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  1. Stamped brass, clip corner waist belt plate that was recovered about 30 years ago from the camp of Wharton's 8th Texas Rangers.  This camp was located just south of Unionville, Tennessee.  This plate has a smooth, chocolate brown patina with a clear and distinct print of where a star device once was attached.  Out good friend, Robert McDaniel, could easily restore this plate and put the star device back in place.  I didn't already do that, because I wanted everyone to be able to see the clear print of where it once had a star in place.  This will likely be the most reasonably priced, Texas worn star device waist belt plate that you will ever see.--$295.SOLD*

  2. Every Civil War collector likes to have a few items in their collection that are ACTUALLY the artifacts published in the standard reference books.  In this instance, it isn't just a "published" artifact; this is an excavated BULLET STRUCK Confederate egg shaped CS oval waist belt plate.  It is the very buckle pictured on page 34 in Charlie Harris' reference book, Civil War Relics of the Western Campaigns 1861 - 1865.  This buckle was recovered on private property near Shiloh and has a clear hole where a .69 cal. Minie ball passed through.  This would be a fantastic addition to any Civil War collection.  We are going to include a copy of the page showing the buckle, and if anyone is interested, we have an original copy of the book for sale in the "Documents" section.  I feel certain this artifact will not last long.--$1,650.SOLD(I WAS RIGHT !!)*

  3. Super, Super rare, excavated, rectangular, cast PEWTER CSA waist belt plate.  This plate was recovered about 40 years ago by Wayne Williams from an 1863 Army of Tennessee Confederate camp located near Tyner's Station, Tennessee, (Tyner's Station was a railroad station located on the outskirts of Chattanooga, Tennessee).  Excavated pewter CSA buckles are almost always broken when found, because the pewter is so brittle.  This one was no exception and was broken into three pieces when recovered.  The buckle has been professionally restored by Robert McDaniel and is one of the few examples that retains all three iron wire hooks intact.  These rare pewter Confederate buckles were manufactured by Noble Brothers of Rome, Georgia.  Very few museums even have an example of this super rare Confederate buckle.--$3,250.

  4. Beautiful condition, excavated, cast brass, "gutter back", Confederate Georgia frame waist belt buckle.  This beautiful plate was recovered many years ago by Wayne Williams from Army of Tennessee Confederate camps located around Tyner's Station, Tennessee.  This buckle has a nice, never cleaned, brown/green patina and could still be worn today.--$650.SOLD*

  5. Absolutely beautiful, Leech & Rigdon produced, eleven star, Confederate Officer's two piece saber belt plate.  This buckle ranks as one of the very rarest in all of Civil War belt plate collecting.  This buckle was recovered about 40 years ago from a Confederate camp near Spanish Fort, Alabama.  Both pieces were dug together and remain totally uncleaned with an excellent brown/green woods patina.  This plate has been a centerpiece in the well known Confederate buckle collection of Coy Kitchens.  Coy is in the process of entering the ministry full time and is selling some of his nicest Confederate buckles to make this possible.  It has been a very long time since I've seen one of these offered for sale.--$16,850.SOLD

  6. Quite rare and unusual, excavated, "Tennessee Thin" issue, cast brass, rectangular CSA waist belt plate.  This buckle was recovered from a Confederate camp site located on private property near Tupelo, Mississippi.  The two back hooks broke, and the soldier made a field modification using square nails in order to keep using the buckle.--$2,250.SOLD

  7. Excavated, quite ornate snake centerpiece to a 3-piece English snake buckle.  This attractive buckle centerpiece was recovered from the 1863 camp of the 51st Alabama Cavalry.  English snake buckles were typically issued with Enfield type weapons.--$150.SOLD

  8. Extremely rare to recover - a complete plain face rectangular Noble Bros. pewter Confederate enlistedman's waist belt plate.  This one was recovered some 40 years ago by Otis Brown at Fort Donelson, Tennessee.  These plates are almost always broken into 2, 3, or more pieces.  This one remains intact with 2 1/2 of the three original strip brass hooks remaining intact on the reverse, and the distinctive "line-up lines" (for the hooks) remain clearly visible.  An unbroken pewter is rare as can be!!--$750.SOLD

  9. Excavated, snake portion of a Confederate 3-piece snake buckle.  The snake has a smooth, chocolate brown patina, and his head is raised as if he were preparing to strike.--$150.SOLD*

  10. Extremely rare to recover, Confederate plain face "mitered corner" rectangular sheet brass waist belt buckle.  These buckles were produced by Noble Brothers of Rome, Georgia, who were also responsible for the pewter CSA buckles.  This example was recovered on private property at Shiloh and has all three strip brass attachment hooks remaining intact.  This is hardly ever the case.  This will be a very nice addition to any Western Theater Confederate belt plate collection.--$595.SOLD*

  11. This is the most mammoth size excavated wreath that I have ever seen.  As can be seen in the picture, the perimeter of the wreath is the same size as an Eagle breast plate (believe it or not).  This buckle was recovered from an 1863 Confederate winter camp on Duck River near Shelbyville, Tennessee.  The wreath measures 2 1/2 inches from outside to outside of the circular portion.  The belt loop is for a massive 2 1/2 inch wide belt.  The center disc would measure 1 5/8 inch across.  I believe this to be some sort of pre-war militia buckle, but I have never seen a two-piece buckle this large.  This thing reminds me of some of the Texas rodeo buckles!!  As can be seen in the picture, a section of the wreath has been intentionally cut out for some purpose.  To say the least, this is a super unusual plate.--$450.

