of the attic of a Civil War Era home in Ohio.  The box remains pliable but is surface flaking some in areas.  It is a good honest, early war, Civil War Federal cartridge box at a very reasonable price.  This is a "McKenney - NY" cartridge box.--$225.

  135. Excavated, quite rare, .45 cal., Kerr rifle projectile.  This was recovered at Ft. Donelson many years ago.  The Kerr rifle was very accurate and sometimes used by Confederate sharp shooters.--$45.

  136. Extremely Rare, and beautiful condition COMPLETE UNCUT SHEET of 21 State of North Carolina 10 CENT 1863 date fractional notes.  What makes this one SO RARE is the fact that it is NOT a printed, but "unissued" sheet of notes (which is very rare in its own right !!), BUT, each note is signed and serial numbered for ACTUAL issue AND DURING WARTIME !!!  All that remains is being cut and distributed !!!--$750.  (This is around $37. per mint note !!)

  137. Excellent excavated coat size Confederate Block "A" (Artillery) uniform button recovered many, many years ago from the Army Of Tennessee 1863 winter Artillery camp located a few miles out from Shelbyville, TN. on Lewisburg Pike.  This button has a copper/brass alloy face with an iron reverse, and shank intact.  The face is so slick that it is nearly reflective.--$175.

  138. Beautiful condition, Federal Cavalry Shell jacket with bright, vivid colors and absolutely zero mothing.  The jacket has a full compliment of Eagle buttons and bright, vivid yellow piping.  In addition, the jacket has a complete, perfect, butternut liner with both sleeve liners completely intact.  To complete the jacket, there is a set of excellent condition original brass epaulets in place.  This is without question a museum quality Federal Cavalry shell jacket, and all it needs is a nice mannequin.--$2,750.

  139. Absolutely beautiful condition, excavated, Richmond Arsenal pattern "CS" tongue and wreath sword belt plate.  The two pieces were dug together by Jerry Headley approximately 40 years ago.  The buckle was recovered from a Confederate Cavalry camp located near Brock Road at the Battle of the Wilderness.  This buckle is a beauty and remains just as dug with no repairs whatsoever.  They just aren't being dug this nice anymore.--$3,250.

  140. Absolutely beautiful condition, Model 1840, "Old Wristbreaker", heavy Cavalry saber and scabbard.  This saber was brought in by a local family and was almost certainly Confederate carried.  The saber has very nice condition original wrap and wire.  Model 1840 sabers were extensively carried by both Union and Confederate Cavalry, especially early in the Civil War, although for the most part, Federal Cavalry changed over to the Model 1860 light by 1863.  Confederate Cavalry continued to carry the Model 1840 "Old Wristbreaker" throughout the Civil War.  Confederate General Nathan Bedford Forrest carried one early in the war, and many in his command carried Model 1840 sabers throughout the Civil War.  This example remains in very nice condition and would be a quality addition to any Civil War collection.--$895.

  141. Just brought in by a local family, .32 cal., 5-shot, pocket model Bacon revolver.  This revolver is serial number 257 which is early 1860 - 1861 production.  The revolver remains in very attractive condition with the original walnut grips.  The action works sometimes and doesn't work sometimes.  Very attractive little revolver and very likely Confederate carried.--$695.

  142. Beautiful condition, non-excavated, large size, lead-filled, US oval cartridge box plate.  This plate has a rich, aged patina on the face and has full lead with both attachment loops intact on the reverse.  The attachment loops are 2 5/8 inches apart.  If you have a cartridge box needing a box plate, you won't find nicer than this one.--$250.

  143. Quite rare to recover, excavated, small size "Burnside" breast plate.  These plates run about 3/16 inch smaller than the typical breast plate and are often recovered associated with General Burnside's camps.  This example has not even been washed off.  One complete attachment loop remains intact on the back.--$225.

