Miscellaneous Relics

 MS 1. Rare Linen Forage Cap attributed to “Jack” Ayers. CSA.

This fine cream colored linen forage cap is in remarkable condition. I have included the paperwork that was provided to the collector when he purchased it from Larry Hicklen back in 1989. Considering that this is a high quality Northern produced cap with Federal Infantry Buttons adorning it, I have more questions than answers considering it’s claimed Confederate provenance. It is entirely possible that private Ayers, a Virginia Confederate may have picked up the cap as a souvenir during the war or perhaps it was his pre-war Virginia Militia Cap. Regardless of the attribution, this is a fantastic example of American Civil War Military head gear with a fully intact liner and sweat band. No moth holes or repairs. Buttons appear original to the cap. Chin strap is original and in good shape and so is the visor. I personally lean towards it being a State Militia Forage Cap, possibly Virginia. Any additional information from erudite minds will be appreciated. It could very well be a sleeper at this price.



MS 2. Confederate Cartridge Box with original Shoulder Sling.

Obvious Confederate manufacture. Unmolested. Consistent surfaces on Box as well as sling. Leather supple with mild crazing. Strong stitching. Inner flap and tool pouch in equally remarkable condition. Tins present as well as both roller buckles and latch tab. Lead finial. This box has everything going for it including apparent wear from campaigning. Confederate leather accoutrements in this condition are exceedingly rare. Ex. Gary Bisacky Collection.



MS 3. Fantastic Union Regimental Drum from Ohio.

This drum is in remarkable untouched condition and was brought to us at the Marietta Show by an Ohio Family. They said this drum was passed down from their Great Grandmother. We will provide some family name info to the buyer if they wish to do an ancestry check. Calfskin drum head and bottom, including snares perfectly intact. Ropes are all original as well as leather adjusters. One rope is broken at the bottom juncture. Red paint is still bright and varnished finish on drum body is excellent. Condition is such that it can still be played. Inside the drum is a clear maker’s label, “DRUMS MANUFACTURED BY CURTIS GODDARD, EDINBURGH, PORTAGE COUNTY, OHIO”. The red woven sling is still attached though broken. Straight out of the family and pure as the driven snow.




MS 4. US M-1861 Cartridge Box with Shoulder Sling .58 Cal.

A very nice example. No maker marks. Leather is supple with very minor crazing and flaking. Latch tab and sling buckles are present and unbroken. Tins are present. Watertown Arsenal Contract Plate with great patina mounted on outer flap. The sling is superb with tooled edges and is adorned with a very nice untouched Federal Eagle Breastplate. The name “F MARA” is scratched on back of sling. A great accessory for your M-1861 Springfield or contract Rifle Musket.



MS 5. Excavated and matching pair of Confederate Cavalry Spurs.

Found together and in very good condition. Dug by Wallace Markert in CS Gen. Barringer’s 1864 NC. Cavalry Camp near Colonial Heights VA.



MS 6. Impressive Chickamauga Battlefield War Log.

This old school White Oak log is totally riddled with Case Shot and Canister from all directions. Note the finely engraved nineteenth century silver tag. There are 17 visible projectiles embedded in it, mostly .69 Cal. lead Case Shot and .69 Cal. Musket Balls. There are two 12 lb. iron Canister Balls and a 12 lb. Shell Fragment. This log came from an area of the most severe fighting on the Sept. 19-20, 1863 battlefield. A classic centerpiece for any collection. Approx. 30″ in length.



MS 7. Confederate “Gardner Pattern” Canteen.

High quality example with it’s original leather sling (note brass adjuster). Carved on one side is “JERRY LYNCH 1861” The “6” is carved backward. I imagine there may be several possibilities for this name and will leave that research to the buyer. The original pewter spout is intact. 



  MS 8. Dug pair of matching US Cavalry Trooper’s Spurs.

Excellent condition. Provenance of Northern Va.



MS 9. Dug U.S. Cavalry Trooper’s Bit with Curb Chain.

Excellent condition with great patina on rosettes. Chain is missing hook on one end. From an East Tn. relic hunter’s collection.



MS 10. Dug U.S. “Jeff Davis” Hat Pin.

A beauty. Dug long ago by Jack Wells near Bentonville, NC.



 MS 11. Dug U.S. Engineer’s Hat Insignia.

Superb dug example with no repairs. Medium size designed for Kepi and Hardee Hat. Provenance uncertain.





MS 14. Holster for Colt Pocket Revolver .31 Cal.

Great condition. Designed for the Colt Pocket Revolver with the 5″ barrel or Colt Police Model. Also fits the Smith and Wesson Military Model Revolver.



