Antietam Relics & Artifacts

Updated August 22, 2014

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We just picked up several items from a local prominent family in the Sharpsburg area. We will be listing these items as fast as we can! The majority of the collection came from West of Sharpsburg on the Hauser Farm. We will also be listing some pieces from other local areas as well like bullets from the Dunkard Church area and more items from the Hawkins Zouave Monument area.

 

We are currently looking to photograph items for our book on Antietam Relics & Artifacts. If you have some items with great provenance, we would like to photograph them for the book. We are open to all sorts of relics. With that being said, we only want items with great provenance including local paper money, artillery, buckles, bayonets, etc.

 

Antietam Field Hospital Museum Items

 

We have been getting several emails about the validity of the items from the Antietam "Field Hospital" Museum that are currently on the market. We have had several people contacting us trying to sell us such items. From the research that I have been doing on local museums for my book, I have found no evidence of this museum ever being in existence. We have tracked down every museum in the area and none of them had a concentration of medical items.  None of the locals have ever heard of this museum as well. The museum is said to have closed in the 1960's. Unfortunately, there is no record of this museum in my area. Until I can confirm the museum with ownership or get a physical address as to where it was located I will leave this up. We will continue our research for our book but will not be photographing items from this museum until provenance is fully secured. While this museum could have existed, the provenance is lacking a lot of detail in my humble opinion.

 

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Z883     Federal General Service Eagle Button

Description: Nice excavated coat button recovered from the Hauser Farm at Antietam. This one has the stand up shank and there is a slight push to the edge.

Backmark: Extra Quality

Measures: 19mm

Recovered: Hauser Farm Sharpsburg, Md.

Price: $25.00 SOLD

Z882     Federal General Service Eagle Button

Description: Nice excavated coat button recovered from the Hauser Farm at Antietam. This one has the stand up shank but it's slightly bent.

Backmark: None

Measures: 19mm

Recovered: Hauser Farm Sharpsburg, Md.

Price: $25.00 SOLD

Y285     .69 Musketball

Description: Very nice .69 musketball from Antietam. There are a lot of these used by both sides here as a lot of troops had the M42 muskets.

Recovered: Hauser Farm, Sharpsburg, Md.

Price: $12.00 SOLD

Y284     .58 Three Ringer

Description: Nice dropped .58 three ring bullet

Recovered: Hauser Farm, Sharpsburg, Md.

Price: $12.00

Y283     .52 Carbine Bullet

Description: Here is a nice dropped .52 Sharps carbine bullet. This one has the flat base.

Recovered: Hauser Farm, Sharpsburg, Md.

Price: $12.00

Y277     Carved .58 Three Ringer

Description: Nice carved bullet with a strange column top.

Recovered: Sharpsburg, Md. 1970's by Phil Dean

Price: 10.00 Sale $8.00

Y276     .58 Type I Williams Cleaner

Description: Nice dropped .58 Williams Cleaner bullet. These were meant to clean the bore of the musket upon firing. 

Recovered: Sharpsburg, Md. 1970's by Phillip Dean

Price: $12.00 Sale $10.00

Y270     .58 Six Pointed Swaged Cavity Bullet

Description: Here is a minty swaged cavity bullet with the six spokes. These machines were pressed in a machine and the bases were swaged.

Recovered: Hauser Farm, Sharpsburg, Md.

Price: $15.00

Y269     Lightly Fired .58 Star Cavity Three Ringer

Description: Nice, lightly fired .58 three ringer with the star in the cavity. Although this one is fired it still retains it shape. You can clearly see the rifling on the sides and the ring around the nose where the ramrod set the bullet into the barrel. These are thought to have been produced at the Washington Arsenal but there is no conclusive evidence.

Recovered: Hauser Farm, Sharpsburg, Md.

Price: $15.00 SOLD

Z826     Brass Sword Hanger

Description: Nice excavated brass sword hanger from the Hauser Farm in Sharpsburg. This one is just as dug and still has the dirt on it.

