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CS Buckles

  1. Extremely rare, excavated, small pattern, cast brass CSA rectangular waist belt plate.  This plate has a beautiful, slick, emerald green patina with two of the three attachment hooks remaining intact.  In the past 40+ years, I have only encountered three or four examples of this very rare pattern Confederate buckle.  This example was recovered many years ago by Bennett Langley from a Confederate camp located near Wilmington, NC, and has for the past several years been in the well known Coy Kitchen's Confederate belt plate collection.--$2,975.SOLD

  2. Very, very scarce, excavated, large size, lead-filled "V" oval waist belt plate.  This buckle dates the late 1850's and was carried over and worn by Confederates.  It was recovered during the 1990's from a Virginia Infantry camp located near Fredericksburg, VA.  The plate has full lead and two out of the three attachment hooks remaining intact.--$3,250.SOLD

  3. Very pretty condition, excavated, clipped corner, sheet brass, "KMI" (Kentucky Military Institute) waist belt plate that was recovered over 40 years ago from near the school's original location in Georgetown, KY.  This example has a pretty green patina with silvered KMI letters which are held in place by small brass wires.  The solder marks remain where the buckle attachment hooks once were, but they are no longer present.  This is one of the nicest examples of this rare style "Military Institute" buckles that I have ever seen.--$2,250.SOLD

  4. Quite rare excavated Shield shaped Militia Cross Belt Plate.  This is a pre-war Militia Plate, and was recovered from an early War South Carolina infantry camp near Charleston, SC.  The plate obviously had a device at one time as the attachment wires are still intact.  It is quite likely that this plate had a Regimental number or possibly a Palmetta tree.  The very few of these that I have seen recovered have all come from early War sites.--$295.

  5. Very rare to recover - a pretty green 2nd Type C.S. "Coin Style" Confederate tongue and wreath CS sword belt plate.  This buckle was recovered a number of years ago from a Confederate camp on private property near Jackson, MS.  Many collectors feel that these were likely a product of Selma Arsenal, AL.  I have recovered three of these from Army of Tennessee camps around Shelbyville and Tullahoma, TN.  I believe that these are pretty much ONLY found in the Western Theater, and also, the TransMississippi Theater.  I don't think that these are hardly ever recovered in the Eastern Theater.  These plates are very high copper content, and due to that usually have this beautiful green patina.  This example was dug together, but was broken when found at the usual place at the point on the tongue where it narrows down.  This is no doubt why the sword belt plate was discarded.  The break has been professionally restored by the best around - Mr. Robert McDaniel.  One of my own plates was broken identical to this one when I found it (and Robert restored it as well).  This is a smoking nice and rare Western Theater Confederate CS tongue and wreath.--$2,500.

  6. Absolutely beautiful excavated "08" Pattern Leech and Rigdon C.S. 2-piece Confederate waist belt plate.  This rare Confederate buckle was recovered by Mr. Otis Brown about 50 years ago from a Confederate camp on private property near Fort Donelson.  I purchased Otis's collection in the late 1970s and this plate was a part of his collection.  It will make a quality addition to any Civil War collection or display.--$2,950.

  7. Very pretty excavated "Gutterback" Georgia Frame Confederate waist belt plate.  This really nice Confederate frame buckle was recovered many years ago from the Confederate lines on Rocky Face Ridge, GA.  It has a nice "woods green" patina that has never even been washed off.--$595.

  8. Incredible, Confederate waist belt rig with Southern made holster, .36 cal., Colt Navy Model revolver, and a Confederate manufactured percussion cap box.  This Confederate grouping is out of a local Middle Tennessee family that had six different members serve in the Confederate forces during the American Civil War.  We are unsure exactly which family member this grouping belonged to.  The waist belt is a standard, brown leather waist belt typical of what was used by Confederate forces here in Middle Tennessee.  The buckle is a thin, Tennessee pattern cast brass rectangular "C.S.A." waist belt plate with all three attachment hooks remaining perfectly intact.  The percussion cap box is typical Confederate manufacture with the single-wide belt loop on the reverse.  The Colt revolver has a smooth, chocolate brown, aged patina with perfect action and an all-matching serial number (including the wedge) of 132097 which is most desirable 1862 - 1863, Mid-War production.  The holster is hand-stitched, Confederate production and is all there but is in rather fragile condition.  This is a Confederate grouping nice enough to be in any museum.--$7,950.SOLD

  9. Extremely rare, excavated, rectangular, cast pewter "CSA", Confederate enlistedman's waist belt plate.  This plate was recovered from General Polk's 1863 Army of Tennessee camps along Duck River , near Shelbyville, in Middle Tennessee.  This buckle was broken in half when recovered and has been expertly restored by Robert McDaniel.  I have recovered three identical plates from the same camps, and all three of mine were broken the same way and had the same restoration.  The pewter buckles were extremely brittle and are almost always broken when found.  The Confederate pewter buckles, both plain face and "CSA" marked, were produced by Noble Brothers at Rome, Georgia.  This plate would make a fine addition to any excavated Confederate artifact display.--$4,450.