 MS 15. Excavated “CS” Confederate Canteen from Shiloh.

Here is an amazing early dug relic. A complete Tin Drum Canteen that is stamped “CS” on both sides. This type was issued early in the war to Louisiana Troops from an unknown maker. An extremely rare relic indeed. The fact that this piece was dug virtually intact with no major holes and not flattened is simply miraculous. It is accompanied by a letter from Robert McDaniel stating exactly what degree of preservation was done to the canteen to stabilize it. Found many decades ago near the Shiloh, TN. Battlefield.



MS 16. U.S. M-1861 Cartridge Box .58 Cal. Identified to Jacob F. Katz, Co. C, Pennsylvania Reserve Volunteer Corps.

The name is so lightly scratched into the back of outer flap that I cannot make it out. The ID might as well be verbal but I have no reason to doubt the family’s information. There were twelve .69 Cal. Elongated Ball Cartridges, some complete, some broken packed into the tins. I am offering them separately. Condition of the box itself is excellent with both tins, supple leather, intact latch tab, intact roller strap buckles and “C.S. STORMS MAKER” stamped on both sides. Note perfect Plate attached to outer flap with square nails. A super Cartridge Box that displays like a champ.



MS 17. Dug Confederate Trooper’s Spur.

Standard Richmond Arsenal Cavalry Spur that was dug back in the 1970’s near Cold Harbor, VA. One leg of the spur is broken but can be easily repaired. I like it as it was found. Totally untouched with fragments of leather strap.



MS 18. Crystal clear Quarter Plate Ambrotype of a Connecticut Militia Officer.

Killer image. Scratched on the back of a metal protective plate behind the glass is “1861 MAY”. This image is quite remarkable for it’s large size, sharpness and clarity. You can clearly see the Connecticut State Militia Buttons on his coat. He sports a very handsome and confident look and holds a US M-1850 Foot Officer’s Sword in his lap. Perhaps someone out there can identify this soldier. Flawless thermoplastic case.



MS 20. Receipt Roll of Clothing for Co. E, 121st Ohio Vol. Infantry Regt. Dated December, 1863 at Chattanooga TN.

I would imagine that after the siege of Chattanooga, these boys were probably in dire need of clothing. This detailed receipt is written up by Lieutenant Charles Van Houten and lists the survivors of the regiment and exactly what they were issued. I took a brief look at the final muster roll for this company and noticed that a few of the soldiers that signed this roll were killed in action in the coming Atlanta Campaign. This interesting document is complete and in remarkable condition.


MS 21. Excavated Army of the Potomac Battle Pin 1862-1863.

This very rare pin was worn by a soldier in an unknown unit. The battles listed are very specific including dates starting with Fair Oaks, Mechanicsville, Gaines Mills, Chancellorsville, Savage Station, Charles City Cross Roads, Malvern Hill, South Mountain, Antietam and Salem Church. Notably missing is the Battle of Fredericksburg. Fantastic condition with intact T-bar pin and loaded with gold plating. Dug near Fredericksburg, VA.



MS 22. Confederate Bullet Mold for Navy Revolver .36 Cal.

The bullet cast from this mold is identical to M&M # 130. It also casts a .36 Cal. Round Ball. Immaculate condition with intact sprue cutter. This would be ideal to display with your Griswold, Spiller and Burr, Leech and Rigdon, Dance etc.



MS 23. Excavated Civil War Era Reading Glasses.

This complete and unbroken set of spectacles was dug by Tom Queener near Tazewell, TN. in a Confederate Camp. The glasses were intentionally placed underneath a flat rock. How cool is this for a dug relic?



MS 24. Identified U.S. M-1858 Canteen carried by Olney M. Kimball, Co. H, 16th New Hampshire Regt. 

Excellent condition and has Olney’s name stenciled twice on the original strap. Olney enlisted as a Corporal on 9/16/1862 and was discharged for disability on 6/27/1863 at New Orleans LA. It is on record that he lived in Boston, Massachusetts after the war. Original stopper and chain. 



MS 25. Excavated pair of matching Confederate Spurs.

This perfectly matching pair of spurs was dug in CS Gen. Rosser’s 1864 Cavalry Camp near Colonial Heights VA. Some experts consider this long necked variant to be a Richmond, VA. product.



MS 26. Excavated U.S. “Jeff Davis” Hat Pin.

Used to pin up one side of a Hardee or Slouch Hat. This example is immaculate and was dug near Shiloh, TN. by Ray Treece.



MS 27. Set of three wooden Tompions. Cal. 54, 58 and 69.

