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CS Buckles

  1. Extremely rare, early pattern, thinner Tennessee style, cast brass rectangular C.S.A. on its original brown/black leather belt.  The buckle has Civil War Era field repaired rear hooks that were hand crafted and have been soldered onto the back of the buckle replacing the original cast brass hooks that apparently had broken off.  The buckle has a beautiful, rich, aged patina, and the belt is in nice condition as well with no breaks or repairs.--$3,850.

  2. Beautiful condition, excavated, "Super Heavy," triangular teeth, Georgia Frame Confederate waist belt plate.  This buckle was recovered from a Confederate Camp on private property near Savannah, Georgia, and has the prettiest green patina you could hope to see.--$650.SOLD

  3. FRESH OUT OF THE GROUND !!!  - As in the last 10 days !!!  Absolutely beautiful excavated large size lead filled rectangular Louisiana State Seal waist belt plate.  This buckle is solid as a rock, and has a nice smooth olive patina with crisp detail, and full lead in the reverse - and all three brass attachment hooks remain perfectly intact.  The plate was recovered from the camp of the "Washington Artillery" located on private property near Bardstown, KY.  For this point in time - this is the prettiest Confederate plate that I have seen dug in ages.  Someone is fixing to add a "KILLER NICE PLATE" to their collection.--$4,250.SOLD

  4. csegg.jpg (81867 bytes)cseggrev.jpg (87056 bytes)Nice condition excavated die-struck, copper-brass "C.S. EGG SHAPED OVAL". This plate is made from significantly heavier stock than most egg shaped CS Oval plates.  It was recovered from Army of Tennessee CS winter camps along Duck River.  The letters CS stand out nicely, and the rusty solder remains are on the back where the iron frog hooks once were.  This is a nice quality plate that would be a fine addition to any Confederate Buckle collection.--$2,150.

  5. Beautiful condition and one of less than 20 known - excavated smooth "Artillery Style" Confederate wreath for the Leech and Rigdon "Artillery Type" 2-Piece "C.S." saber belt plate.  This was recovered by Nationally known Relic Hunter - Mr. John Marks - out of Eastport, MS.  When the right Leech and Rigdon "C.S." tongue comes along --- Talk about having a SUPER RARE AND BIG DOLLAR "C.S." 2-piece saber belt plate.  {Rarity 9}--$895.
  6. 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

  7. csbreckinridge.jpg (905167 bytes)csbreckinridgecls.jpg (1035481 bytes)csbreckinridgerev.jpg (1098343 bytes)Ultra rare double struck non-excavated Breckinridge style large oval CS waist belt plate on original leather belt.  This Confederate belt rig was originally purchased by David Williams about 30 years ago out of an Abilene, Texas, estate.  According to family information, their ancestor had served with Wharton's 8th Texas Rangers during the Civil War.  This belt rig was part of Dr. Rees Buttram's collection for many years, and for a number of years was on display in the Tennessee Museum at Chattanooga, Tennessee.  The CS oval buckle on this belt rig has a very unusual soldered on double wire front hook.  In this era, it is extremely rare for a Confederate rig of this scarcity to come on the market.--$4,950.SOLD

