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Miscellaneous Relics

MS 1. Chickamauga Battlefield War Log with US 3″ Hotchkiss Shell.

Fantastic war relic. Pine log is over 3 feet tall and has a complete US 3″ Hotchkiss Shell nose embedded in it. When this log first surfaced out of a GAR Hall in Pennsylvania the shell was determined to still be live and it has since been professionally disarmed. Provenance is verbal but typical of other Chickamauga Pine logs I have seen. The shell is 100% authentic to the log and has not been added to it. Top is flat and could be used as a small table. Shop or show pick up only.

$4500.00 Reduced by consignor!


MS 2. US Cartridge Box for .58 Cal. Rifle Musket.

Standard mid war issue maker marked on the sides “C.S. STORMS MAKER N.Y. Very nice condition overall, complete with original US box plate, intact latch tab, roller buckles and tins. A perfect companion for your Springfield or contract Rifle Musket.



MS 3. US M-1839 Cavalry Carbine Sling.

A very fine example. Measures 52″. Original black bridle leather is smooth and supple with tooled edges. Brass buckle and belt tip are present. Steel sling swivel is marked “O.B. NORTH & CO. NEW HAVEN CT.” .



MS 4. Dug US M-1833 Dragoon Stirrup.

Made of solid cast brass. Flawless condition. Dug at Corinth MS. in Dec. of 1999. 



MS 5. Virginia Secession Badge attached to a Confederate Requisition Receipt dated Feb. 9th, 1862.

This receipt is for several items received from a John Hopkins. It mentions “three perfect and five imperfect sets of harness” as well as a “set of whiffle trees, a camp kettle, two wagon covers, six imperfect bridles, two six mule teams, two extra wagons” etc. all signed for by a “T. E. Leahy”? I imagine that the Secession Badge was possibly left as a token of surety by this particular officer. The badge itself is finely crafted from red, white and blue silk ribbons and has a Virginia Militia Coat Button attached by a strand of bullion wire. The button bears the “HORSTMANN & ALLIEN N.Y.” bm. with rays.



MS 6. State of Louisiana Secession Badge.

Something you don’t see everyday and this one is in superb condition with a wartime Louisiana Militia Coat Button mounted in the center of a red badge with white tails. There are many early wartime photos showing soldiers wearing these proudly on their uniforms. These rare badges were recently acquired from a long time Richmond VA. collection.



MS 7. Dug US “Gutter Back” Cavalryman’s Spur.

Perfect condition with intact iron rowell. Provenance unknown.



MS 8. US M-1864 Cartridge Box for .69 Cal. Rifled Musket.

Scarce US Infantry cartridge box in very good condition. 100% complete and original. Clearly embossed “US” on outer flap. Leather has some crazing on surface but is flexible. Maker marked on inner flap “R. NECE” in addition to a US Ordnance Inspector’s stamp. Original tins present.  Box measures approximately 8 ¼” x 2” x 5” (for the .69 caliber elongated ball). Appropriate to display with your .69 Cal. rifled and sighted M-1842 and M-1816 as well as the variety of French, German, Austrian and Belgian rifled muskets in .69 Cal.




MS 9. Alabama Volunteer Corps Secession Badge or Cockade.

Most likely a cockade sewn onto an Alabama Officer’s Slouch hat. Remarkable condition with a cuff or vest size Alabama Volunteer Corps button fastened in the center of a star. These badges were recently acquires from a long time collection in Richmond VA.



MS 10. Large Silver Handled Fighting Knife.

Unmarked Sheffield Type with double edged blade and ornate solid silver handle. 14″ overall length. I have seen wartime images of soldiers with this exact knife shoved in their belts. Excellent condition.



MS 11. Dug Confederate Cavalry Saddle Shield.

Flawless stamped brass type with a nice green patina and sharp “CS” stamp. Provenance uncertain but likely from Northern VA.



MS 12. Dug US M-1833 Enlisted Dragoon’s Hat Plate.

Extremely rare large silver plated Dragoon Insignia in excavated condition. Applied eagle appears to be made of cast pewter. Found many years ago at a Confederate occupied Fort site in Oklahoma by Bob Shelton.




MS 14. US Patriotic Brass Powder Flask for the M-1849 Colt Pocket Revolver .31 Cal.

