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CS Buckles

  1. Excellent condition, excavated, plain face, lead filled, CS used, Martingale Heart.  This artifact was recovered in the early 1960's from a Rebel Cavalry Camp located near the Berkley Plantation and east of Malvern Hill, VA.SOLD

  2. Here are a couple little items that I have had for a long time and have decided to go ahead and let go.  Pictured are two scrap brass hooks off a C.S. oval waist belt plate that I recovered long ago from a C.S. camp near Shelbyville, TN.  I recovered the two hooks out of an old dig hole where a stamped brass "C.S." oval was dug many years earlier.  The plate had been sold - so I hung onto the hooks thinking I might someday dig the right plate and need them.  Apparently I'm not going to need them.  Also, there are two buttons (likely Confederate) out of the massive collection of the late Mr. Herbert Harper of Franklin, TN.  Nothing off the chart, but when was the last time that you saw two original DUG C.S. oval belt plate hooks for sale !!--$150. for the group !! (And will make the C.S. oval belt plate missing the hooks SOOOO Much cooler !!!)

  3. Really pretty, excavated, Richmond Arsenal pattern, CS two-piece saber belt plate.  This buckle was recovered over 30 years ago from private property near Brandy Station, Virginia.  The buckle has a smooth, chocolate brown patina and was dug together fitting perfectly.  When this plate was recovered, the belt loop on the wreath side was broken, which is likely why the plate was discarded.  It has been professionally restored and is nothing less than a beautiful example now.--$1,895.SOLD

  4. Excavated, large size, plain face, Confederate clip cornered waist belt plate.  This plate was recovered many years ago from Confederate camps along the Duck River near Shelbyville, Tennessee.  It has an attractive brown/green patina on the face and solder marks on the reverse where the attachment hooks once were.--$375.

  5. Excavated rare medium size Confederate used "Snake Buckle".  This is the uncommon variety with the snake head on one end and the snake's tail on the other (most have heads on each end).  This plate was recovered many years ago from an 1863 Confederate infantry camp located along Duck River near Shelbyville, TN.--$375.SOLD

  6. Beautiful condition, excavated, thick belt loop variety, CS two-piece "coin style", Confederate saber belt plate.  This buckle was recovered about 30 years ago from General Walthall's Brigade camp located a few miles out of Shelbyville on Lewisburg Pike.  The plate was dug together and fits and matches perfectly.--$3,250.SOLD

  7. Excavated, 4-piece, cast brass "Rifleman's Buckle."  This buckle is out of the well-known Civil War author, Charlie Harris's, collection.  The buckle was recovered from a Confederate Camp near Atlanta, Georgia.  The cast brass keepers to the buckle were recovered from one camp, and the interlocking two-piece center section from a different camp.  Therefore, the patinas are a bit different.  It is difficult to find this buckle with all four pieces.--$325.

  8. Super nice example of an excavated Richmond Arsenal pattern C.S. 2-piece saber belt plate.  This beautiful Confederate buckle was recovered nearly 30 years ago on private property near Brandy Station, VA.  It has never even been washed off.  The two pieces were dug right together and match and fit perfectly.--$2,650.SOLD

  9. Beautiful condition, excavated, stamped brass, rectangular, South Carolina State Seal waist belt plate.  This buckle was recovered on private property during the early 1980's by Cecil Hopper from a South Carolina Infantry camp located near Charleston, SC.  The plate has a completely uncleaned, brown-green woods patina with a very crisp strike.  This will be a fine addition to any Confederate buckle collection.--$3,450.

  10. Very, very pretty, excavated, thick, Atlanta style, high copper content, cast brass, rectangular "C.S.A." waist belt plate.  This buckle was recovered about 40 years ago on private property located near Dalton, GA.  This type thick cast rectangular C.S.A. waist belt plate was issued to Army of Tennessee Confederate troops while encamped for the 1863 - 1864 winter around Dalton, GA.  This example has a beautiful, smooth, chocolate brown patina with all three hooks intact on the reverse.  This is one that you will never need to upgrade.--$3,450.SOLD

  11. Absolutely beautiful applied gold gilted disc pattern non-excavated South Carolina 2-piece Officer's Sword Belt plate.  The South Carolina officer who wore this buckle apparently broke the wreath and had to replace it with the closest match that he was able to find.  The fit is perfect, but one belt loop is just slightly more rounded than the other.  The plate displays beautifully, and I do have some additional family information as to who it likely belonged to that I can pass along.--$2,650.

