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CS Buckles

  1. twopiecetandw.JPG (2922240 bytes)twopiecetandwrev.JPG (956578 bytes)Nice looking excavated CS two-piece saber belt plate.  This buckle was recovered years ago at Weyanoke, Louisiana, which is located on Louisiana Highway 66, - 12.2 miles north-northwest of St. Francisville.  The tongue and the wreath were dug at different sites, but fit together very well and have close enough brown patinas that the buckle displays very nicely.  Because this is not a "dug together" buckle, but rather one that was "bound together in holy matrimony," it is priced at simply the value of the tongue and the value of the wreath.--$1,595.

  2. FRKTNGEPLT.JPG (76652 bytes)FRKTNGEPLTREV.JPG (81355 bytes)Absolutely beautiful condition excavated large size Confederate "Forked Tongue" Frame buckle recovered in 1978 on private property from the camp of the 16th Alabama Inf. located on the banks of Duck River just South of Shelbyville, TN.  I personally recovered a cast pewter rectangular "C.S.A." buckle about 50 feet from this buckle.  Don't bother ever looking for a nicer example.--$850.SOLD
  3. lrgegafrme.JPG (61009 bytes)Beautiful condition excavated large size Confederate GA. Frame waist belt plate recovered from "1862 - 1863" Confederate Army Of Tennessee Infantry camps located on private property along Duck River near Shelbyville, TN.--$595.
  4. 1840eagmil.JPG (66411 bytes)1840eagmilrev.JPG (86130 bytes)Fresh out of a North Carolina estate - 1840 era drooped wing eagle stamped brass Militia "Panel Plate".  These plates were commonly carried over from an earlier era, and worn by Confederates.  This example came out of the estate with a number of Confederate pieces.  It has the most beautiful - never cleaned - rich aged patina that you could ever hope to see, and an excellent deep, crisp die strike.  On the reverse the main belt hook remains intact, but the bar isn't present, and likely lies on some battlefield somewhere.--$450.
  5. csatwopiece.JPG (89953 bytes)csatwopiecerev.JPG (84266 bytes)Very nice excavated "Leech and Rigdon-Memphis, Tennessee," pattern C.S. two-piece tongue and wreath belt plate.  This buckle was recovered on private property near Spring Hill, Tennessee, about 30 years ago.  It was recovered from the 1863 winter Confederate camp of General Forrest and General Van Dorn.  The plate is somewhat cruder than Eastern Theater Virginia patterns.--$2,450.SOLD

  6. eagleplate.JPG (85879 bytes)eagleplaterev.JPG (83231 bytes)Very rare to recover 1820 era square militia die stamped Eagle plate.  This plate has a dark brown patina and was recovered from a Confederate camp near Charleston, South Carolina.  I have been relic hunting for over 40 years and have never recovered one of these.--$395.SOLD

  7. cstongue.jpg (100431 bytes)cstonguerev.JPG (105367 bytes)Absolutely beautiful "tongue portion" of a non-excavated "Richmond Arsenal" C.S. 2-Piece Saber Belt Plate.  It has a rich aged bronze patina, and if you can land the matching wreath - you will have a $3,000. to $3,500. non-excavated Richmond Arsenal C.S. 2-piece saber belt plate.  {I have had several loose non-excavated Richmond Arsenal wreaths over the years, so it is possible and realistic to find one, and the wreath half is usually about $950.}--$1,450.

  8. csplte.jpg (194437 bytes)csplterev.JPG (69858 bytes)Absolutely Drop Dead Beautiful excavated large size "Breckinridge Pattern" C.S. oval waist belt plate.  This is a "double struck" die stamped brass plate, and doesn't have even one tiny freeze crack, nor the slightest hint of a dent.  It was recovered from a Texas Cavalry Camp just West of Triune, TN., and on private property.  This would rank as one of the most beautiful examples of this rare C.S. belt plate ever recovered in this area.--SOLD

  9. 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

  10. 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.
  11. 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.}
  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. !!!!!}
  13. ppawhks.JPG (69015 bytes)ppawhksrev.JPG (68629 bytes)Excavated set of "Puppy Paw" belt hooks that were recovered from a Confederate camp site here.  We have found that Confederates would quite often melt the belt hooks out of the back of Federal belt plates and wear the "hook device" only as a waist belt buckle {not wanting to wear the "U.S." part}.  This set of hooks was recovered from an Alabama Infantry camp site here.--$48.
  14. 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.
  15. 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.
  16. 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.

US Buckles

 
  1. 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.

  2. unionoval.JPG (799580 bytes)unionovalrev.JPG (861646 bytes)Drop dead gorgeous excavated large size "U.S." oval waist belt.  This plate was recovered on private property near Shiloh by Dr. Rees Buttram way back in 1965.  This is the kind of beautiful artifacts being recovered 50 years ago.--$275.SOLD

  3. 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.

