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

 

EXCAVATED CONFEDERATE "WISHBONE" BELT BUCKLE
This is the large size, 65mm x 98mm and is in great shape!  Still has dirt over a nice, smooth dark green patina. A beauty!
See plate 179 on page 102 of Steve Mullinax's Confederate Belt Buckles & Plates, Expanded Edition for an similar example of this style of plate.
$ 795.00 

 

NON-EXCAVATED OVM "Ohio Volunteer Militia" CARTRIDGE BOX PLATE, Circa 1861 - 1863
Great non-dug, antique brass patina and in perfect condition, except for just a couple of use dings!
See plate 555 on page 341 of O'Donnell and Campbell's American Military Belt Plates for an similar example of this style of plate.
$ 1995.00 

 

EXCAVATED SNY "State of New York" BELT BUCKLE, Circa 1858 - 1862
This buckle has a beautiful smooth, green over brown patina and is solid as a rock!
There is one light dent in the top edge, but otherwise, just an awesome example.

See plate 542 on page 335 of O'Donnell and Campbell's American Military Belt Plates for an similar example of this style of plate.
$ 895.00 

 

Just In!!! ~ Rare Texas Buttons!!!

EXCAVATED TX-24 TEXAS CONFEDERATE BUTTON
B/M: Blank, depressed channel. Tice say's that these were probably made by C. Rouyer in New Orleans.
21
mm coat size. Absolutely beautiful with nice, super smooth, chocolate brown patina and just enough gold to nicely outline the details!
No damage and a nice shank.
Dug near Eltham's Landing at Yorktown, Virginia.

$ 3595.00 

EXCAVATED TX-23 TEXAS CONFEDERATE BUTTON
B/M: Blank back Confederate local.
15mm cuff size. Absolutely beautiful with nice, super smooth, chocolate brown patina and a fair amount of gold.
It has a push to the face, but a nice shank. Super rare in cuff size!
Dug near Winchester, Virginia.
$ 1595.00 

 

EXCAVATED "VMM" VOLUNTEER MILITIA OF MAINE  CARTRIDGE BOX PLATE
The Volunteer Militia of Maine was organized in1851 and restructured in 1861 to raise and equip ten regiments of infantry for two years of Federal service. They were initially outfitted with "VMM" plates
.  The iron loops are gone from the back of the plate, but when it was dug it was resting on a piece of the original cartridge box leather flap that had been protected from decay by the metal oxides off of the plate, and that is included! 
See plate 558 on page 343 of O'Donnell and Campbell's
American Military Belt Plates
for an similar example of this style of plate.
 

Reduced Price!  $ 1195.00  

 

CDV & SIGNATURE ADMIRAL DAVID FARRAGUT
Nice CDV, with a full standing view of then Captain David G. Farragut.  Soon after his capture of New Orleans in April 1862 followed by the capture Baton Rouge and the fall of Vicksburg, Lincoln rewarded Farragut by making him America's first Admiral, and it is as such that he signed the accompanying signature card, which is approximately 2" x 3" and boldly signed!  A great display of an American naval legend!   
Reduced Price!  $ 595.00 

 

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.   
Reduced Price!  $ 395.00

 

NON-EXCAVATED MARYLAND STATE SEAL BUTTONS
This group of eleven buttons came from the estate of Confederate major Eugene Blackford. Blackford was originally from Fredericksburg and later joined the 5th Alabama. Blackford led the skirmishers at the very forefront of the Chancellorsville Flank Attack. It was to him that Jackson said, in Rodes's presence, "You can go forward then." We're not sure how he acquired a coat full of Maryland buttons, but he did marry a girl from Maryland and retired to Maryland after the war.  More research is needed!  All of the buttons have the "Extra Quality" backmark and are near identical.
$ 325.00  each

 

 
CONFEDERATE SWORD BELT RIG WITH CAP BOX!
This set came out at auction, with an old tag that reads "
Confederate buckle (CS) on belt with cap box, cartridge box (belonged to a cavalry officer) has hook to hold sword, round leather ring for musket - has Confederate bayonet attached". Unfortunately, the cartridge box and bayonet mentioned in the tag are no longer with the belt, and neither was the "leather ring for musket" whatever that is.  The cap box is all stitched as well, with a brass finial and a single, wide belt loop.  The inner flap comes to a point and has some interesting line tooling along its edges.  This is a nice grouping of Confederate accoutrements! 
$ 9,595.00 

 

CIVIL WAR ARTIFACTS, A Guide for the Historian by Howard Crouch.

