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CS Buckles

  1. Beautiful condition, excavated, larger size, Leech and Rigdon, oak leaf pattern wreath.  This plate has a smooth, uncleaned, green/brown patina and has a belt loop 2 inches in width.  This wreath was recovered during the 1970's from a Confederate Cavalry camp located near Tupelo, Mississippi.  If you happen to have the correct tongue, this will complete a beautiful Confederate 2-piece CS sword belt plate.--$895.

  2. Extremely rare, excavated, cast pewter, "C.S.A.", rectangular, Confederate waist belt plate.  This plate was manufactured by Noble Brothers of Rome, GA, and was recovered from a Confederate camp near Marietta, GA.  As is usually the case, this pewter, rectangle CSA was broken in half when recovered.  The plate has been professionally restored by Robert McDaniel, who is one of the best in the business.  The buckle displays beautifully and has a nice, cream/tan patina.  All three attachment hooks remain intact on the reverse.  If this plate had been unbroken when recovered, it would sell for over $8,000, and this buckle displays as beautifully as one that was never broken and at a fraction of the price.--$2,950.SOLD

  3. Beautiful condition, excavated, large size, smooth sided, Confederate "Georgia Frame" cast brass waist belt plate.  This buckle was recovered from a Confederate camp in Central Virginia and has a smooth, olive green patina, and has never even had the dirt washed off.  You will not find a nicer example.--$595.SOLD

  4. Very attractive uncleaned brown-green patina Richmond Arsenal pattern "C.S." 2-piece saber belt plate.  This plate was dug over 30 years ago from a Confederate Cavalry camp located near Brandy Station, VA.  The two parts were - no doubt - being worn together as they were dug right together and a belt length apart, and the fit is perfect, however, one belt loop is considerably heavier than the other.  My guess is that the soldier broke the belt loop on one side or the other, and rounded up the closest fit and match that he could find, and continued wearing the plate.  The buckle has excellent display eye appeal.--$2,150.SOLD

  5. Beautiful excavated emerald green "gutter back" Georgia Frame.  This was recovered near Savannah, GA. and has that beautiful smooth (near reflective) green-brown patina that area is famous for.--$650.SOLD

  6. Extremely rare, excavated, "Sardine Lid" style, stamped brass, CS rounded corner, waist belt plate.  This was recovered many years ago on private property near the Wilderness Battlefield in Virginia, and has been in the personal collection of Civil War author, Charlie Harris, for many, many years.  The plate is very solid and has nice eye appeal with a chocolate brown patina, but does have a couple of light ripples across the plate likely from being somewhat bent in the past.  The reverse has solder marks where the hooks once were, but the hooks are no longer present.--$3,450.SOLD

  7. Excavated, medium size, lead-filled, Martingale Heart.  This was recovered during the early 1970's on private property near the Antietam Battlefield.  It was recovered from a Confederate Cavalry position.  There is a small amount of lead flaking from the bottom tip on the reverse side of the Martingale.--$295.

  8. Excavated, medium size, lead-filled, Martingale Heart.  This Martingale was recovered many years ago from a Confederate Cavalry camp in Central Virginia.  The perimeter of the heart was eroded away and frayed in some areas when recovered.  It has been professionally restored and stabilized.  Confederate used Martingale Hearts are very seldom recovered anymore.  Although this one does have a little restoration work, it is very sound and displays beautifully.--$195.

  9. Excavated, 4-piece, cast brass "Rifleman's Buckle."  This buckle is out of the well-known Civil War author, Charlie Harris's, collection.  The buckle was recovered from a Confederate Camp near Atlanta, Georgia.  The cast brass keepers to the buckle were recovered from one camp, and the interlocking two-piece center section from a different camp.  Therefore, the patinas are a bit different.  It is difficult to find this buckle with all four pieces.--$325.

  10. Beautiful condition, excavated, stamped brass, rectangular, South Carolina State Seal waist belt plate.  This buckle was recovered on private property during the early 1980's by Cecil Hopper from a South Carolina Infantry camp located near Charleston, SC.  The plate has a completely uncleaned, brown-green woods patina with a very crisp strike.  This will be a fine addition to any Confederate buckle collection.--$3,450.

