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 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 !
$99 plus shipping
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
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 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
Period Curry Comb !
$55 plus shipping
Nice Original Civil War Period Artillery Horse Hames
Here is a Nice Original Set of Civil War Period Artillery
Horse Hames ! During the Spanish-American War, the Rock
Island Arsenal pulled many of these out of storage and made slight
modifications, in order to press them into immediate service. This
is one of those sets, with the Rock Island Arsenal stamp on
both sides in the leather. There is a set almost identical to these
on display at the Gettysburg National Park. These are in very
good condition, with much of the original black paint remaining
on the metal, and leather in decent pliable shape. Each side
measures about 26-28 inches long, and I'm just guessing total
weight at about 20-25 pounds. Everything still swivels and
pivots like it should, and the only damage I see anywhere, is
the upper stitching on what would be the horses right side,
torn about 3 inches. All the iron appears hand forged.
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
Nice Dug CS21 Confederate Spur
Here is a Nice Excavated Confederate Cavalry Spur ! It’s a known pattern more commonly associated with the Western and Trans-Mississippi Theaters, and nearly identical to CS21 on page 61, of Howard Crouches book, Historic American Spurs. The example in the book has one side of the rowel neck broken, but this one is still intact. Spur has a very long squared rowel neck, with iron rowel rusted away. Both ends where the strap slots are have been bent to one side, possibly on purpose but spur still displays well. Entire spur has a nice smooth green brown patina, with no cracks or breaks. Inside of strap slots and heel band show lots of file finishing marks, and casting imperfections. Spur measures about 5 inches long by 3 inches across the strap slots. If those strap slots weren’t bent this would be a $250 spur ! A Good Dug Example of a Known Confederate Spur !