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On this page we feature a bit of everything from the Civil War era and earlier.

 
EXCAVATED RHODE ISLAND ID DISC
The dug and cleaned brass disc is hand engraved with a name at the top that is unreadable due to corrosion.  Under that is a large "1" and "6th RI Vol(s)" over "1861".A quick internet search shows that the 6th Rhode Island " failed to complete organization", so maybe this guy started out with the 6th and went into the 1st RI which would explain the big "1".  If we could read his name it would answer a lot of questions, and maybe further research could reveal more.   
$ 495.00

 

IMAGE OF NEW YORK SOLDIER WITH "SNY" BUCKLE
Nice 1/6th plate tintype of a seated soldier in a frock coat proudly displaying his "SNY" (State of New York) belt buckle.  The buckle is worn upside down because the soldier knew that the photography methods of the day resulted in the reversal of the finished image. By inverting the buckle, he at least kept the "S" on the left in the final picture.  The backdrop is a camp scene with a US flag as well as tents and a cannon. His right eye is interesting as it appears to be discolored and off center.  Perhaps a wound? 

The case is also outstanding, being a molded thermoplastic, or gutta percha with a label that reads: "Genuine / Union Case label / Improved / Fine Gilt and Burnished / Hinge / Scovill Mf'g Co."  The case is also a more uncommon brown color and features a patriotic scene on both sides with crossed cannon, shields, a liberty cap, pennants and flags.
 It's a beauty!
$ 695.00

 

SECOND MODEL VIRGINIA MANUFACTORY SWORD, 3rd Virginia Regiment

Second Models were originally made 1806 - 1808 with a strongly curved 40” long.  Later, the blade on this one was “cut and ground” and shortened to approximately 35 ½” in length because the first and second model swords were not poplar with Virginia militiamen due to their great length.   They were not easy to handle and were replaced in 1808 by the third model which featured a relatively straight blade only 36” long.  Due to the wide acceptance of the new shorter swords, many of the older swords were modified. This is one of those.  The blade is stamped "3 Va Regt" on the spine and features the typical narrow and wide fuller on each side and edge has no real nicks. The blade is fairly smooth with a mixture of gray to brown. A number “5” is stamped on the bottom flat of blade on one side of the ricasso, and a "3" is stamped on the other side.    The rounded iron pommel and guard with a sword-knot hole distinguish this model from the first model.   Grooved wooden grip is cracked and has a piece missing under the pommel. There is no leather cover or brass wire wrap remaining, but the wood has a pleasing smooth dark patina.
$ 2495.00

 

EXCAVATED SADDLE SHIELD
Stamped brass from a Mclellan Saddle, embossed "12 Inch / Seat" to identify the seat size of the saddle. Pommel shields also had a slot through which a leather strap could be threaded to anchor a coat, bedroll or other accessories as needed.  This one is dark brown (much darker than the photo) and was dug in Spotsylvania County, Virginia.    SOLD!!

 



EXCAVATED CONFEDERATE WHITWORTH BULLET  M&M #250
The English-made Whitworth rifle-musket possessed excellent long range accuracy and was used extensively by Confederate sharpshooters, even claiming the lives of several Union generals including John F. Reynolds (Gettysburg) and John Sedgwick (Spotsylvania Courthouse).

This is the .45 caliber cylindrical bullet used in the Whitworth.  The overall condition is very good with a great patina.  These Confederate Whitworth Sharpshooter Bullet are very desirable and highly collectible.
 
$ 250.00 

 

EXCAVATED 1/2 LOUISIANA BELT BUCKLE
This is the stamped brass, lead filled version of the Louisiana State Seal emblem with a pelican feeding her young that was produced during the Civil War.
It has some obvious condition issues, but.... for the price of a button!   Dug in camp at Gettysburg
 
See page 156 of Steve Mullinax's Confederate Belt Buckles & Plates, Expanded Edition for examples of this style of plate.
 
$ 650.00 

 

BARTMANN or BELLARMINE JUG
This type of salt-glazed stoneware was manufactured in Europe throughout the 16th and 17th centuries, especially in the Cologne region in what is today western Germany. The signature decorative detail was a bearded face mask appearing on the lower neck of the vessel. They were used for a multitude of purposes, such as storage, decanting and transportation of wine with a wide distribution around the globe. They have been located in archeological sites all over the world, as a sign of European colonization, emigration and trade, and have even been found in Native American burial sites!  This one has only a few chips to the base and no repairs!

$ 695.00
   

 

CONFEDERATE TELEGRAPH INSULATOR
Unmarked deep opaque green threadless glass insulator known as the “Confederate egg” because of its overall shape. A number of these were recovered in Richmond, Virginia at a site that reportedly was the location of a Confederate warehouse that had been destroyed during the burning of Richmond in April of 1865.  
They were discovered again during new construction at the site in 1990.  Most of the recovered examples came from within a crumbled brick building and they were largely melted or severely broken. Luckily some survived in decent shape and were recovered by eager diggers. Historical significance makes these crude relics one of the most desirable insulators in the hobby today. These were crudely made with an extremely textured and pebbly surface, and this one has a few chips, but is in relatively good condition!

 $ 395.00

 





 



US ARMY CHAPEAU circa 1855
Early military headgear served a very decorative purpose, and at the beginning of American history, the military defaulted to the use of British uniform tradition. This means that the military adopted the use of the Chapeau hat. Chapeaus came in two styles, either the stereotypical tricorn hat or this style, the bicorn, which is familiar to those who have seen paintings of Napoleon Bonaparte.  Though largely replaced by other styles, Hardee Hat, Kepi, etc, the Chapeau remained popular with various military and militia groups.

This one is in nice condition with a New York label of "C. St. John, / No. 118 Broadway, / New York" and the original tin case with remnants of red paint.  The bullion decorations on the edges have come loose and were just set in place for the photos that they are present in.  It would be an easy task to reattach them.
Reduced Price!  $ 1895.00

 

EXCAVATED (yes, it's really dug!) 1-PIECE NAVY BUTTON, NA-44
23mm Coat size.  Backmark: No. 4 / Lewis & Tomes / Extra Rich.  
Dug in Stafford County, Virginia.   What a beauty!
!

