Here is an Excellent old Horse Grooming Brush that likely dates as early as the Civil War ! Measuring at about 8.5 inches long by 5.25 inches wide, the old brush appears to still retain 98% of its original bristles. The leather top is still supple and is embossed on one end with a prancing horse, and on the leather grip with the words, “Warranted All Bristles,” and the number, “42.”Just a Very Fine Old Horse Grooming Brush ! [ L.L. ]
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Wostenholm-Sheffield Farrier's Knife Picked up years ago on the Brandy Station, Virginia, Battlefield.
Here is a Neat Civil War Farrier’s Knife Recovered at Brandy Station, Virginia ! It measures right at 8.5 inches long, with a 4 inch blade, and 4.5 inch long bone handle. The end of the blade is curled to clean horse hoofs. Still barely legible on the blade is the maker’s mark of, “Wostenholm & Son, Washington Works, Sheffield England,” and at the base of the blade “ I*XL.” A Fine Old Relic Picked up on The Brandy Station Battlefield Years Ago ! [ L.L. ]
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Excellent Condition Civil War Period Horse Curry Comb
Here is a Wonderful Civil War Period Horse Curry Comb ! Likely an old barn find, it is in great relic condition, still completely intact, though showing an old coat of rust on all the metal. The wood handle is still tight and shows years of use along with the remnants of an old coat of black paint. The iron ferrule is loose but will stay in place. I have seen combs excavated in camps here with an identical top, handle to comb attachment, that resembles a sort of bottle shape. Comb is eight inches long by 4.5 inches wide. A Great Displaying Civil War Period Curry Comb ! [ L.L. ]
Fine Dug Confederate Spur with No Damage & Beautiful Patina
Here is a Fine Excavated Confederate Cavalry Spur ! It is a big pattern, bigger than your standard 1859 Yankee spur, and being a large if you use the chart in the book, Historic American Spurs, by Howard Crouch. I thought it might be a just slightly lighter version of the CS4, but it doesn’t have that “unbreakable” look, with the super thick arms. It also shares some traits with the CS20, and the CS21 spurs. Whichever pattern it is, there have been a few intact examples dug here in NW Arkansas Confederate Camps, along with some broken pieces. Aside from the rusted away rowel, this one has no damage, and the entire spur wears a really nice dark green patina. There are no bends or breaks, other than the trooper who wore them, slightly tilted both arms outward a tiny bit, likely to accommodate his boots. A Beautifully Displaying Confederate Cavalry Spur !
$195 plus shipping
Nice M1833 US Dragoon Brass Stirrup
Here is a Fine Non-Dug US M1833 Dragoon Stirrup ! It’s the big heavy brass pattern with a cut out tread and a 1.35 inch opening in the strap loop at top, for the stirrup strap. When I first saw this, I thought it had an unusual mellow patina, but after handling it I saw that it actually has a coat of old gold paint on the outer surfaces, likely to be used for parades, years after military use was discontinued. Though it shows a lot of wear, I can still remnants of the unique triangle shaped stippling often seen on these, near both inside edges of the tread. These stirrups also fit the M1844 Ringgold saddle and were used into the Civil War. This one originated out of Kansas. A Fine Pre-War US Dragoon Stirrup !
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Fine Civil War or Pre-Civil War Period Civilian Bridle Bit - Pattern Often Recovered in Confederate Campsites
Here is a Nice Civil War or Pre-Civil War Period Iron Civilian Bridle Bit !These bits and pieces of them are often excavated in Civil War Campsites, usually Confederate. They are also very similar to the dozens of civilian bridle bits recovered from the 1856, wreck of the Steamboat Arabia. This one is in fine “barn” condition, with considerable surface rust and pitting, but still tight and strong enough to be used if cleaned up. It measures about 6.75 inches long by 5 inches wide. A Fine Civil War Period Civilian Bridle Bit, often seen Recovered in Campsites, that Displays Great !
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Fair Condition Dug Civil War Period Civilian Bridle Bit - Often Recovered in Confederate Campsites
Here is a Nice Excavated Civil War or Pre-Civil War Period, Iron Civilian Bridle Bit ! It is all there and has been wire brushed and given a light coat of rust neutralizer. The iron is still strong and the bit is tight with no flaking. These type bits or pieces of them are often excavated in Civil War Campsites, usually Confederate Camps, due to their being brought into service with troopers privately owned horses. Sometimes called “Mule Bits” they are also very similar to the pattern recovered from the 1856, wreck of the Steamboat “Arabia.” This one measures about 5.75 inches long by 5 inches wide. Recovered near the Pea Ridge, Arkansas, Battlefield. A Fine Civil War Period Civilian Bridle Bit often Dug in Civil War Campsites !
