NEW ! Here is a Very Rare Confederate Cavalry Trooper’s Bridle Bit ! This exact pattern is pictured in both Ken Knopf’s book, Confederate Saddles & Horse Equipment, and Howard Crouch’s book, Civil War Artifacts. Though I have seen a few of these over the last three decades they are definitely not common, and I have only ever had three in my hand. Unless there are a bunch of them in eastern collections that I am not aware of, I would venture to say that there are probably more CSA rectangular plates still in existence than these bits. As an item that would not have been confiscated at surrender, it seems likely that many were carried home and used around the farm for years until unserviceable and discarded. Bit measures about 6.75 inches long and 5.5 inches across and the loose reins rings are frozen in place from being in the ground for 150 years. Search the internet and see how many original examples you can find. A Fine Dug Example of the Confederate Cavalry Trooper’s Bridle Bit!
Nice Dug US Cavalry Civil War Picket Pin
NEW ! Here is a Fine Excavated Condition US Cavalry Trooper’s Picket Pin ! This one is complete with no bends or breaks and figure -8- tie still intact at the top. It came out of wet ground and I personally did electrolysis on it several years ago when the digger found it. Acquiring it not too long ago I can see that the iron is still wonderfully preserved with no flaking or active oxidation anywhere. Pin measures about 12.5 inches long. A Nice Dug US Picket Pin from a site associated with the Prairie Grove, Arkansas, Campaign. Exact recovery location goes to the buyer.
Beautiful Dug US M1859 Cavalry Spur w/Most of its Original Iron Rowel Intact - Chancellorsville, Virginia
NEW ! 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 Matched Pair of Excavated US M1859 Cavalry Spurs - Recovered in Northern Georgia
NEW ! Here is a Wonderful Matching Pair of Excavated US M1859 Cavalry Spurs ! They are both the pattern with no groove in the heel band and rounded corners on the strap slots. Both have the same mostly smooth brown patina with a few green highlights, and both have remnants of their iron rowels still remaining. One is a perfect dug example, while the other has some very minor bends on the strap slots. Matched pairs are rarely dug anymore, but just looking at these in your hand, there is little doubt they were dug together. Only provenance I got with them was that they were recovered in North Georgia. A Nice Matching Pair of Excavated Union Cavalry Spurs !
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.
Fine Relic Condition US M1863 Cavalry Bridle Bit w/Both Cast Brass Bit Bosses Intact
Here is a Fine Relic Condition US M1863 Cavalry Bridle Bit ! Though I’m almost sure it’s not excavated, it has a very nice look and most likely resided in a barn or outbuilding for years. All the iron shows even moderate pitting but nothing heavy like a dug piece. Both brass bit bosses are still attached and have a nice green/brown patina. They are the pattern with the letters US on a relief swirled field and peened to the bit with brass pins. This is a high port pattern intended for more control of a horse. A Fine Civil War US M1863 Cavalry Bridle Bit that Displays Great !
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 !
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 !
Nice Excavated US M1859 Cavalry Bridle Bit
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 !
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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 !
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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 !
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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 !
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Very Nice Civil War Period Horse Curry Comb
Here is an Excellent Civil War Period Horse Curry Comb !
It has a violin shaped top attachment for the wood handle,
often seen on early patterns. Handle is peened onto the iron
tang, with an iron ferrule at the front. Comb is actually in
good enough shape to still be useful, with all parts present.
It measures about 7.5 inches long, by 4.25 inches wide. The
iron and wood has the appearance of having long been in
a barn or outbuilding. A Fine Displaying Civil War
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
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