Out of print for a while and is very sought after!  This copy has an inscription to the previous owner, signed by Howard Crouch.

The best book on dug artifacts, with pictures and descriptions of military accoutrements and weapons, as well as everyday camp equipment.

A
classic! 237 pages.

SOLD!

 

We picked up a group of  Excavated Virginia Buttons! We have a case full of these in the shop.  Call for more information!

 

Virginia 1-Piece, VA-1
B/M: Philada
Silver!
$1200.00    H-125

Virginia 1-Piece, VA-2
B/M: Extra / Plate
No Shank.
$350.00    H-59

Virginia 1-Piece, VA-2
B/M: unknown
Still has dirt on back!
$ 150.00    H-60

Virginia 1-Piece, VA-2
B/M: Young Smith & Co. / New York
Strong shank!
Sold!

Virginia 1-Piece, VA-2
B/M: Still covered by dirt!
Nice, green patina.
$ 175.00    H-127

Virginia 1-Piece, VA-2
B/M: Extra Fine / Gilt
Pretty!
$ 295.00   
H-129

Virginia 1-Piece, VA-3
B/M: Blank
High convex!
$225.00    H-76

Virginia 1-Piece, VA-3
B/M: Best / Plated
No shank, but lots of Silver!

$ 350.00    H-139

Virginia 1-Piece, VA-3
B/M: Rich Treble Gilt
No shank.
$ 175.00    H-140

Virginia 1-Piece, VA-3
B/M: Blank
Solid!
$195.00    H-142

Virginia 2-Piece,VA-4
B/M: D. Scovills & Co / Waterbury
Nice!
$ 150.00   H-65

Virginia 2-Piece,VA-4
B/M: W.H. Horstmann & Sons / Phila.
Some gilt, but button needs cleaning.

$ 175.00    H-66

Virginia 2-Piece, VA-4
B/M: Scovills & Co. / Waterbury
No shank, but pretty!
Sold!    H-67

Virginia Staff Cuff,VA-4Av
B/M: Wm. H. Smith N York
No shank, but pretty!
$ 200.00   H-130

 

Virginia 2-Piece,VA-5
B/M: Young Smith & Co / New York
Silver!
$ 225.00    H-75

Virginia 2-Piece, VA-9
B/M: Scovills & Co / Waterbury
Pretty!
Sold!    H-81

Virginia 2-Piece,VA-9
B/M: Wm. H. Smith & Co / New York
Smooth brown patina!
$ 150.00    H-136

Virginia 2-Piece, VA-12
B/M: Canfield Bro. & Co: Baltimore
Slightly bent shank!
Sold!    H-87

Virginia Cuff,VA-13Av
B/M: Wm. H. Smith & Co / New York
No shank, but Silver!
$ 250.00    H-96

Virginia Cuff, VA-13Av
B/M: Scovills  / Extra
Slightly bent shank.

Sold!    H-99

Virginia Cuff, VA-13Av
B/M: Schuyler H & G
Thread or cloth on shank!
$ 175.00    H-100

Virginia Cuff,VA-13Av
B/M: Scovills & Co. / Extra
Solid!
  SOLD! H-101

Virginia Cuff,VA-13Av
B/M: Mitchell & Tyler / Rich. VA
Nice!
Sold!    H-102

Virginia Cuff, VA-13Av
B/M: Scovills & Co. / Extra
Loaded with gold and slick!  SOLD!  H-105

Virginia 2-Piece,VA-13
B/M: Scovill Mfg. Co / Waterbury
Slick brown patina!
Sold!    H-159

Virginia Cuff, VA-13Av
B/M: M&T / Richmond, VA
Slightly bent shank, but nice!
$ 150.00    H-160

Virginia Cuff, VA-14
B/M: Extra / Quality
No shank, but pretty!
$ 150.00    H-94

Virginia 2-Piece, VA-14
B/M: W.H. Horstmann & Sons
(RMDC)
  SOLD!  H-98

Virginia 2-Piece,VA-15
B/M: D. Horstmann & Allien / N.Y.
Nice!
  SOLD!
H-90

Virginia 2-Piece,VA-15
B/M: Horstmann & Allien / N.Y.
Pretty!
Sold!   H-92

Virginia 2-Piece, VA-15
B/M: W.H. Horstmann & Allien / NY
Nice gold!
$250.00    H-109

Virginia Staff Cuff, VA-18Av
B/M: Mitchell & Tyler / Richmond
Pretty!
Sold!    H-112

