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Updated 10-16-17


WP 1. Confederate Foot Officer’s Sword and Scabbard by Mitchell and Tyler.

Mint condition, possibly the finest in existence. This Richmond VA. retailer was associated with Boyle and Gamble. They provided several types of high quality swords and belt rigs to Confederate Officer’s. 



MS 1. 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. 



WP 2. Eli Whitney “Enfield Pattern” Rifle Musket .58 Cal.

This scarce long arm was produced prior to the war by the Eli Whitney Jr. Arms Co. of New Haven CT. He was astute enough to see the coming storm and manufactured these guns cheaply from an amalgamation of parts, some purchased at auction from the dissolved firm Robbins and Lawrence who had previously been contracted by the British Government to produce M-P-53 Enfields. These “good and serviceable” second class arms could not pass Federal Inspection and were thus sold to state militias. Maryland, Georgia and Mississippi Units contracted for and received these arms before the war broke out. Less than 3500 were produced. This example is in solid condition and of the proper configuration. Lock is functional and stamped “E.WHITNEY”. I cannot find any other markings on the weapon which is typical. Metal surfaces are smooth and consistent. Bore is well defined. Note original Mississippi Rifle style ramrod. Stock is also solid with minor service wear. There is a high probability that this unusual rifle musket saw service in the Confederate Army.



 CSBP 1. Extremely rare Confederate Enlisted Man’s “Heavy Frame” Buckle on it’s original Accoutrement Belt. Identified to Private W.R. Barnett, Co. E, 5th Tennessee Cavalry.

The first thing that stands out is the quality and untouched nature of this fine Confederate Belt, straight out of the family and never before on the market. Note the Thick and heavy Beveled Frame Buckle. I have never seen one of these on it’s original belt before. The leather belt itself is supple and in fantastic condition. The Percussion Cap Box is a bit rough with broken hand stitched belt loops. Possibly Confederate made. The belt is accompanied by three bound compendiums of the “Confederate Veteran” Magazine dated 1912 to 1917. A nice handwritten presentation to Barnett of these volumes by his family is on the frontispiece of the first volume. The magazines were obviously cherished by Barnett and he saved ferns and oak leaves within some magazine pages, no doubt as souvenirs of special reunions or battlefield visits. I have yet to research Barnett’s War Record in the Army of Tennessee’s 5th Cavalry (McKenzie’s) Regiment. He ended up as a Reverend here in Knoxville TN. and is most likely also buried here. He was very active in the UCV Organization. Very rarely do you see pure and unmolested groupings like this surface.



WP 3. Confederate Cavalry Saber produced by Boyle and Gamble of Richmond VA.

What a fine example of this iconic Confederate Saber. Totally untouched. Full original leather grip with thin double strand of copper wire. Brass guard and scabbard fittings have a fantastic matching patina. Throat washer present. Blade is smooth and bright with no nicks or sharpening. Lap seamed scabbard has a smooth and unmolested patina. In sum, this is a truly outstanding Confederate Cavalry Saber and Scabbard. 



CSBP 2. Richmond Arsenal Military Belt Rig.

Leather is in remarkable condition with strong bullet stitching. Fabulous patina on the CS Tongue and Wreath Buckle. Note intact leather thong adjuster. They don’t get much better than this.



WP 4. U.S. M-1850 Field and Staff Officer’s Sword by Ames.

Classic American made Civil War Officer’s Sword and Scabbard. Condition is simply superb in all regards. Bright factory finish blade with frosty etching. Ames maker mark on scabbard throat and ricasso of blade. Untouched patina on all surfaces. Stunning gold plating on hilt with 100% Sharkskin wrap and wire. Hard to upgrade.



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.



MS 3. Dug pair of matching US Cavalry Trooper’s Spurs.

Excellent condition. Provenance of Northern Va.



MS 4. 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.



CWI 1. 9th Plate Ruby Ambrotype of a Confederate Infantryman.

Very possibly a member of Virginia’s “Cumberland Guards” as there is an identified image in a private collection with similar type uniform from this unit. Could also be a Mississippi Soldier. This image is unidentified but is super clear. Note “C G” letters on kepi and M-1842 Musket he is brandishing. Housed in original leatherette case.



