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           This page last updated January 27, 2015

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Plez Bagby
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Charlottesville, VA 22906 

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PC5351
                  Confederate 2.9 Inch Read Long Model Shell with RARE White Metal Fuze Adaptor

This fired Confederate 2.9 inch Read long model shell is in very good condition and is clearly marked with its provenance of not only being "Found in Fredericksburg", but also "Made in Richmond, VA.".  The mark appears to be a lightly applied "white out" like substance.  The iron is minimally pitted with many of the fine lathe marks still visible.  This particular example has a white metal fuze adaptor which makes it somewhat rare.  According to Peter George, co-author of "Field Artillery Projectiles of the American Civil War", for a brief period from late 1862 until early 1863 the Confederates manufactured these shells with white metal fuze adaptors.  Due to a shortage of white metal elements (zinc, tin, lead, antimony, etc..), Confederate white metal fuze adaptor production ceased by early 1863 and copper was substituted for fuze adaptors.  Also, according to Peter, it is very probable that this shell was indeed manufactured in Richmond since there were several foundry's there that would have the supply of white metal elements required to produce the white metal fuze adaptors.  Its thin iron sabot is intact and a lathe dimple is clearly visible at the bottom of the shell.  It weighs approximately 10 pounds, is approximately 8 3/4 inches in length and approximately 2.86 inches in diameter. This artillery shell has been deactivated and will be an excellent addition to any Civil War artillery or general relic collection.   $395.00   Order Information  or  Questions?

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PC5598
                 Federal Artillery Bormann Time Fuze

This Federal Bormann time fuze is an artillery relic acquired directly from the digger who recovered it from Port Hudson, LA.   This example is punched at about the 2 second hash mark on its face which  indicates that it was used to detonate an artillery shell.  While I was able to show some of the hash marks and the number "5" in the enlargement pictures of this fuze, those same marks are difficult to see under normal lighting, but are indeed there.  The fuze threads are visible and the fuze body also clearly shows bending from the side view, presumably created by the blast of the shell.  It measures approximately 1.6 inches in diameter and has not been repaired.  This fine artillery relic will be an excellent addition to any Civil War artillery or general relic collection.   $65.00   Order Information  or  Questions?

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PC5402
                  Six Pounder Solid Shot

This six pounder solid shot is in excellent condition and was recovered from McDowell, VA area.  Acquired directly from the digger, it measures approximately 3.54 inches in diameter and weighs 6 pounds.  The iron shows minimal surface pitting and is stable.  This fine artillery relic will be an excellent addition to any Civil War artillery or general relic collection.   $195.00   Order Information  or  Questions?

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PC5669
                  Wisconsin State Seal Button
 
Backmark:  " * EXTRA * / QUALITY " dm
Construction:  High convex, three-piece.
Approximate size:  22 mm.
Condition:  Very good, excavated, secure shank present.  This complete button has no pushes, cracks, breaks, or repairs.   
Recovered
Mine Run, VA.
Remarks:  T
his button was acquired direct from the digger. 
Reference:  Tice:  WC200C3  Albert: WC 1 
Price:  $150.00

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PC5347
                   Waist Belt Buckle - Confederate Use

This excavated rectangular waist belt buckle is in fair condition and, though crumpled when found, efforts have been made to return it to its original shape.  It is constructed of thin rolled brass which now has an overall green patina.  The rear of the plate is missing its iron wire belt hooks which had been soldered on.  An example of this type plate is pictured in Steve Mullinax's book "Confederate Belt Buckles and Plates", 1st edition, on page 92 as plate 164 (also in "Expanded Edition" of same book on page 105, plate 185).  The  book's description states: "While there is no proof of Confederate manufacture, based on field recoveries, many southern recruits were issued these inexpensive but sturdy plates."  This plate was recovered east of Richmond, VA.  It has no cracks, but it does have tiny break in the rim at one end.  The example in the Mullinax book, without bends, measures 48 x 73 mm.  This example, with bends, measures 47 x 67 mm.   This belt plate will be an excellent addition to any Civil War plate or general relic collection.   $65.00   Order Information  or  Questions?   SALE PENDING

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PC4399
                  Confederate Enfield Bullet from the Blockade Runner "Modern Greece" - Certificate Included  
 
