CIVIL WAR RELICS
CIVIL WAR AND HISTORICAL MEMORABILIA
EARLY SPANISH(?) SPURS - Pair of very nicely made iron spurs
with fancy rowels with thin brass center plates. Look to have a
Spanish influence on the design. Would guess on date as late 18th
to early 19th century.
U.S. PARADE FLAG - STAGGERED STAR PATTERN -
1912 - This is the earliest of 48 star flags. This 'staggered
star' pattern was only used for about 8 months in 1912,
after which the flags then became standardized and the
stars were formed in a rectangular block. Up to this point
the star pattern was at the discretion of the flag maker. The
flag is made of polished cotton, is 11 7/8" x 21 1/2" and
does have some staining issues as can be seen in the photos.
U.S. ARTILLERY SHELL JACKET - SIZE 2 -
Regulation issue shell jacket with red piping, 12
button front, 4 on each collar and 4 on each
sleeve. All buttons present though there are
several period replacements. Belt pillows on back
still intact. There are some light areas of missing
piping and perhaps 6 or so small holes in the
cloth. There is one stain on the front of the jacket
which does not show too badly and I have already
taken out much of it by blotting with water and a
rag. Overall still a very solid jacket.
RARE HOTCHKISS 3 INCH CANISTER ROUND -
Made for the 3 inch bore cannon, this had the same
effect as a huge shotgun. They were meant for close
contact mainly to combat an enemy charge. There
is no powder in this container, just sawdust and lead
or iron balls. It is crimped on the one end and the
back end has a lead / zinc plate that is marked:
'HOTCHKISS / 3 IN / JANy 7, 1862 / PATENT' in
raised letters. The base is a bit corroded but the
markings still visible. Very difficult to find these!
CONFEDERATE PATRIOTIC COVER - Confederate cover
with motto "Dieu et mon droit" - translated from the French
meaning "God and my right". Front rather clean, reverse
shows signs of once being mounted in perhaps an album.
UNION PATRIOTIC COVER - Colorful cover with cannon
and flag - Good condition.
UNION PATRIOTIC COVER - Colorful cover showing eagle
over shield. Ribbon in eagles beak states "Liberty and Union
for Ever and Ever". Front rather clean, reverse shows signs of
once being mounted in perhaps an album.
US ARTILLERY M-1863 HORSE CURB BIT - Nice non-dug bit with
the applied US insignia on both sides and also marked twice with US
on the inner iron areas. No makers markings. Very good condition.
MEMORIAM RIBBON FOR THE 1885 DEATH OF GENERAL AND
PRESIDENT U.S. GRANT - 2 1/8" x 4 1/2" memoriam ribbon for the death
of President U.S. Grant. Portion of black cloth bar across the top is missing
otherwise in very good condition.
CORPS BADGE (2nd CORPS) OF WILLAIM D. LYTLE OF THE 105TH
PENNSYLVANIA INF. - Badge is made of sheet silver with a T-bar pin
approx. 1 1/4"(H) x 1 5/16"(W) and has the black tarnishing in places.
Inscribed "Co. C / 105th / P.V/ W.D. Lytle". Lytle was originally in the 2nd
US Sharpshooters from 10/1/61 to 12/24/63. During that time the regiment
was in every major battle with the Army of the Potomac, including
Gettysburg. He transferred to the 105th PV on 12/24/63 and was discharged
CORPS BADGE - EITHER FOR THE 12th OR 20th ARMY CORPS - Badge
made of sheet silver with a T-bar pin, approx. 1 7/16"(H) x 1 7/16"(W) and
has black tarnishing in places. There are flourishes engraved on the face.
CORPS BADGE - RARE ENGINEER CORPS - Badge made of a thicker
sheet silver with a loop pin, approx. 1 7/16" Dia and has darkened
tarnishing in places especially on reverse. This badge is listed and shown in
Phillips' book "Civil War Corps Badges" on page 151 and those with these
badges are believed to have been attached to the 23rd Corps due to the 23rd
Corps badge that the Engineer's Castle is mounted to.