CWI 2. 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 5. Dug Texas Dragoons, Company I Martingale.

Extremely rare plate in superb condition. Dug by Dean Sprowl near Fort Belknap, TX.



MS 6. Dug Texas Dragoons, Co. I Valise Rosette.

Another rare Cavalry Insignia dug by Dean Sprowl. Fort Belknap, TX.



CSBP 2. Dug Confederate Enlisted Man’s Belt Buckle.

Scarce “Double Tongue” Frame Buckle in excellent condition. Note how soldier modified the tips of the tongues, probably to keep belt from sliding. Provenance uncertain. Ex. Claude Maley Collection.



WP 5. Whitney “High Hump” Rifle Musket .58 Cal.

These unusual (and scarce) guns were produced by Eli Whitney Jr. The earlier M-1855 copy that was produced by Whitney under contract for the State of Connecticut (1861) used Maynard Tape Primer Locks that came from the Springfield Armory. This later 1862 model used a lock of Whitney’s own manufacture made to fit M-1855 stocks but doing without the tape primer system. Similar to the Richmond “High Hump” modification. These guns were also sold to the State of Connecticut and do not have any Southern association as some mistakenly believe. Condition is good with smooth metal surfaces. Lock is unmarked (through wear or weak stamping) and fully functional. Note odd long range site which is proper for this model. Stock is solid with typical service wear and minor chatter around ramrod channel. Scratched into the stock opposite the lock is “C.M. Bishop Co. E, the rest appears to be “2 R, “C” or “O” V?” Connecticut Volunteers? I cannot make it out clearly. Further research should be done. 



MS 7. Chattanooga-Atlanta Campaign Veteran’s Smoking Pipe.

Check out the exquisite carving on this wooden tobacco pipe. Dated 1865 with a most impressive list of harrowing battles. The soldier’s initials “E.W.” is all I have to go on for an I.D. 



ANT 1. Excavated Viking Sword.

Rare artifact, though broken from battle or intentionally. Verbal provenance is that it is a battlefield find near Vinnytsia, Ukraine. Bronze guard and pommel have a matching pagan solar symbol motif. Blade (including tang) is broken and measures 9″ in length, 2 1/8″ at widest point. Cross guard is 4″. One lobe of pommel is missing from hard impact. Sometimes weapons were ceremonially broken as offerings. Complete Viking age swords are extremely expensive. This sword displays great, is affordable and real. 9th-10th Cent. AD.



ANT 2. Excavated Viking Shield Boss or “Umbo”.

Hard to find these intact. Viking age shields were constructed of layers of wood covered with leather and the iron Umbo was in the center protecting the hand. This one has a mean little spike projecting from it. Missing parts of the rim and has some areas of rust through. Measures 6″ in diameter. Dug at a 9th Century battle site near Vinnytsia, Ukraine.



ANT  3. Massive two handed Viking Battle Axe.

A ferocious and efficient weapon. Superb condition and professionally treated for preservation. Found with a metal detector near Kiev, Ukraine. This “bearded” type is very rare in such a large size, over 8″. Designed to split shields and skulls. 9th-10th Century AD. 



ANT 4. Excavated Viking light Battle Axe or “Skeggox”.

These were wielded in a single hand, sometime with one in each hand. The warrior also may have had a couple of these tucked in his belt. Designed for fast attacks and possibly thrown at enemies like the earlier Frankish “Franciscas”. Condition is untouched and just as it was dug. Iron is very stable. Provenance of Northern Lithuania.



ANT 5. Dug Viking Cross Amulet.

Superstition and the protection of the gods was never far from the Viking Age mind. Christian Amulets such as this bronze cross existed side by side with Thor’s Hammer, Luna and Solar symbols as well as weapon amulets. Dug in Latvia, Baltic States.



CART 3. Requa Billinghurst Battery Gun Cartridge .58 Cal.

M&M # 132. High quality example of this distinct Civil War Cartridge.



CART 4. Rare Morse Carbine or Rifle Cartridge .54 Cal. 

Excellent condition. Extremely rare Cartridge from what I believe to be George W. Morse’s work in Atlanta prior to moving his operation to South Carolina. 

$595.00 HOLD B.P.


CART 5. Morse Carbine “Seamed” Cartridge .54 Cal.

