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.36 Caliber Fluted Colt "Police" with Confederate Holster

This beautiful almost certainly CS carried firearm surfaced at the Tulsa PBS Antiques Roadsow.about 6 years ago.  Most Recently it came out of West Monroe, LA.  Beautiful early to mid-war production fluted Colt.  All serial numbers match with the exception of the wedge which was a common field replacement.  100% crisp with no repairs.  Has some pin point pitting throughout from oxidation.  Classic high qulity leather CS design holster with no finial closure and small belt loop on the reverse.  As Larry would say, "Hold this one up to your ear and hear it whistle dixie".

Price: $2,100  

Excavated Militia Belt Plate circa 1812

This is a nice example of a less common early militia belt plate.  It has a nice dark chocolate patina and no repairs.  This is the same as figure #169 in the Kerksis book.  The two iron belt keepers on the reverse have rusted away though a small portion of one remains.  The belt attachment bar is separated on one end but still remains sturdy.  This is a very nice example of a rarer style 1812 militia plate.

Price: $595

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: $3,800

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: $295    

Excavated Confederate Imported Enfield "Snake" Buckle and Adjuster

These buckles were made by Isaacs and Campbell of London and brought to the south mostly by blockade runners.  They commonly came with the belt rig associated with the Enfield rifle and were worn primarily by Confederate Soldiers.  This is an excavated example but the recovery location is unknown.  The belt adjuster was found with the buckle which is rare.  All three pieces have a nice even brownish green patina.

Price: $575

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: $450

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

Excavated Solid Cast Confederate "Block I" Button

Nice smooth brownish green patina on this beautiful excavated Block I.  Recovered in Dalton, Georgia.

Price: Sold

Excavated Confederate "Snake" Buckle

These style buckles were manfucatured in England and brought to the states mostly by blockade runners.  They commonly came with the belt rig associated with the Enfield rifle.  They were worn mostly by Confederates but some Union soldiers were outfuitted with this type of buckle as well.  The is a very pretty example of a snake with a very detialed snake head.  It would have attached to loops on either side.  The recovery location of this relic is unknown.

Price: $150 

Confederate Potts Bayonet with Scabbard

These unique "bayonets" are believed to have been manufactured by T.A. Potts of New Orleans based on one known marked example.  All other matching bayonets have no markings, this one included.  This is a fine example of this rare and unique bayonet with original scabbard.  The blade is bright with minor oxidation specks and measures approximately 12" in length.  The leather scabbard shows signs of age and cracking throughout and is beginning to pull away at the seams on the reverse due to the drying out of the leather over time.   The rosewood grip is near excellent with little wear and features circular brass attachment rings at the cross guard and pommel which have a pleasing smooth patina.  There has long been discussion over what this weapon was used for given it's unique design.  Seeing as how there is no cutout for the front sight of a rifle, my opinion is that these were not used as bayonets but as side knives that had the capability to be attached to a pike if needed.

Price: $4,200

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: $695

Excavated Leech and Rigdon Confederate Spur

This is a nice example of the highly sought after Confederate Leech and Rigdon Officer's spur.  This spur was found in Murfreesbro, TN on private property. When dug, the spur was in three pieces and has been expertly restored by Robert McDaniel.  

Price $1,850  ON HOLD

Civil War Era Dagger/Dirk

This is a very interesting 8" Civil War era Dagger/Dirk with a nice leather scabbard in very good shape.  I'm typically not one for giving a lot of validity to verbal stories but the story that accompanied this one certainly seems plausible.  The verbal story on this piece is that a Confederate soldier made this and gave it to his wife as a present.  It was a means to protect herself on the family farm alone with the kids while he was away at war.  He wanted the knife to be practical if needed and a way for her to know that he would always be watching over her so he incorporated his brass wedding band into the knife between the hilt and the handle.  While that is merely a story, the weapon certainly has a brass wedding ring attached and it probably didn't have the durability of a piece a soldier would want to take off to war with him so it makes sense it would be used by someone on the home front to protect themselves should the need arise.