Excellent condition with sharply detailed Federal Eagle. Fully functional with an untouched patina. These were issued with cased Colt Pocket Revolvers.



MS 15. Dug Confederate “Richmond Arsenal” Spur.

Excellent condition and patina. This is the very unusual large size variant. Found many years ago near the Kennesaw Mountain GA. Battlefield.



MS 16. Dug US “Jeff Davis” Hat Pin.

Used to pin up one side of the US M-1851 Hardee Hats. This superb example was dug by Bob Shelton at Camp Cooper Texas where Confederate General Robert E. Lee was once stationed before the war. 



MS 17. Grand Army Of The Republic Medal.

Fantastic condition and note attached Infantry Major’s Oak Leaf Insignia. A very nice Veteran’s piece.



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 21. 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 22. Dug Confederate Cavalryman’s Spur with “Gutterback” Frame Belt Buckle wrapped around it.

Here is what a bored Confederate Trooper did with his broken spur and belt buckle. Found in a Confederate Cavalry camp near Richmond VA. Ex. Brant Arnold collection.



MS 23. Brass Bullet Mold for Pickett Rifle.

Approximately .45 Cal. Excellent condition.



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. Civil War period “CODMAN & SHURTLEFF” Cased Amputation Kit.

Very nice condition with almost all pieces marked “CODMAN & SHURTLEFF”. I believe this kit to be original with original instruments which is unusual as most kits contain replacement instruments from different makers. Housed in original red velvet lined mahogany case. Label present inside lid reads “CODMAN & SHURTLEFF SURGICAL & DENTAL INSTRUMENTS, 13 TREMONT ST. BOSTON.”



MS 26. Dug 1835 Dated US “Capped Bust” Quarter Dollar from Fort Fisher NC.

This rare silver coin should grade pretty high, like Extra Fine +. Found in the Confederate works near Fort Fisher, NC. 



MS 27. Grand Army Of The Republic Flag Pin.

Authentic celebratory pin given out at GAR meetings and events. I have a few of these in excellent condition. An interesting and affordable accent to any American Civil War collection. This one features the “We drank from the same canteen” motto and imagery.





MS 30. Confederate “Gardner” Pattern Drum Canteen.

Nice untouched patina with remnants of cork stopper and soldiers’ initials “JJH” carved neatly on the face. Note beautiful untouched patina. Discovered recently in a Gettysburg PA. antique shop and most likely a relic of the battle.



MS 31. Dug Nipple Protector and Chain.

Enfield style nipple protector with long brass canteen stopper chain attached. A soldier’s ingenuity for sure. Provenance uncertain.



MS 32. Identified US M-1858 “Bullseye” Canteen inscribed “I Marched With Sherman To The Sea, John Lowbridge to Kurt, My Grandson”.

Original American Civil War Canteen with great provenance.



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 Spur.

Scarce decorated iron type with brass rowell. Excellent condition. Provenance of CS Cavalry camp near Corinth MS.



MS 35. Dug Federal Eagle Decoration for Military Drum.

Perfect condition with traces of silver plating. Provenance uncertain.



MS 36. Excavated US Officer’s Spur.

Scarce fancy pattern with scrolling foliate designs. Provenance unknown.



MS 37. Dug CS/US Cavalry Picket Pin.

Very good condition. Dug near Shiloh, TN. 



MS 38. Pewter Medical Syringe. 

Used for urethral injections to treat venereal diseases which were rife in the large camps and occupied cities.



MS 39. Dug Silver US 9th Army Corps Insignia. 

Remarkable condition with sharp detail. Fashioned from stamped silver. Found long ago on the Petersburg VA. Battlefield.



MS 40. Dug .69 Cal. Musket Ball embedded in wood. 

Neatly split in half revealing the bullet. Found many years ago on the Fredericksburg VA. Battlefield. 



MS 41. Excavated Soldier’s Gold Wedding Band.

Found many years ago by Bob Shelton in a Texas Troops camp. Note traces of design.



MS 42. Dug Colt Navy Revolver Mold .36 Cal.

Condition is such that the mold hinge is not frozen and it is complete with sprue cutter. Provenance of Shiloh TN.



MS 43. Dug Infantry Officer’s Sword Belt Keeper and Chain.

