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  1. Absolutely beautiful, excavated, thick Atlanta, Georgia pattern, cast brass, rectangular CSA.  This was dug about 40 years ago from a lawn along Columbia Pike at the Battle of Franklin, Tennessee.  It has a beautiful, chocolate brown patina, body curve, and all three attachment hooks intact.  This is the style rectangular CSA that was issued near Dalton, Georgia, during the winter of 1863 - 1864.  It was worn by many of General Hood's Army of Tennessee as they entered the Battle of Franklin, Tennessee.  This buckle is absolutely perfect and is nice enough to literally still be worn today.  If you have been waiting for a super nice Confederate buckle centerpiece for your collection, they just don't get prettier than this one.--$4,250.SOLD

  2. Absolutely beautiful, excavated, large size, Confederate "forked tongue" frame buckle.  This buckle was recovered about 20 years ago from the 1863 camp of the 16th Alabama Infantry.  This camp was located along the banks of Duck River near Shelbyville, Tennessee, and we recovered a total of seven frame buckles from this camp.  It has nice body curve and a slick, near reflective brown/green patina.--$895.SOLD

  3. Smoking pretty solid cast brass Army of Tennessee round corner CS waist belt plate.  This buckle was recovered 47 years ago (Jan. 22, 1977) at Spanish Fort, Alabama.  The plate has a beautiful light green woods patina, and has never even been washed off !!!  It has nice deep "spundowns" around the hooks, and has one "long hook" - one "short hook", and one broken hook.  It has been a couple years since I saw an Army of Tenn. C.S. plate this pretty dug around here.--$3,850.

  4. Drop-dead smoking beautiful "Tennessee style", cast brass rectangle CSA Confederate waist belt plate.  This buckle was actually "eyeballed" by an arrowhead hunter at a house site in north Georgia near the Battle of Chickamauga.  Every collector would like to have at least one "Published" artifact in his collection.  This buckle is not only published (Field Recoveries in Volume 36, #4, 2012 "North South Trader's Civil War"), but literally covers 1/3 of the page.  The house site where this buckle was found is very close to the Battlefield of Chickamauga and likely cared for wounded soldiers.  The buckle has perfect body curve, a smooth chocolate brown uncleaned patina, and all three attachment hooks full length and remaining perfectly intact.  You could not ask for a more perfect and beautiful example, not to mention being published in "North South Trader's Civil War".--$3,450.SOLD

  5. Excavated "Snake Portion" of a three piece Confederate Snake Buckle.  This "Snake" was recovered from the camp of the 51st Alabama Cavalry located near Fosterville, TN.  It is the two-headed style that we most often excavated from Confederate camps and were issued with Confederate accoutrements.--$125.SOLD*

  6. Excavated "Snake Portion" of a three piece Confederate Snake Buckle.  This "Snake" was recovered from the camp of the 51st Alabama Cavalry located near Fosterville, TN.  It is an unusual style with a head - tail configuration rather than having a "Head" on each end as they usually do.--$125.

  7. Drop-dead beautiful, excavated, gilted Haiman style CS two-piece sword belt plate.  This buckle was recovered many, many years ago from the camp of the 1st Georgia Cavalry located near Hoover's Gap, Tennessee.  The two pieces were dug right together and both have bright, gold gilt.  In 50 years, I have only had three of these.  This ranks right up there with the very rarest you'll find.--$6,500.SOLD

  8. Excavated, clip-corner, sheet brass, plain face, Confederate rectangular waist belt plate.  This plate was recovered many years ago on private property at Ft. Donelson, Tennessee.  These type buckles are carried over from use in various Militias, and their use gradually fades away in later years of the Civil War.  It has a smooth, chocolate patina, and the hooks are missing which is why the plate was likely discarded.--$325.

  9. Excavated, EXTREMELY RARE, wreath portion of a Confederate State Seal, two-piece buckle.  This buckle was recovered from an 1863 Alabama Cavalry camp and very likely had a tongue like the Alabama tongue and wreath on page 107 in Steve Mullinax's Confederate Buckle book.  This "oak leaf" pattern wreath is correct for a number of different Confederate State Seals.  I have seen Alabama, Georgia, North Carolina, South Carolina, and Virginia all with wreaths of this type.  The center disc can be up to 1 1/4 inches in diameter.  The belt loop is 2 inches outside to outside and takes a 1 5/8 inch to 1 3/4 inch belt.  It has a pretty pea-green patina and could finish out one whale of a nice Confederate State Seal two-piece.  When recovered, this wreath had a break in the belt loop.  It has been expertly restored, and you 100% cannot find where the break was.  It has been many years since I last saw a loose wreath like this for sale.--$975.

  10. Rare, rare Richmond Arsenal pattern CS Enlistedman's Cavalry sword belt rig.  This belt rig was a part of the nationally known Steve Mullinax collection for many years.  The CS two-piece sword belt plate buckle is a regulation Richmond Arsenal product and has a rich, never cleaned, aged bronze patina.  The belt itself is an original "bullet stitch" Confederate Richmond Arsenal belt but was in an attic for many years and gradually became hard as a rock.  We have used Picard (lots of Picard) to get the belt in a state to display.  The belt displays nicely but has numerous cracks and a couple of breaks.  You will likely never see an original Richmond Arsenal CS belt plate on an original "Bullet Stitch" Confederate belt at a price like this again.  We are pricing it at pretty much the value of the non-excavated CS two-piece buckle alone.--$4,500.

  11. Absolutely beautiful condition, excavated, "Richmond Arsenal" style CS two-piece, tongue and wreath sword belt plate.  This buckle was recovered about 40 years ago from a Confederate Cavalry camp near Brandy Station, Virginia.  The two buckle halves were a belt length apart.  You couldn't ask for a nicer two-piece CS sword belt plate.--$3,250.

