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  1. Extremely rare, excavated, cast pewter, rectangular CSA waist belt plate.  This buckle was recovered about 30 years ago from an Army of Tennessee 1863 camp located near the springs at Tyner Station -- Chattanooga, Tennessee.  This buckle when recovered was broken exactly in half as this style plate almost always is.  I have personally recovered three of these, and all three were broken in the same manner.  This example was restored by the best around - Robert McDaniel of Waterloo, Alabama.  The buckle displays beautifully and has all three attachment hooks intact on the reverse.  This style pewter CSA buckle was manufactured by Noble Brothers of Rome, Georgia.  They are early war production and have been recovered as early as Ft. Donelson.  This is a very rare Confederate buckle that many even advanced Confederate buckle collections are missing.--$2,450.SOLD*

  2. Beautiful condition, large size, Confederate style, lead-filled Martingale Heart out of a local estate that had ancestors who served in the 8th and 13th Tennessee Cavalry CSA.  The buckle has a pleasing, bronze, aged patina on the face with hints of original silvering.  The reverse has full lead filling, and has two of the three attaching wires remaining intact.  This is an excellent Confederate used Martingale Heart out of the Middle Tennessee area.--$595.SOLD

  3. Excavated, large size, "snake buckle centerpiece" to a 3-piece English belt rig snake buckle.  This was recovered from an Alabama Cavalry site near Fosterville, Tennessee, and the majority of bullets that we recovered from the camp were .577 cal. Enfield bullets.--$95.

  4. 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.--$3,500.SOLD

  5. 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.

  6. Very rare to come by, excavated, Richmond Arsenal CS two-piece wreath.  This wreath fits the standard Richmond Arsenal Enlistedman's CS two-piece.  The tongue disc size needs to be about 1 1/8th inch in diameter, and the belt loop is 1 7/8 inches outside to outside.  This wreath was recovered from a Confederate Cavalry camp near Brandy Station, Virginia.  The belt loop was broken from the circular wreath when found, but the two pieces were there together.  It has been expertly repaired using pins by Robert McDaniel.  If you have a correct tongue, this will make a beautiful complete buckle.--$850.

  7. 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

  8. 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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  10. This is an "end of the street" beautiful, excavated, large size, puppy-paw hook, Georgia State Seal waist belt plate.  This superb buckle was recovered 60 years ago by the late William Walker at Malvern Hill, Virginia, and was purchased directly from his family.  I really don't know how you could improve on the beauty of this buckle.--SOLD*

  11. 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.

  12. 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.

  13. 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

  14. 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

  15. 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.

  16. 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.

  17.  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

  18. 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

  19. 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

  20. 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.

  21. 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.

  22. 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.

  23. 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.

  24. rifmnbkl.JPG (77921 bytes)Excavated 4-Piece Rifleman's cast brass buckle missing only one part out of the middle area.  This distinctive buckle was issued with Mississippi Rifles.  The buckle was recovered from the 1862 camp of the 16th Alabama Volunteer Infantry - C.S.A. - located on private property near Shelbyville, TN.--$295.

US Buckles

  1. Very attractive 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.

  2. 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.

  3. 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.

  4. Drop dead beautiful excavated cast brass OFFICER'S Model 1851 rectangular Federal eagle sword belt plate.  This is the style sword belt plate that was made for officers with the wreath solid cast. It was recovered by Art Keene on (private property at the Wilderness.) Get this !! (50 YEARS AGO THIS PAST JAN. -"1972")  Good luck even finding a place to put your coil to the ground there now !!!.--$425.

  5. Absolutely beautiful excavated condition, large size, US oval waist belt plate with full lead and all three attaching hooks remaining intact.  This buckle was recovered on private property at the Battle of Stones River over 40 years ago and has a slick, chocolate brown patina and remains solid enough that it could still be worn today.  The plate has not even been completely washed off with some of the battlefield dirt around the letters.--$325.SOLD

  6. Absolutely beautiful condition, 1840 era, die stamped sheet brass, spread-wing Eagle Militia buckle.  In my opinion, these are some of the most beautiful buckles in our United States military history.  This example has a spread-wing Eagle in the center surrounded by stars and a cabled rope.  This is out of a local estate and no doubt saw Confederate usage.  It has a rich, bronze, never cleaned patina, the main hook is intact on the reverse, but, the keeper bar is not present.  This buckle is so pretty, it is just a pleasure to look at.--$650.SOLD

  7. 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.

  8. Drop-dead beautiful condition, excavated, lead-filled, large size US oval cartridge box plate.  This plate was recovered something like 40 years ago from private property at the Battle of Chickamauga and simply could not be prettier.  It has a flawless, smooth, chocolate brown face, full lead in the reverse, and both attachment loops remain intact.  We think there may be faint soldier's initials in the lead in the reverse.--$250.