Really cool relic. Note armored knight on top of infantry hat horn decoration. Unusual roller type chain. Found in a Confederate Troops Camp near Savannah GA. by Mark Presley.



MS 44. Excavated Confederate Cavalryman’s Spur.

Heavy cast brass with large iron spiked rowell. Provenance of Brandy Station VA. Battlefield.



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. Excavated Confederate Cavalryman’s Spur.

Remarkable condition with long neck and large iron rowell. Classic style. Provenance of New Market TN.



 MS 47. 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 48. Dug Company Letter “A” Hat Insignia.

Large 1″ size neatly perforated by the soldier to be sewn onto a hat. Found by Bob Shelton in a Texas Civil War troops camp.



MS 49. Excavated Confederate Cavalryman’s Spur.

Untouched woods patina with small brass rowell. Provenance of Corinth MS.



MS 50. 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 51. Excavated Confederate Cavalryman’s Spur.

Finely made straight neck spur. This variant is more commonly found in Virginia and is most likely produced by a Richmond Arsenal. Provenance of Thorn Hill, TN.



MS 52. Dug .69 Cal. Musket Ball embedded in wood. 

Neatly split in half revealing the bullet. Found many years ago on the Fredericksburg VA. Battlefield. 

$65.00 HOLD


MS 53. Dug Regimental #8 Hat Insignia.

Scarce cast brass number “8”. Found in a Confederate camp in New Kent Co. VA. by Kenny Pickle. Approx. 1″. 



MS 54. Civil War period Side Knife.

American Civil War Troops on both sides carried these knives and they were used to do everything. Whittle, cut up apples, skin varmints and stab enemies as a last line of defense. This knife still retains its edge and has antler grips. Brass cross guard is loose. 



MS 55. 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 56. Dug 12th US Army Corps Hat Insignia with original red paint.

Superb condition and dug long ago on the Chancellorsville VA. Battlefield. This is the large variant with red paint. This unit was nearly routed by Gen. “Stonewall” Jackson’s flank attack in this battle.



MS 57. “UNION OR DEATH” Inscribed .69 Caliber Three Ring Rifle Bullet from the Shiloh TN. Battlefield. 

This is the real deal. Found several years ago by Brant Arnold on private property that was once part of the first day’s Battle and also a Federal Infantry Camp. Dropped condition. Neatly and legibly inscribed. I believe this bullet may also be published in an issue of the North South Trader Civil War Magazine. A Federal soldier has expressed his sentiments quite forcefully here and with profound symbolism.



 MS 58. Dug Infantry Officer’s “False Embroidered” Hat Insignia.

Beautiful insignia with sharp details and traces of silver plating. The stamped brass regimental #1 has been added for display but matches the horn perfectly. Both pieces dug near Spotsylvania VA.



MS 59. Dug 3rd US Army Corps Hat Insignia.

Very nice example, These are thought to have been provided by camp sutlers to the troops. 1864 Wilderness VA. Battlefield.




MS 61. 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 62. 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 63. 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 64. Dug Regimental #4 Kepi Insignia.

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



MS 65. 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 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. Dug Patriotic Shield decoration for Military Drum.

Found in a Federal Camp near Savannah GA. by Mark Presley.



MS 68. Dug Federal M-1859 Trooper’s Spur.

Found back in 1989 at the White Oak Swamp near Mechanicsville VA. Leather boot strap still intact. 



MS 69. 1842 Dated Patriotic Pin with Federal Eagle.

This piece came from a diggers collection but I have no provenance on it. I suppose it commemorates some event. Measures about 5/8″ in diameter or a little larger than a penny. Missing pin on back.



MS 70. Dug Confederate Issue Mainspring Vise marked “C.S.”.

Very rare tool. Note sturdier construction compared to US counterpart. Clearly marked “C.S.”. Found in General Joseph E. Johnston’s 1864 Winter Camp near Dalton GA. 

$350.00 HOLD J.W.


MS 71. Dug US Tumbler Punch for Springfield Rifle Musket. 

Remarkable condition. Dug long ago by Charles Sweeney near Eastport MS. 



MS 72. Dug “U.S” Cavalry Bit Boss or Rosette.

