Here is a Nice Excavated US M1859 Cavalry Trooper’s Bridle Bit ! Although exhibiting the typical rust and pitting of dug iron, it is very stable now and ready for display. Both reins rings are still present along with one link of the curb chain on each side. Somewhere along the line, perhaps when it was lost or discarded, both brass bit bosses have been lost or removed. Still a Nice Dug Example of the Most Used US Cavalry Bridle Bit of the Civil War and Priced at Half what it would bring with the bosses !
$99 plus shipping
Beautifully Preserved Excavated ca. 1850s Farm Bit Often Dug in Confederate Campsites - Very Similiar to those Recovered on the 1856 Steamboat "Arabia." - Small Example
Here is a Really Cool Excavated Pre-Civil War Farm Bit ! It’s a pattern that used to be considered Confederate, as they were often dug in Confederate Camps. However, there were over a dozen of this pattern found on the Steamboat Arabia, that sank in the Missouri River in 1856, so we know they are a commercial Pre-War Pattern. Makes sense though that they would surface in Confederate Camps, as many CS Troopers rode their own horses from the farm ! I have found several non-dug examples of these in the past, and one or two dug, but this is by far the best, and crudest of the dug examples I have had. Smaller than most, it measures just 5.25 inches long on the side plates, and about 4.75 to 5.00 inches wide between them. The iron is all very stable now having been cleaned and coated. The center bar appears to be twisted iron, and is very crudely peened into the sides. The sides have been bent inward at the top, likely an improvisation to fit a particular horse. The whole bit is still tight and displays well. A Super Nice Excavated Pre-War Bridle Bit !
$75 plus shipping
Fine Non-dug Civil War Period -Y- Pattern Horse Curry Comb
Here is a Real Nice Civil War Period Horse Curry Comb ! This one is the pattern with a –Y- shaped attachment riveted to the top of the comb, and one that is often excavated in Civil War Campsites. This comb is still tight with good teeth on the operational side and a plain wood handle. Looks like the wood or the peen on the handle may have worn out and someone placed a small piece of brass over the peen and secured it with twisted wire. This is a makeshift repair but one that works well and adds character. The entire piece has the appearance of having been in a barn, and the small brass repair has even turned a nice green patina. It measures about 8.75 inches long by 4.5 inches wide. An Excellent Displaying Civil War Period Horse Curry Comb !
Beautiful Dug US M1859 Cavalry Spur w/Most of its Original Iron Rowel Intact - Chancellorsville, Virginia
Here is a Beautiful Dug US M1859 Cavalryman’s Spur Recovered years ago near Chancellorsville, Virginia. It’s another piece I’ve had in my own collection for years but am letting it go to a new home. It was either recovered many years ago, or else came out of some very kind ground, as it amazingly has about 80-90% of its iron rowel still intact and it will actually spin a tiny bit though not completely around ! This is the pattern with a foliate design on the back of the heel band, and all the brass wears a nice brown/green patina with no breaks or damage of any sort. Just a Super Nice US Spur in Outstanding Dug Condition, with most of the rowel still present, and recovered near Chancellorsville!
Nice Non Dug M1859 Variant Cavalry Spur with Intact Spinning Rowel
Here is a Fine Non Dug M1859 US Cavalry Spur ! It’s in wonderful condition still retaining it iron rowel which spins freely around. Possibly a contract variant, this example has mostly flat sides on the rowel neck. There are no bends, breaks, or cracks anywhere. All the brass has a nice golden brown patina with a few splotchy areas and a little bit of dusty build up in the strap slots. Overall, Just a Nice Non Dug Example of the US M1859 Cavalry Spur !
Fine Excavated US M1859 Cavalry Spur w/Partial Rowel
Here is a Very Nice Dug US M1859 Enlisted Mans Cavalry Spur !It has one tiny little wave on the right side of the heel band that is just barely noticeable, but otherwise no cracks, bends, or breaks of any kind. All the brass wears a nice mostly smooth dark brown patina with very little ground action, and there is maybe a third of the original iron rowel still frozen in the rowel neck. Just a Nice Displaying M1859 Cavalry Spur !
Fine Non-Dug US M1859 Cavalry Trooper's Spur w/Foliate or Floral Design & Spinning Rowel
Here is a Beautiful Non-Dug US M1859 Cavalry Trooper’s Spur ! The brass has a mellow bronze/brown patina nearly all over, and there are no breaks, cracks, bends nor damage of any sort. The iron rowel is still present in good condition and still rotates freely. This is the pattern that has the foliate or floral design on the back of the heel too. Overall just a Real Nice M1859 Spur that Displays Great !
