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PC5692
                  Eagle Plate

This excavated eagle plate is in excellent condition and its brass front, showing an eagle clutching an olive branch in its left talons and arrows in its right, has aged into a very pleasing brown patina.  Its rear has both iron, but rusty, belt attachment loops and a complete complement of solder showing only minimal surface flaking.  This plate has no cracks, breaks, bends, or repairs and will be an excellent addition to any excavated Civil War plate or general relic collection.  Approx. 63 mm.   $225.00   Order Information  or  Questions?

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PC4752
                  Pre-Civil War Virginia Militia Coat Button - "Soup Bowl"  Published
  
 Backmark:  "* RICH * / TREBLE GILT" rm.
 Construction:  Very high convex, one-piece.
 Approximate size: 22 mm. 
 Condition:  Very good, excavated, secure shank present.  This difficult to recover "soup bowl" variety of this button has plenty of gilt on its front.  Encircling Virtus standing over Tyranny is the Virginia state motto "SIC SEMPER TYRANNIS" or "Thus ever to tyrants".   The term "soup bowl" is derived from the fact that the button was manufactured into a deeper curved bowl instead of the more common low convex example.  The soup bowl variety is much harder to recover than the low convex examples.  This example has no cracks, breaks, or repairs.
 RemarksThis button was recovered by Ms. Kelley Rea.  Kelley is a relic hunter in the Hampton Rhodes area of Virginia and she has managed to pluck four of these buttons from the same yard of a house site.  It is believed that all four are most likely from the same coat.  The button is pictured in Relic Hunter Magazine in the March - April 2013 issue on page 20 showing Best Finds of 2012 .  Click on the preceding magazine link to see these buttons found on page 20 of that issue.  The button offered here is the button on the right in the picture in the magazine.
 Recovered:  Bena, VA (Bena is situated in Gloucester, VA across the York River from Yorktown)
 Reference:  Tice:  VA110A2  Albert:  VA 3
 Price:  $395.00  
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PC5865
                  Bullet Mold

This excavated bullet mold was acquired directly from the digger who recovered it from the Brandy Station, VA area.  The device is constructed of iron which has been lightly clear coated for preservation. It is now fused in its closed position due to years of being buried.  This mold appears to be a Colt type pistol mold for casting a round ball and a conical bullet seen in both .36 and .44 caliber.  It is complete, has not been repaired and will be an excellent addition to any Civil War campsite or general relic collection.  Approximately 5 inches in length.   $45.00   Order Information  or  Questions?   SALE PENDING

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PC5544
                  Print & Relic Display - Winchester, VA

This lovely framed display contains a copy of a print depicting "Stonewall" Jackson entering Winchester, VA and three relics to include a flat button and two .58 caliber three ring bullets from that area.  The wood frame is professionally constructed and this display will be an excellent addition to any office, den, or relic room.  It is ready to hang and measures approximately (L/W/D) 13 5/8 x 10 11/16 x 1 1/16 inches.  $65.00   Order Information  or  Questions?

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PC4211
                  Confederate Infantry Button
 
 Backmark:  Blank
 Construction: Convex, cast one-piece. 
 Approximate size:  23 mm
 Condition:  Excellent, excavated, shank present.  This button has a very pleasing brown patina and is complete with no cracks, breaks, bends or, repairs.
 Recovered Dalton, GA.
 Reference:  Tice: CSI275A   Albert:  CS 184
 Price:  $115.00
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PC5853
                  .36 Caliber "Tear Drop" Revolver Bullet
 
This .36 caliber "tear drop" revolver bullet is excellent condition.  It has a very pleasing white patina and a visible mold seam.  This bullet will be an excellent addition to any excavated Civil War bullet or general relic collection.   $15.00
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PC5790
                  US Model 1840 Cavalry Saber & Scabbard