Scarce with the dot between the “US”. Beautiful example with a killer patina. Found Northern VA.



MS 73. Dug US Bridle Rosette or Bit Boss.

Early pattern made of lead filled stamped brass. Dug recently by Brant Arnold near Corinth MS. Attachment wires intact.



MS 74. Dug US 12th Army Corps Hat Insignia.

Perfect condition with traces of gold plating. This type was provided by camp sutlers to troops in the Army of the Potomac. Verbal provenance of Chancellorsville, VA.



MS 75. Dug early US Militia Saddle Shield.

Made of cast brass with silver plating. Interesting and possibly from the late 1700’s period. Dug Northern VA. 



MS 76. Austrian Lorenz Sergeant’s Combination Gun Tool for .54 Cal. Rifle.

Very scarce in non excavated condition and complete with attached worm and intact nipple pick. A fitting item to display with your .54 Cal. Austrian Lorenz Rifle. 



MS 77. Non excavated P-53 Enfield Rifle Musket #4 Private’s Combination Tool.

Non dug “T” pattern complete with wiper/worm attached and lubricating apparatus. Missing nipple pick. See page 366 of Russ Pritchard and C. Huey’s Book “The English Connection” for detailed information on these tools. A perfect item to display with your Enfield Rifle Musket.



MS 78. Dug P-53 Enfield Rifle Musket #4 Sergeant’s Combination Tool.

Scarce dug “T” pattern in great condition with intact nipple pick. Missing worm. See page 365 of Russ Pritchard and C. Huey’s Book “The English Connection” for detailed information on these tools. A perfect item to display with your Enfield Rifle Musket. Find a dug worm/wiper and you will be in business.



MS 79. 6th Plate Ambrotype of young girl.

Beautiful girl finely dressed. A very clear image. Housed in a nice thermoplastic case. Perhaps she was some soldier’s sweetheart. A good item to have for a reenactor’s impression.



MS 80. 6th Plate Daguerrotype of a young girl.

Beautiful early image housed in a nice thermoplastic case. Very high quality. 



MS 81. 6th Plate Ambrotype of Mother and Child.

A very clear and touching image. A mother and child hoping daddy will come home from the war? Perfect reenacting prop. 



MS 82. Dug .58 Cal. Three Ring Bullet embedded in a knot of wood.

Particularly nice relic with wood split perfectly revealing the bullet. Dug many years ago by Arthur Lehman along Gen. Lee’s retreat route from Petersburg, Amelia County VA.



MS 83. US Soldier’s Combination Mess Utensil marked “UNION ARMY KNIFE”.

Superb condition with very nice rosewood handles. This utensil was very handy and many have been excavated in American Civil War camp sites. Features a knife, spoon and fork. Strong maker mark. Very similar to the current Swiss Army Knife.



MS 84. Dug Confederate Railroad Spike used as a Tent Peg.

I dug this spike in one of CS Gen. William J. Hardee’s camps guarding the Shelbyville Road near Tullahoma, TN. Note small size and round head. You don’t see too many of these early railroad spikes. 



MS 85. Dug Civil War Wine Bottle.

Excellent condition with no chips or cracks. Dug near Richmond VA. in a Federal Camp Site. Bottle has not been cleaned but is just as it was found.

$35.00 HOLD J.P.


MS 86. 5th US Army Corps Hat Insignia.

Nicely engraved silver badge with border design and large size. Intact “T” Hinge Pin. Provenance uncertain, appears to be excavated.



MS 87. US Civil War Surgeon’s Pocket Medical Kit and Hat Cord.

Nice folding Surgeon’s Kit with embossed cordovan leather case and almost all of the instruments. Marked “MAX WOCHER & SON, MANUFACTURER’S OF SURGICAL INSTRUMENTS. 105 W. 6th ST. CINCINNATI O.”. The scarce green and white US Surgeon’s Hat Cord is in superb condition with no fading or issues. 



MS 88. Dug Confederate “Richmond Arsenal” Cavalryman’s Spur.

A very nice spur with no repairs or issues. Dug in Amelia County VA. by the late Arthur Lehman. A less common variant.

$250.00 HOLD J.S.


MS 89. Maker Marked US Navy Percussion Cap Box.

