CIVIL WAR RELICS
CIVIL WAR AND HISTORICAL MEMORABILIA
CIVIL WAR 'SEGARS' - You always see tobacco plugs and twists, when did
you last see a period cigar? These vary in size but are approx. 1/2" in dia. x 4
1/4" in length. Tightly wrapped and a rich deep brown color of leaves that
are 150 years old. Previous owner had taken information from a label on the
container they were taken from: "Grown and Made in Richmond by Noah
Merrill - 1864". These are being sold as antique and curiosity items and not
as usable tobacco products for human use.
ACTUAL PERIOD 'CARPET BAG' WITH LOCK AND KEY - Nearly
identical in every way to the period example shown in Lord's Encyclopedia of
the Civil War. Approx. 14" wide by 10" in height (without the flap and
strap). It has the round lock and best of all the key which works. Short top
flap and what looks to be a sewn in pocket. Strap has been repaired (ages ago
with thread). Some worn areas but otherwise in darn good condition. Have
only owned two period carpet bags in the past 36 years.
CIVIL WAR METAL BACKED PERIOD EMBROIDERED
CAVALRY HAT INSIGNIA - Approx. 2 3/16" x 3 5/16". Front
typical bullion in very good condition. Reverse has one of two type
backings you like to see on period insignia - the brown polished
cotton backing, all there. These don't show up much anymore
and this is about as good as they come.
$ 115. each
TRAVELING ROSEWOOD INKWELL - Approx. 1 1/8" dia x 2" high.
Rosewood with screw off top that contains a glass vial for the ink. Many a
soldier would carry these to compose letters home. VGC.
SOLDIER'S HAND CARVED BONE RING - Carved bone ring
usually made by soldiers to pass the time in camp or as prisoners
of war. This ring has the initials W.U.S., with a heart carved on
both sides. Not sure if this could be meant for the corps badge of
the 23rd Army Corps or just meant as a romantic gesture.
CIVIL WAR VETERAN'S 8TH CORPS BADGE - Post War badge made
from stamped German silver for the Veterans. Enameled with red in center
designating the First Division of the 8th Corps. The Eighth Army Corps
was in defense of Washington, D.C. and also in the Army of West Virginia.
This is the badge used for and shown on page 153 in the Civil War Corps
Badge Book by Stanley Phillips. VGC
DECK OF PERIOD MINIATURE PLAYING CARDS - Full deck
of 52 cards, each measuring approx. 1.3" x 1.7". All of the high
face cards are watercolored, the reverse are all dark brown. No
box - all are loose and in very good condition. Probably date
c-1850. Favorite camp activity for the soldiers.
CIVIL WAR PERIOD 'SHARPSHOOTERS' GLASSES - The
jury is still somewhat out on these. Francis Lord in the
Encyclopedia of the Civil War' and the antique spectacle
collectors on their sites list them as sharpshooter's glasses due to
the frosted amber lenses with a round clear amber center. Many
believe these were developed for a medical eye condition. Either
way it seems every Civil War collection has a pair. Good
42 STAR U.S. PARADE FLAG - c-1890 - Cotton parade flag,
approx. 11 7/8" x 17 3/8" - great size for display. For the
admission of Washington in November, 1889. Four states came
in the same cycle year making the official flag go from 38 to 42
stars but Washington was actually the 42nd admitted to the
Union. Bottom red stripe just a bit narrow, due to the printing.
Very nice condition.
CIVIL WAR PERIOD ID'd PRESENTATION POST-MORTEM
SURGEON'S KIT - DATED 1863 - Wade & Ford, NY
post-mortem kit - case approx. (5 3/4" x 10 3/4" x 3"H)
Engraved presentation on top: "DOCTOR H.J. DEVLIN / FIRST
PRIZE FOR / CLINICAL RECORD / SESSION 1862-63 / FROM
PROFESSOR JOHN T. METCALFE". Metcalfe was a graduate
of West Point in the 1830's and grew to be a major player in
medicine. Henry J. Devlin, for all his talent unfortunately died
in April, 1864 of Typhus Fever while a house physician at
Bellview Hospital in New York at the age of 25. This is a partial
set, many pieces marked Wade & Ford, NY (1860-66) and there
are also pieces that are unmarked or substituted and several spots
missing instruments. There are two pieces that are post War. The
case is missing one of the re-enforced corners but otherwise in
very good condition. Pieces marked Wade & Ford include:
Lifting Backbone Saw, Bowel Scissors, Costotome (Hammer),
severasl scalpels tenaculeum. One piece is a period Tiemann
(Post-Mortem Knife). Set also includes Disection Tweezers,
Suture Needles, Reaction Chains & Hooks.