Price: $495

Chained SS Dagger Model 1936

This chained SS dagger is in very good condition.  It has a beautiful ebony grip with no knicks or chips and nickel plated scabbard mounts with very little wear.  I do have the correct aluminum portepee for the dagger but it is not original to the piece and I am unsure how to properly tie it.  The scabbard is straight throughout with no dents and original balck enamel paint.  Ther are some minor scratches in the paint on the scabbard but they are small and there is no rusting.  Attached at the top is the clover leaf snap clip - the clip spring works perfectly.  The blade is bright throughout with normal runner marks and no maker's stamp.  No knicks in blade and it bears the motto "My Honor is called Loyalty".  The SS motto is deep and crisp.  This is a fine example of a chained SS.  This dagger is from my father's collection from the early 1970's.  It hasn't even seen the light of day in decades.

Price: $7,500

Colt Newline .22 Caliber

This Colt Newline is the smallest of the Colt pistols.  this pistol numbered 17297 waas manufactured in 1876.  This pocket model gun was highly carried in the west during the 1870's and 1880's.  The rosewood grips are in beautiful shape but  the nickel plating has begun to wear away, especially on the cylinder.  The Colt marking is crisp on the top barrel and faded but partially visiable on the side barrel.  Hndspring is broken as cylinder doesn't turn when cocked.

Price: $250

Model 1839 "Baby" U.S. Buckle

Non Excavated model 1839 U.S. Buckle commonly called the "Baby" U.S. buckle.  This speciman is in very good condition.  The arrow hook on the back has been shaved down and it can be clearly seen where that was done.  Given the even patina across the reverse of the plate the alteration was done 150+ years ago.  It would be hard to upgrade from this one.

Price: $375

Union Leather Cap Box

Leather Percussion Cap Box with portions of wool and pick still remaining.

Price $85

Non Excavated Pewter Whistle

This whistle measures approx. 2” long and is made out of pewter.  These whistles were commonly used for signaling, alarms, giving drill and other commands to the soldiers.  It has a small hole in the neck for wearing on a lanyard.  The whistle is in great shape with the cork ball remaining inside.  These types of pewter whistles were used from the time of the Revolutionary War through the late 1870's.

Price: $55

Remington New Model Police Revolver

Fresh out of a 1950's era collection in Giles County, TN, this is a .36 caliber, five shot pistol with a 6.5” octagonal barrel known as the Police Model.  Remington produced 18,000 of these between 1863 and 1878.  The serial number on this one is 4339 which is located under the trigger guard and left grip.  Light, barely visible portion of the same serial number remains on the barrel under the loading lever.  I can't pin down the actual manfacturing date on this piece.  Top of barrel stamped “Patented Sept. 14, 1858/ E. Remington and Sons Ilion, NY/ New Model”.  No other markings on the gun.  The action is strong and it has a beautiful dark patina.  The trigger and hammer work fine but the handspring is broken and the cylinder does not rotate. There are reproduction parts available if you want to replace the handspring with a modern reproduction.   This is a very good example of this type of weapon.        

 Price:  $1,350

New Model 1858 Remington Army Revolver

Fresh out of a 1950's era collection in Giles County, TN, this is a .44 caliber, six shot pistol with an 8” octagonal barrel.  Remington produced 122,000 of these and the serial number on this one is 63889 which is located under the trigger guard and left grip which denotes a production date of late 1863/early 1864. Remington serial number manufacture dates are notiously hard to pin down. Light, barely visible portion of the same serial number remains on the barrel under the loading lever. Top of barrel stamped “Patented Sept. 14, 1858/ E. Remington and Sons Ilion, NY/ New Model”.  Inspector cartouche bearing the initials BH for Benjamin Hannis are located on the right side grip. Other inspector markings are present on the gun. The action is strong and the patina is splotchy due to oxidation speckling with some small pitting throughout. Fair example of this type of firearm.

