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MS 1. US Cartridge Box, Canteen and Bayonet Scabbard Identified to Pvt. James H. Shannon, Co. H, 5th Maine Vol. Infantry Regt.

This grouping once included his waist belt which had his name and information stenciled on the inside. The belt was stolen which is unfortunate. These items all came directly out of Shannon’s Family and have been in a long time Maine Civil War Collection. The cartridge box is in exceptional condition with it’s original shoulder sling. Supple leather. Brass US Cartridge Box Plate and Eagle Breastplate are original to the box. Roller Buckles and latch tab are present as well as one of the original tins. The canteen is also in good shape with it’s original linen sling, wool cover and stopper. The bayonet scabbard is decent though missing the brass finial. 



MS 2. Dug Clay Smoking Pipe with Negro Head. 

Remarkable details and condition. Found near Savannah GA. by Lewis Potts.



MS 3. Excavated U.S. Officer’s Eagle Head Spur.

Amazing condition with no repairs. Most likely worn by a Confederate Officer as it was dug in CS General Earl Van Dorn’s Cavalry Camp at Spring Hill TN. The brass rowell is original, and a perfect fit but was not found with the spur. Excavated examples of these fancy spurs are extremely rare.



MS 4. Confederate Bowie Knife and Scabbard brought home as a battle trophy 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 that was in this grouping has been sold. The knife is accompanied 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 5. Rare “US with 13 Stars” Officer’s Spur.

Extremely rare spur in any condition. This one is a very fine non dug example with slight bends from actual service. If only this spur could talk. Way more scarce than any “CS” marked spur.

$2495.00 HOLD J.F.


MS 6. US Percussion Cap Box identified to Charles R. Johnson, Co. B, 15th Maine.

A very nice example with “Chas. R. Johnson Co. B, 15th Me. V.” Stenciled on the inner flap. Box is also marked “C.S. STORMS, MAKER N.Y.”. I will leave further research to the buyer. Johnson was from Bowdoinham, Maine.



MS 7. US M-1841 12 lb. Mountain Howitzer Full Scale Reproduction with Ammunition Chest and all accessories.

If you are serious about shooting a full scale Civil War Cannon for display, competition, reenacting, protecting your compound or just good ole plain fun, here is the cannon for you. This gun has a solid steel tube coated with brass and was produced by the Trail Rock Ordnance Company of Rutledge TN. Everything you need to fire this weapon is included. The cannon has already been proved firing solid shot and canister effectively and accurately. Practically new with very little use. Included with the gun is a full scale ammunition chest, several 12 lb. canister rounds (one complete, the rest need to be filled with balls and crimped), molds for casting lead canister balls, pendulm hausse sight, thumb stall, lanyard, friction primers, primer pouch, vent pick, tompion, leather gloves, two bags (50 lbs) of black powder and several other accessories. Cannon is located in Mascot TN. and can be hauled in the back of a pickup truck or on a small trailer. 



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.



MS 10. Dug Confederate Cavalryman’s Spur Produced By Leech and Rigdon AKA “Memphis Novelty Works”.

Very nice condition and an unusually thick variant. The “CS” and stars stand out in sharp relief. No ground action at all and no repairs or bends. Found over 40 years ago near Lawrenceville GA. and probably lost by a member of Gen. Joe Wheeler’s Cavalry Command.



MS 11. Identified Maine Soldier’s .58 Cal. Cartridge box marked “G.A. MOODY, CO E. ? ME. V.”

I cannot make out the regiment #, but the rest of his information is clearly stenciled on the inner flap. Box itself is an early .58 Cal. Pattern in good overall condition with intact roller buckles, latch tab and both tins. The US Plate is untouched and affixed to the outer flap by small square nails. This should be an an interesting research project for someone so inclined.



 MS 12. Dug Federal Trooper’s Saddle Shield.

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




MS 14. Virginia State Armory invoice for ammunition, cartridges, caps and muskets submitted by Col. Daniel C. Ruggles.

Dated May 21st, 1861, just weeks after the Fort Sumter capitulation. The document is signed for by Col. Daniel C. Ruggles who was stationed in Fredericksburg VA. at the time. This same, but later CSA Gen. Daniel Ruggles would fight with distinction at Shiloh less than a year later. Neat early war document in excellent condition.



MS 15. Dug Sheet Music Clamp for Instrument.

Found in a Civil War Troops camp near Mobile Al. by the late Ernest Hendrix. Regimental Bands were very popular during the war and music was a source of entertainment in times of boredom as well as encouragement in battle. Neat relic in great condition.



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. Whisky Flask identified to “Lt. B.L. Crosby 7th ME. Inf.”

I have yet to do the research on Crosby but do recognize the 7th Maine as a prolific and notable regiment that participated in many battles and campaigns. Very good condition overall with a nice leather cover. Glass has a crack but is strong and intact.



