This little item is a rare combination of a ball-screw or bullet worm, and wiper for cleaning, all in one tool. Pictured in the book, Gun Tools: Their History and Identification, by Shaffer, Rutledge, & Dorsey, Volume I, p. 131, it is noted as a French/Belgian pattern. It has a brass base with nice patina and stamped- S1520. Iron ball screw and wiper arms are still present and have been cleaned and coated. This is one you won't see too often. $30 plus shipping
Nice Dug Quarter-Plate Tintype Frame/Mat
Here is a Wonderful Excavated Brass Tintype Frame !
It's for the big Quarter plate size image, and much less common to
dig than a Ninth or Sixth plate frame. Frame has a nice dark green
patina overall, with gilt highlites still visible down in the engraved
oval border. Measures approximately 4.25 inches tall by 3.25
inches wide. A Nice Personal Item Dug in a US Camp,
near Rhea's Mills, Arkansas.
$25 plus shipping
Excavated US Musket Main-Spring Vice
Here is a nice excavated US musket main-spring vice. Iron has been cleaned and coated and it is ready to display with your dug gun tools. Recovered years ago in North Georgia. $25 plus shipping
Nice Dug Bowie or Saber Bayonet Scabbard Throat
Here's a good excavated brass scabbard throat for Bowie knife or saber bayonet ! The belt stud is still intact, and holes present where leather scabbard fit in. The whole thing has a nice mostly plumb patina, with a few hints of green. $10 plus shipping
Nice ca. 1900 Union Metallic Cartriddge Co. "Hicks" Percussion Cap Tin w/Good Label and Partial Pistol Percussion Cap Contents
Here is a Nice Old Partial Tin of “Hicks” Percussion Caps by The Union Metallic Cartridge Co., or UMC ! This one is not excavated, but in relic condition. The green label on top of the can is dark but still entirely legible. Lid still removes easily, and interior of the tin shows considerable plating remaining. Interior also shows about 30 + pistol caps still present. This tin likely dates to about 1900. In 1912, Remington bought out UMC, and the name became Remington-UMC. This Old Tin though will still present well open or closed, with a Civil War Revolver !
$40 plus shipping
Excavated & Nicely Preserved, Large Caliber Plain's Rifle Barrel
Here's a Real Nice Dug Barrel Most Likely From a Large Caliber Plains Rifle! Barrel measures 38.5 inches long, almost 40 including the tang and breech plug. First 7.5 inches of the barrel is ocatagon, then turning round, with a double ring about 3.5 inches in front of the end of the ocatgon portion.Bolster in decent excavated shape, with remnants of the nipple still present. Though front sight is missing, a good portion of the rear sight is still present, as well as the three tabs, under the barrel that held the stock or half stock, and the ramrod ferrules nearer the muzzle. Bore is rusty, but looks like at least a .54, maybe .56 caliber. Metal has been cleaned of all loose and active rust, and coated with a rust neutralizer. A Very Nice Dug Barrel, from a Rifle that was likely killing big game, several years before the Civil War ! Mounted with a Dug Civilian style Lock, this would make a great display ! Recovery Location Unknown. $40Plus shipping
Fine Excavated Condition Civil War Soldier's Iron Candle Holder
Here is a Nice Dug Civil War Soldier’s Iron Candle Holder ! These are sometimes found in camps of both sides, and are pictured in Stanley S. Phillips book, Excavated Artifacts from Battlefields andCampsites of the Civil War 1861-1865, and also in Howard R. Crouch’s book, Civil War Artifacts AGuide for the Historian. As Mr. Crouch notes in his book, this would have been the most portable candle holder available for a soldier. This one is in good solid relic condition having been cleaned, and still retaining a good portion of the spike at bottom. The only provenance I got was that it was recovered in the Shenandoah Valley of Virginia. A Nice Unusual Campsite Relic that could have been lost or forgotten by either a Confederate or Union Soldier !
Officer's or Paymaster's Small Brass Padlock
Here is a Really Neat Little Brass Padlock Dug in a Union
Camp ! This little beauty measures just 1.675 inches tall, by 1.25
inches wide. Entire body is a brass/copper though the neck that
locks, appears to be iron. It is in the locked position, and the key
was not recovered so it will probably be locked forever. However,
the little door still slides freely to either side to allow for the key
to enter. This lock was more than likely on an officer's small
military or personal trunk, or perhaps even a small paymaster's
trunk. Neat Little Brass Padlock Lost in a Federal Army
Camp! Recovered Rhea's Mills, Arkansas.
Superb Looking Pair of Relic Brass Epaulets or Shoulder Scales
Here is a Wonderful set of Relic Epaulets or Brass Shoulder Scales ! Originally worn mostly by Dragoon or Cavalry units these were intended to blunt a saber blow to the shoulder. Often dug whole or in pieces in Civil War camps, this pair is non-dug but has acquired a beautiful mellow patina mostly golden brown with some green highlights. Both scales are nice and tight with both still having their iron backing plate, and one still retaining the brass attachment tab. These Display as Nicely as an Excavated Pair But remain Tightly Intact !
Nice Civil War Period 1860 Seated Liberty Quarter
Here is a Nice Dug 1860 Seated Liberty Quarter ! This one was Not excavated in a Civil War Camp, but since it is a Civil War Period Coin, I thought I would list it as well. It is in average dug condition showing the date 1860 clearly with worn detail on the reverse. It was recovered by Chris Whitehead, in a park in Eureka Springs, Arkansas, near the old hotel where the G.A.R. used to hold annual meetings. A Nice Civil War Period Seated Liberty Quarter !
Beautiful Solid Cast Confederate Bayonet Scabbard Tip
Here is Another Beautiful Dug Confederate Bayonet Scabbard Tip ! It is also one of the solid cast patterns, in good shape, and wearing a wonderful mostly brown patina with a few areas of green. This one is also discussed and illustrated in American Digger Magazine, Vol. 7, Issue 6, November/December 2011. In his article entitled, “Especially Made for Southern Steel,” Mr. Meigs Brainard identifies this pattern as “Example 21” and calls it the “Foreign Mold”, saying it is an unusual style that is exceptionally well made and has been recovered in the Shiloh/Corinth area. This one was recovered here in the Trans-Mississippi Department at a location on the Arkansas/Missouri Line known as Cross Timber Hollows. It measures about 3.125 inches long. Another Very Nice Cast Confederate Bayonet Scabbard Tip!