Offered here is a Confederate Enfield bullet with wood plug recovered from the English steamer "Modern Greece" by diver Bill Epperson of North Carolina.  In the early hours of June 27th, 1862 The "Modern Greece", a blockade runner, was attempting to deliver weapons and ammunition to the Confederate troops and ran aground off Fort Fisher, NC while being fired upon by the US Navy.  It eventually sank leaving its cargo resting in only a few feet of water.  This bullet, recovered from this shipwreck, is in excellent condition with an ashen grey patina and the letter "L" stamped in the base.  One of the more amazing aspects about this find is the fact that the wood plugs were also recovered in or about the bullets.  This is an excellent opportunity to own a piece of the cargo from this historic Confederate blockade runner.  This bullet will include a certificate of authenticity signed by Bill Epperson.  Clicking the thumbnail image to the left will show enlargements of the bullet and its certificate, pictured with one of the lead ingots, which was also recovered from the Modern Greece by Mr. Epperson in the mid 1960's.  These bullets were likely produced from lead ingots such as the one pictured prior to being shipped.  To read more about this blockade runner click on this link "Modern Greece".  The bullet in the picture is the exact bullet you will receive and it measures approximately .57 x 1.09 inches.  Also, to be clear, the bullet pictured with the certificate and lead ingot in the additional pictures, is the exact bullet you will receive.  This is done primarily for documentation purposes.  I was able to acquire only a few of these Enfield bullets directly from Bill Epperson so, if you want additional bullets, each with certificates, in similar condition, please let me know.   $45.00  
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PC5587
                  Virginia Militia State Seal Button

Backmark:  " * SUPERIOR * / QUALITY"  rm
ConstructionLow convex, one-piece. 
Approximate size:  22 mm.
Condition:  Very good, excavated, secure shank present.  There are no cracks, breaks, bends, or repairs.
Recovered:  Brownsburg, VA.
Reference:  Tice: VA 105 A2   Albert: VA 2
Price:  $225.00
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PC4857
                  Confederate Sword Scabbard Drag

This crude and heavy duty brass sword drag is from a Confederate sword scabbard and was excavated in the area of  Five Forks, VA.  It has a rusty green patina and It measures 1 9/16 x 3 inches.  This fine sword scabbard relic will be an excellent addition to any Civil War sword or general relic collection.   $65.00   Order Information  or  Questions?

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PC5668
                  Vermont State Seal Coat Button
 
Backmark:  A raised mark in a depressed channel (rmdc) is there, but difficult to see.
Construction:  Convex, two-piece.
Approximate size:  23 mm.
Condition:  Fair, excavated, solid shank attached.  A slight bit of gilt remains in the area of "VERMONT".  While this button shows substantial wear on an even brown patina, it has no pushes, cracks, breaks, or repairs. 
Remarks:  T
his button was acquired direct from the digger. 
Recovered
Mine Run, VA.
Reference:  Tice: VT230   Albert:  VT 9
Price:  $65.00

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PC5356
                  Virginia State Seal Button

Backmark:  "MITCHEL & TYLER / RICHMOND VA."
Construction:  High  convex, three piece.
Approximate size:  22 mm.
Condition:  Very good, non-excavated, secure shank present.  The button has a very slight push between Virtus' right leg and sword.  Otherwise, the button is in great shape with no cracks, breaks, or repairs.
Reference:  Tice:  VA255A1  Albert:  VA 18
Price:  $265.00
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PC5333
                  Parrott Long Range Time Fuse Adaptor with West Point "W" Mark

This Parrott long range time fuse adaptor with West Point "W" mark is in excellent condition.  It is believed by both Tom Dickey and Pete George, authors of  "Field Artillery Projectiles of the American Civil War", that the "W" represented Parrott's foundry at West Point.  While not all were marked, they were intended for use in early war 20, 30 and 100 pounder Parrott shells.  It is constructed of cast zinc, has very nice visible mold seam with both spanner wrench holes present.  This fuse adaptor will be an excellent addition to any Civil War artillery fuse or general relic collection.  $85.00   Order Information  or  Questions?

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PC5355
                  Louisiana State Seal Button

Backmark:  " . HYDE & GOODRICH . / NEW ORLEANS" dm
 Construction:  Convex, two-piece.
 Approximate size:  22 mm.
 Condition
:  Excellent, excavated, secure shank present.  There is moderate ground action but still a nice example with no pushes, cracks, breaks, or repairs. 
 Recovered:  Unknown
 Reference:  Tice LA204A2  Albert  LA 3
 Price:  $265.00

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PC5459
                  8 Confederate Enfield Bullets

These eight Confederate Enfield bullets are all in very good condition and were recovered in Culpeper, VA.  They were all recovered acquired direct from the digger who dug them all at the same dig site.  All have nice brown-white patinas and well rounded skirts.  These Enfield bullets will be an excellent addition to any excavated Civil War bullet or general relic collection.   $75.00   Order Information  or  Questions?