This untouched attic relic weapon is marked “Hortsman And Son/Philadelphia on right side of the ricasso. The markings on the opposite side, including the date, are crusted over and not legible.  The brass hand guard is complete with a rich, even greenish brown patina. The leather wrap, showing heavy use, remains covering the wooden grip. Remnants of the original brass wire wrapping are visible protruding below the pommel cap.  The full length blade has nicks and dents along bottom edge with a molted dark and gray patina on the sides.  The iron scabbard, missing it’s throat, matches the overall condition of the weapon and appears original to it. The surfaces are dark with areas of light to heavy pitting.  This saber and scabbard will be an excellent addition to any Civil War cavalry or general relic collection.   $495.00   Order Information  or  Questions?



 

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PC5156
                  Parrott "Long Range" Time Fuze Adaptor

This Parrott "long range" time fuze adaptor is in very good condition and was acquired directly from the digger's family whose property is directly adjacent to the Appomattox River and within 2 miles of the Petersburg Battlefield.  This fuze adaptor is constructed of zinc and would have been screwed into the nose of the artillery shell with a paper time fuze inserted into the hole in its center  Like many of this digger's finds, this relic has not been cleaned or even rinsed off.  It is still filled with dirt and and other debris and what I can see of the threads, they appear to still be in good condition.  The head measures approximately 1.28 inches and the length is approximately 2.44 inches.  This fuze adaptor has no cracks, breaks, bends, or repairs and will be an excellent addition to any Civil War artillery or general relic collection.   $65.00   Order Information  or  Questions?

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PC5819
                 US Infantry and Cavalry Buttons

These three excavated buttons all recovered in New Kent County, VA consist of (from L-R) a US Infantry button (approx. 14 mm.),  a US cavalry button (approx. 16 mm.), and a US infantry button (approx. 14 mm.).  The cavalry button has a hole in its face and the infantry button to the right has a bachelor ring.  All three have secure shanks with no visible back marks.  These buttons will be an excellent addition to any excavated button or general relic collection.   $55.00   Order Information  or  Questions?

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PC5798
                  Navy Parrott Sabot for 30 Pounder Shell

This excavated navy Parrott sabot for 30 pounder artillery shell was recovered from Petersburg, VA.  It is constructed of cast brass which has aged into a nice looking mixed green-brown patina.  Though bent, the sabot is a complete ring that clearly shows the five lands and grooves created by the rifling of the tube of a 30 pounder Parrott cannon upon firing.  This artillery relic will be an excellent addition to any excavated Civil War artillery or general relic collection.   $65.00   Order Information  or  Questions?

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PC5736
                  US Cartridge Box Plate

This US cartridge box plate is in fair excavated relic condition.  The brass face of the plate, showing the big fat letters "US", has aged into a dark olive-brown patina.   Much of the rim is missing and that part of the rim just above the "U" is weak.  The rear has much of its solder backing still intact and solidly in place.  While this isn't a perfect example, if you are looking for that war torn look, then this one is for you.  Approx. 55 x 84 mm.   $85.00   Order Information  or  Questions?

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PC5794
                  Slider For Type III Parrott Percussion Fuze

This excavated zinc slider for Parrott percussion fuse is in very good condition and was was recovered from Petersburg, VA.  Measuring approximately 1/2 inch in diameter and approximately 1 5/16 inch in length, this slider should fit nicely into a type III Parrott percussion fuze without one.  It is missing the exterior portion of its steel nipple and has some minor chipping at the lower portion of the shaft.  This artillery slider will be an excellent addition to any excavated Civil War artillery or general relic collection.   $35.00   Order Information  or  Questions?

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PC4172
                  .44 Caliber Henry Rifle Cartridge

This intact .44 caliber Henry rifle cartridge is in good condition and was recovered in New Kent County, VA.  There is a very small hairline fracture in the cartridge on one side where the bullet meets the brass casing.  Otherwise, the bullet is solid and has no repairs and will be an excellent addition to any excavated Civil War bullet, cartridge, or general relic collection.   $25.00   Order Information  or  Questions?

