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CS Buckles

  1. This is about 40% of the stamped brass face of one of the rarest belt plates of the American Civil War, that being the super scarce Mississippi Oval Confederate waist belt plate.  This plate was recovered by Charlie Harris, author of Excavated Civil War Relics of the Western Campaigns.  He recovered the plate on private property at Resaca, Georgia, in 1975.  Charlie and I were already Civil War buddies by this time, and I actually remember exactly when Charlie recovered this piece.  A complete Mississippi Oval waist belt plate now sells for around $20,000.  Although this is only 40% of the face, it is very easy to identify what buckle it is.  You can have in your collection a portion of one of the rarest Confederate belt plates of the American Civil War and recovered by one of the hobby's most well known authors for a very reasonable price.--$350.SOLD

  2. Small stamped brass "egg-shaped" CSA cartridge box plate.  These plates were originally on small, cardboard cartridge boxes that were given as souvenirs for attending a United Confederate Veterans (UCV) reunion during the late 1800's.  I have in the past actually had a couple of the complete paper cartridge boxes with the box plate still affixed.  This example has a pretty, aged, bronze patina, and the small attaching wires remain intact on the reverse.  It displays quite nicely and is a historic little piece.--$125.

  3. Small, rectangular, die stamped brass "United Confederate Veteran" (UCV) waist belt plate worn to Confederate Veteran reunions during the late 1800's.--$125.SOLD

  4. Excavated, cast brass, rectangular, C.S.A. waist belt plate.  This is a thicker Atlanta Arsenal style plate, and was recovered from 1863 Confederate camps along Duck River.  Two of the three attachment hooks remain intact on the reverse.  Most rectangular C.S.A. buckles recovered from these camps are of the thinner type, but we have recovered a few of the thicker Atlanta style C.S.A. buckles.--$2,250.

  5. Beautiful condition excavated large oval plain face Confederate waist belt plate.  The face has a pretty "never cleaned" brown-green patina with two of the three original attachment hooks intact on the reverse.  This was recovered from a Confederate camp on private property near Fort Donelson, TN. and was recovered by the late Otis Brown.--$425.SOLD

  6. 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.

  7. Nothing less than drop dead beautiful excavated thinner Tennessee style cast brass rectangle C.S.A. waist belt plate.  This excellent plate was recovered from Gen. Longstreet's 1863 camps located on private property near Morristown, TN.  These plates were issued while the Army of Tennessee was in winter camps earlier in the year (1863) around Shelbyville, TN. and Tullahoma, TN.  This example has a smooth pea green patina - body curve - and all three hooks perfectly intact on the reverse.  You will look a long, long time to find a rectangle this pretty again.--$3,450.SOLD

  8. We all love the fancy "C.S. marked" Confederate belt rigs - but the simple truth is that most Confederate soldiers wore very basic utilitarian belt rigs like those pictured in Lon Keim's book "Confederate General Service Accoutrement Plates".  That was the case because that was what was most available to them.  I know that to be fact from relic hunting their camps for the past 40 years and fully 90 % of the plates that I recover in Confederate camps are these style utilitarian belts and buckles rather than the highly sought after "C.S. marked" belt plates.  This is just such an example of that type rig that was picked up on the Battlefield of Franklin following the Battle there.  It has spent the past 50 years or more in one of the oldest collections around Franklin.  I am including a very similar buckle that I recovered from 1863 Confederate camps after Stones River.  On the belt rig is a very nice condition unmarked leather percussion cap pouch.  This is a very typical rig to those worn extensively by many, many Confederate soldiers in the American Civil War.--$650.SOLD

  9. Excavated Richmond Arsenal style Confederate enlistedman's C.S. 2-piece saber belt plate.  This very attractive Confederate C.S. 2-piece buckle was recovered by Charles Harris in 1970 AND IS THE VERY BUCKLE PICTURED IN CHARLIE'S BOOK (Civil War Relics Of The Western Campaigns) on page 183.  Charlie recovered this buckle on private property along the Confederate retreat route on Lookout Mountain.  Every Civil War collector that I know likes to have a couple relics that aren't just "like" the relic in the reference book on page 183, but is actually "THE RELIC ON PAGE 183" !!  And at a very reasonable price.--$1,650.SOLD

  10. Unique pattern "false 2-piece" Confederate buckle that have shown up for many years and we don't really know what to make of them.  The plate was made in England using the face of a Confederate Staff Officer's button as the center disc.  The plates have been around and known for a good many years, but as far as I know - An example has never been recovered from a Battlefield or Camp Site.  I personally suspect that they are likely high grade U.C.V. Officer buckles, but it does appear that actual faces of Confederate Officer buttons were used in their production.  I will give it this -- It is a really pretty buckle and there are collectors that believe it could be actual late Civil War production.--$395. and wear the coolest buckle EVER !!-SOLD

  11. Beautiful condition, excavated, sheet brass, plain face, rectangular, Confederate waist belt plate.  This buckle was recovered about 40 years ago on private property near Vicksburg, Mississippi.  Ninety percent of the time, excavated Confederate plates of this type will be missing the hooks on the reverse.  This example still has the original iron wire frog hooks remaining intact.--$450.SOLD

  12. Absolutely beautiful, excavated, solid cast brass "Port Hudson" style CS round corner waist belt plate.  This plate is, in my opinion, the finest example of this rare style buckle ever recovered in this campaign.  It was recovered by Mike Neeley in April, 1995, on private property off Highway 231 north of Shelbyville from an Alabama Cavalry 1863 winter campsite.  It has an untouched, dark green patina with lines down the sides of the hooks.  You could be waiting a long, long time   (like forever) for another excavated "Port Hudson" style this beautiful.--$3,650.SOLD

