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CS Buckles

  1. Absolutely beautiful condition, cast brass, Army of Tennessee, "CS", round corner waist belt plate on original, Civil War brown leather waist belt.  The buckle remains in beautiful condition with about 90% original black enamel remaining intact in the background, and all three attachment hooks remain intact with deep spun-downs around each one.  The brown leather waist belt remains in very nice condition with no breaks or repairs.  This Confederate belt rig would be an excellent museum grade addition to any Civil War collection.--$6,950.SOLD

  2. Very attractive, excavated, Vir./Tenn. style, cast brass, rectangle "CSA".  This buckle was recovered over 40 years ago by a relic hunting buddy at a Confederate 1863 campsite located at Graysville, GA.  The plate has a nice, uncleaned, brown/green patina, and all three attachment hooks remain intact on the reverse.  This "CSA" rectangle is about as pretty as you could hope to find.  The plate measures "48 by 71" and is almost an exact dead ringer to Steve Mullinax's plate "090" on page 53 in his first printing Confederate buckle book.--$2,850.SOLD

  3. Excavated, pre-war, clip corner, stamped brass, militia waist belt plate.  This plate was recovered from an early war Confederate camp in Central Virginia.  There are two holes clearly indicating that the plate once had a device affixed to it.  This could have been anything from a Regimental number to a South Carolina Palmetto tree, and quite often a "star".  The plate has a smooth, brown/green patina and solder marks on the back where the hooks once were affixed.  I have set a lead star in place just for display demonstrating how the plate may have looked when worn during the Civil War.  This is a very nice artifact that is extremely rare to recover anymore.--$275.

  4. Extremely rare, excavated, rectangular, pewter "CSA" waist belt plate.  This buckle was recovered from Army of Tennessee Confederate 1863 winter camps along Duck River near Shelbyville, Tennessee.  As is usually the case, this buckle was broken into several pieces when recovered and has been professionally restored to its original shape and displays beautifully.  It has two of the three original attachment hooks intact on the reverse.  If this rare buckle had been completely intact when recovered, it would be an $8,000 - $10,000 buckle.  This example displays as beautifully as a complete one and is at a fraction of the cost.  The buckle was made by Noble Brothers of Rome, Georgia, who made numerous types of Confederate buckles and even cannons for the Confederacy.  I have personally recovered three of the pewter CSA buckles from the very same camps; all three of mine were broken when I recovered them and have been restored exactly the same way this one has been.--$1,850.SOLD

  5. Drop Dead Beautiful slick emerald green cast brass smooth face militia waist belt plate with 1840 stud style hooks.  This excellent plate was recovered over 40 years ago by Wayne Tucker on private property from an early War Alabama Infantry camp located near Mobile, AL.  Relics out of the sandy soil in the Mobile area are among the most beautiful recovered anywhere in the country.  This plate could not be more perfect.--$450.

  6. Nothing less than "Drop Dead Beautiful" 1840 - 1850 era excavated Droop Wing Eagle Militia Panel Plate.  This "Smokingly Beautiful" Militia Eagle Buckle was recovered about 40 years ago by Wayne Tucker from a Confederate camp on private property located near Mobile, AL.  In almost 50 years of dealing in Civil War artifacts -- This is without question the nicest example of this Rare Style Militia Buckle that I have seen recovered.  You will not live long enough to see a nicer exacavated example !!!--$425.SOLD

  7. Quite rare, excavated, rectangular, plain face, pewter, Confederate Enlistedman's waist belt plate.  This plate was recovered several years ago on private property near Shiloh.  It has all three hooks remaining intact.  These rare pewter plates were manufactured by Noble Brothers of Rome, Georgia, who were also the makers of the super-rare CSA marked pewter plates.  This is actually a plate you rarely see offered for sale.--$595.SOLD

  8. JUST RECOVERED !!!  Beautiful untouched large size Confederate "Forked Tongue Frame" waist belt plate.  This excellent buckle was recently recovered from one of Polk Corps - 1863 - Army Of Tennessee Winter Camps along Duck River near Shelbyville, TN.  It hasn't even had the green woods mulch rinsed off of it.  If you have been wanting a REALLY NICE example of a Confederate Forked Tongue Frame C.S. waist belt plate.  You quite simply "could not" dig a nicer example than this one.--$850.