  12. Extremely rare, excavated, plain face, cast pewter, Confederate oval waist belt plate.  There are only thought to be about 20 or so of these in existence.  They are the product of a small Confederate foundry and seem to have been issued in Western Theater Army of Tennessee Confederate camps in spring of 1863.  I dug the example of this plate that is pictured in Lon Keim's book, Confederate General Service Buckles, on page 31.  My buckle was recovered from the camp of the 1st Arkansas Infantry, and this buckle was recovered from the same camp.  This buckle has a very faint "CS" carved into the pewter with a pocket knife.  The "C" is quite visible, but the "S" not so much.  All three brass stud hooks remain intact on the reverse.  Very few of these plates have survived.--$695.SOLD

  13. Really pretty Non-Dug - C.S. hand me down - large size Confederate Forked Tongue Frame Confederate Waist belt plate.  This buckle is out of a local family, and I have a good idea of who likely wore it.  This Confederate buckle shows lots of wear from many a campaign.  Believe it or not - Non-excavated Confederate frame buckles are FAR harder to locate than excavated examples.--$895.SOLD

  14. Excavated portion of a Confederate "gutter back" Georgia frame buckle.  This buckle was recovered about 30 years ago by Wade Buchanon here at Stones River near Franklin Road where the Confederate Infantry first struck the Federal line.  It makes you wonder what happened that caused the Confederate buckle to snap in half.--$89.

  15. Very nice condition, excavated, cast brass, Army of Tennessee pattern, round corner, CS waist belt plate.  This buckle has two complete, full length hooks and a third shorter hook that had an air bubble in the end.  It has a dark brown/green patina overall and is near reflective.  This buckle was recovered about 40 years ago from the 1863 winter camp of the 1st Alabama Cavalry located near Midland, Tennessee.--$3,850.SOLD

  16. Very pretty, excavated Leech & Rigdon wreath portion to the "08" pattern two-piece sword belt plate.  This pattern wreath needs a tongue that measures 1 1/8 inch across the disc and a belt loop that measures 1 3/4 inch outside to outside.  When recovered, the outside belt loop had a break, but it has been professionally restored.  If someone out there has a Leech & Rigdon "08" pattern tongue, here is your chance to complete your buckle.--$895.

  17. Very attractive, excavated, wreath portion of a "Richmond Arsenal" style CS two-piece sword belt plate.  This wreath was recovered many years ago from a Confederate Cavalry camp located near Brandy Station, Virginia.  When the wreath was recovered, the belt loop on the side was broken but was present.  It has been expertly restored, and if you have a Richmond Arsenal CS tongue that will fit, this will make a beautiful complete CS sword belt plate.  The wreath measures 2 inches outside to outside on the belt loop and will take a CS disc measuring 1 1/8 to 1 3/16 inches across.  It has become very difficult to find a loose wreath to complete a CS sword belt plate.  This one has a nice, uncleaned, brown/green patina.--$650.SOLD

  18. Excavated, "snake section" of a three-piece Confederate snake buckle.  This snake centerpiece is smaller than most that we recover and is also quite intricate.  It shows clear evidence of wear and having seen service.--$95.

  19. Absolutely beautiful condition, excavated, Richmond Arsenal pattern "CS" tongue and wreath sword belt plate.  The two pieces were dug together by Jerry Headley approximately 40 years ago.  The buckle was recovered from a Confederate Cavalry camp located near Brock Road at the Battle of the Wilderness.  This buckle is a beauty and remains just as dug with no repairs whatsoever.  They just aren't being dug this nice anymore.--$3,250.

  20. Very nice condition, large belt loop (2 inch belt), English snake buckle.  This is the style buckle that we most often encounter from Confederate camp sites.  They were issued with Enfield accoutrements.  This one was brought into the shop by a local family and remains in excellent condition with a dark, aging patina.--$495.

  21. Excavated, large Breckenridge pattern, CS oval Confederate waist belt plate.  This buckle was recovered at the Battle of Franklin, Tennessee, about 30 years ago.  It appears to have been struck by a spent pistol ball, and we have placed a ball in the impression for display.  The buckle has a smooth, uncleaned, brown/green patina and all three attachment hooks intact on the reverse.--$3,250.SOLD

  22. Beautiful condition, excavated, "wreath portion" of a Richmond Arsenal style CS two-piece sword belt plate.  This wreath was recovered near Brandy Station, Virginia, several years ago, and all it needs is a correct Richmond Arsenal CS tongue to be a super nice Confederate sword belt plate.  Of all the different styles CS two-piece buckles, there seems to be more of this pattern than any other.  There is no doubt someone out there that has dug a Richmond Arsenal CS tongue needs this piece.  It has a really nice, uncleaned, brown/green patina.--$950.

  23. SUPER RARE "MEDIUM SIZE" SC (SOUTH CAROLINA) oval recovered MANY years ago from an early Civil War SOUTH CAROLINA Militia camp located near CHARLESTON, SC.  The buckle has a little rim restoration, and a couple rust spots, but is one VERY rare buckle, and displays NICELY.  The buckle has full lead, and all three attachment hooks intact.  It has been multi years since I have had one of these to offer !!--$3,750.SOLD

  24. Drop-dead beautiful, SOLID CAST, regulation style, CS oval waist belt plate.  These plates were from a smaller shop in Central or Southern Mississippi.  The plates were made by using a die-struck CS oval buckle as the master and making a sand mold.  We are certain that a die-struck plate was the master, because the letters are impressed from the rear as a die-struck plate would be.  A sand-cast mold was made, and while the brass was still molten, three brass rods were inserted and later bent over to form the hooks.  These buckles differ from standard CSA rectangles in that, with the rectangles, the hooks are integrally cast.  It is quite common on the solid cast CS oval plates for the hooks to either break off or pull out of the back of the plate.  This example was recovered from a Confederate camp near Vicksburg, Mississippi about 40 years ago.  It has never even been under a water faucet and still has the original dirt clinging to it when dug.  This is a rarity "9" level plate and is very seldom offered for sale, and now, the catcher - this is the VERY BUCKLE pictured in Steve Mullinax's Belt Buckles and Plates, November 1991 printing, page 72, plate 126.--$4,850.SOLD

  25. Excellent condition, thick Atlanta style rectangle CSA on original brown pigskin belt.  The belt remains in complete pliable condition, and the buckle shows nice service wear with all three attachment hooks present.  This is a museum grade Confederate waist belt rig.--$5,750.

  26. 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 (6)six excellent condition, coat size, Civil War issue, Superior Quality, "C.S.A." uniform buttons and (2) two coat size Federal Staff Officer buttons of the type frequently worn by Confederate Officers.  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.--$6,495.