Recovered: Hauser Farm, Sharpsburg, Maryland

Price: $35.00

Z721     Carbine Sling "Batwing" Tip

Description: Here is a very nice excavated tip from a regulation 1841 carbine sling. This brass tip is often called a "batwing" by diggers. This brass tip would have been riveted to the tip of the sling where it passed through the buckle. These are mainly associated with cavalry units.

Measures: 1" x 2.5"

Recovered: Sharpsburg, Md. 1970's by Phil Dean

Price: $20.00 Sale $15.00 SOLD

M8     Brass Antietam Centennial Token (Dunkard Church)

Description: Here is an interesting item from the Centennial era here at Antietam. These tokens, along with a few other types were produced for the Antietam centennial. The face has a photo of the "Dunkard Church" in the middle and is surrounded by "Battle of Antietam" / Sept 17, 1862." The back states, " Good for 50 Cents in trade at any cooperating business or redeemable at any Washington or Frederick county Maryland bank on or before 2:00 PM Aug. 1, 1962." These tokens were produced for the bicentennial of Hagerstown, Md. as well as the centennial of the battles of Antietam & South Mountain. We have five of the Dunkard Church tokens available and will pick the best ones first. We also have a few of the other types so if you are looking for a particular one, let me know.

Measures: 33.85mm

Recovered: Surplus Stocks

Price: $15.00 Each (Qty. Available 5)

Z690      Zinc Schenkl Combination Fuse Top

Description: Here is a nice example of an excavated early Schenkl fuse top. This one still has the brass pin and brass latch clip.

Recovered: Hauser Farm, Sharpsburg, Md.

Price: $15.00 SOLD

Z687     Antietam Recovered Bormann Time Fuse

Description: Nice excavated Bormann fuse recovered from the Hauser Farm. This is probably fired by one of the Federal batteries that were shelling the soldiers on the farm as well as the Confederate artillery located on Hauser's Ridge.

Recovered: Hauser Farm, Sharpsburg, Md.

Price: $75.00 SOLD

Y185     Fired .69 Three Ringer

Description: Nice fired .69 three ringer with distortion on the nose.

Recovered: Hauser Farm, Sharpsburg, Md.

Price: $12.00 SOLD

Y182     .58 Type I Williams Cleaner

Description: Nice dropped .58 Williams Cleaner bullet. These were meant to clean the bore of the musket upon firing. This one has a small dent on one side.

Recovered: Hauser Farm, Sharpsburg, Md.

Price: $12.00 SOLD

Y177     Fired .58 Three Ringer

Description: Here is a nice .58 three ringer that been fired and shows distortion on the nose and side.

Recovered: Hauser Farm, Sharpsburg, Md.

Price: $12.00

Y172     Bent .69 Three Ringer

Description: Here is a nice .69 three ringer that was a good drop but it appears to have been stepped on. The bottom cavity is closed with some dirt inside.

Recovered: Hauser Farm, Sharpsburg, Md

Price: $14.00

Y169     Fired .52 Sharps Carbine Bullet

Description: Nice fired .52 Sharps Carbine Bullet

Recovered: Hauser Farm, Sharpsburg, Md.

Price: $12.00 SOLD

M19     Paper Brochure for J.C. Sargent's "Gardner Monumental Works" in Gardner Massachusetts

Description: Here is an interesting piece of history that is related to Antietam. This is the paper brochure that was used in marketing for the Gardner Monumental Works. J.C. Sargent owned and operated the monumental works for several years. He was a Civil War veteran and was the one who designed and produced the monuments that were on the ends of the Burnside Bridge. Below the brochure is a photo of J.C. Sargent standing by one of his monuments. This photo is not for sale and is only pictured as reference.

Measures: 8.75" x 5.5"

Recovered: Gardner Monumental Works Factory

Price: $15.00 Each (Qty. Avail. 4)

M18     Image of the Antietam Cemetery from the Tower by J.H. Wagoner, Photographer, Hagerstown, Md.

Description: Here is another very nice image taken from the top of the tower at the National Cemetery at Antietam. This is a great image of the cemetery in it's younger days. You can clearly see several people in the yard and "Simon" is standing tall in the background.

