I have never had any interest in Civil War collectibles, but many people are. Interest in collecting Civil War items began shortly after the War and has continued unabated ever since. As the video above indicates, it takes a certain amount of expertise to determine the age of an item and precisely what it is.
People new to collecting Civil War items must exercise care. Their are plenty of fraudulent items being peddled as accurate Civil War relics. The services of a trusted expert in this area is invaluable for newbie Civil War collectors.