  27. Beautiful condition, solid cast brass, Army of Tennessee (C.S.) round corner, Confederate waist belt plate on original brown pigskin belt.  This buckle has a beautiful, aged, never cleaned patina with lots of remaining residue of original black enamel.  All three hooks remain intact on the reverse, and the belt remains complete without a single break.  This Confederate belt rig deserves to be in a museum or a high grade collection.--$7,950.SOLD

  28. Excellent condition, excavated, large size, "Georgia Frame" Confederate waist belt buckle.  This buckle has a slick, near reflective green patina and was recovered from a Confederate Infantry camp in old oak woods near Fredericksburg, Virginia.  You couldn't ask to recover a nicer example.--$650.SOLD

  29. Absolutely beautiful condition, excavated, "Richmond Arsenal" style CS two-piece, tongue and wreath sword belt plate.  This buckle was recovered about 40 years ago from a Confederate Cavalry camp near Brandy Station, Virginia.  The two buckle halves were a belt length apart.  You couldn't ask for a nicer two-piece CS sword belt plate.--$3,250.SOLD*

  30. Smoking Pretty excavated rectangular Louisiana lead filled Confederate waist belt plate.  This beautiful Confederate State Seal waist belt plate was recovered several years ago from an 1863 Confederate winter camp located just South of Fredericksburg, VA.  The plate has a smooth chocolate patina, and super nice detail on the Pelican, nest, and babies.  The plate has full lead and all 3 attachment hooks intact.  When the plate was recovered there was some damage to the very tip of the lower left corner of the plate, and that has been professionally restored.  You literally can't see it !!!  This Louisiana State Seal would be "KILLER" in any museum or private collection.--$3,450. SOLD

  31. 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.SOLD

  32. Beautiful slick, reflective light pea green patina on this excavated large size Confederate "Forked Tongue" Frame buckle.  This plate was recovered over 50 years ago from private property near 2nd Manassas, VA.  Just super nice !!--$895.SOLD

  33. Beautiful green patina, Confederate Georgia frame waist belt plate.  This was recovered from an Alabama Cavalry camp near Fosterville Tennessee.--$595.SOLD

  34. Excavated, large size, lead-filled Martingale Heart.  This is a standard issue, Federal plain face Martingale but was recovered from a Confederate Cavalry camp in Middle Tennessee.  The plate shows lots of service dings and no doubt saw many Cavalry campaigns.--$450.

  35. Excavated smooth face Confederate sheet brass rectangular waist belt plate.  This buckle was recovered from a Confederate camp area on private property near the Battle of Manassas, VA.  It has a smooth brown - green patina, and has two small holes where the keeper bar pulled through the plate.  This is a very typical "early War" Confederate waist belt plate.--$195.SOLD

  36. Beautiful condition, excavated, stamped brass, droop-wing Eagle device from an 1830 era cross belt plate.  This was recovered from an early war Confederate camp where numerous Mexican War era equipment was carried over by Confederates and used during the Civil War.  The stamped brass Eagle plate remains in perfect condition.--$350.

  37. This is the way we used to dig them 40 years ago.  This is an accentuated serif, Richmond Arsenal pattern, 2-piece, CS sword belt plate.  The buckle was recovered from a Confederate Cavalry camp near Brandy Station, Virginia, and in all these years, it remains dirty just like it was dug.  I have left many of my own buckles just like this one, not even washed off.  If you are looking for a centerpiece for your excavated, Confederate relic display, it just doesn't get better than this.--$2,950.SOLD

  38. Extremely rare, excavated, "Ball Serif" style CS two-piece sword belt plate.  This scarce style CS two-piece has the distinction of having a solid backed style wreath.  This buckle was recovered many years ago from the area around Culpepper, Virginia, where most of this style buckle is recovered.  The plate has a smooth, chocolate brown patina, and the two pieces fit and match nicely.  This style CS two-piece is only recovered in very specific areas and is becoming a tough variety to find.--$2,450.SOLD

  39. Very pretty, excavated, "plain-face", Leech & Rigdon, Confederate two-piece sword belt plate.  This buckle was recovered about 40 years ago from Confederate camps on private property near Fort Donelson.  It was found by Otis Brown, and I first purchased the plate after Otis passed away about 25 years ago.  It has a beautiful matching green patina.  It is one of the nicest examples of the plain-face Leech & Rigdon buckle that you are going to see.--$1,450.SOLD

  40. This is one of the nicest Richmond Arsenal style CS two-piece tongue and wreath sword belt plates that I have had in a long time.  It was recovered many years ago near Brandy Station, Virginia, and the two pieces are perfectly matching and were dug together.  They just don't get prettier than this one.--$2,950.SOLD

  41. Excavated 3 inch cast brass Revolutionary War era shoe buckle recovered from a Texas Cavalry camp site.  We feel sure this heavy cast brass buckle was being worn as a waist belt buckle by a member of the 8th Texas Cavalry (and not as a shoe buckle) !!  In this same Texas camp we found several infantry musket barrels that had been cut off -- out of necessity - making shorter Cavalry weapons out of full length infantry muskets.  Wharton's 8th Texas Rangers were "making do" with what they had.--$48.SOLD

  42. Just in, and purchased directly from the family  - Smoking nice Confederate Cavalry estate belonging to Daniel Francis Taylor of Wayne County Mississippi.  Wayne County is located just North of Mobile , Alabama.  In this estate is a drop dead beautiful Atlanta style rectangle C.S.A. waist belt buckle on the original brown pig-skin belt.  The buckle has a rich aged patina, and wide tooth file marks all the way around it.  There is a fully cased, crystal clear 1/6th plate tintype of Daniel pictured holding his unstopped fuller "Dog River" Confederate Cavalry Saber.  The actual "Dog River Factory" was nearly within walking distance of his home !!!  In the image Daniel is wearing a Model 1851 Federal Cavalry Sword Belt rig which is also still with the estate.  His brass cased compass is with the estate, and still works perfectly.  There are two additional photographs in the estate.  One is an ambrotype of his Dad, and the other image is an ambrotype of a young lady and a wedding ring is with it.  I feel sure that is his wife.  There is also a bullet mold, and a powder horn that are attributed on a tag to being his.  Forty years ago I used to have family groupings like this brought in quite often, but that era is "Gone With The Wind" - and it is a once in a year or more thing anymore to get a really nice Confederate estate like this.  You are not going to see a nicer thick Atlanta style C.S.A. on pigskin than this one.--$7,850. For The Entire Estate.SOLD

  43. 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.SOLD

  44. 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.SOLD

  45. 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*

  46. 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

  47. 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

  48. 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*

  49. SOLD

  50. 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

  51. 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

  52. 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

  53. 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

  54.  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

  55. 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

  56. 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

  57. 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.SOLD

  58. 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.