  12. Beautiful condition, excavated, "Breckenridge" pattern, large CS oval waist belt plate.  This extremely rare Confederate buckle was recovered from the camp of Patrick Cleburne's command, occupied November - December 1862 and located near College Grove, Tennessee.  I dug my own Breckenridge CS oval less than 50 yards from this one.  The plate was recovered around 1980 and will be an absolute jewel to add to someone's Confederate buckle collection.--$3,850.SOLD

  13. Very pretty, excavated, officer pattern, Richmond Arsenal CS two-piece saber belt plate.  This excellent buckle was recovered about 40 years ago from a Confederate Cavalry camp near Brandy Station, Virginia.  Both halves were dug together, and the plate has a nice, never-cleaned, brown/green patina overall.--$2,450.SOLD*

  14. Very nice condition, center "snake portion" of a 3-piece English snake buckle.  This was recovered from the Camp of the Confederate 51st Alabama Cavalry and was generally issued with Enfield accoutrements.--$150.SOLD*

  15. Absolutely beautiful condition, excavated, Officer's grade, Richmond Arsenal CS two-piece sword belt plate.  This excellent buckle was recovered many years ago from a Confederate Cavalry camp near Brandy Station, Virginia.  The two pieces of the buckle were together when found.  This plate has absolutely beautiful, never cleaned eye appeal with a perfectly matching brown/green patina overall.  If you have been wanting a REALLY nice example for your collection, they just don't get prettier than this one.--$2,850.SOLD*

  16. Excavated center portion of a Confederate used 3-piece "Snake Buckle".  This buckle portion was recovered from an Alabama Confederate Cavalry camp here.  The interesting thing is that this center-portion appears to be a two headed "DUCK" rather than the usual snake.--$150.SOLD*

  17. Very pretty, excavated, Richmond Arsenal pattern, tongue portion of a Confederate Cavalry Enlistedman's tongue and wreath sword belt plate.  When recovered, the belt loop portion was broken from the disc exactly where it attaches to the disc.  Our good buddy, Robert McDaniel, purged the relic demons and reattached the belt loop using pins for strength.  This artifact was recovered many years ago near Brandy Station, Virginia, and just needs a nice Richmond Arsenal wreath to complete a beautiful plate.--$975.SOLD*

  18. Excavated, center snake portion of a 3-piece English snake buckle.  This was recovered several years ago from the camp of the 51st Alabama Cavalry located on Highway 231 near Shelbyville, Tennessee.  We recovered several complete snake buckles as well as a couple "snakes only".--$150.SOLD*

  19. Very pretty, Enlistedman's Richmond Arsenal, Confederate CS two-piece saber belt plate.  This buckle was recovered from a Confederate winter camp near Brandy Station, Virginia.  It has a very nice fit and a perfectly matching chocolate brown patina.  Every Civil War collection should have a nice Confederate buckle.--$2,250.SOLD*

  20. BA - BA - BAD TO THE BONE !!!  Extremely RARE excavated early double brass wire hook variety of the super scarce large GEORGIA STATE SEAL OVAL.  This KILLER BUCKLE was recovered over 40 years ago from a Confederate camp located near Manassas, VA.  Smooth chocolate patina, crisp motif detail, full lead, and all three double brass wire hooks remain intact.  Digging this jewel is what dreams are made of.--$5,850.SOLD

  21. Really pretty, excavated, thin Tennessee style, cast brass, rectangle "CSA" waist belt plate.  This buckle was recovered many years ago from near Corinth, Mississippi.  It has all three original, brass attachment hooks intact on the reverse, plus there is a fourth iron square nail hook.  We are uncertain as to the purpose of the square nail, but some suggest it could have been nailed to an early relic board or barn wall or could have been a marker for a Confederate field burial.  We will probably never know for sure, but it is an excellent Confederate buckle and would be a fine addition to any collection.--$2,450.SOLD*

  22. Excavated set of arrow hooks that were recovered from the camp of the 1st Alabama Cavalry, CSA.  After recovering a number of these in Confederate camps, we came to realize that the Confederates were melting the lead out of Federal belt buckles and wearing the hooks only, much like wearing a frame buckle.  This example remains in perfect condition and could literally still be worn today.--$65.

  23. Beautiful condition, excavated, large size, Confederate cast brass "fork tongue" frame waist belt plate.  This buckle has a smooth, olive patina and was recovered about 30 years ago from a Confederate camp on private property near Richmond, Virginia.  It would be difficult to recover a more perfect plate than this one.--$895.SOLD

  24. Beautiful condition, large size, excavated, solid cast brass, 1812 era waist belt plate.  This buckle was recovered about 40 years ago from Polk's Corp, Army of Tennessee 1863 winter camps located along Duck River near Shelbyville, Tennessee.  The plate has a smooth, reflective, brown/green patina and all three attachment hooks intact on the reverse.(CW)--$695.

