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South Carolina Two Piece Militia Officer's Waist Belt Buckle  Circa 1845 - 1860

British made / imported, heavy cast brass pre war ornate Officer's Sword Belt Buckle. Matches well to plate shown in O'Donnell's American Mil. Belt Plates book (Plate 285). Non-dug. 45 x 93 mm, wreath height 48 mm. Buckle has nice age patina.

Buckle is seen being used from a image of Major General M.L. Bonham - veteran of the Mexican War and Commander of SC Army in 1861 till he retired to politics in 1862, becoming SC Governor.

Buckle is is well made with bench marks and has high relief and detail on the round tongue and hasps.

Comes in Riker case from NC collection. $4200  Now $3500   ON-HOLD / SALE PENDING

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South Carolina Officers Gen. Bonham and Major J.J. Lucas 15th Battalion wearing British made SC buckle

Rare Flawed Casting Confederate Two Piece CS Sword Buckle / Belt Rig On its Original Leather w Hanger Straps and Parking Hook

Shown in 1st Edition of Mullinax Book – Plate 051 - It is rare to find a significantly flawed cast​ belt buckle and one that has a high rarity rating per Mullinax assessment. Once owned by famous collector and gun expert Norm Flayderman. Mr. Flayderman often put five point star on his artifacts. The confederate buckle maker sought quantity over quality with the buckle subsequently assembled into a leather belt with bullet stitching used.

The brass parking hook and shoulder loop also show casting cavities / flaws.

Mullinax Belt Plate Rarity 9 – Large CS Coin Type Disc – Associated w Army of Tenn - "Tongue is same style as previous specimen" (Plate 050 - See image below from Mullinax Book).

Strong overall leather condition including hanger straps with no problems.

This belt was probably used by a Confederate cavalry soldier  A rare and very unique sword belt rig for for number of reasons.  Price $14,500

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1834 Pattern Large  Infantry Shako Cap Insignia Circa 1835 - 1850  


A large crossed tassel infantry horn with three attachment loops on the back. Used by officers and volunteer militia, occasionally seen in Civil War dug relics. Matches to Figure 304 in O'Donnell Am. Military Headgear Insignia. Very nice stamped brass item. Note: These prewar infantry insignia were still used to some extent by southern troops as seen on an image of Pvt. Henry Speck, Co. B, 6th NC State Troops "Flat River Guard"

 Price $350

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Civil War Osnaburg Woven Haversack w Original Internal Rice Bag and a Soldier Repair 

A very nice soldier Mass. Militia issued canvas haversack with a hand sewn repair patch ~3" x 4" on the reverse - the hole was probably worn into the sack while carried over the shoulder and rubbing on the soldier's waist. With the closed flap, the sack measures 10 1/8" tall x 11" across bottom. There are usage stains on the bag, both front and back. The two flap buttons are bone and there are two inner smaller bone buttons used to attach a second bag or pouch, sometimes call a "rice bag". That rice bag is present A few small sections have frayed material on the bag edges and strap, but overall the sack is sound. There are no gussets. A great example of a soldier haversack. Price $950  Now $850


Rice Bag shown above.


Note: The haversack shown on the right is identical to the one being offered and is stencil marked to a MASS regiment - sold for over $2000. 

Federal Haversack shown on the left is from Sylvia/O'Donnells' Book "Illust. History of Am. Civil War Relics"  

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Soldier repair shown above

Civil War Cavalry Cross Sabers Hat Insignia w Regimental Number and Company Letter   Price $350   


Beautiful Dug Arrows Union US Belt Buckle w Green Patina     A dug US waist belt plate from the area around Fayetteville NC - presumably lost by a Union soldier as Gen. Sherman's Army marched through the Carolinas in 1865.  Great green patina. Price $200 


Near Mint Condition British Gun Maker Robert Adams 56 Bore (44 Caliber) Double Cavity "Tailed" Brass Bullet Mold - Conical & Ball Style - Very Scarce  Price $695

R. Adams was a 19th-century British gunsmith who patented the first successful double-action revolver. Adams worked for the London arms manufacturers George & John Deane. On August 22, 1851, he was granted a British patent for a new revolver design.

His molds were often used with cased British made revolvers such as Adams, Tranter, Kerr, Deane/Adams/Deane and Beaumont Adams - many of which were imported to the USA, more particularly to southern states pre and early Civil War. The mold is marked "56" with an oval stamp "REGISTERED - 28 NOV 1851 - R. ADAMS". The mold sprue has original bluing and is overall blemish free. Adams produced his self-cocking or “double action” revolvers in a wide array of calibers, but by early 1853, the standard calibers were 38 bore (.50 caliber), 54 bore (.442 caliber), 56 bore (.436 caliber), 80 bore (.38 caliber) and 120 Bore (.31 caliber).

