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pretty excavated "tall loop" Leech and Rigdon "08" pattern
C.S. Cavalryman's 2-piece saber belt plate. This buckle
was recovered about 30 years ago from Gen. N. B. Forrest's
Confederate Cavalry camp located on Tippa Creek in North
Mississippi. I personally recovered an identical plate
to this one in the very same camp around 1980. When this
plate was recovered the belt loop on the wreath side was
broken, and has been expertly repaired by the "best around" -
Robert McDaniel. This is a very scarce Confederate sword
belt plate that anyone would be pleased to have in their
collection. It has a smooth perfectly matching chocolate
rare, gilted two-piece South Carolina State Seal sword belt
plate. This plate came from the estate of Capt. Robert
D. White, Co. E of the 25th Regiment, South Carolina Volunteer
Infantry, which was also known as the Beauregard Light
Infantry. About 20 years ago, descendants of Capt. White
brought into the shop and sold to me a silk regimental flag
with a Palmetto tree and "B.L.I." in an arc around the top of
the Palmetto tree. This flag was brought home from the
Civil War by Capt. White, and after restoration, was sold to a
museum near Gettysburg, Pennsylvania. The two-piece
South Carolina buckle was also said to have belonged to Capt.
White. The buckle is highly gilted and has a die struck,
gilted, brass center disc that is sweated to the tongue bar.
The wreath portion of the buckle is highly gilted as well and
fits the tongue perfectly. However, this wreath appears
to be the closest replacement that Capt. White could locate,
after apparently damaging the original wreath issued with the
buckle. The tongue and wreath are a near perfect fit,
but there is slight difference in the belt loops of the two
pieces. This is a beautiful plate and no doubt could
tell one heck of a Civil War story.--$2,950.SOLD
this out !! Excavated 1/2 cast brass Confederate
manufacture rectangular "C.S.A." waist belt plate. This
plate was recovered from an 1863 Confederate winter camp near
Duck River south of here. I have taken a picture of a
C.S.A. rectangle that I recovered from the same area, and of
the exact same type and have laid the picture behind the
broken plate to help clearly show exactly what portion it is.
As most of you know - a complete, perfect example of a
rectangle "C.S.A." is now selling for $2,850. to $3,450.
This "C.S." portion displayed in the way that it is creats the
display effect of a complete "C.S.A." Confederate buckle.
This style buckle was distributed in quanity through the C.S.
Army of Tennessee during the Spring of 1863 when the Army of
Tennessee was camped along Duck River just South of here near
Shelbyville, TN. That is one of the things that I love
about this hobby - You could cut enough lawns to be able to
afford this plate !!!--$750.SOLD
of the rarest of all excavated, Confederate State Seal waist
belt plates. This is the large size, lead-filled,
ALABAMA, Map on Tree Oval. This super rare buckle was
recovered about thirty years ago from Confederate 1863 - 1864
Army of Tennessee winter camps near Dalton, Georgia. It
has been in Coy Kitchen's Confederate plate collection for
over twenty years. The buckle had a light bend when
recovered but was not broken. The bend has been
professionally removed which was accomplished without breaking
the plate, and it looks terrific now. This buckle has
quite nice detail, and you can actually read "Map of Alabama"
on the scroll. Many quite advanced Confederate buckle
collections are missing this super rare buckle.--$8,950.
attractive, excavated, Richmond Arsenal pattern, two-piece, CS
sword belt plate. This buckle was recovered many years
ago from a Confederate Cavalry camp located near Brandy
Station, Virginia. The plate has a nice fit and slight
original body curve and will be an excellent center piece for
an excavated, Confederate artifact display.--$2,595.
dead beautiful excavated large size Confederate "Forked
Tongue" frame waist belt plate. This was recovered many
years ago from Confederate 1863 Army Of Tennessee winter camps
located along Duck River near Shelbyville, TN. This
plate has a nice brown/green woods patina that has never even
been washed off.--$895.
nice condition, thick cast brass, Atlanta style, rectangular
"C.S.A." waist belt plate on original, Confederate waist belt.
With this belt rig came a nice condition, hand-stitched,
Confederate holster for a .36 cal. Navy size revolver.
The belt and buckle have clearly been together for many, many
years as they are literally grown together with green patina.
With the addition of a nice Colt Navy revolver, this will be a
fine museum grade display.--$6,350.
rare, excavated, large size, Leech and Rigdon produced,
enlistedman's two-piece CS saber belt plate. This buckle
has the distinctive Leech and Rigdon "08" lettering pattern
and was recovered on private property near Port Hudson, LA.
The plate has a nice fit and a pretty brown/green woods
pretty, excavated, Richmond Arsenal style, CS two-piece saber
belt plate. This buckle was dug together many years ago
near Brandy Station, Virginia. It has a smooth,
chocolate brown patina, nice fit, and has original body curve.