MS 21. U.S. M-1839 Cavalryman’s Carbine Sling.

Complete and full length with supple leather. Just the thing to display with your American Civil War Carbine. There is an arsenal or military proof stamp on the strap near the tip but I can’t make it out. Iron swivel is unmarked.



MS 22. Rare 19th US Army Corps Badge. 

Rare late war badge made of stamped brass. Also known as the Middle Military Division. Formed on Nov. 17th, 1864. Dug near Petersburg, VA.



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. Extremely Rare Matching Pair Of Brass Confederate Cavalry Stirrups.

Rare Confederate copies of the US M-1833 Dragoon Stirrup. Fantastic green patina. Dug together on the Brandy Station VA. Battlefield. Ex. Sam Higginbotham Collection.



MS 25. Brass Powder Flask for M-1849 Colt Pocket Revolver.

This is the standard pattern issued with the Colt M-1849 in the case with all the other accessories. Condition is superb with an untouched patina and nicely detailed patriotic scene, fully functional as well. Just the thing to accompany your revolver.



MS 26. Dug Iron Knuckles.

Last line of defense in a hand to hand scrap. Excellent early dug condition. Soldier filed grooves into the knuckles to make them more effective. Found near Fredericksburg VA.



MS 27. Dug Patriotic Shield Pin with Federal Eagle.

Very nice condition featuring a Federal Eagle with a large ribbon in it’s beak. Marked on back “PAT. DEC.29, 1861”. Dug by Charles Sweeney near Eastport MS.





MS 30. Matching pair of dug Confederate Cavalry Spurs.

This variant is scarce, possibly produced in the deep South. My friend Bob Bankston dug a couple of these in a Confederate Camp near Vicksburg, Mississippi. Note thick construction and finely curved neck. This particularly fine pair was found together in Gen. Rosser’s Confederate Cavalry Camp near Colonial Heights VA.



MS 31. Dug Pocket Watch Chain with Military Scenes.

How cool is this amazing relic? Nothing captures the exuberance of 1861 like this chain. The links are small coin like discs with highly detailed scenes of  Artillerymen firing a cannon and a charging Cavalryman with his sword raised, tent with flag in the background. Obviously dug long ago. The very tip of the hook has a break and has separated but can easily be re-attached. An extremely rare and unique war relic. Dug by J.B. Harrell near Riverton AL.



 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 in the massive Confederate Camps near Orange VA.



MS 33. Rare US M-1872 Cavalry Picket Pin.

Fantastic condition and quite scarce. This is exactly what Custer’s Cavalry, the Horse Soldiers and other Trooper’s on the hostile Indian frontier were using to secure their horses. 



MS 34. Dug Confederate Cavalryman’s “CS” marked Saddle Shield.

Excellent condition with no repairs or issues. Provenance uncertain but it did come from a Lawrenceville GA. Collection.



MS 35. Dug Civil War Corkscrew from Camp Davies. 66th Illinois Infantry.

Unbelievable condition, made of wrought iron. Found in the camp of the 66th Illinois just outside of Corinth MS. by Brant Arnold. Wine bottles were also dug in the trash pits there.



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 37. Excavated Confederate Artillerist’s Hat Insignia.

Small size insignia in fantastic condition with a perfect face and three of the four iron attachment loops present. Found in a Confederate Camp near Fort Griffin TX.



MS 38. Confederate “Gardner” Pattern Canteen. 

Very fine condition with it’s original shortened linen carrying strap. Totally untouched.



MS 39. Matching pair of non excavated Confederate Cartridge Box Shoulder Sling Roller Buckles.

Great condition with remnants of original black finish. Extremely rare. I have seen several Confederate Cartridge Boxes out there that could use these buckles.



MS 40. Rare CS Richmond Rifle Musket Lock dated “1865”.

Perfect and fully functional lock in non excavated condition. I cannot emphasize how rare this Confederate lock is. There may be only a couple of 1865 dated Richmond Rifle Muskets in existence.



MS 41. Dug US Artillery Hat Insignia.

Large early type found in a Confederate Heavy Artillery Battery position on the James River near Richmond. Remarkable condition.



 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. Excavated Lock and Hammer for the CS Richmond Rifle Musket.

Scarce dug Confederate Lock and Hammer assembly. Found by Jim Goodrich on the Winchester VA. Battlefield.



 MS 44. Dug Silver 6th US Army Corps Badge.

Outstanding example. Found long ago at Brandy Station. N. Virginia.



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 US Company Letter “B” Hat Insignia.

Perfect condition and hard to find intact. Large size (1″tall) and made of stamped brass. Dug near Orange VA. by Sam Higginbotham.