All authentic and in great condition. Perfect for display with your Civil War Rifle or Rifle Musket.

$45.00 ea.



 MS 1. Battle Flag of 12th GA. Vol. Infantry captured at Chancellorsville, May 3, 1863 by the 102nd NY. Vol. Infantry.

All Confederate Battle Flags are rare. Even more rare than that are flags with minimal damage and/or restoration. What we have here is a beautiful example of the Army of Northern Virginia pattern measuring approximately 50″ X 49″. The red and blue color is still bright and sharp. What really sets this flag apart is the attribution and history behind it. There is a period patch of cloth sewn onto it in the lower left hand corner with a brown ink inscription reading thus; “Confederate Battle Flag of 12th Georgia Vols captured at Chancellorsville, May 3rd 1863 by 102 Regiment N.Y. Vols, 3rd Brigade, 2nd Div. 12th Army Corps”. This same information is hand written on the borders of the flag along with the “White Star” 12th Army Corps emblem and “Forwarded by BRIG. GEN. JNO. W. GEARY”. Here is an excerpt from General Geary’s Official Report written after the battle;  “Shortly after daylight on the morning of the 3d instant, the action commenced at a distance from our line on the right and rear of the army, and within half an hour it had reached my division and become general along the whole front. About 8 o’clock the division was in the trenches, exposed to a terribly raking and enfilading fire from the enemy, who had succeeded in turning the right flank of the army, leaving us exposed to the full fury of his artillery. At the same time attacks were made upon us in front and flank by his infantry. Thus hemmed in, and apparently in danger of being cut off, I obeyed an order to retire and form my command at right angles with the former line of battle, the right resting at or near the brick house, the headquarters of General Hooker.
        While in the execution of this order, and having withdrawn the command and in the act of forming my new front, General Hooker came up, and in person directed me to resume my original position and hold it at all hazards. I accordingly advanced again into the trenches with the First Brigade, Greene’s and Kane’s having, in the confusion of the moment and the conflict of orders, become separated from the command and retired to a line of defense in a woods to the north of the Chancellor house. Upon regaining the breastworks, I found that the Sixtieth and One hundred and second New York Volunteers, of Greene’s brigade, had been left behind when the command had retired, and were now hotly engaged with the enemy, who were attempting breaches throughout the whole length of my line, and in many places actually occupied it. These two regiments had captured some 30 prisoners and a battle-flag of the enemy, the One hundred and second having captured that of the Twelfth Georgia. Our men here, after a fierce struggle, took a number of prisoners, who had advanced into our works under the impression that we had abandoned them. The fire upon our lines was now of the most terrific character I ever remember to have witnessed. Knap’s and Hampton’s batteries had been ordered to take part in the engagement in another part of the field. Two brigades of my command were separated from me, and, had I even known their locality, could not hope to have them reach my position. I was thus left with but Candy’s brigade and two regiments of Greene’s, and Lieutenant Muhlenberg with two sections of Bruen’s battery and one of Best’s. Against this comparatively small body the whole fury and force of the enemy’s fire seemed to be concentrated. Three of his batteries engaged Lieutenant Muhlenberg in direct fire at about I mile range. A heavy battery completely enfiladed our works from the right; that constructed by them in the woods directly in our front, which had been discovered by me in the engagement of the previous day, played upon us at short range with destructive effect, while under cover of their guns the infantry, becoming emboldened by the near approach of what seemed to them our utter and total annihilation, charged upon us repeatedly and were as often repulsed.” The 12th Georgia was a highly regarded regiment in the Doles-Cook Georgia Brigade. Here is Brigadier General George Doles official report of the battle. Note that he does not mention the loss of this flag;  “ Sunday morning, May 3, at 6 o’clock, the command was ordered forward as follows: Forty-fourth, Twenty-first, Twelfth, Fourth [Georgia], the left of the Forty-fourth connecting with the right of General Ramseur’s brigade. The march to the front was through a very dense pine wood and swamp. During the march the left of the brigade lost its connection with the right of General Ramseur, and moved off by the right flank, passing in rear of the regiments to its right, while four companies of the Twenty-first Georgia and the Twelfth Georgia, with portions of the Forty-fourth and Fourth [Georgia], moved to the front. The right portion of the brigade was ordered by General [J. E. B.] Stuart to support a battery to its right, while the left moved forward, assaulting the enemy and assisting in driving him from his position from behind a strong work of logs. He was dislodged, after a very stubborn resistance, by a charge. This portion of the command kept up the pursuit, driving him through the woods back on his batteries on the heights near Chancellorsville. While moving to assault him in his position on the hill, I discovered the enemy in large force to my right. Colonel [Edward] Willis, commanding Twelfth Georgia, was ordered to wheel his regiment to the right and engage him, the other companies coming up promptly to Colonel Willis’ support. The enemy, after the first fire, fled ; a large number threw down their arms and surrendered; they were ordered to the rear. Being protected by a crest of a hill to the left of the enemy’s batteries, we moved by the flank, getting in his rear, when he abandoned seven pieces of artillery on the hill and fled. We were attacked in our rear by his infantry force from the wood; we faced to the rear, charged the wood, and, after a few minutes’ resistance, he withdrew. After he withdrew, his batteries at the Chancellor house opened a very destructive fire on us with grape, canister, and shrapnel. We were within about 400 yards of his batteries. We did not have force enough to carry his position, and seeing no support on the field, and the enemy moving a large infantry force to our right, we withdrew to the woods where we first engaged him. That portion of the brigade ordered to support our battery was under command of Col. J. T. Mercer, Twenty-first Georgia. They were afterward ordered forward, and to conform to the movements of General Archer’s brigade. After advancing to the woods from which we were forced to retire, they were also forced to retire. The brigade was reformed, and, by order from General [R. E.] Lee, ordered to the spring to our right, to act as provost-guard over a large number of prisoners collected there. We remained there two or three hours; sent prisoners to the rear, under Lieut. R. V. Jones, brigade inspector. We then joined the division on the Germanna road at Chancellorsville; remained in position in the road that night”. I also read the official reports of Colonel Edward Willis and Major Issac Hardeman and found no mention of the lost flag. Of course we can only speculate as to the reasons they neglected to put this negative incident in their reports. This battle was of course Lee’s greatest victory and the Doles-Cook Georgia Brigade was a conspicuous participant in Lieutenant General Thomas J. Jackson’s brilliant flank march and attack that rolled up the Union right sealing the victory. As we all know, Jackson was mortally wounded, and his loss was something that the Army of Northern Virginia never recovered from. Consider for a moment that this flag was there with Jackson’s assaulting force on that fateful evening attack on the 2nd. It was captured by the 102nd New York in the confused fighting of the 3rd. This flag is a witness to some profound historic spectacles. The fact that the capture of this particular flag is specifically mentioned in Geary’s Official report and the battle honors inscribed upon it make it truly special. The condition of the flag is also remarkable. Aside from a few bullet holes and minor tears, it is outstanding and ready for archival framing.



