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

 
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
 

 

EXCAVATED MODEL 1851 OFFICER'S GILDED SWORD BELT PLATE, Circa 1861-1862
This gorgeous specimen is approximately 49mm x 81mm and was originally gold gilded with silver plating on the wreath and still retains much of its original gold gilding!
  Has a stamped number "20" on the belt bar.  See plate 630 on page 383 of American Military Belt Plates by Michael O'Donnel & Duncan Campbell for an example of this style of plate.

What a beauty!
 
$ 795.00
   
    

 

EXCAVATED MILITIA PLATE, Circa 1818 - 1835
This gorgeous specimen is approximately 68mm x 72mm and retains nearly all of its original gold gilding!
  It is perfect except that the belt bar is missing from the back, which thankfully happened before the soldier had a chance to polish off any of the gold!  Dug in Charleston, South Carolina.
See plate 153 on page 102
of American Military Belt Plates by Michael O'Donnel & Duncan Campbell for an example of this style of plate.
You'll never need to upgrade this one!
 
$ 895.00
   
 On Hold!!!   

 

EXCAVATED U.S. INFANTRY OFFICER BUTTON, GI-50
Coat size (24mm) 1-piece with straight shank and lots of silver!
A beauty, dug in Charleston, South Carolina.

$ 250.00

 

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.
$ 1495.00       

 

EXCAVATED CONFEDERATE GEORGIA PIKE
In February of 1862 Joseph E. Brown, the governor of Georgia, issued a call to the state's mechanics to manufacture 10,000 pikes to arm the troops. They did not have enough firearms to arm every soldier, and the pike was an easy and cheap weapon to manufacture. As the governor stated, "the short range pike and terrible knife, when brought within their proper range, (as they can be almost in a moment) and wielded by a stalwart patriot’s arm, never fail to fire and never waste a single load.”   A cache of Joe Brown's pikes was found in the 1980s where Wilmington & Manchester Railroad cars had been destroyed in South Carolina during a federal attack.  This is one of that group.
SOLD!!! 

 

NON-EXCAVATED VIRGINIA TWO PIECE SWORD BELT BUCKLE
This is a beauty!  Die cast tongue with great detail, sweated (soldered) on to a cast brass bar.
This all fits into a cast brass wreath with decorative foliation on the belt loops, resulting
in a plate that is as striking as it is rare!
  See plate 409 on page 222 of Steve Mullinax's
Confederate Belt Buckles & Plates, Expanded Edition for an example of this style of plate!


No need to ever upgrade this one!   $ 5795.00  

 

GOVERNMENT 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    

 

RARE EXCAVATED WAR OF 1812 1st REGIMENT OF ARTILLERY BUTTON, Albert # AY-17
1802 - 1808 B/M: Armitage / Best /Quality / Phila.  Coat Size, 22mm
These are very hard to find!  The shank is bent over, but intact.
Dug in the Richmond, Virginia area.
SOLD!!!
       

 

CARVED FOLK ART NUT CRACKER

This was found recently in Pennsylvania, but has the name "Wilbad" carved in the lever and that turns out to be a town in the Black Forest in Germany that is now called Bad Wildbad.  "Bad" is German for "bath", a reference to the town's status as a spa town, and of course the Black Forest region is known for its wonderful wood carvings.

The old dude is either grandfatherly, a little creepy, or maybe a combination of both!  He's about 9" tall overall and about 3-3/4" wide when closed.  The details are great, from his facial features to his hands thrust into his pockets, to the fez cap and tassel.

$ 225.00 

 

CIVIL WAR ERA WATCH CASE WITH MILITARY MOTIF

While this is marked "Patent Lever / Full Jeweled / M. J. Tobias / Liverpool" it turns out that "M. J. Tobias" never existed!  This watch was made by the Swiss and they simply marked it with a name very similar to another well respected Liverpool maker, "M. I Tobias", with just a change of middle initials.   In the 19th century, the Swiss were not the pre-eminent watchmakers they later became, so they made many imitation American watches as well as watches that claimed the provenance of famous British watchmakers.

Even though it is not English, it features awesome engraving with a mounted soldier on one side and a great view of a village on the other.  The watch movement is missing, but could be found if you desired to replace it.  It comes with a fitted box that may or may not belong with it, but displays it wonderfully

SOLD!!!

