Black Hills Expedition Custer Seventh 7th Cavalry

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  • Item Category: Militaria & Weapons
  • Source: eBay
  • Sold Date: Feb 17,2007
  • Channel: Online Auction
These are relics from the 1874 Black Hills Expedition led by Lt. Col. George Armstrong Custer. Custer and his men were given the controversial job of exploring the Black Hills while it was still within the confines of the Great Sioux Reservation as defined by the Ft. Laramie Treaty of 1868.
I purchased these relics several years ago from a gentlemen that owns part of the August 1-5 campsite, w these relics were found, near Custer, South Dakota. I will provide copies of e-mail communication between the seller and myself to the winning bidder. The e-mail explains the provenance or origins of the items. I believe the previous owner has lightly cleaned at least some of the items. The relics are in a 6" x 8" Riker box and consist of the following:
One General Service button with intact shank....marked "Waterbury Button Co."
One fired .50 caliber inside primed casing. NOTE: Custer carried a .50 caliber Remington Sporting rifle to the Black Hills. (See General Custer and his Sporting Rifles by C. Vance Haynes, Jr.) One can only speculate if this could have been a cartridge of Custers?
One fired .45 caliber inside primed casing. This could have been for the carbine load of the Cavalry or the rifle load of the Infantry that accompanied the expedition in order to guard Custer's supply train. The Carbine and Rifle cartridge appear identical; the only difference being that the Carbine used 55 grains of powder versus the 70 grains in the Rifle load.
One wire snap hook. I believe this was a link strap hook.
One "throat" from a scabbard.
Parts from a McClellan Saddle consisting of:
One Saddle Shield marked "12 Inch Seat." This is in excellent shape and shields such as this with no provenance can easily bring $50-$75.00.
One brass saddle staple.
One brass saddle oval or guard plate.
This is your chance to own a piece of history from the famous Black Hills Expedition of 1874. These were the same men that would later participate in the battle of the Little Bighorn.
Please e-mail me with any questions.

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