Some early British revolvers had no loading lever but the gun could be loaded with "wadded" ball. These were both round and conical balls, with a short small diameter pointed tang or tail cast with the base. In use, a lubricated felt wad was pushed onto the tang and protruding portion clinched over, securing the wad. Tailed bullets have been found at Civil War sites but are quite scarce.

This is a very fine mold in "unused" condition - a great addition to any military collection.


Above - Example of Adams Tailed Mold 54 Bore from The English Connection

Right - Examples of rounds cast from mold being offered

Right Bottom - Information on Tailed Rounds and their scarcity

Bottom - Examples #517 & #518 of dug, tailed conical and round type revolver bullets

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Very Fine Gardner Confederate Dark Cherry Wood Canteen w Original Spout, Sling & Carved Letter "J" For Regimental Company or Owner - Soldier Repair Made to Sling 

Canteen is rock solid with no wood gaps as often seen on face or rim, minimal usage marks and strong bands and sling loops. This is beautiful rich colored canteen with its original sling (not often found with canteens) and has a sling repair made by its owner. Canteen has an attached old ink marked collector or museum inventory tag "166".  Mouth piece is solidly attached. One of the best examples.  Price $4800  Now $4500 


Letter "J" carved on canteen face above - old inventory tag attached on sling loop right


Non-Dug US Federal Cartridge Box Plate w Original Loops  -  Nice plate for a box that needs a US Plate  Price $280  Comes in Riker Case


Three (3) Excavated Confederate Snake Buckles From John E. Turner Collection - Author of New Book "Snake Buckles" Published in 2020


The double duck head buckles come from the Turner collection - Mr. turner passed in 2021. Each buckle comes in a Riker case. Two of the buckles are heavy duty type and in excellent condition with very good casting detail of the duck creatures.


The large gold gilded brass buckle is 3 1/2" long with 2 1/4" wide hasps and has detailed belly band. Price $425 

The other large brass buckle has great head feathers detail on each duck head as well as defined leaves at the belly band. It is 3" long with 2 1/4" wide hasps.  Price $425

The small duck head buckle has very unique belly band and raised bumps or scales along the body. It is 2 1/2"  long with 1 3/4" wide hasps.  Price $400 



The buckles were found in either Virginia or Tennessee and are in very fine condition with no problems. Each one has its own age coloration from ground action over time.


Dug US Federal Cartridge Box Plate w Original Loops - Found in Raeford NC area where Gen. Sherman marched through to Fayetteville NC in Mar. 1865 and burned the arsenal.  Comes in Riker Case       Price $280  Now $230


Crudely Cast Georgia Confederate State Seal 2 Piece Waist Belt Plate  - Locally Cast 


This buckle comes as a consignment from a NC collector who has previously done historical research for Cowans Auction for a number of years. This buckle came from the collection of Russell Morgan and was found in the Gettysburg area. 

Per both Mullinax and Kerksis books on buckles & plates, this variety of a Georgia belt plate was made in some sizeable numbers on a local - in state basis from higher quality/better detail real buckle examples to prepare a sand molds.

The dimensions of this buckle are:   hasp height: 46/47 mm x 83 mm overall length

Mullinax two examples: 46 mm x 86 mm and 47 mm x 79 mm  

Kerksis example: 51 mm x 84 mm

This very scarce buckle is on the heavy side with nice age patina showing high copper content.  Comes in a Riker case.        Price: $5900

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Excavated Georgia State Seal Oval Cartridge Box Plate

Found in late 1980’s along the Ogeechee River Near the Large Confederate Earthen Fort McAllister

On July 7 1861 Company A - 1st Georgia Infantry ("DeKalb Rifles") was detached and ordered to build a fort with available materials south east of Savannah to protect the city from naval / land assault. In addition to the DeKalb Rifles, a cavalry unit, known as the Hardwicke Mounted Rifles, protected the fort. The Hardwicke Mounted Rifles were under the command of Capt. Joseph McAllister after whom the fort is named in his honor because he owned the land.

Union attacks on the fort occurred on July 1 & 29 1862 along the Ogeechee River on which the fort was built.

After the encounter of July 29, the fort was reinforced by members of the elite Savannah Republican Blues and Martin's Light Battery. In September, the DeKalb Rifles were ordered to withdraw, a movement they completed in October.

They were replaced by the Emmett Rifles, 2nd Co B 1st Georgia Regulars.

A number of battles with Union gunboats took place on November 19 1862 and January 27, February 1 & 28, and March 3 1863. The fort was finally captured on December  13 1864 and with its capture ended Sherman’s march to the sea. A total of 9 battles took place with Union forces at Fort McAllister over 3 plus years.

The GA cartridge box plate was probably lost by a soldier of the Republican Blues or the Emmett Rifles. These Georgia State Seal box and belt plates were generally made prewar by Gaylord.

The number of existing GA State Seal cartridge box plates is probably lower than the equivalent belt buckles based a statement from Bill Gavin’s 1963 Book  “Accoutrements Plates / North and South 1861-1865 based on his statements: At least three specimens of the oval state seal box plate which were converted into belt plates have been noted, all in a uniform manner leading to the conclusion that this was a systematic alteration.

