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CS Buckles

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

  2. Beautiful condition, excavated, thick Atlanta style, cast brass, rectangular “C.S.A.” waist belt plate.  This plate has a nice, uncleaned, green/brown patina with all three attachment hooks intact on the reverse.  It was recovered from Army of Tennessee, 1863 – 1864 winter camps near Dalton, Georgia.  This buckle would be a fine centerpiece to any excavated Confederate artifact display.--$3,250.SOLD

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

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

  5. This is quite possibly the nicest condition, excavated "ACC" (Alabama Cadet Corps) cartridge box plate in existence.  It was recovered many years ago from an Alabama camp on private property near Mobile, Alabama.  This is the exact plate pictured in Steve Mullinax's Confederate buckle book.  If you are a serious Alabama collector, this could be your one and only chance to own an example of this type rare Alabama plate.--$12,000.SOLD

  6. Excellent condition, excavated, Confederate manufacture, plain face, rectangular, sheet brass waist belt plate.  This was recovered from the camp of the 2nd Tennessee Infantry located near Tullahoma, Tennessee, and occupied during the Spring of 1863.--$195.SOLD

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

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

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

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

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

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

  13. Extremely rare to find, excavated, rectangular, Confederate "SHEET IRON" waist belt plate.  This buckle was recovered by Bob Bankston from Confederate camps on private property near Vicksburg, Mississippi.--$350.

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

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

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

  17. rfbkle.JPG (67234 bytes)Excavated center portion of a 4-piece Mississippi Rifleman's buckle.  This was recently recovered from the 1862 camp of the 16th Alabama Infantry located along Duck River near Shelbyville, TN.--$48.
  18. rifmnbkl.JPG (77921 bytes)Excavated 4-Piece Rifleman's cast brass buckle missing only one part out of the middle area.  This distinctive buckle was issued with Mississippi Rifles.  The buckle was recovered from the 1862 camp of the 16th Alabama Volunteer Infantry - C.S.A. - located on private property near Shelbyville, TN.--$295.

US Buckles

 
  1. Very nice condition, brown buff, Model 1851, NCO Eagle sword belt rig.  The brown buff belt remains in very nice, pliable condition and is stenciled on the inside, "Co. G 17th Regt. I.C. (Invalid Corps)" and the cast brass Eagle sword belt plate has a soldier's initials and "144th NY State Vols" cut into the reverse of the plate with a pen knife.  The cast brass sword belt plate remains in excellent condition with a smooth, aged, bronze patina, and the three piece applied silver wreath remains perfectly intact.--$750.

  2. Beautiful mint condition, non-excavated, circular, lead-filled, Federal Eagle cross belt plate (breast plate).  If you have a cross belt and cartridge box rig needing a breast plate, you couldn't hope to find a nicer example.--$250.

  3. Nice condition brown buff  Model 1851 Cavalry Sword Belt Rig.  The cast brass eagle sword belt plate has a rich aged patina with the applied silver wreaths both perfectly intact.  One of the original leather sword drops remains intact as well.--$795.SOLD

  4. Excavated, large oval, lead-filled, early "Puppy Paw" hook style, US waist belt plate.  This plate was recovered from an old crop field here at the Battle of Stones River and is in typical, cultivated field "banged around" condition.  But it is a real deal US buckle from the battle here.--$65.SOLD

  5. Very rare Model 1840 arrow hook 3-hook eagle breastplate.  In the beginning (1840 era) - eagle breastplates were functional buckles.  They were made with both iron wire hooks and more rarely - the three brass hooks.  This is a REALLY pretty non-excavated brass arrow hook example.--SOLD

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

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

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

  9. Beautiful condition, non-excavated, Model 1851, cast brass, Federal Eagle sword belt plate.  This is the unusual pattern in which the rays go all the way around the edge of the plate.  The one-piece silver wreath remains perfectly intact, and the buckle retains near 100% original bright gold gilt.  Just a beautiful plate complete with brass keeper.--$395.

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

  11. Very nice condition, 1960's era excavated, lead-filled, large size, US Oval cartridge box plate.  This is an early war letter pattern, excavated plate and has been cleaned up a bit as was a fad during the 1960's time period.  The plate is so nice that it could almost pass as non-excavated, but from the reverse, you can clearly see it is indeed an excavated plate.  Just an extra nice quality excavated plate recovered over 50 years ago from private property near Shiloh.--$225.

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

  13. 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.

