CONFEDERATE ARTILLERY FUSE INSERT - CS insert
for artillery shell. This would screw into the nose of the shell
and a paper timer fuse would be placed inside of this insert.
Judging by the condition of the cap end, no doubt this one
was actually fired. Recovery place unknown.
|DUG BUTTONS ARE LISTED IN THE 'BUTTONS' CATAGORY
LARGE KEY - APPOMATTOX - Looks like an old jail house
key. Nearly 6 inches in length. Recovered from Appomattox,
LOCKPLATE AND HAMMER - NASHVILLE, TN. -
Lockplate with hammer to a percussion gun. This would be to
a civilian type of rifle. Recovered in Nashville, Tn. Looks to
have seen a violent end by the looks of the bent screw.
OFFICER'S SWORD BELT PLATE - DUG - Recovery
location unknown. This plate has seen it all - many
nicks, etc (most probably from plows). Narrow tongue
denoting an earlier plate. German silver applied wreaths
are gone, has a bench number of 48 on reverse.
DUG RIFLE MAINSPRING VISE - Recovered in Northern Virginia -
spring bar is not frozen strangely enough for the amount that it has
rusted. Good solid condition.
|DUG BELT PLATES ARE LISTED IN THE 'LEATHER AND
M-1851 RECTANGULAR SWORD BELT PLATE WITH
INITIALS ON REVERSE - Dug M-1851 eagle sword belt plate
with applied German silver wreath. Recovery sight unknown.
Plate has owner's initials of "T.I.P." stamped in reverse side of
plate - unknown. Small bend in the belt keeper side but otherwise
U.S. EAGLE GENERAL SERVICE COAT BUTTON WITH
UNIFORM CLOTH STILL ATTACHED - Dug eagle coat button
with a section of the uniform still attached. Recovery sight
unknown. Cloth is in a fragile state as you could imagine and
one small piece is detached. Cloth is a brown color at this stage.
U.S. EAGLE GENERAL SERVICE CUFF BUTTON WITH
UNIFORM CLOTH STILL ATTACHED - Dug eagle cuff button with
a section of the uniform still attached. Recovery sight unknown. Cloth
is in a fragile state as you could imagine. Cloth is a brown color at this
GEORGIA STATE SEAL BUTTON - Battlefield recovered button.
Horstmann is visible but I can't tell much more beyond that. Back of
button has been caved in at the shank. Recovery site unknown.
U.S. BELT PLATE - CHANCELLORSVILLE - Nice rich brown
face - arrow hook belt plate recovered from the Chancellorsville
battlefield. Good amount of ground action on lead reverse and one
blemish in the 'S' of the front.
3 PIECE SHALER BULLET - COMPLETE - DUG - Years ago I
purchased a large relic collection which included almost 13,000
dug bullets - just about everything you could imagine. In that
group were three complete Shalers of several different variations.
I sold one right away, kept one for my own collection and have
now placed the third up for sale. A digger is lucky to get even one
piece of a Shaler let alone the entire 3 piece bullet. They fit nicely
together but of course due to their travels don't fit completely into
one another. Rarely seen!! Recovered in Virginia.
DUG TOURNEQUIT STARAP CLAMP- Great for a Civil War
Medical display. Still retains the four rollers and shows why it was
discarded on the battlefield - the threaded hole for the
thumbscrew had cracked, probably rendering it useless. Nice piece
to show the desperate struggle to save lives due to the wound.
REMINGTON .44 CAL. ARMY REVOLVER - Recovery site
unknown but must have had a violent end probably during
reloading as the gun is in half cock position, empty cylinder and
both the loading lever and cylinder pin are both broken with the
broken end of the cylinder pin still holding in the cylinder and
the ram portion of the loading lever still in the hole. Trigger
guard also missing. Heavily rusted condition as would be
expected. A relic any hunter would die to pull out of the ground.
MICHIGAN STATE SEAL BUTTONS - GODDARD &
BRO. - EXTRA - Two Michigan State Seal Buttons -
one coat, one cuff - dug, recovered from battlefield of
Mine Run, Va. in the location of the 4th and 5th
Michigan Infantry position. Faces are relatively good,
the reverse, especially on the coat size is difficult to
read the back mark but there is enough to figure out
the back mark.
INTERLOCKED BULLETS - Years ago I purchased a huge collection
of dug items which included darn near everything you could imagine
in relics, much of which I still have in inventory. In this grouping
were aver 12,000 dug bullets. This was separated from the main group
and at first thought it was a CS Gardner peeling away from the insert.
