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  1. Extremely rare, excavated, Confederate "coin type" CS two-piece sword belt plate.  This buckle was recovered from a Confederate Infantry camp located near Vicksburg, Mississippi.  The two pieces were dug just a few feet apart and are exactly correct for each other, but there is a little more dirt left on the wreath than the tongue.  This is a style Confederate two-piece sword belt plate that was manufactured in the deep South (likely at Selma, Alabama) and is only found in the Western Theater of the War.  It is quite rare to find an example of this buckle where the tongue is not broken at the narrow point where the bar attaches.  It carries a rarity "8".--$2,950.SOLD

  2. Very pretty excavated cast brass rectangular "CSA" waist belt plate.  This is the thinner pattern rectangle "CSA" waist belt plate that was issued to the Army Of Tennessee during the Spring of 1863 while encamped around Shelbyville and Tullahoma, TN.  This one was recovered about 30 years ago from Polk's Corp camps along Duck River near Shelbyville, TN. in an area commonly known as "Southside".  It has a pretty uncleaned brown-green patina, and needs nothing more than to be put into a nice Confederate display.  In the early days, we dug quite a few of these, but it has been over 10 years since I have found one.  I once dug 8 of these in one week - talk about some serious FUN !!!--$2,850.SOLD

  3. Very pretty, excavated, Richmond Arsenal, Enlistedman's pattern CS two-piece sword belt plate.  This buckle was recovered over 30 years ago from a Confederate Cavalry camp near Brandy Station, Virginia.  The two pieces were in close proximity to each other and match in color very nicely, but the keeper on the wreath is somewhat heavier weight than the keeper on the tongue.  It has been in the nationally known Coy Kitchens collection for the past 20 plus years.  It will be a very nice addition to any Civil War collection.--$2,250.

  4. Very pretty and quite rare, "medium size", Confederate "fork tongue frame" waist belt plate.  This buckle was recovered over 30 years ago by David Thompson from the camp of the 16th Alabama Infantry occupied during 1862 and located on the banks of Duck River near Shelbyville, Tennessee.  During that same era, I recovered two of these identical to this one from the very same camp.  When this buckle was recovered the center bar was broken, and it was missing the tongue.  We have been able to locate a tongue that fits nicely, and our good buddy Robert McDaniel in Waterloo, Alabama, repaired the broken crossbar.  This would be an $850 buckle, but because of having some repair, we are pricing it at only -- $595.SOLD

  5. Very pretty condition excavated "Snake Center Piece" to a Confederate used 3-piece English Snake Buckle.  This was recovered many years ago from the camp of the 1st Alabama Cavalry locared near Midland, TN.  It is in beautiful condition.--$95.SOLD

  6. Excellent condition, excavated, "snake" centerpiece to an English 3-piece snake buckle.  This was recovered from the 1863 camp of the 51st Alabama Cavalry located near Fosterville, Tennessee.--$95.

  7. Beautiful condition, excavated, large size, Confederate "Georgia Frame" waist belt plate.  This buckle was recovered from an 1863 Army of Tennessee winter camp near Wartrace, Tennessee.  It has a smooth, never cleaned, light green patina overall.  You won't see a nicer example.--$650.

  8. Quite rare, excavated, wreath half of a Confederate local Georgia State Seal two-piece sword belt plate.  This wreath was recovered from the camp of the 1st Georgia Cavalry CSA located just south of Hoovers Gap, Tennessee, in 1863.  The wreath remains in very nice condition and would be perfect to complete the crude Georgia local two-piece sword belt plate if you happen to have a Georgia State Seal tongue.--$850.

  9. Very attractive, excavated, Richmond Arsenal pattern, CS two-piece sword belt plate.  This buckle was recovered near 40 years ago from a Confederate Cavalry camp on private property near Brandy Station, Virginia.  Both parts have a matching, uncleaned, brown/green patina and fit very well.  This buckle will be an excellent addition to someone's excavated Confederate artifact display.--$2,450.

