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Welcome to our “museum”. We have lots of original items, and want to share them with you.

Item, Description

Stationery Items

sharpener, Pencil Sharpener - You used this by placing it on the point of the pencil and turning it. The opening that you see in the picture is the blade.

eraser, Eraser - Think they didn't have erasers? Think again.

pencils, These pencils were manufactured by B. Ball who was only in business from 1840-1848 so it’s easy to date them. The pencils were made with two pieces of wood glued together. The graphite was inlaid into one of the pieces before gluing.

pencilclose, This close-up of the pencil end plainly shows the line where the pieces of wood were glued together and the typical square-shaped graphite.

Pens, Pen – A typical pen of the period is shown on the right. Our research indicates that Civil War era pens had external ferrules. The ferrule is the metal part that holds the nib. Almost every example we have seen of a pen with an internal ferrule was a post-war pen.

oinkwell,Inkwell – a classic ceramic inkwell of the Civil War period. Photo by Julio Zangronitz.

flapdtl02, This is the envelope flap style that many think all Civil War era envelopes looked like. This is not the case.

flapdtl03, Another original envelope flap but this one is indistinguishable from a modern style.

envelope09, One of many original envelopes in our collection. As you can see stamps were placed randomly on the envelope.

Package Labels

otobaccolab, Tobacco Label - This is a very typical label for tobacco.

tobacco, Tobacco - A smaller pocket sized pack of pipe tobacco

odrstrong, Dr. Strong's Vegetable Stomach Pills. I have no idea what it actually in these but I like the little shaker box that they come in.

Everyday Items


oCards, Playing cards from the Samuel Hart company. These are dated to the Civil War.

toothbr , Toothbrush – generally these were made with bone handles and pig bristles. Tooth powder was more common that toothpaste.

matches, Matches and Match Safe. Many but not all matches were made in this picket-fence style. The match safe is made from gutta-percha which was the Civil War equivalent of plastic.

flatware, Flatware – typical flatware of the Civil War era.

Money and Finance

checkbna, A bank check from the Bank of North America. BNA is still in existence.

20150101_171600[1],Federal Currency. A 1 dollar note at the top; and fractional currency underneath. The Federal government quickly ran out of hard money during the war and was forced to print paper money in 5 cent 10 cent 25 cent and 50 cent notes. The used stamp dies for the first series of fractional currency.

checkselma, A check drawn on a Confederate bank. This one is drawn on the Bank of Selma.


20150101_172139[1],First issue Confederate currency. There were lots of Confederate notes printed in several series and sets. This 1 dollar and 5 dollar note are from the first series.[/table]