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MS 1. Louisiana Militia Flagstaff Finial and Confederate Bowie Knife brought home as battle trophies by Capt. Edward A. Thayer, 1st Louisiana Cavalry (US).

This grouping recently surfaced in New England from Thayer’s family estate. As a whole it is extremely interesting because you don’t see many artifacts from the Deep South Louisiana theater of operations. Many battles and skirmishes were fought in Louisiana. Some of these were symptoms of Gen. Benjamin “Beast” Butler’s occupational forces stationed in and around New Orleans. Captain Thayer participated in the Battle of Baton Rouge as well as the siege of Port Hudson. The Confederate Bowie Knife in it’s original scabbard was captured by Thayer from a Confederate prisoner during the Battle of Georgia Landing on Oct. 27, 1862. The Confederate forces were made up exclusively of Louisiana Troops so it is safe to say that the knife was carried by a Louisiana Confederate. It is totally untouched and skillfully made. The handle is solid brass with an “S” shaped cross guard. The blade is made from a file in the classic Confederate fashion. The leather scabbard is hand stitched and has a tin or pewter scabbard tip. Belt loop also intact. The old brown ink tag is in great condition and states “Taken from a sessech prisoner 27 Oct 1862 E.A. Thayer”. The Louisiana State Militia Flagstaff Finial is made of solid cast brass and is highly detailed and hand finished. It features the iconic Louisiana Pelican feeding three of it’s offspring. Patina is a super deep mustard color and totally unmolested since the war. Thayer most surely captured this finial in one of his many scraps with the Confederates. It is a remarkable and extremely rare piece that would surely be of interest to the Louisiana State Museum. The grouping is rounded out by a CDV of a youthful Capt. Thayer in uniform with a New Orleans photographer’s backmark (Guay Photographic Temple of Art No. 8 Charles St. New Orleans), another CDV of Thayer in civilian garb and a nice black G.A.R. Ribbon from the New Ipswich, New Hampshire G.A.R. Post. A professionally done binder is included that features detailed information about Capt. Thayer’s Civil War service record, his units and life after the war.


MS 2. U.S. M-1864 Cartridge Box marked “S.H. YOUNG NEWARK NJ.”.

High quality example with smooth leather and minimal crazing.U.S. Military Inspector Stamp on outer flap. Tins present as well as the strap buckles and leather latch tab.



MS 3. 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 4. 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 5. Outstanding excavated CS Leech and Rigdon Cavalry Officer’s Spur.

They don’t get any better than this. A product of the Memphis Novelty Works. Clearly cast “CS” with intact rowell which is smaller than usual but functional and original to the spur. Verbal provenance of Corinth MS. Definitely an early find with a smooth dark patina. 

$2495.00 HOLD J.F.


MS 6. U.S. Heavy Dragoons Cavalry Harness with original brass Martingale.

Extremely rare piece, ca. early 1800’s. The stamped brass Martingale features a Dragoon with raised saber motif. The early U.S. Dragoons  also had matching hat plates of this pattern. Ex. Michael Simens, Ex. Claude Maley collections.



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. 

$3250.00 HOLD J.F.


MS 8.  Confederate Issued Enfield Rifle Musket, Cartridge Box and Waist Belt carried by Private H.R. Tomlinson, 54th Ga. Vol. Infantry Regt.

You will sometimes see a Confederate Officer’s effects for sale but rarely will you ever see an Identified Confederate Enlistedman’s grouping like this. Purchased directly from the family by consignor. It consists of a Confederate issued “POTTS & HUNT LONDON” marked Enfield Rifle Musket .577 Cal. with Confederate Viewer Stamp.  The butt plate tang is stamped “G” over “54” (54th Ga. Regt.) Overall this Enfield is in great condition. Ramrod is a replacement and there is a missing escutchion or retainer opposite the lock. Both of these issues can be easily rectified. Carved clearly into the butt stock is the soldier’s name “H.R. Tomlinson”. His Cartridge box is a stellar example. Russett Leather with tooled edges, hand sewn throughout and classic lead finial. Latch tab is broken. Perfectly intact single cartridge tin containing 5 original .577 Cal. Confederate Cartridges. These were X-Ray’d revealing two Enfield Cartridges and Three Three Ring Cartridges. Tomlinson’s Tarred Canvas Waist Belt is fantastic and totally untouched. The cast brass “Army of Tennessee” CS Plate is perfect with black enamel paint in the background and so called “spun” hooks. I have not researched Tomlinson’s records myself but according to the information provided, he was associated with and served under Capt. William Allen Fuller (of 1862 Great Locomotive Chase Fame) who was provided several Georgia Militia Soldiers to serve under him in his railroad duties. This is a killer Identified Confederate Grouping. Custom display case included.