  9. Slick Emerald Green excavated large size Confederate enlistedman's "Fork Tongue Frame" waist belt plate.  This pretty buckle was recovered from the 1862 - 1863 winter camp of the 16th Alabama Volunteer Infantry located along Duck River near Shelbyville, TN.  I dug the twin to this one about 50 feet away, and still have it in my collection today.  When this plate was recovered the forked tongue itself was broken where it goes around the center bar (which is no doubt why the plate was discarded).  We have restored the break and the plate displays drop dead beautifully, but the tongue is not strong enough for the stress of actually being worn.  You just won't see a plate that displays any nicer than this one.--$750.

  10. Very attractive, excavated, die-struck, sheet brass, lead-filled, rectangular, Louisiana State Seal sword belt plate.  This extremely rare Confederate buckle was recovered several years ago from General Hardee's 1863 Army of Tennessee winter camps located near Tullahoma, Tennessee.  When recovered, the plate was bent to the rear just to the right of the Pelican's neck.  The plate has been professionally restored to its original confirmation.  It has a smooth, chocolate patina with full lead fill in the reverse, and all three attachment hooks remain intact.  Even though this plate had damage when found, it looks absolutely fantastic now and will be a very nice compliment to someone's Confederate plate display.--$2,950.

  11. Extremely rare, Model 1841, 4-piece Mississippi rifleman's buckle on original leather belt.  By the time of the Civil War, the Model 1841 Mississippi rifle was considerably more widespread used by Confederates than by their Union counterparts who were by this time armed with Model 1861, .58 cal., Springfield, 3-band rifled muskets.  At least 80% of the 4-part Mississippi rifleman's buckles and buckle parts that I have recovered over the years have come from Confederate sites.  It is a true rarity to find all four parts of the Mississippi rifleman buckle intact on the original belt.  This would be an incredible compliment to display with your Model 1841 Mississippi rifle.--$1,850.

  12. Very, Very rare to recover wreath portion of a Confederate local made 2-Piece Georgia State Seal tongue and wreath sword belt plate.  This wreath has a couple traits that makes it quite easy to recognize.  It has a solid back, and a decored inner belt loop.  This rare Georgia local wreath was recovered many years ago here in Middle Tennessee from the 1863 winter camp of the 2nd Georgia Cavalry.  If you have access to this tongue - here is your chance to complete a Rarity 8 Confederate belt plate.--$1,150.

  13. Quite rare, excavated, "Baby size", Confederate forked tongue frame waist belt plate.  This rare size Confederate frame buckle was recovered from an 1863 Confederate Cavalry winter campsite here in Middle Tennessee.  When recovered, the plate had a break in the outside frame which was no doubt why the plate was discarded.  This break has been professionally restored, and you cannot even find where it was.  Very few collections have an example of this rare size Confederate frame buckle.--$895

  14. Really pretty, excavated, baby Cavalry size, Confederate Georgia Frame waist belt buckle.  This buckle has a nice, pea-green patina and was recovered over 30 years ago by Kenny Banks from the camp of the 2nd Georgia Cavalry.  This buckle would be a fine addition to any Confederate artifact display.--$595.

  15. Beautiful excavated tongue portion of a cavalry enlistedman's "C.S." tongue and wreath saber belt plate.  This tongue was recovered in the early 1970s (45 years ago) on private property near Brandy Station.  It has a smooth chocolate brown patina, and with the correct wreath will make a SUPER NICE C.S. 2-PIECE SABER BELT PLATE.--$1,150.

  16. This ultra rare, near one of a kind wreath portion to a two-piece tongue and wreath sword belt plate was recently recovered from Confederate camps near Dalton, Georgia.  This wreath takes an absolutely huge center disc that must measure a full 1 1/2 inches across to fit properly.  The wreath is very well made with ten hand-engraved stars and has remnants of gold gilt.  We are unsure what the center disc of this buckle may look like.  It could be an eagle or maybe a Virginia State Seal for the 10th State in the Union, or who knows what.  One thing is for sure - if you complete this buckle, you have an extreme rarity.--$475.