  10. Quite unique, excavated, heavy cast brass, Confederate used, carbine sling buckle.  This buckle was recovered from a Confederate Cavalry camp located near Aquia Creek in Stafford County, Virginia.  The buckle remains in perfect condition with both tongues intact and could literally be used again today.--$250.

  11. Quite rare, excavated, Richmond Arsenal pattern, Confederate Cavalry enlistedman's "CS" tongue and wreath sword belt plate.  The "Tongue Portion" of this buckle was recovered about 30 years ago from a Confederate Cavalry camp located near Brandy Station, Virginia.  The wreath was recovered at a different location, but is the correct wreath and fits and looks really pretty.  This would be a fantastic excavated Confederate relic collection "centerpiece" !!--$2,450.

  12. 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.

  13. 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.SOLD

  14. 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.

  15. 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

  16. 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.

  17. 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.SOLD

  18. 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.

  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.SOLD

  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.SOLD

  21. 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.

  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. 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.

  2. Excavated, early pattern, large size, lead-filled, US oval cartridge box plate recovered on private property near Manassas, Virginia.  The odd thing is this cartridge box plate was severed exactly half into, and this is the "U" half.  It is quite a mystery how the plate came to be precisely cut in half.--$55.

  3. Very attractive, excavated, early 1840's era, "puppy-paw" hook, lead filled, large size, US oval waist belt plate.  This buckle was recovered over 40 years ago from a Federal Infantry camp just north of Fredericksburg, VA.  The plate was discarded because one of the puppy-paw hooks broke off.  It otherwise remains complete and perfect enough to wear today.--$275.

  4. Very nice condition Federal Officer's Model 1851 Sword Belt rig.  This rig was purchased years ago out of an Indiana estate sale.  The belt remains pliable and the cast brass Officer's Sword Belt Plate remains in "as issued" condition.  There is also a nice condition Federal cap pouch on the belt that is maker marked "E. GAYLORD - CHICOPEE, MASS."  This belt rig will make a fine addition to someone's Civil War display.--$595.

  5. Just beautiful excavated early pattern large size "Puppy Paw" hook style U.S. oval waist belt plate.  This super nice U.S. oval was recovered by one of my old hunting buddies - Wade Buchannan - from private property right here at Stones River.  I can take you to within a few feet of where this plate was recovered.  This is 50 year ago plate quality.--$325.

  6. SUPER RARE - excavated, 114th Regiment "Zouaves d'Afrique" cartridge box plate recovered during the mid-1960's from a 114th Regiment Pennsylvania Volunteers 1862 camp located near Stafford County Virginia Courthouse just off the east side of Route 1.  There has only been a handful of this rare plate ever recovered in all of relic recovery history.  It is highly unlikely that you will ever get a chance at another one of these.--$1,250.SOLD

  7. Very nice condition Model 1851 Federal N.C.O. (Non-Commissioned-Officer) waist belt, and cast brass eagle sword belt plate.  The belt remains soft, and pliable and the sword belt plate is perfect.  It is one of the rarer patterns with rays that go all the way around the eagle.  This will make a Museum Grade compliment to any Civil War collection.--$650.

  8. Really pretty excavated cast brass Model 1851 Eagle Sword Belt Plate.  This was recovered over 30 years ago from Camp Stanley located here at Murfreesboro, TN.  It has a smooth chocolate brown patina, and has remnants and solder marks where the silver wreaths were once located.  This plate has really pretty color and excellent detail.--$325.

  9. 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.

  10. 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.

  11. 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.

  12. Very pretty, excavated, large size, lead-filled, "US" cartridge box plate recovered in the mid-1970's from a Federal camp site located five miles north of Fredericksburg, Virginia.  The plate has a smooth, chocolate brown patina on the face with full lead, one attaching loop still intact, and backmarked "W. H. Smith - Brooklyn".--$225.

  13. Very nice condition, excavated, large size, arrow hook pattern, lead-filled, US oval waist belt plate.  This buckle was recovered from a Federal campsite along the route from the Wilderness to Spotsylvania in Virginia.  The buckle has a large piece of original leather belt going each way under the hooks.  This plate was recovered nearly 50 years ago which is a good part of the reason that leather still remains under the hooks.--$350.SOLD

  14. Very nice condition, excavated, large oval, lead-filled, US cartridge box plate.  This plate was recovered many years ago from a Federal Infantry camp near Tunnel Hill, Georgia.  The face of the plate has never even been washed off with the original woods mulch still on it.  It has full, smooth lead in the reverse with both wire attachment loops remaining perfectly intact.  It is near impossible to recover plates of this excellent quality today.--$195.SOLD

  15. Absolutely beautiful cast brass Federal Officer's Model 1851 eagle sword belt plate and keeper that was brought home from the Civil War as a souvenir of the War by Benjamin Hendrix of Co. "K" 68 IL. VOL. INF.  Benjamin brought the plate home, but would not have worn it as he was a private, and this is an officer's sword belt plate.  You just won't see a nicer example.--$395.SOLD

  16. Very pretty, non-excavated, Model 1839, small size, single arrow hook, lead-filled US oval waist belt plate.  This little buckle has a pleasing, aged, bronze patina with full lead and both attachment hooks intact.  This would be a very nice addition to any Civil War belt plate collection.--$295.