 

EXCAVATED UNION CARTRIDGE BOX PLATE
The face on this one is super slick!  The loops are gone.... they look like they fell out, and the lead backing is very thin.  I think some contractor was skimping on materials!  We know when and where it was dug.... on U.S. Ford Road in the Chancellorsville, Virginia area on December 4th, 1977. 
 SOLD!!!
EXCAVATED UNION CARTRIDGE BOX STRAP PLATE
December 4, 1977 was a lucky day for our digger!  This one must have been dug close to the plate just above!  It also has a slick face and the loops are gone.... they also look like they just fell out!  And, of course we know when and where it was dug.... on U.S. Ford Road in the Chancellorsville, Virginia area on December 4th, 1977. 
SOLD!!!  

 

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

 

EXCAVATED UNION BELT BUCKLE
Not slick, but fairly smooth and solid as a rock!  This has the early "puppy paw" style stud hooks and we can tell you when and where it was dug.... on U.S. Ford Road in the Chancellorsville, Virginia area on September 24th, 1978. 
SOLD!!!  

 

PRE-WAR IMAGE OF "TEACHER OF SHERMAN BAND"
The cardboard backing is approximately 6-1/2" tall x 5-1/4" wide, with the oval photo itself being 6-1/2" x 5-1/4".  The picture is of John G. Pelton and is accompanied by his business card and a newspaper clipping advertising his Merchant Tailor business in Olean, New York.  In the photo, Pelton holds a coronet and the handwritten heading tells us that he was the teacher of the Sherman Band. We haven't found documentation that Pelton was ever in the service, but the back of his business card has what looks like an inventory of artillery items, so perhaps he was in some local militia at some time?  At any rate, this is a really cool image!
SOLD!!!

 

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
Most likely made in Westerwald, Germany, 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 

 

CS TWO PIECE SWORD BELT RIG WITH FROG FROM THE FLAYDERMAN COLLECTION

Beautiful Virginia style buckle on a great sword belt that has had the original hangers removed and a rather crude frog installed to hold a short sword, or perhaps a saber bayonet. The plain leather belt is in very good condition and has the "bullet stitching" that is associated with leather products of Richmond, Virginia.

Now if you like provenance..... this was formerly in the collection of the well known  dealer/author Norm Flayderman , and is pictured on page 230 of his wonderful book The Bowie Knife, Unsheathing an American Legend.  And if that's not enough, the buckle is pictured on page 12 of Steve Mullinax's Confederate Belt Buckles &Plates as the example of this style of plate!

This is one you can be sure of!

SOLD!!!

 

PAINTED CANVAS NEW ENGLAND BACKPACK, Circa 1825
This
one is just beautiful and really grabs the eye!  It's about 14" x 14" when closed.  The outer flap has a great blue-green background, a yellow border with red accents in the corners and script "L I" (Light Infantry) in a red oval in the center.  Two of these came "out of the woodwork" with the cheese box canteen that is listed below, so they were for some
54th Light Infantry Militia in the New England area.

There are some small rips and frays along the edges of the flap, and part of one of the leather straps is missing, but this displays very nicely and is especially striking when displayed with the canteen. 

 

SOLD!!!

 

PAINTED NEW ENGLAND "CHEESE BOX" CANTEEN, Circa 1825
This
one is just beautiful and really grabs the eye!  It's about 7" in diameter and about 2-1/2" deep with two of the original leather sling guides (one completely intact and one about 3/4 there) and one make-do replaced guide.  The face side is pretty much perfect and features a hand painted design
on a green background with a bright red oval bearing the unit number "54" in white, surrounded by white rays and a red border line on the edge of the canteen.  The back side has some wood edge damage around about half of the diameter, with the other half being fine.  There is also some discoloration and the remnants of some "putty" or something that was used to attach it to a display board. This is a beautiful piece at a reasonable price!  This came "out of the woodwork"  with two knapsacks (one listed above) marked "L I", so they were for some 54th Light Infantry Militia in the New England area.
 
SOLD!!!

 

PENNSYLVANIA NATIONAL GUARD SHOULDER BELT PLATE, Circa 1860

This stamped copper face 
features a Mexican War era profile of General Winnfield Scott, is rolled over a tinned-iron back plate and is 76mm x 90mm.  It is in excellent condition with two of the three original iron attachment loops still intact. It is marked on his shoulder by Peter H. Jacobus who cut the die for this and the "NG" button and was a member of the guards.
See American Military Belt Plates by Campbell & O'Donnell, page 434 plate 725.
 