Overall very good condition. Faintly marked “METZGER PHILA” with US Ordnance Inspector Stamp “H.H. HARTZELL”. 



MS 90. 17th US Army Corps Hat Insignia.

Nicely engraved silver arrow badge with intact “T” Hinge Pin. Note initials “H L” on reverse. Large size, approx. 3″. Provenance uncertain, appears to be non excavated but hard to tell.



MS 91. Dug US M-1858 Canteen.

Virtually complete though flattened. Found in a old roadbed by the late Arthur Lehman. Amelia County VA. Displays really well in a case.



MS 92. Civil War Straight Razor With US Patriotic Motif On Blade.

What a cool razor. Not only is the blade engraved with the US Federal Eagle but check out the nude babe on the bone or thermoplastic handle. Blade also bears a Sheffield, England maker mark and has a small chip. 



MS 93. US M-1855 & M-1861 Springfield Rifle Musket Tool and Worm/Wiper.

Perfect condition and a great set of accessories for your .58 Cal. M-1855 or M-1861 Springfield Rifle Musket. These essential tools were kept by soldiers in the Accessory pouch of their cartridge box or haversack.



MS 94. Dug US M-1859 Regulation Cavalryman’s Spur.

Great excavated condition. Found in Amelia County VA. by the late Arthur Lehman.



MS 95. Battlefield Struck Enfield Rifle Musket Nose Cap.

Completely and unquestionably shattered by a projectile. Found by the late Arthur Lehman, most likely on the Five Forks VA. Battlefield. Amelia County VA.



MS 96. “A Soldier’s Dream Before A Battle” Song Card.

Excellent condition and printed on period card stock. Bright red and blue colors. No doubt sold to soldier’s by camp sutlers.

“Its midnight now in Tennessee,
There is no sound, but in the forest tree,
The cold October winds blow wild.
I’m sad when I think of the soldier’s child.

The soldier lies in his tent and dreams
Of his home in the North, and the bright running streams,
Of the wife of his youth, and the old cottage home,
Where, when but a boy, they delighted to roam.

He dreams of his parent’s’ that’s beneath the cold sod,
They are resting their bodies, their souls are with God;
He dreams of his daughter, so beautiful and mild,
That’s with her mother, a poor soldier’s child.

The bugle is sounded, the war path must be tread;
He thinks of his friends, he leaves them with God;
He rushes to battle, with the thousands so true,
To die ‘neath the folds, of the red white and blue.

He has fought his last fight, his country to save,
To conquer the foe, that seeks to enslave;
He fell in the battle, so fierce and wild,
And he breathed his last prayer, for the soldier’s child.

From the field of the battle his body is borne
To rest in the grave, ‘till the great judgement morn;
In his grave near the Camp may he find sweet repose,
And his friends the spot, when the war shall close.

Camp Smith, Tennessee, October 28th, 1864″



MS 97. Dug US Artillery Hat Insignia.

Used on Forage Caps and Hardee Hats. Very good condition with no repairs and only minor cracks. Found long ago by Arthur Lehman, Amelia County VA.



MS 98. Dug Confederate Bridle Bit Boss.

Excellent condition. Civilian type with lead fill and silver plating. Dug in a CS Cavalry Camp in Amelia County VA. by Arthur Lehman.



MS 99. US Patriotic Letter Envelope”1861″.

Nice condition. Bright colors.



MS 100. Dug Confederate Battle Flag Spade or Finial.

This crude flagstaff finial or spear is made of wrought iron and was dug within the Confederate trenches at Spanish Fort Alabama. Rare and 100% Confederate.



MS 101. Dug Ohio Volunteer Militia Breast Plate.

Found in a fire pit in the wake of Gen. Henry Halleck’s Corinth Campaign. Backside appears to have been filled with epoxy to add stability. Decent details. Note glue repair on bottom edge. Certainly a candidate for a better restoration job. A very rare plate.



MS 102. Virginia Mourning Ribbon for “John McKay”.

Undoubtedly a Confederate Veteran serving with the State of Virginia during the Civil War. This fancy black silk ribbon is adorned with a Civil War Virginia Militia Coat Button. There are two possibilities for this soldier; Private John McKay, Co. F, 18th VA. Cavalry and Private John J. McKay, of the Fredericksburg Light Artillery.