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Ridgeway Reference Library
This is the "Ridgeway Reference
Archive", a research tool for educational purposes only, and is provided at no
cost to the reader. Some of the relics listed are retained in the
author's collection, most reside in other collections and are not owned by the
author. None of the items listed in this section are for sale, please
refer to relicman.com sales listings for items offered for sale. This is a
work in progress, I list items as I get to them, there are many patterns that
are not listed yet, this list will be regularly updated as I get pictures and
descriptions for more items. I will also correct mistakes, so if you see
any please tell me. All items listed are believed to be authentic to the
Civil War or as otherwise described. Any excavated relics have been
recovered from private property with owners permission. This information is
available for research purposes, pictures may be used by permission only.
You often hear collectors say, "I wish I could keep it
all". The collector in most of us really love this stuff, otherwise
we would not be collecting. However, the reality of budget, resources,
space and display considerations, and evolving collecting interest, dictate that
good relics be sold. Often collectors will lament the relic that got away
or the relic that should have been kept, we all have those stories to
tell. I have begun this project to compile an archive record of the
noteworthy relics that I have handled. My intention with this archive is
to record the diversity of relics that I have handled, more or less one each of
the relics, with the emphasis on differences between them and explanations of
the sometimes subtle but significant differences that may exist.
Some of the relics presented here have been retained in the
Ridgeway collection, some have been sold in the past, and some may be offered
for sale in the catalog section of the webpage. However this is not a sale
page, and this is not a price guide, so please do not ask me for prices for any
of the relics listed in this archive. The archive is intended to be an
educational listing or explanation of the relics only.
It will also take some time to compile this listing, I have
thousands of pictures in my archive. As I find items to publish, I will
add them to this page one at a time, I expect this project to take years.
However unlike the print media, I can add information piecemeal and I can
correct mistakes as I go. So if you don't see the relic you are looking
for, please be patient. However if you find any errors in my presentation,
please inform me as accuracy and authenticity is of top importance in this
And many of the relics shown in this archive are on display at
the Old Court House Civil War Museum, in Winchester, do come visit.
All items listed in this
section are believed to be authentic to the Civil War or as otherwise described. I
have a separate section dealing with fakes, no fakes in this section, no
authentic in the fakes section, that is my scheme. Questioned items, or
items under debate that could go either way, will be dealt with in the fakes
section. Any excavated
relics have been recovered from private property with
owners permission.This information is available for
research purposes, pictures may be used by permission only.
artillery shells are disarmed and inert.
pictures on this website are the property of Harry Ridgeway, and relicman.com and are copyright protected by Federal law.
Pictures may be used with permission only.
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