  25. Very attractive, excavated, rare cast PEWTER, rectangular CSA waist belt plate.  These buckles were manufactured by "Noble Bros." of Rome, Georgia.  This example was recovered from an 1863 Army of Tennessee winter camp located along Duck River near Shelbyville, Tennessee.  The buckle was broken into several pieces (3 pieces I believe) as they always are when recovered.  It has been professionally restored by the best around, Robert McDaniels.  I have personally recovered three pewter CSA rectangular buckles from the same camps, and all three of mine were broken when found as well.  This is a Confederate buckle that most collections are missing, and this example, although repaired, has very nice display eye appeal and has all three attachment hooks intact on the reverse.--$2,750.SOLD

  26. Model 1851, brown buff leather, Cavalry belt rig.  These type belt rigs were extensively used by both Union and Confederate Cavalry in the American Civil War.  This belt rig was purchased many years ago out of an Alabama estate sale.  It remains very pliable with one of the original leather sword drops still remaining intact.  The cast brass, Model 1851 sword belt plate has a smooth, brown, aged patina with the three piece German silver wreath remaining completely intact.  Considering this belt rig was purchased out of an Alabama estate many years ago, it is extremely likely that it saw Confederate service.  The belt remains complete with no breaks or weak spots.--$750.

  27. One excavated sword belt plate keeper and one sword belt adjuster buckle.  These artifacts were all recovered from one of John Hunt Morgan's 1863 winter Confederate cavalry camps near Liberty, Tennessee.  All are in nice condition, with no breaks or cracks.--$45.

  28. 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.
  29. 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.

US Buckles

 
  1. Excavated, circular, lead-filled, Federal Eagle breast plate.  This was recovered about 20 years ago from a hospital site on private property here at the Battle of Stones River.  The plate has a smooth, chocolate brown patina with full lead in the reverse but is bent forward just slightly.  The plate has pretty eye appeal and would be a nice addition to any Battle of Stones River collection.--$85.

  2. Nice condition, excavated, large size, US oval cartridge box plate.  This plate was recovered over 30 years ago from the rock out-croppings on private property here at Stones River.  It has a smooth, chocolate patina, full lead, and both wire attaching loops remain intact.  Acid rain, ground action, and time are taking a toll on Civil War artifacts still in the ground, and rarely is a plate this nice recovered anymore.--$195.SOLD

  3. Very pretty condition, excavated, large oval US cartridge box plate.  This plate was recovered many years ago on private property near Chickamauga, Georgia.  The face has a smooth, chocolate brown patina, and the reverse has full, smooth lead with rusty stubs where the wire loops once were.  You couldn't ask for a prettier face.--$150.

  4. Excellent condition, excavated, Model 1851, Officer pattern Eagle sword belt plate with integrally cast brass wreaths.  This buckle was recovered many years ago near Atlanta, Georgia.  It has a smooth, chocolate patina with the soldier's initials, "J.L.", carved into the tongue on the reverse of the buckle.  It would be difficult to find a nicer example than this one.--$375.SOLD*

  5. Beautiful condition, excavated, large size, lead filled, early pattern "puppy paw hook", US oval waist belt plate.  This excellent buckle was recovered here at Stones River over 40 years ago and has never even been washed off.  There is still dirt under the attachment hooks.  You are not going to recover a much nicer US buckle than this one.--$295.SOLD

  6. Excavated, circular, Federal Eagle cross belt plate (breast plate).  This buckle was recovered from a trash pit at the Battle of Franklin, Tennessee.  Soil conditions and trash pits are often quite acidic and causes the lead backing in plates to crack and flake.  This breast plate does have some lead flaking on the reverse.  The face, however, still has nice detail and is quite attractive.--$75.SOLD*

  7. Very pretty condition, non-excavated, lead-filled, circular, Federal Eagle breast plate.  This plate has nice detail and a rich, aged patina on the face with full lead and one of the two wire loops intact on the reverse.  A very nice addition to any Civil War collection.--$175.

  8. Excavated, circular, Federal Eagle breast plate.  This plate was recovered from a fire pit on private property here at the Battle of Stones River.  The face remains completely intact, but part of the soldered backing did melt out.  It still displays very nicely and is a bargain.--$79.(You can't dig 'em for that!)

  9. Very attractive excavated lead filled large size "U.S." oval cartridge box plate.  This was recovered here at Stones River about 40 years ago by one of my old relic hunting buddies.  It has a pretty face with full lead, and both iron loops remain intact on the reverse.--$175.

