Please note I am closing this business on 12/31/21.  

While I thoroughly enjoy doing this as a hobby, my real job has become too time consuming to allow me to keep up the site or look for new inventory.  In preparaton, I have heavily discounted prices on everything.  See something you like?  Call me and maybe we can work something out but I am no longer purchasing new inventory.   Only the New Item page is updated.  Ignore other pages except WWII.

Thank you all for the business over the years and I wish everyone the best!

Preston

Mississippi Cavalry Coat Button

This is one of the rarer Confederate buttons to recover!  Solid button in excellent shape with straight shank.  No repairs or damage.  Has the Hyde and Goodrich / N.O. backmark.  These don't come around every day.  This one was dug at a Confederate winter camp in Fosterville, TN, just south of Murfreesboro. 

Price: $800     Sale Price: $650


Union Cavalry Model 1858 Forgae Cap 

This forage cap comes out of a North Carolina estate and is in very good condition.  It retains the original cavalry insignia attachment and eagle side buttons as well as the complete lining and sweatband.  The leather strap and brim are pliable and not brittle.  The cap shows definite signs of use.  There is some small mothing in a few places which can be seen in the additional photos.  This cap is a size 7 1/8 and was made by Lewis J. & Isaac Phillips of New York.  It is their Type II model.

This is a very nice example of this type of hat.  If you hold it up to your ear you can hear it play the Battle Hymn of the Republic!

Price: $2,600     Sale Price $2,250


We buy and sell a variety of American relics in Brentwood, TN

Non-excavated CS Two Piece "Richmond Style" Belt Buckle

This is a Confederate two piece buckle known as the "Richmond Style".  The tongue on this particular buckle has the exagerated serif lettering.  This is a non excavated buckle with a nice smooth patina.  

Price: $3,400     Sale Price $3,000   


Non-dug U.S. Oval Buckle

Good condition non-dug lead filled U.S. oval belt buckle.  Nice bronze patina with arrow hook attachments.  If you want an iconic relic of the Civil War, this is it. 

Price: $315


Dug Confederate Officer's "Droop Wing" Coat Button

Very pretty excavated Confederate Officer's "Droop Wing" Coat Button.  Nice chocolate brown patina with vague hints of gilt.  Shank is slightly bent but strong.  this button was dug in Murfreesboro, TN.

Price: $250     Sale Price: $175


Excavated Confederate "Block I" Infantry Coat Button

This is a very pretty Block I button with a nice woods patina that accents the "I".  Back is in good condition with intact straight shank. Verbal provenance is that it was dug in virginia but exact recovery location unknown.

Price: $145


Excavated Confederate Artillery "A" Coat Button

This is a nice example of an excavated Confederate Artillery "A" button.  Nice woods patina that really highlights the letter "A".  thank on the back is straight and intact.  This is a nice solid example of a confederate artillery button.  The recovery location is unknown.

There is not a hole in the button on the upper right, that is something on the camera lens. I will take new photos when I can but wanted to note that!

Price: $195


Dug Texas/Mississippi Rosette/Martingale

This is an early dug stamped brass, lead filled rosette.  These have been excavated in both Texas and Mississippi Cavalry camps over the years but there has always been much debate about whether these were originally military or civilian in nature and just adopted by Confederate troops from Texas and Mississippi.  This is a very nice example of a dug one that was excavated in a Texas cavalry camp in Dalton, GA.  The three attachment pins on the reverse remain.  There is one very small dent in the bottom right "arm" of the star but it doesn't detract from this nice piece.  It is better seen in the close up photos.

Price: $150     Sale Price:  $100


Ames Model 1832 Artillery Short Sword

This Roman gladiator style artillery short sword was popular from the 1830's through the Civil War.  This 1832 sword is a first year production model.  This is an example of a Union made sword but these swords were produced by both armies during the war.  The stamping on the blade is very worn but reads "UNITED STATES/1832" on one side and "N P AMES/SPRINGFIELD" on the reverse.  The eagle above the Ames stamping is almost entirely worn away.  Beautiful blade on this harder to find 1832 dated sword.

Price: $400     Sale Price $325


US Oval Belt Buckle on Original Leather Belt

Absolutely stunning US buckle on brown leather belt.  This one was most likely non-issued.  Leather is pliable and there are no tears, breaks,or bends.  Top of the line speciman for your collection.  

