Here is an Item you won’t see often, Dug Civil War Period Hardtack, excavated in a Confederate Campsite in Georgia ! There is a total of seven pieces, two larger and five small. All are blackened and have some dirt on them, definitely not edible but relatively stable. An Unusual Item for any Civil War Display of Dug Artifacts ! [ L.L. ]
$30 plus shipping
Marshall Texas Confederate Enfield Bullet from Jenkin's Ferry, AR, & Iron Cannister Ball from Backbone Mountain, AR
Here is a Nice Pair of Trans-Mississippi Department Civil War Relics ! There is one dropped Confederate Marshall Texas Enfield Bullet, for .54 caliber rifle, [ The tag is wrong ! ] It is in nice dropped condition with just a few patina flakes on the base of the cavity walls, but no digger damage, and mics out at .531 diameter by 1.020 tall. It was recovered at the Jenkins’ Ferry, Arkansas, Battlefield. Second, is a nice iron cannister ball, never cleaned but looking fairly decent. It was recovered at the Battle of Devil’s Backbone, or Backbone Mountain, in Sebastian County, Arkansas, not far from Fort Smith. Just eyeballing its size, it appears to match the examples in my reconstructed 6-Pounder round for smooth bore gun, and would have been used by the Confederates, as they had 4-Six Pound Guns at the Battle, and the Union had none. Two Nice Confederate Relics Excavated in Arkansas Battle Sites !
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Nice Relic Condition Excavated Single Shot Under Hammer Pistol - 6.5 Inch Barrel
Here is a Neat Pre-Civil War to Civil War Period Dug Under Hammer Single Shot Pistol ! Judging by the muzzle, it would have been .50 to .54 caliber. It has an approximately 6.5 inch long barrel, with an overall length of about 10.5 to 11 inches. All the iron shows the heavy pitting typical of dug firearms, though it appears someone attached a well matching bag grip, after it was excavated. The hammer and mechanism is completely frozen. Evidently made to clip on a belt or pants, the belt clip is still present as well. A Neat Relic Condition Civil War or Before Dug Pistol that Displays Great ! [ L.L. ]
Nice Dug Enfield Nipple Protector
Here is a Cool Dug Iron Enfield Nipple Protector with about 3-4 Inches of its Original Brass Chain Still Intact ! The entire piece is now stable and won’t break down in the future. It displays great and the little nipple protectors are not often excavated with pieces of the chain still intact. A Fine Displaying Dug Enfield Nipple Protector with a good piece of the brass chain still intact. Recovery location unknown, but likely here in NW Arkansas. [ D.K. ]
$25 plus shipping
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 !
$125 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. ]
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Nice Dug Brass Officer's Sword Scabbard Ring Mount
Here is a Nice Dug Brass Scabbard Mount from a Leather Scabbard for Foot Officer or Staff Officer Sword ! It has a mostly brown patina with a few tiny remnants of gold gilt here and there. It hasn’t been crushed and the openings are still open, and it still retains its ring. A Nice Scabbard Ring Mount that is fairly uncommon to dig anymore. [ D.K. ]
$25 plus shipping
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
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 !
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Two Excavated Brass Containers w/Steel Pen Tips - Larger Container w/Three Hand Shaped Tips Recovered Varina, Virginia -Small Container w/Six tips or nibs Recovered Fort Powhatan, Virginia.
Here is an Item you Rarely see Excavated ! It is a Pair of Small Brass containers with many of the Original Steel Pen Nibs or Tips still present ! The larger container apparently had three hand-shaped nibs still intact, which I have never seen, while the smaller one contained six standard looking nibs. Both containers are still nicely intact and the tops are removable, showing a nice patina and moderate ground action. The three hand shaped nibs are still in great shape, while one of the smaller nibs shows a missing tip.One of the hand shaped nibs is maker marked “J.R. Keiningham - Richmond,” who was a Richmond bookseller and binder in 1855, and a member of the 1st Regiment Virginia State Reserves during the war.An Item that is Rarely Dug and would likely have belonged to an Officer or Orderly Sergeant ! [ L.L. ]
1861 Suspender Buckle & Various Brass Relics Recovered in Fredericksburg, Virginia .
Here is a Fine Little Group of Brass Buckles & Soldier Hardware Dug in Fredericksburg, Virginia ! I see a kepi buckle, 2- suspender buckles or parts, a spur buckle, a knapsack buckle, a musket or carbine sling hook, and one more unidentified buckle. The complete suspender buckle is marked “1861” and the partial suspender buckle is marked “1855”. A Nice Group of Small Brass Civil War Artifacts, Excavated in Historic Fredericksburg, Virginia ! [ L.L. ]
Fine Excavated Condition Civil War Soldier's Iron Candle Holder
Here is a Nice Dug Civil War Soldier’s Iron Candle Holder ! These are sometimes found in camps of both sides, and are pictured in Stanley S. Phillips book, Excavated Artifacts from Battlefields andCampsites of the Civil War 1861-1865, and also in Howard R. Crouch’s book, Civil War Artifacts AGuide for the Historian. As Mr. Crouch notes in his book, this would have been the most portable candle holder available for a soldier. This one is in good solid relic condition having been cleaned, and still retaining a good portion of the spike at bottom. The only provenance I got was that it was recovered in the Shenandoah Valley of Virginia. A Nice Unusual Campsite Relic that could have been lost or forgotten by either a Confederate or Union Soldier !