SOLD!!!
   

 

PAINTED GAR CANTEEN, William H. Merkel ~ 116th Pennsylvania Cavalry
Nice winter scene painting of a soldier holding his musket with bayonet attached.  We're not sure if this is a complete canteen or just a half affixed to a board, as it is enclosed in an old frame and we don't want to disturb the mounting.  The spout and stopper appear to be carved out of wood and the sling is a red rope or tassel type material.  Written in pencil on the back of the board that the canteen is mounted on is "Carved by / William H. Merkel / from 61 to 65 in / Co. B (illegible) / Penn / Graduate of / Girard College / Phila".  You can read a bit about Merkel in thisGirard College publication about their alumni in the war: http://www.girardcollege.edu/uploaded/alumni/alumni_publications/sg_civil_war.pdf where it says that "William H. Merkel enlisted in the Union Army immediately after graduation and was subsequently assigned as a dispatch rider for General Sheridan as a member of the 16th Pennsylvania Cavalry. According to a small newspaper clipping we found in Founder’s Hall files, Merkel rode in all the great cavalry movements of the Army of the Potomac, among them Five Forks, Amelia Springs, and Sailor’s Creek, which contained General Lee’s forces and subsequently led to his surrender. After the war, the newspaper article tells us that Merkel was handpicked by General Sheridan to track down the infamous Confederate guerilla John Mosby who had such a devastating effect sniping at the flanks of the Union Army. And find him Merkel did, in Lynchburg, Virginia, but the elusive Mosby escaped again."   The frame is about 15-1/2" square and 3-1/4" deep. 
SOLD!!!

 

EXTREMELY RARE REPUBLICAN BLUES BUTTON, Tice GA261
Backmark: Young Smith & Co. / New York. The Republican Blues was an elite organization, formed in 1808, composed of socially prominent men of Savannah, Georgia.  During the Civil War the Blues served in the 1st Volunteer Georgia Infantry.  Their buttons are rare in any condition, but there are far more dug specimens than non-dug, and virtually every other example known is silver plated, with this being the only known gold gilded example!  This is also an unusual backmark, so apparently Young Smith and Company was offering a version that never made it to wide production.  Whatever the case, this one is super rare!
SOLD!!!
   

 

CDV of GEORGE ARMSTRONG CUSTER
Backmark: "From Styles / Vermont Gallery of Art / (on the first floor) /  150 Church Street / Burlington, Vt." 
Approximately 2-1/2" X 4" CDV or carte de visite (visitor's card) with a great seated Civil War era view of Custer in full uniform
as Major General, photographed by Mathew Brady in May of 1865, but printed here by Styles.

SOLD!!!      

 

U.S. CAVALRY OFFICERS SWORD!

Blade measures 35” in length and is heavy, in the 1840 style, with a flat back etched with “IRON.PROOF” at the base.  On its flat sides the blade and etched, frosted foliage at base, and high quality etched eagle with “E Pluribus Unum” in a ribbon, and “U.S.”.  The blade is bright and ding free with only slight signs of wear. It is not maker marked, but is undoubtedly a product of Clauberg /Solingen [See Thillman, Cavalry Sabers, pages 142 & 143.].   The leather washer is present. Gilt guard is decorated with leaf sections top, bottom and branches with a peacock flower spread on the guard. The grip is shark skin and has the 1860 model characteristic of a contoured center swelled grip.  Scabbard mounts and throat are brass, with the hanger hardware and the drag being nicely engraved.

Cavalry officer's swords are hard to find!

$ 1895.00    (
dj
-1)

 

 

CAST IRON SIGNAL CANNON

This has a great 18th Century look, but is most likely made in the mid-19thCentury.
The barrel is 20" long and about 3-3/4" at its widest point, with close to a 1" bore
and has a functional touch hole, so it was intended to be used!
It is mounted on what looks like its original wood blocks, but has had a later
board mounted to the bottom with 5" wheels.  You could remove that board easily
enough, but we've found it pretty handy for moving it around.

Great size!  Large enough to get your attention, but will fit in most relic rooms!


Reduced Price!  $ 1595.00   (34-31)

 

STATE OF NEW YORK "SNY" BELT BUCKLE
Excavated on U.S. For Road at Chancellorsville on June 4, 1978!  This one has an absolutely gorgeous face with smooth lead in the back.  Apparently the original brass hook broke and resulted in the ingenious soldier's solution of soldering in an iron replacement!  How cool is that???
See American Military Belt Plates by Campbell & O'Donnel, page 336 for similar examples.
Reduced Price!  $ 825.00    

 

EXCAVATED CONFEDERATE BOYLE & GAMBLE BAYONET ADAPTOR
Excavated in the Chancellorsville area, this was produced by the Richmond firm of Boyle & Gamble so as to be able to affix their saber bayonets to the barrels of Mississippi Rifles and other such weapons
. We see these sometimes marked and numbered, and sometimes totally unmarked. This one is the un-marked variety, but is totally a product of "Confederate ingenuity"!  Beautiful, smooth, dark (darker than it appears in the photos) patina.
Reduced Price!   $ 325.00    

 

RARE EXCAVATED CONFEDERATE DOUBLE TONGUE "WISHBONE" BUCKLE
These are much harder to find than the regular, forked tongue version of this buckle! 
See plate 183 on page 104 of
Steve Mullinax's Confederate Belt Buckles & Plates, Expanded Edition for an example of this style of plate.

Dug in the Fredericksburg, Virginia area.
Reduced Price!   $ 1395.00       

 

 

EXCAVATED CONFEDERATE "GUTTER BACK" FRAME BUCKLE
And this may be the most sensible and serviceable style of buckle produced by either side! About 63mm X 70mm
This is the style with the depressed "gutter" on one side and is in excellent condition.
Dug in the Fredericksburg, Virginia area.  
See plate 171 on
page 98 of Steve Mullinax's Confederate Belt Buckles & Plates, Expanded Edition for an example of this style of plate.
 
$ 550.00     
  On Hold!!!