CIRCA 1880-90's NEW YORK NATIONAL GUARD JACKET
- 107th INFANTRY ID'd - Nice National Guard jacket with
honest light amount of wear (mainly to piping and collar
areas), inside very much intact and good condition. Some
small repairs. Label inside identifies it to Company C of the
107th New York National Guard. That label is stitched over
the manufacturer's label. There are also three names in period
ink (one on the tag and three more in the lining - one the
same as on the tag). Buttons are marked Scovill Mfg. Co. -
Waterbury, Conn. 7th Regt - Standard. Jacket is missing only
one button, that being on the collar. There are 49 buttons on
the jacket, all the same Excelsior National Guard New York
State Artillery. Epaulette tabs are still intact.
SUGAR CANE NIPPERS - c-1800 Approx. 7 1/2" in height - back in
the late 1700's - early 1800's sugar was sold in cone shaped sugar loafs
and sold by weight. In order to then use it in the kitchen, sugar cane or
loaf nippers were used to cut off the needed amount. These nippers are
rather early, crude and a very interesting item for the early Colonial and
American household. Very good condition but missing a wire that would
normally be attached to the end of the handle to keep them closed.
CORPS BADGE (20th CORPS) OF WILLIAM C. CAMPBELL OF THE
2nd MICHIGAN CAVALRY. - Badge is made of sheet silver approx. .047"
in thickness and no sign of a pin having been attached. This was probably
sewn on if it was worn on clothing. 1 1/2"(H) x 1 1/2"(W) and has black
tarnishing in places. Inscribed with his initials "WCC". Campbell was
bugler in the 2nd Cavalry from Sept. 11, 1861 till October 22, 1864..
During that time the regiment took part in the battles of New Madrid, Mo.,
Shiloh, Corinth, Perryville, Franklin, Chicamauga, Resaca along with close
to 150 other engagements. This was purchased in a large collection from
western Michigan where the owner had made a notation of who it belonged
SIGNED 3 PULL TELESCOPE - WHEELING, WV - Brass
body telescope signed 'H. Sheff / Wheeling, W. Va". Best I
have found was that the Sheff Brothers had a retail store in
Wheeling in the 1870's. Closed, the length is 9 3/4" and
completely pulled is approx. 29 1/4". Diameter of the body is
approx. 1.8". The optics are extremely good.
EARLY SET OF BALANCE SCALES - Brass scales in a wood box,
includes 5 weights. Box is approx. 3 1/8" x 6 1/2" x 1" in height. It
is lined with red felt and has a compartment for the weights. Box is
covered in a textured paper that has signs of a maker on the top
when viewed closely but can not make it out. Judging by the
construction of the box, locking hooks & loops and scales, I would
say this was c-1830-40's at the latest. Good condition.
PRE-CIVIL WAR MISSISSIPPI JUG - SIGNED - Approx. 10 1/2" high x 4
5/8"in diameter. Glazed jug signed by F.A. MEYER. Francois A. Meyer is
listed as a potter in Biloxi, Mississippi from approx. 1857-60. Rim of spout has
chips and is a bit rough and there are several areas where the glaze has been
worn off and has stained areas which you often see with these type of
containers. "F A MEYER" is struck deep on the upper cone portion of the
jug. Has it's flaws, but a good pre-Civil War item.
9TH CORPS - PERIOD CORPS BADGE - Heavy gauge stamped
brass badge , high relief, approx. 1 5/8" x 1 3/4". This badge can
be seen on page 51 of the Stanley Phillips' "CIVIL WAR CORPS
BADGES". There are no loops or pin on reverse - may not have
been issued (or purchased). The 9th Corps fought not only with the
Army of the Potomac but also in the Western Theatre. The 2nd
Division contained such Regiments as 6th & 9th NH Inf., 48th,
50th & 51st Pa Inf., 7th & 12th RI Inf, 2nd MD Inf., 21st, 29th &
35th Mass Inf., 46th & 51st NY Inf., 86th & 129th Ohio Inf., 116th
& 118th Ind. Inf., as well as Batteries L & M of the 1st Mich. Lt.