  59. 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

  60. 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.

  61. 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. Excellent condition, non-excavated, "baby US", 1839 pattern, single hook, lead-filled, US oval waist belt plate.  These buckles actually predate the Civil War, and I have recovered five of them from Confederate camps in this area.  This example has a pretty face with a gently aging patina and full lead in the reverse with both hooks remaining perfectly intact.--$425.

  2. Very pretty, excavated, large size, lead-filled, arrow-hook, US oval waist belt plate.  This buckle was recovered over 40 years ago among the limestone out-croppings on private property here at Stones River.  You could literally still wear this buckle today.--$325.

  3. Absolutely beautiful, non-excavated, square pattern, 1812 - 1820 era, Militia waist belt plate.  This beautiful plate has an Eagle motif in the center with flags and cannons in the background.  This buckle was carried home by a Confederate at the end of the Civil War.  Confederate soldiers wore many pre-war militia style plates due to the scarcity of actual Confederate buckles, especially early in the war.  This buckle has a nice, aged patina with crisp detail, nice body curve, and all attachment hooks intact.  You could not ask for a nicer example.--$650.

  4. Excellent condition, non-excavated, large size, US oval cartridge box plate.  This plate measures 2 1/2 inches between the attachment loops.  If you happen to have a Federal cartridge box needing a cartridge box plate, you won't find one prettier than this one.--$250.

  5. Excellent condition, large size, lead-filled, non-excavated, US oval cartridge box plate.  This box plate has a nice, aged patina on the face and full lead fill with both attachment loops intact on the reverse.  If you have a nice Federal cartridge box missing the plate, here is your chance to complete your box.  This cartridge box plate has the attachment hooks 2 1/2 inches apart.  This plate is going to make someone's cartridge box look like it belongs in a museum.--$250.

  6. Absolutely beautiful condition, large oval, lead-filled, "SNY" (State of New York) 1840 - 1850 era, puppy-paw hook waist belt plate on the original brown buff Civil War waist belt.  This one appears to be unissued and is in super nice condition.  This would be a fine centerpiece to someone's New York collection.--$1,150.

  7. Absolutely drop-dead mint beautiful condition, 1840 era, puppy-paw hook pattern, large oval, lead-filled, US oval waist belt plate.  This buckle is non-excavated and literally could not be nicer.--$375.

  8. Beautiful condition, excavated, lead-filled, Federal Eagle cross belt plate (aka breast plate).  This plate was recovered many years ago from private property near Chickamauga, Georgia.  It has a smoothl, chocolate brown face with nice detail, full lead, and both wire attachment hooks remaining intact.  They are just not being recovered anymore this nice.--$225.

  9. Absolutely beautiful condition non-excavated large size lead filled "U.S." oval cartridge box plate.  The plate has a gently aging patina on the face, with both attachment loops intact on the reverse with the maker mark - "W. H. Smith - Brooklyn" stamped into the lead reverse.  Just a superb example.--$295.

  10. Quite rare, non-excavated, small size, Model 1839, maker marked, U. S. waist belt plate.  The buckle has an excellent face with full lead in the reverse, and has one of the two attachment hooks intact on the reverse.  The buckle is maker marked "J. I.  PITTMAN", and that is one you don't see every day.--$325.

  11. Really pretty, non-excavated, small size, Model 1839, maker marked, US cartridge box plate.  This plate has a smooth, gently aging patina on the face with full lead and both attachment loops intact on the reverse.  It is maker marked, "H. A. Dingee" which is one of the harder to find maker marks.  It has been a long time since I had one of these.--$425.

  12. Very nice condition excavated Federal carbine sling cast brass buckle.  This was recovered many years ago at Camp Stanley here at Murfreesboro, TN.  This was the Federal Cavalry Corp 1863 winter encampment.  The buckle hasn't even been washed off.--$95.

  13. Excavated, large size, US arrowhook pattern oval waist belt plate.  This buckle was recently recovered from private property here at Stones River near where the battle first started.  The buckle is missing some of the rim but has crisp letters, full lead, and all three hooks intact.--$95.SOLD*

  14. Beautiful condition, excavated, large size, arrowhook US oval waist belt plate.  This buckle was recovered about 50 years ago (which is why it is in gorgeous condition) from private property near Chancellorsville, Virginia.  The hooks even still have original silver wash.--$295.

  15. Absolutely beautiful condition excavated circular eagle breastplate.  This plate was recovered 50 years ago on private property among the limestone outcroppings here at the Battle of Stones River.  It has a smooth, chocolate patina and doesn't even have all the dirt washed off.  The reverse has full lead, and both iron attachment loops remain intact.  This plate is so nice, you could almost still wear it.--$225.

  16. Beautiful emerald green patina on this excavated large size U.S. oval cartridge boxplate.  It was recovered almost 50 years ago in a pasture on private property near Chancellorsville, VA.--$185.

  17. Drop-dead beautiful condition, excavated and has never even been washed off, large size, lead-filled, US oval cartridge box plate with full lead and both iron attachment loops remaining intact.  This box plate was recovered from an old oak woods camp near Chancellorsville, Virginia.  Plates this nice are just not being recovered at this point in time.--$250.

  18. Model 1851, Officer's grade sword belt rig.  This belt rig has the Officer's style sword belt plate with the wreaths integrally cast with the buckle.  It has the narrow, early Civil War style keeper hook, and the leather belt remains complete with both leather sword drops.  The belt itself is complete and pliable, and both sword drops are intact with hooks in place but do have cracks and are somewhat fragile.  The buckle has a rich, aged, bronze/brown patina.--$795.

  19. Model 1851, cast brass, Enlistedman's sword belt plate with applied silver wreath on original leather belt.  This is a style belt and buckle appropriate for a Civil War NCO.--$595.