  13. Very, very pretty, excavated, thick, Atlanta style, high copper content, cast brass, rectangular "C.S.A." waist belt plate.  This buckle was recovered about 40 years ago on private property located near Dalton, GA.  This type thick cast rectangular C.S.A. waist belt plate was issued to Army of Tennessee Confederate troops while encamped for the 1863 - 1864 winter around Dalton, GA.  This example has a beautiful, smooth, chocolate brown patina with all three hooks intact on the reverse.  This is one that you will never need to upgrade.--$3,450.SOLD

  14. SOOO PRETTY !!  This is a Richmond Arsenal "Bullet Stitch" C.S. 2-Piece Sword Belt Plate on it's original brown leather Confederate Saber Belt.  This fine C.S. Cavalry Belt Rig is out of the famed Norm Flaydermann's collection.  The plate has a wonderful rich - never cleaned - aged bronze patina, and the belt remains nice and pliable but does have one old break on the back side.  This belt rig would feel right at home in any of the nation's finest museums.--$5,850. (You were expecting $8,500. weren't you !!)

  15. Absolutely museum quality, beautiful condition, Civil War production, lead-filled, rectangular, Louisiana Pelican waist belt plate on original brown leather Confederate waist belt.  This fine Confederate belt rig is out of the nationally known Gary Bisacky collection.  The buckle itself has beautiful detail and a nice, rich, aged patina.  The brown leather Confederate waist belt shows natural age but remains complete and quite pliable.--$6,950.

  16. Quite attractive, "Pea-Green" excavated, Richmond Arsenal style, Confederate Cavalryman's two-piece saber belt plate.  This buckle was recovered from a Confederate Cavalry camp in a pasture near Brandy Station, Virginia.  The two pieces were recovered only a short distance apart.  The fit is good, and you have to love the green, green patina.--$1,650.SOLD

  17. Beautiful condition 1812 era hand Silversmith made PURE SILVER British cross belt plate.  You can still clearly see the tiny ping marks on the reverse of this plate left by the Silversmith.  This buckle is hand engraved and is without question the work of a master craftsman.  It is quite common for us to recover 1820 to 1840 era British materials around American Civil War Confederate campsites.--$850.

  18. Very attractive SUPER RARE excavated large size oval Georgia State Seal waist belt plate with the very early pattern "double wire" hook system.  This plate was recovered years ago on private property near Antietam/Sharpsburg, MD.  It has good detail and a dark brown patina.  It has been years since I saw a Georgia oval of this pattern (double wire system conversion from boxplate) recovered.--$2,950.SOLD

  19. Very nice condition, excavated, Richmond Arsenal pattern, "CS" two-piece tongue and wreath saber belt plate.  This buckle was recovered about 30 years ago from a Confederate Cavalry Camp on private property near Brandy Station, Virginia.  The two pieces have a matching, chocolate brown patina and were recovered together and fit nicely.  This is a quality "CS" buckle that would be a compliment to any collection.--$2,450.

  20. Absolutely beautiful and extremely rare excavated "Baby Size" Confederate Forked Tongue Frame Buckle.  This was recovered many, many years ago from an 1863 Confederate camp located on private property along Duck River near Shelbyville, TN.  This is out of Charlie Harris's personal collection, and you won't find a nicer example - never even been washed off.--$1,250.

  21. 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.

  22. 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

  23. 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.SOLD
  24. 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.}SOLD
  25. 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.
  26. 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.
  27. 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. Absolutely drop-dead, beautiful, perfect, large size, lead-filled, arrow hook style, US Oval waist belt plate.  This was picked up on private property around 1950 by Mr. Herbert Harper, Sr., on the Battlefield of Franklin, Tennessee.  This buckle literally could not be more perfect.--$295.SOLD

  2. Excavated, standard circular, lead-filled, Federal Eagle breast plate.  The face has crisp detail with a smooth, brown patina and has been cleaned just enough for the brass highlights of the eagle to start showing through.  The reverse has full lead, but the wire loops rusted into long ago.  This is a local find from here at Stones River recovered several years ago.--$150.SOLD

  3. 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.

  4. 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.

  5. Excavated, medium size "OVM" oval waist belt plate.  This plate was recovered from 1862 camps near Corinth, Mississippi.  The plate was damaged when recovered and has been straightened and stabilized.  It displays very well, but you can still faintly see the lines where the plate was originally bent when recovered.  Although not a perfect example, it is the real deal and displays nicely.--$695.

  6. 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.

  7. Very attractive, Model 1839, small oval, lead filled US waist belt plate on original black leather belt.  There are far fewer US beltrigs around with the small oval plate than there are with the standard large size US oval waist belt plate.--$450.SOLD

  8. Nothing less than beautiful excavated large size, lead filled "S.N.Y." (State Of New York) Federal waist belt plate.  This plate was recovered something like 45 years ago on private property near "Cold Harbor".  Slick chocolate face - full smooth lead, and all three attachment hooks perfectly intact.  As nice as you are going to see.--$950.SOLD

  9. 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.

  10. 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.

  11. 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.SOLD

  12. 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.
  13. 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.
  14. 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.
  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.  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.
  17. 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.
  18. 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.
  19. 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.SOLD

  20. 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.SOLD

  21. 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.

  22. 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.

  23. 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.

  24. 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.

  25. 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.

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