Art., along with Batteries from the 2nd NY Art., 2nd U.S. Art., 15th
Ind. Art. as well as others. Very good condition just a few dark spots.
CIVIL WAR STYLE COFFEE POT - Heavy gauge tin approx 9" in
diameter at the bottom and 10" in height, soldered construction and
has the typical flat bottom. They made this style for a long period of
time so it's hard to say if it is as old as the Civil War. I did come
across a photo of 3 soldiers who had a pot very similar that included
the rolled 'stripes' (for lack of a better word) as are on this pot. I had
felt that these were of a slightly later period but I guess I stand
corrected. There are soldered remnants on side of where a plaque
was at one time.
CIVIL WAR PERIOD TRAVELING CHESS SET - Nice set,
unfortunately missing 5 pieces. Players pieces, both white and red
are made of bone with a base approx. 3/4" and the squares on this
wood board with a cloth lined backing (made for rolling up) are
15/16" square. Box is approx. 4 1/4" x 9" x 2 3/8" in height. Looks
like it may have been recovered on the inside but difficult to tell. No
key for the lock. On the top is a very light stencilling in gold
"CHESS / & / BOARD". The bottom of the box has that old green
paper (some worn off. Some of the pieces have chips but for the
most part are in pretty good shape. The board, from being rolled for
so long will need to be kept in a flat state for a while if displayed as
such as it wants to curl slightly. This was one of the favorite past
times for soldiers in camp, especially in winter quarters. Great for a
TEXAS STAR STICK PIN - DALLAS 1906 - Not sure what may have
taken place in Dallas in 1906 but this Texas Star stickpin or perhaps a
hat pin was meant for something. White metal, star approx. 13/16"
across points. Has TEXAS letters on each point and 'DALLAS 1906'
in center. Comes with a postcard (in not such great shape) with a
poem 'HELL IN TEXAS' and if you've ever spent time there,
especially in the summer you will be able to relate with this poem.
Postcard has nothing to do with the pin (other than relating to Texas)
but it was included when I purchased it so it goes too.
FULL SIZE (OR VERY CLOSE TO) NAPOLEON 12 POUNDER
WOOD REPRODUCTION CANNON TUBE - From a distance of 10
feet you would think you're looking at an original cannon tube. Was
either made for something like a GAR Hall or perhaps a movie prop,
this is something for the artillery fan that wants one in the house for a
display (perhaps to mount upright like you see at the Gettysburg
National Museum). The body of the tube is about the size of a 12
pounder but the bore is more the size of a six pounder. The tube is
approximately 66" in total length, weighs approx. 65 pounds, 16"
from end of one trunion to the end of the other with each trunion
being 3 5/8" in diameter. The tube has an approx. diameter of 10 1/4"
on the 'breech' end and 8" diameter on the muzzle end and has a 3
5/8" bore that goes 5 3/4" deep. The only marking on it is '1828' on
the end of one of the trunions. One side up looks very displayable but
there are several long cracks (these can be filed and pained over if
desired), the bottom side displayed has a little bit of damage as can be
seen in the photos (there is a larger crack also on this side). One of the
trunions has a crack along the intersecting edge to the tube but mainly
on the 'bad side'. There are also paint scuffs and scrapes in various
spots throughout. The two block stands shown are included. I will not
ship this but will either deliver within 200 miles of Utica, Mi (or can
otherwise work out other arrangements). Great looking indoor display
1858 PATENT GUTTA PERCHA GROOMING SET - This is
one of the more attractive grooming sets I have seen for the
period. The brush has Patent dates of Sep. 8, '58, Jul 19, '66 and
Oc 1869. The Mirror has the Patent date of June 19, '66. Below
the patent dates is the name 'Florence'. I don't know if this was
the company or the pattern. The pattern on all pieces is identical.
Condition is very good though there is one tiny chip in the gutta
percha of the brush. There is one small crack in the gutta percha
of the mirror and several in the handle of the hair brush. This is
due much to the material. None of the cracks look to have ever
been through to the point that a repair was necessary yet I
wouldn't place a lot of stress on them. Perfect for a woman's
personal Civil War period display.