  17. Absolutely beautiful condition, non-excavated, Model 1851, cast brass Eagle sword belt plate.  This buckle has a beautiful, rich, aged, bronze patina on the face with the silver wreaths remaining perfectly intact.  The plate retains perfect body curve with both the belt loop and attachment hook remaining intact.  This buckle is museum quality for sure.--$375.

  18. Absolutely drop-dead beautiful, excavated, circular, Federal Eagle breast plate.  This excellent plate was recovered in 1979 from a Federal camp near Tunnel Hill, Georgia.  The face has very crisp detail and a smooth, chocolate patina.  The reverse has full lead and both iron attachment loops perfectly intact and strong enough for use today.  They just don't get prettier than this one.--$225.

  19. Excavated, large size, lead-filled, US Oval cartridge box plate.  This is an early War "Block Letter" pattern plate.  The plate has a pretty brown-green patina on the face, and full lead in the reverse.  Rusty stubbs remain on the back where the iron loops once were, and there is one rust blister on the face caused by the rusting of the iron loops on the back.  The plate is solid as can be and displays nicely.  It was recovered on private property near Petersburg, VA.--$150.

  20. Very pretty excavated circular, lead filled Federal eagle breastplate recovered about 40 years ago by our buddies - Russ and Dottie Wunker - from private property near "The Wilderness" in central Virginia.  The face has a smooth chocolate patina and criap detail with just one little tiny rust spot.  The reverse has full lead, and is backmarked "W. H. Smith - Brooklyn".  The wire loops are rusted away with just rusty studs remaining.  A nice quality plate considerably nicer than most that we recover now.--$195.

  21. 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.

  22. Excavated, medium size, lead-filled, "OVM" (Ohio Volunteer Militia) waist belt plate.  This buckle was recovered over 30 years ago from an 1862, Regimental Ohio Militia camp located near Decherd, Tennessee.  I personally dug a large OVM with the double puppy-paw hooks in this same camp.  We also recovered an 1860 date $5 gold piece in this camp.  When recovered, the buckle was bent to the rear right down the middle of the plate.  Our good buddy, Robert McDaniel, of Waterloo, Alabama, beautifully straightened the plate without breaking it.  Anybody would be proud to have this buckle in their collection.--$1,450.SOLD

  23. SUPER RARE complete 2-disc white buff belt rig for the Model 1832 Roman Style Federal Heavy Artillery Short Sword.  It you have a nice Model 1832 U.S. Heavy Artillery Short Sword in scabbard - Here is all you need to have a Museum Level Display.  The belt is complete tip to tip, and the two disc buckle is PERFECT.--$1,250.

  24. Excavated, large size, US oval cartridge box plate.  This beautiful plate was recovered over 40 years ago near Fredericksburg, Virginia.  It has a beautiful face with a never-cleaned, brown/green woods patina, and the reverse has full lead with one attaching loop remaining intact.  You couldn't ask to dig a prettier plate.--$175.

  25. 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.

  26. Very attractive excavated large size lead filled "U.S." oval arrow hook pattern Federal enlistedman's waist belt plate.  This plate was recovered many years ago on private property near Chickamauga, GA.  The letters on this buckle stand out VERY nice and bold.--$275.SOLD

  27. PAIR of Federal eagle breastplates !!  One of the plates has two small nail holes where it was at one time on an early relic board.  The second breastplate was recovered on private property near Shiloh.  The face is uncleaned and just beautiful, but the reverse has the lead mostly melted out.  BOTH breastplates and display case.--$275.

  28. 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.

  29. 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.SOLD

  30. 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.

  31. 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.

  32. 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.

  33. 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.SOLD

  34. 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.

  35. 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.

  36. 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.SOLD

  37. 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.

  38. 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.SOLD

  39. 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.SOLD

  40. 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

  41. 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.SOLD

  42. 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.

  43. 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.SOLD

  44. 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.

  45. 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.

  46. 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.

  47. 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.

  48. 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.

  49. 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.

  50. 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.SOLD

  51. 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.

  52. 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.

  53. 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.

  54. 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.

  55. 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.

  56. 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.SOLD

  57. 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.  With this rare, marked, carbine sling buckle is also a correct, excavated, cast brass belt tip.--$175.SOLD

  58. 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.

  59. 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.

  60. 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.

  61. 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.

  62. 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.

  63. 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.

  64. 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.SOLD

  65. 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.

  66. 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.

  67. 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.

  68. 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.

  69. 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.

  70. 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.

  71. 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.

  72. 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.

  73. 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.

  74. 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.

  75. 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.

  76. 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.

  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. Absolutely pristine beautiful, excavated, Model 1851, Federal Eagle sword belt plate with applied wreaths.  This plate was dug over 30 years ago from private property near Shiloh 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.SOLD

  79. 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.

  80. 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.

  81. 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.

  82. 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.

  83. 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.

  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. 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.

  87. 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..

  88. 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.

  89. 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.

  90. 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.
  91. 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.

  92. 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.

  93. 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.

  94. 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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