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  1. Tongue portion of an ornate 1840 - 1850 era, 2-piece, "US" Militia Officer sword belt plate that has been nicely fashioned from a "US" to a "CS".  It was so well done that it almost appears to be a "CS" to begin with.  This was recovered many years ago from an early war Confederate camp in Central Virginia.  It is a style of Militia buckle where the tongue disc is a separate piece and was sweated to the tongue bar.  Just a dang cool relic all the way around.--$695.

  2. Beautiful condition, excavated, large size, Confederate issue, "Georgia Frame" waist belt plate.  This buckle was recovered over 40 years ago from Confederate camps along Duck River near Shelbyville, Tennessee.  It has a smooth, green patina and has never even been washed off.  You won't recover a nicer example.--$650.

  3. Extremely rare, Confederate manufacture, "Double Tongue" waist belt.  This CS belt rig is out of the local Middle Tennessee area and was no doubt worn by an Army of Tennessee soldier.  The belt and buckles remain intact with two additional buckles for hanging equipment such as a canteen, bowie knife, etc.  It is a real rarity to find a Confederate belt rig of this type remaining all intact.--$950.

  4. Absolutely beautiful condition, excavated, "gutter back", cast brass, Confederate Georgia frame waist belt plate.  This buckle was recovered from the 1862/1863 winter camp of Lucius Polk's Brigade of the Army of Tennessee CSA located near Tullahoma, TN.I don't think that you could dig a nicer exampl  The plate has a smooth, pea green patina and was recovered over 40 years ago.--$650.SOLD*

  5. Very pretty, excavated, Confederate large size "fork tongue frame", cast brass waist belt plate.  When found, this buckle had a broken bar across the middle, and that has been expertly repaired.  This was the camp of the 16th Alabama Infantry, and I recovered an identical fork tongue frame buckle about 50 feet from this one.--$575.

  6. Absolutely beautiful condition, excavated, Richmond Arsenal pattern, CS two-piece tongue and wreath sword belt plate.  This buckle was recovered over 30 years ago from a Confederate Cavalry camp located near Brandy Station, Virginia.  Both pieces were found together and fit and match nicely.  You couldn't ask for a prettier CS tongue and wreath than this one.--$2,950.SOLD*

  7. Smokingly beautiful, non-excavated, Richmond Arsenal pattern, CS two-piece sword belt plate with a portion of the original bullet stitch, brown leather, Confederate belt.  This CS buckle and partial belt is part of a display that also consists of (8)eight excellent condition, coat size, Civil War issue, Superior Quality, "C.S.A." uniform buttons.  Also in the display is a $50 Confederate note also from Richmond, Virginia.  This display is in a very nice quality, hand made, 12" by 18" walnut display case.  This would be a beautiful addition to even a museum display.--$6,850.

  8. Excavated, rare "accentuated serif", Richmond Arsenal CS two-piece sword belt plate.  This buckle was recovered about 30 years ago from a Confederate Cavalry camp near Brandy Station, Virginia.  The two pieces were within a few feet of each other, and the fit is excellent.  When this buckle was recovered, the belt loop on the wreath side had a break which is no doubt why the buckle was discarded.  The break has been professionally restored, and you literally cannot tell where the break was.  This is a very nice looking, excavated Confederate buckle and a pattern you rarely see.--$1,950.SOLD

  9. Very rare excavated wreath portion of an early pattern Western Theater "Coin Type" C.S. 2-Piece sword belt plate.  This was recovered from Polk's Corp 1863 Winter/Spring camps located along Duck River near Shelbyville, TN.  If you have an early pattern Coin Type C.S. tongue - Here is your chance to complete one VERY RARE C.S. Plate.  I have a complete one in my collection that I dug in the same camp !!--$1,250.

  10. Absolutely beautiful condition excavated large size Confederate "Forked Tongue" frame waist belt buckle.  This was recovered from the 1862 - 1863 camp of the 16th AL. INF. - C.S.A. located near "The Narrows" on Duck River near Shelbyville, TN.  The plate has a beautiful green patina, and hasn't even been washed off.  You just couldn't hope to dig a nicer one.--$895.