Price:  $1,150

Colt Model 1860 Army - Blacksmith Altered

The Colt Model 1860 Army was the quintiessential sidearm for the U.S. Army for the Civil War.  Approximately 130,000 of these revolvers were acquired by the U.S. Government during the conflict. Fresh out of a 1950's era collection in Giles County, TN this revolver is a .44 caliber, 3 screw model with a 6 shot cylinder and an 8" barrel.  It bears the serial number 122858 which denotes a manufacturing date of mid/late 1863.  Matching serial numbers including the wedge but it is missing the wedge screw and the wedge pin.  The grips are in fine condition with small period chips in the front bottom corners.   Mechanics are perfect.  Barrel address is clear and reads “ADDRESS COL. SAML COLT NEW-YORK U.S. AMERICA”.  Cylinder scene has been completely buffed away. The “COLTS / PATENT” mark on the left side is still visible.  The loading lever is what I believe to be blacksmith altered.  I have heard of similar field repairs but this one is quite unique and makes one wonder if this was a little Confederate ingenuity.  The lever is correct but it has no locking device to clip it into place - notice in the photos.  The lever freely moves from side to side but does not come down freely.  This one works by pushing the lever to the side to disconnect it from the barrel locking tab and then just pulling down and using normally.  I believe the locking clip spring broke and the soldier did what he had to do to keep the weapon usable.  The lever was cut just below the locking clip and reshaped to allow it to seat to the barrel locking tab.  Interesting repair.

With an original wedge screw and spring it would be a nice unique and complete all matching specimen.

Price: $1,150

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: $695 

1/6th Plate Ruby Ambrotype of Little Drummer Boy and Soldier

Wonderful and unique photo of a Union soldier, double armed with both his musket and a side knife standing beside a little drummer boy.  The top of the plate,above the "white line" in the photo, is a little darker than what appears on this image.  A fair image with excellent content.

Price: Sold

Pair of Personal Letters from Franklin, TN dated May, 1863

These two letters were written in May 1863 by Private Joseph E. Boyd of the 115th Illinois Infantry Regiment, Company D while stationed in Franklin, TN.  He is working on the breastworks at Ft. Grainger.  He, like most soldiers of the time, felt the war would be over soon and he would be headed home.  

Private Boyd joined the Regiment at 19 years old in September of 1862 and was killed in action at Dalton, GA on October 13, 1864.  He is buried in the Chattanooga National Cemetary.  During his time of service, his company was involved in action at Chicamauga, Atlanta, Resaca, Kennesaw Mountain, Peachtree Creek, and Altoona Pass.  After his death they would go on to fight at Franklin and Nashville.

Price: $295

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: $1,825

Confederate $50 Note - T14

This note has Moneta seated by treasure chests and a sailor at left.  This note is in uncirculated condition with a serial number of 700.  You can't upgrade this one.  Beautiful example.

Price: $265

Reduced to Sell  $200

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

Excavated Hotchkiss Rifled Artillery Projectile

The is a very pretty example of a 3" rifled artillery Hotchkiss projectile with no flame grooves.  It was recovered many years ago on private property in Port Hudson, Louisiana.  It has been drilled in the side and disarmed.  Percussion fuse and lead band sabot fully intact.  It has been cleaned and coated and is ready for display.  You can still read "Hotchkiss Pattern Oct 9, 1855" on the base. 

Price $335

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

Confederate $50 Note - T8

Nice crisp uncirculated $50 Confederate note with George Washington's portrait in the center. "For" before "Treas'r" is printed, not handwritten.  This is a "C" series note with serial number 25410.  This note is printed on thin paper stock.  It is dated July 25, 1861, mere months after Virginia seceded from the Union.  One small nick in the upper left corner.  A rare note in excellent condition. 

Price: $450

Reduced to Sell  $350

Confederate $5 Note - T34

Nice crisp uncirculated $5 Confederate note.  It has a portrait of C.G. Memminger (first Secretary of the Treasury for the Confederate States) in the center and Minerva at right.  It is dated September 2, 1861. It is black print on plain paper with the "CSA" watermark in block letters (only the "SA" are visible.  It is cut cancelled and has the serial number 24647.  This is a top shelf note without a single crease in it and it would be extremely difficult to ever upgrade from this beauty.

