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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)

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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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FORMER 23rd Corps Badge (?): Long story short: we thought this to be a Corps Badge and sold it as such, based on digger's tag and info. An identical one is listed in Phillips' Excavated Artifacts of the Civil War as a Corps Badge. However, the experts disagreed with us, saying it was horse tack, so we refunded purchase and have dropped the price considerably. I am unconvinced of that, but bow to public opinion. Here are facts: Lead filled brass, commercially made, found at Resaca, Ga., 1 ¼” x 7/8". The 23rd Corps was active in the battle of Resaca, which was where this piece was dug. A great piece of history that saw action, While on the Atlanta campaign, The greatest loss of the corps during that campaign was sustained May 14, 1862, at the battle of Resaca, which is where this piece was found. So is it horse tack or Corps badge? You decide. Great provenance, from the digger who found it. From the Don McMichael collection.  DM147 $99

Austrian Bayonet Pot Hanger: Socket is missing, modified by soldier to hang pot over fire. Iron is flaky, needs electrolysis and  recoating (polyurethane). From Paulding/Cobb County, GA  Don McMichael collection.

DM261 SOLD
Confederate Made Tredegar Iron Works Bayonet: Very rare, these resemble the Enfield except the blade is narrower and no ridge where socket meets blade. These were made at Tredegar Iron Works, although some now believe they were produced in NC. 100% Confederate made and used, for sure! Complete everything except the screw for locking ring. Found near Kennesaw Mountain, Georgia with below Tredegar  bayonet. From the Don McMichael collection.  DM141 $600
Confederate Made Tredegar Iron Works Bayonet Body Hook: Legend has it that some bayonets had their points curved in camp to allow burial crews to drag bodies into graves without actually having to touch them. They are scarce as is, but to have one made of a rare Tredegar bayonet. Is beyond scarce. The bayonets themselves resemble the Enfield except the blade is narrower and no ridge where socket meets blade. These were made at Tredegar Iron Works, although some now believe they were produced in NC. 100% Confederate made and used, for sure! Found near Kennesaw Mountain, Georgia with above Tredigar bayonet.. From the Don McMichael collection.  DM142 $500
Confederate Made Tredegar Iron Works Bayonet: Very rare, these resemble the Enfield except the blade is narrower and no ridge where socket meets blade. These were made at Tredegar Iron Works, although some now believe they were produced in NC. 100% Confederate made and used, for sure! Dug, good solid condition except a portion of socket is missing. Found in Marietta, Georgia. From the Don McMichael collection.  DM144 $375
Springfield Bayonet Scabbard Tip: Typical scabbard tip, the one most often found in Yankee and Confederate sites. An old North Georgia find. Great condition, although the throat has closed up. That could be fixed, but why? Most dug now days are in pieces, this one is tight and complete. Slight crack from finial, not bad. From the Don McMichael collection.  DM159 $15
 Part of Confederate Style Cavalry Bit: From Bells Ferry Road, Wheelers campaign in Marietta, GA. From Don McMichael collection. Broken as shown. DM274 $15
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

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

Civil War Shoe/Boot Remains Display: Attractive matted burlap display includes description and two pieces of brogan. These were found in a trash pit at Nashville along with many others back in the 1980s. Scarce now, so don’t miss this one. In  riker case. Just Added!

DY179JAEJ $35
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. DY141JBJJ $50

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.  

 

MD691JEJJ

$20
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

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

MD646JAJJ $5
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. 

MD205JAJJ

 

 

$10

 

 

Civil War Medical Syringe (broken): Brass, found in Marietta, Georgia. Rarely found in any condition.  From Don McMichael collection. Just Added!

DM301 $15

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

$5

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

DM303 $8

Bowie Knife Blade: Believed found in north Georgia, the forged blade is 6 inches long with 2 ¾ tang remaining. Probably about 10 inches overall. Cannot swear this is Civil War vintage, but looks right. Cleaned and protected.  Just Added

MD739JAJJ $12
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

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

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. 

MD688JEJJ

$20

Pocket Knife: Most of bone handle remains. From Battle of Peachtree Creek   From Don McMichael collection.

DM266 $15

Pocket Knife: Most of bone handle remains.  Picked black (hard rubber, horn?) handle scale remains on one side.  From Battle of Peachtree Creek   From Don McMichael collection.

DM275 $5

Pocket Knife: Found at Civil War site near Pickett’s Mill. Small piece of bone handle remains. From Don McMichael collection.  

DM267 SOLD
Five Civil War Railroad Spikes: Narrow, not as beefy as modern ones.  1850s era. Found alongside original W&A railroad route (the lifeline for both armies) in Cobb County, GA. From Don McMichael collection. DM276 SOLD

Butcher Knife Remains: Blade worn out, handle broken, mid-late 1800s, found on side of Lost Mountain, GA.

MD712JAJJ SOLD

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