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"You paid how much for that?? Why didn't you just go dig one up?"

(collector's spouse, after purchase of rare item)


Nothing is quite as historical as an artifact that is dug from the ground. We can tell a lot about the soldiers by examination of the actual equipment they carried and lost while in camp or battle. There is also a certain satisfaction in knowing that these relics were rescued from destruction, either from bulldozers, or the natural elements themselves. Please note that all relics offered by Greybird were legally found, and offered for sale as such. We hope you'll find something of interest here...

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Austrian Bayonet: Mostly solid, but still rusty, has been polyurethane coated. These were a popular Confederate –used Bayonet.  Found in Ezra Church, Georgia, one of the Battles for Atlanta in 1864. Just Added!

MD756EJJJ $100

Bayonet Scabbard Tip: Great condition, rarely dug this nice. Dallas, GA From the Don McMichael collection


DSM393 $18
Bayonet locking ring: From near Dead Angle (now Chatham's Hill, GA) includes digger’s note card. From the Don McMichael collection. DM390 $10

Odd Civil War Spur: The origin of these are unknown, but this marks the third one I know of dug. ALL came from known Confederate sites! Is it Confederate? Not officially, but definite Confederate association. I expect these might have been foreign imports. This one was dug  in Savannah Georgia. Just Added!

MD751JEJJ $40
Iron Spur: Civilian style or light military, early 1800's, both strap holders broken off, no rowel. From the Wilderness/South Mountain area. As dug, not cleaned nor coated.  MD543JDJJ


US Cavalry Spur: Gutter back type, no rowel, otherwise complete. The type used by tens of thousands of US Cavalrymen during the Civil War.

MD705JJJJ $65
Very old iron spur: Possibly 1600s Spanish, found in north Florida. MD727JCJJ $17
Screw-on Civil War era Spur: Rarely seen, this not only screwed to boot, but rowel arm also screwed in to back. Slightly bent, nice patina. From mid Tennessee. MD729JFJJ $44

US Cavalry Boss: Found at Kingston, GA 

DM382 $50
Ink Bottle: Umbrella style Civil War era aqua eight sided ink. Very small period chip in base and rim.   MD740AJJJ $20

Canteen Halve: From Union canteen, found at Nashville, such halves were used for digging or eating by the soldiers.

MD749JEJJ $25

Cartridge Box Tin: Complete but squashed like most. Held the bullets in the cartridge box. Found at Nashville, TN Rusty and solid as dug

MD750JGJJ $19
Heel Plate: Heel Plate: Iron, custom blacksmith made, medium size, likely Confederate, found near Picket’s Mill, Georgia. MD746JDJJ $10
Very Small Shoe Heel Plate: Tiny, 1 3/8" x 1 wide,cast brass with three holes. From Pickett’s Mill, Georgia Just Added! MD752JCJJ $10

Odd Heel Plate: Found near Picketts Mill, Georgia, near action known as “Hells Hole.” Looks to be commercially made, cast iron, found near Confederate lines. Rusty but solid.

MD724JJGJ $14

Engraved “HB” Plate: Only half is there, might be a belt plate but I think it more likely a trunk or luggage tag. 1 ¾ x 2 “. Sheet brass. From a Wilmington, NC collection. Comes with 3 x 4” riker case.  




Carpet Bag Lock: Found at Dallas, Georgia Just Added!


MD754JAJJ $10
Issac Campbell Confederate Knapsack Hook: These are hard to find, and a great documented Confederate relic imported through the blockade. No markings as all are unmarked, but made by S Issac Campbell of London. From Wilderness-South Mountain area.. MD460CJJJ1


Octagon Civilian Rosette: Lead fill, some lead missing, mid 1800s, found in Charleston, SC. No hooks.

MD646JAJJ $5

Harmonica: Complete except for most of tin outer shell, including wood. Found at Union cavalry camp overlooking railroad in Kingston.


Complete Civil War Harmonica As Dug: Still has much of wood remaining. Dug in a Union camp in Dallas, Ga. As complete as you’ll ever see one recovered. In 5 x 6 Riker case.



DM362 $25
Pot Hook (?) Made From mid 1800s Stirrup: I suspect it is a pot hook or latch, although some think a hoof pick. Whatever, it is a testimony to blacksmith ingenuity. As dug, good solid iron. Found in middle Tennessee. Pipe Bowl: Charleston privy find, circa late 1700s-mid 1800s $5 MD730JCJJ $14
Large Civilian Rosette: Lead filled, silver plated, and as right for the period as they come. I've dug almost identical ones at a Confederate Cavalry site here in GA. This one was dug in Murfreesboro, TN, and almost looks like it had engraving on the face. Unfortunately not all there, but priced accordingly. 







Civil War Era Claw Hammer Head: Found at US camp in Marietta, Georgia. From Don McMichael collection. 


DM260 $8

Small Hinged Gun Cleaning Brush: Still has remains of the hog hair bristles. Overall 2 ¾ “ long. Just like standard carbine cleaning brush but smaller. Dug in South Carolina Lowcountry.

MD628JAJJ  $12
Knife Ferrell Band (?): Found near Harpers Ferry area. Very crude, looks to probably  be from a big bowie. Thin iron, cleaned. .750" x 1" MD536JAJJ


Cartridge Box Finial: Used to fasten cartridge box flap. Brass. Found near New Hope Church, GA. With digger’s note. From Don McMichael collection. 

DM303 $8
US Musket Punch Tool: Complete, pitted, one pin is almost rusted through. Used to remove the pins from musket lock. Cleaned and coated. MD9JAEE


1865 Two Cent Coin: Decent detail for a dug coin.  Found in Savannah, GA, area 

MD601JAJJ $16

Bullet Worm/wiper: Used to extract jammed bullets, and also to hold rag to clean barrel. Found in North Georgia 



Large Coat Weight/Buttons: Made of lead, these are said to have served dual purpose, which I believe. Definite Civil War or before era. These are about 1.150" diameter. Found at Wilderness/South Mountain Area. Have two in this size.             


$3 each

Medium Coat Weight/Buttons: Made of lead, these are said to have served dual purpose, which I believe. Definite Civil War or before era. These are about .950" diameter. Found at Wilderness/South Mountain Area. Have four in this size.          



Clay Pipe: Smooth bowl, with enough stem to smoke. Marked Black king Twist and Old Charlie Smoking. One side has black spots on it in two places.    



Padlock: Circa 1700s-mid 1800s, hast of hasp still attached. Large, approximately 3 x 4 inches. Found in Savannah, GA. MD725JEJJ $18
Railroad Padlock: Marked “NC & Sl RW” (Nashville, Chattanooga, & St. Louis Rail Way), solid brass, missing back side and hasp. The NC&StL RW was chartered in 1845, unsure what this one dates to. Found in Chattanooga, TN. Mounted in 5 ¼  x 6” velvet lined glass top riker case, with hole for wall hanging.  MD698JGJJ $32

Small Brass Padlock: Mid 1800s, 1 x 1 ¾”.  Iron hasp, brass body, keyhole cover marked with crown and “VR”. From Willmington, NC collection. With small riker case. 


Pre Civil War Padlock: Brass cover has “D&M” and a shield. Cleaned and coated against further deteriorate.. Mid 1800, found in Savannah, Ga. MD742JEJJ $14
1700s colonial buckle, cast brass, 1 1/2" x 1 1/2" Savannah, Ga. Just Added! MD755JAJJ $20

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