Lead Solder Filled Star/Shield Martingale - 2" x 2.5" - Militia, Mississippi, Texas Association
Here is a Nice Dug Solder Filled Shield/Star Martingale Device ! These are believed to be Pre-War Militia items, though some people say they may also be associated with Texas or Mississippi. It is solder filled stamped brass or copper, that once had three iron attachment pins on the reverse. The pins have rusted away and the solder is looking a little rough but still mostly there. The front has a nice smooth greenish brown patina that displays very well. The device measures about 2.5 inches tall by 2 inches across. The top side points of the star are no longer connected to the shield but the piece is still strong and tight. Recovery location is unknown. A Fine Displaying Early Militia Shield/Star Martingale, often recovered in Civil War Campsites !
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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 !
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Excellent Matched Pair of Dug U.S. M1859 Enlisted Cavalryman's Spurs
Here is a Fine Dug Pair of Matching U.S. Model 1859 Cavalry Spurs ! Both have fairly close matching patina and show remnants of the rusted rowels. Each still retains its shape very well too, with no bends or breaks anywhere. They are both the pattern with the rounded corners on the strap slots and up swept curved rowel necks. These display great as a pair and I am nearly sure they were excavated at the same location, though that information has been lost. Still, A Great Displaying Pair of Dug U.S. Model 1859 Enlisted Cavalry Spurs ! [ L.L. ]
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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 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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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 !
Here is a Fine Relic Condition, Blacksmith made, Confederate Cavalryman’s Picket Pin ! Recovered near Shiloh, Tennessee, it appears to have been made from a piece of wagon hardware. Constructed of iron, there is no flaking or active rust, possibly indicating it has been out of the ground for a while. It measures about 11 inches long with a ring thru the top, and displays great. A Fine Confederate Cavalryman’s Iron Picket Pin recovered at Shiloh, Tennessee ! [ L.L. ]
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 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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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
Beautiful Dug U.S. Officer's Christmas Spur - Patented Dec. 24, 1861 - Recovered Madison County, Virginia.
Here is an Excellent Dug Union Officer’s Patented, or so-called, “Christmas Spur !” It is called the “Christmas Spur” because on the inside of the bend, it is impress stamped, “PATENTED DEC 24, 1861.” These are quite uncommon, and though the decorative design on this spur is quite common on officer’s spurs, I doubt if one in twenty has the Patent Stamp. This example has no bends, or breaks anywhere, and wears a very nice dark green/brown patina, actually darker in hand than it looks in my pictures. The iron rowel has rusted away, though there are remnants and the original retention pin still in the slot. Recovered in Madison County, Virginia. A Superb Dug Example of the Patented Officers “Christmas Spur” that displays Great !