  11. Excavated, standard large size, Confederate fork tongue frame buckle, measuring 2 3/4" wide by 4" long.  This plate has a smooth, brown/green, woods patina and was recovered from a Confederate Infantry camp in central Virginia.  When originally recovered, the plate had a break in one corner which is likely why it was discarded.  The break has been professionally stabilized, and you can't even find where it is located.  This plate displays very nicely.--$750.SOLD

  12. Excavated large size Confederate Forked Tongue Frame buckle, but is missing the forked tongue.  The tongues are around for these as I have personally recovered two of them.  The buckle was recovered on private property from Breckinridge's 1862 camp prior to Stones River near Readyville, TN.  It has a very pretty, uncleaned, brown/green patina and will be a solid $895 - $950 buckle after you locate a tongue.  We are pricing it very reasonably to make it worth searching for a tongue.--$450.SOLD

  13. Absolutely beautiful excavated "CS" tongue portion of a Richmond Arsenal style Confederate 2-piece saber belt plate.  This buckle was recovered many years ago from a Confederate Cavalry camp located on private property near Brandy Station, VA.  It still has the dirt on it - just as recovered.--$1,250.

  14. equipbuckles.JPG (90828 bytes)equipbucklesrev.JPG (92309 bytes)Two excavated sword belt plate keepers and one sword belt adjuster buckle.  These artifacts are all in excellent condition and were recovered from one of John Hunt Morgan's 1863 winter Confederate cavalry camps near Liberty, Tennessee.--$125. for all

  15. 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.
  16. 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. SOLD

  2. Exceptional quality, excavated, large size, lead filled, State of New York (SNY) waist belt plate.  This beautiful buckle was recovered from a Federal camp site located near Falmouth, Virginia, and was dug (get this) 55 years ago in 1962.  This is a first class plate that anyone would be proud to have in their collection.--$975.

  3. Very attractive, excavated, Model 1851, cast brass, Federal Eagle sword belt plate.  The plate retains nice body curve and has a smooth, chocolate brown patina with traces where the applied wreaths once were.  This plate was recovered many years ago from private property near Corinth, Mississippi.--$275.

  4. Very nice condition and super rare to recover complete, excavated, complete Federal drummer boy's drumstick carriage.  This drummer boy's buckle was recovered in 1973 from Federal winter camps on private property here at Murfreesboro, Tennessee.  I remember when this plate was found and can give exact recovery location to buyer.  It has a smooth, chocolate brown patina with both drumstick tubes intact as well as most of the iron frog-type hooks on the reverse.--$425.SOLD

  5. Civil War date, Federal Officer's sword belt rig.  The rig includes the original leather belt, both sword drops, and the cast brass, with integrally cast wreaths, Federal Officer's Eagle sword belt plate.  The buckle alone on this rig would sell for $395.  This entire Federal Officer's belt rig - a great buy at only -- $595.SOLD

  6. Drop dead beautiful condition large size lead filled
    "U.S." oval cartridge boxplate recovered over 40 years ago by Dr. Rees Buttram from Private property located near The Battle of Chickamauga, GA..  This is a classic example of the wonderful condition of artifacts recovered during the 1960s - 1970s "Golden Age" of relic hunting.--$250.

  7. Quite scarce, non-excavated, early war "Puppy Paw Hook" variety, large size, lead-filled, US Oval waist belt plate.  The face has a never cleaned, deep bronze/brown patina, and the reverse has full lead and all three attachment hooks remaining intact.--$295.SOLD

  8. Extremely rare, excavated, large size, lead-filled, oval Maryland State Seal.  This plate was recovered about 30 years ago from a Confederate winter camp trash pit in Northern Virginia.  The plate had fire damage along about 1 1/2 inches of the top edge.  This area has been professionally restored, and the plate displays quite well.  It has a pleasing, brown/green patina and all three attachment hooks present on the reverse.  If this plate had been perfect when recovered, it would sell for $5,000 - $6,000.  This is a very nice plate for less than half what it would sell for if there were no restoration.--$2,450.SOLD

  9. Excellent condition, non-excavated, Model 1851, cast brass, officer's grade, Eagle sword belt plate.  This plate has a medium size keeper on the reverse and integrally cast wreaths surrounding the Eagle, and has excellent, sharp detail.--$325.

  10. 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.

  11. Beautiful condition, cast brass with applied silver wreaths, Model 1851, Federal Eagle sword belt plate.  The face has a nice, aged, bronze patina, and the reverse shows lots of wear around the hook indicating significant field service.--$375.