On closer examination see that the insert does not have a cavity (it
does look and is slightly recessed but not the Gardner style cavity). It
appears to be a .54 cal. (?) carbine bullet that has been hit from
behind by a .44 cal pistol bullet (measurements bear this out).
Immediately started thinking of the old 'mid-air' collision but couldn't
figure a pistol bullet 'catching up' to the carbine bullet from behind. I
believe what happened here was the carbine bullet may have struck
something (tree, fence post, etc.), then by a stroke of luck the pistol
bullet hit it from behind - just a bit off center, in fact if it had gone
any more off center it probably would have split the carbine bullet and
never stayed together. A neat oddity.
RARE BURNSIDE EAGLE BREAST PLATE - DUG - One of the rare
plates to dig, this breastplate, known as the Burnside Breast Plate is
smaller than the regular breast plates by about 5mm in diameter
(59.4mm) - a very noticeable difference. This has the typical 'open
leaves' that are typical of these plates. The loops on the back are very
rusted and one of them has completely rusted through on the curve.
The face is in very good condition, has been cleaned but not to where
the patina has come off, only to the point of showing that smoother
look, as though someone had been rubbing it. There is one push or
slight dent in the rim near the eagle's head. Only know that this was
dug on a Virginia battlefield -no exact location.
EAGLE BREAST PLATE - DUG - Normal Union breastplate
(65.3mm) - only nubs left of the loops but a very decent looking plate
on the face. Only know that this was dug on a Virginia battlefield -no
GETTYSBURG RECOVERED BULLET(S) IN WOOD - Nice size
chunk of wood approx. 8 5/8" x 3 1/2" x 2 1/4" in height which looks
like iot may have come from a house or barn beam - a felled tree
which was then planed on two sides, maybe a fence post but doubtful
on that as I would think it would be more weathered. Is definitely old
wood. It looks like there are two bullets in this, one dug out to on the
wide side and another visible from the end. With what is uncovered,
neither one resembles a bullet but both do appear to be lead. On the
side is written in pencil "Rock Creek Culp Hill / Dec 7, 1930 / Frank
BULLET(S) IN WOOD - Nice piece of dense wood approx. 6 3/4" in
length. One good size bullet is crowning through, barely showing a
nice aged lead gray and shows signs of the force splitting and
distressing the wood. The other potential 'bullet' has been dug down to
and is a very white color - even whiter than oxidized lead so I'm
hedging against that one being a bullet.
FANCY POCKET KNIFE FROM VIRGINIA BATTLEFIELD - While
looking through the many boxes of battlefield relics in stock, I came across
this little gem. This is a very fancy pocket knife - handle only as the blades
had been busted out somehow. it is approx. 4" in length. the middle
section is bone (missing on one side) and the fancy ends look to be brass.
When you look in the sides you can see there are no blades. Unfortunately I
don't have the name of the exact location for this one but as I stated did
come from a Virginia battlefield.
CONFEDERATE BRIDLE CUTTER PIKE HEAD -
DUG - One of approximately 700 that were recovered
in 1980 along the tracks of the Wilmington &
Manchester Railroad in South Carolina. A
Confederate supply train that contained the pikes was
captured and burned. No doubt the Union forces had
absolutely no use for these and left them to burn.
Approx. 18" in length and 5 3/4" in height.
M-1840 CAVALRY SWORD - SPANISH FORT, AL -
Full length M-1840 Cavalry sword with a steel guard
(highly suggesting this was a product of Tiffany). It was
recovered from the Spanish Fort, Alabama area. All
metal parts are present (with exception of the wrap).
Guard and blade have a good amount of pitting on
them as would be expected but there are areas of minor
pitting also. What remains of the wood grips have been
CONFEDERATE TIN DRUM CANTEEN - RECOVERED AT 2ND
MANASSAS - About 30-35 years ago when I was collecting 2nd Manassas
(Bull Run) items, I had the opportunity to purchase items that were dug by
Sydney Kerksis, author of the Belt Plate Book. Along with plates and other
items was this completely flattened CS canteen. The nice thing about his
recoveries was that he would always mark the battle and location of the
recovery. This was recovered in 1954 north of the Railroad Cut and so
marked on the tape. This same canteen (along with other items from my
collection) is also shown in the Time-Life book - "Voices of the Civil War -
Second Manassas", when they published that series. The canteen is solid,
with holes and a great relic from 2nd Bull Run.