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PC5620
                  US Waist Belt Buckle

This non-excavated US waist belt plate is in excellent condition.  Its brass face, with the long tall letters "US", has aged into a very pleasing dull brass patina.  The rear has a complete complement of solder and all three waist belt attachment hooks solidly in place.  An excavated example of this plate is pictured in the second edition of O'Donnell and Campbell's "American Military Belt Plates", on page 312 as plate 504.  There are no cracks, breaks, bends, or repairs and this fine buckle will be an excellent addition to any excavated Civil War plate or general relic collection.  Approx. 57 x 86 mm.   $295.00   Order Information  or  Questions?   SALE PENDING

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PC5751
                  South Carolina State Seal Button

Backmark:  ". SCOVILL MFG CO . / WATERBURY" dm
Construction:  Convex, two-piece.
Approximate size: 19 mm.
Condition:  Very good, excavated, secure shank present.  There is ample gilt on the face of this button which has a moderate push.  It has no cracks, breaks, or repairs and will be an excellent addition to any excavated button or general relic collection.  
Recovered:  Orange County, VA 
Reference:  Tice:  SC262Am6  Albert:  SC 15B
Price:  $165.00
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PC5779
                  State Wreath for Confederate Tongue and Wreath Belt Plate

This excavated state wreath for Confederate tongue and wreath belt plate is in very good condition with the exception of its bent belt attachment loop which is bent inwards and slightly downward.  The brass has very pleasing dusty green patina and there is a 1/4 inch area on the edge of the wreath where a bit of shiny brass is exposed likely due to a misplaced digging tool.  There are a couple of other areas at the edge of the belt loop and on the rear, where there are traces of what I believe to be, gold gilt either exposed or showing just under the surface patina.  Should you have a tongue that you wish to match to this wreath, I have included an image on the image enlargement page (click on thumbnail image to left) that shows the detailed approximate measurements in millimeters.  This wreath, recovered Charles Town, WV,  has no cracks, breaks, or repairs and will be an excellent addition to any excavated Civil War plate or general relic collection.   $850.00   Order Information  or  Questions?

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PC5786
                   Spencer Carbine Cartridge

This Spencer carbine cartridge is in excellent condition and was recovered from Culpeper, VA.  The cartridge is in overall great shape and its brass casing has a very pleasing woodsy green-brown patina with no cracks, breaks, or repairs.  This cartridge is not a "put-together", as so many on the market are, and it will be an excellent addition to any Civil War bullet, cartridge, or general relic collection.   $35.00   Order Information  or  Questions?

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PC5788
                  Relics From Totopotomoy Creek, VA

These relics were purchased direct from the digger who recovered them with permission from private property in the area of Totopotomoy Creek, VA.  Included is a mix of more than 35 Union and Confederate dropped and fired bullets, a section of shrapnel from a Confederate Read shell, a musket barrel band and sling swivel with a portion of a tree root that grew through it, a side knife, a New York cuff button and 4 miscellaneous buttons, 2 small iron balls, the center portion of a white metal Bormann time fuze and an unidentified iron object.  These various items will be an excellent addition to any Civil War relic collection.  $150.00   Order Information  or  Questions?

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PC5590
                  Confederate Script Infantry Button

Backmark:  Blank
Construction:  Convex, two-piece.
Approximate size:  22 mm.
Condition:  Excellent, non-excavated, secure shank present.  There are no pushes, cracks, breaks, or repairs.  Nice brassy brown patina with some minor discoloration.
Reference:  Tice:  CSI215B3  Albert: CS 177
Price:  $175.00
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PC5726
                  Virginia Militia Button

Backmark:  "* SUPERIOR * / QUALITY" rm
Construction:  Low convex, one-piece.
Approximate size:  22 mm.
Condition:  Excellent, non-excavated, secure shank present.  This button has ample silver remaining on its front and rear and has no cracks, breaks, bends or repairs.
Reference:  Tice:  VA105A2   Albert:  VA 2
Price:  $375.00
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PC5292
                  2.9 Inch Caliber Read-Parrott Shell
 