Another rare experimental cartridge designed by George W. Morse.



CART 6. Morse Carbine “Stepped” Cartridge .48 Cal.

An experimental Carbine Cartridge designed and produced by Morse. No known example of the .48 Cal. weapon survives. Extremely rare cartridge. Only two known to exist.

$1595.00 HOLD B.P.


CART 7. Frankford Arsenal Martin Primed Cartridge .50/70 Cal.

Scarce Indian War Ammunition for Military Carbines and Rifles. 1866-1873. 



CART 8. Confederate Ringtail Sharps Cartridge .56 Cal.

M&M # 62. Flawless condition. Untouched. Perfect to display with your Confederate Carbine.



CART 9. Slant Breech Sharps Carbine Cartridge .44 Cal.

Not shown in M&M. A rarity, especially in this condition.



CART 10. Slant Breech Sharps Carbine Cartridge .36 Cal.

M&M # 53. Any Tie-Ring Sharps Cartridge is rare. This one is a beauty.



CART 11. Gomez and Mills .36 Multi-ring Sharps for Slant Breech Carbine.

Another rare cartridge that you just don’t see for sale. Has a piece of brown tape covering a powder leak.



CART 12. Sharps Pistol Carbine Cartridge .36 Cal.

M&M #44. Here is a scarce one. Very good condition. Minor weak spot stabilized with glue.



 CART 13. St. Louis Arsenal Starr Carbine Cartridge .54 Cal.

M&M # 58. Flawless Linen Cartridge that will be an appropriate accessory to your Starr Carbine.



CART 14. Two Ring Sharps “Slanting Breech” Carbine Cartridge .50 Cal.

M&M # 41. Very rare and flawless!



CART 15. U.S. Rifle Musket Cartridge .69 Cal.

Twelve of these were found packed in an identified Pennsylvania Soldier’s Cartridge box. This cartridge is complete and in excellent condition. No tears or repairs. I have shown a photo that includes broken ones to illustrate what is inside. These were designed with a separate paper “powder charger” behind the bullet which is the truncated cone three ring variant. 



 CSBTN 11. Dug Confederate Infantryman’s Coat Button.

CS 182 A, 22 mm. Good looking Confederate Button in spite of light ground action. Iron back and shank intact. Provenance uncertain.



 CSBTN 12. Dug Confederate Infantryman’s Coat Button.

CS 182 A, 23 mm. Copper faced “Tennessee Puff Rim” Infantry Button in very good condition. Iron back intact. Shank rusted away. Provenance uncertain.



CSBTN 13. Dug Confederate Infantryman’s Coat Button.

CS 185, 24 mm. Super nice looking cast pewter Infantry Button. Shank intact. Provenance uncertain.



CSBTN 14. Dug Confederate Infantryman’s Coat Button.

CS 184, 23 mm. Smooth chocolate colored cast brass “I” in great shape. Tunnel Hill, GA.



CSBTN 15. Dug Confederate Infantryman’s Coat Button.

CS 184, 23 mm. Classic solid cast brass Confederate Infantry Button. Perfect with no ground action. Dug East TN.



CSBTN 16. Dug Confederate Infantryman’s Coat Button.

CS 184, 23 mm. Another great looking cast “I”. Perfect with a fantastic green patina. This one is outstanding. Dalton, GA. area.



SSBTN 1. Dug South Carolina Militia Coat Button.

SC 12, 23 mm. Nice button with gold. “HORSTMANN BRO.& ALLIEN NY.” bm. Dug N. VA.



SSBTN 2. Dug South Carolina Militia Coat Button.

SC 14, 23 mm. Nice button with gold plating and no ground action. “HORSTMANN & ALLIEN NY.” bm. Dug by Marcus Osborne near Rutledge, TN. and lost by a member of Gen. Joseph B. Kershaw’s Brigade.



SSBTN 3. Dug Georgia Militia Coat Button.

GA 4, 23 mm. Nice button. Just as it was dug with the dirt on it and traces of gold plating. “HORSTMAN & ALLIEN NY.” bm. Provenance of East TN.



SSBTN 4. Dug North Carolina Militia Coat Button.