 

EXCAVATED CONFEDERATE "GEORGIA FRAME" BUCKLE
A most sensible and serviceable style of buckle produced by either side!  About 63mm X 72mm
This one is in excellent condition.
Dug in the Fredericksburg, Virginia area.  
See plate 173 on
page 99 of Steve Mullinax's Confederate Belt Buckles & Plates, Expanded Edition for an example of this style of plate.
 
$ 550.00       

 

4 DIARIES of Corporal John A. Casterlin, Company D, 148th New York Infantry Lost Left Hand at Cold Harbor!
John Casterlin from Seneca County, N. Y. enlisted August 27, 1862.  He suffered a serious wound in his left forearm during a charge at Cold Harbor resulting in amputation of his left hand.  There are separate Diaries for 1863, 1864, 1865, and 1866 with daily entries except for 1866.  Most entries are in ink and are very legible.  The 1863 Diary details activities around Suffolk, Norfolk, and Yorktown and also includes many entries reporting major Battles and other significant events.  In 1864 the 148th was assigned to the 18th Corps and his Diary records the spring campaign against Petersburg and Casterlin’s wounding at Cold Harbor.  June 3rd entry: “We are ordered to charge and we suffer terribly.  I get shot with a piece of shell and have my hand took off” (note: the 148th had 124 casualties).  June 4th: “Suffer terribly from the pain of my arm”.  June 8th: “My arm pains me awfully, get to Washington 11 o’clock & into a hospital” (note: 5 days after wounding and amputation!).  The rest of the 1864 Diary details his hospitalization, return home, marriage, and start of Telegraphy training (great idea for a person with one hand).  The 1864 & 1865 Diaries report his continued training in Ovid, N. Y. in the “Art of Telegraphy” as well as family events in Seneca County.  He became a proficient telegraph operator and was manager of the Waterloo, N. Y. office of the Western Union Telegraph Co. for 22 years.  He died in 1910 and is buried in Arlington National Cemetery.

Reduced Price!  $ 2295.00 

 

FOLK ART "SEWING BIRD"
This hand made "sewing bird" has a mahogany body with bone implements for holding thread and a pin cushion, and two mother of pearl plaques, one of which bears the inscription "For Nellie" and the other says "Think of me".  There are also two photos attached... one young man (presumably the maker) and one young lady (presumably Nellie!).  About 7-1/2" tall x 5-1/2" wide This piece has super eye appeal!
Reduced Price!   $ 395.00   
(38-27)

 

ARKANSAS STATE SEAL BUTTON, AK-1
23mm coat size.  Backmark: Horstmann & Allien / N Y. 
While most states had a variety of State Seal buttons, this
rare and desirable button is the only Civil War period state seal for Arkansas, making it a "must have" for the button collector.  A beauty!      
$ 5,000.00

 

NORTH CAROLINA STAFF STATE SEAL BUTTON, NC-2
23mm coat size.  Backmark: Mitchel & Tyler / Richmond VA. 
Another beauty! You see lots of southern made North Carolina "local" buttons, but these finely made pre-war staff buttons are very hard to get and are super desirable. They were made in the north by Scovill for the Richmond firm of Mitchell & Tyler (with the spelling error of "Mitchel").  This one is in excellent condition and retains almost all of its original gold gilding.    
$ 2000.00

 

CONFEDERATE STAFF OFFICER'S BUTTON, CS-22
23mm coat size.  Backmark: Blank local.  (Believed to have been made by Casimir Rouyer of New Orleans) 
Beautiful, non-dug condition with lots of original gold gilt!   
$ 2500.00

 

CONFEDERATE "CSA" GENERAL SERVICE BUTTON, CS-81
23mm coat size.  Backmark: S. Buckley & Co. / Birmingham 
Perfect, non-dug condition showing use, but not abuse!   
$ 650.00 
(K-1)

 

CONFEDERATE "CSA" GENERAL SERVICE BUTTON, CS-81
23mm coat size.  Backmark: S. Buckley & Co. / Birmingham 
Perfect, non-dug condition showing a bit more wear than the one above.   
$ 650.00  (
K-
2)

 

US NAVY MODEL 1861 COLSTON FLARE PISTOL
About 9.5" in overall length cast brass with iron trigger, hammer and flare securing lever and a "barrel" receptacle to accept Colston patent flare. The left side of frame marked in three lines: U.S. N. Y. W / W.N.J. / 1864, indicating manufacture at the US Navy Ordnance Yard facility in Washington, inspected by WNJ (US Navy inspector of Ordnance W.N. Jeffers) and dated 1864. The  signal "pistol" was not a conventional flare gun that projected a flare into the air, but rather a flare lighter and holder that ignited one of the various Coston patent colored flares, which were held in the "pistol" while it burned. Red was 0, green was 1, green/red was 2, white/white was 3, green/white was 4, red/white/green was 5, white/red/white was 6, white/green was 7, red/white/red was 8 and red/white was 9. The letter "P" (prepare for signal) was white, "A" (affirm) for answering or ready to receive was white/red/green. "Int" (interrogatory) for questioning was white/green/white, "N" for numbers following was green/red, "B" which requested information, was blue/blue and "Geo", meaning not understood, was green/white/green. Approximately 1,000 of these signal pistols were produced circa 1861 through the early 1870s, and Civil War dated examples are extremely rare!  This is a water find from the City Point, Virginia area.
Reduced Price!!  $ 1095.00 

 

SILVER HILTED CUTTOE, Circa 1760
Approximately 22" long overall with a 16-1/4" blade this cuttoe, or hunting sword. The name came from the French "couteau de chasse" wich means hunting knife.  This lightweight side arm was favored by gentlemen as well by American and British officers, both on land and sea. This blade is silver mounted with a cap between the guard and the blade which protects the blade from rain or sea water. The pommel has a great repousse' lion head.
SOLD!!!

 

EXCAVATED ALLEGHENY ARSENAL STYLE SPUR
Nice dug patina. Not marked, but in the style of Allegheny Arsenal products.
Good shape with a bend in the area of one of the strap slots.  Not a real sharp bend, and no cracks.