  17. 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.

  18. Absolutely beautiful condition, excavated, Leech & Rigdon, serifed letters, 2-piece, CS sword belt plate.  This excellent plate was recovered over 40 years ago from near Tupelo, Mississippi, was dug together, and fits perfectly.  You are likely not going to see a prettier, just as dug example of this rare style Leech & Rigdon 2-piece sword belt plate.  The plate was likely discarded due to a small crack in the belt loop on the tongue side.--$2,250.SOLD

  19. Really pretty, excavated, Richmond Arsenal style, CS two-piece saber belt plate.  This buckle was dug together many years ago near Brandy Station, Virginia.  It has a smooth, chocolate brown patina, nice fit, and has original body curve.  This Confederate plate would be an excellent addition to any Civil War collection.--$2,850.

  20. Very nice condition rare "exaggerated serif" pattern Richmond Arsenal "C.S." 2-Piece saber belt plate.  This plate was recovered many years ago and has a smooth chocolate brown patina.  It was recovered from Confederate Cavalry camps located near Spotsylvania, VA. and has a very nice fit and light body curve.--$2,650.

  21. Two excavated sword belt plate keepers 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, but the smaller size keeper has a break in one corner, which was why it was discarded.--$95. for all-

  22. 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.
  23. 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. Really pretty, excavated, lead-filled, large size, US oval cartridge box plate.  This plate was recovered by Russ and Dottie Wunker about 40 years ago from a Federal campsite in Central Virginia.  The plate is backmarked, "W.H. Smith - Brooklyn", and has full lead and both attachment loops intact.  The plate remains just as dug and has never even been washed off.  Due to acid rain and an extra 40 - 50 years, we are just not recovering plates this beautiful anymore.--$225.

  2. Absolutely beautiful original "SNY" waist belt rig complete with nice condition original "New York" marked percussion cap box.  This is a "Museum Grade" belt rig.--$975.

  3. Very pretty condition, non-excavated, lead-filled, 1840 - 1850 era, maker marked, US oval waist belt plate.  This buckle has a nice, uncleaned patina on the face with numerous small dings and marks from actual field service.  The reverse has all three attachment hooks intact and is backmarked, "W.H. Smith - Brooklyn".  This is a really nice plate.--$325.SOLD

  4. 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.

  5. 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.

  6. Extremely rare to recover, excavated, large size, lead-filled, Federal Officer's "US" marked Martingale Heart.  This Martingale is a recent recovery from 1863 Federal Cavalry camps near Triune, Tennessee.  The plate had perimeter damage when recovered and has been restored by the best around, Robert McDaniel, Waterloo, Alabama.  Very few relic hunters, even the old-timers, can say that they have recovered one of these.  I have been relic hunting for almost 50 years, and I have recovered a couple plain face hearts, but never one with the "US" or the "Eagle".  Even though this plate has had some restoration work, it is an extremely rare find and displays beautifully.  It has all three attachment hooks remaining intact on the reverse.--$650.SOLD

  7. Beautiful condition, non-excavated, Model 1851, cast brass, Federal Cavalryman's Eagle sword belt plate with applied silver wreath.  This buckle remains in excellent condition with a nice, uncleaned, aging patina.  Both the belt loop on the side and attachment hook on the reverse remain intact.--$375.

  8. Very nice condition large size lead filled US oval waist belt plate on the original Civil War black leather belt.  The buckle is the arrow hook pattern, and the rig also has an original Civil War leather percussion cap box with percussion caps still inside, and an original gilted Infantry officer's button affixed to the outside.  The rig remains pliable with no breaks or weak spots.  This belt rig could literally be worn today and would be an excellent museum quality addition to any collection.--$695.