 MS 32. Dug Confederate Spur.

Unusual high necked pattern with initials “M M” scratched into side. Perfect condition. Dug near Fort Fisher, NC. by Ben Ingraham.



MS 33. Dug Soldier’s Heel Plate.

These were nailed onto the leather heels of the Civil War Infantryman’s Brogans to prevent wear. Shoes were highly prized and needed to last. Dug on the Shiloh, retreat route near Michie, TN.



MS 34. Dug Confederate Mess Ladle.

Interesting and crudely made out of necessity. Dug back in the 1970’s within the Confederate Lines at Petersburg, VA. Reminds me of the ladle made out of a flattened CS Belt Plate that is in Bill Blackman’s Collection.  



MS 35. Dug U.S. M-1841-1842 Combination Tool.

Issued with M-1841 Mississippi Rifles and M-1842 Springfield Muskets. This one was dug near the Cold Harbor, VA. Battlefield.



MS 36. Excavated CS Enfield bullet carved with swirl pattern.

Product of a bored Confederate and a skilled whittler. Dug on the Cold Harbor VA. Battlefield. 



MS 38. Dug Springfield Rifle Musket Combination Tool.

Remarkable condition. Dug near the Petersburg, VA. Battlefield.



 MS 39. M-1851 “Colt’s Patent” Bullet Mold for .36 Cal. Navy Revolver.

High quality mold looking for a M-1851 Colt Navy Revolver to pair with. Crisp Patent Address. 



MS 41. Civil War Era Reading Glasses in original case.

I have excavated an identical pair of these in a Federal Camp before. Condition is super. Case still retains fabric lining and the is a tiny patent address on the case that I can’t make out. Perfect for reenacting.



MS 42. Dug U.S. Artillery Hat Insignia.

Nearly flawless, just as dug and not even washed off yet. No bends or repairs, just a tiny push on one of the muzzles. Dug near Elkton, VA.



USBP 43. Dug U.S. Cartridge Box Plate struck by a Canister Ball. Wilderness VA. Battlefield.

This is the real deal. A remarkable Battlefield find. Plate was hit with severe force and I suspect that the invading Yankee wearing it was laid low.