  10. Excavated, Model 1839, small size US oval cartridge box plate.  This plate was recovered from private property near Chickamauga, Georgia, and has a triangular bayonet hole punched in the face, and on the reverse the plate retains full lead and both wire attaching loops remain intact.  Additionally, on the face, the soldier carved his initials with a pin knife.  This is a neat artifact with several unusual factors going on.--$295.SOLD*

  11. Very pretty, excavated, solid cast brass, Model 1851, Federal Cavalryman's sword belt plate.  This buckle was recovered about 30 years ago on private property at the Battle of Franklin, Tennessee.  It has an excellent, uncleaned, brown/green patina with belt loop and attaching hook both remaining perfectly intact.  This would be a very nice addition to any Civil War collection.--$350.SOLD*

  12. Excellent, excavated, 1840 pattern, large size, lead-filled, US oval waist belt plate.  This plate has "puppy paw" hooks and is backmarked "W. H. Smith - Brooklyn".  I was relic hunting 35 years ago with an old friend in John Hunt Morgan's 1863 Confederate Cavalry camp near Liberty, Tennessee, and he recovered this buckle.  Interestingly, back during that era, I had a Confederate soldier's letter that mentioned capturing some Federal accoutrements and stripping the leather.  I have no doubt that Cuckle on belt, stripped the leather belt, and discarded the US buckle for us to find 125 years later.  It is very seldom that a plate of this quality is recovered now.--$275.SOLD*

  13. Excavated, circular, lead-filled, Federal breast plate.  This was recovered on private property here at Stones River about 30 years ago.  The plate has a smooth chocolate patina and a crisp Eagle motif.--$100.SOLD*

  14. Excellent condition, excavated, large oval, lead-filled, US arrow hook waist belt plate.  This buckle was recovered over 40 years ago among the limestone out-croppings on private property here at Stones River.  They just are not coming out of the ground now this nice.--$295.SOLD*

  15. Excavated, lead-filled, Model 1840, 3-hook NCO style breast plate.  This early style breast plate actually hooked and unhooked as an actual cross-belt buckle.  This plate has an olive green patina and was recovered here on private property at Stones River.  There are at least 15 - 20 regular breast plates for every one of these.--$225.

  16. Excavated, Federal Cavalry carbine sling buckle.  This buckle was recovered from a portion of "Camp Stanley" here at Murfreesboro, Tennessee, that has been cultivated over the years, and this plate has been struck by a disc or plow and bent.  It is likely it could be straightened though.--$65.SOLD*

  17. Very nice condition, excavated, large oval US cartridge box plate.  This plate has a smooth, crisp face with full lead and both attaching loops remaining intact on the reverse.  The plate appears to have been clipped right on the edge by a passing .69 cal. Minie.  It will make a very nice addition to any Civil War collection.--$250.

  18. Very pretty, excavated, olive green, Model 1851, cast brass sword belt plate with keeper.  This rare buckle is one of the very rare few recovered which is backmarked, "Allegheny - US".  This buckle was recovered about 40 years ago from a railroad stockade just up the tracks from Murfreesboro.  This is a very scarce buckle with an excellent display look.--$425.SOLD*

  19. Beautiful, excavated, large oval "US" cartridge box plate.  This plate was recovered many years ago on private property here at Stones River by one of my old relic-hunting buddies.  The face has a choice, brown/green patina and is complete and solid as can be.  The reverse has full lead, and the lead has a very rare stamped "E. Gaylord" backmark.  Both iron loops remain 100% intact.  This is an excellent plate.--$250.SOLD*

  20. Very nice condition, excavated, lead-filled, circular, Federal Eagle breast plate.  This plate was recovered on private property here at Stones River almost 40 years ago.  It has an excellent face with crisp detail.  One of the two attaching loops remains intact on the reverse, and the plate is backmarked, "W. H. Smith - Brooklyn".  This plate would be a very nice addition to any collection.--$250.

  21. Really pretty, excavated, Model 1851, cast brass, Eagle sword belt plate.  This buckle was recovered from "Camp Stanley" here in Murfreesboro, Tennessee, which is the winter camp for the Cavalry attached to the Army of the Cumberland and was named for General David Stanley.  The plate has crisp detail - original body curve - and a smooth, chocolate brown patina.  We had an extra Model 1851 sword belt plate keeper that fit the buckle nicely, and we have included it for better display.--$375.

  22. Very pretty, excavated, early "fat letter" pattern, large oval, lead-filled, US cartridge box plate.  This pretty box plate was recovered about 40 years ago among the limestone rock outcroppings on private property here at Stones River.  This is one of the nicer plates from here at Stones River that I have seen in awhile.  Both attachment loops remain intact on the reverse.--$225.SOLD*

  23. Excellent condition, excavated, cast brass, Federal Cavalry carbine sling buckle.  This buckle was recovered about 30 years ago on private property at the Battle of Hoover’s Gap, Tennessee.  This campaign got underway on June 25, 1863.  The buckle has a smooth, brown/green patina with both tongues remaining perfectly intact.--$125.SOLD*

  24. Excavated, center disc portion of a die stamped brass, militia Eagle, two-piece sash buckle.  The tongue has very nice detail and a smooth brown patina.  It was recovered about 20 years ago from a Federal camp along Stones River here in Murfreesboro, Tennessee.  The "Eagle" stands out very bold and nicely.--$50.SOLD*

  25. Very unique excavated die stamped brass rectangular waist belt plate.  This style plate is usually associated with Confederate troops, but NOT ALWAYS !!!  This buckle was recovered from an 1863 Federal camp here at Murfreesboro by one of my Relic Hunting buddies some 40 years ago.  The buckle has penknife writing ALL OVER the face including the soldier's name - regiment - and other writing.  The name is ?(an initial) "Merril" -- 14th OHIO - and in a ribbon "CMW".  I may be reading something wrong as I can't figure out who this person is.  It is totally possible that he could be in the Stones River Cemetery right across the street from me.  (This has happened before.)  I'm hoping one of you guys can solve this mystery for me !!--$595.  (And you get to have all the research fun !!!)  It is SO annoying when the soldier leaves all these fantastic clues, and you just can't unravel it !!SOLD - And Jeff - I hope you report back with this mystery solved !!  Well that was fast !!  Private Lavine Merrill - 14th Ohio Volunteer Infantry !!!