  11. Very nice condition, non-descript, Confederate Infantry waist belt rig with plain iron buckle and pre-war "Storm" produced percussion cap box.  This rig is directly out of a local family whose ancestor served in the 2nd Tennessee Infantry.  A similar belt rig is pictured on page 348 of Lon Keims, Confederate General Service Accoutrement Plates.  Many years ago, I actually had his UCV uniform jacket.  We are including a display containing two similar iron belt buckles that I recovered from the 2nd Tennessee's spring of 1863 camp located near Tullahoma, Tennessee.--$650.SOLD

  12. Beautiful display of artifacts recovered by well known Civil War author and historian, Charlie Harris.  Charlie recovered this display of artifacts from Red House Ford on Chickamauga Creek near Chattanooga, Tennessee.  This group consists of 12 dropped projectiles, an Enfield musket hammer, an 1840 half-dime, a pair of Civil War Era glasses, and a nice condition, thick Atlanta style rectangular CSA waist belt plate.  The CSA buckle has all three hooks intact on the reverse.  It is in a professionally made oak display case with a lock.--$3,250.SOLD

  13. Very pretty, non-excavated, family hand-me-down, large size, lead-filled, Civil War Martingale Heart.  This pattern Martingale Heart was most often Confederate used, and the family where this one came from had relatives that served in the Tennessee Cavalry CSA.  The heart has nice patina and has a number of small marks from actual service.  This would be a fine addition to any Confederate Cavalry display.--$595.

  14. One half of an excavated, cast brass, large size, Georgia frame Confederate waist belt plate.  This plate was recovered from an 1863 Alabama Infantry camp located along Duck River near Shelbyville, Tennessee.  This is the half with the two prongs that went through the belt and displays almost as well as an entire frame buckle.--$195.

  15. Really pretty and quite rare, excavated, thick Atlanta style cast brass "Rectangle C.S.A." Confederate waist belt plate.  This buckle was recovered at a Civil War era home site located near Corinth, Mississippi.  The buckle was likely lost after the Confederate soldier returned home from the Civil War rather than when the Confederates were camped around Corinth in 1862.  This style Confederate belt plate was issued in quantity during the winter of 1863 - 1864 when the Army Of Tennessee was camped around Dalton, GA.  The plate has a nice brown-green patina, and has all three brass attachment hooks intact on the reverse.  The front hook had an air bubble casting flaw into the tip of the hook when recovered.  This created a hollow hole in the tip of the front hook, and we have had this filled for good hook strength.  It is almost certain that a young Mississippi soldier wore this plate from Dalton, GA to Atlanta, and then on to Franklin, and Nashville, and eventually on to Greensboro, NC.  This would be a fine addition to even the most advanced Confederate display.--$3,450.SOLD*

  16. Excellent condition, super thick, cast brass, triangle tooth, Georgia frame Confederate waist belt plate.  This buckle has never even had the dirt washed off and was recovered near Selma, Alabama, and was likely a product of that arsenal.  This style Georgia frame is considered one of the rarest to recover.--$850.SOLD

  17. Excellent condition, excavated, thinner Tennessee style, cast brass, rectangle CSA waist belt plate.  This buckle has a very pleasing, never cleaned, light brown/green patina on both front and back.  This plate is one of the few of its style recovered in the Eastern Theater.  It was recovered from a Confederate camp site that was part of the "Wilderness Campaign".  You could not ask for a nicer example of this very sought after style Confederate waist belt plate.--$3,250.SOLD

  18. Very nice condition, complete, excavated, wreath portion to a two-piece, stamped brass "sash buckle".  This wreath was recovered from the camp of the 8th Texas Cavalry, and the tongue portion very likely had a star.  If you have an excavated sash buckle tongue measuring 1 1/4" in diameter with a belt loop that is 2" outside to outside, here is your chance to finish your buckle at a great price.--$150.SOLD*

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  20. Excellent condition, excavated, Confederate, large size, cast brass "forked tongue" or "wishbone" CS Enlistedman's waist belt buckle.  This buckle was recovered about 30 years ago from Polk's Corp, Army of Tennessee Confederate camps located along Duck River near Shelbyville, Tennessee, in 1863.  It has an excellent, never cleaned, brown/green patina.--$895.SOLD

  21. Very nice condition, excavated, "snake" and one keeper of an English 3-piece snake buckle.  This buckle was recovered from the camp of the 51st Alabama Cavalry located near Fosterville, Tennessee.  We have attached a picture of a soldier wearing a similar buckle and can provide a copy of the image with the buckle.--$395.

