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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Excellent Dug Condition U.S. "Allegheny Arsenal" Marked, Federal Cavalry Bridle Bit w/Both Bosses & Curb Chain.
Here is a Fine Dug Example of an Allegheny Arsenal Marked U.S. Cavalry Bridle Bit ! The iron is still stable and not flaking, both U.S. Bit Bosses, are still intact, the slobber bar & brass curb chain are present, and most of the Allegheny Arsenal marking is still legible on one side, as is the date which I believe is 1863. [Hard to make out, but former owner says he is sure.] The curb chain was still attached by one of its original hooks when dug, and the former owner made one for the other side out of an old nail, which looks pretty good, though it can be detached. The chain has a wonderful light green patina, while the bit bosses have a nice brownish/green patina. I see many of these listed as the Model 1859 pattern, but I think this one is the slightly lighter constructed Model 1863. Recovered near Winchester, Virginia. An Above Average Dug U.S. Civil War Cavalry Bit that Displays Superbly !
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Fine Original U.S. Model 1859 Cavalry Troopers Spur
Here is an Excellent Condition Non Dug Original U.S. M1859 “Gutter back” Cavalry Spur ! The iron rowel is still present and spins freely, though the center hole seems wallowed out some, as it doesn’t spin in a concentric circle anymore. Still tight though. All the brass wears a nice mellow golden brown patina, and there is no damage anywhere. Original M1859s are not quite as common as excavated examples, but this one displays great ! A Fine Non Dug U.S. M1859 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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Nice Non Dug Confederate Spur Likely a Product of Leech & Rigdon
Here is a Nice Non-Dug Confederate Spur most likely manufactured by Leech & Rigdon, originally in Memphis, Tennessee ! The small strap slots, just barely bigger than the body, the almost flat outside surfaces of the body with a slight bevel on the edges, and even the curve of the rowel neck, are all reminiscent of the CS26 Spur with CS on the heel band and stars near the strap slots, but this one is completely unmarked. I have seen several unmarked versions of the CS26 at Civil War Shows over the years. The rowel is still present on this one and spins freely. The body of the spur wears a nice old non dug patina, with a few small areas here and there that show the brass to have a reddish tone, that may indicate a high copper content. The left strap slot has been bent out quite a bit, but there are no cracks or breaks. The right strap slot retains a tiny bit of a very dry and cracked spur strap. The spur measures right at 5 inches long, by about 3 inches across the strap slots. A Fine Displaying example of a Confederate Spur likely produced by the firm of Leech & Rigdon !
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Excellent Dug U.S. M1859 Cavalry Troopers Spur
Here is an Excellent Dug U.S. M1859 Cavalry Troopers Spur ! The entire spur wears a super nice dark green patina, with no damage anywhere. The iron rowel, as is common, has rusted away, and you can see the remnants of it in the rowel neck. The recovery location has been lost and is unknown. Still a Great Displaying Dug U.S. M1859 Cavalry Spur !
Dug Union Cavalry Spur with Positive Provenance to Gettysburg East Cavalry Battlefield
Here is a U.S. Spur Recovered from the East Cavalry Battlefield at Gettysburg ! It has been bent and the rowel neck is broken off but what is left displays well. The inside of one strap slot shows an inspectors’ mark of “GTB”. Originally purchased from The Horse Soldier in Gettysburg, the spur comes with their letter, and an old string tag, identifying it as being from a local Gettysburg collection, and being found “near East Battlefield.” A Damaged Relic Spur but with solid provenance of being Recovered at Gettysburg !