  144. Very nice condition, excavated, complete .54 cal., Burnside carbine cartridge.  This cartridge was recovered from Lytle Creek which flows through camp Stanley here at Murfreesboro, Tennessee.  The cartridge almost looks non-dug, because it was actually recovered from the water of Lytle Creek.  This would be an excellent compliment to display with your Burnside carbine.--$55.

  145. Very attractive display containing six different kinds of projectiles including a complete Spencer cartridge, a Confederate .58 cal. Gardner projectile, a .69 cal. dropped Minie ball, a cleaner projectile, a .69 cal. musket ball, and a .58 cal. Minie ball with a raised star in the base.--$65. for the entire case.

  146. Very pretty condition, Model 1840 Heavy Cavalry saber and scabbard.  The blade has a smooth, chocolate patina, and it is marked, "Horstmann - Phila."  The brass guard has a rich, aged patina and remains perfectly intact.  The leather grip remains intact, but the wire is not present.  The original scabbard is in very nice condition and remains with the sword, but for some reason, lacks about 2 - 3 inches from completely seating in the scabbard.  I suspect there is some debris down in the scabbard.  This saber is out of a local estate and without question saw Confederate service.  This would be an $850 saber, but since the scabbard needs a little TLC, it is bargained priced.--$750

  147. fVery nice condition, 1863 patent style folding camp chair.  The chair still works perfectly and has the original "carpet type seat".  This chair was in a private museum for years and will be an excellent addition to any Civil War camp life exhibit.--$275.

  148. Large size, arrow-hook pattern, lead-filled US oval waist belt plate on original black bridle leather belt.  The buckle has a beautiful, rich, aged, never-cleaned patina, and the belt remains pliable with about normal, typical surface flaking.  This is a quality belt rig that will be an excellent addition to someone's collection.--$595.

  149. Very attractive glass jar adorned with Stones River Battle scenes and containing about 19 pounds of Civil War bullets recovered over the years here at Stones River.  There are many different types and calibers consisting of about 80% dropped projectiles and 20% fired projectiles.  There are numerous $8 - $10 bullets including Confederate Selma Arsenal, assorted Enfields, various cleaner bullets, assorted carbines, and numerous other types.  We estimate there to be around 300 projectiles.  These were for the most part picked up in crop fields here at Stones River after the rains had washed them off following cultivation in years gone by.--$595.

  150. Very nice condition, excavated, coat size, LA8, Confederate local Louisiana Pelican button.  This button was recovered from a Louisiana camp site in central Alabama.  It has a smooth, chocolate brown patina with traces of gold gilt and shank intact.--$195.

  151. Really pretty, excavated, Model 1851, Federal Cavalry sword belt plate and keeper.  This buckle was recovered locally at Camp Stanley which was the Federal Cavalry Corp, 1863 winter camp here at Murfreesboro.  The buckle has a smooth, chocolate patina, and the cast brass keeper was found with the buckle.  Part of the keeper hook is missing but almost looks like it might have been removed intentionally to allow the buckle and keeper to be a "quick disconnect".  At one point in time, we recovered quite a few of these around Murfreesboro, but it has been a couple of years since I heard of one being recovered here.  The soldier's initials are lightly cut into the back of the buckle using pin knife.--$375.

  152. Beautiful condition, excavated, large size, lead-filled US oval cartridge box plate.  This plate was recovered over 40 years ago along Columbia Pike at the Battle of Franklin, Tennessee.  This is an exceptionally nice excavated plate with beautiful face, full lead, and both attachment loops intact.  Plates of this quality are hardly ever recovered now.--$225.

  153. Excavated, .52 cal., Palmetto Arsenal Sharps projectile.  This is a ring tail type Sharps that was recovered from the river near the Palmetto Arsenal site.--$60.

  154. Beautiful condition and quite rare, Confederate manufactured, small leather percussion cap box.  The box has all sewn on belt loops and closure tab.  It also has the small nail holes that were used for construction.  The box is out of a local estate, and I have a fair idea of who likely carried it.  Confederate manufactured cap boxes in this nice condition are rare to come by.--$595.

