NEW ! Here is what’s left of a Dug U.S. Model 1840 Heavy Cavalry Saber ! It is a total of 24 inches long, and still has legible marks on the ricasso, and the brass pommel cap. The left side of the ricasso shows a very faint mark of “Ames Mfg Co – Chicopee – 1856” while the right side shows a still easily legible mark of “U.S.” and the inspectors’ mark of “ADK.” The pommel cap slides a little bit, but will not come off the end of the grip tang. Originally Recovered at Fishers’ Hill, Virginia, I purchased it over 15 years ago from Joe Ginn, and sold it to a customer in Texas, just recently reacquiring it. Missing the guard and part of the blade, whether in battle or from farming we will never know. Much of a Dug M1840 Saber that Displays Fine & would look Great on a Board !
Here is a Nice Dug Embossed Heart Harness Buckle Cover ! Many years ago these were misidentified as “Blanket Roll Buckles”. But, I believe it was Charlie Harris, in a North/South Trader article a few years ago, who correctly identified them and illustrated their use. We often recover them in campsites here in the Trans-Mississippi. This one is a bit larger than usually seen at 3.5 inches tall from top to bottom and about 1.75 inches wide. It has a wonderful smooth dark brown patina on the front, with the back showing a dusty dry look. The swivel at the top is slightly bent, and there is a push on one edge of the body, but it still displays quite well. Recovered by me years ago, in a Big Union Campsite at Osage Springs, here in NW Arkansas, where I dug my first U.S. Plate. A Very Nice Dug Embossed Heart Harness Buckle Cover !
$30 plus shipping
Nice Brass Belt Adjuster & 1860 Patented Suspender Buckle
Here is a Nice Dug Adjuster for a waist belt, and an 1860 Patented Suspender Buckle ! The adjuster has an inner measurement of 1.625 inches tall and would not fit a standard Civil War period 2 inch belt, but would fit the earlier small 1839 pattern belt, and perhaps others. It has a nice dark green patina and the tongue is frozen in place. The suspender buckle is also frozen but is nicely marked on one side, “G & C Solide” and “Paris 1860” on the other side. It has a brown patina with a little more ground action, but still shows its markings very well. The belt adjuster was recovered at Port Hudson, Louisiana, but I’m not sure if the suspender buckle came from the same site or not. Two Nice Small Brass Camp Items that Display Fine !
$15 plus shipping
Enfield Trigger Guard Recovered at Cheatam Hill, Part of the Kennesaw Mtn., Georgia Battlefield
Here is a Nice Dug Trigger Guard for Enfield Rifle ! The back end is broken off at the first screw hole, but the front end is all there, including the sling swivel and the little ring that attached the nipple protector chain. The brass has a nice mottled green patina, while the iron swivel and ring are rusty but still in good relic condition. There is an old diggers mark in black felt ink, that says, “Battle of Cheatham Hill GA, 9-10-72 Trigger Guard.” The fight at Cheatham Hill, on June 27th, 1864, was actually a part of the Battle of Kennesaw Mountain.A Neat Dug Relic from the historic Battle of Kennesaw Mountain, Georgia !
$25 plus shipping
Nice Displaying Dug Shoulder Scale Recovered Near Gettysburg, Pennsylvania
Here is a Nice Dug Brass Civil War Shoulder Scale ! It has been re-enforced with glue on the back, where the bottom of the scales meets the bell, and at the joint between the top and second scale down. It wears a nice mostly green/brown patina, front and back, and is missing only the little border piece around the edges of the scale, except for the very top. Recovered near Gettysburg, Pennsylvania. A Good Displaying Brass Federal Shoulder Scale !
$70 plus shipping
Nice Set of Dug Puppy Paw Hooks Melted out of the Back of a Buckle
Here is a Neat Dug Set of Puppy Paw Hooks likely melted out of the back of a U.S. Waist Belt Plate ! One of the belt studs is missing, but the other stud and the tongue are still intact, and there are no breaks in the whole thing. It has a nice mixed green patina, with some encrusted dirt and verdigris still on it. Recovered at Petersburg, Virginia. A Neat Displaying Set of Dug Puppy Paw Hooks !