IDENTIFIED CIVIL WAR PERIOD NAVAL EPAULETTES &
CASE - Nice set of epaulettes belonging to Chief Engineer
George Walter Roche. Made by the English maker Starkey (whose
label is on the case) and sold by the Boston agent A.W. Pollard
(whose tag is still on one epaulette and remnants of the glue still
on the second). An old darkly faded tag is glued on the top of the
case, barely visible in normal light but with a bright light (as the
photo shows) in period ink, can be read "Chief Engr / Geo W.
Roche / USN / Navy Yard / Wash(?) / Clothing (?) _____". The
Pollard tag would indicate that the set was sold sometime in the
1862-3 period as the company changed its name in 1863 and
again in 1867. With the ID tag reading 'Chief Engr' it would
seem that Roche purchased these when entering the Navy in 1862
and kept them throughout his career as he did not become Chief
Engineer until after the War (Roche's service record can be seen
in the 'Additional Images' page). War time cases have the velvet
lining as does this set. Outside of the case looks to be black paint
while the inside is japanned tin. The outside, as can be seen in
the photos is scraped up a bit exposing the bright tin and black
paint specks will fall off with handling. Overall a Nice identified
Civil War set.
CORPS BADGE - 4TH CORPS 1ST DIVISION- Approx. 7/8" from
flat to point, has cut out in center for material to designate division.
This is not like the usual badges seen as instead of a pin, this badge
has three soldered loops on the reverse to attach to (probably) a hat.
The red wool is cut to slip into the loops. Red wool appears to be period
but may have been replaced. Metal is brass that has been silver plated
(now wearing off), much like the Colt M-1849 Pocket revolvers that
had the silver over the brass hardware. The Fouth Corps was attached
to the Army of the Cumberland by the consolidation of the 20th & 21st
Army Corps. Very good condition
SOLDIER'S PERIOD FOLDING PEWTER CUP WITH CASE-
The japanned tin case is approx. 2 3/4" in diameter and 1 1/4"
in height. The pewter cup extends to a height of approx. 3 1/4".
Many soldiers carried these with them in addition to the tin cups
they used for meals. Top section of cup has a little distortion and
the case soldering has come loose through the years but has no
real problem keeping together.
GROUPING GEORGE A. REED - 24TH, 31ST & 32ND MAINE
INFANTRY - Nice grouping belonging to George A. Reed of
Richmond, Maine. This group covers several units. He enlisted in
the 24th Maine in October, 1862 and mustered out in August,
1863. In April, 1864 he re-enlisted into Co. G of the 32nd Maine,
transferred out on Dec. 1, 1864 to the 31st Maine where he stayed
until July, 1865. There are 5 pieces in this group. In somewhat
chronological order - No. 1 - His New Testament Bible from the
New York Bible Society, Dated Nov., 1862 and inscribed "George
A. Reed / Co. A 24 Me / Richmond / Me". Bible is in good
condition with scuffs and chips as can be seen in 'Additional
Images'. No. 2 - Folding wallet/housewife(?) - looks like a wallet
without the compartments but doesn't really look like a
housewife. Made of tarred canvas. Has his name written in
period ink and in two places has his stencil "G.A. Reed. / Co. A.
24 ME.R.". No. 3 - Inside the pocket is a receipt from 1863 from
a clothing store in Maine with notation that this was his clothes
shopping between his terms of service. No. 4 - 1865 Diary
identified to Reed and deep inside on one page he identifies his
unit as the 31st. It is a very abbreviated diary only containing 4
1/3 pages of daily life from January 1 to February 28. He
mentions that he read that Samuel Clements is sentenced to be
shot on February 10th. No. 5 - Sixth plate tintype of Reed in a
frock coat, I'm guessing being taken either as a member of the
32nd or early with the 31st as there is a tax stamp on the back of
the tin and Reed was promoted to Corporal & Sergeant later and
there is no evidence on the coat of either. Nice grouping.
C-1840's TEMPERANCE TOKEN - Approx. 15/16" in diameter,
brass token of 'THE COLD WATER ARMY', a young man's
organization that preached abstaining the use of alcohol. The motto
on one side "We are pledged to abstain from all that can
intoxicate". Shows wear on high reliefs.