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

  13. Excavated circular Federal eagle breastplate recovered from what is now the "Burton Hills" development at the Battle of Nashville, TN. MANY years ago.-- 2nd Day Fighting.--$125.

  14. Quite rare, mint unissued, 1840 era "Puppy Paw Hook" pattern, large oval, US waist belt plate.  The belt is as nice and pliable as when issued, and the early style US buckle is a beauty.--$695.

  15. 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.--$225.

  16. Beautiful condition, non-excavated, early fat letter style, large size US Oval waist belt plate with puppy-paw style hooks.  The face has a rich, aged, bronze patina with the typical small dings and marks of actual field service.  The reverse has full lead and all three attachment hooks intact.--$295.

  17. 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.

  18. Really pretty, cast brass, Model 1851, saber belt plate with the applied silver wreaths.  It is mounted on an excellent condition, "Rock Island Arsenal", Indian War, leather sword belt.  I suspect that this was a Civil War buckle carried over and used in a slightly later military campaign.--$495.

  19. 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.

  20. Excavated, partial, quite rare, large oval "VMM" (Volunteer Main Militia) cartridge box plate that was recovered on private property near Port Hudson, Louisiana.  This plate is out of the nationally known Civil War author, Charlie Harris's, collection and still has his tag with it.  Although not 100% complete, the plate displays nicely and is out of a very well known collection.--$195.SOLD

  21. Very nice condition, non-excavated, early letter pattern, large size, lead filled "Puppy Paw" style hook, US Oval waist belt plate.  You will only encounter one of these early puppy paw style US buckles per about 1/2 dozen of the regular arrow hook pattern US plates.--$295.

  22. Very rare, excavated, 1839 type, small oval "VMM" (Volunteer Main Militia) waist belt plate.  This buckle was recovered during the early 1970's at Harrison's Landing, Virginia, and is out of the nationally known Charles S. Harris collection.  The buckle has a very nice face and has an uncleaned, brown/green patina.  The reverse has full lead and both attachment hooks remain intact.  When originally recovered, the lead was flaking some around the perimeter and has been stabilized.  This is a very tough buckle to come by now and especially from a nationally known collection.--$950.

  23. 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.

  24. 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.

  25. Beautiful non-excavated Model 1851 Eagle Sword Belt Plate on a portion of its original brown leather waist belt.  The plate has a BEAUTIFUL - never cleaned - rich aged bronze patina, and the applied wreath remains 100% intact.--$425.

  26. 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.

  27. boydbkl.JPG (75540 bytes)boydbklrev.JPG (60510 bytes)boydbklenv.JPG (46847 bytes)boydbklmrk.JPG (78654 bytes)Very sought after beautiful condition excavated large oval "U.S." cartridge boxplate recovered by none other than Sid Kirksis {author of the first major comprehensive book on Civil War Belt Plates} in August of 1956 on private property at the Battle of  Cedar Mountain.  The plate has never even been washed off with green woods mulch still adhering to the front of the plate.  On the reverse it has full lead - both attachment loops are intact - AND is backmarked "Boyd and Sons - Boston".  This beautiful plate still remains in Mr. Kirksis's personal distinctive little brown envelope with all the information written on it.  This plate is nothing short of superb.--$350.
  28. eglewthbag.JPG (57025 bytes)eglewthbagrev.JPG (48109 bytes)SUPER - SUPER RARE to find for sale now.  This is an actual beautiful condition Federal eagle breastplate recovered in Aug. 1965 by Sid Kirksis at Eastport, TN. AND STILL IN SID'S DISTINCTIVE little storage packet.  As most of you know - Sid Kirksis was the author of the first major book on belt plates of the American Civil War.  This plate is an absolute beauty to boot.--$350.
  29. 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.
  30. sny.JPG (72353 bytes)snyrev.JPG (71311 bytes)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 nicer face as you are going to see.  The reverse has full lead and rusty remnants of the three iron hooks.  The "SNY" letters are very crisp and bold.--$695.
  31. 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.

  32. eaglebeltplate.JPG (93288 bytes)eaglebeltplaterev.JPG (88042 bytes)Really pretty excavated Model 1851 officer grade eagle sword belt plate with integrally cast wreaths and gold gilt still remaining in recessed areas.  This belt plate was recovered on private property near Winchester, Virginia.--$425.

  33. 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.

  34. 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.

  35. 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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