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Fine Civil War Period Brass Civilian or "Commercial" Horse Spur w/Strap
Here is a Fine Non-dug Civil War or Pre-Civil War Period Brass Civilian Spur, w/Most of its original leather strap intact. It is a small pattern just about 4 inches long by 2.75 inches across the strap slots, and like many period civilian spurs, it has the round strap slots instead of rectangular. The little 10-point iron rowel is still intact also, but is frozen in place. It looks like the full length of the strap is there but the strap buckle is missing. I have personally dug broken examples of these spurs in both camp and battle sites, and once owned a complete example that was dug near Shiloh, Tennessee.
A Fine Displaying & Often Dug Civil War Period Civilian Spur !
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Fine Dug Civil War Period Civilian Spur - Often Recovered in Campsites
Here is an Excellent Civil War Period Civilian Spur, often recovered in Campsites ! It is a known pattern, with the scalloped arms on each side, and almost a bird’s head form to the end of the rowel. I have dug pieces of these with rectangular strap slots, and also round strap slots like this one. I think all the pieces, parts, and examples I have seen were recovered in Confederate Campsites, and that makes sense as nearly all Union Troopers had Army Issue spurs, usually the M1859. This spur shows a wonderful greenish/brown patina over the entire piece and still has some caked dirt in spots. The iron rowel has rusted away as is common with dug examples and part of the rowel neck is broken right out at the point or beak. It is a good sized spur measuring about 5.25 inches long and 3 inches across the arms. Though I have seen a few of these non-dug, it is very uncommon to find them intact in dug condition. A Great Looking Civil War Period Civilian Spur, that was more than Likely Worn by a Confederate Trooper. It was recovered at Cold Harbor, Virginia.
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Nice Dug Iron Spur of a Known Pre-War Civilian Pattern
Here is a Neat Dug Civil War Period Iron Spur ! It’s a civilian pattern nearly identical to spur CV29 in Howard Crouch’s book, Historic American Spurs, except for being smaller and made of iron instead of brass. Crouch says that the pattern was very popular with military men. This one is small, being only 4.5 inches long, and 3 inches wide at the strap slots. The iron rowel is still present but frozen in place, and the iron body, though moderately pitted is still strong. All this really needs is a good coat of rust neutralizer and it is ready to display. A Small yet Fine Displaying Period Civilian Spur !
$45 plus 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 !
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Huge Crude Civil War Period or Earlier Hand Forged Draft Animal Bridle Bit
Here is a Quite Unusual Civil War Period Hand Forged Bit ! It resembles some of the Confederate Copies of US Dragoon bits, but seems too large and heavy to be one of those. Like many military bits, it has loose reins rings, and a high port for better control. But this thing is Huge. It measures about 11.5 inches long, not including the reins rings, and is right at 5.75 inches wide. It is constructed of thick flat iron stock, hammered at the ring end, with a forged center bar. The side straps are ¼ inch thick, which really contributes to the weight of this bit. Overall, this is a big heavy bit, and would not have appealed to most cavalrymen, and would much more likely have been for draft animals, or possibly artillery horses. I have never seen one like it.It is definitely of the period or earlier, and an Unusual Large Hand Forged Bit that Displays Great !
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. $40plus shipping
Nice Non-dug Pair of Embossed Heart Martingales - 2.25 Inch Diameter
Here is a Nice Non-dug Pair of Embossed Heart, Bridle Martingales or Rosettes ! These are a pattern pictured in Francis Lord’s, Civil War Collector’s Encyclopedia, and often excavated in Civil War Sites. They measure 2.25 inches diameter, and though they show a few use dings and bumps, the brass faces have a nice golden brown patina. The reverses of both show the tin backs still intact, one more rusted than the other, and both are missing the attachment loops. Though not military issue, these show up at Civil War sites, and I personally excavated one on the Old Wire Road, not far from the Pea Ridge Battlefield. A Fine Displaying Pair of Embossed Heart Martingales !
$80 plus shipping HOLD R.H.
Fine Excavated Cast Brass U.S. Bridle Bit Boss
Here is a Fine Excavated Cast Brass U.S. Bridle Bit Boss ! It has barely been cleaned since recovered but I can see under that dirt it is going to have a nice green patina. It is the pattern with a lightly stippled field behind the letters, and a period after the U. The reverse has nearly the same look as the front with a mottled brown green patina, still dirty, and the whole thing is nice and straight with no bends. This could probably be washed to give it a greener look, but it actually displays pretty nice just as is. Recovered Petersburg, Virginia. A Great Displaying U.S. Bridle Bit Boss !