$ 95.00
 

 

1938 SCV REUNION BADGE,  Columbia, South Carolina

This is a beautiful piece that is about 3-7/8" in overall length and 2" in overall width.  All of the metal parts are just gorgeous with no damage, corrosion or wear.  The ribbon has a bit of wear, but still displays very nicely.  The suspension pin reads "Annual Confederate Reunion / 1938 / Columbia / South Carolina" and the badge has "SCV / Columbia / South Carolina / 1938 / 43rd Annual Convention" surrounding the graphics.  The suspension pin and the badge itself are both maker marked "Greenduck Co / Chicago" in raised letters on the back. 

$ 395.00
 

 

1915 UCV REUNION BADGE,  Richmond, Virginia

This is a classic piece that is about 3-1/2" in overall length and 1-3/4" in overall width.  All of the metal parts are nice with no damage, except that the enameled Battle Flag has a bit of wear, with some of the enamel flaking.  The suspension pin reads "Richmond Virginia / 1915" and the badge has "25th Annual Reunion / UCV" with an image of Robert E. Lee set into an enameled Battle Flag.  The badge is maker marked "The Whitehead & Hoag Co / Newark, NT" in a tiny circle on the back.

$ 395.00
 

 

"HOME FOR CONFEDERATE WOMEN" DONATION PINS
Approximately 7/8" in diameter, this 1920s "Home for Confederate Women" celluloid donation pin.
The home was set up in Richmond, Virginia by the Robert E. Lee Camp Confederate veterans. 
They are solid, but have discolored a bit.
$ 25.00
 Each   (41-26)

 

SMALL ENGLISH FLINTLOCK PISTOL

These little flintlocks weren't much use at a distance, but sure are cool looking!  This one
is approximately .40 caliber and has an 1-1/2" barrel, so you'd better be close to whatever you're shooting at!  Super attractive brass frame with  engraved panoply of flags on each side surrounding an oval panel the encloses the makers name "Jno. Jones & Son" on one side, and "London" on the other. 

The gun itself is about 5-3/4" long overall.  Everything looks to be original and it is complete and in good working order, except that it doesn't firmly catch in the full cocked position, though the half cock holds well. 

 

Great little display piece!

$ 595.00   (38-11)

 

CONFEDERATE "CS" TWO PIECE BUCKLE ON ORIGINAL BELT
This 1-1/2" wide, bridle leather belt features the "bullet stitching" associated with products of Richmond and a style of "tongue and wreath" buckle that is also believed to be a product of that city as well, so it is safe to say that this was made in the Capital of the Confederacy!  This originally had hangers for a sword.  These have been removed at some point making it into a waist belt that displays wonderfully! 
See plate 005 on page 12 of Steve Mullinax's Confederate Belt Buckles & Plates, Expanded Edition for an example of this style of plate.
 
SOLD!!!      

 

SHARPS 4-SHOT PEPPERBOX PISTOL
These are some seriously cool weapons that Sharps began making in 1859 with four .22 caliber barrels and a firing pin in the hammer that rotates each time the hammer is pulled back, so as to fire a different barrel each time the trigger is pulled.  This one is still functional with the pin rotating properly and a strong main spring.  The brass frame is marked "C. Sharps / Patent 1859" in a circle on one side and "C. Sharps / Philada. PA" in a circle on the other.  The frame was originally plated and some of the silver remains in protected areas.  The original wood grips are also in good shape.  Low serial number 2245 is on both the barrel and butt strap. 
A nice gun overall!

$ 595.00 
 (42-8)

EXCAVATED NEW YORK MILITIA BUTTON, Albert NY-9 or Tice NY040
Coat size (24mm) Backmark is blank. 
Gorgeous1
-piece with lots of silver!  Shank is missing.
$ 125.00

 

EXCAVATED NEW YORK militia BUTTON, Albert AY-79 or Tice AY215
Coat size (23mm) Backmark: Extra Quality
Nice smooth brown background with beautiful gold surrounding the eagle!  Shank is bent, but intact.
$ 65.00

 

CONFEDERATE & SOUTHERN AGENT MARKED SHOTGUNS by Russ A. Pritchard, Jr. and John W. Ashworth, Jr.
This wonderful new 384 page hardbound book is filled with new information on Southern shotguns and the contents are astounding!  Studies of southern state archives uncovered state participation in organized acquisition of large numbers of shotguns to arm their soldiers and that the use of shotguns was far more prevalent than previously believed.  This book is full of color photos of these guns with and their markings, including those of Southern Agents and Retailers!
$ 95.00
 

 

 

GOVERNMENT INSPECTED SAVAGE "NAVY" .36 CALIBER REVOLVER

The unique Savage revolver, was made from 1861 until 1862 with a total production of only 20,000 guns. The Savage had a unique way of cocking the hammer with the "figure 8" lever and then released it forward to cock the hammer and rotate the cylinder.  This one is serial number 4965. Overall the pistol is in good condition, with moderate pitting here and there. It functions fairly well, with a strong main spring.  Most of the nipples are intact, with a couple that have been worn down which is typical for this style revolver as the hammer tension is strong.  The barrel stamping reads "Savage R.F.A. Co Middletown CT/ H.S. North Patented June 17, 1856 / January 19 1859 MYA 15 1860"  with the front portion of each line being worn smooth.  The Union purchase about 12,000 of these and this one shows the remains of one government inspection cartouche.

$ 1795.00    


 

THE ENGLISH CONNECTION by C.A. Huey & R. Pritchard with M. Nichols, Tim Prince & Dean Thomas

Close to 600 pages full of great information and color photographs detailing the British trade with Americans during the Civil War.  Detailed information on Enfields, Handguns such as Kerr, Beaumont-Adams, LeMat, Tranter and more, Ammunition (cartridges, caps, molds and more) Swords, Accoutrements, Artillery, Uniforms and all with great detailed color photos!  What do all those mysterious markings on Enfield  muskets mean?  Finally, some answers!  This book is truly a "must have"!

$ 95.00
MILITIA RIFLEMAN'S CAP PLATE, Circa 1830
This stamped brass plate, approximately 6-1/4" tall x 4-3/4" wide, features an eagle holding a hunting horn in its beak and two wire attaching loops and a plume holder on the back 
See American Military Headgear Insignia by Campbell & O'Donnell, page 267 for similar examples.