CIVIL WAR 'SEGARS' - You always see tobacco plugs and twists, when did
you last see a period cigar? These vary in size but are approx. 1/2" in dia. x 4
1/4" in length. Tightly wrapped and a rich deep brown color of leaves that
are 150 years old. Previous owner had taken information from a label on the
container they were taken from: "Grown and Made in Richmond by Noah
Merrill - 1864". These are being sold as antique and curiosity items and not
as usable tobacco products for human use.
ACTUAL PERIOD 'CARPET BAG' WITH LOCK AND KEY - Nearly
identical in every way to the period example shown in Lord's Encyclopedia of
the Civil War. Approx. 14" wide by 10" in height (without the flap and
strap). It has the round lock and best of all the key which works. Short top
flap and what looks to be a sewn in pocket. Strap has been repaired (ages ago
with thread). Some worn areas but otherwise in darn good condition. Have
only owned two period carpet bags in the past 36 years.
CIVIL WAR METAL BACKED PERIOD EMBROIDERED
CAVALRY HAT INSIGNIA - Approx. 2 3/16" x 3 5/16". Front
typical bullion in very good condition. Reverse has one of two type
backings you like to see on period insignia - the brown polished
cotton backing, all there. These don't show up much anymore
and this is about as good as they come.
CIVIL WAR PERIOD 34 STAR SILK FLAG - Dates from
1861-63- Approx. 20" x 29 1/2" perfect size to hang on
the wall. Old nail holes clearly visible on the staff border
along with the name of the owner in Civil War period ink.
Retains both ties but does have some condition issues as
you would expect on a silk flag (I have tried to highlight
these in the photos) mostly in the stripe area, the canton
is pretty solid and void of slits. Bottom stripe is narrow.
Would look great in a frame. Color still bright.
$ 115. each
CIVIL WAR NICKEL SILVER BUGLE (CLARION)
WITH CDV OF THE BUGLER HOLDING SIMILAR
BUGLE - Typical American made (but unmarked)
Clarion bugle with the single loop with the pigtail
adapter (to change key from C to B) in the very hard
to find nickel or 'German' silver. Has the period
'dental tooth' construction. This includes the CDV of
the Cavalry Bugler holding a similar bugle. This
CDV was advertised by the previous owner as 2nd
Michigan Cavalry but I have my suspicions as to the
regiment. On the back of the CDV is a very light
name in period pencil. I have outlined the name in
pencil and attempted blow up photos to try to ID the
image without definite success. Perhaps someone out
there can fare better. Great set.
TRAVELING ROSEWOOD INKWELL - Approx. 1 1/8" dia x 2" high.
Rosewood with screw off top that contains a glass vial for the ink. Many a
soldier would carry these to compose letters home. VGC.
INTERESTING AND RARE PATRIOTIC MESS SET - FORK
/ SPOON - Approx. 6 3/8" long on the knife and 5 1/2" long
on the fork. Very light duty, I can see why there may not have
been many purchased. The May-June, 1993 issue of North
South Trader shows a photo of a knife like this one that was
dug in Bowling Green, Ky and ID'd to 3rd Ky Lieutenant.
These are non-dug, Have a flag on each of them and retains
probably about 70% of their original finish. Mess gear that is
out of the ordinary is desirable and this is just that. I would
have questioned the use if there hadn't been a recovered
example. No doubt they were sold by sutlers. Copy of the NST
photo included. Good condition.
ID'd GROUPING OF SGT. BENJAMIN F. BLATCHFORD
- 50th MASSACHUSETTS INF. & 2nd
MASSACHUSETTS HEAVY ARTILLERY - Fantastic
patriotic housewife, 19th corps badge and diary. Housewife
has name and 50th MA ID sewn into the cover and a nice
flag pocket that holds some rubber buttons and needles. The
19th Corps badge (looks to be post-War) does not have his
name on it but does have the regiment and Department of
the Gulf stamped in. Has a Boston maker's name on the
back of the pinbar. The diary is an 1864 diary when
Blatchford was in the 2nd MA Heavy Artillery. His name
and regiment is in the front of the diary and someone else's
is in the back. I would guess at this maybe being 10% filled
in as far as entries. Most of the diary is empty (as seen in
the final photo). He does write and mention the battles or
actions at: Laurel Hill, Petersburg, Cox Bridge,
Wilmington, bombardment of Fort Fisher as well as the
execution of a deserter by firing squad. He only gives the
bare minimum for information when he writes. Most is in
period ink. Nice small grouping of a Massachusetts soldier.
