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    Fargo, ND
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    Civil War Union Infantry and Cavalry. Combat worn or identified US WWII Infantry or Airborne uniforms and equipment.
  1. How to date this frock - balloon sleeve elbows 9 inches wide, balloon chest with padded quilted lining, hidden tail pockets with brown polished cotton lining, hand finished buttonholes, oxidized green mordant dye lining, lined all the way to the bottom, unfinished skirt... No part of it glows under blacklight.
  2. Well when it rains it pours. Waiting a long time to find a good deal on a federal haversack and found a second this weekend. Relic or close to it condition so I'll probably sell this one, but figured I'd share it.
  3. Wow, that cross stitching is beautiful.
  4. Thanks all, have this Hardee on hold. Needs a bit of restoration work but definitely excited to snag a new piece of headgear and one of the tougher Union cloth items to find.
  5. Haversack arrived and added to the display. Wasn't sure, but I strapped the haversack and canteen over the cartridge box sling as I've seen in photographs. I picked items with clear maker marks or inspector stamps visible for display when possible. Knapsack and period blanket are showcased in the display cabinet, it was just too much going on with the cross straps and I didn't want to risk damage.
  6. Same scam going on with a Civil War cap - http://www.ebay.com/itm/Civil-War-period-Kepi-/330907599983?autorefresh=true&pt=LH_DefaultDomain_0&hash=item4d0ba1446f&nma=true&si=SlMuDLKRHNVJNW3Kn2bRN7Bos5k%253D&orig_cvip=true&rt=nc&_trksid=p2047675.l2557 From an Illinois estate, but cap is coming from the Ukraine. Over $500 - wire transfer only.
  7. Matt, True and a probably a good thing for collectors. The equipment side is fairly easy. Once you start getting into the cloth though... Sack or frock coat, forage cap or Hardee hat, overcoat, blanket... $$ adds up and the equipment is only a fraction of the cloth that saw so much post-war use.
  8. Here are my Navies. 1863 dated on top and 1861 below with iron back strap and trigger guard. No accessories but hope to have a .36 packet, mold and holster to go with them one day.
  9. Thanks for the links. Found a good source for the cartridge tube paper: http://papercartridge.com/ Just need to find 10 .58 drops and cleaners for a fair price.
  10. Well long story short, I don't want to spend $800+ on a sealed pack of 10 .58 catridges. I love displaying Civil War ammuntion boxes/packages. All the ones I have are empty - Gallagher, Smith and Colt .36. They still display well at a fraction of the cost. Anyways, I purchased an original complete untorn package wrapper and tie string from a dealer. It was a cartridge box find, they sold the few remaining cartridges. I figured with some patience, wax, period cap packet and some reproduction rounds I can restore the package. I'm wondering how to go about handling making the rounds without a lot of expense. Would buying a kit to make the rounds and having arts and crafts day filled with four letter words while I try to make my own cartridges be the only route? I'd personally prefer to buy a few original dropped unfired .58 slugs and Williams cleaners and do it that way if that is the case. Does anyone know someone who sells assembled rounds or has a superb authentic kit minus powder? This way other than the powder and paper for the cartridges the package is all original. Any suggestions?
  11. Here's some of the display. Mess table (with Colt 1851 just for show) with the hardtack piece just purchased from The Horse Soldier. Has partial ID written on it. Piece is broken and back is flaking but in display it's held together and you can't tell. I also showed my Springfield weapon display, would like to add a period sling and ammo pack, but otherwise happy with it. I ordered an original .58 cartridge pack wrapper and string from a dealer. I'm thinking about restoring it with some newly rolled .58 rounds and period cap packet. Figured for $30 for the wrapper and string, $30 or so more for the caps and a few bucks to make the rounds and I have a restored .58 arsenal pack without having to spend $800+. Thoughts? I'll post the project on a different thread.
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