This Confederate plate would be an excellent addition to any
Civil War collection.--$2,850.
nice condition rare "exaggerated serif" pattern Richmond
Arsenal "C.S." 2-Piece saber belt plate. This plate was
recovered many years ago and has a smooth chocolate brown
patina. It was recovered from Confederate Cavalry camps
located near Spotsylvania, VA. and has a very nice fit and
light body curve.--$2,650.
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
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.
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
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.
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
mint, beautiful, excavated condition on this circular,
Federal, Eagle breast plate. This breast plate was
recovered over 40 years ago from Federal camps near Resaca,
Georgia. The face has a smooth, chocolate brown patina
with crisp, sharp detail, and the reverse has full lead with
both attachment loops intact and literally strong enough to
put back on leather. This is the kind of quality we were
recovering 40 - 50 years ago before acid rain.--$225.
beautiful condition, non-excavated, large size, lead-filled,
1863 style, "Skinny Letter", SNY cartridge box plate.
This plate has a never-cleaned, rich, aged, bronze patina on
the face with full lead and both attachment loops intact on
the reverse. This is a letter style that you do not
encounter as often as some of the others.--$795.
nice condition, unissued, brown buff, Federal waist belt with
the original, large size, lead-filled, US oval waist belt
plate. The belt is "Young" maker marked and remains as
pliable and perfect today as when it was manufactured.
You won't find a nicer one.--$695.
rare, excavated, large size, lead-filled, US Oval cartridge
box plate with BRASS loops. We pretty much exclusively
recover these in early war Ohio Infantry camps. This is
one of the nicer excavated examples that I have seen in a long
condition, excavated, large size, plain face, regulation,
Federal Cavalry Martingale Heart. This Martingale is out
of the Charles Sweeney collection and was recovered over 30
years ago from Federal camps at La Grange, Tennessee. La
Grange is well known for its sandy soil and beautiful
condition artifacts, and this Martingale is no exception.
It has a smooth, brown/green patina on the face and full lead
intact in the reverse. This is one that you will not
ever need to upgrade.--$595.
less than "drop-dead beautiful" condition, excavated, medium
size O.V.M. lead-filled waist belt plate. This plate was
recovered during the early 1970's on private property near
Shiloh. The face has a slick, near reflective, chocolate
brown patina with full lead and both attachment hooks intact
on the reverse. This O.V.M. buckle is so nice that it
would be virtually impossible to improve upon.--$2,150.SOLD
as pretty as they get, excavated, large oval, lead-filled
"VMM" (Volunteer Maine Militia) cartridge box plate.
This excellent plate was recovered during the early 1970's
from the Maine Troop camps located near Port Hudson, LA.
This example has full lead and 1 1/2 of the wire attachment
loops remaining intact. The face of this plate has a
slick, reflective, chocolate brown patina with detail as crisp
as the day it was issued.--$1,250.
rare, complete, Model 1851, Federal Eagle sword belt rig
complete with both leather drops remaining intact. The
leather belt is a little stiff but remains complete with no
breaks or repairs. This would be a perfect rig to
display with your Model 1860 Light Cavalry saber and
nice condition, 1870 - 1880 era, Federal sword belt plate and
original leather belt. This is generally considered the
Model 1874 or "Indian War" Era Federal beltrig. The
buckle has a pleasing, uncleaned, bronze, aged patina, and the
belt remains complete and pliable.--$150.SOLD
drop dead beautiful MINT large size arrow hook U.S. oval waist
belt plate on mint unissued brown buff leather belt.
This belt rig was no nicer 150 years ago than it is today
SELDOM RECOVERED - Excavated Federal carbine sling buckle and
matching belt tip that is "E. Gaylord - Chicopee, Mass." Maker
Marked and "T. J. Sheppard - U.S." Inspector Marked. And
to make it even nicer - The belt tip still has some of the
original leather belt still intact on the reverse. Very
few excavated collections have one of these.--$295.
condition, non-excavated, circular, Federal, Eagle
breastplate. The face has crisp detail and a smooth,
aged, bronze patina. The reverse has full lead, and both
wire attaching loops remain perfectly intact. If you
have been looking for an original, nice quality, Federal
breastplate, they don't get much prettier than this
mint, beautiful condition, excavated, circular, lead filled,
Federal Eagle breastplate. This excellent plate was
recovered over 40 years ago on private property near 2nd
Manassas. It has an excellent face, full lead, and both
wire attaching loops perfectly intact.--$250.
attractive excavated "U.S." oval large size cartridge
boxplate. The REALLY cool thing about this plate is the
3rd Corps symbol carved into the lead in the back. The
plate was recovered from private property near Falmouth, VA.