Measures: 8" x 5"

Price: $75.00

M10     Model 1851 Sword Belt Keeper

Description: Here is another nice sword belt keeper from Antietam. This one is a little bent but is intact. This one measures 52.2mm on the outside edge.

Recovered: Hauser Farm, Sharpsburg, Md.

Price: $20.00 SOLD

Z647     Thin Gilted Sword Belt Keeper

Description: Here is a very nice sword belt keeper that was dug on the Hauser Farm at Antietam. This one is a gilted version and was probably for a private purchased belt rig. The rectangle for the tongue measures approximately 5.3mm x 11.5mm. The overall length from top to bottom is 50.88mm. This piece is very thin measuring 3.5mm in thickness. There isn't a benchmark on this piece but the roman numerals add up to 45. This piece is a little wavy but it is still in great shape.

Recovered: Hauser Farm, Sharpsburg, Md.

Price: $35.00 SOLD

Z630     Federal Regulation 1839 Pattern US Boxplate

Description: Here is an interesting plate. This one is almost split in two and is curled on the edges. It appears that the digger had placed some wax on this piece to hold it together. This one is missing the loops on the back. This is the tall pattern "US" plate and it was dug out of Joe Bell's garden many years ago. This would be the garden that was at the Hauser Farm.

Recovered: Hauser Farm, Sharpsburg, Md.

Price: $60.00 SOLD

Z616     Excavated Federal Bormann Fuse

Description:  Here is a complete Bormann fuse from the Hauser Farm in Sharpsburg, Md. Although this one is complete, it is pushed forward on one side from the explosion. I cannot make out any of the numbers on the fuse but you can see the second lines. This one appears to be punched at about the 1.5 second mark. Most of the ones found further up the ridge from MD65 are punch at the 5 second mark.

Measures: 1.75" x 1.5"

Recovered: Hauser Farm, Sharpsburg, Md.

Price: $65.00

Z615    Melted Clump of Lead with Early War Hotchkiss Fuse

Description: Here is an interesting clump for our area. We always seem to find melted bullets but we don't dig melted fuses as large fires are rare in our area. You can clearly see the outline of the zinc Hotchkiss fuse adaptor in this piece. You can clearly see the threads from both sides but they are a little thinner on the back. This is a neat piece of history that you don't see that often. If you are an artillery collector, this one is for you!

Measures: 2" x 3"

Recovered: Hauser Farm, Sharpsburg, Md.

Price: $40.00

Y109     .54 Burnside Cartridge Piece

Description: Nice excavated .54 Burnside cartridge top. This one still has some of the hull attached to it. You can still see the powder packed in the base where the cartridge broke.

Measures:    L 1.5"

Recovered: Hauser Farm, Sharpsburg, Md.

Price: $15.00 SOLD

Y108     .54 Burnside Cartridge

Description: This .54 Burnside Carbine bullet is in great shape but the cartridge has cracked towards the bottom. The hull is still full of powder and is crushed on the end.

Measures:    L 2"

Recovered: Hauser Farm, Sharpsburg, Md.

Price: $20.00

Z591     Confederate Lead Cartridge Box Finial

Description: This is a Confederate cartridge box finial. It would have been mounted on the bottom and the latch would have slipped over it to keep it closed. The Union ones were made from brass or copper and the majority of Confederate ones were made of lead or pewter.

Measures: .877" in Length

Recovered: Antietam, Md.

Price: $15.00

Z587     Early Pattern Schenkl Combination Fuse

Description: Here is an excellent early pattern Schenkl fuse from Antietam. This one is almost complete but is missing just a small section of the base. Normally these are so eaten up there is nothing left. This fuse pattern was patented just a few months before the battle of Antietam on July 15, 1862. This one is uncleaned and is still covered in dirt. A few of the numbers around the edge are still visible on this example. This is the best condition fuse of this pattern that we have from the collection. We have several that are eaten up that we will be listing.

Measures: 3.5" in Length

Recovered: Antietam, Md.

Price: $125.00 SOLD

 

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