... because I just can't seem to help myself, and because I don't believe in saving up posts for a special occasion.
First, I was doing research on sanitary fairs, and ran across this photo of the winter quarters at Brandy Station:
See that guy on the right? I'm thinking that's the same sweater style I've spotted before (here and here)
I wasn't even doing Civil War knitting research, yet there he was. Score.
Yesterday, when I went on one of my semi-annual thrift-store jeans-buying sprees (just what is the point of boot-cut capris, anyway?), I spotted this beauty:
That's a nineteenth-century (probably post-war) hollow gold pin priced at $1.50.