 
$ 695.00
RARE, SMALL SIZE GEORGE II WESTERWALD JUG

This type of salt-glazed stoneware was produced in German towns such as Höhr, Grenzau, and Grenzhausen in the area known as the Westerwald, and these jugs enjoyed great popularity during the reigns of King George I (1714-1727) and King George II (1727-1760) as George Rex (GR) is Latin for King George. This one dates to George II and was found in the James River in Virginia.

Adding to its rarity is its unusually small size, being only 4-7/8" tall!  Great condition with nice cobalt blue in and around the various incised and embossed decorations.

$ 895.00 

 

1/6th PLATE TINTYPE OF ARMED UNION OFFICER
Nice 1/6th plate tintype seated view of a armed officer with his shoulder insignia, sword hilt and buttons gilded.  He's holding an officer's sword and is wearing a sword belt.
Full leather case with no problems.

$ 695.00 
(RMI-27)

 

1/6th PLATE TINTYPE OF ARMED UNION SOLDIER
Nice 1/6th plate tintype full standing view of a armed soldier with his belt buckle, breast plate and buttons gilded.  He's holding a musket with a fixed bayonet and looks ready for battle!
Full leather case with a tape repair to the spine.

$ 495.00
 
  (RMI-35) 

 

MINIATURE PAINTING OF LORD HORATIO NELSON
Nelson was noted for his inspirational leadership, grasp of strategy, and unconventional tactics, which together resulted in a number of decisive British naval victories, particularly during the Napoleonic Wars. He was wounded several times in combat, losing the sight in one eye in Corsica and most of one arm in the unsuccessful attempt to conquer Santa Cruz de Tenerife. He was shot and killed during his final victory at the Battle of Trafalgar near the port city of Cádiz in 1805.
The beautiful frame is about 5-1/2" x 4-1/2" and the painting is about 5-1/2" x 4-1/2"and is protected by a slightly convex cover glass.

$ 550.00 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

   
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FRANKFORD ARSENAL PAPER TIME FUZE PACKAGES
Complete and in excellent condition, these packages contain the time fuses for artillery rounds.
These would have been inserted just before firing, with the time selected to ensure that the round 
exploded in the right location for maximum effect.  Times are printed on the color coded package 
along with instructions for removing the fuze from the pack. 
      
Reduced Price!  75.00 each, Your Choice

 

20 Second
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25 Second
1864

 

30  Second
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FRANKFORD ARSENAL LONG RANGE PAPER TIME  FUZE PACKAGES
Complete and in excellent condition, these packages contain the time fuses 
for artillery rounds.

These are much harder to find than the shorter timed varieties! 


Reduced Price!  150.00 each, Your Choice

 

CS-1-A   CONFEDERATE STAFF OFFICER'S BUTTON
B\M: S. Isaacs Campbell & Co / London / St. James St 26mm coat size, loaded with gold and absolutely beautiful! 
This is the classic Confederate officer's button with the drooped wing eagle and "CSA" in the shield! 
Reduced Price!  $ 1395.00

 

EXTREMELY RARE NON-EXCAVATED SOUTHERN CONFEDERACY BUTTON, TX-29 (Tice TX249)
B/M: local.  Coat Size, 23mm  One of the most difficult buttons for a collector to obtain, with a classic patriotic mark of "Southern Confederacy" on the face.  We purchased two of these a couple of decades ago and both were said to be from the estate of Joseph E. Brown, the Civil War era Governor of Georgia.  Both had been converted to hat pins so the shanks were missing. This is one of those two and this one was professionally reshanked.  This rare Civil War Texas button is one of the most sought after of all Civil War buttons.
Reduced Price!  $ 7995.00   

 

EXCAVATED UNION ARTILLERY OFFICER'S BUTTON
23mm Coat size. Backmark: Scovill Mfg. Co / Waterbury
Beautiful gilt surrounding the eagle and the "A".
Dug near Fredericksburg, Virginia.
$ 40.00

 

EXCAVATED CONFEDERATE STAFF OFFICER'S BUTTON, CS-44 (Tice CS296)
B/M: local.  Coat Size, 22mm
Another extremely difficult to find from the Confederate Staff group.  Note the unique eagle with a series of stars on the shield. 
This rare button is seldom seen with any gilt, but on this one it surrounds the eagle.  The shank is bent over, but intact.
Reduced Price!  $ 1495.00       

 

cs-88.JPG (79435 bytes) cs-88back.JPG (84111 bytes) CONFEDERATE Non-Excavated "CS over A" BUTTON CS-88
Extremely rare, and usually found with weak letters and/or dings in the face due to the high convex and low quality brass. This one is very sharp and is in excellent condition! 17mm (which is the only size they come in).
Reduced Price!  $ 6295.00

 

EXCAVATED UNION NAVY BUTTON
Coat size 2-piece navy with straight shank and lots of gold.
$ 125.00

 

CONFEDERATE Non-Excavated "MANUSCRIPT E" ENGINEERS BUTTON CS-152
B/M: Rivet'd & Solder'd under a coat of arms.
  Coat size: 26mm.  This is a rare button in excellent condition!
$ 1495.00

 

EXCAVATED SHALER 3 PIECE BULLET, McKee & Mason #520
We see lots of Shalers assembled from parts dug separately and it's usually apparent by differences in ground action and patina.  These were definitely dug together back in the 70s at the Battle of Chancellorsville in Virginia and are in beautiful matching condition!  Approximately 35mm tall when assembled.
$ 150.00

 

EXCAVATED CONFEDERATE GUN TOOLS
Nice, iron gun tools dug at the Battle of Chancellorsville in Virginia.
$ 85.00 your choice

 

EXCAVATED S. ISAACS & CAMPBELL KNAPSACK HOOK
Nice, greenish patina dug at the Battle of Chancellorsville in Virginia.
$ 65.00

 

i EXCAVATED CONFEDERATE  SADDLE SHIELD
Nice, brownish patina.
$ 65.00

 

i EXCAVATED CONFEDERATE  SADDLE SHIELD
Nice, brownish patina.
$ 65.00

 

CONFEDERATE RIFLEMAN BUTTON CS-201-A
B/M: HT & B / Manchester.  Coat size: 25mm.
Perfect condition! Great price!
$ 495.00

 

i UNION DRAGOON OFFICER'S BUTTON
23mm Coat size. Backmark: Horstmann & Allien / NY
Pretty much perfect!
$ 75.00

 

i EXCAVATED UNION CAVALRY OFFICER'S BUTTON
23mm Coat size. Backmark: Extra/ Quality
Tons of gold gilt surrounding the eagle and the "I".
Dug at Chancellorsville in Virginia.
$ 60.00  On Hold! 