Virginia Staff Cuff,VA-18Av
B/M: unreadable
Solid& pretty!
 SOLD!  H-114

Virginia Staff Cuff,VA-18Av
B/M: Extra / Quality
Nice!
$ 225.00   
H-
115

Virginia Cuff,VA-19Av
B/M: Blank
Slight push, but rare!
$ 250.00    H-107

 

 

Virginia Staff, VA-20
B/M: Horstmann  / Philadelphia
Post-war, but attractive.
Sold!    H-110

Virginia Staff, VA-20
B/M: Horstmann & Co. / NY & Phi
Lots of gold but push in face!
$ 85.00   
H-117

Virginia Staff,VA-20
B/M: Extra / Quality
Just beautiful!
Sold!   H-122

Virginia Staff,VA-20
B/M: W. Wildt & Sons / Richmond
No shank, small push to face.

Sold!   H-157

Virginia 2-Piece, VA-21
B/M: Local
No shank.
$ 175.00    H-148

Virginia 2-Piece, VA-22
B/M: Local
Cracked, but still pretty!

$ 175.00   
H-153

 

That's about it folks!

All buttons are coat size, unless marked otherwise

Give us a call for more information
(or to clear up any typos or mistakes!)

VMI Button, SU-408
B/M: D. Evans & Co / Attleboro
Bent shank.
$ 75.00   H-50

VMI Button, SU-408
B/M: R&W Robinson
Slight push to back.
$ 300.00   
H-52

VMI Cuff, SU-408Av
B/M: Robinsons / Extra
Very nice!
Sold!  H-56

VMI Cuff, SU-408Av
B/M: D. E. & Co / Extra
Strong button!
$ 50.00   
H-57

 

EXCAVATED EAGLE BREAST PLATE
Beautiful smooth brown face and smooth solder filled back that is stamped by it's maker "W.H. Smith / Brooklyn".  Also has a tape tag that indicates it was dug on the 20th of January in 1974!  The tag also has the name "Burgess" but we really don't know exactly who that refers to.... could be the digger, a property owner.
$ 275.00 On Hold!!!  H-29

 

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!  $ 4795.00

 

EXCAVATED VIRGINIA STATE SEAL, VA-1B ON CLOTH!

Backmark: Blank. Coat size: 22mm.  The earliest of the Virginia coat of arms buttons, this die-struck, one piece button retains its shank and most of its original silver plating and is nicely displayed on an original piece of cloth. 

$ 1200.00  
  H-15

 

EXCAVATED NEW YORK STATE SEAL, NY-30

Backmark: Extra / Quality. Coat size 22mm. Nice, smooth and nice gold!  The shank is perfect.

$ 25.00  H-47

 

EXCAVATED VIRGINIA STATE SEAL, VA-2-C  1-Piece Silver!
Backmark: Extra / Plate. Coat size 22mm. Nice, smooth and almost 100% silver!  The shank is gone, other than that, it's got it all!

$ 350.00  H-59

 

EXCAVATED VIRGINIA STATE SEAL BUTTON, VA-15-B
B/M: Horstmann & Allien /NY.   21mm coat size. Nice, chocolate brown with lots of original gold gilt, but could use a bit more cleaning. 
Shank is intact.

$ 250.00   H-109

 

EXCAVATED MP-4 MISSISSIPPI BUTTON

B/M: Hyde &Goodrich / N-O.   21mm coat size. Nice, chocolate brown with lots of original gold gilt!  No Shank.

$ 750.00

 

EXCAVATED VIRGINIA STATE SEAL, VA-1B
Backmark: Philada. Coat size: 22mm.  The earliest of the Virginia coat of arms buttons, this is of wonderful die-struck, one piece construction and retains almost all of its original silver plating.  These were made by George Armitage in Philadelphia from about 1810 to 1826.  The shank is gone. 
$ 1200.00  

 

EXCAVATED WASHINGTON INAUGURAL BUTTON  WI-12
Approximately 35mm with missing shank.   An eye-witness to Washington's Inauguration reported that "Washington was dressed in deep brown, with metal buttons, with an eagle on them...."   Soon after Washington was sworn in as president, enterprising craftsmen began to make and sell a variety of commemorative buttons with patriotic designs, now known as Washington Inaugurals.  These are incredibly historic and desirable!
$ 1495.00

 


EXCAVATED VIRGINIA STATE SEAL STAMPED BRASS BELT BUCKLE
Approximately 51mm x 70mm. This absolutely beautiful belt plate was made by James S. Smith & Sons of New York and is one of the rare examples that bears their mark stamped into the tongue!  The belt bar that was held only by two solder joints is missing, which is not unusual, but the soldier drilled two holes on the edge of the plate so that he could continue using it in time of war!  