Price: $440

Reduced to Sell  $350


Confederate $5 Note - T36

This note is in almost uncirculate to uncirculated condition.  It shows Commerce sitting on a bale of cotton in the center and a picture of a sailor at left.  It is dated September 2, 1861.  this is a series 10A with a serial number of 64900.  This is a harder to find note in this condition.

Price: $250

Reduced to Sell  $200

Confederate $2 Note - T42

This $2 note is in uncirculated condition and shows the South striking down the Union in the center and a photo of J.P. Benjamin at left.  It is dated June 2, 1862.  It is series 10 and bears the serial number 15849.    Impossible to upgrade this one.

Price: $225

Reduced to Sell  $175

Model 1858 Federal Bullseye Canteen

This is a Model 1858 bullseye canteen in good condition. Stopper and chain in great condition and still attached but no linen sling.  It still has it's original butternut wool cover attached. A good solid example of a bullseye canteen.

Price: $325


Excavated Confederate "Snake" Buckle

These style buckles were manfucatured in England and brought to the states mostly by blockade runners.  They commonly came with the belt rig associated with the Enfield rifle.  They were worn mostly by Confederates but some Union soldiers were outfuitted with this type of buckle as well.  The is a very pretty example of a snake with a snake head.  It would have attached to loops on either side.  The recovery location of this relic is unknown.

Price: $150 

Excavated Model 1840 Cavalry Sword

This is one super cool relic - a complete excavated Model 1840 Cavalry sword.  It was dug on private property with permission at Brandy Station, VA.  The Battle of Brandy Station was the largest cavalry engagement of the war pitting Federal forces under the command of General Alfred Pleasanton against Confederate forces under the command of General J.E.B. Stuart at the start of the Gettysburg campaign.   This sword is in great relic condition with the only flaw being a bent tine on the guard possibly from a horse falling on top of it during the engagement.  This could be the centerpiece of any dug relic collection.  You won't see another one of these for a long, long time.

Price: $1,575

Excavated Union Hotchkiss Shell

Excavated 3- Inch Federal Hotchkiss shell in three parts.  The three parts were not dug together but all three parts were dug on private properties along Tyne Boulevard in Nashville where the 2nd day Battle of Nashville occurred on December 16, 1864.  Timed fuse shell with flames grooves on the exterior and filled with case shot. 

Price: $290

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: $225

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: $225

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

Model 1816, Type III Springfield Conversion Musket

This Model 1816 conversion musket is a .69 caliber and both lockplate and barrel are dated 1837.  Originally a flintlock smoothbore musket, this rifle was most likely converted to percussion in the 1850's as were many of these rifles.  Marked "Spring/Field/1837" behind the hammer and an eagle with "U.S." under it in front of the hammer.  The top of the buttplate is also marked "U.S.".  Good non messed with conversion musket.

Price: $1,295

Excavated Coat Size Confederate Infantry Button

This coat size Confederate Infantry button has a brass front and an iron back.  The shank remains though it is bent over.  The button is stable and has a nice brown patina to the front.

Price: $ 95

.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

Excavated 24 Pound Solid Shot Cannonball

 This is a very pretty excavated 24 pound solid shot cannonball. It was excavated years ago and is coated to prevent any further oxidization.  This cannonball is about as smooth as they come.  It was excavated in Vicksburg, MS.  Vicksburg fell into Union hands on July 4, 1863.  Because of that, for the next 82 years the city refused to celebrate the 4th of July holiday remembering 1863 instead of 1776.  It was not until 1945 amid the patriotism of the closing of WWII that the city would again begin to celebrate the July 4th holiday.  Great condition harder to find cannonball size.

Price: $265

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: $695

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: $295

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: $275

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: $585

Non-dug U.S. Cartridge Box Plate

Excellent condition non-dug lead filled U.S. oval Union cartridge box plate.  This plate has a beautiful, never cleaned patina.  The reverse has full lead and both loops perfectly intact. 

Price:  On Hold

Non-dug U.S. Oval Buckle

Excellent 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