Sunday, May 12, 2019

Civil war veteran lapel pin

My first swing on the flea market site this year turned up a beautiful bronze Civil War veteran lapel pin.  The text says: "GRAND ARMY OF THE REPUBLIC - 1866 VETERAN 1866".  The back is fixed:
Since I'm not a collector by nature, I put it on eBay and it sold for $20!

I keep getting the feeling that the flea market site was a mustering ground for civil war soldiers as it is right next to the train tracks.  Perhaps they were boarding the train to head south to the war from here in midcoast Maine?

Other finds include a rusty old Firebird lighter:

Later that afternoon I also visited a friends field that abuts a small graveyard and found some rusty bits of farm equipment, a file and a few modern coins (not shown).

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