  9. Really pretty, excavated, cast brass, Model 1851, Federal Cavalry sword belt plate.  This is the style plate with applied silver wreaths and has rays going all the way around the plate.  This buckle was recovered several years ago on private property near the Battle of Chickamauga and remains just as found.  The plate has a pretty, brown/green patina and marks remain where the applied wreath once was.  Model 1851, solid cast sword belt plates are much rarer to recover than regular lead-filled, US oval waist belt plates.--$325.

  10. Very nice condition, Model 1851, cast brass Officers Eagle sword belt plate on original black leather waist belt.  This belt rig has the standard Civil War Officer's style sword plate with integrally cast wreaths and has the medium width Civil War Era keeper on the reverse.  The leather waist belt remains in very good condition with no breaks or weak spots.  This would be an excellent addition to any Civil War collection.--$595.

  11. Absolutely beautiful, excavated, circular, lead-filled, Federal Eagle cross belt plate.  This breast plate was recovered many years ago and has the name "J. Pots" cut into the lead on the reverse.  This is quite likely "Jonas Pots" of Co. G, 4th Regiment, Michigan Infantry.--$195.SOLD

  12. Very nice condition, large size, US oval waist belt plate on its original, black leather waist belt.  The US buckle has a rich, bronze/brown, never cleaned, aged patina, and the brass belt adjustor remains perfectly intact.  On this belt rig is the original, brown leather percussion cap box.  The box remains in very nice, pliable condition and is maker marked, "J.B. Thaxter - Portland, ME - 1862".  The percussion box still has the original nipple pick, and there are original percussion caps still inside.  This is a very nice example of a regulation US Infantry Enlistedman's waist belt rig with clear indication of actual service.--$695.

  13. Beautiful condition, excavated, Model 1851, cast brass sword belt plate recovered in November, 2014, by Christy Tiller while working in her flower bed.  Christy lives where there were massive Confederate camps along Duck River near Shelbyville, Tennessee, during the winter of 1862 - 1863.  Although this plate is a Federal produced plate, many Confederate Cavalrymen wore this type belt rig.  The plate has a pretty, uncleaned, brown/green patina with the attachment hook remaining intact on the reverse, and the belt loop is intact on the side.  It remains just as found and hasn't even been washed off.--$295.SOLD

  14. Absolutely drop-dead beautiful, excavated, large oval, lead-filled, puppy paw hook pattern, US oval waist belt plate.  This buckle was recovered almost 40 years ago next to the railroad track a few hundred yards from where our relic shop sits in the narrow area between the railroad track and new NW Broad.  This area has limestone outcroppings everywhere, and many of the artifacts were virtually lying on top of the ground with only moss covering them.  I clearly remember when Wade Buchanan recovered this plate, because he brought it into the shop with the dirt still wet on it.  This is about as mint fine Battle of Stones River US buckle as I have ever seen.--$325.SOLD

  15. Very attractive, excavated, large size, US oval waist belt plate.  This buckle was recovered from an early Civil War Federal camp located near Fredericksburg, Virginia.  The face remains perfect with a smooth, chocolate brown patina, and although the lead is mostly melted out, the brass stud hooks remain intact on the reverse.--$125.

  16. Large size, US oval cartridge box plate recovered over 40 years ago from private property near "The Wilderness" area of Virginia.  The plate has a beautiful face but has been in a fire which melted most of the lead out of the reverse.  Even though most of the lead is melted out, part of the wire loops remain intact.  We have this plate displayed in a Riker glass case with a butternut background.--Only $89.

  17. Regulation, large size, lead-filled, Arrow Hook, US oval waist belt plate on the original Civil War waist belt.  The belt remains complete with the brass adjustor still intact.  The buckle has a beautiful, never cleaned, aged, bronze patina.  This is out of a Central Ohio estate sale and remains untouched just as found.--$595.

  18. Very pretty, excavated, large size, US oval waist belt plate.  This buckle was recovered many years ago from private property very near to Camp Butler which was a Federal Training Camp and also a Confederate Prisoner of War camp located 6 miles northeast of Springfield, Illinois.  The buckle has a beautiful, never cleaned, green/brown patina and literally could not display nicer.  The plate had been tossed into a campfire or trash fire, and most of the lead was melted from the reverse.  We have the buckle displayed in a glass display case with a butternut colored backing.--$150.