  26. Excavated, cast brass, Model 1851, Federal Eagle sword belt plate.  This buckle was recovered by an early relic hunter here at Murfreesboro, Tennessee, from Camp Stanley (1863 Federal winter cavalry main camp).  The gentleman that recovered this buckle put it on a belt and wore it for several years.  So now, it actually has a near non-dug look.  Even though cleaned a bit, still a very nice Civil War Model 1851 sword belt plate.--$295.

  27. Excellent condition, non-excavated, circular, lead-filled, Federal Eagle breast plate.  This plate was a recently purchased out of an Ohio estate sale.  You couldn't ask for a nicer example with a rich, aged, never cleaned patina and both attachment loops remaining intact on the reverse.--$225.SOLD*

  28. Beautiful condition, excavated, early style, large oval, US cartridge box plate.  This plate was recovered at the Battle of Franklin, Tennessee, and has a smooth, chocolate brown patina on the face with full lead and one and one-half wire loops intact on the reverse.  This is about as nice a plate as you could hope to recover now.--$195.SOLD*

  29. Beautiful condition, large size US oval plate that has had the lead melted out and a large broach pin inlaid.  This was generally done by wives and mothers of Union soldiers showing their support for the war effort.--$150.SOLD

  30. Beautiful condition, non-excavated, large size, lead-filled, US oval cartridge box plate.  This plate has a rich, never cleaned, aged patina on the face with full lead and both attachment hooks intact on the reverse.--$250.

  31. Beautiful condition excavated rare early "Puppy Paw" hook pattern large size U.S. oval waist belt belt plate.  This nice U.S. buckle was recovered on private property here at Stones River about 30 years ago.  It is solid as a rock and hasn't even been washed off.--$325.

  32. Very attractive, cast brass, Model 1851, large size, Federal Eagle sword belt plate.  This buckle was picked up on a local farm here at the battlefield many years ago and was put on a belt and worn for at least 30 years.  The plate has a non-excavated appearance now, but deep in some of the tiny recesses, you can still see evidence of dug relic patina.  The plate would display as it is nicely, or you could put it on a belt and continue wearing it.--$295.

  33. Beautiful condition, non-excavated, large size, lead-filled, US oval waist belt plate.  This is the pattern with arrow hooks, and the plate remains perfect with full lead and all attachment hooks intact.--$295.

  34. Large size, lead-filled, arrow hook pattern, US oval waist belt plate.  This plate was recently brought in out of the local area and could very well be an early battlefield pick-up from here at Stones River.  This plate is the pattern with the double arrow hooks under the "S" and the single attachment hook under the "U".  This style buckle is typically hooked and unhooked using the left hand, so it is often referred to as a "left-handed" US buckle.--$295.SOLD*

  35. Large size, lead-filled, arrow-hook pattern, US oval waist belt plate.  This buckle was purchased several years ago out of an Ohio estate sale.  This plate is the pattern with the double arrow hooks under the "U" and the single attachment hook under the "S".  This style buckle is typically hooked and unhooked using the right hand and is referred to as a "right-handed" US buckle.--$295.

  36. Beautiful condition, non-excavated, cast brass, Model 1851, Eagle sword belt plate.  This buckle has a rich, bronze, aged patina, and the three piece silver wreath remains 100% intact.  The buckle has never been cleaned, and the silver wreath - attachment hook - and cast belt loop all remain perfectly intact.  This would be an excellent addition to any Civil War collection.--$375.

  37. Could not be nicer - mint beautiful as issued, large size, lead-filled US oval on original brown buff leather belt.  This belt rig was purchased almost 50 years ago and has been in the same private collection ever since.  Look as long as you like and you're not going to find a nicer example.--$650.

  38. Really pretty, non-excavated, large size, lead-filled US oval cartridge box plate.  This plate recently came out of an Ohio estate sale and has a beautiful, never cleaned, aged bronze patina.  The reverse has full lead-fill, and both wire loops remain intact.--$250.

  39. Beautiful condition, excavated, large size, lead-filled US oval cartridge box plate.  This plate was recovered over 40 years ago from private property near Chickamauga, Georgia.  It has a smooth, olive green patina with full lead and both wire loops remaining intact.  This plate would be a beautiful addition to any Civil War display.--$250.SOLD*

  40. Nice condition, regulation, large size, US oval, lead-filled waist belt plate on original black leather waist belt with brass adjustor remaining perfectly intact.  This was likely worn by an Ohio Infantry soldier as it recently was purchased at a Central Ohio estate sale.  The buckle itself remains in beautiful condition with a rich, never cleaned, bronze/brown aged patina.  The reverse has full lead and all three attachment hooks intact (arrowhead pattern).  The belt itself remains pliable with no breaks or weak spots and will be a fine addition to someone's collection.--$550.