  12. Excavated, standard large size, Confederate fork tongue frame buckle, measuring 2 3/4" wide by 4" long.  This plate has a smooth, brown/green, woods patina and was recovered from a Confederate Infantry camp in central Virginia.  When originally recovered, the plate had a break in one corner which is likely why it was discarded.  The break has been professionally stabilized, and you can't even find where it is located.  This plate displays very nicely.--$750.

  13. Excavated, medium size, measuring 2 1/4" wide by 3 1/2" long, Confederate fork tongue frame buckle.  This was recovered many years ago from the camp of the 16th Alabama Infantry located on the banks of Duck River near Shelbyville, TN.  This is a nice plate with a smooth, chocolate brown patina.--$750.SOLD

  14. Extremely rare to find, excavated, rectangular, Confederate "SHEET IRON" waist belt plate.  This buckle was recovered by Bob Bankston from Confederate camps on private property near Vicksburg, Mississippi.--$350.

  15. Excavated large size Confederate Forked Tongue Frame buckle, but is missing the forked tongue.  The tongues are around for these as I have personally recovered two of them.  The buckle was recovered on private property from Breckinridge's 1862 camp prior to Stones River near Readyville, TN.  It has a very pretty, uncleaned, brown/green patina and will be a solid $895 - $950 buckle after you locate a tongue.  We are pricing it very reasonably to make it worth searching for a tongue.--$450.SOLD

  16. Excavated Richmond Arsenal style Confederate enlistedman's C.S. 2-piece saber belt plate.  This very attractive Confederate C.S. 2-piece buckle was recovered by Charles Harris in 1970 AND IS THE VERY BUCKLE PICTURED IN CHARLIE'S BOOK (Civil War Relics Of The Western Campaigns) on page 183.  Charlie recovered this buckle on private property along the Confederate retreat route on Lookout Mountain.  Every Civil War collector that I know likes to have a couple relics that aren't just "like" the relic in the reference book on page 183, but is actually "THE RELIC ON PAGE 183" !!  And at a very reasonable price.--$1,650.SOLD

  17. Very, very pretty, excavated, thick, Atlanta style, high copper content, cast brass, rectangular "C.S.A." waist belt plate.  This buckle was recovered about 40 years ago on private property located near Dalton, GA.  This type thick cast rectangular C.S.A. waist belt plate was issued to Army of Tennessee Confederate troops while encamped for the 1863 - 1864 winter around Dalton, GA.  This example has a beautiful, smooth, chocolate brown patina with all three hooks intact on the reverse.  This is one that you will never need to upgrade.--$3,450.

  18. SOOO PRETTY !!  This is a Richmond Arsenal "Bullet Stitch" C.S. 2-Piece Sword Belt Plate on it's original brown leather Confederate Saber Belt.  This fine C.S. Cavalry Belt Rig is out of the famed Norm Flaydermann's collection.  The plate has a wonderful rich - never cleaned - aged bronze patina, and the belt remains nice and pliable but does have one old break on the back side.  This belt rig would feel right at home in any of the nation's finest museums.--$5,850. (You were expecting $8,500. weren't you !!)SOLD

  19. Absolutely museum quality, beautiful condition, Civil War production, lead-filled, rectangular, Louisiana Pelican waist belt plate on original brown leather Confederate waist belt.  This fine Confederate belt rig is out of the nationally known Gary Bisacky collection.  The buckle itself has beautiful detail and a nice, rich, aged patina.  The brown leather Confederate waist belt shows natural age but remains complete and quite pliable.--$6,950.

  20. Beautiful condition 1812 era hand Silversmith made PURE SILVER British cross belt plate.  You can still clearly see the tiny ping marks on the reverse of this plate left by the Silversmith.  This buckle is hand engraved and is without question the work of a master craftsman.  It is quite common for us to recover 1820 to 1840 era British materials around American Civil War Confederate campsites.--$850.

  21. Very nice condition, excavated, Richmond Arsenal pattern, "CS" two-piece tongue and wreath saber belt plate.  This buckle was recovered about 30 years ago from a Confederate Cavalry Camp on private property near Brandy Station, Virginia.  The two pieces have a matching, chocolate brown patina and were recovered together and fit nicely.  This is a quality "CS" buckle that would be a compliment to any collection.--$2,450.

  22. Absolutely beautiful and extremely rare excavated "Baby Size" Confederate Forked Tongue Frame Buckle.  This was recovered many, many years ago from an 1863 Confederate camp located on private property along Duck River near Shelbyville, TN.  This is out of Charlie Harris's personal collection, and you won't find a nicer example - never even been washed off.--$1,250.SOLD

  23. Absolutely beautiful excavated "CS" tongue portion of a Richmond Arsenal style Confederate 2-piece saber belt plate.  This buckle was recovered many years ago from a Confederate Cavalry camp located on private property near Brandy Station, VA.  It still has the dirt on it - just as recovered.--$1,250.