MS 9. Dug Confederate Saber Bayonet Adapter from Antietam.

Unusual type in great condition. Used to attach a saber bayonet to Mississippi Rifles and their Confederate made copies. Dug long ago on the 1862 Antietam Battlefield.



Outstanding Grouping Identified to Corporal R. Wallace Mitchell-Troop C, 16th Pennsylvania Cavalry including his captured Confederate Massachusetts Arms Adams Revolver from the Kelly’s Ford Battlefield along with letters describing it’s capture and original drawings done in camp. 

$9,500.00 HOLD


 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 12. Dug Federal Trooper’s Saddle Shield.

Excellent condition, stamped “11 1/2 INCH SEAT”. Provenance uncertain. 




MS 14. Dug Confederate “Cook and Brother N.O. 1861” marked Rifle Lock Plate.

Nice Confederate relic with legible address and Confederate National Flag.  Found within the Confederate Lines behind Rocky Face Ridge near Dalton GA.



 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. Excavated Confederate Cavalry Bridle Bit Boss.

Found in June of 1979 in a Confederate Cavalry Camp near Dinwiddie VA. and in superb condition with three remaining attachment prongs. These fancy Cavalry Harness sets were imported from England through the Federal Blockade.



 MS 17. Dug Confederate Artilleryman’s Hat Insignia.

Unusual smaller stamped brass type in flawless condition. Found in a Confederate Artillery Camp near Spotsylvania VA. 



MS 18. Early Federal Shako Hat Plate Insignia.

Excellent condition. This large U.S. Hat Plate is sharply detailed with a Federal Eagle perched on a shield in front of cannons and war trophies. Ca. 1830’s.




MS 20. Dug M-1855 Bayonet forged into a trenching tool.

Nice early excavated condition. Provenance uncertain. Ex. Ray Treece Collection.



 MS 21. Dug Tree Root with embedded .58 Cal. Three Ring Minie’ Bullet.

This is a remarkable and unique artifact. Nature embraces and absorbs the past, yea, even consumes and overtakes it….(waxing poetic)…. I was with Ray Treece when he found this thing. I heard him hacking away in the woods and upon investigation saw that he had detected a bullet about seven or eight inches deep but it was firmly encased in this large tree root. While he was thus occupied, I was digging a few dropped Colt Revolving Rifle and Enfield Bullets. Brant Arnold gave him a hand getting it out of the ground but it took them at least two hours. I have to say that these two guys are great friends and super fun to dig with. Found south of the Shiloh, TN. Battlefield on private property.



MS 22. U.S. Enlisted Man’s Forage or “Bummer’s” Cap.

Remarkable condition. Great blue color with no fade damage. No moth holes. Intact tarred canvas brim and chin strap. Both U.S. General Service buttons present and original to the cap. Excellent maker’s label reads ” GEO. HOFF & CO. PHILADA. Contract Dec. 29th, 1964. No.4.=7 1/8″. Sweatband is original. The only insignia on it is a stamped brass #1 which I also believe to be original to the cap. If you are looking for a representative Federal Soldiers Cap, this one is going to be hard to beat.



MS 23. Excavated Civil War 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. Dug Eagle Stirrup Mount.

Scarce early Militia Bosses that were mounted in pairs on a large fancy officer’s stirrup. When found, it seems that they come predominantly Confederate sites. 



MS 25. Dug Throat for Confederate B. Douglas Cavalry Saber Scabbard. 

Made of cast brass and in excellent condition. A real good thing to have if your wooden Confederate Saber Scabbard needs one. These swords are a product of Columbia SC. and have distinct wooden scabbards. Kraft, Goldschmidt and Kraft also produced these scabbards. Dug near Chickamauga GA in 1986.