  155. Super rare, "College Hill Arsenal", Nashville, Tennessee, Confederate Field and Staff Officer's sword and scabbard.  This sword has the same "CSA" cast into the brass guard as the Nashville Plow Works.  The ribbon that is cast into the guard has nothing cast into it whereas "Nashville Plow Works" is integrally cast into the products of Nashville Plow Arsenal.  This beautiful sword is out of the local area and has been in one of the most advanced local collections for the past 40 years.  The blade of the sword has visible Confederate engraving from top to bottom.  The engraving has an "open mouth serpent" as a part of the engraving, and this is known to be an example of "Cunningham" engraving.  The sword has a nice condition, original grip and is in a correct style import leather scabbard.  This was often the case as original Confederate scabbards were often made of poor quality leather and did not last.  This is the nicest College Hill Field and Staff Officer's Confederate sword that we have had come through in a number of years.--$8,500.

  156. Beautiful condition, regulation issue, Federal cap box with full wool, nipple pick, and original percussion caps still inside.  The inner flap is crisply marked, “R. Nece – D. Laidley – Sub Inspector – US – Ord. Dept.”  This is an excellent little cap box with all the perks you like to see.--$250.


  158. Quite rare and in very nice condition, .58 cal., Model 1855, rifle musket leather cartridge box.  This box has the stamped brass lead-filled US box plate on the outside flap and has a huge "Boyd & Sons Boston" maker mark on the inside flap (measures 2 x 3 inches) and reads, "Boyd & Sons - Boston - Manufacturers of Army Accoutrements".  The box remains quite pliable with very little surface flaking.--$650.

  159. Absolutely beautiful, excavated, coat size, Confederate local North Carolina State Seal.  Nice, bright gold gilt around the figures and around North Carolina.  It is very difficult to recover a North Carolina Confederate local this pretty.--$225.

  160. Excellent condition, non-excavated, "baby US", 1839 pattern, single hook, lead-filled, US oval waist belt plate.  These buckles actually predate the Civil War, and I have recovered five of them from Confederate camps in this area.  This example has a pretty face with a gently aging patina and full lead in the reverse with both hooks remaining perfectly intact.--$425.

  161. Very nice condition, small leather Federal percussion cap box.  This box remains very pliable with hardly any surface flaking at all.  Both belt loops remain intact, and there is a "9 & C" marking on the outside flap which I have over the years been told, this is "9th Massachusetts Company C".--$150.

  162. Excellent condition, large size, lead-filled, non-excavated, US oval cartridge box plate.  This box plate has a nice, aged patina on the face and full lead fill with both attachment loops intact on the reverse.  If you have a nice Federal cartridge box missing the plate, here is your chance to complete your box.  This cartridge box plate has the attachment hooks 2 1/2 inches apart.  This plate is going to make someone's cartridge box look like it belongs in a museum.--$250.

  163. Very pretty, 1/6th plate tintype of a standing Federal soldier with a Patriotic tent scene in the background.  It is housed in a very ornate black thermoplastic case.  The case is marked, "Littlefield Parsons & Co. Manufacturer of UNION cases, Patented October 14, 1856, and April 21, 1857".  This is a very nice image and in a beautiful case.--$250.

  164. Extremely rare to find, and unopened, deck of Great Mogul "Superior" Civil War playing cards.  This deck still has the original seal and has never been opened.  Every display of soldier's everyday items should include a deck of playing cards.  Great Mogul playing cards come in to colors - red and blue.  This deck is red.--$395.

  165. Extremely rare, fully cased, 1/4 plate ambrotype of two seated Confederate Cavalrymen.  One has a Colt Army across his chest, and the other has a Colt Pocket model across his chest.  Both are wearing bow ties and high top Cavalry boots and spurs.--$1,150.