It is a rarity to find any artifact with a carved corps badge,
and 3rd Corps is a special rarity.--$250.
condition, excavated, Model 1851, cast brass, Federal
Officer's sword belt plate and keeper. This is the
officer's variety in that the plate has integrally cast
wreaths around the Eagle. This buckle was recovered many
years ago from an 1863 Federal winter camp on private property
just west of Triune, Tennessee.--$395.
condition and quite rare, non-excavated, 1840 - 1850
production, lead filled, large oval U.S. waist belt plate with
stud type hooks. We tend to recover this style U.S. Oval
waist belt plate from 1861 and 1862 early war Federal camp
sites. This example has a beautiful, rich, aged patina
with full lead and all three hooks intact on the
rare and in very nice condition, non-excavated, Model 1839,
small size oval U.S. waist belt plate. This plate has a
nice patina on the face with full lead and both brass hooks
intact on the reverse. Early issue small size U.S.
buckles and plates are usually recovered from 1861 and 1862
Civil War sites.--$350.
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
condition, non-excavated, Federal, circular, lead-filled,
Eagle cross belt plate. The plate has an excellent face
with a rich, aged patina, full lead, and both belt loops
intact on the reverse. You couldn't ask for a nicer
condition, non-excavated, large size, US Oval cartridge box
plate. The attachment loops on this plate are 2 5/8
inches apart. If you have a Federal cartridge box
missing the box plate, this plate will nicely complete your
brought into the shop, fresh out of an Ohio estate sale, large
size, lead-filled, early War puppy-paw hook, US Oval waist belt
plate on original black bridle leather waist belt. The
buckle has never been cleaned since the Civil War and has a
thick, brown/black patina on the face, full lead, and all three
hooks intact on the reverse. This pattern "puppy-paw hook"
style US Oval dates the early years of the Civil War.--$550.
condition, Model 1851, NCO Eagle Sword belt plate and original
leather waist belt. The buckle has a beautiful, never
cleaned, aged, bronze patina with the silver wreath remaining
100% intact. The leather belt remains complete, strong,
and very pliable.--$650.
large size, puppy-paw hook pattern, Oval SNY (State of New York)
waist belt plate. The buckle has a pleasing, chocolate
brown patina with a little scattered green. The reverse
has full lead and all three attachment hooks intact. It
was recovered about 40 years ago on private property at
Harrison's Landing, Virginia.--$895.
circular, lead-filled, Eagle breast plate. The face has
a smooth, chocolate brown patina with crisp detail. The
reverse has full lead and 1 1/2 of the two wire attachment
loops remaining intact. This plate was recovered many,
many years ago from a Federal campsite in Central
pristine beautiful, excavated, Model 1851, Federal Eagle sword
belt plate with applied wreaths. This plate was dug over
30 years ago and has a beautiful, slick, olive green patina,
and the applied wreaths remain over 90% intact. This is
one of the nicest excavated Model 1851 Eagle sword belt plates
that I have seen on the market in a long time.--$350.
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.
pretty, excavated, large oval, lead-filled, US Cartridge box
plate. This plate was recovered on private property near
Chickamauga, Georgia, on February 10, 1978. The face has a
smooth, chocolate brown patina, and the reverse has full lead
and both attachment loops intact and is backmarked, "Boyd and
Sons - Boston". There is a small cut along the top edge of
the plate that appears to be original to the plate from the time
it was lost. Maker marked plates this nice just are not
being recovered anymore.--$250.
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.
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.
large size, lead filled US Oval cartridge box plate.
This plate was recently recovered on private property near
Shiloh. The face has a smooth brown/green patina, and
the reverse has full lead intact and the rust remnants of
where the two wire loops once were. This is a good
quality plate for a current recovery.--$150.
attractive and quite rare to recover regulation large size
lead filled Federal Cavalry Martingale Heart. Most finds
this nice were recovered thirty years or more in the past.
That is not the case with this artifact - It was recovered
within the past 12 months on private property after Shiloh and
from a Federal Cavalry position located near Corinth,
Mississippi. The face has a smooth brown/green patina
with full, smooth lead, and two of the three attachment wires
remaining intact on the reverse. Aside from a couple
very small spiderweb freeze cracks, you couldn't ask for a
more attractive RECENTLY excavated Martingale Heart.--$475.
beautiful condition, complete Model 1832, Federal Artillery
short sword, scabbard, and belt rig. The sword itself
has a clean blade just beginning to darken in areas with age.
The blade is marked "N.P. Ames Cabotville" on one side and
"U.S. - 1847" on the other. The short sword is mounted
on the extremely rare, original, white buff belt with the two
disc style cast brass buckle. The belt remains complete
and quite pliable and is maker marked, "H. Dingee - New York"
on the belt reverse. The belt remains strong, but
clearly shows actual field service. The buckle has a
rich, aged, never cleaned patina.--$2,450.
interesting sword belt rig. This rig has a beautiful
condition Civil War era Officer's integrally cast wreath
pattern cast brass officer's sword belt plate mounted on an
Indian War era leather sword belt with classic Indian War era
round adjuster hooks. It is likely that this could be an
Indian War era belt rig sporting an earlier era Civil War
Officer's Eagle Cast Brass Sword Belt Plate. The
beautiful Civil War Officer Buckle is worth the price of the
rig all by itself alone.--$425.
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.
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
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
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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..
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.
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.
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
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
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.
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
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.
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
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.