  10. Excavated, complete set of puppy-paw style hooks out of a Federal 1840 - 1850 era waist belt plate.  This set of hooks was recovered from an Alabama Cavalry camp where it was very likely being worn as a Confederate buckle.  Quite often, Confederates would capture Federal belt rigs and, not wanting to wear the US buckle, would melt the hooks out and wear the hooks only as their belt buckle.--$45.

  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, 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.

  13. 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.

  14. 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.

  15. 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. Very attractive, excavated, large size, Federal, lead-filled Martingale Heart.  This heart has a smooth brown patina to the face with lead and the original attaching hooks intact on the reverse.  When recovered, the lead in the reverse was powdery and flaking out and has been stabilized.  This Martingale was recovered from the huge Federal Cavalry 1863 winter camp here at Murfreesboro.  It was called "Camp Stanley" in honor of the Federal Cavalry Commander, General David Stanley.  These are quite rare to find.--$495.SOLD

  2. Beautiful condition, excavated, large size, lead-filled, US oval waist belt plate.  This buckle is somewhat of a rarity in that it isn't terribly unusual to find a Confederate buckle with a field repair in order to continue use, but it is quite rare to find a "UNION" buckle with a field repair.  This buckle had the front hook broken, and the soldier installed a square nail to serve as a front hook.  The plate has a near reflective, chocolate brown patina on the face and full lead and all three hooks on the reverse.  This buckle was recovered here at Stones River about 40 years ago.--$325.

  3. Beautiful condition, non-excavated, regulation, Federal Eagle breast plate.  This plate came out of a Central Ohio estate sale many years ago and has crisp detail on the face with a nice, gently aging, bronze patina with full lead in the reverse and both wire attaching loops remaining intact and straight.  This is about as nice as you will see.--$250.

  4. 1961 Centennial Era reproduction, large size, lead-filled, US oval and waist belt.  One of the early collectors here actually wore this for a number of years.  It would be perfect for Living History or for just wearing.--$38.SOLD

  5. Extremely rare to recover, this is an excavated, Model 1851, cast brass, Federal Eagle sword belt plate with 100% applied silver wreaths remaining intact.  This example was recovered from a trash pit on private property at the Battle of Franklin, Tennessee.  The unusual soil condition in the trash pit was no doubt responsible for the silver wreaths remaining intact.  Over the years I have recovered a number of cast brass sword belt plates but NEVER one with full silver wreaths intact.--$395.SOLD

  6. Very pretty condition, excavated, "puppy-paw hook" style, large oval, lead-filled US waist belt plate.  This buckle was recovered over 30 years ago on private property here at Stones River by David Thompson.  The buckle was in such nice condition, David cleaned the face a bit and actually wore the buckle on special occasions.  This is a nice one.--$295.SOLD

  7. Excavated Officer's variety of the Model 1851 sword belt plate.  This buckle was recovered many years ago here at Stones River and has the characteristic integrally cast wreath around the Eagle and finely detailed casting.  The plate remains in excellent condition with everything completely intact.--$325.

  8. Super PRETTY excavated large size, lead filled early "Puppy Paw" hook pattern U.S. oval waist belt plate.  This is another top shelf plate recovered here at Stones River by my old digging buddy - Wade Buchanan.  Once again - this plate is SO NICE that you could put it on and wear it !!!  Sure makes me miss digging relics with Wade back in the 1970s when this is what relics COMMONLY looked like !!!--$295.SOLD

  9. Really Nice slick chocolate brown excavated regulation large size Martingale Heart.  This was recovered over 30 years ago from Camp Stanley here at Murfreesboro, Tennessee.  It has a smooth textured face with full lead and remnants of the three iron attaching devices clearly visible.  This would be an excellent addition to any Civil War collection.--$550.

  10. Beautiful condition, regulation issue, large oval, lead-filled, arrow hook, US waist belt plate on its original leather waist belt with brass adjuster remaining perfectly intact and also an 1863 Lewiston makers mark on the belt.  This belt rig is museum quality and remains completely pliable.--$650.