  166. Very nice condition, 4th Model, Burnside carbine with a matching serial number of 2055.  The action remains tight with lots of rifling remaining.  The main spring remains nearly as strong as when issued.  Both front and back sites remain intact, and it has a clearly visible military inspector cartouche on left hand side of the shoulder stock.  There are traces of original finish in some of the recessed areas.  Although the weapon remains in very nice condition, you can see wear indicating actual field service.  Many Federal Cavalry units, including the 1st US Cavalry, 1st Maine Cavalry, 1st New Jersey Cavalry, 1st Pennsylvania Cavalry, 1st and 2nd Indiana Cavalry, and 1st and 2nd Rhode Island Cavalry were armed with Burnside carbines.--$1,450.

  167. Absolutely "Smoking Nice" .36 cal. "Savage" Navy Model Percussion Revolver.  This revolver still has excellent crisp action, and retains some case colors down in the recessed areas.  The serial number (18192) is stamped into the frame (under the grips), and is written in pencil on the back of the grips.  These revolvers were produced between 1860 and 1863.  The revolver has deep, crisp manufacturer marks on the frame directly over the cylinder, and a deep, sharp inspector cartouche on the left grip.  The Savage has a complicated action with the "Figure 8" triggers, and often give trouble and get out of time.  This weapon remains very tight and operates perfectly.--$2,650.

  168. Very attractive and quite hard to find, original Model 1842, .69 cal., cartridge box with original box plate and the over-the-shoulder sling and the original breast plate intact.  The cartridge box remains pliable with both cartridge tins intact inside.  Complete Infantry rigs life this one are difficult to come by, especially the early .69 cal. rigs.  The box is complete with inner compartment intact.  It is missing only the small leather thong that snaps over the brass finial.--$1,250.

  169. Really pretty, excavated, coat size, Mississippi "I" uniform button.  This button was recovered many years ago from Camp Withers which was located near Estill Springs, Tennessee, and was occupied in 1862.  The button remains slick as can be with a chocolate brown patina and gold in the "I" and gold outlining the star and some around the Mississippi letters.  The reverse has shank intact and is backmarked, "Hyde & Goodrich NO".  They just are not found this pretty anymore.--$525.

  170. Model 1840, N.C.O. (Non-Commissioned Officer) sword only without scabbard.  The blade is nicely marked, "1860 - US - Ames Mfg. Co. - Chicopee Mass".  This would be a superb first sword for a young collector.--$450.

  171. Very nice condition PAIR of Smith & Wesson, Model #2 "Old Model Army revolvers".  These revolvers remain in very nice condition with traces of bluing still visible.  Both are the more desirable "6 inch" octagonal "long barrel" model.  This model Smith & Wesson was a very popular side arm with many Civil War Officers and Enlistedmen during the Civil War on both sides.  One of the revolvers is serial number 30151 which places it firmly as Civil War production.  The second Smith and Wesson revolver is serial number 31475.  Civil War production of the Smith and Wesson went to 35731.  Both revolvers came out of Middle Tennessee and could very well have been Southern carried.  The very top of the hammer on 31475 is broken, but could be easily repaired.  The example in the published magazine picture above was being carried by Amos V. Going.  He was a member of the 12th Louisiana Volunteer Infantry Regiment.  The standing soldier in the first picture is a North Carolina Infantry Volunteer.  Revolver 30151 functions perfectly, has some case colors remaining, and has excellent original walnut grips.  Revolver 31475 has a smooth, chocolate brown patina and original walnut grips.  The action on 31475 advances the cylinder properly sometimes and sometimes not.  The two revolvers display very nicely together as a set.--$1,650. for the set

  172. Very crude,and extremely rare excavated pewter TEXAS MANUFACTURED Confederate saddle skirt tip device.  The device has a raised "TEXAS STAR" in the center.  Remnants of the attachment hooks remain intact on the reverse.  This very rare Texas saddle device was recovered from a Texas Cavalry camp located near Houston, Texas.--$475.

  173. Really pretty, non-excavated, small size, Model 1839, maker marked, US cartridge box plate.  This plate has a smooth, gently aging patina on the face with full lead and both attachment loops intact on the reverse.  It is maker marked, "H. A. Dingee" which is one of the harder to find maker marks.  It has been a long time since I had one of these.--$425.

