Fine 1926 UCV National Reunion in Birmingham, Alabama, Reunion Badge
NEW ! Here is a Fine Souvenir Badge from the 1926 United Confederate Veterans, or UCV, Reunion in Birmingham, Alabama ! It appears to made of copper and has a top bar that says “Souvenir” on the front and still retains its attachment pin on the reverse. The 36mm circular drop below that has a profile bust of Robert E. Lee, with his name at the bottom. Around the outside edges the badge says, “United Confederate Veterans Reunion – Birmingham, Ala.” and just inside that, “ May 18-21 – 1926.” The reverse of the drop shows three Confederate Flags, with an inner edge of hash marks. I see no maker’s marks. The badge measures about 2.25 inches tall by 1.5 inches wide, and the copper has acquired a wonderful smooth dark patina. A Great Displaying Badge from the 1926 National Confederate Veteran’s Reunion in Birmingham, Alabama !
$175 plus shipping
Fine Houston, Texas, UCV or United Confederate Veterans Badge Drop or Token
NEW ! Here is a Fine Unused Token or Badge Drop for the Houston, Texas, Delegation to a UCV Reunion !With one exception, all of these that I have seen are counter stamped on the reverse for the 1896 UCV Reunion in Richmond, Virginia. That one exception was like this one, and had never been stamped. One had a tiny red ribbon thru the little hole at top. Whatever its original utility it was definitely produced for the Houston, Texas, Delegation to a UCV reunion. One side depicts a five point star centered, with rays radiating outward, a wreath that appears to be laurel and oak, with the words, “Houston” above the star, and “Texas” below. The reverse shows a Confederate Third National Flag in the clouds, floating over a city, with a man in the moon at the right edge. It appears to be copper or bronze and measures right at 1.5 inches diameter. A Fine Displaying Houston, Texas, United Confederate Veteran Token or Badge Drop !
Fine Original Numbered G.A.R. or Grand Army of the Republic Membership Badge
Here is an Excellent Original G.A.R., or Grand Army of the Republic Membership Badge ! It’s the pattern that is numbered on the edge, and this one is number P34244. It retains its original ribbon in good condition, a good bit of its gold gilt, and the attachment pin on reverse is still present and operational. The reverse of the top bar shows a “camp kettle” scene with the patent dates of “May 4, 1886 & June 22, 1886.” An Excellent Condition and Great Displaying G.A.R. Membership Badge !
$120 plus shipping
Fine G.A.R. or Grand Army of the Republic, Numbered Membership Badge
Here is a Nice Original Grand Army of the Republic, or G.A.R. Standard Membership Badge ! It’s the pattern that is numbered on the edge, with this one being number B60355. It has a correct replacement ribbon that looks great, and the top eagle and bottom star drop still show remnants of gold gilt. The reverse shows the original attachment pin still present and operational. The Union Veterans who made up the G.A.R. numbered over 400,000 members by the turn of the last century, and their support was often sought by political candidates. A Fine Original G.A.R. Membership Badge !
Nice ca. 1880-1920 G.A.R. or Grand Army of the Republic "Pillbox" Style Cap w/GAR Side Buttons, Padded GAR Badge, and Gold Lined Strap - Maker Marked
Here is a Neat ca. 1880-1920, G.A.R. or Grand Army of the Republic, “Pillbox” style hat or cap ! If you’ve ever seen any of the old black & white, Movie Tone newsreels, you’ve seen some Veterans wearing headgear exactly like this. It is a small size and will not fit my big head, but looks great on a manikin head. This one was manufactured by the Henderson Ames Company, who made a good deal of Veterans items, and is so marked on both the top inside of the cap, and embossed on the inner leather band. It has a worn gold lined band around the outer bottom of the body, GAR cuff size buttons on each end of the band, and a GAR Hat Badge, on a felt backing on the front. It is mostly in good condition with one old tear near the top right seam that is about 1.75 inches long, but is just proof of age, and doesn’t seriously detract from the Hat’s display. A Fine Displaying G.A.R. Pillbox Cap !