  41. Very nice condition, excavated, large oval, regulation US waist belt plate.  This buckle was recovered over 40 years ago from private property near the Battle of Chickamauga.  The plate has a smooth, chocolate brown face, full lead in the reverse, and both arrow hooks intact, but is missing the single front hook.  This is no doubt why the plate was discarded.--$225.

  42. Absolutely drop-dead beautiful condition, excavated, circular, Federal Eagle breast plate.  This excellent plate was recovered over 40 years ago on private property near the Battle of Chickamauga, Georgia.  It has a beautiful face with crisp, sharp detail and full lead in the reverse with both iron attachment loops remaining perfectly intact.  It appears that a "map" has been carved into the reverse lead of the plate.  Nothing less than "simply beautiful" would do justice to this breast plate.--$225.SOLD

  43. Beautiful condition, excavated, circular, lead-filled, Federal Eagle breast plate.  The face has a smooth, chocolate patina with beautiful detail.  The reverse has full lead and 1 and 3/4 of the 2 iron attaching loops intact on the reverse.  There is Civil War carving in the lead from a pin knife.  I can definitely see "7" and possibly "Ohio" in the reverse.  This plate was dug over 40 years ago from private property near Chickamauga, Georgia.  You just do not dig plates this beautiful today.--$225.

  44. Excellent condition, excavated, circular, Federal Eagle breast plate.  This breast plate was recovered over 40 years ago from private property near the Battle of Chickamauga, Georgia.  Plates this beautiful are just not recovered any more.--$225.SOLD

  45. Very nice condition, non-excavated, Model 1850 Officer's sword belt plate with the integrally cast wreath.  The plate has nice detail and a very pretty, uncleaned, aged, bronze patina.  This would be a very nice addition to any Civil War Relic Display.--$295.

  46. Beautifully ornate, 1840 - 1850 era, gilted, non-excavated, two-piece Militia sword belt plate.  This very ornate buckle retains near 100% bright gold gilt, and most that have been recovered come from Confederate sites.  This buckle would be a fine addition to any Civil War collection.--$450.

  47. Beautiful display containing a non-excavated, Federal Eagle breastplate with nice detail and two small holes where the plate was once mounted on an old relic board.  Also in the display is a large, coat size, non-excavated, Federal "I" (Infantry) Officer's coat button and also a perfect condition large size Federal Staff Officer's uniform button.  This is really a nice-looking display.--$225. for everything including the display case.

  48. Untouched family hand-me-down, Model 1851, cast brass Eagle sword belt plate.  This buckle came out of a local estate and has a deep, rich, untouched, aged, bronze/brown patina with the applied silver wreaths remaining intact.  This style Eagle sword belt plate was extensively worn by both US and CS Cavalrymen.  So, this buckle, coming out of a Middle Tennessee estate, could have been just as easily US or CS worn.--$395.

  49. Model 1851, Federal Officer's cast brass Eagle sword belt plate with integrally cast wreaths on its original leather belt.  The belt remains pliable with no breaks or weak spots.  The cast brass Eagle Officer's buckle has a very nice, uncleaned, aged brown patina and would make a very nice addition to any Civil War display.--$650.

  50. Absolutely beautiful, excavated, lead-filled, circular, Federal Eagle breast plate.  This plate was recovered here at the Battle of Stones River over 40 years ago.  It remains exactly as it was recovered and has never even been washed off.  It has brown/green wood mulch still on the face with nice detail and full lead on the reverse with both attachment hooks remaining perfectly intact.  This is an excellent example of how much nicer quality recovered plates were 50 years ago.--$225.

  51. Quite rare to find, original, Federal carbine sling over-the-shoulder belt, complete with buckle, belt tip, and carbine sling snap swivel.  The belt remains solid and pliable but does have one break repaired with small staples located just behind the buckle.  This would be an excellent accessory to display with your Civil War Cavalry carbines.--$750.

  52. Excavated, large size, lead-filled, US oval cartridge box plate.  This is a very attractive plate with a smooth, brown/green patina on the face and full lead with both attachment loops intact on the reverse.  This plate was recovered over 40 years ago on private property near Manassas, Virginia.--$185.SOLD

  53. Smokeingly beautiful excavated large size lead filled "U.S." cartridge boxplate recovered here at Stones River in the 1960s - before acid rain and before 50 more years of decay.  This boxplate is just FINE !!!--$225.

  54. Local "smokehouse find", circular, Federal Eagle breast plate with an aged patina on the face almost approaching an excavated brown patina.  The reverse has full lead, and both attachment loops remain intact.  This was without a doubt a local battlefield or campsite pick-up 150 years ago that ended up in the smokehouse.  You gotta love the patina the face of this plate has.--$225.