24TH MICHIGAN - IRON BRIGADE ID PIN - Approx. 1" in width
and 1 1/8" in height. Silver shield pin belonging to Demain
Wheelhouse of the 24th Michigan. Wheelhouse enlisted in Company
E of the 24th on August 13, 1862 in Detroit at the age of 36. He was
promoted to Corporal on February 13, 1863 and Principal Musician
on July 1, 1863, The first day at Gettysburg when the 24th took very
heavy losses. He died of disease at Rappahannock Station, Va on
November 30, 1863. The badge has the remains of a T-bar pin
(which had been broken) and had been cleaned many years ago but
now has a pleasing silver color. Found in mid-Michigan. Very
desirable Regiment and Brigade.
GETTYSBURG BULLSEYE CANTEEN - Interesting story . . .
about a month ago I went to an auction as there were enough items
of interest, including a bullseye canteen with a tag on it that
identified it as a Gettysburg pickup. I never place much faith in
these modern tags without some sort of other verification. I bought
it for stock, get it home and hear something with a dull thud type of
rattling, tried to look in it with a flashlight and saw what I thought
was a rolled up, mummified dead mouse - great, have to find a way
to get it out. Today, finally I go outside with a long pair of needle
nose pliers and over the garbage can try to pull this thing out. Low
and behold it isn't a dead mouse but a paper rolled up like a cigar,
all dry and falling apart as I tried to gently get it out without
sustaining any more damage. No name of ownership as I had hoped
but a sale broadside from a store in downtown Gettysburg. Paper
looks to be from perhaps 1930-50 (?). I carefully unrolled it and
used an iron to flatten it out as best I could then placed it in plastic
sleeves. This gives me a heck of a lot more for believing the modern
tag. That story done, now to get to the canteen. It is a bullseye
without a cover but does retain the original strap which looks to
have been broken and knotted back together. I searched for any ID
on the strap but found none. Does have a few stains that resemble
old blood but don't read too much into that, it would have to be
tested. Not too rusted but has a large dent on one side and the spout
has been mangled a bit too. There are several initials carved into the
spout but no makers markings.
2ND VERMONT INFANTRY ID TAG - ID tag made from an 1838
large cent owned by Edger Barber of the 2nd Vermont Infantry.
Barber, from Richmond, Vt., enlisted into the 2nd as a Private on May
7, 1861, about 3 weeks after the surrender of Fort Sumter. He
re-enlisted on Jan. 21, 1864 and was mustered out on July 15, 1865.
He was promoted to Corporal and Sergeant in 1865. The ID tag reads:
"Edgar Barber / Co. G / 2D Regt / VT / Vols / Richmond". The 2nd
was a hard fought regiment recording at least 72 engagements
including 1st Bull Run, Savage's Station, Antietam, Fredericksburg,
Gettysburg, Wilderness, Spotsylvania Court House, North Anna River,
Cold Harbor, Petersburg, Winchester, Cedar Creek, Fort Stedman and
Appomattox Court House. Tag has a lot of wear and has a pleasing
dark brown patina.
COLLECTION OF 1886 BATTLEFIELD PICKUPS FROM A
MAINE SOLDIER VISITING THE FIELD - BULL RUN - The
information that came with these is that they were picked up by a
former Maine soldier visiting the battlefields of Manassas. Each
of the 6 pieces has a tag explaining what they are and the pick-up
date of July 26, 1886 as well as where on the field they were
found. Included are a wood artillery sabot, 2 pices of cartridge box
tins, one .58 cal. bullet, one bullet (identified as 'probably
Confederate') but looks to be more of a carbine bullet, a flattened
musket ball (which does not quite resembles a bullet (at least not
to me) and a small chip of wood from the bedstead of Mrs.
Henry's bed (who died in the First Bull Run battle). All are in
relatively good condition which would make sense as they were
recovered only 24 years after the battle. Rarely are relics found
with these old tags on them from so soon after the War.
TWO SOLDIER'S SKETCHES - CEDAR RUN - Approx. 5 1/2" x
12" sheet with a smaller sheet glued to it containing two pencil
sketches done by a C.B. Harvey presented to Mrs. Mary F. Harvey.
The first he has titled "Scene in the Army of the Potomac - Taking
Supper", and the second "Ruins of the RR Bridge over Cedar Run
on the Orange & Alex. RR near Warrenton Junction, Va". Doesn't
appear the artist had any formal training what-so-ever but is his
portrayal of life & events. Some water staining on mounted sheet
near presentation at top.