  22. Absolutely beautiful condition, solid cast brass, Army of Tennessee pattern round corner "CS" waist belt plate.  This excellent quality plate was recovered over 30 years ago from an Alabama Cavalry camp here in Middle Tennessee.  It has a reflective, green patina with original black enamel showing through the dirt in the background.  All three hooks remain intact with deep spun-downs around each.  They just do not get any prettier than this one.--SOLD

  23. Very pretty condition, excavated, die-stamped brass, "Breckinridge pattern", large CS oval waist belt plate.  This style plate is almost exclusively found in the Western Theater.  This example was recovered several years ago from a Confederate Cavalry camp just west of Triune, Tennessee.  This is an excellent Confederate plate and will be a compliment to any Confederate collection.--$3,950.SOLD

  24. Very pretty, Confederate, large size, "forked tongue", cast brass, enlistedman's waist belt plate.  The plate has a slick, near reflective, brown/green patina and was no doubt discarded because the tip of one tongue broke.  This buckle was recovered around 1980 by Ray McMahon from a Confederate camp on private property near Kennesaw, Georgia.--$650.

  25. Beautiful condition, excavated, large size, sharp pointed hook, Confederate Georgia frame waist belt plate.  This plate was recovered a number of years ago from Starnes Confederate Cavalry camp located near McMinnville, Tennessee.  The plate has a smooth, reflective, brown/green patina and really could not be much nicer.--$650.SOLD

  26.  Rare, rare, rare, Richmond Arsenal Enlistedman's pattern, CS tongue & wreath buckle on original arsenal belt.  This belt and buckle was in Steve Mullinax's personal collection for many years.  The belt is all there but has numerous breaks and weak spots.  The buckle itself is beautiful with a rich, never cleaned, aged patina.  It has become an extreme rarity to find an original CS buckle on its original arsenal belt.--$4,950.SOLD

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

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

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

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

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

  32. 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.

  33. 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. Nice condition, large size, arrow hook pattern, US oval waist belt plate on original black leather waist belt with brass adjustor remaining intact as well as an original leather percussion cap box marked, "C. S. Storms - Maker NY".  The cap box remains pliable and still has some original percussion caps inside.  This belt rig came out of a Central Ohio estate sale several years ago.--$695.

  2. Absolutely beautiful, excavated, large size, arrow-hook, US oval waist belt plate.  This was recovered about 40 years ago on private property among the limestone out-croppings here at the Battle of Stones River.  It was recovered by Wade Buchanan and was no doubt lost because the front hook broke.  Buckles this pretty just are not being recovered anymore.--$250.

  3. Drop-dead beautiful condition, lead-filled, circular Eagle breast plate recovered about 45 years ago here at the Battle of Stones River.  This plate has nice detail and a smooth chocolate patina on the face and full, smooth lead on the reverse with both iron loops intact.  It has a W.H. Smith, Brooklyn backmark.  You couldn't hope to dig a nicer plate than this one.--$275.

  4. Beautiful condition excavated large size lead filled U.S. oval cartridge boxplate.  This plate was recovered by my old hunting buddy - Claburne Lytle - right here at Stones River.  The plate has a "Boyd and Sons - Boston" backmark, and both wire loops remain intact.  There are some small "Civil War squirrel" teeth marks around the reverse outside edge.  This plate was recovered about 40 years ago, and is nicer than almost any that you see recovered today.--$250.SOLD

  5. Very pretty Model 1851 cast brass eagle sword belt plate on original black leather N.C.O. style belt.  This was just brought in yesterday out of the local area, and even though was Union ptoduction - was almost surely Confederate worn.  I have lots of pictures of Confederates wearing this style Model 1851 belt rig - especially Confederate Cavalry.--$650.

  6. Excavated, large size, lead-filled, US oval cartridge box plate.  This plate was recovered here at Stones River about 30 years ago by one of my early relic hunting buddies, Claiborne Lytle.  The plate has a smooth, brown patina on the face with a little calcium from the limestone rocks where it was found.  It has full lead in the reverse, but the two iron loops are rusted away with only iron stubs remaining.  The face is exceptionally pretty.--$175.

  7. Excavated, early pattern, lead-filled, large oval, puppy-paw hook, US waist belt plate.  This plate was recovered about 40 years ago on private property here at the Battle of Stones River.  It is becoming more and more difficult to recover belt plates this nice.--$325.