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

  15. Excellent condition, non-excavated, large oval, lead filled, arrow hook style, US regulation belt plate.  They just don't come much nicer than this one.--$275.

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

  17. Absolutely beautiful - near mint lead filled circular Federal eagle breastplate.  The plate has a choice face - full lead - and both wire loops perfectly intact.  If you need a breastplate to complete a rig - you won't find a nicer example.--$250.SOLD

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

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

  20. 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.

  21. Very attractive Model 1851 "Script NY" sword belt plate on original black leather waist belt.  This is the early pattern Script NY with the very narrow tongue.  The belt is complete and remains pliable with only one weak spot that has been supported from the reverse for strength.  The plate has a rich aged patina and is one that you do not encounter very often.--$1,295.

  22. Beautiful 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.

  23. Very attractive non-excavated large size "S.N.Y." cartridge boxplate.  The plate has a really nice aged patina and appears to be off an old relic board in that there are two old tack holes that have been solder filled where it was at one time tacked to the relic board.  It has full lead and one of the two iron loops remains intact on the reverse and it has excellent eye appeal in display.--$550.

  24. boydbkl.JPG (75540 bytes)boydbklrev.JPG (60510 bytes)boydbklenv.JPG (46847 bytes)boydbklmrk.JPG (78654 bytes)Very sought after beautiful condition excavated large oval "U.S." cartridge boxplate recovered by none other than Sid Kirksis {author of the first major comprehensive book on Civil War Belt Plates} in August of 1956 on private property at the Battle of  Cedar Mountain.  The plate has never even been washed off with green woods mulch still adhering to the front of the plate.  On the reverse it has full lead - both attachment loops are intact - AND is backmarked "Boyd and Sons - Boston".  This beautiful plate still remains in Mr. Kirksis's personal distinctive little brown envelope with all the information written on it.  This plate is nothing short of superb.--$350.
  25. eglewthbag.JPG (57025 bytes)eglewthbagrev.JPG (48109 bytes)SUPER - SUPER RARE to find for sale now.  This is an actual beautiful condition Federal eagle breastplate recovered in Aug. 1965 by Sid Kirksis at Eastport, TN. AND STILL IN SID'S DISTINCTIVE little storage packet.  As most of you know - Sid Kirksis was the author of the first major book on belt plates of the American Civil War.  This plate is an absolute beauty to boot.--$350.
  26. sny.JPG (72353 bytes)snyrev.JPG (71311 bytes)Really pretty large size lead filled "SNY" oval waist belt plate.  This plate was recovered from the James River about 30 years ago and has as nicer face as you are going to see.  The reverse has full lead and rusty remnants of the three iron hooks.  The "SNY" letters are very crisp and bold.--$695.SOLD
  27. 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.
  28. sny.JPG (72353 bytes)snyrev.JPG (71311 bytes)Really pretty large size lead filled "SNY" oval waist belt plate.  This plate was recovered from the James River about 30 years ago and has as nicer face as you are going to see.  The reverse has full lead and rusty remnants of the three iron hooks.  The "SNY" letters are very crisp and bold.--$695.
  29. Very attractive excavated large oval lead filled "SNY" waist belt plate.  This plate was recovered on private property near Cold Harbor over 20 years ago.  The face is complete , and has a pretty brown-green patina with good crisp detail.  The reverse is lead filled, and all three attachment hooks remaining intact.  At the time this plate was recovered the lead on the reverse was flaking a bit along one edge.  This has been professionally stabilized, and this is now a very nice plate that most any collector would be very proud to have in his collection.--$650.

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

  31. Original cast brass 1870's era Federal Eagle saber belt plate on an orignal Civil War Era linen belt.  Rigs like this were commonly worn by military academy cadets in the years just following the Civil War.  Very nice condition throughout.--$175.

  32. 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.

  33. 1839usoval.JPG (88311 bytes)1839usovalrev.JPG (86923 bytes)Very pretty non-excavated rare Model 1839 "small oval" U.S. waist belt plate.  The face couldn't be more beautiful and perfect, and the reverse has nice full lead, and both hooks intact for display - HOWEVER, the plate was missing the single arrow hook when it came in.  As luck would have it - a while back I dug the exact arrow hook that this plate was missing from an Ohio Infantry camp here, and decided to give up my hook to let this plate display more perfectly.  I have simply glued the hook in place if, for some reason, you'd like to removed it.--$295.

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