SOLD!!!

 





 



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.
$ 2595.00

 

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 

 

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!!  $ 1295.00 

 




EXCAVATED UNION BUCKLE & PLATE SET
Belt Buckle, Cartridge Box Plate and Cartridge Box Strap Plate dug in the late 1950's by Wallace "Wally" Mann in the Fredericksburg area. Wally was an early pioneer of Civil War Relic Hunting and was also involved in some of the earliest Civil War Relic Shows. These were three of the first buckles that he recovered, and they are in great condition and could probably be cleaned a bit more.  The photo and caption are from  The Illustrated History of Civil War Relics by Steve Sylvia and Mike O'Donnell in which Wally is mentioned in four different places.

Wally was a good friend of ours, and he had this set displayed in his basement as long as we knew him!

$ 325.00
On Hold!!

$ 225.00 $ 225.00
On Hold!!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

   
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SOLD!!
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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
1864

 

25 Second
1864

 

30  Second
1863

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

 

ENFIELD BULLET MOLD
This one is about as good as you will find!  It's complete with base plug and marked "JG" (possibly John Greenfield of London).   About 10-1/2" long overall.  Note that the Union did not import molds from England to cast bullets for its imported Enfield rifles as the 58 caliber ammunition made in the US was usable in Enfields imported for the Northern armiesThis came out of Corky Huey's collection.  Corky was the co-author of The English Connection and a great authority on British imports.  This mold could even be pictured in The English Connection, but I don't have a copy right now to verify that. 
SOLD!!!

 

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 #519
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 27mm tall when assembled.  
SOLD!!!

 

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

 

EXCAVATED SILVER 6TH CORPS BADGE
Beautiful, silver badge, approximately 7/8" square.  The face is plain and the back shows evidence of where the original tee bar style attachment pin was soldered on, but is no longer with it.  Dug near Spotsylvania Court House.  (We have a friend who dug another one in the same area just like this except that it had initials scratched in it.)  
SOLD!!!

 

 

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! 

 

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.
$ 895.00
    

 

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.
$ 395.00
    

 

STATE OF NEW YORK "SNY" BELT BUCKLE
Beautiful example of the New York militia plate that was excavated at Antietam in 1962!
See American Military Belt Plates by Campbell & O'Donnel, page 336 for similar examples.
$ 895.00
    (39-4)

 

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!  $ 495.00  (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)

 

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!
$ 495.00   
(38-27)

 

"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

 

BLUNDERBUSS with FOLDING BAYONET
About 30-1/2"with the bayonet folded, and about 42-1/2" with the bayonet extended.  Nice stock with checkering at the wrist and an inset brass oval disc just in front of that.  All of the brass and iron parts feature nice engraved decoration.  The lock has the maker mark "Jones" and the barrel is marked "Wrexham" which is a town in the north of Whales.   It features a folding bayonet that locks in place when extended and you press a button on the side to unlock and fold.  All of the mechanics are good and all of the iron is mostly smooth gray with mottling.  The wooden rammer appears to be old.
I wouldn't want to be looking down the barrel of this thing in action!

 
$ 2795.00 

 

19th CENTURY BOWIE KNIFE by Manson / Sheffield
Wonderful condition, about 11-1/4" long with a 6-1/4" blade and a beautiful silver cutlery handle
The red leather scabbard is nice with a German silver throat and it looks like it never had a tip,
and the red finish has flaked a bit from one side.  Nicely marked "Manson" over Sheffield.

$ 895.00    (38-37)

 

SMALL 18th CENTURY CREAMWARE PLATE
This is a tiny little platter, about  5-1/2" x 4-1/4"and this is a case where small is good!
A little bit of green decoration on the edge detail too!
No cracks or repairs!

$ 125.00 

 

Bottle Bargain Basement..... Reduced Prices!!!

