This beautiful 2 piece brass CS buckle is actually a reproduction of an original. A wax impression was made from an original, and this copy was cast from it. Really hard to tell from an original. Superb quality. But still a $30 fake, and not an $2500 original.by Mark P with
All of these bayonets fit the Model 1816 Springfield 69 cal. Musket. The close up picture shows the large US stamped in it. But not all of the Model 1816 bayonets were stamped like this one. Most were plain. A nice piece of American history that is almost 200 years old.
I found this bayonet at a local gun show. It fits a 69 cal. French manufactured musket. There were a lot of French muskets imported before and during the Civil War. They were used a lot both both Union and Confederate soldiers. Hopefully I will be able to find the musket that goes with this bayonet one of these days.
This bayonet fits the Model 1854 Austrian Lorenz 58 cal. musket. They are very unique and easy to spot by the way the socket is made to slide over the muzzle and lock. It is more of a twist on design, as shown in the close up picture. All of the other bayonets that I have posted are more like a T design. This one came out of a collection in Virginia.
This beautiful silver Celtic Cross was dug in the Nashville TN. area. It has no marks on the back of it for me to be able to put a date on it. I had no idea it was silver until I took it to the jewelry store to get it cleaned and checked. What a beautiful find.by Mark P with
This brass wedding ring was dug by a friend of mine years ago close to the Chickamauga Ga. battlefield. What an awesome find. So glad to have been able to get this for my collection.by Mark P with
I got this really nice brass Confederate Sword Belt Hanger from a collection of Fredericksburg dug artifacts that a friend of mine was parting with. He lived in the Manassas area back in the 60’s, and picked it up at that time. Nice Confederate artifact.by Mark P with
These bayonets fits on the Model 1853 British Enfield 58 cal. musket. They resemble the 1855 Springfield bayonets, but they are more squared off next to the socket, where as the Springfield is more rounded and tapered. Also the Enfield’s have different Hallmarks on them as shown in the close up picture. The Springfield just has US stamped in it. One has to be careful, because a lot of people try to pass post war Enfield bayonets off as actual war time period ones. Learn your Hallmark stamps. As with the Springfield bayonets, I find these at various Civil War shows.
These are the Model 1855-1861 Springfield bayonets. The 1855 Springfield Musket was the first 58 cal. musket used by the US Military. It used Maynard priming system. Something like what cap guns shoot today. The Model 1861 Springfield used the percussion cap to ignite the gun powder. Both used the same bayonet. This bayonet was used up through 1865 until the end of the war, and black powder muskets were starting to be fazed out and replaced by the cartridge rifle.
This Rosewood Fife came out of a collection close to the Gettysburg area. It does not have a makers name on it, but it does have the original pewter mouth piece on it, which makes it easier to play while marching. This mouth piece has teeth marks imbedded in it. Wish I knew more history on this piece.by Mark P with