  20. Excellent condition, regulation issue, US waist belt buckle on original waist belt.  The belt remains completely pliable with brass adjustor remaining intact and is double US inspector marked.  The US oval waist belt buckle is in beautiful condition with full lead and all three hooks intact.  This belt rig is as nice as any you will see in a museum.--$650.

  21. Another very pretty excavated local U. S. oval lead filled cartridge boxplate.  It was recovered on private property here at Stones River, and has a nice "W.H. Smith" maker's mark in the reverse.  It has full lead, and one complete attachment hook intact, and a part of the second.--$275.

  22. Mighty fine excavated circular lead filled Federal eagle breastplate.  This was recovered about 45 years ago amoug the limestone outcroppings on private property here at Stones River.  The plate isn't just "jamming nice", but is also "W. H. Smith - Brooklyn" backmarked !!--$295.

  23. Drop dead smokingly beautiful excavated large size, lead filled, U. S. oval arrow hooked U. S. waist belt plate.  This superb excavated buckle was recovered over 40 years ago from private property at the Petersburg, VA. campaign.  It has the super scarce backmark of "W. H. Wilkinson -- Springfield, Mass."  This backmark is lightly struck, and only the finest, early recovered plates have a legible backmark.  The face has a slick - near reflective - chocolate brown patina, and has all three original hooks remaining intact.  It has been years since I've had a nice U. S. buckle with this backmark.--$450.SOLD

  24. Absolutely beautiful condition, excavated, early block letter style, lead-filled US oval cartridge box plate.  This plate was recovered February 15, 1976, at Haynes Bluff on private property near Vicksburg.  It has full lead, and both wire attachment loops remain intact.--$225.

  25. Super nice excavated circular lead filled Federal eagle breastplate.  This beautiful plate was recovered on Feb. 8, 1976 (the very year I purchased the old "Taylor Grocery Store" here at the Battle of Stones River, and 48 years later is still my Relic Shop !!!)  This outstanding breastplate was recovered at "Haynes Bluff" which is part of the Vicksburg, MS. campaign.--$225.

  26. Absolutely beautiful condition, excavated, large size, excavated, arrow-hook pattern, US regulation waist belt plate.  This was recovered on private property here at Stones River over 40 years ago.  It is literally nice enough to wear today.--$275.SOLD*

  27. Beautiful condition, excavated, circular, Federal Eagle breast plate.  This plate was recovered about 40 years ago on private property among the limestone outcroppings here at Stones River.  This plate literally remains perfect enough to wear.--$225.

  28. Excellent condition, non-excavated, large size, early block letter pattern U.S. oval cartridge boxplate.  This plate has a rich, uncleaned, dark patina and has full lead and both attachment loops intact.  The attachment loops are 2 1/4 inches apart, if you have a cartridge box needing one.--$250.

  29. Very pretty condition, excavated, circular, lead-filled, Federal Eagle breast plate.  This plate was recovered by Charlie Harris many years ago.  It has a smooth brown patina and nice detail on the face and full lead in the reverse.  Carved with a pen knife into the reverse is the soldier's name, "E. W. Garty".  We have not had the opportunity to research him.--$225.

  30. Absolutely beautiful condition, excavated, Officer pattern, Model 1851, cast brass sword belt plate with integrally cast wreaths.  This buckle was recovered many years ago here at Stones River and has some writing on the back that appears to have been done with a pen knife and looks to be a soldier's name or initials.  The plate has a beautiful, smooth, chocolate brown patina.--$375.

  31. Very nice condition non-excavated large size lead filled U. S. oval cartridge boxplate.  The face couldn't be prettier, and at one time was "backmarked", but I can only see a few letters of the backmark now.  The iron attachment loops were "snipped" long ago, but the stubs of the attachment loops remain.  The plate has super nice display eye appeal.--$175.

  32. Really pretty excavated Model 1851 cast brass eagle sword belt plate.  This plate was recovered on private property here at Murfreesboro many, many years ago.  When the plate was recovered about 90% of the applied wreath was intact, and the missing portion has been re-cast with epoxy so as to display nicer.  The repaired portion of the wreath is at the very bottom - left of center.  Most excavated Model 1851 sword belt plates have near "0" wreath remaining.  This is the rare exception with most (90%) remaining.--$375.

  33. Absolutely beautiful condition, excavated, large size US cartridge box plate.  This plate was recovered about 45 years ago on private property here at Stones River and has a near reflective chocolate brown patina.  The reverse has full lead and one of the wire attachment loops intact.  It would be hard to recover a nicer face than this box plate has.--$185.

  34. Excellent condition, non-excavated, large size, lead-filled US oval cartridge box plate.  This box plate is out of a central Ohio estate sale and has a never-cleaned, chocolate brown patina that literally rivals a dug patina.  The reverse has full lead and both wire attachment loops remain intact and are 2 5/8 inch apart.  If you have a Federal cartridge box lacking the box plate, you are not going to find one more untouched than this one.--$250.

  35. Very pretty, excavated, large size, lead filled, US oval waist belt plate with "puppy-paw" style hooks.  This buckle was recovered many years ago (1972) by Ed Heck from the Federal camps along the North Anna River in Virginia.  This buckle is missing the front hook, but is otherwise flawless.--$275.

  36. Excellent condition, excavated, lead-filled, circular, Federal Eagle breast plate.  This plate was recovered about 40 years ago on private property here at Stones River by Wade Buchanan.  You couldn't ask for a nicer plate with crisp detail on the face, pretty, uncleaned woods patina, full lead, and both attachment loops intact.--$225.

  37. Excavated, large oval, SNY waist belt plate.  This is one of the waist belt plates that was recovered from the sunken ship in the James River.  This SNY had the three iron hook hooking system on the revers, and the iron hooks are rusted away.  The buckle has a very pleasing appearance.  This style buckle is quite rare and has only been recovered in two or three sites.--$595.

  38. 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.

  39. Very nice condition, large size, lead-filled, arrow hook pattern, US oval waist belt plate on original black leather belt.  The brass adjuster remains intact as well as the original percussion cap box with "C.S. Storms" maker mark.  This is a very attractive complete belt rig.--$695.

  40. Beautiful condition, excavated, large size, lead-filled US oval cartridge box plate.  This plate was recovered on private property here at Stones River over 40 years ago.  It has a smooth, chocolate brown face, full lead, and both attachment loops remain intact.--$225.