  8. Excavated, uncommon pattern, Model 1851, cast brass, Federal Eagle sword belt plate.  This is the style sword belt plate in which the rays go all the way around the buckle.  It was recovered many years ago from Camp Stanley here at Murfreesboro, Tennessee.  It has both the attaching hook and the belt loop remaining intact and has a bench mark number of 586 on the reverse side.--$350.

  9. Beautiful condition, excavated, Federal Eagle cross belt plate.  This plate was recovered on private property among the limestone outcroppings about 40 years ago.  It has a smooth, chocolate brown face with full lead in the reverse and is backmarked, "W. H. Smith - Brooklyn" and has both attachment loops remaining intact and actually strong enough to put back on a cross belt.--$250.SOLD*

  10. Very nice condition, regulation issue, large oval, arrow hook pattern, US waist buckle on original issue black leather belt.  The belt remains in nice condition with an inspector's cartouche and brass adjustor still intact.  The original percussion cap box remains on the belt and still has the nipple pick inside.  Also on the belt is a nice condition, .58 cal., Springfield or contract, triangular socket bayonet in original leather scabbard.  This belt rig is nicer than most that you see on display in the museums.--$1,150.

  11. Beautiful condition, Model 1839, small single-hook, US oval waist belt on original white buff leather belt.  Both belt and buckle remain in excellent condition, and there is a soldier's name stenciled into the back of the belt.  The only problem is the soldier had the stencil upside down which caused the stenciled name to be in reverse.  The name appears to be "R. L. Eshbaugh" (by reading it in the mirror).  You couldn't ask for a nicer Model 1839 belt rig.--$695.

  12. Excavated, large size, lead-filled, US oval waist belt plate.  This plate originally had iron capped stud hooks, and the iron caps have decayed away.  This is a very pretty excavated early pattern US oval and was recovered many years ago on private property near Shiloh.--$295.

  13. Beautiful condition, non-excavated, early pattern "puppy-paw" hook style, large, lead-filled, US oval waist belt plate.  This plate is perfect with nice bronze patina on the face, full lead, and all hooks intact.--$325.

  14. Excavated, stamped brass face of a large size US oval waist belt plate or box plate.  This plate was recovered over 40 years ago from the woods on private property along Union lines here at the Battle of Stones River.  The plate has a very pretty display appearance, but the lead is melted out of the back.--$79.SOLD

  15. Beautiful condition, non-excavated, large size, US oval cartridge box plate.  This plate has a nice, uncleaned, bronze patina on the face with full lead in the reverse and both wire loops intact.  The wire loops on this plate are 2 1/2 inches apart, if you have a Federal cartridge box needing a box plate.--$250.

  16. Quite rare, non-excavated, 1840 era, 3-iron hook, Federal Eagle cross breast plate.  This is the style breast plate that pre-dates the most common breast plate with two wire loops.  This style breast plate was actually a functional buckle that could be hooked and unhooked.  Two of the three iron hooks remain intact.  The plate has clearly seen a lot of service as the breast of the Eagle almost has the feathers worn off.--$295.SOLD

  17. Very nice condition, complete Federal waist belt rig including original waist belt, original .58 cal. cartridge box, and the original percussion cap box.  The belt itself remains complete and pliable with a beautiful arrow-hook pattern US oval waist belt buckle, and the brass length adjustor remains perfectly intact.  The cartridge box is a Model 1864 with embossed “US” and both cartridge tins remaining intact on the inside.  The leather percussion cap box has both belt loops and closure tab intact and has an embossed “US” mark on the outside flap.  There are quite a number of original percussion caps remaining inside.  This belt rig was on display in an Arkansas museum for a number of years and would be an excellent addition to any Civil War collection.--$1,250.

  18. Excavated, large oval, puppy-paw hook, US waist belt plate.  This buckle was recovered almost 50 years ago by Wade Buchanan on private property here at the Battle of Stones River.  This buckle remains solid enough to put on a belt and wear it today.--$275.

  19. Very pretty condition, early battlefield pick-up, Federal Eagle breast plate from here at the Battle of Stones River.  This plate has a smooth, chocolate patina, full lead in the reverse, and the iron loops remain nice enough to put back onto a cross belt.  Local battlefield plates rarely come along this nice anymore.--$225.

