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CS Buckles

  1. Very sought after "08" letter pattern excavated Confederate "Leech and Rigdon" C.S. 2-Piece saber belt plate.  Very pretty brown-green patina and was recovered from a North Mississippi Confederate Cavalry camp.  This is a duplicate out of the exceptional Coy Kitchens Confederate Belt Plate Collection.--$2,650.

  2. Beautiful condition, excavated, cast brass, Confederate rectangular "C.S.A." waist belt plate.  This excellent buckle was purchased several years ago from Harry Ridgeway when he sold a number of Confederate plates out of his own collection.  This plate was recovered from a Confederate camp in Central Virginia and was very likely one of the C.S.A. buckles brought back to Virginia from Tennessee by Longstreet's troops following the Battle of Chickamauga.  The buckle has a smooth, chocolate brown patina - nice body curve - and all three attachment hooks intact on the reverse.--$3,250.SOLD

  3. 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.

  4. 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.

  5. Very nice condition, and one of the very rarest of all Martingale Hearts, this is the large size, lead-filled, Martingale Heart with the raised star device in the center.  It is believed that these type Martingales with the raised heart motif were private purchased for pre-war militia units.  Less than ten examples have been recovered from Civil War sites with most coming from Texas and Mississippi Cavalry camps.  This example was recovered from a Confederate Cavalry camp near Richmond, VA, and is actually the plate published in the reference book.  This Martingale Heart was the centerpiece of a 20-year Martingale collection.  It will likely be a very long time, if ever, that you have the opportunity at one of these again.--$2,850.SOLD

  6. Excavated, large size, plain face, Confederate clip cornered waist belt plate.  This plate was recovered many years ago from Confederate camps along the Duck River near Shelbyville, Tennessee.  It has an attractive brown/green patina on the face and solder marks on the reverse where the attachment hooks once were.--$375.SOLD

  7. 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.

  8. 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.

  9. Absolutely beautiful applied gold gilted disc pattern non-excavated South Carolina 2-piece Officer's Sword Belt plate.  The South Carolina officer who wore this buckle apparently broke the wreath and had to replace it with the closest match that he was able to find.  The fit is perfect, but one belt loop is just slightly more rounded than the other.  The plate displays beautifully, and I do have some additional family information as to who it likely belonged to that I can pass along.--$2,650.

  10. 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.

  11. 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.

  12. 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

  13. 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 !!)SOLD

  14. 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.

  15. 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.

  16. 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.

  17. 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

  18. 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.
  19. 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.
  20. 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. 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.

  2. Very rare style BRASS LOOP large oval U.S. cartridge boxplate.  This was recovered in the late 1970s by Arnold Alexander from his own farm here at Stones River.  Several OHIO INFANTRY REGIMENTS were positioned on Arnold's farm during the Battle here.  Interestingly - the brass loops are just like those found on the Super Rare Ohio Breastplate.  I suspect the same contractor that made the Ohio Breastplates likely made these brass loop U.S. plates.  In 40 years and having dug multi hundred Federal Plates - I have found ONE - AND ONLY ONE of these.--$250.SOLD

  3. 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.

  4. Excavated, large size, lead filled, US Oval waist belt plate.  This buckle was recovered on March 18, 1990, from a Federal camp on private property near Winchester, Virginia.  It remains in fair condition with some rim flaking around the edge and has one attachment hook out of the three remaining intact.  Maybe not mint, but respectable and very difficult to recover these days.--$125.

  5. Excavated, circular, lead-filled, Federal, Eagle breast plate recovered a few years back on private property near Winchester, VA.  The plate for the most part remains solid and stable, but does have one area along the rim that is flaking and a bit weak.--$95.

  6. Excellent condition, non-excavated, lead-filled, arrow hook pattern, standard Civil War issue, US Oval waist belt plate.  This is a very nice example of the most representative Federal belt plate of the American Civil War.--$250.

  7. Excellent condition, excavated, lead-filled, circular, Eagle breastplate recovered on private property near Shiloh over 40 years ago.  During the early years of relic hunting, it was a relatively common thing for relic hunters to clean up plates to virtually pass as non-excavated examples.  This breastplate was cleaned up many, many years ago and would literally pass as non-excavated until you look at the reverse, and it is clearly an early excavated find.  The lead in the reverse remains 100% intact, and there is a "7" carved into the lead.  Both wire attachment loops remain perfectly intact and are still strong enough to actually attach to a cross belt.  Although excavated, this plate is nice enough to pass as non-excavated.--$225.SOLD

  8. Excellent condition, excavated, 1840 pattern, large size, lead-filled, US oval with puppy-paw type hooks.  This buckle was recovered over 40 years ago, and during that era, the plates were still in such nice condition that they could be cleaned up to virtually look non dug.  That is exactly the case with this buckle.  One glance at the reverse, and it is clearly evident that the plate was originally excavated.  It is a local buckle recovered on private property here at Stones River many years ago.--$275.

  9. Beautiful condition, non-excavated, lead-filled, circular, Federal Eagle cross belt plate.  If you have an original rig needing a Federal breastplate, you won't find one nicer.--$250.

  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. Beautiful condition excavated cast brass Model 1851 "Officer's Grade" (with cast brass wreaths) Eagle sword belt plate.  This was recovered many years ago on private property near Chickamauga, GA. by Dr. Rees Buttram.--$395.SOLD

  12. 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.

  13. 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.

  14. 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.

  15. Early battlefield pick-up, Model 1851, cast brass, Federal Eagle sword belt plate.  It was found here at Stones River around the turn of 1900 and was actually worn for several years after being found.  The plate still has about 70% of the silver wreath, and the belt keeper hook remains intact on the reverse.  It is benchmarked number 317 on the reverse of the plate.  The plate has a very pleasing eye appeal.--$275.SOLD

  16. 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.

  17. 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.

  18. Drop dead BEAUTIFUL excavated lead filled large oval "U.S." cartridge boxplate.  This plate was recovered 47 years ago on private property at "New Hope Church".  It has a mirror slick chocolate brown patina on the face - full lead - and both loops 100% intact.  Plates that we are recovering now are almost always more ground action on due to more years and acid rain.  Just not being recovered like this anymore.--$250.

  19. 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.

  20. 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.

  21. 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.

  22. 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.

  23. Beautiful condition, excavated, Federal, circular Eagle breastplate recovered on private property during the 1960's by Mr. Herbert Harper of Franklin, Tennessee.  It has a smooth, chocolate brown face with full lead in the reverse and both wire loops intact.--$250.SOLD

  24. 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.

  25. 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.

  26. 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.

  27. 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.

  28. 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.
  29. 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.
  30. 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.
  31. 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
  32. 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.
  33. 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.
  34. 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.

  35. 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.

  36. 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.

  37. 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.

  38. 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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