$35 plus shipping
Nice Display of 1847 Mexican War Relics & Earlier Buttons
Here are Two Nice Groups of Pre-Civil War Relics ! First is a group of ten large one-piece flat buttons. Most have floral or other designs on the front, a couple have some gold gilt remaining, and four still have their shanks on the reverse. Five are almost as large as a half dollar, while the remainder are a bit smaller. Two are pewter and the rest brass or copper. They could date from the late 1700s to the 1840s, and were all recovered in Virginia. Second is a nice display in a 8” x 6” riker box, with an insert that briefly describes the Mexican War, 1846-1847, and three items recovered near the Buena Vista, Mexico, Battlefield. The items are from left to right, one .69 caliber musket ball, one U.S. eagle I Infantry cuff button, and one .72 caliber musket ball, likely from a Prussian Musket. Two Nice Displays, Mexican War, and Pre-Civil War !
Rare Dug Wiper/Ball-Screw ComboTool
This little item is a rare combination of a ball-screw or bullet worm, and wiper for cleaning, all in one tool. Pictured in the book, Gun Tools: Their History and Identification, by Shaffer, Rutledge, & Dorsey, Volume I, p. 131, it is noted as a French/Belgian pattern. It has a brass base with nice patina and stamped- S1520. Iron ball screw and wiper arms are still present and have been cleaned and coated. This is one you won't see too often. $30 plus shipping
Dug Modified Socket Bayonet - New Point on About 8 Inches of Blade
Here is a Nice Excavated Socket Bayonet ! It is only about 8-9 inches from the shank that went to the socket, out to the end that appears to have been broken and resharpened for the shorter length. The iron is in good relic condition with no flaking or active rusting. A Nice Field Modified Excavated Socket Bayonet ! [ D.K. ]
$40 plus shipping
Nice Dug Quarter-Plate Tintype Frame/Mat
Here is a Wonderful Excavated Brass Tintype Frame !
It's for the big Quarter plate size image, and much less common to
dig than a Ninth or Sixth plate frame. Frame has a nice dark green
patina overall, with gilt highlites still visible down in the engraved
oval border. Measures approximately 4.25 inches tall by 3.25
inches wide. A Nice Personal Item Dug in a US Camp,
near Rhea's Mills, Arkansas.
$25 plus shipping
Excavated US Musket Main-Spring Vice
Here is a nice excavated US musket main-spring vice. Iron has been cleaned and coated and it is ready to display with your dug gun tools. Recovered years ago in North Georgia. $25 plus shipping
Nice Dug Bowie or Saber Bayonet Scabbard Throat
Here's a good excavated brass scabbard throat for Bowie knife or saber bayonet ! The belt stud is still intact, and holes present where leather scabbard fit in. The whole thing has a nice mostly plumb patina, with a few hints of green. $10 plus shipping
Nice ca. 1900 Union Metallic Cartriddge Co. "Hicks" Percussion Cap Tin w/Good Label and Partial Pistol Percussion Cap Contents
Here is a Nice Old Partial Tin of “Hicks” Percussion Caps by The Union Metallic Cartridge Co., or UMC ! This one is not excavated, but in relic condition. The green label on top of the can is dark but still entirely legible. Lid still removes easily, and interior of the tin shows considerable plating remaining. Interior also shows about 30 + pistol caps still present. This tin likely dates to about 1900. In 1912, Remington bought out UMC, and the name became Remington-UMC. This Old Tin though will still present well open or closed, with a Civil War Revolver !
$40 plus shipping
Yankee Camp Dug 1863 Indian Head Penny with Good Detail
Here is an Excellent Campsite Dug, 1863, Indian Head Penny ! It has a mostly brown patina with a few areas of green, and mild enough ground action that nearly all of the details are visible and the 1863 date stands out very well. The old diggers’ tag that was in the coin sleeve with it says that is was dug in a Union Camp at Halltown, West Virginia, in August of 1984. A Great Civil War Soldier’s Coin with its recovery location intact, that Displays Very Well !
Nice Complete Set of Brass Isaac Campbell & Co. Confederate Knapsack Hooks
Here is a Nice Dug Set of Confederate Knapsack Hooks ! These were manufactured by S. Isaacs Campbell & Co., and many came into the Confederacy on British Knapsacks. Excavated in most theaters of the war, there were even iron Confederate manufactured copies. This set is brass with a brown/green patina, showing some ground action, and the tongue on one half is still present but frozen in place. Could probably get it moving again with a soak in light oil, but I’ll leave that to the new owner. Recovered in one of General Longstreet’s camps near Knoxville, Tennessee. A Fine Displaying set of Confederate Knapsack Hooks !