[ Manikin Head NOT Included ]
Grand Army of The Republic or G.A.R. White Cotton Waist Belt & Gilt Buckle
Here is a Fine Original Grand Army Of The Republic, or G.A.R. Waist Belt & Buckle ! I just sold the last one I had a month or so ago, then found this one. The belt is white cotton in good shape though it’s showing some dirt and minor staining and a couple of small areas where the fabric is fraying. The buckle & keeper show a generous amount of gold gilt remaining front and back, with a few small areas of discoloration on the front. I think this would fit a waist size of about 32 inches. You often see these rigs with the white cotton belt in post war images of veteran’s reunions. A Fine G.A.R. Waist Belt & Buckle that Displays Great !
$99 plus shipping
Nice ca. 1912-1959 48 Star U.S. Parade Flag on Original 32 Inch Staff - G.A.R. Parades, WWI, WWII Parades
Here is an Excellent 48 Star U.S. Parade Flag, ca. 1912 to 1959, that would have been waved at Grand Army of the Republic, or G.A.R., Parades, as well as possibly Post WWI or WWII Parades ! The flag itself measures about 16.5 inches wide, by 11.25 inches high, on a 32 inch long wooden stick or dowel with a pointed, gold painted finial at the top. The flag is printed on coarse cotton, with sewn fringes on the top and outer edges. The gold finial shows lots of wear and fading color, and the bottom of the stick shows discoloration from being handled. The flag itself has some minor staining but nothing major, and still displays beautifully. These used to be common, but are getting hard to find now. A Superb 48 Star U.S. Parade Flag, that likely waved at Grand Army of The Republic, G.A.R. Reunions & Parades !
Nice Musket Shaped Silver Plated Spoon Souvenir From the 1894 National Encampment of the G.A.R. in Pittsburg, Pennsylvania.
Here is a Fine & Uncommon Silver Plated Spoon from the 1894 G.A.R. National Encampment in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. It still retains 95% or more of it’s original silver plate though it has some tarnished areas. The top of the handle has the words, “28th National Encampment. 1894 GAR” in raised letters. The bowl has a unique raised crest showing an Engineer’s Castle, a shield with three eagles, and the bayonet of the musket handle. The spoon measures right at six inches long with a typical table size bowl. Just a Super Nice & Uncommonly Seen Souvenir of the 28th National Encampment of the Grand Army of the Republic in Pittsburgh !
Nice Cabinet Card View of John R. Bird, Co. D, 18th Indiana Infantry & Post War G.A.R. Member - The Regiment fought at Pea Ridge, before moving to the Western Theater.
Here is a Nice ca. 1880’s Cabinet Card Photograph of former 18th Indiana Infantry Private, and Grand Army of the Republic Member, John R. Bird ! The image shows Bird posed standing, one arm on a high table where his bowler style hat rests, wearing a GAR coat, vest, and officer pattern badge. He is obviously an older man and looks to be gazing at the floor. The mount shows a gold border and is just slightly bowed upward on the outside edges. Image itself is clear with light contrast and one area of discoloration on the edge near Bird’s elbow.
John R. Bird was born 1822, and a 39 year old veteran of the Mexican War when he enlisted in the 18th Indiana Infantry in August, 1861. He served with the regiment thru the entire war, and post war was a member of the Gordon Post of the G.A.R. at Benham, Indiana, serving as one of two delegates from that post to the State Reunion in 1887. Bird and the 18th Indiana regiment saw their first serious engagement in my backyard at the Battle of Pea Ridge, Arkansas, in March, 1862. Serving in the eastern theater for most of the rest of the war, the regiment participated in the battles at Port Gibson, Champion’s Hill, Big Black River, Vicksburg, Opequan, Fisher’s Hill, & Cedar Creek, among others. A Fine Displaying ID’d Indiana Veteran & G.A.R. Members Cabinet Card !
$49 plus shipping
Lieutenant/Captain Charles Birnbaum, Co. D, 36th Iowa Infantry - Post War Birnbaum eventually moved to Arkansas, after having served there during the war.
Here is an Excellent Post War Cdv of Captain Charles Birnbaum, Co. D, 36th Iowa Infantry, inhis GAR Uniform !Though a post-war image, it is indeed a Cdv measuring about 4 inches tall by 2.5 inches wide. Birnbaum’s image is well focused, though a little light and his GAR Member Badge is easily visible on his coat. I almost think he may have a glass eye, as his stare is unusual. Bottom of the black mount underneath his image is the photographers attribution of “T.W. Townsend – Iowa City, Iowa.” The green back of the mount is blank except for the name, Charles Birnbaum in pencil at the top.