  9. Excavated, large size, US oval Federal cartridge box plate.  This box plate was recovered on private property here at Stones River about 40 years ago.  The plate has the early "fat letter" style US indicating it is pre-Civil War production.  Both iron attachment loops remain intact.--$195.SOLD

  10. Excavated, circular, lead-filled, Federal Eagle breast plate.  This plate was recovered at the Battle of Nashville, Tennessee, 2nd day fighting.  It has a smooth, chocolate brown patina and full lead in the reverse, but only rusty stubs remain of the iron attachment loops.--$125.

  11. Very pretty condition, excavated, large size, lead-filled, arrow hook pattern, US oval waist belt plate.  This buckle was recovered over 40 years ago by Claiborne Lytle on private property here at Stones River.  The buckle still has a little bit of leather belt under each arrow hook.--$250.

  12. Absolutely beautiful, excavated, solid cast brass, Federal Officer's sword belt plate.  This buckle was recovered on private property along a railroad embankment on the Second Bull Run Battlefield in May of 1975.  It has beautiful, crisp detail and solid cast wreaths surrounding the Eagle.  The keeper hook on the reverse is missing and is almost certainly the reason the plate was discarded.--$350.SOLD

  13. Beautiful condition, excavated, large size, lead-filled US oval waist belt plate.  This plate was recovered about 40 years ago by my hunting buddy, Claiborne Lytle, on private property near Franklin Road where the Battle of Stones River first started on December 31, 1862.  The plate has full lead and a smooth, chocolate patina on the face, but only rusty stubs where the iron hooks once were.--$195.

  14. 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.

  15. Beautiful face, excavated, circular, lead-filled, Federal Eagle breast plate.  This was recovered on private property here at the Battle of Stones River many years ago.  There is writing literally all over the back, but I have not been able to unravel what it says.  This plate will be an excellent addition to any Civil War collection.--$250.

  16. Excavated, circular, Federal Eagle breast plate in "not-so-beautiful" condition.  This breast plate was recovered several years ago from one of the cultivated fields on private property here at the Battle of Stones River.  Maybe not beautiful, but 100% real as a heart attack.--$48.SOLD

  17. 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.

  18. 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.

  19. 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

  20. 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

  21. 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.

  22. Absolutely beautiful condition, excavated, large size, US, lead-filled, oval cartridge box plate.  This plate has a smooth, chocolate brown face with full lead in the reverse, and both iron attachment loops remain perfectly intact.  This plate was recovered back in the 1970's by my old relic-hunting buddy, Claiborne Lytle, from limestone outcroppings on private property here at Stones River.  This plate looks like it's ready to go right back on the box.--$225.

  23. 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.

  24. 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

  25. 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

  26. 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.

  27. 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

  28. 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

  29. 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.

  30. Slick as slick can be excavated large size lead filled U.S. oval cartridge boxplate.  This beauty was recovered over 40 years ago from a Federal camp located on private property near Chickamauga, GA.  You just don't recover plates this nice anymore.--$225.

  31. Absolutely beautiful condition, excavated, large size, US oval cartridge box plate.  This box plate has a mirror slick face with full, smooth lead, and both wire loops intact.  It was recovered by Sid Kerksis in November of 1960 from near Fussell's Mill, Virginia.  You couldn't ask for a plate with more perfection.--$250.

  32. Excellent condition, excavated, circular, Federal Eagle breast plate with a "W. H. Smith - Brooklyn" backmark.  This breast plate was recovered nearly 50 years ago from private property near Chickamauga, Georgia.  The face of this breast plate has a near reflective brown/green patina.  The plate has full lead and both wire loops remaining intact--$250.

  33. 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*

  34. 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.

  35. 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.

  36. 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.

  37. 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.

  38. 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.

  39. 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.

  40. 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.

  41. 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.

  42. 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.

  43. 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

  44. 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*

  45. 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

  46. 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.

  47. 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

  48. 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

  49. 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.

  50. 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.

  51. 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.

  52. 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

  53. 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.

  54. 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

  55. 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.

  56. 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.

  57. 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

  58. 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.

  59. 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.

  60. 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.

  61. 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.

  62. 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.

  63. 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.

  64. 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.

  65. Beautifully ornate, 1840 - 1850 era, gilted, non-excavated, two-piece Militia sword belt plate.  This very ornate buckle retains near 100% bright gold gilt, and most that have been recovered come from Confederate sites.  This buckle would be a fine addition to any Civil War collection.--$450.

  66. Beautiful display containing a non-excavated, Federal Eagle breastplate with nice detail and two small holes where the plate was once mounted on an old relic board.  Also in the display is a large, coat size, non-excavated, Federal "I" (Infantry) Officer's coat button and also a perfect condition large size Federal Staff Officer's uniform button.  This is really a nice-looking display.--$225. for everything including the display case.

  67. 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.

  68. 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.

  69. 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.

  70. 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.

  71. 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

  72. 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.

  73. 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.

  74. 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.

  75. 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.

  76. 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.

  77. 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.

  78. 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.

  79. 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.

  80. 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.

  81. 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.

  82. 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.

  83. 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.

  84. 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.

  85. 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.

  86. 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.

  87. 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

  88. 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..

  89. 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.
  90. 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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