MS 47. Company letter “B” Hat Insignia.

Perfect condition with a great patina. Large size (1″tall) and made of stamped brass. Dug near Eastport MS. by Charles Sweeney. 



MS 48. Dug US Company Letter “D” Hat Insignia.

Very good condition with a great patina. Large size (1″tall) and made of stamped brass. Dug near Orange VA. 



MS 49. Dug US Company Letter “E” Hat Insignia.

Here is a tough one. Very good condition with no repairs. Large size (1″tall) and made of stamped brass. Dug near Eastport MS. by Charles Sweeney. 



MS 50. Dug Confederate Company Letter “G” Hat Insignia.

Slightly smaller and made of cast brass. Great green patina and excellent condition. Found recently by Brant Arnold near Corinth MS. 



MS 51. Dug U.S. Company Letter “I” Hat Insignia.

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



MS 52. Large Dug US M-1821 Military Hat Insignia.

Very rare to find excavated and in this condition. No bends, dings, repairs or alterations of any kind. 3″ Across. Found near Richmond VA.



MS 53. Dug US Company Letter “B” Hat Insignia.

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



MS 54. 1862 dated Letter Envelope from Private James F. Cameron, Co. C, 11th Alabama Vol. Infantry. Killed in action at Gettysburg.

Great condition and fully legible. Sent to his father. James had a brother named Matthew in a different regiment who was also killed in battle at Chickamauga on Sept. 20th, 1863.



MS 55. Dug Company Letter “B” Hat Insignia.

Scarce cast brass variant. Most likely Confederate or pre-war  Militia. Dug by Charles Sweeney in a Confederate camp near Iuka MS.



MS 56. Dug Flagstaff Butt Cap.

Smaller size made of sturdy brass associated with cavalry guidons and banners. Found near Colonial Heights VA.



MS 57. Dug “Martingale” for U.S. Cavalry Harness.

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



MS 58. Confederate UCV Reunion Flag.

Unusual Swallowtail Banner version of the First National Pattern. This flag is perfectly sized for framing and exhibits proper aging yet retains bright blue and red color. Measures 23″ X 55″. Ca. 1890-1920.




MS 60. Dug Regimental #6 Hat Insignia.

Large 1″ size for Kepi or Hardee Hat. Rarely found unbroken. Dug near Orange VA. Ex. Sam Higginbotham Collection.



MS 61. Dug Regimental #8 Hat Insignia.

Large 1″ size for Kepi or Hardee Hat. Rarely found unbroken. Dug near Orange VA. Ex. Sam Higginbotham Collection.



MS 62. Dug Regimental #0 Hat Insignia.

Large 1″ size for Kepi or Hardee Hat. Very fine example with no issues. Dug near Orange VA. Ex. Sam Higginbotham Collection.



MS 63. Dug Regimental #4 Kepi Insignia.

Excellent condition. Dug near Orange VA. by Sam Higginbotham. Small size, approx. 1/2″.



MS 64. Dug Regimental #0 Kepi Insignia.

Small 1/2″ size for Kepi. Very fine example with no issues. Dug near Orange VA. Ex. Sam Higginbotham Collection.



MS 65. Silver Spanish Eight Reale Cob dug near Fort Fisher NC.

This large and crude “Cob” was found long ago by the late Jack Wells. Note the untouched patina. I cannot make out the date, but this type is hundreds of years old. Fort Fisher, NC.



 MS 66. Dug Leech and Rigdon Artillery Short Sword Blade.

Rare 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 67. Rare dug Naval Cutlass or Cavalry Saber Insignia Pin with gold plating. 

Found by the late Charles Sweeney near Iuka MS. in a Confederate infantry camp. According to Mike Singer who is the foremost expert on Civil War Insignia, these pins are very rare and documented in Civil War sites. Great condition.



MS 68. Dug US Cavalry Bit.

Interesting variant in magnificent condition. Dug long ago near Winchester VA. 



MS 69. Civil War Whisky Flask identified to 1st Lieutenant Gibbs F. Libby, Co. F, 22nd Maine Vol. Infantry Regt.

This type of flask is made of leather wrapped glass with a pewter cap which is engraved “G.F.L. 22 Me. Inf.” Libby mustered out on August 14, 1863. He was from Robbinston, Maine. The leather wrap has seen better days but is mostly there. Part of a long time State of Maine Civil War Relic Collection.



MS 70. Dug Confederate Arsenal Combination Gun Tool.

Very nice condition. Also known a s a “Richmond Rifle Musket Tool”, Dug many years ago in the Confederate 1864 Winter Camps at Dalton GA.



MS 71. Dug US Mainspring Vise for Rifle Muskets.

Used to compress the mainspring while inserting it into the lock. This example is in great condition as it was dug long ago near Dalton GA.