Miscellaneous Excavated Relics

Dug Texas/Mississippi Rosette/Martingale

This is an early dug stamped brass, lead filled rosette.  These have been excavated in both Texas and Mississippi Cavalry camps over the years but there has always been much debate about whether these were originally military or civilian in nature and just adopted by Confederate troops from Texas and Mississippi.  This is a very nice example of a dug one that was excavated in a Texas cavalry camp in Dalton, GA.  The three attachment pins on the reverse remain.  There is one very small dent in the bottom right "arm" of the star but it doesn't detract from this nice piece.  It is better seen in the close up photos.

Price: $225

Excavated Confederate Isaacs and Campbell Knapsack Buckle

Finding these two pieces dug together are getting harder to come by.  This is a beautiful example of this type of buckle which would have been on a soldeir's knapsack.  This was produced by Isaacs and Campbell of London and brought through the blockades to the Confederacy.  Nice deep chcolate patina on this one and the buckle arm moves freely.  The recovery location is unknown.

Price: $175

Excavated Leech and Rigdon Confederate Spur

This is a nice example of the highly sought after Confederate Leech and Rigdon Officer's spur.  This spur was found in Murfreesbro, TN on private property. When dug, the spur was in three pieces and has been expertly restored by Robert McDaniel.  

Price $1,850

Solid Gold Phi Kappa Psi Fraternity Pin from Stones River

This super cool relic was dug on private property in Murfreesboro, TN in the known location of Confederate campsites.  The back of the pin is inscribed "A.J. Thomas".  Some quick research shows there were several Confederate soldiers at Stones River with the initials A.J. Thomas.  My best guess based on limited research is that this could be Andrew Jackson Thomas born in 1838 who served with the 28th Alabama Infantry Regiment, Company L at Stones River.  He would have been a young man of 24 in 1862 and could have just graduated or left college to enlist in the Confederacy proudly wearing his fraternity pin.  There were very few schools with Phi Kappa Psi chapters prior to 1862.  None were in Alabama but the University of South Carolina had one and many of this gentelman's siblings were born in South Carolina where he had family.  If you research it and confirm an identity I would be excited to hear for certain.  This piece has been photographed and catalogued by the State of Tennessee as well. 


Price: Sold