Price: $525     Sale Price:  $425


Signed Photo of General Dwight D. Eisenhower

General Dwight D. Eisenhower was an Army general who also served as the 34th President of the United States from 1953 until 1961. He was a five-star general in the United States Army during World War II and served as Supreme Commander of the Allied Expeditionary Forces in Europe. He was responsible for planning and supervising the invasion of North Africa in Operation Torch in 1942–43 and the successful invasion of France and Germany in 1944–45 from the Western Front. In 1951, he became the first Supreme Commander of NATO.

Price: $995


Signed Photo of General Omar Bradley

General of the Army Omar Nelson Bradley was a senior officer of the United States Army during and after World War II. Bradley was the first Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff and oversaw the U.S. military's policy-making in the Korean War. 

Bradley served with distinction in Noth Africa and later commanded the U.S. First Army in Operation Overlord, the cross-Channel invasion of Normandy, on June 6, 1944. Bradley was the architect of Operation Cobra, the American breakout from the Cotentin Peninsula that unleashed the First Army and Patton’s newly activated Third Army into Brittany and across southern Normandy, precipitating the collapse of the German army that ended the campaign.

Price :$575


Signed Photo of General Douglas MacArthur

General of the Army Douglas MacArthur was an American five-star general and Field Marshal of the Philippine Army. He was Chief of Staff of the United States Army during the 1930s and played a prominent role in the Pacific theater during World War II.  He oversaw the successful Allied occupation of postwar Japan and led United Nations forces in the Korean War (1950-1953).  His most famous quote was "Old soldiers never die, they just fade away".

A little Civil War trivia - Douglas MacArthur's father was Lieutenant General Arthur MacArthur who fought right here in the Battle of Franklin.  He earned the Medal of Honor for his actions at Missionary Ridge.  In fact, Arthur MacArthur and Douglas MacArthur became the first father/son duo to win the Medal of Honor.

This is quite scarce as MacArthur did not like signing autographs.

Price: $1,295


Model 1864 .58 caliber Union Cartridge Box with Sling

Model 1864 .58 cal. cartridge box with over-the-shoulder sling and breast plates intact as well as original cartridge tins.  The cartridge box remains pliable with maker's marks on sling and caretridge box.  The over-the-shoulder sling is completely intact with Eagle breastplate though it is missing the two wooden dowels that hold the breastplate intact.  The over the shoulder strap has an old repair where it meets the cartridge box to help reinforce the leather as that is one area that we usually see tears.  This is a very nice example for your collection.

Price: $750     Sale Price:  $600


Confederate Roller Belt with Holster

This is a fine example of a Confederate roller belt and hand stitched Confederat holster.  The belt is intact though there are a few very weak spots on it which I have tried to show in the photos.  The handstitched holster is fine shape though some of the stitching down the side has busted over the years.  This too is shown in the photos.  It has a very old tag on it that says "Seige of Vicksburg - 1863".  The tag is so old, I have been afraid to remove it as it could take some of the leather off with it.  My guess is this piece was taken home by a Yankee soldier as a souvenir from Vicksburg.  This piece has been in my personal collection for over 20 years.  

Price: $950     Sale Price:  $850


Model 1851 Non-Comissioned Officer's Belt and Buckle

This is a very fine example of a Model 1851 N.C.O. belt and cast brass Eagle sword belt plate.  The belt is in excellent condition and remains pliable with Inspector's cartouche.  The Eagle sword belt plate has a very pretty, rich, aged, bronze patina.  The silver wreath remains 100% intact.

Price: $495     Sale Price:  $400


Model 1851 Union Sword Belt Plate

This is a Union Sword belt plate in beautiful non excavated condition.  It is cast brass with applied silver wreaths.  The keeper still has a piece of belt attached.  The patina on the buckle and the keeper are a little different so I'm not 100% sure they have always been together but it is the correct keeper and displays beautifully.

Price: $375     Sale Price $325


Had a blast teaming up with Destin Sandlin from Smarter Every Day to participate in this video.  He is a great guy and does some amazing videos on science and technology.  This video happened to be about pricision machining and he illustrated that concept through the Whitworth Rifle.  