Birnbaum joined the 36th Iowa as a 2nd Lieutenant mustering out as Captain. The regiment fought at Helena, Prairie D’Ann, and Mark’s Mills, Arkansas, among several other engagements. Birnbaum was listed as a POW at Mark’s Mills, but eventually exchanged. He must have seen something in Arkansas he liked though, as several years after the war, he moved to Hot Springs, Arkansas. A Fine GAR Image of a 36th Iowa Infantry Officer !
$65 plus shipping
Sept. 24th, 1900, Headquarters Department of Arkansas - Grand Army Of The Republic Document - Springdale, Arkansas [Unlike my photo, the actual item is sharp and clear.]
Here's a Really Neat & Exceptionally Rare Arkansas GAR Document ! Anything Arkansas GAR related is Extremely Hard to find, as the State raised over 200 Confederate Fighting Units, but only 4 Regiments of Union Troops ! This document is dated September 24, 1900, at "Headquarters Department of Arkansas" Springdale, Arkansas.It concerns the court martial of one Silas K. Robinson, and his dishonorable discharge, an upcoming inspection of all department posts, and elections in December. Also mentions that, "Comrades our ranks are thinning fast." Endorsed by Department Commander, A.L. Thompson. Appoximately 8.5 x 11, with paper and print in great shape, and GAR Membership Badge imprinted in upper left corner. A Rare Arkansas Grand Army Of The Republic Document ! $80plus shipping
Nice ca. 1880-1900 Twisted Gold Brown & Black Hat Cord For Veterans GAR or UCV Hats
If you’ve got a Bare GAR or UCV Hat, Here is the ca. 1880s-1890s Cord you Need to Spruce itup ! It’s a Nice Black and Gold entwined cord with one Acorn still present and one missing, but will still be better than no cord at all. I have seen almost this exact cord on several veteran’s hats, both GAR and UCV. Basically this one is in Very Good Shape, except for that missing acorn, good color, good integrity, and still limber. It’s a black, brown, and gold color with very fine sewing on the acorn. If this was complete with both acorns it would run nearly $200, But this Hat Cord is priced to sell !
$75 plus shipping
Fine 11 x 17 Multi-Color "Welcome G.A.R." Reunion Banner
Here is an Excellent Condition Grand Army of the Republic, or G.A.R. Welcome Banner ! It measures about 11 inches wide by 17.25 inches tall, multi-colors printed on thin linen. There is a red border around both sides and the bottom, with the word, “WELCOME” in blue at the top. Underneath that is an image of the standard membership badge of the G.A.R. in red, white, and blue, with the large letters “G.A.R.” at the bottom. Though these used to be fairly common, they have become harder to find anymore. Framed, this banner displays really good, and I have one in my own relic room, matted and framed. A Great Displaying “Welcome G.A.R.” Banner !
Nice Group of Four Consecutive Year Kansas G.A.R. Ribbons/Badges - 1932 - 1935
Here is a Nice Group of Kansas G.A.R. Ribbons for Four State Encampments on ConsecutiveYears ! They include: The 52nd Annual Encampment, Dept. of Kansas at Wichita, in 1932, the 53rd at El Dorado, in 1933, the 54th at Emporia, in 1934, and the 55th at Kansas City, in 1935. Each ribbon is vertical red, white, and blue stripes with a gold G.A.R. logo at center, and the Reunion dates and location in gold at the bottom. Each has a gold frame top bar, and three with paper insert where the veteran could have written his name, though there are no names. Including the top bar, each ribbon measures about 4.5 inches long, by 1.6 inches wide. All have fraying at the bottom, and three of the four have some horizontal blemishes, though none are coming apart and they all still display very nicely, retaining good color. There were in a tiny collection of Kansas G.A.R. Ribbons, and I hate to break them apart, as it seems likely that one veteran made the effort for each of those four hard years during the depression, to attend the State Reunions, no matter the location. A Nice Instant Collection of Kansas Grand Army of the Republic, G.A.R. Ribbons!
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Arkansas Reunion Button at left takes you to the Arkansas Veteran's Reunion Images, I formerly had on the homepage. Just hate to completely remove those soldier images. Most of the images are of members of the 34th Arkansas Infantry, our NW Arkansas Boys, just got gray beards by the turn of the century !
Jack Ferguson helping me set a V.A. Stone for a Civil War Soldier.