  19. Very nice condition, non-excavated, regulation, large size, lead-filled, US Oval Federal waist belt plate.  This buckle is out of an Ohio estate sale and shows clear signs of having been worn.  The buckle has several small dings and marks from service and a very attractive, uncleaned, bronze patina.  On the back of the plate, there is a number "11" stamped into the lead.  I have seen this in the past and have always heard that it was mainly Massachusetts Regiments that stamped the regimental number into the back of the plates.--$250.

  20. Very nice condition, Model 1851, brown buff, Federal Cavalry sword beltrig complete with brass hardware and both leather sword drops.  The brown buff belt remains strong with no breaks, repairs, or weak spots.  This is a nicer beltrig than most that you encounter.--$850

  21. Really pretty condition excavated circular lead filled Federal Eagle Breastplate.  This plate was recovered about 30 years ago on private property near Mobile, AL. by my digging buddy - Wayne Tucker.  The plate came out of sandy soil, and has a beautiful chocolate brown patina on the face, and full lead in the reverse with remnants of the iron attachment loops.--$150.

  22. Excellent condition, excavated, cast brass, Federal Cavalry carbine sling buckle.  This buckle was recovered from the huge 1863 Federal winter Cavalry camp here at Murfreesboro, known as "Camp Stanley" after Federal General David Stanley.  The buckle remains in excellent condition and has never even had the dirt washed off.--$150.

  23. SUPER - SUPER RARE excavated SOLID CAST BRASS large size U.S. oval waist belt plate.  These solid cast brass U.S. oval waist belt plates were issued in extremely limited quanity to EARLY WAR OHIO TROOPS.  There have only been a handful ever recovered, and this pretty example was recovered in 1980 by Ricky Rorie on private property at Camp Clear Creek, near Corinth, MISS. where several OHIO Regiments were in winter quarters. The plate has been in Ricky's personal collection the entire time since his finding it.  The plate has a smooth chocolate brown patina, and all three hooks are intact on the reverse.  There is a tiny warp to the plate where a farming disc barely hung the edge many years earlier.  You will likely never have a chance at a "Solid Cast US Oval" of this beautiful quality again.--$1,995.SOLD

  24. 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.

  25. Very attractive, non-excavated, 1840 era, solid cast brass, two-piece, spread wing eagle, militia style sword belt plate.  This buckle has a beautiful, rich, aged patina with gold gilt remaining in some recessed areas.  These pre-war militia style buckles are equally, if not more often, recovered in Confederate sites rather than Union.  This plate will be a fine addition to someone's Civil War buckle collection.--$495.

  26. Really pretty excavated circular Federal eagle breastplate recovered over 30 years ago near the base of "Breezy Hill" at the Battle of Franklin, TN.  I personally dug 5 of these in one weekend at the same location in 1968 !!  It has a pretty face - full lead - and both attachment hooks remain intact on the reverse.--$175.

  27. Excavated many years ago, large size, lead-filled, US Oval cartridge box plate.  This plate has a smooth, brown patina on the face with several small dings around the edge.  The reverse has full lead, both iron attachment loops, and is backmarked, "W.H. Smith - Brooklyn".  It is quite rare now to recover a backmarked plate in nice enough condition to be able to read the backmark.  This example was recovered near Spotsylvania Courthouse, Virginia.--$195.

  28. Absolutely beautiful condition, non-excavated, large size, lead filled, "US" Oval cartridge box plate.  This plate has an untouched, rich, aged patina with loops on the reverse, 2 1/2 inches apart.  If you have a Federal cartridge box needing a plate, and this one will fit, it is a gem.--$225.

  29. Beautiful, rich, aged, bronze/brown patina on this non-excavated, circular, lead-filled, Eagle cross belt plate.  The plate has a beautiful face with crisp detail with full lead in the reverse and both attachment loops remaining intact.  The loops are 1 3/4 inches apart.  If you have a cartridge box with over-the-shoulder sling needing a breastplate, this is a really nice one.--$225.