 

 

 

 

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)

 

 

SPENCER MODEL 1860 CAVALRY CARBINE
This is the original Spencer .52 caliber, seven-shot repeating carbine without any of the modifications that were added later in the war. The 22” long round barrel has just a bit of salt & pepper corrosion near the breach and around the barrel band, but is overall a smooth brown. The walnut stock and forend are in very good condition with only minor dings here and thereThere are two visible cartouche marks. The bore is pretty good as well. It has the correct original folding rear sight and small brass blade front sight.The original, steel, tubular loading magazine located in the buttstock is in very good, undented condition. Spring is strong and the magazine fits snugly in the shoulder stock. Top flat on the receiver, forward of the hammer, is stamped with “Spencer Repeating / Rifle Co. Boston Mass / Pats March 6, 1860” in three lines with the stamping a bit worn towards the bottom. A strongly stamped serial # 45883 on the top of frame behind the hammer.The sling bar and sling ring are tightly attached to the stock’s left side. Lock screws are in very good condition, not buggered up. Remaining metal surfaces of the carbine are pleasing dark gray to brown. Iron butt plate is a mottled gray with some corrosion. The mechanics are crisp and strongThis is one of the most important weapons of the war!
 
SOLD!!!

 

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. 

 

RARE CANTEL PATENT LEATHER CANTEEN
On October 14, 1862 Lazare Cantel of New York City was granted a patent for this Canteen.
About 9-1/2" x 7" it is constructed of leather pressed into one concave and one flat side, riveted together with a
pewter spout and two brass lined strap slots.  The leather was lined with tin foil on the inside to prevent the bad taste
that leather canteens were known for. This is an early version without the brass spout bands and it does not bear the
maker's mark, but does have initials "JLB" carved near the spout.
See page 233 of U.S. Army & Militia Canteens 1775-1910 by Michael O'Donnel for more information.

SOLD!!!

 

REMINGTON ZOUAVE SABER BAYONET - MADE INTO KNIFE

Overall length is about 16" with a
blade that has been cut down to 11-1/2" and serated on one section.
The brass guard has had the barrel loop removed, but still bears the "BH" stamp associated with these.
The modification is decades old and probably done during the war.

SOLD!!

 

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. Itbears 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 ERA CAVALRY OFFICER'S HAT INSIGNIA
About 3-1/2" wide x 2-3/4 tall black cloth patch with a nice embroidered crossed saber insignia
and a small stamped numeral "1".   All very tight and solid!

$ 425.00    
(31-16)

 

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!
$ 395.00    
(
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 
 
 

 

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!


$ 1795.00   (34-31)

 

RARE BURNSIDE 2nd MODEL CARBINE
This .54 caliber, single-shot, percussion breech-loading carbine, produced by the Bristol Firearm Co  (which later became the Burnside Rifle Co.) of Providence, Rhode Island,was one of only 2,000 made and is very early production, being serial number 376.  Production of the second model started from serial numbers around 250.

All of the metal... receiver, breechblock and barrel and exhibits a light dusky gray to smooth brown patina.  The lockplate is markedBristol Firearm Co which is the earlier marking.   The top of the receiver is marked "Burnside's / Patent / March 25th / 1856" over the serial number "376".  Mechanics are strong and tight, with good rifling, though the bore could use a cleaning. Original walnut stock has the initials "R M" and "Co C" carved into the front side and you can see where a metal tag of some sort has been removed from the back side. No cartouches are visible. Overall the stock has shallow dings and scratches consistent with use and age. The cavalry sling bar, carry ring, and the single sling swivel at the bottom of stock are all in good shape.

Research shows that a 2nd Model Burnside with number 352 (only 24 digits from this one) is known to have been issued to the 2nd Indiana Cavalry.  A quick internet check reveals a Richard Morris in Company C of the 2nd IN Cavalry....  but there could be other "RM"s that match as well. In any event this is a rare Civil War ‘Burnside’ second model carbine that compliments any cavalry arm collection.  Based on the low serial number, this was probably made in 1860!
 
SOLD!!!

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)

 

BRISTOL GLASS PAINTED DECANTER, Circa 1830

Beautiful, cobalt blue decanter, about 11" tall with a ground pontil.
Nicely decorated with gold and white floral and bead swags.
No chips, cracks or damage.

 

$ 185.00  


 

PENNSYLVANIA STATE CURRENCY, EIGHTEEN PENCE ~ October 1st, 1773  
Approximately 2-3/4" x 3-3/4"
Revolutionary War!

SOLD!!!  (CC-PA-18P)
 

 

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.
 
$ 395.00 

 

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!


$ 450.00
   (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