  8. buckl.jpg (73957 bytes)One excavated general service buckle and one excavated spur buckle recovered from the Confederate lines at the 1864 Battle of Nashville.  The general service buckle is probably an arsenal product as we find variations of this same buckle at many different locations and have even been found in both Western and Eastern theaters.--$75.
  9. arrowhooks.JPG (97877 bytes)Excavated set of arrow hooks melted out of a "U.S." oval waist belt plate and then worn as a "belt buckle" by a Confederate.  This - along with the brass belt adjuster - was recovered from the 1862 camp of the 16th AL. Infantry located on private property near Duck River and Shelbyville, TN.  A very nice set of artifacts showing the lengths that Confederates went to in order just to be clothed and on the firld.--$65. for both pieces  {Confederates had a severe shortage of most equipment items including belt plates, and were forced to adapt Union buckles to use.}
  10. 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.
  11. 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.
  12. wreathdug.JPG (78488 bytes)wreathdugrev.JPG (85570 bytes)wreathdugwpctr.JPG (74899 bytes)Excavated wreath half of a state seal 2-piece - tongue and wreath State Seal Sword Belt Plate.  The wreath was recovered from one of General Manigault's South Carolina 1863 winter camps here - so it likely took a tongue like the one pictured above - HOWEVER - This same wreath would correctly fit a Louisiana tongue - a Virginia - a Georgia - or even the right Alabama.  If you have a nice State Tongue - Here is your chance to complete a VERY RARE and expensive Confederate 2-piece State Sword Belt Plate.--$850. {The tongue is worth $1,250. or so --- Yet the complete 2-piece buckle sells for $3,000. to $3,500. !!!!!}

US Buckles

 
  1. Lead filled, circular, Eagle breastplate recovered on March 27, 1975, by J. Roger from private property near Gettysburg, PA.  This plate was recovered long enough ago that it almost has an early battlefield pick-up look.  It has full lead in the reverse, but the two wire loops are broken off.--$150.SOLD

  2. Rare - rare - rare, excavated, large size, lead filled, Eagle Martingale Heart.  This example is the actual relic pictured in Charlie Harris's book, "Civil War Relics of the Western Campaigns" on page 201.  This artifact was actually recovered by Charlie Harris himself from a North Georgia Federal Cavalry Camp.  Here is your chance to own an extremely rare artifact that is not only published, but was recovered by the Author of the book.--$895.SOLD

  3. Very nice condition, excavated, 1840 era, large oval - "puppy paw" hook style US Oval waist belt plate.  The face has a smooth chocolate brown patina, and the reverse has full lead - all three hooks intact - and a good size portion of the leather belt still under the back two hooks.  This was recovered 8-24-74 by Norman Hornlonger on private property in Central Virginia.--$325.SOLD

  4. Absolutely beautiful condition, excavated, regulation, circular, Eagle breastplate.  This plate was recovered over 40 years ago from private property near Chickamauga, Georgia.  The plate has an excellent, smooth brown patina on the face with crisp detail with full lead and both loops intact on the reverse.  It would be hard to find a nicer Eagle breastplate than this one.--$225.

  5. Very nice condition regulation .58 cal. Model 1864 Federal Infantry rig complete with waist belt - large size U.S. oval waist belt plate - cartridge box complete with all straps - belt loops - and original tins intact.  Every Civil War collection needs a nice complete infantry belt rig.  The leather remains about as pliable as when it was new.--$795.

  6. 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.

  7. Excavated, lead filled, circular Federal Eagle Breastplate.  This plate was recovered on private property near Chickamauga, Georgia, about 30 years ago and is backmarked "Boyd & Sons Boston".  The plate remains in good, solid, stable condition with a completely uncleaned brown/green patina.  It has full lead fill in the reverse and iron stubs remain of the two iron loops.  The "Boyd & Sons Boston" backmark is one of the harder to come by.--$175.