U.S. Army issue Leather Cavalry Carbine Boot/Socket

Original Civil War U.S. Army issue cavalry carbine boot/socket.  Socket of thick sewn leather with leather strap. Very good, solid condition.  These were buckled to the D-ring on the lower right side of the saddle. When riding the trooper carried his carbine suspended from the carbine sling over his shoulder with the barrel pointing down and thrust through the socket to keep it from swinging wildly around while the horse was in motion. This is a basic and key piece to any Civil War or early cavalry collection. 

Price: $50


Confederate General Thomas "Stonewall" Jackson Print

This is a very fine example of a silver print from a copy negative circa 1900-1920.  It shows Confederate Gernal Thomas "Stonewall" Jackson.  Aproximate size is 5.5"x3.75"

Price: $40 


Non-Excavated Union Eagle Breast Plate

Nice example of a non-excavated brass stamped and lead filled Union breast plate.  Plate is in great shape with both loops remaining on the reverse.  One small rust spot on the front at the bottom as seen in the photo.  The initials B.A. are carved in the lead on the reverse.

Price: $295     Sale Price:  $250


Non-excavated Brass Infantry Horn

Nice example of a Federal stamped brass infantry hat pin in excellent condition.  Both wire loops remain intact on the reverse.  a very nice non-dug example.

Price: $110     Sale Price:  $90


Non-excavated Brass Civil War Cannon Artillery Insignia

Nice example of a Federal stamped brass artillery hat pin in excellent condition.  All four small wire loops on the reverse remain perfectly intact.  A very nice speciman for your collection.

Price: $195    Sale Price:  $150


Model 1859 Cavalry Bridle Bit with Curb Chain

This is a nice Model 1859 US Cavalry Bridle Bit with Curb Chain.  It is in very good overall condition, the iron surface of this artifact bears slight rust pitting and has acquired dark gray coloring in areas.  It has the U.S. brass 'bosses' on the side  and retains the curb chain which displays a rust covering.  The slobber bar on this one is missing which was common so the hroses could graze while on picket.  The inside bar of one of the arms is stamped "US".  A great example of a Bridle bit that would display well with any cavalry collection.

Price: $200     Sale Price:  $150


ID'd 1853 Dated U.S. Springfield .69 Caliber Musket

This beautiful musket is fresh out of the family here in Middle Tennessee and was carried by John Basler of the 3rd Michigan Cavalry, Company "H".  The musket was acquired from John Basler's Great-Great-Great Nephew.  John Bassler was born in Switzerland in 1833 and immigrated to the United States several years before the war taking up residence in Michigan.  He joined the 3rd Michigan Cavalry and they were mustered into service at Grand Rapids, Michigan on November 1, 1861 and mustered out on March 15, 1866.  Interestingly John Basler was the Regimental Blacksmith which probably explains why he carried this type of weapon while serving in the cavalry.  The 3rd Michigan Cavalry was involved in the Western Theatre and participated in battles at Corinth, New Madrid, Island #10, Holly Springs, Lumpkin's Mills, Iuka, and fought with General Grant during the Mississippi Campaign.  In the winter of 1863-64 they were camped in LaGrange, Tennessee.  They left in May of 1864 headed to Little Rock, Arkansas and assisted in driving Confederate General Shelby beyond the Arkansas River and then marched on to Alabama where they were involved in the siege of Mobile at the end of the war.  John Basler moved back to Michigan and passed away on May 20, 1907 in Sanilac, Michigan and is buried in the Sanilac Cemetery.

The firearm itself is a Springfield .69 caliber musket dated 1853. It has a chocolate brown attic like patina.  This musket has not been altered in any way and remains in its original condition.  It is new to the market having been in the family's hands until just days ago.

Price: $1,250     Sale Price $1,100


Excavated Confederate Isaacs and Campbell Knapsack Buckle

Finding these two pieces dug together are getting harder to come by.  This is a beautiful example of this type of buckle which would have been on a soldeir's knapsack.  This was produced by Isaacs and Campbell of London and brought through the blockades to the Confederacy.  Nice deep chcolate patina on this one and the buckle arm moves freely.  The recovery location is unknown.

Price: $175


Union Carbine Sling Buckle and "Batwing"

This is a nice carbine sling buckle with brass belt tip or "batwing" as it is commonly known.  It has a nice woodsy patina and all 4 brass pins remain on the batwing.  The two tongues move freely on the sling buckle.  These were recovered together in the vicinity of Ft. Donelson.

