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Heirlooms, Antiques, and Militaria

Event Description

Have you got an old thing laying around that you always wondered just what was? We might be able to help you here at the CSS Neuse Interpretive Center. Due to the variety of interest of our staff members, we stand a pretty fair chance of helping you identify that old button, that strange sword, that mysterious photograph, that piece off of something else that your aunt gave you, or that thing grandfather had rolling around in that drawer for years. We are pretty well versed in firearms from the 18th century through WWII, as well as about any sort of piece of uniform or military equipment likely to have been worn, or brought back as souvenirs by American soldiers. From Sake cups to button boards, shoelaces to cap insignia, we know a little about a lot of things, and a whole lot about a few things. Glass bottles, tools, flags, clothing, toys, ceramics, Native American artifacts, strange rocks or bits of metal you found in a field; whatever it is, bring it in and we’ll take a crack at it. If we don’t know what it is, we will try to identify it with some of our reference works and online resources. The one thing we can’t tell you is what an item is worth, but we can show you where you can get a good idea of the value other people give it. We can even give you some tips on how to best store or treat some of these artifacts. We also want to see your artifacts “raw” – that is, uncleaned. Improper cleaning can destroy value or remove labels or markings that may help identify the artifact. We don’t mind dirt, cobwebs, rust, or odd smells. Bring one item or a trunk full. We are always open to donations, too, if your artifact would help us tell the story of the Civil War as it relates to Eastern North Carolina.