  24. equipbuckles.JPG (90828 bytes)equipbucklesrev.JPG (92309 bytes)Two excavated sword belt plate keepers and one sword belt adjuster buckle.  These artifacts are all in excellent condition and were recovered from one of John Hunt Morgan's 1863 winter Confederate cavalry camps near Liberty, Tennessee.--$125. for all

  25. rfbkle.JPG (67234 bytes)Excavated center portion of a 4-piece Mississippi Rifleman's buckle.  This was recently recovered from the 1862 camp of the 16th Alabama Infantry located along Duck River near Shelbyville, TN.--$48.
  26. rifmnbkl.JPG (77921 bytes)Excavated 4-Piece Rifleman's cast brass buckle missing only one part out of the middle area.  This distinctive buckle was issued with Mississippi Rifles.  The buckle was recovered from the 1862 camp of the 16th Alabama Volunteer Infantry - C.S.A. - located on private property near Shelbyville, TN.--$295.
  27. wreathdug.JPG (78488 bytes)wreathdugrev.JPG (85570 bytes)wreathdugwpctr.JPG (74899 bytes)Excavated wreath half of a state seal 2-piece - tongue and wreath State Seal Sword Belt Plate.  The wreath was recovered from one of General Manigault's South Carolina 1863 winter camps here - so it likely took a tongue like the one pictured above - HOWEVER - This same wreath would correctly fit a Louisiana tongue - a Virginia - a Georgia - or even the right Alabama.  If you have a nice State Tongue - Here is your chance to complete a VERY RARE and expensive Confederate 2-piece State Sword Belt Plate.--$850. {The tongue is worth $1,250. or so --- Yet the complete 2-piece buckle sells for $3,000. to $3,500. !!!!!}

US Buckles

 
  1. Very nice condition, 1960's era excavated, lead-filled, large size, US Oval cartridge box plate.  This is an early war letter pattern, excavated plate and has been cleaned up a bit as was a fad during the 1960's time period.  The plate is so nice that it could almost pass as non-excavated, but from the reverse, you can clearly see it is indeed an excavated plate.  Just an extra nice quality excavated plate recovered over 50 years ago from private property near Shiloh.--$225.

  2. Absolutely pristene beautiful NON-excavated regulation large size lead filled Federal Officer's "U.S." marked Martingale Heart.  This was uncovered in an estate several years ago by my buddy - Rafael at "Shiloh Relics" and has been in one collection ever since.  I don't think it could be any nicer - perfect face with a rich aged uncleaned patina - and full lead in the reverse with all three attachment wires still intact.  Simply choice.--$975.SOLD

  3. Beautiful condition, excavated, Federal, Eagle breast plate recovered well over 20 years ago on private property off Blacksmith Road, Gettysburg, PA.  This beautiful artifact was originally purchased from my buddies, Sam & Wes Small, of the Horse Soldier - Gettysburg, PA, 22 years ago, (back when Sam & Wes were mere youngsters)!!!  You couldn't ask for a nicer condition artifact from the Battle of Gettysburg, PA.--SOLD

  4. Beautiful condition, non-excavated, early fat letter style, large size US Oval waist belt plate with puppy-paw style hooks.  The face has a rich, aged, bronze patina with the typical small dings and marks of actual field service.  The reverse has full lead and all three attachment hooks intact.--$295.

  5. Beautiful excavated large size oval "VMM" (Volunteer Maine Militia) cartridge boxplate.  This plate was recovered about 40 years ago on private property near Port Hudson, LA.  The face has a slick chocolate brown patina and sharp, crisp letters and the plate has literally never even been rinsed off.  The plate is the pattern ""VMM" with very little lead in the back - Actually just barely enough to keep the wire loops in place.  Rusty residue of the wire loops still remains.  This is one of the prettiest "VMM"s from that area that I have seen.--$1,150.

  6. Early battlefield pick-up, Model 1851, cast brass, Federal Eagle sword belt plate.  It was found here at Stones River around the turn of 1900 and was actually worn for several years after being found.  The plate still has about 70% of the silver wreath, and the belt keeper hook remains intact on the reverse.  It is benchmarked number 317 on the reverse of the plate.  The plate has a very pleasing eye appeal.--$275.SOLD

  7. Really pretty, cast brass, Model 1851, saber belt plate with the applied silver wreaths.  It is mounted on an excellent condition, "Rock Island Arsenal", Indian War, leather sword belt.  I suspect that this was a Civil War buckle carried over and used in a slightly later military campaign.--$495.