 

1/4th PLATE IMAGE OF OHIO BUGLER WITH RARE OHIO SWORD BELT
Approximately 3-3/8" x 4-1/4") ambrotype of a seated musician with his bugle on the table at his side!  This is a beautiful image that clearly depicts a young soldier in a musician's jacket wearing a sword belt rig fastened by a super rare Ohio Sword Belt Plate! He is wearing the belt upside down which was commonly done in photographs.  This was to account for the reversal of the era's photography and have the sword on his left side.  Unfortunately, the glass plate is broken, but at least the cracks don't greatly affect the image.  See page 409 of AMERICAN MILITARY BELT PLATES by Michael O'Donnel & Duncan Campbell.
$ 995.00 

 

NEAR MINT PRE-WAR EMBOSSED LEATHER WALLET

Approximately 3-3/8" x 7-1/4" when folded, this is in near perfect condition with embossed eagles and anchors and only very minor signs of wear
! 

Reduced Price!  
$ 140.00 

 

18th or 19th CENTURY SIGNAL CANNON  
This is a cast iron cannon barrel, about 9" long and about 3" across the trunnions.
It's approximately .60 caliber (a 3-ring Minie Ball fits nicely!) and the touch hole is open
so it's meant to be fired.  Displays nicely as is, but would look great if you mounted it on a carriage!.

Reduced Price!  $ 495.00    (rm)

 

EXCAVATED CROSSED SABERS CAVALRY INSIGNIA
Beautiful, dark green with all of the loops still there.  
You just don't see these very often anymore!

SOLD!!!

 

INDIAN WARS CAVALRY CROSSED SABER INSIGNIA
These are just like their Civil War counterparts, except they are a bit smaller at about 2-3/4" wide x 1-3/8" overall.
Perfect, unused condition!
$ 25.00
  

 

  CONFEDERATE 1/6th PLATE RUBY AMBROTYPE  

Nice image of a CS enlisted man seated, and wearing what looks like a Richmond Depot shell jacket
with cloth epaulettes.  May or may not be the original gutta-percha case with a deteriorated
image of a lady on the other side.


$ 595.00
     (D-6)

 

CIVIL WAR ERA SIDE KNIFE  
Wonderful condition, about 14" long with a 9-1/2" blade and a great stag handle
Leather scabbard is nice with a German silver throat, but the matching scabbard tip is missing.

Reduced Price!  $ 495.00    (rm)

 

DIARY AND TINTYPE OF PRIVATE JOSEPH L. EYRE ~ Company D. 9th Pennsylvania Volunteers  ~ Killed at Morris Island, South Carolina ~

Joseph Eyre from Deleware County, PA mustered in on 9/16/1861.  His diary (approximately 7" x 3") starts in June of 1863 and mentions the invasion of Pennsylvania by General Lee, the attack on Fort Wagner being a disaster.  There are also mentions of Gilmore, Stevenson, Grant, as well as the capture of Confederate ships Fingel and Atlanta by the USS Weehawken, commanded by Captain John Rogers and the 
Blockade Runner Ruby having run aground. There are also detailed accounts of the Secession by States, clothing costs and rations lists.  Unfortunately, the diary ends abruptly as Private Eyre was killed on August 4th of 1863, while in a picket boat at Morris Island, South Carolina.  Included is a copy of a newspaper account describing in detail the mission on which he was killed.

The accompanying image is a CDV size tintype in a full (split at the spine) case and is super clear.  Private Eyre is well armed with what appears to be a foreign rifle with saber bayonet at his side and a knife in his belt. He's wearing a nine button frock and you can see two numbers on his kepi, but can't really read them.  


Reduced Price!  $ 1295.00

 

RARE FEDERAL NAVAL 3.38-INCH DAHLGREN "BLIND SHELL" SHOT

Fired from a 3.4" cal. Rifled Boat Howitzer. At the tip of this projectile is a small brass nose, purpose unknown. 
Dahlgren patented this pattern on August 6, 1861.
The
lead cup sabot is gone, exposing a rounded iron base with five wide ribs.
Has been lightly cleaned.

See Plate 385 of
Field Artillery Projectiles of the Civil War by Dickey and George.

Reduced Price!  $ 425.00  (31-56)

MARYLAND STATE SEAL BUTTON, MD-11B or Tice MD-200B1
Backmark: Waterbury Button Co. / Extra.  23mm coat size.
Perfect condition with nice gilt.
$ 225.00
    (am)

 

CONFEDERATE FAYETTEVILLE BUTT PLATE "CSA"

If I had to guess, I'd say that this might have been an early battlefield pick-up.... but it also could have been a barn find.  It has a great, very dark and very smooth green patina that has been cleaned a bit right around the "CSA" marking.  It is not bent or damaged in any way and should fit nicely right on your Fayetteville or right in your relic display!


$ 495.00   
(am)

 

"CHEESE BOX" CANTEEN, MAKER MARKED "E. BARRETT" circa 1825-1835
Wonderful red painted wood canteen, typical of New England militias. Branded on both side "E. Barrett"
but we don't know who he was. Approximately 7" diameter and 2-1/2"deep. The three leather straps
that held the sling in place are gone.

Reduced Price!  $ 595.00
"CHEESE BOX" CANTEEN, MAKER MARKED "E. BARRETT" circa 1825-1835
Wonderful blue painted wood canteen, typical of New England militias. Branded on both side "E. Barrett"
but we don't know who he was. Approximately 6-3/4" diameter and 2-5/8"deep. The three leather straps
that held the sling in place are gone.

Reduced Price!  $ 595.00
"CHEESE BOX" CANTEEN, MAKER MARKED "H. Hoyt" circa 1825-1835
Wonderful blue painted wood canteen, typical of New England militias. Branded on both side "H. Hoyt"
but we don't know who he was. Approximately 6-1/4" diameter and 2"deep. The three iron wire straps
that held the sling in place are even intact on this one!

