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- Feb 23, 2013
- East Texas
For those of us who can't quite afford nice firearm collections or other collectibles, show us your trinkets. Here is a picture of mine.
I've posted this photo before, but it includes a number of fairly early "trinkets" I accumulated pretty early in my collecting career. The best of the lot are personal items that belonged to Union Lt. Col. Joseph Holmes who commanded the 8th N .Y. Heavy Artillery (serving as infantry) at Petersburg 1864-65. They were sold in the 1960's through a Dallas, Tex. shop called Militaria, supposedly a consignment by his maiden daughters. Being only a poor college student at the time, instead of putting the whole lot on layaway like I should've done and thereby missing important pieces like his officer's sword and commissions, I instead bought them one at a time. The long red-and-white striped thing at bottom is his unwrapped polished cotton housewife or pocket sewing kit; his punkin seed whisky flask is at bottom right; his French-made binoculars are at top left; and a pair of his bone dice and a chess pawn are in the center. (Not pictured are a pair of his lt. col. of artillery shoulder straps and a large artillery officer's button.) Other items of a personal nature that are "typical" but belonged to other people include an officer's burgundy sash at right; a small memorandum book at bottom center; cavalry officer's yellow Stevens' Patent shoulder straps; straps and broken scabbard for a French-made infantry officer's sword; Union officer's eagle belt buckle; post-war G.A.R. medal; and a selection of CDV's and patriotic covers at top. All these items were picked up fairly cheaply, several at local gun shows in the 1970's and 1980's.