  174. Quite rare, non-excavated, small size, Model 1839, maker marked, U. S. waist belt plate.  The buckle has an excellent face with full lead in the reverse, and has one of the two attachment hooks intact on the reverse.  The buckle is maker marked "J. I.  PITTMAN", and that is one you don't see every day.--$325.

  175. Absolutely beautiful condition, 4 1/2 inch "Eagle Flask".  This is the type powder flask usually found with "cased" pocket model sized revolvers.  This example is super nice without even one single dent or open seam.--$350.

  176. Battlefield pick-up, Remington .44 cal. revolver.  This revolver was picked up on private property at the Battle of Chickamauga.  It will make a fabulous centerpiece for an excavated artifact display.--$550.

  177. Beautiful condition, .58 cal., Model 1863, Springfield rifled musket type 2.  This musket has deep, sharp rifling and virtually no burn-out around the nipple area indicating it wasn't fired a whole lot.  The metal has a smooth, gently darkening, aged patina with lockplate markings of, "US Springfield - 1863", and the musket has a matching 1863 barrel date.  The inspector cartouche in the stock opposite the lockplate remains clearly visible.  The original ram rod, both sling swivels, and long-range site all remain intact.  The soldier's initials, "S. V." or "S.Y.", are nicely cut into the rear of the stock with a pen knife.  This musket has been test fired at 300 yards and is deadly accurate.  You will wait a long time before you see another mid-Civil War date Springfield musket this nice for sale.--$2,250.

  178. Extremely rare, excavated, Confederate local, coat size Mississippi Militia.  This button has a smooth, chocolate brown patina with a full star in the center with no letter.  The word "Mississippi" encircles the outside perimeter of the button.  The button has a depressed channel and a Confederate local reverse.  Many collectors believe that this button was made by Bellenot & Ulrich N. O., and others believe they were made by C. Rouyer/N. O.  It is for sure this is an extremely rare style Mississippi button.  The button has a little gilt outlining the star and letters.  It has excellent display and eye appeal but does have a couple of very small dings.  I have had less than ten of these in 50 years.  This button was recovered over 40 years ago in a Confederate camp near Chancellorsville, Virginia.--$495.

  179. Quite rare, "D. J. Millard", 1862 date, Federal light Cavalry saber and scabbard.  This is a nice quality saber with a clean blade and in very nice, original scabbard.  Early date Cavalry sabers like this one are hard to come by in nice condition, because they saw lots of service.  This one remains in excellent condition and a very rare maker to boot.--$1,150.

  180. Excellent condition small size pre-Civil War "militia" canteen complete with original butternut wool cover, and original linen sling.  This canteen has the original "tin spout" intact.  We recover remnants of these canteens in the 1863 Army of Tennessee Confederate winter camps here.  They are almost exclusively found in Confederate sites.  The canteen remains in excellent, museum grade condition.--$795.

  181. REALLY PRETTY excavated drop 3-inch Confederate Read-Broun.  This shell was recovered many years ago near Five Forks, Virginia.  These are only recovered at relatively late war sites.--$650.

  182. Model 1851, Officer's grade sword belt rig.  This belt rig has the Officer's style sword belt plate with the wreaths integrally cast with the buckle.  It has the narrow, early Civil War style keeper hook, and the leather belt remains complete with both leather sword drops.  The belt itself is complete and pliable, and both sword drops are intact with hooks in place but do have cracks and are somewhat fragile.  The buckle has a rich, aged, bronze/brown patina.--$795.

  183. Model 1851, cast brass, Enlistedman's sword belt plate with applied silver wreath on original leather belt.  This is a style belt and buckle appropriate for a Civil War NCO.--$595.