From the book “Confederate Odyssey” Geo. Wray Civil War Collection it is stated in 1861 state authorities ordered cartridge box plates to be altered into belt plates using a three copper wire soldered belt hooks. 

A very nice box plate example with its loops from Georgia. Price $4800 Now $4200 


Excavated Civil War US Union Eagle Breast Plate - From Fort Blakely AL

Recovered in the 1990's by Larry McCoy of Mobile AL

The Battle of Fort Blakeley took place from April 2 to April 9, 1865 in Baldwin County, Alabama, about 6 miles north of Spanish Fort, AL as part of the Mobile Campaign of the American Civil War. The Battle of Blakeley was the final major battle of the Civil War, with surrender just hours after Grant had defeated Lee at Appomattox on the morning of April 9, 1865. The Union forces had about 16,000 men including 5000 USCT (United States Colored Troops). Confederate forces numbered 3500.

The casualty figures are approximate, but an estimated 75 Confederate soldiers were killed, with over 2,800 captured - 150 Union troops were killed with 650 wounded during the siege and assault.

The eagle plate has fine even patina and original loops on the lead back. A relic with some provenance from the Civil War's last battle. Comes in a Riker case.  Price $295

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Great Example of Confederate Drum Type Tin Canteen w Original Sling and Cork Stopper

A wonderful original tin drum canteen with original cotton strap and its roller buckle for sling length adjustments by the soldier as well its cork stopper. This is the classic style of a tin drum canteen seen in many war Civil War images. Complete with its original tin spout, attached cork and all three sling keepers present. The soldier tied a string to the cork and a sling loop so it would not easily get lost. The end of the sling show a hole or two when the hand forged roller buckle was being used to adjust the overall length but presently the sling is tied into a knot. The roller buckle is composed of a rolled tin piece as the roller and a bent over square head nail on a frame as the tongue (see close up photos).


The canteen seams are solid and tight as well as the sling loops and mouth piece. Measures 6 5/8” in circumference by 1 13/16” wide. The total body is solid with no deterioration / holes. One very minor dent and a few minor light scratches from age and use. Metal surfaces have a nice aged patina and the metal side wall shows the shadow outline of the cotton strap over time as it interacted with the metal. A great addition to any collection. Price $2800  NOW $2500

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Dug US Breast Plate Found at Mayre's Heights in Fredericksburg 

 Fine​ Breast plate with loops amd Dealer provememce letter. Comes in Riker Case.  Price $275

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Union Brown Covered Bulls Eye Canteen - Philadelphia Depot  - Excellent Condition

The model 1858 bulls eye canteen was the most popular canteen of the Civil War period. Canteen measures approximately 7 ¾” in diameter. This issued example is covered in brown jean cloth with full stitching. The cover is 100% fully complete and in excellent condition. No dents - the stitched seam is unbroken.

The three sling loops and pewter spout are all present along with original ring cork stopper with iron chain attached to one of the side strap brackets. The original in-tact strong cotton shoulder strap sling remains on the canteen with just a few scattered rust spots and minor scrapes at the sling brackets. The spout was roll stamped “J.H. ROHRMAN . CONT. DEC. 29.64” which was last major contract before war’s end. J.H. Rohrman was located on Cherry St. in Philadelphia. He had 4 contracts for canteens during 1863 and 1864. This near end of the war 1864 issued canteen is one of the "best of the best". Price $975   


Pewter spout above shows date stamp DEC. 29. 64 - Spout image lower left shows part of letters for                 J H ROHRMAN  -  Spout image lower right shows stamp  CONT. DEC. for word Contract Dec. 


Scarce Union Sky Blue Bulls Eye Canteen - Philalephia Depot Circa 1862   Price $675

This is a very solid example of an early issue M1858 bulls eye canteen used by Union forces. It retains the original stopper tied to a sling bracket by old string with its linen sling strap showing a few minor stains. There has been some miscellaneous staining to the fabric, but overall the canteen is sound and looks fantastic in a display. No dents – some minor moth holes in blue fabric. The seam stitching is totally in-tact. The fabric stains highlight the concentric ridges of the bullseye faces of the canteen. Sky blue covers are relatively scarce compared to the brown and tan types.

The pewter mouth piece is maker marked “C.H. & Co. PHILA” and also has a soldier's initials on the other side of the throat - “GMW”.

The maker mark is roll stamped on the pewter mouth piece and represents a canteen manufactured from July to September 1862 to fulfill a government contract for 85,000 canteens from the Code Hopper and Company which was primarily a gas meter manufacturing firm before becoming a government contractor. [Mike O'Donnell, U.S. Army & Militia Canteens 1775-1910, pages 122-123]. A fine sky blue Civil War canteen for any collection.                       


Maker stamp C.H & Co PHILA shown above on pewter spout - Soldier initials GMW shown left