  8. Absolutely beautiful condition, excavated, circular, Federal Eagle breast plate backmarked "W. H. Smith - Brooklyn".  This beautiful condition plate was recovered over 40 years ago from private property near Chickamauga.  You would be hard pressed to find a nicer example of this rare maker-marked plate.--$295.
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  10. 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.
  11. Complete, Model 1851, Federal Cavalry saber belt and buckle.  The buckle itself remains in excellent condition with 100% of the applied silver wreath remaining intact.  The belt remains pliable with the brass hangers for the leather sword drops both remaining intact.--$695.
  12. 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.
  13. uswed.JPG (73118 bytes)uswedrev.JPG (71111 bytes)Drop dead beautiful non-excavated large size U.S. oval cartridge boxplate.  Beautiful "never cleaned" dark bronze/brown attic patina on the face and full lead and both wire loops intact on the reverse and the loops are  2 1/2 inches apart.   If you have a nice cartridge box needing a BEAUTIFUL plate - Here it is.--$250.
  14. us.JPG (75825 bytes)usrev.JPG (76338 bytes)Drop dead beautiful excavated large size lead filled "U.S." oval cartridge boxplate.  The plate has an excellent face - full lead - and both wire loops perfectly intact.  This plate was recovered about 40 years ago on private property near Chickamauga by Dr. Rees Buttram.  Plates are not being recovered any more with this level of beauty and perfection.--$225.
  15. 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.
  16. gltus.JPG (47005 bytes)gltusrev.JPG (40839 bytes)Excellent condition non-excavated rare GILTED large size lead filled U.S. oval waist belt plate.  Beautiful face with full lead in the reverse and all three hooks intact.--$275.
  17.  Pretty excavated circular lead filled Federal eagle breastplate.  This was recovered by Dr. Rees Buttram many, many years ago on private property near Chickamauga, GA.  It has a crisp face - full lead - and one of the two iron attachment loops remaining intact.  This is a nicer eagle breastplate than is typically being recovered now.--$175.
  18. usovalonbelt.JPG (53788 bytes)usovalonbeltrev.JPG (49210 bytes)Very pretty non-excavated large size lead filled U.S. oval Federal enlistedman's waist belt plate on it's original black leather waist belt.  Every Civil War collection should have a nice "U.S." on original belt - and even made better with a leather cap box, and/or a nice .58 cal. leather cartridge box.--$395.
  19. 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.
  20. usplatefri.JPG (74727 bytes)usplatefrirev.JPG (71010 bytes)Excellent condition excavated large size U.S. oval cartridge boxplate - recovered 40 to 50 years ago and out of pioneer relic hunter - Bill Gavin's Personal Collection.  Bill is an icon in the relic collecting community, and author of the first definitive book on Civil War Belt Plates.  How cool would it be to have a plate from Bill Gavin's Collection in YOUR collection.--$250.
  21. 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.
  22. Beautiful condition, excavated, large size, lead filled U.S. Oval Cartridge Box Plate.  This plate was recovered over 40 years ago on private property near Shiloh by Dr. Rees Buttram.  The quality of this plate is literally nice enough that it could be put back on a cartridge box today.--$250.

  23. Really pretty non-excavated large size lead filled "S.N.Y." waist belt plate on original black leather belt.  This is the more sought after "Puppy Paw" hook style plate.  The soldier's name "Airus J. Morse" {or something like that} is faintly stenciled on the inside of the waist belt.  This is an excellent New York artifact that would be a fine addition to any collection.  It was recently purchased out of a central PA. estate.--$1,150.

  24. Absolutely beautiful condition, excavated, large size, US oval cartridge box plate.  It has a slick, perfect face with a smooth brown patina.  The reverse has full lead and both wire attachment loops intact.  This plate was recovered over 40 years ago by Dr. Rees Buttram from private property near Chickamauga, GA.  Plates this flawless are no longer being recovered.--$250.

  25. As pretty as they get - excavated large size lead filled U.S. oval cartridge boxplate.  This was recovered about 40 years ago on private property near Shiloh by Dr. Rees Buttram.  What I would give to once again dig plates of this quality !!--$250.

  26. 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.

  27. Absolutely beautiful, flawless condition, excavated, large oval, lead filled, U.S. Cartridge box plate.  This plate was recovered about forty years ago by Dr. Rees Buttram on private property near the Battle of Chickamauga, Georgia.  It has a beautiful, slick, green-brown face, full lead, and both attachment loops remain intact.  Plates this nice are just not being recovered anymore.--$250.

  28. 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.

  29. 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.

  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. 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.

  32. Attractive excavated large size "U.S." oval lead filled cartridge boxplate.  This was recovered on private property at Chickamauga several years back.--$150.

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