  184. Super rare, identified College Hill Arsenal Confederate Foot Officer’s sword and scabbard.  This sword and scabbard is the product of College Hill Arsenal in Nashville, Tennessee.  The sword was carried by Capt. Samuel A. Matthews, Co. E, 16th Regiment Mississippi Volunteer Infantry.  Capt. Matthews served for one year and was with his regiment encamped at Manassas, Virginia, when his term expired.  The sword remains in very nice condition with visible Confederate engraving virtually half the length of the blade and a large engraved “CSA” clearly engraved down the blade.  The sword’s scabbard is complete with all three original College Hill manufactured brass mounts.  On the top mount is engraved “Matt – Co. E 16th Miss”.  This is an extremely rare, firmly ID’d, Confederate Officer’s sword in original scabbard.  It originally came directly out of Capt. Matthew’s family estate.  A 50-page notebook comes with the sword detailing the history of the Regiment and Capt. Matthews.--$14,500.

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

  186. Excellent condition, thick Atlanta style rectangle CSA on original brown pigskin belt.  The belt remains in complete pliable condition, and the buckle shows nice service wear with all three attachment hooks present.  This is a museum grade Confederate waist belt rig.--$5,750.DB

  187. Extremely rare "Boyle and Gamble" - Richmond, Virginia, Confederate Field and Staff Officer's sword and scabbard.  The sword remains in very nice condition with full engraving down both sides of the blade with the "CSA in shield" completely readable in the blade engraving.  The cast brass guard with "CS" in the wreath with the star above is in excellent condition with a rich, aged patina.  The sword has the original wrap and wire on the grip, and it has 95% of the original leather intact.  The sword has been in this leather scabbard since the Civil War Era, but the scabbard is a Civil War date import rather than a Boyle and Gamble product.  The original scabbard was likely damaged.  This Confederate Officer's sword and scabbard is nice enough for about any museum and would be a fine addition to any Confederate collection.--$8,950.

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

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

  190. Rare, rare Richmond Arsenal pattern CS Enlistedman's Cavalry sword belt rig.  This belt rig was a part of the nationally known Steve Mullinax collection for many years.  The CS two-piece sword belt plate buckle is a regulation Richmond Arsenal product and has a rich, never cleaned, aged bronze patina.  The belt itself is an original "bullet stitch" Confederate Richmond Arsenal belt but was in an attic for many years and gradually became hard as a rock.  We have used Picard (lots of Picard) to get the belt in a state to display.  The belt displays nicely but has numerous cracks and a couple of breaks.  You will likely never see an original Richmond Arsenal CS belt plate on an original "Bullet Stitch" Confederate belt at a price like this again.  We are pricing it at pretty much the value of the non-excavated CS two-piece buckle alone.--$4,500.

  191. Excavated 17 inch Confederate Bowie knife recovered from an Arkansas Infantry camp located near Shelbyville, TN.  The blade was blacksmith crafted from a 11 1/2 inch rasp.--$895.

  192. Very nice condition, Model 1858, bullseye canteen with original butternut cover, stopper, and linen sling.  This is a Union issued canteen but came out of a Tennessee estate and was most likely Confederate carried.--$425.

  193. Beautiful condition, original brown leather waist belt with large oval, 1840 - 1850 era, puppy-paw hook, lead-filled oval with "W. H. Smith Brooklyn" backmark.  The belt remains pliable as can be, and the "W. H. Smith Brooklyn" backmark is clear as a bell.--$695.

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

  195. Excavated, EXTREMELY RARE, wreath portion of a Confederate State Seal, two-piece buckle.  This buckle was recovered from an 1863 Alabama Cavalry camp and very likely had a tongue like the Alabama tongue and wreath on page 107 in Steve Mullinax's Confederate Buckle book.  This "oak leaf" pattern wreath is correct for a number of different Confederate State Seals.  I have seen Alabama, Georgia, North Carolina, South Carolina, and Virginia all with wreaths of this type.  The center disc can be up to 1 1/4 inches in diameter.  The belt loop is 2 inches outside to outside and takes a 1 5/8 inch to 1 3/4 inch belt.  It has a pretty pea-green patina and could finish out one whale of a nice Confederate State Seal two-piece.  When recovered, this wreath had a break in the belt loop.  It has been expertly restored, and you 100% cannot find where the break was.  It has been many years since I last saw a loose wreath like this for sale.--$975.

