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
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
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
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 on 2/22/65.
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
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
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
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 paperwork.
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
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 photos.
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' link.
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 piece.
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 condition.
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 patina.