Price: $160


1820's U.S. Rifleman's Powder Flask Id'd to James H. Walk

This is a U.S. Rifleman's Powder Flask that is copper with a brass top.  The flask has the presumed name of the soldier who carried it on both the front and back inside the bugle horn.  These "Public Property" flasks are seldon seen on the open market.  Because of the copper and brass content I had to take photos without a flash so I am happy to provide additional photos if requested, It is missing one screw at the top where the powder control lever is.  Lever works perfectly.  On the front of the flash the engraving inside the Bugle is "J.H. Walk" and in the bugle on the reverse side is engraved "James H. Walk".  Underneath the bugle on the reverse side is scrawled a date but you need a magnifying glass to read it.  It says "November 12, 1873" along with some type of symbol.  I didn't even notice it, my 12 year old son did but his eyes are a little younger than mine  :)  I didn't spend too much time researching but found the last name "Walk" is not too common.  I found one person from Pennsylvania who showed up in the 1840 census bearing that name who was 30-40 years old and born in Pennsylvania.  He shows up in the 1870 census but does not show up in the 1880 census.  Could November 12, 1873 be a death date?  Still a mystery that needs research and unraveling.

Price: $350     Sale Price:  $250


Non Excavated Maynard Flat Nose Cartridge by Poultney

Excellent condition non excavated Maynard .50 caliber brass cartridge covered with paper wrapper.  This Maynard cartridge was produced by Poultney.  Much more scarce than the non Poultnery flat top Maynard cartridges.

Price: $50

Reduced to Sell  $45


Nice 1840's / 1850's era Powder Horn

This is a good solid example of a pre war powder horn for firearms.  Many Confede4rates left home in 1861 to join the war effort with their personal hunting rifle and equipped with a similar powder horn.  Great example of a transitional piece that began the war in great quantity and all but disappeared by the end of the war.

Price: $120     Sale Price:  $75


Excavated C.S. Staff Officer's Coat Button

Nice "droop wing eagle" Confederate Coat Button dug on private property near the Stones River Battlefield in Murfreesboro, TN.  Brownish green woods patina.  No shank remaining on the reverse.

Price: $185     Sale Price:  $160


Excavated C.S. Staff Officer's Button - CS26A

This is a nice C.S. Staff Officer's Button commonly referred to as a "droop wing eagle".  Brownish green woods patina.  Recovered on private property near Chicamauga.  Shank broken but partially intact.  Some gilt remaining on reverse.

Price: $195   Sale Price:  $175


Excavated Coat Size Block I Confederate button

Very nice excavated two piece coat size button with a smooth chocolate brown patina.  One slight indention at 11:00 but not a digger's mark.  Nice straight shank with "EML & Co. / Richmond" backmark.  Nice Confederate Infantry coat button.

Price:  $ 165


.69 Caliber Tower Bullet - M&M #217

Excellent example of a .69 caliber Tower bullet for a rifled musket. The cavity is a shallow cone.  This bullet was excavated in Corinth, MS and "Corinth, Miss" is written on the side of the bullet.

Price: $120     Sale Price:  $100


1861 Ames Non-Commissioned Officer's Sword

This 1861 Ames NCO sword is in great shape with leather scabbard intact.  There is one crease in the leather scabbard below the throat but no weak spots.  Markings on the blade are sharp and clear with a blade you can see your reflection in.  A good solid example of an NCO sword for your collection.

Price: $250     Sale Price: $175


Confederate Staff Officer's Coat Button CS-5

Pristine condition CS-5 Confederate Staff Officer's Coat Button.  100% gilt and hard to upgrade from this one.  Top shelf Confederate button.  Extra Rich, Treble Gilt backmark.

Price: $250     Sale Price:  $200


Confederate Staff Officer's Vest Button CS-5b

Pristine Confederate Staff Officer's Vest Button CS-5b.  100% gilt and hard to updgrade from this one.  Matching button to the coat button above.  Extra Rich, Treble Gilt backmark.

Price: $235     Sale Price:  $200


Confederate  "Georgia Frame" Buckle

This is a nice excavated example of a "Georgia Frame" buckle.  This buckle was dug in McMinnville, TN and has a slight bend in at as found.  It is the standard style plate 152 in Mullinax's book.  Perfect starter Confederate buckle for your collection.

Price: $525