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PC5345
                  Horse Bridle Plain Rosette - Confederate Use

This excavated plain horse bridle rosette is in very good condition and was recovered in Culpeper, VA.  Its brass front has a very nice woodsy brown patina and its rear has a near complete complement of solder along with its brass attachment bar.  An example of this type of rosette can be found in Howard Crouch's relic reference book "Civil War Artifacts" on page 134, item #8.  Crouch notes that this rosette is "a simple design often found in CS cavalry camps."  This rosette will be an excellent addition to any excavated Civil War cavalry or general relic collection.   $65.00   Order Information  or  Questions?

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PC5504
                  Eagle Plate

This excavated eagle plate is in decent condition and was recovered in Chancellorsville, VA area.  Its brass front, showing an eagle clutching arrows in its right talon and an olive branch in its left, has a brown patina.  There is a rust spot on the eagle's neck and upper breast area, but otherwise, it has no cracks or breaks.  The stamping of the eagle in the sheet brass is crisp and very well defined.  The rear has a complete complement of solder with one rusty iron cross-belt attachment loop still in place.  The plate has no bends or repairs and will be an excellent addition to any excavated Civil War plate or general relic collection.  Approx.  63 mm.   $115.00   Order Information  or  Questions?

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PC5524
                  .58 Caliber Three-Piece Shaler Bullet

This .58 caliber three-piece Shaler bullet, with its matching dirty white patina, is in fair condition and was recovered in Culpeper, VA.  According to the local digger, who I acquired it from,, all three sections were recovered from the same dig site, but were not found together as pictured.  While this example is not perfect, all three sections are present.  The Shaler bullet is by far one of the most interesting bullets from the Civil War.  It is a multi-piece .58 caliber bullet that was invented by Reuben Shaler and patented on August 12, 1862.  After it was fired, the three sections would spread apart allowing for more impact points on its designated target.   This bullet is a good example and will be an excellent addition to any Civil War excavated bullet or general relic collection.    $65.00    Order Information  or  Questions?

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PC5546
                  Print & Relic Display - Gettysburg, PA

This lovely framed display contains a copy of a print depicting Robert E. Lee and James Longstreet sizing up the enemy on the Gettysburg battlefield along with three relics to include a coat size 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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PC4005
                  North Carolina State Seal Button
 
Backmark:  "S A MYERS / RICHMOND, VA" rmdc
Construction:  Convex, two-piece.
Approximate size:  23 mm.
Condition:  Excellent, non-excavated, secure shank present.  This handsome button has a very pleasing aged brass patina with much of the detail of the state seal visible.  The button has no cracks, breaks, pushes or repairs and will be an excellent addition to any Civil War button or general relic collection.
Reference:  Tice: 210A1   Albert: NC 8
Price:  $475.00  
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PC5568
                  US Waist Belt Plate - "Baby Size"

 This non-excavated 1839 pattern US waist belt plate is the small or "baby" size type.  The face, with its very pleasing darkened brass patina, is nearly flawless.  The solder filled rear has the attachment hooks in place and solidly attached.  This plate has no cracks, breaks, bends, or repairs and will be an excellent addition to any Civil War plate or general relic collection.  Approx. 40 x 70 mm.  $350.00  
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PC5591
                  US Dragoons Button

Backmark:  ". SCOVILLS & Co . / WATERBURY" rmdc
Construction:  Low convex, two-piece.
Approximate size:  19.5 mm.
Condition:  Excellent, excavated, secure shank present.  The brass has a green patina with ample gilt remaining.  There are no cracks, breaks, bends, or repairs.
RecoveredBrownsburg, VA.
Reference:  Tice: DR206A10   Albert:  DR 3
Price:  $125.00
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PC5436
                  Federal Infantry Coat Button

Backmark:  Illegible
Construction:  High convex, two-piece.
Approximate size:  21 mm.
Condition:  Very good, excavated, secure shank present.  The face of this button is covered with gilt with a green patina on the high areas of the brass.  It has no pushes, cracks, breaks, or repairs.
Recovered:  Virginia
Reference:  Tice: GI215-228   Albert:  GI 82-89
Price:  $55.00
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PC5573
                  Brother Against Brother - The War Begins