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

  197. Excellent condition, regulation issue, US waist belt buckle on original waist belt.  The belt remains completely pliable with brass adjustor remaining intact and is double US inspector marked.  The US oval waist belt buckle is in beautiful condition with full lead and all three hooks intact.  This belt rig is as nice as any you will see in a museum.--$650.

  198. Very attractive, Model 1860, light Cavalry saber and scabbard.  This saber and scabbard was on display for many years in an Ohio GAR Veterans Hall.  The scabbard has remnants of old nickel plate as was often done to Veteran Hall relics to keep them looking shiny and clean.  The blade has a smooth, gently graying, aged patina and is marked, "Ames Mfg. Co. - US - 1864".  The original leather grip remains intact but does show some wear in areas.--$795.

  199. Nice condition, original, .69 cal., Model 1842, triangular socket bayonet in original leather scabbard.  The bayonet is clean overall and just beginning to darken with age.  It has a deep "US" mark.  The leather scabbard remains in nice, complete condition with the stitched seam intact and closed top to bottom.  This seam often breaks open in areas.  The "L" shaped belt loop remains perfectly intact.  If you have a .69 cal., Model 1842 musket, this would be a wonderful compliment to display with your musket.--$425.

  200. Original Confederate States of America $100 Loan Bond.  This bond is serial number 2479.  It was professionally framed by the Frame & Art Gallery in Franklin, Tennessee.  It has acid-free matting and light filtering glass.  This is ready to hang in your den or relic room.--$275. (which is about what it cost to frame it)

  201. Really, really pretty, excavated, coat size, "A.V.C." (Alabama Volunteer Corp).  This button has a near reflective chocolate brown patina with the Eagle and A.V.C. letters surrounded by bright gold gilt.  This button is backmarked, "Horstmann & Alien - NY" and has the shank intact and straight on the reverse.  It is rare to see an "A.V.C." button recovered this nice.--$595.

  202. Very pretty, excavated Leech & Rigdon wreath portion to the "08" pattern two-piece sword belt plate.  This pattern wreath needs a tongue that measures 1 1/8 inch across the disc and a belt loop that measures 1 3/4 inch outside to outside.  When recovered, the outside belt loop had a break, but it has been professionally restored.  If someone out there has a Leech & Rigdon "08" pattern tongue, here is your chance to complete your buckle.--$895.

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

  204. This just came into the shop yesterday - dark blue Federal frock coat that dates BARELY into the Indian War Era rather than Civil War.  This frock coat has a "raw edge" around the bottom, has a low 1 1/2 inch stand-up collar, and has 8 inches across the elbow sleeves, which are all good Civil War traits.  It does, however, have the pin striped sleeve liner, and also has raised shield Indian War era buttons.  This frock coat literally misses being Civil War by "maybe" 5 to 10 years, and is going to look great on a maniquin all decked out with equipment !!--$650.

  205. Very attractive, .58 cal., 1864 date, Simon Norris & W. T. Clements contract 3-band percussion rifled musket.  The musket has crisp action and lockplate markings of, "S. N. & W. T. C. - for Massachusetts - 1864 - US - and the Eagle".  The barrel has a matching 1864 date.  The stock remains in very nice condition with practically no burnout at all around the nipple and with two clear inspector cartouches.  The lockplate action remains as crisp as when it was new, and it has an excellent bore remaining.  The ramrod, both sling swivels, and long-range site all remain intact.--$1,650.

  206. Really pretty, excavated, BIG 24MM, CS36, Confederate Army Officer with "H. T. & B. Manchester" backmark.  This button has super nice eye appeal with the gold gilt perfectly outlining the Eagle and Stars.  The reverse is slightly pressed inward, but the shank remains intact, and the backmark is easily legible.  This is a button that there are only a handful recovered per years.--$895.