Reduced Price!  $ 595.00

 

 

 

 

 

7-1/4" tall four sided cathedral pickle bottle in a nice aqua/green color with a partial label.

Perfect condition


$ 75.00
    (cat14)

 

7-3/4" tall four sided cathedral pickle bottle in a beautiful aqua/green color, embossed "SJG" .

Perfect condition


SOLD!!!     (cat9)

 

9-1/2" tall six sided pepper sauce bottle in a nice aqua color.

Perfect condition


SOLD!!!    (ps9)   

 

9" tall in perfect condition
nice aqua color with no damage!

$ 85.00   (cat6)

 

8-1/2" tall in perfect condition
nice aqua color with ivy drape design.  A slight haze, but no
real
damage!

$ 85.00   (cat7)

 

 

CONFEDERATE COAT SIZE STAFF OFFICER'S BUTTON, CS-7
Backmark: W. Dowler / Superior Quality
Nice condition with lots of gold!
$ 550.00 
 
   
CONFEDERATE COAT SIZE ARTILLERY BUTTON, CS-101
Backmark: HT&B Manchester
Perfect condition!
$ 395.00 
 
   
CONFEDERATE COAT SIZE ARTILLERY BUTTON, CS-117
Tin Back, Confederate Local!
Really nice condition with some of the tinning on the iron back still showing!
$ 350.00 
 
   
CONFEDERATE COAT SIZE INFANTRY BUTTON, CS-171
Perfect condition face with two little manufacturing defects on the back rim.
$ 250.00 
 
   
CS-26-B   CONFEDERATE COAT SIZE STAFF OFFICER'S BUTTON
B\M: Local. Perfect with some gold!
All of the details like the chest feathers on the eagle are very very distinct compared to what we usually see on this button.
This was probably an early strike, before the dies wore down.

$ 895.00 
CS-26-B   CONFEDERATE CUFF or KEPI SIZE STAFF OFFICER'S BUTTON
B\M:Blank
This is a 14 mm size as you might see on the sides of a kepi.
$ 95.00  On Hold!!!

 

Out of print, but we have one copy:
EXCAVATED ARTIFACTS FROM BATTLEFIELDS AND CAMPSITES OF THE CIVIL WAR 1861 - 1854
 SUPPLEMENT 1 by Stanley Phillips.  

This is the 
1980,1st and ONLY printing of this book, which was a supplement to the earlier version. 200+ pages with pictures and 
descriptions of artifacts recovered from Civil 
War sites. Plates, buckles, buttons, corps badges, bottles, canteens, spurs, stirrups, 
ID tags, weapons..... you name it, he's got some pictured.
The dust cover only has a few tears and edge chips, and the book is in excellent condition!

SOLD!!!
 

 

EXCAVATED CARBINE SLING BUCKLE
Perfect condition buckle that includes the brass sling tip.
$ 135.00 
 
(Mg-177)    
 

 

EXCAVATED CARBINE SLING SWIVEL
About 8-1/4" long with a 2-7/8"
wide overall.
Great condition for excavated iron!

$ 150.00

 

SHEFFIELD SIDE KNIFE, Identified!  
Wonderful condition, about 8-1/4" long with a 4-1/4" blade and a beautiful silver cutlery handle
Leather scabbard is nice with a German silver throat and tip.
Lightly scratched into the throat is what looks like "A. Miller / Richmond / Ind."

$ 475.00    (36-32)

 

CIVIL WAR WOOD DRIVE LONG RANGE MORTAR FUSE, Dated 1865
9-12" long. Designed to be driven into the fuse hole of a mortar ball after being set to the right time.
The body is scored with heavy rings at every inch with 9 lighter rings between, indicating tenths of an inch.
Prior to firing the gunner would cut the fuse for the appropriate burn time and remove the paper cover
from the top
. Every inch removed made the shell explode 5 seconds sooner. 

 

NEAR MINT SET OF CARTRIDGE BOX AND CAP BOX
This 1864 set was surplus at the end of the war and ended up being sold to the firm of H.K. White, who was a surplus dealer in New York.  White subsequently sold it in 1960 along with a waist belt and buckle and a bayonet scabbard for the grand sum of $ 24.00!  The sales slip which comes with this set has a handwritten not at the bottom that states that this is "the last and only set / Can supply no more".
You'll never need to upgrade these!

$ 895.00

18th CENTURY FIREBACK or STOVE PLATE, circa 1790
About 18" x 25", this is an 18th century, puddle cast stove plate with a raised depiction of a crane. Made at the Pine Grove Furnace in Pennsylvania,
which is now a state park. Stove plates were often used as firebacks, placed against the rear wall of a fireplace
to protect the wall at the back of the
fireplace with a secondary function is as a radiator of stored heat.
.
No cracks or repairs!

$ 795.00 

 

SILK BOOKMARK RIBBON "Star Spangled Banner"

Here's an Antique silk bookmark, woven silk, "The Star Spangled Banner," Warner Manufacturing Co, Paterson, NJ."  Very Attractive and Patriotic!

This antique woven silk "Star Spangled Banner" bookmark was made by the Warner Manufacturing Co, of Paterson, NJ in the Victorian era, possibly around 1860- 1876. These gorgeously detailed bookmarks are sometimes called Stevengraphs, made in the style of Thomas Stevens, who popularized woven pictorial bookmarks and illuminated ribbons made on a Jacquard loom. It bears the lyrics above musical bars with notes of Francis Scott Key's "The Star Spangled Banner," all below the American flag!

Machine woven, approximately 10" x 2," including red tassel, with a small bit of loss at the bottom.

$ 125.00  

 

CIVIL WAR POSTAL COVERS WITH CIVIL WAR VIEW OF FREDERICKSBURG, VIRGINIA
About 5-1/2" x 3-1/8", these are two of a set of six that when laid together form a birds eye view of Fredericksburg.
These were printed by Charles Magus,
a printing entrepreneur, whose business was based in New York, NY. Magnus is known for his color lithographs
of city views, song sheets, maps and patriotic illustrations for stationery and covers during the American Civil War.  These are known to exist in a couple
of different shades of monochrome, but
hand colored like these are the most desirable.
$ 65.00 your choice or $ 100.00 for the pair!