  20. Very nice condition, early war pattern, arrow hook, lead-filled, large size US oval waist belt plate on original issue Civil War black leather belt.  This belt is fresh out of a central Ohio estate sale.--$550.

  21. 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.

  22. 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.

  23. 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.

  24. Extremely rare, excavated, 1826 pattern, US NCO Eagle breast plate with three iron attachment hooks on the reverse.  This excellent buckle was recovered many years ago on private property near the Battle of Chancellorsville, Virginia.  It has a smooth, chocolate patina on the face with just a couple minor rust spots and has full lead in the reverse.  This is a pattern breast plate that is rarely recovered, especially in nice condition with all the hooks.--$350.

  25. Excavated, cast brass, Model 1851, Federal Cavalry sword belt plate.  This buckle was recovered here in Murfreesboro, Tennessee, from "Camp Stanley" which was the 1863 winter Cavalry camp of the Army of the Cumberland.  The buckle was no doubt discarded because the attachment hook on the back broke.  It has a smooth, chocolate patina, crisp detail, and still has body curve.--$295.

  26. Excavated Federal carbine sling buckle with matching cast brass belt tip.  This buckle was recovered many years ago at Camp Stanley here at Murfreesboro, Tennessee.  It remains dirt covered just as found.--$125.

  27. 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.SOLD

  28. Excavated, circular, Federal, Eagle breastplate recovered by Kenny Banks from a Union camp following the Battle of Stones River.  The plate has a smooth, chocolate brown patina on the face with full lead and both loops intact on the reverse.--$165.SOLD

  29. Very attractive pair of Indian War Era Eagle belt plates.  One of the plates is a die-struck plate, and the other plate is solid cast.  Both plates date the 1870's era and are from the Ft. Leavenworth, Kansas, area.--$295. for both.

  30. Beautiful condition, excavated, Federal Cavalry Enlistedman's cast brass, Model 1851, Eagle sword belt plate.  This buckle has a beautiful, brown/green patina and excellent detail.  The buckle was recovered about 40 years ago from Camp Stanley (the Army of the Cumberland's 1863 winter Cavalry camp) here at Murfreesboro, Tennessee.  The camp was named for the Federal Cavalry commanding General David Stanley.  The buckle was recovered with the original brass belt keeper intact with the buckle.  This is a first class example.--$395.

  31. Beautiful condition, excavated, Officer pattern, Model 1851 Eagle sword belt plate.  This is the variety with the integrally cast wreaths surrounding the Eagle.  The plate was recovered at a hospital site just off Grissom Lane at the Battle of Stones River.  The plate was recovered by Shawn Cunningham and has never even been washed off.  It has the original brass keeper hook intact with the buckle.--$395.SOLD

  32. Very attractive condition, excavated, cast brass, Eagle sword belt plate and two coat size Eagle buttons.  Both the sword belt plate and the buttons were recovered near Fort Leavenworth, Kansas, and are of the 1870's - 1880's era pattern.  If you collect that era, this is a very nice grouping.--$150.SOLD

  33. Excavated, circular, lead-filled, Federal Eagle breast plate.  This plate was recovered many years ago on private property here at Stones River and has a smooth, chocolate brown patina on the face and full lead fill in the reverse.  The two iron attachment loops are rusted away.--$150.

  34. Excavated, medium size, "OVM" (Ohio Volunteer Militia) waist belt plate.  This buckle was recovered over 30 years ago by Mark Lytle from an Ohio Infantry camp on private property on the banks of Stones River here at Murfreesboro, Tennessee.  When recovered, the plate had some chipping around the perimeter and has been reinforced for long-term stability by the best around, Mr. Robert McDaniel.  It is a very attractive artifact and has both attachment hooks intact on the reverse.--$975.SOLD

  35. Not Beautiful, but real as a heart attack.  Excavated circular Federal Eagle Breastplate recovered from the lawn of the Jenkins House Hospital here at Stones River.  This beautiful old antebellum 2 story mansion was torn down a few years ago to make way for "progress".  This plate was found in the front lawn just a couple days after it was bulldozed away.  A real piece of Stones River history here.--$55.SOLD

  36. REALLY pretty excavated Model 1851 cast brass Federal Cavalry enlistedman's eagle sword belt plate.  This cast eagle plate was recovered long, long ago from a Federal cavalry camp located near Winchester, TN. and occupied during Aug. of 1863.  The brass keeper was with the plate when found.  Anyone would be thrilled to recover this plate !!--$425.