C-1820-30 SINGLE KEY FLUTE WITH ORIGINAL BOX -
Approx. 23 1/2 " in length when together - completely
unmarked and possibly made of boxwood or maple. The
flute is in three sections with one single brass key, large
holes (typical of the period). The mouthpiece section does
have several cracks that have a period repair at the joint. The
box is a period style pressed paper board with a brown paper
cover. A label area on top has a period ink name "D.
Hoete", not sure if this is a maker. I tried searching the
name with negative results. There is also another name on
the top right corner "John / McClain", also in period ink.
The box measures approx. 3 3/4" x 9 5/8" x 1 1/2" and is
very much intact. It has one corner on the lid where
someone placed a small piece of scotch tape to perhaps hold
down a bit of loose paper covering.
SMALL CIVIL WAR ERA ACCORDION WITH ORIGINAL
BOX - this is without a doubt the most beautiful Civil War
period accordion I have ever seen. The maker, C.C. Keene of
San Francisco turns out was a well respected maker. Didn't
find much on him searching the internet but did come
across an endorsement. The Mechanics Institute in 1864
reported "The Flutinas and accordions manufactured and
exhibited by C.C. Keene are superior to any we have ever
seen, and he is justly entitled to the first premium for the
State of California". In 1865, the Institute reported
"Accordions of California manufacture, exhibited by C.C.
Keene, San Francisco. These instruments were
manufactured by himself and were superior to the imported.
Award - First Premium". With bellows contracted the
instrument measures approximately 4 3/4" x 13" x 6 5/8",
the bellows still work well and do create a decent sound and
have a beautiful design. The keys are mother of pearl. The
wood, mahogany (a guess) is well finished. Keene's label is
on the bellows and there is also what looks to be a Paris
makers stamp in the wood so not sure if Keene imported
certain materials. The period box, assumed to have been
made for the instrument is somewhat crude with a hinged,
domed top and completely unfinished which really doesn't
seem to make sense for the quality of the accordion..
1860's GOODYEAR PATENT VULCANIZED RUBBER
(GUTTA PERCHA) SOLED CAVALRY PATERNED
BOOTS - Rare boots in spectacular condition! Goodyear,
who had patented the vulcanized rubber process in 1851 was
using his discovery on all kinds of items. An entire book has
been written on it. One of the ideas born from this hard
rubber was to make boots with the hard rubber soles. From
what I have been reading in the book on gutta percha,
Goodyear had worked out a way to sew the leather to the
hard rubber and came up with the idea of the boots. How he
ever thought this would work I don't know (and may have
been partly responsible for his poverty later in life). For
anyone familiar with the vulcanized rubber, you know it's
rather fragile. I'm sure that a century's worth of time has
helped a lot for that. But you would have to believe that even
freshly made they would have little 'give'. They are tall and
surprisingly thin, measuring approx. 20" from sole to top
(15" from sole to top of the back), 11" from toe to heel and
3 1/4" in width. The top looks to be a thin rubber or tarred
layer over material, soles are hard rubber that look to be
perhaps 3/16" thick (viewed from one cracked area at the toe
of one boot). Pull straps are mounted on the inside of the
boot (consistent with Civil War boots). There is an eagle &
makers logo molded into the bottom of each boot. Can't
really make out if the logo is Goodyears or perhaps another
manufacturer. Overall condition is very good especially
considering the rarity. The complaints with these boots were
that in the winter the cold made them crack and in the
summer the soles melted - not good qualities for a boot. One
boot had a hole in it that has been filled with a cork as can
be seen in the photos.
SILVER 7TH CORPS BADGE - Approx. 15/16" in diameter, made from
a thin gauge silver and meant to be suspended either by an eagle type pin
or chain. Definitely looks to have been made by a jeweler and not a
sutler's type of ware. Has the initials MD engraved. There is a nice view
of General J.J. Reynolds, commander of the 7th Corps wearing a similar
badge but as a pin, not a suspended style.