  41. Excellent condition, excavated, circular Eagle breast plate.  This plate was recovered on private property here at Stones River over 40 years ago.  It has a smooth chocolate patina, full lead, and one of the two attachment loops remaining intact.--$195.

  42. Drop dead beautiful, excavated, large size, lead-filled US oval cartridge box plate.  This plate was recovered on private property here at Stones River over 40 years ago.  It has a reflective, brown/green patina, full lead, and both attachment loops remaining intact.  This one is literally about nice enough to go back on a box.--$225.SOLD

  43. Really nice excavated "W. H. Smith - Brooklyn" maker marked Federal eagle breastplate.  This was recovered on private property here at Stones River between 40 and 50 years ago.  The first one of these that I ever recovered was about 50 years ago, and there were virtually no reference books.  I was all excited thinking that I had recovered W. H. Smith's personal breastplate.  The thrill of thinking "that" only lasted a few minutes until Wade (my relic hunting buddy) ALSO found W. H. Smith's personal breastplate !!!  Those were some wonderful days !!!--$325.

  44. Beautiful condition, original brown leather waist belt with large oval, 1840 - 1850 era, puppy-paw hook, lead-filled oval with "W. H. Smith Brooklyn" backmark.  The belt remains pliable as can be, and the "W. H. Smith Brooklyn" backmark is clear as a bell.--$695.

  45. Excellent condition, excavated, Federal Eagle breast plate recovered about 40 years ago on private property here at Stones River by my old hunting buddy, Wade Buchanan.  You could pretty much put this one back on and wear it.--$225.

  46. Large size, 1840 - 1850 era, puppy paw hook, lead-filled US oval on original black leather belt.  This belt remains strong enough that you could literally put it on and wear it.--$595.SOLD*

  47. Very nice condition, 1850 - 1870 era, Militia or Cadet waist belt rig.  The leather belt remains in nice condition but does have one old break that has been repaired.  The buckle is a cast brass frame style and has a brass tip that covers the end of the leather belt.  This is a very nice looking belt rig that could have seen either CS or US service.--$395.

  48. Nice condition, excavated, circular, lead-filled, Federal Eagle breast plate.  This plate was recovered about 40 years ago along the Federal line on private property just down the street from the shop here at the Battle of Stones River.  It has nice detail and a smooth, brown patina with full lead and rusty stubs where the iron attachment loops once were.--$150.SOLD*

  49. Beautiful condition, excavated, Model 1851 Eagle sword belt plate that was recovered over 30 years ago from Camp Stanley here at Murfreesboro, Tennessee.  The plate has a smooth, chocolate brown patina, nice original body curve with both hook and keeper loop intact.  Solder marks can be clearly seen where the applied wreath once was.  Just a really nice one.--$375.

  50. Beautiful condition, excavated, circular Eagle breast plate with "W. H. Smith - Brooklyn" backmark.  This plate was recovered here long ago and is in the condition that we recovered 30 - 40 years ago.--$325.

  51. Excavated, large size US oval cartridge box plate.  This plate has a smooth, brown patina on the face and full lead in the reverse.  The wire loops are rusted away, but the stubs remain where they once were.--$165.

  52. Non-excavated, large size, arrow-hook US oval waist belt plate.  The plate has a nice, uncleaned, aged bronze patina on the face with full lead and all three hooks intact on the reverse.  There appears to be soldiers initials cut into the lead on the back side.  This buckle was purchased several years ago out of an Ohio estate sale.--$195.

  53. Super nice condition, non-excavated, Model 1851 solid cast brass Officer's Eagle sword belt plate with integrally cast wreaths retaining lots of original bright gold gilt.  This buckle has the medium width tongue which is correct Civil War production for this plate.  This buckle came out of an Orange County, Virginia, estate sale many years ago and could very easily have been Confederate worn, but we have no way to know for sure.--$350.

  54. Absolutely beautiful condition, excavated, lead-filled, circular, Eagle shoulder belt plate (breast plate).  This plate was recovered on private property here at Stones River about 40 years ago and is in nice enough condition to literally go back on a cross belt.  The plate has a reflective, slick, brown patina on the face, full smooth lead on the reverse, and both iron attachment loops perfectly intact.  They just don't get any better.--$250.

  55. Beautiful condition, excavated, lead-filled, large size US oval cartridge box plate.  This plate was recovered many, many years ago on private property here at the Battle of Stones River.  You couldn't ask for a more beautiful excavated cartridge box plate.  The face has a near reflective brown/green patina, and the reverse has full lead with both iron loops remaining perfectly intact.  This is a beauty!!!--$250.

  56. Excavated, cast brass, Model 1851, Eagle sword belt plate.  This buckle was recovered on private property here at Murfreesboro, Tennessee.  The buckle and matching keeper were recovered together and both have a bench mark "#10" stamped on them.  The plate is missing the applied wreaths which almost always are missing.  The buckle is still covered with woods mulch and has never even been washed off.--$395.

  57. Excavated, circular, lead-filled, Federal Eagle cross belt plate.  This plate was recovered on private property here at Stones River.  It has a slick, chocolate brown patina on the face with excellent detail and has full lead in the reverse with 1 1/2 of the iron attachment loops remaining intact.  This is the kind of quality we were recovering here 50 years ago.--$195.

  58. Excellent condition, excavated, circular, Federal Eagle breast plate.  The plate has a smooth, chocolate brown patina on the face with full lead and 1 1/2 of the wire attachment loops intact.  Cut into the back lead of the plate is "27 Wis".  This breast plate was recovered near Vicksburg, Mississippi, where the regiment was posted for several months.--$350.

  59. Very nice condition, excavated, large size, arrow hook pattern, lead filled, US oval waist belt plate.  This plate was recovered about 40 years ago on private property here at the Battle of Stones River.  All three hooks remain intact on the reverse.--$275.SOLD*

  60. Excavated, cast brass, Federal carbine sling double-tongue buckle and matching brass belt tip.  This was recovered from Camp Stanley here at Murfreesboro, Tennessee, about 40 years ago.  Camp Stanley was the spring of 1863 main camp of the Federal Cavalry of the Army of the Cumberland.--$125.

  61. 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.

  62. 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.