 MS 45. Dug U.S. Cavalry Hat Insignia.

Early dug example in excellent condition with no repairs. Provenance of Murfreesboro, TN.



MS 46. Dug U.S. Infantry Hat Insignia.

Flawless Condition and very solid. Dug near Winchester, VA.



MS 47. U.S. Combination Mess Tool marked “W.H. RICHARDS PATENT JULY 23, 1861 BOSTON”.

Scarce Spoon, Fork and Knife Combination Mess Kit in great condition with patent markings on both pieces. Once displayed in a G.A.R. Hall.

$450.00 HOLD


 MS 48. Dug Shoulder Stock for Colt M-1851 Navy Revolver .36 Cal.

Dug long ago on the Shiloh, TN. Battlefield (private property) by Tedford Coln. Appears to have been struck during the battle. Note serial # 100947. Imagine displaying this rare find with your excavated Colt Navy Revolver.



MS 49. Dug Federal Shield Device.

Interesting brass disc with a Federal or Union Shield emblem on it. A digger at the Gettysburg show said it comes from inside the lid of a drinking flask. About the size of a half dollar. Found long ago on the Cold Harbor VA. Battlefield by Steve Mullinax.



MS 50. Dug Confederate Bayonet Scabbard Tip.

Rarely encountered made of iron because they simply rust away. Dug back in 1974 at Cold Harbor VA. 



MS 51. 6th Plate Ruby Ambrotype of a young Confederate Private.

Super clear image in it’s original leatherette case. This boyish looking fellow may be a South Carolina soldier as his uniform is similar to several identified SC images. You can clearly see the freckles on his face.



MS 52. Dug Nipple Protector carved from a bullet. 

Great example, very well carved. Provenance unknown.



MS 53. Dug U.S Shoe Blacking Tin.

Found perfectly preserved in a trash pit near Corinth, MS. by Brant Arnold. Some of the shoe blacking compound is actually intact inside. An amazing time capsule!



MS 54. Revolutionary War Pike Head.

Note crude construction. A relic of the 1780 Siege of Charleston, SC.



MS 55. Dug “Martingale” for U.S. Cavalry Harness.

Plain lead filled type with raised rim in fantastic condition. No repairs. Ex. Claude Maley Collection.



 MS 56. Dug U.S. Martingale for Cavalry Harness.

Rare “U.S.” stamped variant in great condition. Digger nicked upper right edge when found. No repairs. Ex. Claude Maley Collection.




MS 58. Dug pair of Shoulder Scales from the North Anna VA. Battle Lines.

This matched set of Shoulder Scales or Epaulettes is in fantastic condition and was intentionally buried, wrapped together in a wool sock of which remnants remain. 



MS 59. Dug Confederate Cavalry Spur from Cold Harbor, VA.

A beauty. This is a scarce pattern with a very long neck. Great green patina. 



MS 60. Tin Drum Canteen.

Most likely Confederate carried. Excellent condition. Found recently in a barn near Jackson, MS.



MS 61. Dug Confederate Bayonet Scabbard Tip.

Rare pewter scabbard tip in perfect condition. Dug near Richmond VA. 



 MS 62. Dug “Baby” Inkwell.

Rare small size pontiled clear inkwell in perfect condition. Found by Charlie Harris near Tunnel Hill, GA.



MS 63. Dug set of U.S. Cavalry / Artillery Man’s Shoulder Scales.

Designed to offer limited protection from hammer like saber blows. Dug near the Antietam, MD. Battlefield according to verbal provenance.




 MS 64. Dug Company Letter “I”.

Perfect condition. Dug in vicinity of Fort Fisher or Fort Anderson, NC.



MS 65. Cook and Brother of New Orleans $2.00 Note.

Very scarce note dated 1862 issued by the famous manufacturers of Gun, knives and bayonets for the Confederacy. This note would greatly compliment any of those rare weapons.



  MS 66. Original package of Merrill Carbine Cartridges .54 Cal.

Very nice and solidly constructed box with several cartridges in various states of condition. A perfect compliment to your Merrill Carbine.

$350.00 for box. Cartridges in better condition $175.00 ea.


 MS 67. Dug Confederate Bayonet Scabbard Tip.

Unusual pattern. Found near Corinth, MS. by Brant Arnold. Excellent condition.



 MS 68. Complete package of Ten Burnside Carbine Cartridges .54 Cal.

This original package is in very good condition despite some minor tears and a replaced string. Note clear label printing. These are hard to come by and would be a nice compliment to your Burnside Carbine.