LARGE 21 STAR EXCLUSIONARY GRAND LUMINARY
CIVIL WAR FLAG - Flag is dated 1861 very faintly on the
lower white stripe on the reverse side with other writing. This
massive 65" x 134" (5.4' x 11.1') is impressive. These
exclusionary flags in the grand luminary pattern of a large
star surrounding a single large star are considered among
the rarest of Civil War flags. This flag also has the white
stripes on top and bottom (not often seen). Early, just after
secession many in the Northern States felt that the South
had abandoned the Union and a few made 'exclusionary'
flags. These varied based on the view of the maker. Some
from Illinois (as Illinois was the 21st State) took the total
number of states (34) and subtracted the seceeded states and
the border states coming up with the total of 21 and made
flags to suit. This flag is made of cotton with painted stars
on both sides (a common practice of the time). The stripes
of the flag for the most part are solid with several repairs
that have been made (patches or extra red sewn on the back
side for strength. The real issue is the canton. With the
painted stars hardening over time and the improper storage
of the flag, the stars have cracked (along with them the
material) having major damage to two of them. All hand
sewn, a hoist rope sewn on the hoist and small rope sewn
into the outer edge around the stripes. The two strikes
against this rare flag is the condition of the canton and the
size. Will need restoration which I may send out for in
several months if it has not sold by then.
AMES 1864 PATENT MESS KIT - One of the rarest, if not
THE rarest knife, fork, spoon mess kits of the Civil War.
These are nearly impossible to obtain and aren't even listed
in the Civil War price guides. I have never seen another
myself. Made of cast steel (maybe one of the reasons of
survival) the knife and spoon are one piece that interlock for
storage with the fork. Both pieces are marked "Ames Patent
/ Sep 17, 1864 / Cast Steel". Fork markings are not as clear
as the knife. There is something (perhaps an ID on the top
edge of the knife but it is just too scratched up and the
markings are not deep enough to clearly make out. To
unhook the set, you lift up on the handle of the fork Pegged
into a hole in the wood of the knife handle) then slide the
pin through the slot to the hole (same type of slot set up as is
on the regular mess kits).
FULL DECK OF PATRIOTIC PLAYING CARDS - DATED
1864 - Full deck of 52 patriotic playing cards made by the
American Card Company which has the original (partial)
box that still retains the revenue tax stamps, one of which is
cancelled with the date of February, 1864. I think the cards
saw as much use as any weapon during the War as they are
well worn, some to the point of barely making out the card
number & suit and two of the cards have sewn repairs -
actually sewn with thread. The suits were Stars, Shields,
Flags and Eagles (which must have been the 'Spades' as the
title card is the 1 of Eagles). Soldiers played cards during
their spare time in camp to ease the boredom and anxiety
when not on the march, doing normal camp chores or
preparing for battle. This deck was used a lot!
C-1850-60's CIVILIAN VEST WITH PERIOD STAFF
OFFICERS BUTTONS - Mid -1800's civilian small size vest,
3 pocket (typical of 1850-60's vests), polished cotton back
and beautiful pattern front, period unmarked tightening
buckle on the straps on the back, 6 button which are all
period military staff buttons "D. Evans & Co. * Extra *"
cuff or vest size (15mm). All the buttons have the same back
mark but some have different die patterns on front and the
back marks. My thought is these buttons were added at a
later period. The vest is common to those used for formal
wear. There are several stained areas which can be seen on
the 'Additional Images' link.
CONFEDERATE WOOD DRUM CANTEEN - Approx. 7"
diameter x 2 1/4" wide - typical Confederate wood drum
canteen, missing spout (which is usually the case). Metal
bands that also contain three tin strap loop bars. You can
make out the circular lathe tool marks on the side, though
very light. There are very light scratching in the sides, some
resembling letters but I can't make out anything with them.
Bands are loose due to the shrinkage of the wood through
the years. One might think of placing just a tad of glue
under one of the bands and on one or two of the wood slats
just to avoid it slipping off if the right conditions line up for
that 'perfect storm'. Good solid canteen although its water
holding days are far behind it. Does have one spot where
white paint (?) has dripped as can be seen in photos.
U.S. NAVAL UNION JACK - 40 STARS - 1889 - Approx.
20" x 28" - Forty star flags are among the toughest to
obtain no to mention in a naval jack. This was to
commemorate the addition of the 'Dakotas' when it was
thought that they were coming in as one state. All cotton
and sewn. Some rough areas that can be seen in photos.
There is a name "Lydecker" on the staff border in old
brown ink. Thought it may have been a naval boat (this flag
being small for a ship) but could find nothing on it. I did
find an officer, Major - Colonel G.J. Lydecker who was with
the Corps of Engineers and whose career kept him in and
around the Great Lakes and other water bordering areas in
the mid 1880's - late 1890's so am thinking this may have
something to do with him even though he was Army.