 This 2.9 inch caliber Read-Parrott shell is in very good condition and will be an excellent display piece.  Its iron sabot and the very lower portion of its zinc time fuse adaptor are still present.  The overall condition of the iron is good with moderate surface pitting and two divots on one side (one quarter size and one dime size).  The threads in the adaptor hole are not clearly visible due to ground action.   It has been cleaned, deactivated, run through electrolysis, and clear coated so as to preserve it.  Its length is approximately 8 1/4 inches and it weighs approximately 8.4 lbs.  This projectile will be an excellent addition to any excavated Civil War artillery or general relic collection.   $225.00  
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PC5694
                  US Cartridge Box Plate - Marked W. H. SMITH BROOKLYN

This excavated US cartridge box plate is in fair condition and shows a partial manufacturer's mark of W. H. SMITH BROOKLYN.  Only the letters "W H" and "BRO" are still visible.  The brass face, which now has a very pleasing brown patina, has several cracks and breaks mainly in the area of its rim.  The rear solder is nearly complete and has been lightly clear coated so as to preserve it.  The iron attachment loops are missing. Cartridge box plates are typically flat but this example is slightly concave perhaps as a result solder expansion due to time in the elements.  This marked plate will be an excellent addition to any Civil War plate or general relic collection.   Approx. 55 x 88 mm.   $145.00   Order Information  or  Questions?

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PC5100
                  Pot & Ladle - Post Civil War

This cast iron pot and ladle are not Civil War period pieces, but they will make an excellent display for a campsite setting display or simply set on a fireplace hearth filled with Civil War bullets. The pot's diameter measures approximately 8 inches and is 4 1/2 inches in depth.  The ladle is 19 inches in overall length is 4 inches across from pour lip to pour lip of the cup.  The bottom center of the pot has a recessed mark of L-0308-A with a raised numeral "8" at its bottom edge which is likely to be a molder's mark.  The ladle has the mark of  "3 1/2" about midway on its handle likely indicating its actual cup size.   As mentioned above this pot and ladle will be an excellent campsite display or actually could be used today for cooking or melting some material.   $65.00   Order Information  or  Questions?

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PC5749
                  Confederate Pewter Infantry Coat Button

Backmark:  Blank with a split anvil mark.
Construction:  White metal, low convex, cast one-piece.
Approximate size:  24 mm.
Condition
:  Very good, excavated, shank missing.  Nice light grey patina with minimal surface ground action and some areas of yellow soil present.  No cracks, bends or repairs.
Recovered:  Orange County, VA
Reference:  Tice CSI281B1  Albert CS 185B
Price:  $165.00
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PC5512
                  Large Plain Bridle Rosette  

This large plain horse bridle rosette was recovered in the area of Chancellorsville, VA.  The face is plain and at some point in time is believed to have been cleaned by the digger.  At the eight o'clock position on the face, at the edge, is a break with a 7/8 inch hairline crack.  The rear has pebbled but solid solder and is missing its attachment bar.  This rosette measures approximately 2.27 inches in diameter and will be excellent addition to any excavated Civil War cavalry or general relic collection.   $25.00   Order Information  or  Questions?

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PC5431
                  Federal Marine Button     

Backmark:  "H. BROS & ALLIEN / . N. Y." rmdc
Construction:  Convex, two-piece.
Approximate size:  20 mm.
Condition:  Excellent, excavated, secure shank present.  This pretty button, acquired direct from the digger, has plenty of gilt remaining and a very slight push just below the eagles left wing.  Marked by the digger on the rear are the letters "FH" indicating its recovery location of Fisher's Hill, VA.
Recovered Fisher's Hill, VA
Reference:  Tice: MC215A1   Albert:  MC9
Price:  $215.00
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PC5693
                  US Eagle Plate

This excavated US eagle plate is complete and its stamped brass front sports a very pleasing even chocolate brown patina.  Its coloring, combined with its well-defined eagle clutching arrows in its right talon and an olive branch in its left, is absolutely gorgeous and will display very nicely.  The rear has both iron attachment loops and a complete complement of solder. The plate has no cracks, breaks, bends, rust-throughs, or repairs and will be an excellent addition to any Civil War plate or general relic collection.  Approx. 63 mm.   $250.00   Order Information  or  Questions?