  30. Excellent condition, non-excavated, large size, lead-filled, US Oval cartridge box plate.  This cartridge box plate has a nice, uncleaned, aged patina on the face with full lead and both wire attachment loops intact on the reverse.  The wire attachment loops are 2 1/2 inches apart and will be perfect if you have a Federal cartridge box needing a box plate.--$225.

  31. Quite rare, Federal carbine sling, belt buckle, tip, and snap swivel on a partial leather cross belt.  The buckle is one of the rare ones with triple markings.  It is marked, "E. Gaylord - Chicopee Mass - US - T. J. Shepard".  This will make a beautiful Cavalry display.--$395.

  32. 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.

  33. Beautiful condition, non-excavated, 1840 - 1860 era pattern, large size, lead-filled "puppy paw hook style" US oval waist belt plate.  The buckle has a nice, uncleaned, aged patina with numerous tiny dings and marks from actual field service.  The reverse is lead filled with "puppy paw style" hooks with all three hooks remaining intact.  This is a very nice example that clearly saw service.--$295.

  34. Absolutely beautiful condition, Model 1851, cast brass, Federal Eagle sword belt plate.  This buckle has crisp detail on the face with a pleasing, aged, brass patina with the three-piece silver wreath remaining perfectly intact.  The reverse has the hook intact with deep wear from Civil War use.  This is as pretty an example of a Civil War Model 1851 sword belt plate as you are going to see.--$375.

  35. Absolutely drop-dead beautiful, perfect condition, excavated, circular, lead-filled, Federal Eagle breastplate.  The face has a smooth, chocolate brown patina with crisp detail on the Eagle, and the reverse has full, smooth lead and both iron attachment loops remain intact and strong enough to go back on a cross beltrig.--$225.

  36. Very pretty, non-excavated, 1840 era, large size, US oval lead-filled waist belt plate.  This buckle has a smooth, clean face with full lead fill in the reverse and is of the "early puppy-paw" hook style with all three attachment hooks remaining intact.--$275.

  37. 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.

  38. Absolutely beautiful, excavated, officer style, Model 1851 sword belt plate with integrally cast wreaths.  This excellent buckle was recovered many years ago from a Federal camp in Central Virginia.  It has a smooth, chocolate brown patina with loads of bright gold gilt in the background outlining the eagle and wreath.  The wreath itself retains a good amount of original silver wash.  The reverse has gold gilt as well with the attachment hook intact as well as the belt loop.  This beautiful sword belt plate deserves to be the centerpiece of some display.--$375.

  39. 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.

  40. 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.

  41. 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.

  42. Beautiful condition, large size, lead-filled, US Oval on original regulation black leather waist belt.  The belt is crisply marked, "US - WATERTOWN ARSENAL - 1864", and on the inside of the belt is stenciled, "Jarius J. Morse" who was the belt's owner.  He was a Corporal with the 20th Unattached Company, Massachusetts Infantry, which was a 100-day unit in 1864.  This belt remains in museum quality, excellent condition with both makers mark and soldier ID.--$650.

  43. 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.

  44. Mint perfect, large size, lead-filled, arrow hook pattern, US Oval waist belt plate.  This plate is a standard issue, mid-war, US Oval in perfect condition with original tissue wrap.  They just do not get more mint perfect than this example.--$275.

  45. Original Model 1851 Federal saber belt with it's original solid cast brass Model 1851 Eagle Sword Belt Plate.  The Eagle Sword Belt Plate remains in beautiful condition with 100 % applied silver wreath remaining intact.  The belt remains pliable but does have one very old repair exactly where the percussion cap box sits.  The cap box remains in nice condition - is quite pliable - and is marked "HOOVER - CALHOUN &Co. - NEW YORK".  This belt rig would be a fine addition to any collection.--$650.