  11. Exceptionally nice, excavated, Model 1851, cast brass, Federal Eagle sword belt plate.  This buckle was recovered over 40 years ago at Camp Stanley which was the Federal winter Cavalry quarters while encamped here at Murfreesboro, Tennessee.  This camp was named after the Federal General commanding Cavalry here -- General David Stanley.  The plate has a deep, olive patina with attachment hook and keeper loop both remaining completely intact.--$325.

  12. Very attractive framed Riker cased display containing an excavated, large size, arrow-hook pattern, US oval waist belt plate and an excavated, circular, lead-filled Eagle breast plate.  Both these plates were recovered about 20 years ago here at the Battle of Stones River and literally just down the street from our shop here.  Both plates are solid, attractive examples and very rare to recover from this battlefield anymore.--$425. for BOTH plates and display case.SOLD

  13. Excavated, circular, lead-filled, Federal Eagle breast plate.  This plate was recovered about 40 years ago among the limestone outcroppings on private property along the Federal battle line here at Stones River.  The plate has a pleasing brown patina with nice detail, full lead, and remnants of the iron loops.  It is very difficult to recover a breast plate this nice now.--$165.

  14. Quite rare to recover, excavated, small size "Burnside" breast plate.  These plates run about 3/16 inch smaller than the typical breast plate and are often recovered associated with General Burnside's camps.--$195.

  15. Green, green, green, excavated, large size, lead-filled, US oval with puppy-paw type hooks.  This buckle was recovered about 30 years ago from the Federal line here at Stones River near Franklin Pike.  If you like green, this one is for you.--$250.

  16. Extremely rare, excavated, large size, lead-filled, "OVM" (Ohio Volunteer Militia) cartridge box plate.  This scarce cartridge box plate was recovered many years ago on private property in rear of Battery Robinett near Corinth, Mississippi.  The plate has a smooth, brown/green patina with full lead and rusty remnants of where the iron attachment loops were.  OVM cartridge box plates are not often recovered.--$1,550.SOLD

  17. Very pretty, non-excavated, small Model 1839 US oval, single arrow hook, lead-filled waist belt plate on the remnants of the original leather waist belt.  The buckle has a pleasing patina with full lead and both attachment hooks remaining intact.--$425.

  18. Extremely rare, "BULLET STRUCK", large size, lead-filled, OVM (Ohio Volunteer Militia) waist belt plate.  This plate was recovered many years ago on private property near Shiloh.  It is the rarest pattern OVM and is the one that was issued with the Ohio breast plate.  The buckle was clipped by a Minie ball at the very base beneath the "VM".  You just won't find one much rarer than this one.--$2,450.SOLD

  19. Excavated, large size, lead-filled, US oval cartridge box plate.  This beautiful plate was recovered many years ago on private property at the Battle of Franklin, Tennessee.  I do not think you could excavate a more perfect example.--$225.

  20. Drop-dead beautiful and extremely rare, excavated, "BRASS LOOP", Federal Eagle breast plate.  This plate was recovered on private property here at Stones River over 40 years ago.  The plate's construction with brass loops is very similar to the construction of the famous Ohio breast plate.  This excellent plate was recovered from an Ohio Infantry camp here at Murfreesboro, Tennessee.  In addition, the plate has some carving (or writing) in the lead on the reverse.  This is a breast plate that you just never see in excellent condition.--$275.SOLD

  21. 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.

  22. 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!)SOLD

  23. 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.

  24. 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.SOLD

  25. 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.

  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. 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.

  28. 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.

  29. 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.

  30. 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.

  31. 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.

  32. 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.

  33. 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.

  34. 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.

  35. 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.

  36. 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.

  37. 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.

  38. 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.

  39. 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.

  40. 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.

  41. 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.SOLD

  42. 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.

  43. 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.

  44. 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.

  45. 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.

  46. 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.

  47. 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.

  48. 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.

  49. 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.

  50. 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.

  51. 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.

  52. 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.

  53. 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.

  54. 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.

  55. 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.

  56. 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.

  57. 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.

  58. 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.

  59. 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.

  60. 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.

  61. 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.

  62. 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..

  63. 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.

  64. 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.
  65. 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.

  66. 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.

  67. 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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