Miscellaneous Non-Excavated

Model 1859 Cavalry Bridle Bit with Curb Chain

This is a nice Model 1859 US Cavalry Bridle Bit with Curb Chain.  It is in very good overall condition, the iron surface of this artifact bears slight rust pitting and has acquired dark gray coloring in areas.  It has the U.S. brass 'bosses' on the side  and retains the curb chain which displays a rust covering.  The slobber bar on this one is missing which was common so the hroses could graze while on picket.  The inside bar of one of the arms is stamped "US".  A great example of a Bridle bit that would display well with any cavalry collection.

Price: $295    

1820's U.S. Rifleman's Powder Flask Id'd to James H. Walk

This is a U.S. Rifleman's Powder Flask that is copper with a brass top.  The flask has the presumed name of the soldier who carried it on both the front and back inside the bugle horn.  These "Public Property" flasks are seldon seen on the open market.  Because of the copper and brass content I had to take photos without a flash so I am happy to provide additional photos if requested, It is missing one screw at the top where the powder control lever is.  Lever works perfectly.  On the front of the flash the engraving inside the Bugle is "J.H. Walk" and in the bugle on the reverse side is engraved "James H. Walk".  Underneath the bugle on the reverse side is scrawled a date but you need a magnifying glass to read it.  It says "November 12, 1873" along with some type of symbol.  I didn't even notice it, my 12 year old son did but his eyes are a little younger than mine  :)  I didn't spend too much time researching but found the last name "Walk" is not too common.  I found one person from Pennsylvania who showed up in the 1840 census bearing that name who was 30-40 years old and born in Pennsylvania.  He shows up in the 1870 census but does not show up in the 1880 census.  Could November 12, 1873 be a death date?  Still a mystery that needs research and unraveling.

Price: $895

Non Excavated Pewter Whistle

This whistle measures approx. 2” long and is made out of pewter.  These whistles were commonly used for signaling, alarms, giving drill and other commands to the soldiers.  It has a small hole in the neck for wearing on a lanyard.  The whistle is in great shape with the cork ball remaining inside.  These types of pewter whistles were used from the time of the Revolutionary War through the late 1870's.

Price: $55

Irish Brigade Harp Pin

This Irish Brigade Harp pin has a coppery brass tint to it and is in great shape.  These are fairly rare and the Irish troops would sometimes wear these on their kepi's as a symbol of pride for their homeland.  This one has great detail and appears to be made from the original mold but since I can't say with 100% certainty that this is war date, I am selling it as a post war piece but made with the original mold.

Price: Sold

Pair of Personal Letters from Franklin, TN dated May, 1863

These two letters were written in May 1863 by Private Joseph E. Boyd of the 115th Illinois Infantry Regiment, Company D while stationed in Franklin, TN.  He is working on the breastworks at Ft. Grainger.  He, like most soldiers of the time, felt the war would be over soon and he would be headed home.  

Private Boyd joined the Regiment at 19 years old in September of 1862 and was killed in action at Dalton, GA on October 13, 1864.  He is buried in the Chattanooga National Cemetary.  During his time of service, his company was involved in action at Chicamauga, Atlanta, Resaca, Kennesaw Mountain, Peachtree Creek, and Altoona Pass.  After his death they would go on to fight at Franklin and Nashville.

Price: $295

Model 1858 Federal Bullseye Canteen

This is a Model 1858 bullseye canteen in good condition. Stopper and chain in great condition and still attached but no linen sling.  It still has it's original butternut wool cover attached. A good solid example of a bullseye canteen.

Price: $325


Nice 1840's / 1850's era Powder Horn

This is a good solid example of a pre war powder horn for firearms.  Many Confederates left home in 1861 to join the war effort with their personal hunting rifle and equipped with a similar powder horn.  Great example of a transitional piece that began the war in great quantity and all but disappeared by the end of the war.

Price: $120

.58 Caliber Springfield Bayonet With Leather Scabbard

This is an orginal non-dug bayonet for the .58 caliber Springfield rifle.  The base of the blade is stamped with "US".  The locking ring and screw are also present.  The leather scabbard is in good condition with no flaking.  There is one bend/crease area on the scabbard and a small dent on the scabbard tip.  The inspector mark is stamped into the leather scabbard.

Price: $355