MS 26. Excavated U.S. M-1858 Smooth Side Canteen.

Remarkable condition with quite a bit of the original tinned finish remaining. Needs a spout. Dug long ago at Catlett’s Station VA. 



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.

$35.00 ea. (.54 Cal. is sold)




 MS 30. Dug pair of George and Martha Washington Clay Tobacco Pipes.

I believe these pipes were produced in Fredericksburg VA., Both of these were found in a Fredericksburg VA. trash pit. Rare.



MS 31. Army of Tennessee Gen. Orders # 2o6, Missionary Ridge. Nov. 16, 1863.

The issue of this General Order is documented in several accounts and memoirs. This is the one sent to Gen. Joseph Wheeler. Condition is superb and written on imported light blue paper. Transcribed as follows;

Headquarters Army of Tenn.

Missionary Ridge

November 15th, 1863  General Orders #206 }

Publications in violation of orders have recently appeared in the public journals giving information of the organization of this army and of changes made therein. All such publications are highly improper and are positively prohibited-Commanding Officers furnishing or allowing copies of orders to be furnished from their headquarters to persons not entitled to receive them, will be held responsible for their publication.

By command of General Bragg,

George Wm. Brent A. A. Genl.

Maj. Genl. Wheeler, Cmdg Corps

This is a high quality Confederate Document was issued just nine days before the disastrous defeats of Lookout Mountain and Missionary Ridge. As you can see, we have the same problems today with the media today giving information to the enemy. This document was found in the 1960’s in a dumpster behind the State Courthouse in Montgomery Alabama during a renovation of the building. 



 MS 32. Dug Confederate D-Guard Bowie Knife from Orange VA.

Neat Confederate relic. Blade is broken in half but it is what it is. Dug long ago by Bob Scates in the massive Confederate Camps near Orange VA.



MS 33. Federal Percussion Cap Box.

Good condition with U.S. Ordnance Inspector’s Stamp on outer flap. Wool ling missing but vent pick is present.



MS 34. Wartime Document signed by CS Gen. John Hunt Morgan.

This document concerns intelligence about the Yankees near Tompkinsville KY. and is transcribed as follows:

“April 30, 1863

Genl. Jno. H. Morgan

It is reported that there are 400 Federals at John Ray’s five miles on this side of Tompkinsville in the Brumett’s Ferry Road. A lady brings in this information. They are said to be taking all the horses they can find, also all the bacon & corn.

In haste, your obedient servant,

W.B. Carlen, Confed. Comdg. Post near Celina Tenn.

Official, W. M. Magenis AAG”

On the backside of the document it states:

“Hdqtrs Morgans Division

Sparta May 1st, 1863

Respectfully forwarded,

Jno H Morgan

Brigd. Gen”

This is Morgan’s actual signature. The document is brief in nature but very specific about where the Yankees were camped. Might be a good tip for someone with a metal detector. The blue paper was imported from England and has an “S THOMAS 1862” watermark. Recovered from a dumpster behind the Montgomery Alabama Court House during a renovation project in the 1960’s.



MS 35. Dug wheel carved from lead.

Large carved wheel possibly made for a toy cannon. Who knows what it was for? Found in a Federal Camp between Corinth MS. and Shiloh TN. by Ray Treece. 



MS 36. Dug Love Token made from an 1858 Dated Silver Quarter.

Remarkable condition and very well engraved with a script letter “R”. Found in a Union Camp in the Shiloh-Corinth area by Brant Arnold.




MS 38. Dug Sharps Carbine or Rifle Bullet Mold .52 Cal. 

Very early find in remarkable condition. Totally functional. Ironclad provenance of Catlett’s Station VA.



MS 39. Dug set of Confederate Isaacs and Campbell Knapsack Hooks.

Found at the sprawling Confederate Railroad camp near Bovina MS. by Bob Bankston. These knapsacks were imported through the Federal Blockade by the Confederacy from England.



MS 40. 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 41. Excavated U.S. Burnside Carbine Lock and Hammer Assembly.

Obvious mainspring break. Great condition and complete. Spotsylvania Campaign.