  4. unionbuckle.JPG (234213 bytes)unionbucklerev.JPG (92831 bytes)Excellent condition non-excavated early "puppy-paw" hook style large sized lead filled US oval waist belt plate.  The face has a nice aged patina and the reverse has full lead and all three attachment hooks in place.  This is a very early pattern US buckle and somewhat rare to come by.--$350.SOLD

  5. usplate.jpg (81320 bytes)usplaterv.JPG (85146 bytes)Excellent condition original non-excavated large size lead-filled US oval cartridge box plate.  The face couldn't be nicer with a nice age patina and full lead in both wire loops intact on the reverse.  The wire loops are 2 5/8" apart and would be perfect to complete your cartridge box that is missing the plate.--$250.  
  6. 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.

  7. cartboxbelt.JPG (45781 bytes)cartboxbeltrev.JPG (49729 bytes)cartboxbeltopn2.JPG (54173 bytes)cartboxbeltopn.JPG (64810 bytes)cartboxbelthks.JPG (65923 bytes)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.
  8. eaglebreastplt.JPG (90712 bytes)eaglebreastpltrev.JPG (83369 bytes)Very beautiful excavated lead filled circular Federal eagle breastplate recovered about 40 years ago by Dr. Rees Buttram on private property near Shiloh.  Smooth chocolate patina with nice detail, and both attachment loops intact on the reverse.--$225.
  9. usovalwednes.JPG (77653 bytes)usovalwednesrev.JPG (77929 bytes)Absolutely mint, perfect excavated large size lead filled U.S. oval Federal cartridge boxplate.  This plate was recovered by Dr. Rees Buttram nearly 50 years ago on private property near Chickamauga.  It has a near reflective, slick chocolate brown patina on the face - full, smooth lead in the reverse - and both wire loops intact and about strong enough to put back on a box.  Plates that we recover now do not look anything like this beautiful.--$250.
  10. eaglebrplt.JPG (76670 bytes)eaglebrpltrev.JPG (75773 bytes)Absolutely flawless - perfect - excavated circular Federal Eagle breastplate.  This was recovered in 1965 by Dr. Rees Buttram on private property near Shiloh.  Excellent chocolate brown face - full, smooth lead, and both loops intact and straight.  They just don't get any nicer !!--$225.SOLD
  11. chickbplte.JPG (62536 bytes)chickbplterev.JPG (69550 bytes)Beautiful excavated circular lead filled Federal eagle breastplate recovered about 40 years ago from private property near Chickamauga, GA.  Smooth chocolate face - full lead - and both loops intact.--$195.
  12. 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.
  13. eagbuckle.JPG (70585 bytes)eagbucklerev.JPG (77218 bytes)Non-excavated Model 1851 Federal Cavalryman's Eagle Sword Belt Plate.  The plate shoes clear evidence of having actually seen service, but remains complete with the applied silver wreath still 100% intact.--$375.
  14. 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.
  15. usplatemon.JPG (70986 bytes)usplatemonrev.JPG (70608 bytes)Beautiful condition non-excavated rare GILTED large oval U.S. cartridge boxplate.  It has full lead in the reverse and the wire loops are 2 9/16 inches apart.  This will make someone's cartridge box look "Museum Fine".--$250.
  16. 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.
  17. 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.
  18. 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.
  19. snydug.JPG (75394 bytes)snydugrev.JPG (67855 bytes)Quite attractive excavated large oval lead filled "S.N.Y." waist belt plate.  This plate was recovered quite a number of years ago and was recovered on private property at Cold Harbor.  When recovered the plate had chipping around a portion of the rim due to ground action deterioration and has been professionally stabilized and restored.  It is now a very good looking plate.--$550.
  20. 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.
  21. shiloeag.JPG (72336 bytes)shiloeagrev.JPG (67657 bytes)Drop dead beautiful excavated circular Federal eagle breastplate recovered by Dr. Rees Buttram over 40 years ago on private property near Shiloh.  You will not see a more beautiful perfect example.  Flawless face - full lead - and both loops intact and about as strong as when issued.--$225.SOLD
  22. 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.
  23. 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.
  24. 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.
  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. usplate.JPG (71516 bytes)usplaterev.JPG (59091 bytes)Excavated large oval lead filled "U.S." cartridge boxplate.  This plate was recently recovered here at the Battle of Stones River.--$125.
  27. 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.
  28. 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.
  29. Excavated large oval S.N.Y. ( State of New York) waist beltplate.  This buckle was recovered about 20 years ago near Cold Harbor, VA.  The face does have a little ground action, but has a nice appearance with brown green patina.--$595.
  30. Attractive excavated large size "U.S." oval lead filled cartridge boxplate.  This was recovered on private property at Chickamauga several years back.--$150.
  31. Excavated large size U.S. oval cartridge boxplate recovered from Chickamauga, GA. with a beautiful face and a "W. H. Smith - Brooklyn" maker's mark that you can read across the room.  This plate was dug almost 40 years ago and it's quality reflects that.--$295.

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