See plate 431 on page 233 of Steve Mullinax's
Confederate Belt Buckles & Plates, Expanded Edition for an example of this style of buckle


$ 3895.00

 

DUG EAGLE BREAST PLATE, Maker Marked: J I Pittman
Solid condition with smooth, dark chocolate brown patina, with one of the iron loops remaining on the back. The maker mark of J I Pittman is all there and readable!
No record of where it was dug, but somewhere in the Fredericksburg area.  
$ 225.00

 

EXCAVATED CROSSED CANNON ARTILLERY INSIGNIA
Nice example of this stamped brass hat insignia.  No real damage, but there are no wire loops on the back, although you can see where they were soldered.  Approximately 3-3/8" x 1-7/8" overall.  
$ 275.00 
 (M-31)


 

DUG US SADDLE SHIELD
Perfect condition "12 Inch Seat" saddle shield that is 45mm tall x 40mm wide 49mm with beautiful smooth, chocolate brown patina.   the back, but the lead fill is fine.
You won't find much better than this one!
 
$ 95.00   (M-18)

 

Something A Little Different.....  Not For Sale!
We thought y'all might enjoy a little eye candy.  This is, as far as we can tell, a complete collection of cape pins, all with at least some chain attached!
This is from the collection of our good friend (and digging legend) Dennis Cox.   And it really is not for sale!
 

 

EXCAVATED CS-130 CONFEDERATE CAVALRY BUTTON
B/M: S. Isaacs Campbell & Co / London / Jermyn St. (A bit hard to read, but it is there!)
23
mm coat size. Nice, smooth, chocolate brown (darker than the photo) with no damage at all!
$ 395.00 

 

Out of print, but we have one copy:
CONFEDERATE BELT BUCKLES AND PLATES (Original Edition)
  by Steve Mullinax. 
This is the original edition from 1991. 224 pages with over 410 buckles and plates pictured.
Used, but in like new condition with the dust jacket which is also excellent.
These are getting very hard to find!

Sold Out!

 

EXCAVATED REVOLUTIONARY WAR ENLISTED MAN'S ARTILLERY BUTTON
Approximately 21mm in diameter, made of cast brass, this American made button is the enlisted version.  The face has a bit of roughness to the chocolate brown patina but the detail of a cannon and flag is visible. 
See page 207 in Insignia of Independence by Don Troiani and James Kochan for information and examples.
 
$ 895.00 

 

NORTH CAROLINA MILITARY INSTITUTE BUTTON; SU-272
Backmark: Scovill / Mfg. Co.  Cuff size 14mm.
Perfect, with upright shank.
Another beautiful button!

Reduced price!!   $ 750.00 On Hold!!!

 

DISCOVERING VIRGINIA'S  COLONIAL ARTIFACTS, by Bill Dancy  Back in Print!! 
This wonderful new 393 page hardbound book is filled with information on finding, researching, recovering, identifying and documenting colonial artifacts, and while most of it is focused on Virginia sites and relics, it would certainly apply to any area!   It is filled with wonderful, all color photography of artifacts, including military as well as everyday items from house sites, and even includes some Civil War and other items found in the same areas.  If you've read any of the author's articles in historic publications, you know that he has the experience, expertise and writing skills to make this a must have!
SOLD!


 

EXCAVATED CS-130Av CONFEDERATE CAVALRY BUTTON Rare Cuff Size!
B/M: S. Isaacs Campbell & Co / London (Hard to read, but it is there!)
13
mm cuff size. Nice, chocolate brown with no damage at all!
Dug at Petersburg, Virginia.

$ 895.00 

 

UNIFORM BUTTONS OF THE UNITED STATES, 1776 - 1865  Warren K. Tice.
A very lightly used copy. 519 pages 8-1/2" X 11" full of pictures and descriptions of buttons!  This book has become one of the "must haves" as it contains many buttons not covered in Albert's, and also lists every known backmark for each button. It includes buttons all the way back to the American Revolution,  and a section covering the complete period of Confederate manufacture, so as a Civil War button reference, this is great!

These are very hard to find and this one is in excellent condition
!
 
SOLD!!! 