NC 8, 23 mm. More detailed than most, these are crude buttons and this one has a poorly struck “S.A. MYERS RICHMOND VA.” bm. Very good example overall with no problems. Provenance uncertain.



SSBTN 5. Dug Louisiana Militia Coat Button.

LA 3, 22 mm. Stunning button. Loaded with gold. “HYDE & GOODRICH / NEW ORLEANS” bm. Provenance uncertain.

$395.00 HOLD R.B.


SSBTN 6. Excavated Alabama Volunteer Corps Coat Button.

AB 2B, 21 mm. This button is a beauty and my pictures don’t do it justice. Gold in all the right places and sharp detail. “SCOVILL MFG. CO. WATERBURY” bm. Provenance unknown. 



SSBTN 7. Excavated Mississippi Militia Infantry Coat Button.

MP 4, 21 mm. Great looking example with gold in all the right places and sharp contrast. “HYDE & GOODRICH N.O.” bm. Provenance uncertain.



SSBTN 8. Excavated Mississippi Militia Infantry Cuff Button.

MP 4, 15 mm. My pictures don’t do this button justice. Loaded with gold. “HYDE & GOODRICH N.O.” bm. Provenance uncertain.



BLT WHIT 1. Excavated Confederate .45 Cal. Whitworth Sharpshooter Bullet.

M&M # 250. Typical cylindrical pattern in good dropped condition. Dug in December 2012 near Tyner’s Station, TN. by Brian Cruz. Gen. Patrick R. Cleburne’s division occupied Tyner’s during the siege of Chattanooga and had built a large redoubt along the railroad line to Knoxville. It was in this immediate vicinity that Brian dug almost 30 of these rare bullets in one hole.



BLT WHIT 2. Excavated Confederate .45 Cal. Whitworth Sharpshooter Bullet.

M&M # 250. Excellent dropped condition. Dug in December 2012 near Tyner’s Station, TN. by Brian Cruz. Gen. Patrick R. Cleburne’s division occupied Tyner’s during the siege of Chattanooga and had built a large redoubt along the railroad line to Knoxville. It was in this immediate vicinity that Brian dug almost 30 of these rare bullets in one hole.



BLT WHIT 3. Excavated Confederate .45 Cal. Whitworth Sharpshooter Bullet. Fort Fisher short pattern.

M&M # 250. Good dropped condition with a few wartime nicks. This short patter has identical truncated cone cavity as the taller patterns listed above and is only found associated with the Fort Fisher campaign along with isolated finds along the Carolina Coast including Charleston. This example was dug at Sugar Loaf Hill above Fort Fisher, NC.



BLT WHIT 4. Non excavated .45 Cal. Hexagonal Whitworth Sharpshooter’s Bullet. 

M&M # 1. Rare hexagonal pattern with solid base. There are very few of these known to have been excavated. Produced in England for the Whitworth Rifle. This example still has it’s original paper sleeve.



BLT UV 1. Dug Vandenburg Volley Gun Bullet .45 Cal.

M&M # 159, Rare Confederate Bullet dug near Fort Fisher NC. and produced for use in the Vandenburg Volley Gun which had 121 barrels and was technically classified as “system of artillery” and not a machine gun as it could not produce sustained fire. One of these weapons was purchased prior to the war by Zebulon Vance, Governor of North Carolina for the State Arsenal and it was evidently used in the defense of Fort Fisher and Wilmington.



BLT TM 1. Excavated Confederate “Mississippi” Rifle Bullet .54 Cal.

M&M # 301. Found only in the Trans-Mississippi Theater, this unique bullet is in good dropped condition. Note truncated cone cavity. Ex. Bill Ewing Collection.



BLT TR 1. Dug Tennessee Rifle or “Kerr” Bullet .50 Cal.

M&M # 301. Very rare bullet only dug in early war sites like Fort Donelson and Shiloh. This bullet is in good dropped condition and was dug near Michie, TN. Shiloh Campaign.



BLT LC 1. Dug Confederate Rifle Bullet .69 Cal.

Unlisted in McKee and Mason. A very tall and rare variant made for use in rifled and sighted M-1816 Conversion Muskets, M-1842’s and a host of foreign rifles. The deep accentuated skirt rings are similar to the Mangeot Pattern. Dug in a CS Infantry Camp near Corinth, MS.