  8. Excellent condition, non-excavated, large oval, lead filled, arrow hook style, US regulation belt plate.  They just don't come much nicer than this one.--$275.

  9. Very sought after early (1840 - 1850) era non-excavated "Puppy Paw" hook style large oval lead filled "U.S." oval waist belt plate.  The face has a pleasing uncleaned bronze patina, and there appears to be soldier's initials carved into the lead in the back of the plate.  This is a first class example of this early pattern "U.S." oval waist belt plate.--$295.

  10. Drop dead BEAUTIFUL excavated lead filled large oval "U.S." cartridge boxplate.  This plate was recovered 47 years ago on private property at "New Hope Church".  It has a mirror slick chocolate brown patina on the face - full lead - and both loops 100% intact.  Plates that we are recovering now are almost always more ground action on due to more years and acid rain.  Just not being recovered like this anymore.--$250.

  11. Very nice condition, 1870's - 1880's Indian War's Era, Federal Navy belt rig.  This is the style buckle that we often refer to as a "false two-piece".  The belt remains complete and pliable, and the buckle is perfect with near 100% original bright gold gilt.--$195.SOLD

  12. Excavated, partial, quite rare, large oval "VMM" (Volunteer Main Militia) cartridge box plate that was recovered on private property near Port Hudson, Louisiana.  This plate is out of the nationally known Civil War author, Charlie Harris's, collection and still has his tag with it.  Although not 100% complete, the plate displays nicely and is out of a very well known collection.--$195.

  13. Absolutely beautiful - near mint lead filled circular Federal eagle breastplate.  The plate has a choice face - full lead - and both wire loops perfectly intact.  If you need a breastplate to complete a rig - you won't find a nicer example.--$250.

  14. Very nice condition, non-excavated, early letter pattern, large size, lead filled "Puppy Paw" style hook, US Oval waist belt plate.  You will only encounter one of these early puppy paw style US buckles per about 1/2 dozen of the regular arrow hook pattern US plates.--$295.

  15. Very rare, excavated, 1839 type, small oval "VMM" (Volunteer Main Militia) waist belt plate.  This buckle was recovered during the early 1970's at Harrison's Landing, Virginia, and is out of the nationally known Charles S. Harris collection.  The buckle has a very nice face and has an uncleaned, brown/green patina.  The reverse has full lead and both attachment hooks remain intact.  When originally recovered, the lead was flaking some around the perimeter and has been stabilized.  This is a very tough buckle to come by now and especially from a nationally known collection.--$950.

  16. Very nice condition (actually near mint), non-excavated, large size, lead-filled US Oval waist belt plate.  This is the 1860 era type with arrow hooks and lead-filled back.--$250.SOLD

  17. Beautiful condition, excavated, Federal, circular Eagle breastplate recovered on private property during the 1960's by Mr. Herbert Harper of Franklin, Tennessee.  It has a smooth, chocolate brown face with full lead in the reverse and both wire loops intact.--$250.

  18. Model 1851, cast brass, Federal Eagle sword belt plate on original leather belt.  The leather belt remains complete and pliable, and the Eagle sword belt plate has a beautiful face with complete 3-piece applied silver wreath.  The buckle is unfortunately missing the front hook on the reverse.--$495.

  19. Very attractive Model 1851 "Script NY" sword belt plate on original black leather waist belt.  This is the early pattern Script NY with the very narrow tongue.  The belt is complete and remains pliable with only one weak spot that has been supported from the reverse for strength.  The plate has a rich aged patina and is one that you do not encounter very often.--$1,295.

  20. Excavated, medium size "OVM" oval waist belt plate.  This plate was recovered from 1862 camps near Corinth, Mississippi.  The plate was damaged when recovered and has been straightened and stabilized.  It displays very well, but you can still faintly see the lines where the plate was originally bent when recovered.  Although not a perfect example, it is the real deal and displays nicely.--$695.SOLD

  21. Beautiful non-excavated Model 1851 Eagle Sword Belt Plate on a portion of its original brown leather waist belt.  The plate has a BEAUTIFUL - never cleaned - rich aged bronze patina, and the applied wreath remains 100% intact.--$425.

  22. Very attractive non-excavated large size "S.N.Y." cartridge boxplate.  The plate has a really nice aged patina and appears to be off an old relic board in that there are two old tack holes that have been solder filled where it was at one time tacked to the relic board.  It has full lead and one of the two iron loops remains intact on the reverse and it has excellent eye appeal in display.--$550.