7th PENNSYLVANIA CAVALRY DIARY AND 39th PA INF
DOCUMENT GROUPING - THOMAS RAY - Diary is 1865,
written mostly in ink (actually looks as though he wrote it very
lightly in pencil then when he had the time copied over it in
period ink) - very legible. Every day from January 1 till mid
September has an entry, after September it is basically empty
except for several 'extra' entries such as one shown in the photos.
All troop movements, camps, etc., a perfect diary for a relic
hunter to use to locate camps. Mentions small skirmishes and
battles around Selma, Ala., a Michigan Cavalry in his Brigade
that Captured Jeff Davis, the end of the War, Johnston's
surrender, etc.. Strangely enough he doesn't mention Lincoln's
assassination. He makes one comment in late April about
receiving news of no importance which makes me wonder if he
was no fan of Lincoln. The other paperwork has to do with Ray
when he was in the 39th Pennsylvania Infantry (a regiment
specially raised to defend against Lee's invasion in June of 1863.
Ray was a Captain in the 39th and the documents contain his
signature. One small portion of a Muster In Roll, a complete
Muster Out Roll with signatures of more than 50 members of
that company (somewhat ragged) and Ray's muster out
SOLDIER'S HAND CARVED BONE RING - 13th MICH ?? -
Carved bone ring usually made by soldiers to pass the time in
camp or as prisoners of war. This ring has the initials L.Y.C.,
with a 13 on one side and what appears to be a 'Co H' on the
other. A tag that accompanied the ring stated that it was found in
Louisville, Ky. I went through the rosters of every 13th regiment
in both the Union and Confederate armies and checked for those
soldier's with the known initials of L.Y.C., and found only one,
L.Y. Cady of the 13th Michigan Infantry, a unit that did muster
out in Louisville, Ky. The only part that does not match is the
company. The roster states that Cady was in Co. B., the ring
looks to be Co. H. The records do not state if Cady transferred for
a period of time to Co. H so of course there is speculation that
the ring could not be his. This is the closest I could come. Could
be a nice research project.
SOLDIER'S HAND CARVED BONE RING - Carved bone ring
usually made by soldiers to pass the time in camp or as prisoners
of war. This ring has the initials W.U.S., with a heart carved on
both sides. Not sure if this could be meant for the corps badge of
the 23rd Army Corps or just meant as a romantic gesture.
75th NEW YORK INFANTRY GROUPING - KIA AT
PORT HUDSON, LA - Group belonging to 2nd Lt.
Luther T. Hutchinson of the 75th New York Infantry.
He enlisted on Sept. 17, 1861 and was killed in action
at Port Hudson, La. on June 14, 1863. Group consists
of his officer's sash, epaulettes, an 1861 diary,
historical 1862 War Map, pocket knife, patent vista
lights container, thimble and a pewter traveling inkwell
by a Boston Maker. The box with this group has old
ink writing that states: "This sash was on my uncle
Luther T. Hutchinson when he was killed in battle
June 14, 1863 at Port Hudson, La. / Francis W.
Foster". There is also an addition in old pencil that
states: "Also Buckle and Epulets". The buckle was not
in the group, somehow getting lost in the last 150 years
but in the box were these other items. The sash is in
very decent condition, has had several repairs but good
and solid - some staining. The epaulettes are in very
nice condition though one of them has a loose piece of
silk on the underside. The 1861 diary only has 16 days
of entries in April and May, 1861. The rest is pretty
much empty. Written in pencil he writes about the talk
of War, troops leaving for battle, Rebels nearing
Washington and how he almost enlisted. There is also
the entry of his death in the back. An 1862 War Map,
many soldiers as well as family members at home
bought these to follow the battles during the War. The
last battle covered is Perryville and the entire map is
present but some separation at folds. The pocket knife
is a period Union Knife Co. Naugatuck marked, well
used and sharpened many times during the period,
there is an old piece of tape with old ink which ID's it
to Luther. The thimble, traveling inkwell and vista
lights container round out the group.