  63. Super nice condition, non-excavated, Model 1851 solid cast brass Officer's Eagle sword belt plate with integrally cast wreaths.  The plate has a bench mark of #13 stamped into the reverse of the plate.  It has super nice detail, and you can see where the plate was actually worn.  It would be hard to find a nicer example.--$375.

  64. Absolutely beautiful, non-excavated, Model 1851 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.

  65. Smoking Nice cast brass TRIPLE MARKED Federal carbine sling belt buckle.  This plate is marked "E. Gaylord - Chicopee - US - and T. J. Shepard".  It was recovered about 40 years ago from 1863 "Camp Stanley" here at Murfreesboro, TN. - VERY RARE.--$275.

  66. Very nice condition, regulation issue, large oval, "Puppy Paw" 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, .69 cal., Model 1842 Springfield or Harpers Ferry triangular socket bayonet in original leather scabbard.  This belt rig is nicer than most that you see on display in the museums.--$1,250.SOLD

  67. Very nice condition, Model 1864, Federal belt rig complete with belt, US buckle and brass keeper, US marked percussion cap box with percussion caps still inside, and very nice condition, Model 1864, .58 cal. cartridge box with embossed US oval, "Oliver - PA." makers mark, and original tins inside.  It is rare now to find a Federal belt rig complete with both boxes.--$1,250.

  68. Absolutely beautiful condition large size lead filled S.N.Y. (State of New York) waist belt plate on the original arsenal black leather waist belt with the brass adjuster remaining intact.  They just don't get nicer than this one is, and any museum would be pleased to have it.--$1,150.

  69. Beautiful condition, extremely rare, excavated, "E. Gaylord" backmarked, Federal Eagle breast plate.  This is a super nice plate with a smooth chocolate brown face, full lead, and a deep, sharp makers mark.  The "E. Gaylord" makers mark is one of the harder ones to find.--$425.SOLD

  70. Drop dead smoking beautiful excavated "W. H. SMITH - Brooklyn" large oval lead filled U. S. oval cartridge boxplate.  This beautiful plate was recovered on private property here at Stones River over 45 years ago.  This plate is literally still about nice enough to go right back on a cartridge box.  There will never be a need to upgrade this one !!!--$295.

  71. Very pretty condition, excavated, large size, lead-filled, puppy-paw hook US oval waist belt plate.  This buckle has an excellent face with a smooth, aging, bronze/brown patina.  The reverse has full lead fill and is backmarked, "W. H. Smith - Brooklyn", and it has all three attachment hooks remaining intact.  About as nice as you're going to find.--$375.SOLD

  72. Beautiful condition, large size, lead-filled, US oval cartridge box plate.  This is a non-excavated plate with a smooth, gently aging patina.  It has full lead in the reverse and both wire attaching loops remain intact.  The loops are 2 1/2 inches apart if you happen to have a cartridge box needing a nice plate.  You couldn't ask for nicer.--$275.

  73. Excavated, large size, puppy-paw hook, US oval waist belt plate.  This buckle was recovered many years ago here at Stones River and has a smooth, chocolate brown patina, full lead, and two of the three attachment hooks intact.--$195.SOLD

  74. Smoking pretty 1840 - 1850 era large size U.S. oval waist belt plate with rare circular cast stud rear hooks.  The face has an excellent, baby butt smooth chocolate patina.  It was recovered over 40 years ago here at Stones River.--$375.SOLD

  75. Beautiful condition, non-excavated, circular, lead-filled, Federal Eagle breast plate.  This plate has a perfect face with full lead in the reverse, both attachment loops intact, and a rare, "Boyd & Sons - Boston" maker mark on the reverse.  This is a plate you will not often see offered for sale.--$350.

  76. Beautiful condition, excavated, Federal Eagle breast plate recovered over 30 years ago among the limestone out-croppings on private property here at the Battle of Stones River.  They don't get much prettier than this one with excellent face, full lead, and both iron attachment loops intact.--$225.

  77. Excellent condition, excavated, large size, US oval cartridge box plate.  This plate was recovered here at Stones River about 40 years ago and has never even been washed off.  The face has a smooth, brown/green patina, and the reverse has full lead and both attachment loops intact.--$250.

  78. Super nice condition, excavated, Model 1839, small size US oval with the single arrow hook.  This plate was recovered 3-16-1979 from a Federal Cavalry camp along Deep Run Creek near Stafford, Virginia.  You couldn't ask to recover a nicer example.--$375.SOLD*

  79. Very nice, excavated, large oval, fat letter pattern, "SNY" (State of New York) oval waist belt plate.  This buckle was recovered in 1973 near Salem Church, Virginia.  It has full, smooth lead, and all three attachment hooks remain perfectly intact.--$895.

  80. Nice condition, quite rare, excavated, 3-iron hook pattern, N.C.O. cross belt plate.  This plate was recovered about 40 years ago from a Federal camp site here in Middle Tennessee.  The plate has a smooth, chocolate brown face with smooth, full lead, and all three iron attachment hooks remaining intact.  There is a small number "61" stamped into the face of the plate.--$375.

  81. Very attractive, circular, lead-filled Eagle breast plate, not only found at the Battle of Stones River but "in" Stones River.  The plate has nice detail and full lead, but the wire loops are rusted away.--$150.SOLD

  82. Good, complete condition, Model 1851, Officer’s grade, cast brass, Eagle sword belt plate complete with belt, drops, and hangers.  This Officer’s belt rig came out of a Georgia estate and was most likely Confederate worn.  The leather shows evidence of actual service and wear.  Although remaining complete, the leather belt has several cracks and weak spots from wear.  The buckle itself retains about 80% gold gilt, and the rig as a whole displays beautifully.--$695.

  83. Absolutely beautiful condition, small size, lead-filled, "Burnside" Eagle breast plate.  The smaller size plates were mostly issued to Burnside's troops and are generally found in those camps.  This is an exceptionally nice example with a smooth, chocolate brown face, full lead, and both wire attachment loops intact.--$425.

  84. Very nice condition, non-excavated, cast brass Model 1851 Federal Sword Belt plate.  The plate has a pleasing aged patina, and has the applied silver wreath remaining 100% intact.  The buckle has the brass keeper still with it, and shows nice wear from actual field service.  This plate is out of the local area, and very well could have been Confederate used.  Really pretty plate.--$395.SOLD

  85. Beautiful condition non-excavated circular Federal eagle breastplate.  The plate has a rich aged patina, and the attachment loops are intact and are 2 inches apart.  You are not going to find a nicer example.--$275.