 MS 42. Confederate Cavalry Officer’s Spur by Leech and Rigdon.

Superb non excavated example with intact rowell and clearly cast “CS” on the backside. 



MS 43. Carved lead Poker Chip with intensive designs. 

Found by Ray Treece near Shiloh TN. This large lead disc is extensively decorated on both sides with a cross hatch pattern of lines on one side and a recessed circle with lines on the other. Really neat piece.



MS 44. Dug Clay Tobacco Pipe.

Really good condition. Found by Ray Treece and Brant Arnold while digging Federal trash pits between Shiloh and Corinth. 



MS 45. Dug US Company Letter “I” Hat Insignia.

Perfect condition. Large size (1″tall) and made of stamped brass. Dug near Stafford VA. 



MS 46. Dug U.S. Company Letter “I” Hat Insignia.

Typical stamped brass about 1 ” tall. Found near Corinth MS.



MS 47. Dug US Company Letter “B” Hat Insignia.

Large stamped brass “B” in excellent condition. Found near Stafford VA.



MS 48. Dug “William T. Sherman” Hat Badge.

This extremely rare Western Theater badge is made of pewter with General Sherman in relief on one side and the symbols of the 12th, 14th, 15th and 17th Army Corps on the other. Only found in Arkansas and as of today, only 4-5 known to exist. Two were dug by Skip Mayorga at DeVall’s Bluff Arkansas and this is one of those he found.



MS 49. Dug U.S. Springfield Gun Tool and Worm.

Superb early finds. Both dug by John Marks in the huge Federal Camp at Hurricane Creek MS.



MS 50. Company letter “G” Hat Insignia.

This fancy type (about 5/8″) is thought to adorn the colorful Zouave Regiment Caps but I am not sure that is correct. Scarce variant. Possibly Confederate. Dug near Stafford VA.



MS 51. Dug M-1860 Savage Navy Revolver Bullet Mold .36 cal.

Remarkable condition and quite scarce. When cleaned with electrolysis the hinge became functional. Bullet is included and was found with the mold. Provenance of East Tennessee.



MS 52. Dug “Martingale” for U.S. Cavalry Harness.

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



MS 53. Silver U.S. 2nd Corps Badge, 34th New York State Volunteers “Herkimer Regiment” Army of the Potomac.

This fancy silver Corps Badge once belonged to a member of the 34th New York Regiment. This unit saw heavy fighting in the East and West Woods of Antietam, Fredericksburg and Chancellorsville. Great condition with intact T-Bar Pin. This pin is published in Stanley Phillips Book on page 




MS 55. Dug brass Regimental #0 Insignia. 

Possibly a letter “O” but more likely a zero. Great condition with attachment pins. Large size approx. 1 1/4″. Provenance of Middle TN.



MS 56. Dug Pocket Watch Chain and winding key.

Fantastic little relic lost by one of the Federal Soldiers camped at Lagrange TN. Dug many years ago by John Marks.



 MS 57. Dug Federal Infantryman’s Iron Heel Plate. 

These were used to add miles to a soldiers leather brogans. Great Condition. Found near Corinth MS.



MS 58. Dug Confederate Bayonet Scabbard Tip.

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



 MS 59. Dug “Baby” Inkwell.

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



MS 60. 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 61. Dug Confederate Artillery Short Sword Blade.

Scarce find. Most likely a Leech and Rigdon Blade that would have had a cast brass “CS” marked guard. Found by Brant Arnold and Ray Treece in a trash pit along the Shiloh retreat route. Someone out there has a dug brass guard that would mate with this rare blade.



MS 62. 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 63. Dug fragment of a U.S. Gardiner Explosive Bullet .58 Cal.

This bullet did what it was designed to do. It exploded and here is the base of it with intact nozzle and copper fulminate chamber. Dug near Chancellorsville, VA.



 MS 64. Dug Confederate Bayonet Scabbard Tip.

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



MS 65. Dug pair of .69 Cal Confederate “French Dragoon” Bullets with a square nail driven into them. 

Found long ago in a Confederate Camp near Frankstown MS. by Conrad Allen. Was there a purpose here? Maybe just good ole’ camp boredom. Cool Confederate relic for sure.