Excellent Dug Period Spur w/Raking Rowel- Pre-War or Possibly Confederate
Here is an Excellent Dug Non Regulation Spur that Shares Similarities with Many Pre-War Patterns, and One Confederate Pattern ! The body and rowel neck are brass showing a nice plumb patina with a few green highlights. Remnants of the rowel and the attachments studs are iron which has mostly deteriorated, though one stud is fairly intact. The arrangement with studs instead of strap-slots is much less common and seen more often in early 1800s examples, though there is one Confederate Pattern that is very similar. That is CS15 in Howard Crouch’s book, Historic American Spurs, on page 58. That spur is very similar to this one, also having studs instead of strap-slots, and a horizontal or raking rowel like this one, but having a longer rowel neck. Whether Pre-War Civilian or Trans-Mississippi Confederate, this one was likely being used by a Confederate Trooper, as it was recovered in Texas. A Nice Unusual Pattern of a Civil War or Earlier Brass Spur !
$95 plus shipping
Fine Non Dug Civil War Period Civilian or Commercial Spur - Similiar to Some Confederate Patterns - Rowel still spins freely
Here is an Excellent Non-Dug Civil War Period Civilian Spur that’s OftenMistaken as Confederate ! That’s probably because it’s a pattern that’s sometimes recovered in Confederate Camps, it has slightly clipped corners on the strap slots, and a squared off rowel neck. The 16-point iron rowel on this one still spins freely, and the brass body of the spur shows no damage of any sort. Some minor casting imperfections on the inside of one strap slot, and a few noticeable file finishing marks. It is similar but not identical to CS18 in Howard Crouch’s book, Historic American Spurs. A Real Nice Non-Dug Civil War Period Spur !
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Very Nice Non Dug US M1859 Trooper's Cavalry Spur
Here is another excellent non-dug M1859, Union Cavalry Trooper's spur ! It's the pattern with squared off strapslots, and cast in floral decoration on the back of the heel-band. The iron rowel is missing, but all the brass has a beautiful old brown patina. There are no cracks, breaks, or bends anywhere. A nice displaying example of a Civil War US Spur ! $75plus shipping
Nice Dug US M1859 Cavalry Spur w/Foliate Design
Here is a Good Displaying Excavated US M1859 Cavalry Spur ! It’s the pattern with the foliate design just under the neck of the rowel and squared off strap slots. The whole spur has a wonderful smooth brown/plumb patina with very little ground action. The rowel neck was broken on one side, probably when lost or discarded, and iron rowel is gone but spur still displays beautifully. A Good Dug Example of the US M1859 Spur !
$70 plus shipping
Very Nice Dragoon Rosette - Harper's Ferry
Here's an excellent dug condition, Dragoon Bridle Rosette ! It's got a nice smooth brown patina on the front, with one small area of rust-thru from the iron attachment bar. Unlike many dug examples, reverse shows nearly 100% of the lead-solder fill intact, with remnants of the iron attachment bar. Very tight rosette, often recovered in Civil War sites, as was this one. Recovered Maryland Heights, Harper's Ferry. $45plus shipping
Here's a Super Nice Cast Brass US Rosette ! It's the pattern often seen on M1859 US Bridle Bits, with the swirled sort of stippled pattern in the background. This one has no damage other than a few minor dings, and sports a beautiful dark green patina. Definitely an excavated piece but recovery location unknown. $50plus shipping
Beautifully Preserved Dug US Picket Pin - Fredericksburg, Virginia
Here is a Superb Excavated U.S. Cavalryman’s Picket Pin ! This has got to be one of the best preserved Civil War Picket Pins I’ve ever had. The metal loss is very minimal for a dug example. I gave it a brushing with a wire brush, washed and dried, and applied one light coat of rust neutralizer and it looks wonderful. The figure -8- rope ring at the top is still in good condition and moves freely. The ball top is in great shape and the tip is still intact though it has a slight wave in it. The pin measures about 14 inches total length. It was recovered near Fredericksburg, Virginia. A Super Nice Dug US Cavalry Picket Pin !
Fine Cast Brass US Bridle Bit Boss - Recovered Gaines Mill, Virginia
Here is a Beautiful Excavated US Cavalry Bit Boss !It is the piece that would have originally been mounted on each side of an M1859 or M1863 US Cavalry Bridle Bit. It shows no major damage to boss or tabs and wears a wonderful brown/green patina on the whole piece. It is the pattern with the swirled field behind the letters US, and a raised border. An Above Average Dug US Cavalry Bit Boss that displays great ! It was recovered near Gaines Mill, Virginia.