  86. Beautiful condition, excavated, large size US oval cartridge box plate.  This plate was recovered over 40 years ago on private property here at Stones River among the limestone out-croppings.  The plate is literally about nice enough to go back on a cartridge box.--$250.

  87. Very pretty condition, excavated, lead-filled, circular, Federal Eagle breast plate.  This plate has a smooth, chocolate brown patina and nice detail on the face with full lead and both wire attachment loops on the reverse and is backmarked, "W. H. Smith Brooklyn".  This plate was dug many years ago and is about as pretty as they come.--$295.

  88. Beautiful condition non-excavated large size "US" oval cartridge box-plate with a very rare "Boyd and Sons" backmark.  Smooth never cleaned chocolate patina.--$325.

  89. Flawless beautiful condition, excavated, large size, lead-filled, US oval cartridge box plate.  This plate was recovered here at Stones River over 40 years ago from the limestone out-croppings on private property on the north side of the battlefield.  The plate has a near reflective, chocolate brown patina with full lead and both iron attachment loops remaining intact.  This plate is literally nice enough to go back on a cartridge box.--$250.

  90. Non-excavated Federal eagle breastplate that has had the two attachment loops snipped off the back, and has had two wires inserted into the lead back.  This was probably, at the time, done to  put the plate on a Relic Board.  (Just Like The One Below !!)  The plate has a nice face and displays well.--$150.SOLD

  91. Very cool old G.A.R. artifact.  This is a walnut shield with a U.S. cartridge boxplate, and an eagle breastplate mounted on it.  I have removed both plates to make sure that they are originals, and they 100% are original.  The screws come into the lead in the back of the plates from the rear.  I can leave them disattached, or I can reattach them - either way.  A really nice old G.A.R. relic.--$395.

  92. Excellent condition, excavated, quite rare, small "Burnside" size breast plate.  These plates are only recovered from General Burnside's camps in Virginia and are felt to be from one rare contractor.  They run about 1/4 inch smaller than the typical Federal breast plate.  This example was recovered many years ago and has a beautiful chocolate brown face, full lead, and 1 1/2 of the attaching loops intact.  It would be difficult to recover one as nice as this now.--$350.SOLD

  93. Absolutely outstanding condition, excavated, circular Eagle breast plate recovered here at Stones River among the limestone out-croppings near the current location of "Bumpus Harley Davidson".  This breast plate, I don't think could be any nicer with a glossy brown patina, full lead in the reverse, and iron attachment loops strong enough to put back on a leather cross belt.  This one is nothing less than the "best of the best" condition.--$250.SOLD

  94. Really nice, excavated, Model 1851, Federal Cavalry cast brass Enlistedman's Eagle   sword belt plate.  This buckle was recovered over 40 years ago from a Federal Cavalry camp located near Ft. Granger on the Harpeth River at Franklin, Tennessee.  This buckle has a nice, reflective, olive green patina, crisp detail, and residue where the applied wreaths once were.  It still has perfect body curve and would be difficult to dig a nicer example.--$375.SOLD

  95. This small size, excavated, "Burnside" style breast plate has about the most perfect, pretty, chocolate brown face you could hope to see.  Unfortunately, it was a little close to the fire, and part of the lead is melted out of the back of the plate.  Enough of the lead is remaining to hold the hooks in place, and both iron attachment loops remain intact.--$275.

  96. Absolutely drop-dead beautiful, excavated, large oval, lead-filled, US waist belt plate.  This plate was recovered over 40 years ago among the limestone outcroppings near where Bumpus Harley Davidson in Murfreesboro, Tennessee, sits today.  The plate has a slick, chocolate brown patina with smooth lead in the reverse and all three hooks intact.--$325.

  97. Very pretty non-excavated circular lead filled Federal eagle cross belt plate (breastplate).  The plate was purchased years ago out of a central Ohio estate sale, and has nice detail, and a rich aged patina.  It has full lead and one of the attachment loops remains intact.  Every collection should have a nice eagle breastplate.--$195.

  98. Beautiful condition, non-excavated, large size, lead-filled, US oval cartridge box plate.  This cartridge box plate is out of a central Ohio estate sale and has a beautiful, uncleaned, rich, aged patina.  Both attachment loops are intact on the reverse.--$250.

  99. Absolutely beautiful condition, early "fat letter" US oval cartridge box plate.  This plate was recovered here at Stones River on private property over 40 years ago.  This plate is so pretty, you could literally put it back on a cartridge box.--$250.

  100. Absolutely superb condition, excavated, Federal Eagle cross belt plate.  This plate was dug over 40 years ago on private property near Chickamauga, Georgia.  The plate is backmarked, "W. H. Smith - Brooklyn", and the iron loops not only both remain intact, but are literally strong enough to back on a cross belt.  It has a smooth, near reflective, chocolate brown patina.--$275.SOLD

  101. 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.

  102. 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.

  103. 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.SOLD

  104. 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.SOLD

  105. 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.SOLD

  106. 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.

  107. 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.

  108. 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.

  109. 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.

  110. 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.

  111. 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.

  112. 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.

  113. 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.

  114. 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

  115. 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

  116. 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.

  117. 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

  118. 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

  119. 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

  120. 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.SOLD

  121. 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*

  122. 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.

  123. 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.

  124. 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.

  125. 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.SOLD*

  126. 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.

  127. 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

  128. 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.

  129. 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

  130. 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*

  131. 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

  132. 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.

  133. 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

  134. 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

  135. 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.SOLD

  136. 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.

  137. 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

  138. 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.

  139. 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

  140. 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.

  141. 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

  142. 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.

  143. 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.

  144. 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.

  145. 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.

  146. 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.

  147. 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.

  148. 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.

  149. 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.

  150. 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.

  151. 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.--SOLD

  152. 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.

  153. 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.SOLD

  154. 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.

  155. 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.

  156. 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.

  157. 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.SOLD

  158. 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.SOLD

  159. 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.

  160. 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.

  161. 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..

  162. 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.SOLD
  163. 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.SOLD

   

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