  207. Excavated, large oval, SNY waist belt plate.  This is one of the waist belt plates that was recovered from the sunken ship in the James River.  This SNY had the three iron hook hooking system on the revers, and the iron hooks are rusted away.  The buckle has a very pleasing appearance.  This style buckle is quite rare and has only been recovered in two or three sites.--$595.

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

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

  210. Very nice condition, Model 1864, Federal belt rig complete with belt, US buckle and brass keeper, US marked percussion cap box with percussion caps still inside, and very nice condition, Model 1864, .58 cal. cartridge box with embossed US oval, "Oliver - PA." makers mark, and original tins inside.  It is rare now to find a Federal belt rig complete with both boxes.--$1,250.

  211. This was brought in by a local family that had an ancestor that served in the Confederate Cavalry.  The weapon is an import single shot horse pistol with a Southern conversion hammer like you have NEVER seen before.  The horse pistol has a hand crafted Southern lanyard ring to boot.  Hold this jewel up to your ear and all you hear is "Dixie" playing.--$895.

  212. Extremely rare, Leech & Rigdon, Memphis, Tennessee, Confederate manufactured Foot Officer's sword.  This is the Confederate sword along with a partial leather scabbard.  The blade remains clean, just beginning to darken with age.  It has the typical Confederate unstopped fuller.  The cast brass guard is 100% Memphis Novelty Works all the way with the distinctive Leech & Rigdon Officer's sword motif on both top and bottom.  This is a super rare Confederate Officer's sword, and in nearly 50 years, I could count the number of these that I have had on my two hands.  Better not let this one get away, because it could be many years before you see another one.--$5,950.

  213. Beautiful photographic estate of Lt. Dan McConnell of the 99th Ohio Volunteer Infantry.  In this grouping is a crystal clear, fully cased, 1/6th plate tintype of Lt. McConnell.  This is a bust view, seated waist up, showing his frock coat, shoulder straps, and kepi with French Horn Infantry hat insignia.  Together with excellent military photograph of Lt. McConnell, there is additionally a fully cased 1/9th plate ambrotype of Lt. McConnell in civilian clothing.  In addition to these pictures is a half-cased ambrotype of Lt. McConnell in civilian clothing with his wife.  Also, there is a 1/6th plate ambrotype of Lt. McConnell's mother in a half-case.  In addition, there is a 1/9th plate ambrotype of a baby which we assume to be his child.  The 99th Ohio served all through Tennessee being at Stones River, Chickamauga, the drive toward Atlanta, and the Battles of Franklin and Nashville.  I purchased this group directly out of the family just days ago.--$495. for the entire five photograph estate.

  214. Very nice condition, Model 1851, Federal Cavalry belt rig with original buff belt and original cast-brass, Model 1851, Eagle sword belt plate with applied silver wreath.  The buff, leather belt is complete and remains soft and pliable with no breaks or repairs.  The cast-brass Eagle sword belt plate has a rich, aged patina with the silver wreath remaining 100% intact.  This is a nicer than usual Federal Cavalry belt rig.--$695.

  215. Model 1860 Federal light Cavalry saber that was just brought in out of the local area and was believed to have been Confederate carried.  The saber is maker marked "Mansfield & Lamb" and is dated "1864".  The saber's brass guard  is clearly bent in a manner definately indicating that the horse went down On The Brass Saber Guard at least once.  The saber is a Model 1860, but the scabbard is a Model 1840 likely because the scabbard was damaged when the horse went down.  Here is your saber if you are looking for one that saw action, and has a story to tell !!--$895.

  216. Very nice, excavated, large oval, fat letter pattern, "SNY" (State of New York) oval waist belt plate.  This buckle was recovered in 1973 near Salem Church, Virginia.  It has full, smooth lead, and all three attachment hooks remain perfectly intact.--$895.

  217. Very nice condition, flat or corner curio display case.  The case remains in very nice condition, is lighted, and has three shelves.  It stands approximately six feet tall, two feet wide, and one foot deep.--$325.

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

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

  220. 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 !!!!

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

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


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