SOUTH CAROLINA PALMETTO SECESSION BADGE - These aren't
seen often and when they are they mainly consist of a cockade with a
button or palmetto frond attachment. This is a very large badge made of
woven palmetto fronds and has a second Confederate National Flag
incorporated into the cockade - also made of a palmetto frond. Storage
of the badge has pretty much limited the option of extending this as it
was meant to be worn. If it was fully extended it would be 27" in overall
length and the cockade is approx. 2 3/4" in diameter. There are two red
and one white ribbons attached to the cockade and red ribbons tying the
tossles. The woven palmetto chain has several places where it has broken
or come loose but not to the point of complete separation. A truly
incredible piece which has survived approx. 153 years.
CIVIL WAR VETERAN'S 8TH CORPS BADGE - Post War badge made
from stamped German silver for the Veterans. Enameled with red in center
designating the First Division of the 8th Corps. The Eighth Army Corps
was in defense of Washington, D.C. and also in the Army of West Virginia.
This is the badge used for and shown on page 153 in the Civil War Corps
Badge Book by Stanley Phillips. VGC
CIVIL WAR VETERAN'S 9TH CORPS BADGE - Post War badge made
from stamped German silver for the Veterans. Shield with anchor and
cannon tube punched in. The Ninth Army Corps was everywhere, the Army
of the Potomac, Department of Virginia, Ohio, Tennessee. Army of the
Ohio. It took part in many of the major battles in the Eastern Theater -
2nd Bull Run, South Mountain, Antietam, Fredericksburg, as well as
Vicksburg, Knoxville and many more. As with M-187, this is the badge
used for and shown on page 153 in the Civil War Corps Badge Book by
Stanley Phillips. VGC
CONFEDERATE - 55TH GEORGIA INFANTRY ID'd TIN DRUM
CANTEEN - Genuine Confederate Tin Drum Canteen belonging to
Capt. John P. Allen. Scratched into the side, barely visible unless
you're looking for it and with all the patina in the scratches, it reads:
"Capt Jno P Allen 55th Geo Regt Randolph County Geo May
16". Once I found this and figured what it read I went to the rosters of
the 55th to confirm and there he was, just as listed. In the 'Additional
Images' there are many photos showing the etching - trying to catch
the best light for the photograph. I don't know the significance of the
date, I couldn't see a year. Allen was present at Gettysburg and was
Captured on September 9, 1863 (just two months after Gettysburg) at
Cumberland Gap, Tennessee. No doubt he had this with him at
Gettysburg and had carried it with him through the War and probably
as a POW. Mike O'Donnell just photographed this canteen earlier this
month and is planning on placing it in the new Canteen Book he is
revising. Canteen has dents and a few small holes as shown in the
DECK OF PERIOD MINIATURE PLAYING CARDS - Full deck
of 52 cards, each measuring approx. 1.3" x 1.7". All of the high
face cards are watercolored, the reverse are all dark brown. No
box - all are loose and in very good condition. Probably date
c-1850. Favorite camp activity for the soldiers.
TAMBOURINE OF A MUSICIAN IN THE 54TH
MASSACHUSETTS INFANTRY (OF THE MOVIE 'GLORY'
FAME - I have recently purchased a large CW music collection
from a long time collector. This, (along with a tambourine and
drum from the 18th Mich Inf and more) was in that group. it
measures approx. 2" in height x 8 7/8" main head diameter. On
the underside of the head is the owners name of Thomas E.
Planter (sic - Platner). The information that came with it notes
that it was on loan to the Boston GAR Post 200 at one time and
belonged to Thomas E. Platner of Hudson, NY. Platner was cited
as a Laborer who enlisted at the age of 17 in the 54th
Massachusetts on March 10, 1863. He was mustered into Company
A as a Private on March 30, 1863 and eventually became a
drummer boy for the company. On June 12, 1865 he was promoted
to the 54th regiment's 'Principle Musician' which he held until
mustering out on August 20, 1865 at Mt. Pleasant, SC. I did a good
amount of research on this to verify the information as much as
possible due to the flipping of two letters on the inscription. This
can be found on the 'Additional Images' Link. The tambourine
itself appears to have the original head which is held on with tacks.