  37. Absolutely beautiful condition, large size, lead-filled, arrow hook pattern, US oval waist belt plate.  This buckle was recovered almost 50 years ago from private property here at Stones River.  The plate is literally nice enough to wear today.  There is a good size piece of the original belt leather still under the arrow hooks.--$295.SOLD*

  38. Absolutely beautiful, Officer's pattern, solid cast brass, including the wreaths around the Eagle, Model 1851 sword belt plate.  This buckle was recovered here in Middle Tennessee by Tommy Allen almost 40 years ago.  The plate has never even been under a water faucet.  You just are not going to recover a nicer one.--$395.

  39. Non-excavated, Model 1851, Federal Cavalryman cast Eagle sword belt plate with keeper and a portion of the leather belt.  This was found in an old Civil War Era home here in Murfreesboro and was likely left over from the Battle of Stones River.  The sword plate retains nice detail but is missing the applied silver wreaths.--$375.

  40. Absolutely beautiful condition, excavated, solid cast brass, Model 1851, Officer's grade, Eagle sword belt plate.  This buckle has the integrally cast wreaths with keeper loop and attaching belt hook all remaining perfectly intact.  This buckle was recovered in 2012 by Jeff Clayburn near Corinth, Mississippi.  You couldn't ask for a prettier Officer's sword belt plate.--$375.

  41. Absolutely beautiful condition, excavated, circular, lead-filled, Eagle breast plate.  This plate was recovered over 40 years ago on private property near Chickamauga, Georgia.  It has a smooth, brown patina and sharp, crisp detail.  It was recovered by Dr. Rees Buttram long ago.--$225.

  42. Very attractive, excavated, circular, lead-filled, Federal Eagle breast plate.  This plate was recovered in 2004 from a Federal Infantry camp on private property near Petersburg, Virginia.  The plate has nice detail and a smooth brown/green patina, and the reverse has full lead and rusty stubs from the attachment loops.  This is a very nice looking breast plate.--$150.

  43. Absolutely beautiful condition, excavated, Model 1851, cast brass, Federal Cavalry Enlistedman's sword belt plate.  This buckle was recently recovered from a small Cavalry camp on private property here at Stones River.  It has a never cleaned, brown/green patina with nice detail and body curve.--$325.

  44. Excavated, circular, lead-filled, Federal Eagle breast plate.  This plate was recovered several years ago from an area here at the Battle of Stones River that had in the past been cultivated.  The plate remains in stable condition with a nice, clear Eagle, but does have a couple disc marks from farm equipment on it.  Still a very nice relic from the Battle of Stones River.--$79.SOLD

  45. Beautiful condition, non-excavated, Model 1851, cast brass, Cavalry Enlistedman's sword belt plate.  This plate was purchased out of a central Ohio estate sale about 30 years ago and almost surely belonged to an Ohio Cavalryman.  It has a rich, bronze/brown, never cleaned patina and has the applied silver wreath remaining perfectly intact.  The belt loop and the attachment hook on the reverse both remain perfectly intact.  Just a very nice example.--$350.

  46. Very attractive, small size, single hook, Model 1839 US oval waist belt plate on a section of original belt.  This buckle was on display for a number of years in the private museum of Ann and C. W. Webb of Lowell, Arkansas.  The buckle shows clear evidence of actual Civil War service.--$395.

  47. Pretty green, large size, lead-filled US oval, arrow hook pattern waist belt plate.  This buckle was recovered by David Thompson on private property here at Stones River about 40 years ago.  It was found near the river behind what used to be a drive-in movie theater.--$275.SOLD

  48. Excavated, large size, US oval waist belt plate recovered by my old relic-hunting buddy, Wayne Jenkins, from a cotton field here at Stones River.  (It is now a field with about 200 houses.)  The buckle has several disc strikes but remains quite stable all things considered.  It is an arrow hook variety.--$125.SOLD*

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

  72. 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.

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

  74. 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.

  75. 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.

  76. 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.

  77. 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.

  78. 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.

  79. 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.

  80. 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.

  81. 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.

  82. 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.

  83. 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.

  84. 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.

  85. 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.

  86. 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.

  87. 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.

  88. 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.SOLD

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

   

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