 

CIVIL WAR 30LB SCHENKL SHELL
This is a rare 4.38" Navy shell with a Shenkl percussion fuse and was intended for use in the 30-pounder Dahlgren Rifle.  According to Field Artillery Projectiles of the Civil War by Dickey and George, these have noted only at Port Hudson,  and from the wreckage of the Federal gunboat U.S.S. Barrataria which was blown up in Lake Maurepas."  That same great reference book gives these shells a rarity 9!
SOLD!!!    
(
mg-47)

 

CIVIL WAR "BULLSEYE" CANTEEN 
Production of these corrugated canteens began in the summer of 1862, with the rings added to 
increase the strength of the sides and prevent denting
.  This one is very nice tin with very little 
surface rust. 
The pewter spout is lightly marked, but pretty sure it's Rohrman of Philadelphia. 
At some point, someone added a small hole in the side of the spout.
The classic Union canteen!
 

$ 250.00 
 
 

 

FANCY PEWTER SPOON  
It's hard to determine age on this, but it's definitely cast from a spoon mold. It has a dog nose handle
with a rat tail bowl and has a Monarch's Head on the handle and cool designs on the back of the bowl.

$ 45.00    (37-54)

 

RARE UNCUT SHEET OF CONTINENTAL CURRENCY, September 27, 1778
An uncut sheet of eight notes authorized by the Continental Congress on September 27th, 1778.
In pristine condition, without folds or creases.  Included is the blue Counterfiet Detection Note for
the $5.00 of this issue.  In excellent condition and archivally framed to display both front and back!
The frame is approximately 11-3/4 X 19-1/2" overall.  
$ 3295.00  Reduced Price!   $ 2995.00    (H2)
 

 

BRONZE BELL Dated 1811  
About 9" tall and 9" in diameter bronze bell with elaborate detail cast throughout the body.
Details include a cross, a Madonna type figure and lots of floral type motifs.
The date of 1811 is cast into the top on two sides.  The clapper is intact and
it still works very well!

$ 395.00     (31-34)


 

MINIATURE PAINTING ON IVORY
Well executed painting of a young gentleman.  The painting itself, circa 1800,  is about 2" wide x 2-1/2" tall
and is mounted in a wood panel that measures about 3-3/4" wide x 4-1/2" tall, not counting the brass loop hanger.
It is marked R Brian" on the back in ink.
 
$ 495.00  
(32-18)

 

UNION .69 CALIBER CARTRIDGE BOX FOR RIFLED MUSKET  
This throwback to pre-war caliber ammunition was made in response to Lincoln's call for an additional
500,000 troops in July of 1864, which created a shortage of arms and equipment. The Ordnance Department brought out from storage some .69 caliber rifled muskets that had been replaced by the .58 caliber guns. New, larger cartridge boxes were required for these guns. This one was made by Rueben Nece & Company in Philadelphia, and has U.S. inspector's marks.

$ 595.00 
 

 

19TH CENTURY CASED SET OF THUMB LANCETS, OR FLEAMS, Dated 1837 and ID'd to "J. D. Ward"

Small (about
2-1/2" tall) flip-top container made of paper mache' with a cool built up hard painted surface.  The interior is divided to hold four folding lancets (knives) with tortise shell handles that when unfolded are about 2-1/2" long. While many of the larger fleams that we see were sometimes used for veterinary work, the "thumb lancet" as seen here was definitely intended for the purpose of medical bloodletting on humans! This was done when your doctor determined that your illness resulted from an imbalance of the fluids in your body, and the remedy was to reduce the amount of your blood! Lancets like these were also used by some doctors for vaccinations.  The blades here are marked "W&H / Hutchinson / Sheffield" who was a Surgical Instrument Maker to the Royal Navy based in Sheffield, England, and also sold surgical instruments to the Union and Confederate Armies during the US Civil WarA silver plaque on the top is engraved with the owners name: "J.D. Ward" and dated "1837".

This is a cool medical artifact in pretty much mint condition!

$ 495.00     (35-32) 

 

19TH CENTURY MONAURAL STETHOSCOPE
Dr. Rene Laennec invented this type of stethoscope in 1816 and it was the state of the art until the invention of the binaural stethoscope (the two earpiece type that we still use today) in 1852. 
This one is about 7" long with a 2-1/2" ear piece and a 1" chest bell.  The wood is beautiful (it is a bit darker in person than it appears in the photo) and has no cracks or chips.
A nice addition to any medical display!

$ 325.00
     (10-10) 

 

UNION MODEL 1864 .58 CALIBER CARTRIDGE BOX  
Marked "R. Nece / Philad" and with the inspector's mark of F.A. Sniffen / U.S / Ord Dept / Sub Inspector".
Rueben Nece & Company of Philadelphia contracted from 1863 to 1865 for 53,000 sets of accoutrments.
This box is in very, very nice condition!
 
$ 595.00 

 

UNION NAVY FUSE BOX, US.N.Y Boston  
Marked "US.N.Y" over "Boston".
Approximately 4-3/8" wide overall x 3-1/2" tall and 2-3/8 deep.
This box is in nice condition.
 
Reduced Price!  $ 350.00 

 

UNION NAVY FUSE BOX, US.N.Y Boston  
Marked "US.N.Y" over "Boston".
Approximately 4-1/2" wide overall x 3-1/2" tall and 2-3/8 deep.
This box is in near mint condition!


Reduced Price!  $ 350.00   (mg-23)

 

18TH CENTURY PETAL BASE CANDLESTICK

About
7-1/2" tall, seamed , cast brass candlestick, circa 1770. 

Has a solder repair near the base that could be cleaned to look better, but doesn't look bad as is.

Very attractive addition to any display of early artifacts!
 

$ 195.00 

 

Bookplate.JPG (148753 bytes) 1852 WATERCOLOR BOOKPLATE
"Maria Horner" with flowers in a vase and dated 1852.
Nice colors, probably Pennsylvania.  Approximately 4-1/4" x 7".
$ 195.00