The wood construction body is held together with irregular head
nails (period). Thomas' name is on the underside of the head in
period ink. The tambourine contains 13 sets of stamped brass
cymbals in a two tiered set up. The thumb hole is trimmed in ivory
which will pass the ivory sales criteria due to the obvious age of the
item). Again, for more information, see the 'Additional Images'
CIVIL WAR PHOTOGRAPH LOCKET - Approx. 1 1/2" in diameter this
double photo locket has two tintypes, one of a soldier (with a glass you can
make out eagle buttons on his uniform) the other I would assume is his
wife. Glass covers the tintypes. The case snaps closed with a thumbnail
raised assist to open. Has a loop for suspending from a chain. Very nice
46 STAR US FLAG - OKLAHOMA - Approx. 11
3/4" x 17" silk flag - perfect size for framing &
hanging on a wall. Colors are vibrant - this one has
been stored away in a good spot. This flag was active
from 1908-1912 for the State of Oklahoma. One
area does have an issue, on the top edge where the
canton meets the stripes the silk has some splitting
as can be seen in the photos. The rest of the silk in
the flag is strong. This bad area would be
minimized of course if this is framed or remaining
between glass, plastic, etc.
CIVIL WAR PERIOD 'SHARPSHOOTERS' GLASSES - The
jury is still somewhat out on these. Francis Lord in the
Encyclopedia of the Civil War' and the antique spectacle
collectors on their sites list them as sharpshooter's glasses due to
the frosted amber lenses with a round clear amber center. Many
believe these were developed for a medical eye condition. Either
way it seems every Civil War collection has a pair. Good
MEDICAL FLEAM (BLEEDER) - Typical Civil War period
medical fleam, single blade and unmarked. These were meant
for opening the veins and bloodletting. Used also for animals -
horses, etc.. Good condition.
38 STAR U.S. PARADE FLAG - INDIAN WARS - Polished
cotton parade flag, approx. 8 7/8" x 14" - great size for that
Indian Wars display. For the admission of Colorado in August,
1876 and good until 1889 when the Dakotas were admitted. Flag
has a margin on the staff end where it was attached to a stick
pole. Some damage on that end which can be seen in the photos,
not really too bad. Stains on lower right. Polished cotton is
slightly stiff due to the nature of the material. Great addition to
an Indian Wars display.
SOLDIER'S STENCIL - 46TH PENNSYLVANIA INF. - Typical
Civil War period brass stencil with lead backing. Cut out of G.W.
Pearsall (George W. Pearsall of the 46th Pa. Inf.). Unfortunately
the regiment is not included - not all stencils included this.
Pearsall was in the 46th from September, 1861 to September,
1864 and while in the 46th was involved in many battles
including Winchester, Antietam, Cedar Mountain,
Chancellorsville, Gettysburg, Resaca, Ga., Dallas, Ga., Kennesaw
Mountain, Peach Tree Creek and Atlanta. Good condition and
42 STAR U.S. PARADE FLAG - c-1890 - Cotton parade flag,
approx. 11 7/8" x 17 3/8" - great size for display. For the
admission of Washington in November, 1889. Four states came
in the same cycle year making the official flag go from 38 to 42
stars but Washington was actually the 42nd admitted to the
Union. Bottom red stripe just a bit narrow, due to the printing.
Very nice condition.
CIVIL WAR PERIOD ID'd PRESENTATION POST-MORTEM
SURGEON'S KIT - DATED 1863 - Wade & Ford, NY
post-mortem kit - case approx. (5 3/4" x 10 3/4" x 3"H)
Engraved presentation on top: "DOCTOR H.J. DEVLIN / FIRST
PRIZE FOR / CLINICAL RECORD / SESSION 1862-63 / FROM
PROFESSOR JOHN T. METCALFE". Metcalfe was a graduate
of West Point in the 1830's and grew to be a major player in
medicine. Henry J. Devlin, for all his talent unfortunately died
in April, 1864 of Typhus Fever while a house physician at
Bellview Hospital in New York at the age of 25. This is a partial
set, many pieces marked Wade & Ford, NY (1860-66) and there
are also pieces that are unmarked or substituted and several spots
missing instruments. There are two pieces that are post War. The
case is missing one of the re-enforced corners but otherwise in
very good condition. Pieces marked Wade & Ford include:
Lifting Backbone Saw, Bowel Scissors, Costotome (Hammer),
severasl scalpels tenaculeum. One piece is a period Tiemann
(Post-Mortem Knife). Set also includes Disection Tweezers,
Suture Needles, Reaction Chains & Hooks.
