Medical Relics NC & VA Recoveries

This group of excavated medical relics includes a pair of iron scissors, two brass tourniquet buckles, and the main part of a hypodermic syringe believed to be made of pewter. The scissors were repaired at some point but have since separated. Both the syringe and the buckles were marked by the digger with his inventory number in black ink on a white background.  The buckles were recovered from Carthage, NC and the syringe was recovered from Harrison's Landing in Charles City County, VA. Harrison's Landing is located along the James River where General George McClellan camped during the summer of 1862 after the battle of Malvern Hill. An example of an excavated syringe is pictured in the fourth printing of Stanley S. Phillip's book "Excavated Artifacts from Battlefields and Campsites of The Civil War" on page 134 as item #1 and also in "Civil War Artifacts" by Howard Crouch on page 48, item #4. Included in the additional images of these relics is an image of the digger's index card indicating, in most cases, the relic's identification, assessment of condition, recovery date & location and other general information. In cases where there are discrepancies between the digger's description and Virginia Relic's description, Virginia Relic's description shall be deemed correct. These relics were acquired directly from the immediate family of the now deceased digger who hunted Civil War trails, campsites, and battle sites throughout central Virginia and adjacent states for several decades. The display case and label will be included. These medical relics will be an excellent addition to any excavated Civil War plate or general relic collection.

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