 

BANNERMAN America's Mogul of Militaria, Documentary DVD

After the American Civil War, Francis Bannerman saw an unprecedented opportunity to purchase enormous quantities of surplus military equipment at Federal auctions. He went on to sell guns, swords, cannon, uniforms and accoutrements at his store in New York City and in his well known catalogs.  This success led to him opening an Emporium on Broadway and the construction of  "Bannerman's Castle on an island in the Hudson River, all while preserving artifacts and information for generations to come.  This is a full length documentary and it is fascinating.  If you've been collecting for any time at all, you will see some familiar faces and names mentioned and even interviewed!


$ 20.00 

 

EXCAVATED CONFEDERATE FRAME BUCKLE
Measuring 76mm x 65mm, this is one of the larger sizes of the frame style buckle, and this one is beautiful,
with a gorgeous patina, and perfectly formed teeth.
See plate 173 on page 99 of Steve Mullinax's Confederate Belt Buckles & Plates, Expanded Edition for an similar example of this style of plate.
$ 575.00 
  On Hold!!

 

DUG COMPANY LETTER "M"
This is the regulation size, approximately 1-1/16" X 1-3/8" stamped brass hat letter "M" which is the hardest one to find!
Perfect condition, but the attachment wires have rusted away.
$ 395.00
   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!

$ 95.00

 

WREATH FROM CONFEDERATE TWO PIECE BUCKLE
This is for the "CS" buckle and is approximately 51mm tall at the belt loop and the wreath itself
is about 50mm.   Dug at Monroe Bridge, Virginia.

Reduced Price!  $ 695.00

 

NON-EXCAVATED MILITIA PLATE, circa 1818 - 1835
Approximately 70mm x 70mm" stamped brass plate in wonderful, condition with belt bar and tongue.
This is just a beautiful example of American military accouterments!
See page 103 of American Military Belt Plates by
Michael J. O'Donnell and  J. Duncan Campbell.
$ 795.00
 
 

 

EXCAVATED HAT LETTER "M"
Approximately 1-1/8" x 1-1/4" stamped brass.  No attachment wires, but the letter is perfect!|
This is the hardest hat letter to find!

$ 395.00 

 

EXCAVATED SADDLE SHIELD
About 2" tall by 1-5/8" wide.
Nice greenish-brown with only a small area of chipping on one corner.
$ 35.00  On Hold!!!

 

EXCAVATED CIVIL WAR BULLET MOLD
Nice, complete iron bullet mold for Colt or other similar revolvers.
4-7/8" overall length.
$ 85.00  On Hold!!

 

EXCAVATED CIVIL WAR "BULLSEYE" ROSETTE
From an old collection dug in the 1980's, this stamped brass, lead filled rosette has a smooth, dark, chocolate brown patina. 
No attachment wires remain, but no dents or damage!

$ 40.00

 

EXCAVATED PATRIOTIC EAGLE HAT PIN
Stamped brass pin with no dents, cracks or dings. 
It laid with some iron piece against it in the ground, so it has a rusty discoloration on the front.

$ 110.00

 

EXCAVATED PAIR OF EPAULETTES
Nice pair of dug, stamped brass shoulder scales.
$ 100.00 for the pair

 

EXCAVATED "HR" or "RH" HAT PINS
These are large (35mm 0r 1-3/8" tall) stamped brass, lead filled hat letters.
We have a complete "R" and half of an "H" both dug together.

$ 110.00 for the pair

 

EXCAVATED NORTH CAROLINA "SUNBURST" BUTTON, NC-16
23mm Coat size.  Backmark: blank Confederate local.
The shank is missing as usual... the spot soldered shank was the weak feature of these buttons.

$ 125.00  On Hold!!!


 

EXCAVATED CAMP CANDLE SPIKE
These utilitarian devices are often dug in Civil War camps.  Just drive the spike into a block of wood,
or the branch of a tree, insert the candle and light up the night!
Dug near Lake Anna in Spotsylvania County, Virginia.

$ 50.00  

 

PAIR OF BRASS SPURS
Excellent condition, complete with leather straps and buckles!
These
most likely date from the 19th century, though they have some 18th century features.
These are beautiful and have their original rowels.

 
$ 395.00
 
      (49-25)

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

 



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 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 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!
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"!

SOLD!

 

 

 

 

 

 

   
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15 SECOND
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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

 

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 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! 

 

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)

 

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)

 

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

Perfect condition


$ 75.00    (cat14)

 

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 

 

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 "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 
 On Hold!!!
 

 

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) 

 

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)

 

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