EARLY TO MID-1800'S MEDICINE CHEST OR
APOTHECARY CHEST - Chest approx. (6 5/8" x 9 1/4" x
8"H) Pressed leather designed chest, is missing lock, hinges and
top strap. Top tray holds the medicine bottles and has 19 inserts
for bottles. I believe that of the 14 bottles included, at least 9 are
original to the case and perhaps as many as 11. These bottles fit
very well to each of the pockets and 9 have an embossed "N.S"
on their sides. Pulling out the bottle tray there are several items
in the case, a Medicine Glass in the original glass case, a leather
pouch, an early wallet with writing that I can't make out, scalpel
/ eraser, partial balance scale, 2 trays and an old Loewy Drug
container (this may date much later than the chest). Neat
looking chest for a medical display.
DRUM IDENTIFIED TO THE 18TH MICHIGAN
INFANTRY - Drum belonging to Squire Johnson,
musician in the 18th Michigan Infantry. The top head
has his name "S Johnson" in pencil and inside the
drum, opposite the vent hole, also period pencil is the
repair notation "Whitehall Sept. 16th 1876 / Repaired
by O.W. Horton / for M.B. Johnson / 18th M.V.R.". It
was common practice for instrument repairmen to
place these notations inside the drums when repairing
them. M.R. Johnson was Miles R. Johnson, also of the
18th Michigan Regiment (and previously in the 7th
Michigan Infantry). I have been unable to confirm
whether this was a brother, cousin, etc.. Squire
Johnson enlisted in the 18th at Monroe, Mi as a
musician on August 14, 1862 and was discharged on
June 26, 1865. The drum appears to have a maple
shell with brass tack design and a bone (?) vent piece.
It is approx. 16 1/2" in diameter and 11' high. There
is a repaired crack in the side that can be seen in the
photos and probably the one responsible for the repair
notation inside. The drum has been restrung, has
several replaced ears, repaired torn heads. Snares are
present. The 18th was not in an extremely active
combat unit but did participate in actions at Snow's
Pond, KY., Danville, KY., Nashville, Decatur, AL.,
Courtland, AL. and Athens, AL. They had 8 KIA, 3
Died of Wounds, 208 Died of Disease, 12 Died in CS
Prisons and 68 that Died in the Explosion of the
CIRCA 1880-90's NEW YORK NATIONAL GUARD JACKET
- 107th INFANTRY ID'd - Nice National Guard jacket with
honest light amount of wear (mainly to piping and collar
areas), inside very much intact and good condition. Some
small repairs. Label inside identifies it to Company C of the
107th New York National Guard. That label is stitched over
the manufacturer's label. There are also three names in period
ink (one on the tag and three more in the lining - one the
same as on the tag). Buttons are marked Scovill Mfg. Co. -
Waterbury, Conn. 7th Regt - Standard. Jacket is missing only
one button, that being on the collar. There are 49 buttons on
the jacket, all the same Excelsior National Guard New York
State Artillery. Epaulette tabs are still intact.
CIRCA 1880-90's MARYLAND NATIONAL GUARD JACKET
- Nice Maryland National Guard jacket with light amount of
wear (mainly to piping areas and collar), inside very much
intact and has sewing repairs as can be seen in photos. There
are several small holes in the jacket. There is no
manufacturer's label and there is a stencil on the lining
identifying it to Company C of the 22nd Regiment. Buttons
are marked Horstmann & Bros. & Co., Phil.. Jacket is
missing only two buttons. There are 44 buttons on the jacket,
all the same 5th Regiment Maryland National Guard.
Epaulette tabs are still intact.