This book, "Brother Against Brother - The War Begins", by William C. Davis and the editors of Time-Life books, is in like-new condition.  The book covers the divided nation to the beginning of the Civil War at Fort Sumpter, SC..  It has a lot of great pictures on nearly every page and plenty of text to accompany them.  See all enlargement pictures by clicking the thumbnail image to the left.   This will be an excellent introduction to the Civil War for any novice Civil War history buff.  $25.00   Order Information  or  Questions?

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PC5440
                  Mississippi Infantry Cuff Button

Backmark"Hyde & Goodrich. / N-O."
Construction Convex, two-piece.
Approximate size15 mm.
Condition Excellent, excavated, secure shank present.  Ample gilt on a brown patina with gilt beautifully high-lighting "MISSISSIPPI", the star and letter "I".  No pushes, cracks, breaks or repairs.
Recovered:  Culpeper, VA
Reference Tice:  MP215As  Albert:  MP 4 
Price:  $425.00
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PC5608
                  US Carbine Sling Buckle

This excavated US carbine sling buckle, from a Shenandoah Valley, VA dug collection, is in very good condition and has a very pleasing reddish-brown patina. Recovered from Brownsburg, VA The center bar is solidly attached with both freely moving tangs present.  The plate has a few small areas on its front where brass is showing through and is most likely a result of rolling around in a relic box along with other relics.  This US carbine sling buckle has no cracks, breaks, bends or repairs and will be an excellent addition to any Civil War buckle or general relic collection.  Approx.  52 x 83 mm.   $115.00   Order Information  or  Questions?

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PC5123
                  .58 Caliber Three-Piece Shaler Bullet
 
 This .58 caliber three-piece dropped Shaler bullet, with its matching dirty white patina, is in very good condition and was recovered in Culpeper, VA.  According to the local digger, all three sections were recovered from the same dig site, but were not found together as pictured.  The Shaler three piece bullet is by far one of the most interesting bullets from the Civil War.  It is a multi-piece .58 caliber bullet that was invented by Reuben Shaler and patented on August 12, 1862.  After it was fired, the three sections would spread apart allowing for more impact points on its designated target.   This bullet is a fine example and will make an excellent addition to any Civil War excavated bullet or general relic collection.    Ref. M&M 520 and T&T 155c.   $125.00   
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PC5429
                  North Carolina "Sunburst" Coat Button

Backmark:  Blank
Construction:  Low convex, one-piece.
Approximate size:  23 mm.
Condition:  Very good, excavated, shank missing.  This button has a very nice green-brown patina with cracks, breaks, bends, or repairs.  These buttons are typically recovered without their shanks.
Recovered:  Virginia
Reference:  Tice:  242B1  Albert: NC16
Price:  $115.00
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PC5641
                  Veterans Reunion Ribbon - HONORARY - 12th SEPARATE COMPANY - N.G.S.N.Y. - TROY, N.Y.

This veteran's reunion ribbon is in good condition.  In blue ink, on a gold/yellow ribbon, is "HONORARY  12th SEPARATE COMPANY  N.G.S.N.Y.  TROY, N.Y.  TROY TO HARTFORD  SEPT. 16, 17, & 18, 1886. ".  Pinned to the bottom of the ribbon are fifteen two-inch long gold bullion tassels.  This veteran's ribbon will be an excellent addition to any Civil War veteran display or general relic collection.  Approximately 2 1/8 x 8 1/2 inches.   $35.00   Order Information  or  Questions?

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PC5458
                  Federal Infantry Cuff Button

Backmark:  Illegible or blank.
Construction:  High convex, two-piece.
Approximate size
Condition:  Very good, excavated, secure shank present.  The face of this button has some gilt over a brown patina.  It has no pushes, cracks, breaks, or repairs.
Recovered:  Orange County, VA
Reference:  Tice: GI215-228   Albert:  GI 82-89
Price:  $35.00
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PC5589
                  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.
Reference:  Tice:  CSI215B3  Albert: CS 177
Price:  $195.00
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Available North South Traders, Volumes XXII - XXXII  have just been listed as "available". 

A listing of the Table of Contents for most of these issues is available HERE.

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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North South Trader Magazine

“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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