  46. Excavated, Federal carbine sling buckle that is both Gaylord and Shepherd marked.  This buckle was recovered about 20 years ago from a Federal Cavalry camp near Winchester, Virginia.  The markings are clearly visible as being present, but are difficult to read because of patina and ground action.--$175.

  47. 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.

  48. 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.

  49. Excavated, circular, Eagle breast plate recovered on private property here at Stones River several years ago.  The plate has a brown/green patina on the face with a couple of small rust spots from the wire loops on the reverse side.  The reverse has full lead and both wire loops remaining intact.--$150.

  50. 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.

  51. Absolutely beautiful, excavated, circular, Federal Eagle breastplate.  This excellent breastplate was recovered almost 40 years ago from an 1863 Federal camp on Nickajack Creek near Bridgeport, Alabama.  It has a slick, chocolate brown patina on the face, full smooth lead on the reverse, and both attachment loops in place.--$225.

  52. Positively drop-dead beautiful, excavated, large oval, early letter pattern, US lead-filled cartridge box plate.  This excellent plate was recovered during the 1960's by Dr. Rees Buttram from private property near Chickamauga, Georgia.  Due to acid rain, etc., plates of this quality are no longer being recovered--$225.SOLD

  53. Excavated, circular, Federal Eagle breastplate recovered several years ago on private property here at Stones River.  The plate has a smooth, brown patina with full lead intact on the reverse.--$165.

  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. Beautiful condition, non-excavated, circular, Federal, Eagle breast plate.  This plate has a rich, aged, bronze, never cleaned patina with full lead and both loops intact on the reverse.  There is a small divot in the lead at one spot due to an air pocket when the lead was poured.--$250.

  56. 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.

  57. Excellent condition, large size, lead-filled, arrow hook, US oval waist belt plate on original black leather waist belt.  The belt remains pliable, and the buckle has a rich, aged, bronze patina with full lead and all three attachment hooks remaining intact on the reverse.  Every Civil War collection should have an original US belt and buckle.--$495.SOLD

  58. Very pretty condition, excavated, early block letter style, large size, lead-filled, US oval cartridge box plate.  This was recovered over 40 years ago by Wade Buchanan among the limestone outcroppings on private property here at Stones River.  The plate has a slick, near reflective, chocolate brown patina on the face with full lead and both iron loops intact on the reverse.  It would be very difficult to recover a more beautiful plate than this one.--$225.

  59. Excavated, large size, lead-filled, "US" cartridge box plate recovered from private property near Chickamauga, Georgia.  This plate was recovered about 30 years ago and has a beautiful, slick, chocolate face with full lead and the very rare "Gaylord" backmark.  The wire attachment loops are both rusted away.--$225.

  60. Beautiful condition, non-excavated, Model 1851, Officer's sword belt plate with integrally cast wreaths.  This plate has a smooth, gently aging, bronze patina with crisp detail with both belt loop and attaching hook on the reverse perfectly intact.--$325.

  61. 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.

  62. Excavated, large size, lead-filled US cartridge box plate that appears to have been fashioned into a camp spoon.  This plate was recovered many years ago by Mr. Bill Gavin from an 1862 - 1863 Confederate winter campsite located near Moss Neck, VA.  This was Bill's 225th plate.--$150.

  63. 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.

  64. Beautiful condition, excavated, large size, lead-filled, US Oval cartridge box plate.  This plate was recovered from Federal Camps at Tunnel Hill, Georgia, nearly 50 years ago.  The face has a smooth, chocolate patina, and the reverse has smooth, full lead with both attachment loops remaining intact.--$250.

  65. Extremely rare, excavated, large size, lead-filled, US Oval cartridge box plate with BRASS loops.  We pretty much exclusively recover these in early war Ohio Infantry camps.  This is one of the nicer excavated examples that I have seen in a long time.--$295.

  66. Absolutely as pretty as they get, excavated, large oval, lead-filled "VMM" (Volunteer Maine Militia) cartridge box plate.  This excellent plate was recovered during the early 1970's from the Maine Troop camps located near Port Hudson, LA.  This example has full lead and 1 1/2 of the wire attachment loops remaining intact.  The face of this plate has a slick, reflective, chocolate brown patina with detail as crisp as the day it was issued.--$1,250.

