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M3 Identified Handmade 6th Corps Badge and Wooden Ring, Captain James Byron Brooks 4th Vermont, Wounded in Action at Battle of the Wilderness
Unique soldier art grouping by James Byron Brooks. Commissioned as 2nd Lieutenant in the 4th Vermont on September 12, 1861. Promoted to Captain on April 4th, 1864. The 4th was part of the famous Vermont Brigade of the Army of the Potomac, which suffered the highest casualty count of any brigade in the history of the U.S. Army. J Byron Brooks was severely wounded in the right forearm on the first day of the Battle of the Wilderness, and was discharged due to his injuries 3 months later. Brooks 6th Corps badge is hand crafted from an 1851 patent Goodyear rubber button. Brooks sanded down the face of the button and carved a 6th Corps cross, initials "JBB," and "VT." The ring is crafted out of burl wood and inlaid with a copper or brass 5 pointed star. Formerly part of the Marius Peladeau collection. This is a very unique and historic grouping.
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M4 Civil War era Field Glasses with Case
Nice pair of Civil War era field glasses marked "Dubois, Paris." Optics are very clear and in good condition. The Moroccan leather covers are intact but have shrunk somewhat over the years and have separated at the seams. The leather case is fully stitched with no rivets, typical of Civil War period construction. Complete with the original strap, which is uncommon, although the strap is broken in a couple of places and tied together. Nice representative and finctional example.
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U5 1851 Artillery Driver's Pattern Boots
Excellent pair of Civil War boots. These conform to the 1851 pattern boot for artillery drivers, with internal boot pulls and a slight, curved rise on the front top of the boot. One cloth pull on each boot is intact, another is mostly missing and one is torn. The leather is strong and supple with no flaking whatsoever, and the square toed soles are in great shape. The boots measure 10" long and 13" tall. Excellent displaying example of a genuine Civil War boot.
L4 US Cartridge Box
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Nice March 1864 Pattern US Cartridge Box. The box is faintly marked Baker & McKenney NY, and has a nice inspector stamp on the closure tab. The closure tab has a small repair. All straps and buckles are intact, as are the 2 tins. The leather is somewhat dry but still flexible. Nice looking Civil War cartridge box.
AR3 Gettysburg Shell Fragment, Recovered in the Culp's Hill Area
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Recovered by a local digger on private land near the Culp's Hill sector of the battlefield, likely from a Hotchkiss Shell.
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AR4 Gettysburg Shell Fragment, Recovered in the Culp's Hill Area
Recovered by a local digger on private land near the Culp's Hill sector of the battlefield, from a rifled projectile.
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M5 Early Battlefield Pickup Bayonet and Scabbard.
Early battlefield pickup bayonet in relic condition (possibly of European origin) with the remnants of a US bayonet scabbard. Verbal provenance is that it was found near Antietam.
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M6 Rare British Import P1860 Haversack, Captured and Modified for Federal use in the Civil War.
One of only 2 known, this is a rare British P1860 Haversack that was likely run through the blockade for Confederate use. The haversack was likely captured and later modified for Federal use by painting it black and adding a leather closure strap in place of the original buttonhole closure. The haversack shows extensive field use, with several repair patches made from oilcloth or gum blanket present. Cloth is very supple and in good condition. The haversack comes with 2 tin plates and a Sheffield table knife, which were originally found with the haversack. This grouping was originally part of the John Henry Kurtz collection, and is published in "North South Trader's Civil War," Vol. 37-1, and "Suppliers to the Confederacy, Volume II" by Barry and Burt.
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IM3 1/9th Plate Ruby Ambrotype Grouping, Company B, 11th New Hampshire Infantry
Seated ruby Ambrotype portrait in full leatherette case of an 11th NH soldier, wearing a 4 button sack coat with his issue shirt visible underneath. He is proudly displaying his forage cap with New Hampshire insignia. Clarity and detail are excellent, with finely done tinting on his cheeks. The image is housed in a wonderful patriotic mat with flags, cannon, and drum, with caption "The Union Now and Forever." The accompanying 1/9th plate tintype in a half leatherette case came out of the same estate. Judging by the strong resemblance I believe this is a slightly post war image of the same individual, or possibly his father. The 11th New Hampshire Infantry was a hard fighting unit that served with the 9th Corps at Fredericksburg, Vicksburg, Knoxville, The Overland Campaign, and Petersburg.
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AR1 US 3" Hotchkiss Shell, Wood Fused Type I.
Very slick 3" Hotchkiss Shell that appears to be an early battlefield pickup. The iron is smooth with a layer of dark green paint. The fuse plug is unthreaded to take a wood fuse adapter, which is a trait of early Hotchkiss shells. There is a small chip out of the metal on one side of the fuse plug, and a chip out of the base cup. The Hotchkiss patent information is faintly visible on the base cup.
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Seated tintype of a dapper looking Union soldier wearing an enlisted frock coat with vest underneath. The painted backdrop has a nice scene with stacked muskets, cartridge box, and flag in the upper left corner.