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PC5428
                  Confederate Infantry & Artillery Coat Buttons

These two Confederate excavated coat size buttons are both in fair condition and were acquired direct from the digger.  The button pictured on the left is a CS "Script I" infantry button (ref. Tice: CSI215B3 & Albert: CS 177).  It has a blank back mark and is of convex, two-piece brass construction.  It measures approximately 23 mm. and its face is pushed with a hole and crack present.  Its shank is present and on the rear of this button, which also has a crack, is printed "CEDAR CREEK" indicating where the digger recovered it.  The button pictured to the right is a CS "Block A" Artillery button (ref. Tice: CSA243A1 & Albert: CS 117).  It has a blank back mark and is of low convex, two-piece brass (or copper) and tin construction.  It measures approximately 23 mm. and its face has enough ground action to make the letter "A" difficult to see.  There is a hole and a crack in both the rear and the front.   On the rear of this button is what I believe to be printed "FISHER'S HILL" indicating where the digger recovered it.   While these two Confederate buttons aren't museum quality, they are still good, affordable examples to add to any excavated Civil War button or general relic collection.  $125.00   Order Information  or  Questions?

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PC5398
                  Confederate Six Pounder Spherical Case-Shot Artillery Shell

This Confederate six pounder spherical case-shot artillery shell is in very good condition and was recovered from McDowell, VA., also known as Sitlington's Hill.  It was acquired directly form the digger and comes with 16 case-shot balls.  The iron is in great shape that has only minimal surface build-up with nearly no pitting.  Its fuzing system consisted of a wood drive-in fuze adaptor that would have accepted a paper time fuze.  Its diameter measures approximately 3.58 inches and it s overall approximate weight is 3.8 pounds.  According to Peter George, co-author of "Field Artillery Projectiles of the American Civil War", its weight of 3.0 pounds, without the case-shot balls, indicates definitively that this ball was manufactured to have case-shot balls in it.  This case-shot shell is inert and will be an excellent addition to any Civil War artillery or general relic collection.   $350.00   Order Information  or  Questions?

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Available North South Traders, Volumes XXII - XXXII  have just been listed as "available". 

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Available for sale are copies of  North South Trader magazines.  What I have currently listed are Volumes I - XXXII ranging in very good to near mint condition.  I will entertain offers for entire volumes or will sell them individually according to price list.   Not only is this publication an excellent reference source for Civil War history and relics but nearly all of the front covers are a work of art.  This offering is an excellent opportunity to obtain that hard to find copy, or copies, that are missing from your collection, or to simply begin a new collection.

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“Founders Collection”

 A Complete Near Mint Unsold Set of the first 11 Volumes (67 issues) 1973 - 1984

Virginia Relics has acquired a limited number of complete unsold sets of the first eleven volumes of the North South Trader magazine directly from the magazine's founder and original publisher, William Mussenden.  These volumes were all produced during his time as owner and publisher from May 1973 until October 31, 1984.  The 1st eleven volumes includes 67 issues, (includes the 1979 Price Guide), which have all been properly stored in William Mussenden's personal collection since they were printed.  All are original issues and are in unread, excellent condition.  THESE ISSUES WERE NEVER SOLD or made available, until now.  Once these few "Founder's Collection" sets are sold there will be no more available.  This never before sold Founder's Collection including all of the early and rare issues, plus the first and second price guides, is now available for only $495.00.  PRICE INCLUDES SHIPPING WITHIN THE U.S.  

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