  55. Absolutely beautiful, excavated, Model 1851, cast-brass, Federal Cavalry Eagle sword belt plate.  This buckle was recovered from "Camp Stanley" here in Murfreesboro, Tennessee, which was the Army of the Cumberland's 1863 winter Cavalry camp following the Battle of Stones River.  Camp Stanley was named in honor of General David Stanley who was the Commander of Federal Cavalry here at Murfreesboro.  The plate has a smooth, chocolate brown patina with crisp detail, and both the belt loop and attaching hook on the reverse remain intact as well as the belt keeper that hooked into the attaching keeper hook.  This was recovered many years ago and is about as nice as you could hope to recover.--$350.SOLD

  56. Quite rare, Model 1839, small oval, single hook pattern, lead-filled US waist belt plate on original white buff leather belt, together with an excellent condition, Federal leather percussion cap pouch.  The white buff leather belt remains in very nice condition with no breaks or weak spots and remains very pliable.  The small oval US buckle has an excellent face with a gently aging bronze patina.  The buckle has full lead in the reverse and both attachment hooks remain intact.  This belt rig is out of a local Middle Tennessee estate and was almost certainly Confederate used.  The US buckle is being worn "upside down" so as to read "SN" (Southern Nation).  We recover these small 1839 US plates almost exclusively from early war camps (both US and CS) and battles.  With this belt rig is a really nice condition regulation small leather Federal percussion cap pouch.  The box remains quite pliable with virtually no flaking at all.  The box is crisply marked "J. E. Condict - NEW YORK" on the inside flap, and has the original nipple pick, and several original percussion caps still in the box since the American Civil War.  The box retains both belt loops - closure tab - brass finial - original nipple pick - and several original percussion caps.  It is nicer than those in most museums.  This belt rig would be an excellent addition to any Civil War collection (both US and CS).--$695.SOLD

  57. Very nice condition, cast brass, Model 1851 sword belt plate of Civil War issue on an original 1870's Indian War leather waist belt.  The belt remains soft and pliable and is marked, Watervliet Arsenal.  This would be the perfect belt rig if you happen to have an Indian War's Era jacket.--$495.

  58. Very nice condition, non-excavated, Model 1850 Officer's sword belt plate with the integrally cast wreath.  The plate has nice detail and a nice, uncleaned, aged, bronze patina.  We have a correct belt keeper on hand for this buckle, and it is pictured above on the buckle.  We are going to offer the buckle itself without keeper, and also the buckle with correct keeper attached.--$315. without keeper or $350. with keeper.

  59. Drop-dead beautiful, hand-me-down, non-excavated, large size, arrow hook pattern, US oval waist belt plate.  This buckle has a nice, never cleaned, near chocolate patina on the face with full lead and all three attachment hooks intact on the reverse.  If you have an extra Civil War Era black leather waist belt, here is the perfect US buckle to go with it.--$275.

  60. Absolutely beautiful, non-excavated, Model 1850 Officer's Eagle sword belt plate with integrally cast wreaths.  Although non-excavated, this buckle has an aged chocolate patina rivaling many excavated examples.  It has crisp detail and nice wear marks around the hook, indicating lots of actual field service.  It has such a beautiful, chocolate patina that the plate would nicely fit into either an excavated or non-excavated Civil War artifact collection.--$375.

  61. Quite scarce, and in very nice condition, original, large size, lead-filled, puppy paw hook pattern, US oval waist belt plate with a portion of the original, leather belt.  This US belt buckle and partial belt was purchased many years ago from an estate sale in New Hampshire.  The lead-filled US belt buckle has a tiny "NH" carved into the lead on the reverse.  This is a very nice artifact and would be a great addition to any Civil War collection.--$325.

  62. Virtually drop dead beautiful MINT large size "puppy-paw" U.S. oval waist belt plate on it's original mint unissued brown buff leather belt.  This belt rig was no nicer 150 years ago than it is today !!--$695.

  63. Absolutely beautiful condition, non-excavated, large size, lead-filled, US oval arrow-hook waist belt plate.  This buckle has a pleasing, aged patina on the face, nice body curve, full lead in the reverse, and all three attachment hooks perfectly intact.  They don't get much nicer than this one.--$275.

  64. Very pretty original regulation issue Federal Infantry enlistedman's belt rig inclding the large size lead filled arrow hook U.S. oval waist belt plate on the original Federal black harness leather waist belt with the original brass belt adjuster still intact.  With this belt rig came a pretty condition and quite rare pattern Federal small leather percussion cap pouch.  The cap pouch is in very nice condition with caps still inside, and also the musket nipple pick is still inside.  What makes this cap pouch special is that it has the large "U.S." stamp on the outside flap of the box.-- Belt rig complete with U.S. buckle and cap pouch included.--$750.  Original U.S. buckle on belt, but WITHOUT leather percussion capbox.-- $595.  Original U.S. cap pouch with large "U.S." mark, nipple pick still inside, and original caps still inside.--$195.

  65. Very attractive, excavated, chocolate brown, Federal Eagle breast plate.  This was recovered several years ago on private property here at the Battle of Stones River.  The lead was chipping out in a couple of areas on the reverse and has been stabilized.  Many years ago, it was reasonably common to recover a breast plate, but it is quite a rarity to find one these days.--$165.

  66. Very nice condition, Model 1851, cast brass sword belt plate on original brown buff leather sword belt.  The buckle remains in beautiful condition with full silver wreaths intact.  The brown buff belt also remains in nice condition with the brass sword hanger remaining intact.  This is a quality Cavalry beltrig that would be a very nice addition to any collection.--$650.

