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Miscellaneous Dug Relics

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

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

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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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Bullet Mold Display: Cast ball and what looks to be a .38 caliber bullet (ball) mold, found at Shiloh on private property with permission, as all our items are. DY142JBJJ $50
Bullet Mold Display: Cast ball and what looks to be a .38 caliber bullet (ball) mold, found at Shiloh on private propertyth permission, as all our items are. DY141JBJJ $50

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.  

 

MD691JEJJ

$20
US Smoothside Canteen: One side is mostly missing, other side is complete except for hole shown in photo.  Spout and strap holders all intact.  Cleaned and coated. Displays well.  From Stafford, VA 

MD327EEJJ

$100

Curry Comb: Found near Pickets Mill, GA. Good solid condition. Cleaned and coated.

MD693JAJJ SOLD

US Springfield Model 1861 Lock Plate:  Date readable (“1862”) also part of U.S. SPRINGFIELD” and even the eagle is visible in right light (but that part is HARD to see). Hard to find in such good condition. From Richmond, Virginia.

MD694JAJJ $27
Heel Plate: Used by soldiers on both sides to conserve shoe leather. As dug, a recent find from Murfreesboro/Franklin area of Tennessee. MD665JAJJ $12
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

$60

Brass Reins Holder: Civil War era, as nice as they come. Found in South Carolina Lowcountry.

MD632JAJJ $6

 Federal Cavalry Spur: Gutter back variety, definite Civil War usage, no rowel, very good condition except half on one strap keeper is broken.

MD689BJJJ

SOLD
Blacksmith Made Spur: Civilian style, very small, might be for a child or woman. Cleaned and coated iron. Found at Wilderness/South Mountain Area.               MD500JAJJ1 $20
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

$8

Lead Filled Civilian Rosette: Engraved floral face,  no hooks. Lead is thin, made that way. Approximately 1.6 ". Mid 1800s. Found in Charleston, SC MD602JAJJ $10

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

MD646JAJJ $5
Lead Filled Civilian Rosette: Plain face, copper face (a bit over cleaned, but at least it looks good), no hook. Approximately 1.8 ". Mid 1800s. Found at Wilderness/South Mountain Area.   MD498JFJJ1

$12

Lead Filled Civilian Rosette: Plain design, brass skin-lead filled, no hook, lead complete but one edge a little rough. 2.100" diameter. Mid 1800s. From South Mtn/Wilderness, VA .   MD511JFJJ1

$12

Homemade 14th Corps Badge: It was dug  by a friend of mine, and is cut from a daguerreotype. Has tiny bit of top corner missing, but otherwise perfect. Had a wire fastener which is rusted away. A very nice personal badge found in a documented 14th Corps camp. Note! This relic was just pictured in the new book, Relics of The Coastal Empire, as shown here.

MD157GEJJ

 

 

$130

 

 

Jeff Davis Hatpin Display: 8 pieces of broken Hardee (also called Jeff Davis) hat pins. Old riker display case included.  MD585BKC $40
Homemade ID Tag??: I really doubt it, but this is a flattened bullet with what was once a hole that would be perfect for wearing on a cord. There seems to be something scratched on one side, but honestly I can't tell for sure. Found at Savannah. Buy it and see what you think. At the very least it was a necklace..

MD379JAJJ

SOLD

Harness Tip: Long thought to be Confederate Insignia, these are really just tippets for harness straps. Not often found, though! Size is 3/4" x 1 1/4", made of cast brass.

MD207JEJJ

 

 

$12

 

 

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. 

MD205JAJJ

 

 

$10

 

 

Carbine Cleaning Brush: Brass, one break in wire but otherwise as straight and solid as you'll ever see. These are usually dug in pieces, so grab this complete one while you can! Found at Sister's Ferry, GA 

MD395JEJJ

$17

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

$5

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

$6

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

MD601JAJJ $16

Austrian Musket Jag: Generally found at Confederate sites, this one was found in Kennesaw GA area years ago. Worm is missing one prong.

MD695JFJJ SOLD

U.S. Musket Tool: Civil War combo screwdrivers/nipple wrench, in better condition than most dug ones. Found in Kennesaw Georgia years ago.

MD696JEJJ $12

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

MD147JCJJ

$10

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.             

MD514JAJJ1

$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.          

MD515JAJJ1

$3

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.    

MD440JCJJ

$12

Flat Iron: Uses detachable handle, not included. Dug but cleaned and protected. displays great. 5 x 2 3/4"

CC79JBJJ

$10
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.  JUST ADDED! MD698JGJJ $32

Padlock: Early-mid 1800s, found in Savannah, GA. Cleaned and polyurethane coated. Cool thing is that the hasp moves freely.

MD685JEJJ

$20

Padlock: Early-mid 1800s, found in Savannah, GA. Brass key hole cover reads “PATENT.”  Cleaned and polyurethane coated. Moderate deterioration on back and sides. 

MD686JEJJ

 $15

Padlock: Mid 1800s, found in Charleston, SC. Brass key hole cover reads “MW & Co.”  Cleaned and polyurethane coated. One side looks like someone broke into it...adds character!

MD687JEJJ

$20

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. 

MD688JEJJ

$20

Small brass bell: Found in Savannah, 2.25 at mouth, 1.25 high. Silver plated. Part of bell missing, no clapper. Some say these were used as cavalry alarms but who knows for sure? 

MD690JAJJ

$5

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