  67. Beautiful condition, non-excavated, circular, Federal, Eagle breastplate.  The face has crisp detail and a smooth, aged, bronze patina.  The reverse has full lead, and both wire attaching loops remain perfectly intact.  If you have been looking for an original, nice quality, Federal breastplate, they don't get much prettier than this one.--$250.

  68. Very attractive excavated "U.S." oval large size cartridge boxplate.  The REALLY cool thing about this plate is the 3rd Corps symbol carved into the lead in the back.  The plate was recovered from private property near Falmouth, VA.  It is a rarity to find any artifact with a carved corps badge, and 3rd Corps is a special rarity.--$250.

  69. Excellent condition and quite rare, non-excavated, 1840 - 1850 production, lead filled, large oval U.S. waist belt plate with stud type hooks.  We tend to recover this style U.S. Oval waist belt plate from 1861 and 1862 early war Federal camp sites.  This example has a beautiful, rich, aged patina with full lead and all three hooks intact on the reverse.--$350.

  70. Quite rare and in very nice condition, non-excavated, Model 1839, small size oval U.S. waist belt plate.  This plate has a nice patina on the face with full lead and both brass hooks intact on the reverse.  Early issue small size U.S. buckles and plates are usually recovered from 1861 and 1862 Civil War sites.--$350.

  71. 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.

  72. Excellent condition, non-excavated, Federal, circular, lead-filled, Eagle cross belt plate.  The plate has an excellent face with a rich, aged patina, full lead, and both belt loops intact on the reverse.  You couldn't ask for a nicer example.--$295.

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

  74. Excavated, large size, puppy-paw hook pattern, Oval SNY (State of New York) waist belt plate.  The buckle has a pleasing, chocolate brown patina with a little scattered green.  The reverse has full lead and all three attachment hooks intact.  It was recovered about 40 years ago on private property at Harrison's Landing, Virginia.--$895.

  75. 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.

  76. Absolutely pristine beautiful, excavated, Model 1851, Federal Eagle sword belt plate with applied wreaths.  This plate was dug over 30 years ago and has a beautiful, slick, olive green patina, and the applied wreaths remain over 90% intact.  This is one of the nicest excavated Model 1851 Eagle sword belt plates that I have seen on the market in a long time.--$350.

  77. 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.

  78. Really pretty, excavated, large oval, lead-filled, US Cartridge box plate.  This plate was recovered on private property near Lagrange, TN. on February 10, 1978 by Mr. John Marks.  The face has a smooth, chocolate brown patina, and the reverse has full lead and both attachment loops intact and is backmarked, "Boyd and Sons - Boston".  There is a small cut along the top edge of the plate that appears to be original to the plate from the time it was lost.  Maker marked plates this nice just are not being recovered anymore.--$250.

  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. Absolutely beautiful condition, complete Model 1832, Federal Artillery short sword, scabbard, and belt rig.  The sword itself has a clean blade just beginning to darken in areas with age.  The blade is marked "N.P. Ames Cabotville" on one side and "U.S. - 1847" on the other.  The short sword is mounted on the extremely rare, original, white buff belt with the two disc style cast brass buckle.  The belt remains complete and quite pliable and is maker marked, "H. Dingee - New York" on the belt reverse.  The belt remains strong, but clearly shows actual field service.  The buckle has a rich, aged, never cleaned patina.--$2,450.

  82. 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.

  83. Excellent condition, non-excavated, large size, lead-filled, US Oval, Federal cartridge box plate.  This is an early "fat letter" style plate.  The wire loops on the reverse are perfectly intact, straight, and 2 3/4" apart.  If you have a leather US cartridge box needing a box plate, this is a beauty.--$250.

  84. 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.--$195.

  85. 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.

  86. 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.SOLD

  87. 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.

  88. 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.

  89. 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..

  90. 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.

  91. 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.

  92. 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.
  93. 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.

  94. 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.

  95. 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.

  96. 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.

  97. 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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