  23. boydbkl.JPG (75540 bytes)boydbklrev.JPG (60510 bytes)boydbklenv.JPG (46847 bytes)boydbklmrk.JPG (78654 bytes)Very sought after beautiful condition excavated large oval "U.S." cartridge boxplate recovered by none other than Sid Kirksis {author of the first major comprehensive book on Civil War Belt Plates} in August of 1956 on private property at the Battle of  Cedar Mountain.  The plate has never even been washed off with green woods mulch still adhering to the front of the plate.  On the reverse it has full lead - both attachment loops are intact - AND is backmarked "Boyd and Sons - Boston".  This beautiful plate still remains in Mr. Kirksis's personal distinctive little brown envelope with all the information written on it.  This plate is nothing short of superb.--$350.
  24. eglewthbag.JPG (57025 bytes)eglewthbagrev.JPG (48109 bytes)SUPER - SUPER RARE to find for sale now.  This is an actual beautiful condition Federal eagle breastplate recovered in Aug. 1965 by Sid Kirksis at Eastport, TN. AND STILL IN SID'S DISTINCTIVE little storage packet.  As most of you know - Sid Kirksis was the author of the first major book on belt plates of the American Civil War.  This plate is an absolute beauty to boot.--$350.
  25. uswed.JPG (73118 bytes)uswedrev.JPG (71111 bytes)Drop dead beautiful non-excavated large size U.S. oval cartridge boxplate.  Beautiful "never cleaned" dark bronze/brown attic patina on the face and full lead and both wire loops intact on the reverse and the loops are  2 1/2 inches apart.   If you have a nice cartridge box needing a BEAUTIFUL plate - Here it is.--$250.
  26. sny.JPG (72353 bytes)snyrev.JPG (71311 bytes)Really pretty large size lead filled "SNY" oval waist belt plate.  This plate was recovered from the James River about 30 years ago and has as nicer face as you are going to see.  The reverse has full lead and rusty remnants of the three iron hooks.  The "SNY" letters are very crisp and bold.--$695.
  27. eagbltrig.JPG (53544 bytes)eagbltrigrev.JPG (48364 bytes)eagbltrigplt.JPG (81621 bytes)Model 1851 Federal Cavalryman's saber belt rig with the excellent condition cast brass eagle saber belt plate with applied silver wreath remaining perfectly intact, and the original leather waist belt is complete and remains reasonably pliable.  This would be a great addition to your collection.--$650.
  28. sny.JPG (72353 bytes)snyrev.JPG (71311 bytes)Really pretty large size lead filled "SNY" oval waist belt plate.  This plate was recovered from the James River about 30 years ago and has as nicer face as you are going to see.  The reverse has full lead and rusty remnants of the three iron hooks.  The "SNY" letters are very crisp and bold.--$695.
  29. Very attractive excavated large oval lead filled "SNY" waist belt plate.  This plate was recovered on private property near Cold Harbor over 20 years ago.  The face is complete , and has a pretty brown-green patina with good crisp detail.  The reverse is lead filled, and all three attachment hooks remaining intact.  At the time this plate was recovered the lead on the reverse was flaking a bit along one edge.  This has been professionally stabilized, and this is now a very nice plate that most any collector would be very proud to have in his collection.--$650.

  30. eaglebeltplate.JPG (93288 bytes)eaglebeltplaterev.JPG (88042 bytes)Really pretty excavated Model 1851 officer grade eagle sword belt plate with integrally cast wreaths and gold gilt still remaining in recessed areas.  This belt plate was recovered on private property near Winchester, Virginia.--$425.

  31. Original cast brass 1870's era Federal Eagle saber belt plate on an orignal Civil War Era linen belt.  Rigs like this were commonly worn by military academy cadets in the years just following the Civil War.  Very nice condition throughout.--$175.

  32. dugbreastplate.JPG (85272 bytes)dugbreastplaterev.JPG (93795 bytes)Excavated, lead filled, circular Federal eagle breastplate.  This was recovered on private property here at the Battle of Stones River and remains green and dirt covered just as recovered.  The lead fill remains in the reverse, but the wire attachment loops are rusted away.  Plates of any kind have become very rare to recover.--$115.

  33. 1839usoval.JPG (88311 bytes)1839usovalrev.JPG (86923 bytes)Very pretty non-excavated rare Model 1839 "small oval" U.S. waist belt plate.  The face couldn't be more beautiful and perfect, and the reverse has nice full lead, and both hooks intact for display - HOWEVER, the plate was missing the single arrow hook when it came in.  As luck would have it - a while back I dug the exact arrow hook that this plate was missing from an Ohio Infantry camp here, and decided to give up my hook to let this plate display more perfectly.  I have simply glued the hook in place if, for some reason, you'd like to removed it.--$295.

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