The excavated relics in this display were all recovered in a Confederate camp in Louisa County, Virginia by a local Virginia digger between 1990 and 1991. Inlcuded in the display are the following relics: CS Richmond spur, North Carolina sunburst button, decorative pin, two iron heel plates, brass sash buckle, and CS Richmond spur strap plate. Included in the additional images of these items are images of the digger's index cards for the complete spur and the NC button. These cards indicate, in most cases, the relic's identification, assessment of condition, recovery date & location, and other general information. In the unlikely event where discrepancies occur between the digger's description and Virginia Relic's description, Virginia Relic's description shall be deemed correct.
The Richmond spur, measuring approximately 2-3/4 x 5-1/4 inches, was recovered in two separate pieces, several feet apart, and interestingly enough, the first in November of 1990 and the second in January 1991. Persistence pays! The digger made the decision to have the piece repaired which is noted on his index card. It was cleaned and polished likely during the repair process but the brass is beginning to form, in some areas, a darker brass patina. The exact area of repair is difficult to spot, but it is my opinion that the arm (without the digger's collection number) was reattached near where it meets the neck. According to "Historic American Spurs", by the late Howard Crouch, these spurs "were likely produced at the Richmond Arsenal and from tha same reddish, high copper content brass that was used to make their CS two-piece waist belt plates. Further, many show signs of being finished out on large sandstone grinding wheels as do the CS two-pieces, although some few have been found with a finely polished finish". Even though this spur is missing its rowel, it is indeed a fine example of Confederate cavalry equipment.
The North Carolina "Sunburst" button is in very good condition with an even brown patina and appears to have a silver wash. It is missing its shank, as is typical of most excavated examples, but otherwise, it has no cracks, bends, or repairs. Its construction is low convex, one-piece, die struck. It measures approximately 23 mm. Ref. Tice: NC242A1 Albert NC 16
The decorative pin, with working attachment device, is in excellent condition and may be a post-Civil war piece. It is however, one of my favorite relics in this group. It measures approximately 23 mm.
The remaining items four relics nicely round out this fine display which will be an excellent addition to any excavated Civil War relic collection.
The sturdy glass top black display case is included and its dimensions are approximately 2 x 8-1/4 x 12 inches (D,W,H).
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