  67. Nice condition, regulation, large size, US oval, lead-filled waist belt plate on original black leather waist belt with brass adjustor remaining perfectly intact.  This was likely worn by an Ohio Infantry soldier as it recently was purchased at a Central Ohio estate sale.  The buckle itself remains in beautiful condition with a rich, never cleaned, bronze/brown patina.  The reverse has full lead and all three attachment hooks intact.  The belt itself remains pliable with no breaks or weak spots and will be a fine addition to someone's collection.--$550.

  68. Excellent condition, non-excavated, Model 1851, Officer pattern, solid cast brass Eagle sword belt plate.  On this style Officer pattern sword belt plate, the wreaths are integrally cast as part of the buckle.  This example has the medium width attachment hook on the reverse and has an attractive, never cleaned, rich, aged, bronze patina overall.--$395.

  69. Very nice condition, non-excavated, early pattern, puppy-paw hook, large size, lead-filled, US Oval waist belt plate.  This buckle has a nice aged patina on the face with full lead and both puppy-paw hooks and main hook intact on the reverse.  This example is nice enough to go back on a belt.--$325.

  70. Very attractive, excavated, large oval, lead-filled, "SNY" (State of New York) waist belt plate.  This buckle was recovered over 30 years ago from private property near Cold Harbor, Virginia.  It has a smooth, chocolate brown patina on the face with full lead and all three hooks present on the reverse.  This plate would make an excellent addition to any collection.--$895.

  71. Very nice condition, Model 1851, Federal Cavalry belt rig with original buff belt and original cast-brass, Model 1851, Eagle sword belt plate with applied silver wreath.  The buff, leather belt is complete and remains soft and pliable with no breaks or repairs.  The cast-brass Eagle sword belt plate has a rich, aged patina with the silver wreath remaining 100% intact.  This is a nicer than usual Federal Cavalry belt rig.--$695.

  72. Very attractive, Federal enlistedman's regulation US oval waist beltrig with large size US buckle and percussion capbox with some original wool left inside.  The US buckle has a beautiful, rich, never cleaned, aged, bronze/brown patina and is the "arrow hook" variety.  This beltrig is out of a Central Illinois estate sale.--$595 complete.

  73. Original, early pattern, "Puppy-Paw" hook style, large oval, lead-filled, US Enlistedman's belt plate on original, black leather waist belt.  The buckle has a rich, uncleaned, aged patina on the face with full lead and all three attachment hooks on the reverse.  Every Civil War collection should have a nice US belt buckle on original belt.--$495.

  74. Beautiful condition, non-excavated, large size, lead-filled, arrow hook, US Oval waist belt plate.  This buckle has an attractive, gently aging, bronze patina with full, smooth lead and all three attachment hooks (arrow style) intact on the reverse.--$295.

  75. Very nice condition, non-excavated, large size, brass face, lead filled, US Oval cartridge box plate.  The plate has a nice face with a gently, aging patina.  The reverse retains full lead and both wire attachment loops.  The loops are 2 5/8" apart.  This would be perfect to complete your nice Federal cartridge box lacking a box plate.--$275.

  76. Beautiful condition, non-excavated, large size, US Oval cartridge box plate.  The attachment loops on this plate are 2 5/8 inches apart.  This plate has a rare "E. Gaylord" backmark.  If you have a Federal cartridge box missing the box plate, this plate will nicely complete your cartridge box.--$295.

  77. Excavated, circular, lead-filled, Eagle breast plate.  The face has a smooth, chocolate brown patina with crisp detail.  The reverse has full lead and 1 1/2 of the two wire attachment loops remaining intact.  This plate was recovered many, many years ago from a Federal campsite in Central Virginia.--$150.

  78. Regulation, black leather, Federal Civil War Enlistedman's US waist belt rig with original percussion cap box still intact.  The waist belt remains soft and pliable with no breaks or weak spots.  The buckle has a nice uncleaned, aged patina with all attaching hooks remaining intact.  Original Civil War percussion caps are still in the cap box.  Every Civil War collection should have a nice example of a typical Federal Enlistedman's waist belt rig.--$650.

  79. 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 nice a face as you are going to see.  The reverse has full lead and prints where the three iron hooks once were, but they are no longer present.  The "SNY" letters are very crisp and bold.--$550.

  80. Very nice condition, complete Model 1851, brown buff, Cavalry saber belt rig.  The brown buff belt remains strong and pliable with no breaks or repairs.  The sword belt plate is in beautiful condition with complete silver wreath and is the rare pattern with raised rays totally encircling the plate.  Additionally, both leather saber drops remain intact as well.  This rig is nice enough to easily go on a mannequin.--$975.

  81. Non-excavated, large size, lead-filled, US Oval Cartridge Box Plate.  This plate has a very attractive, never cleaned, dark aged patina on the face and full lead and both attachment loops intact on the reverse.  The wire loops are 2 5/8" apart.  If you have a nice, .58 cal., Federal cartridge box missing the plate, here is an excellent example to finish out your cartridge box.--$250.

  82. 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.

  83. 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..

  84. 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.

  85. 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.

  86. 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.
  87. 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.

  88. 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.

  89. 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.

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