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CS Buckles

  1. Beautiful condition, non-excavated, Army of Tennessee, solid cast, CS Round Corner waist belt plate.  This buckle has an excellent, rich, aged patina and has all three attachment hooks remaining intact on the reverse, but the two rear hooks, when molded, had air bubbles in the end so are somewhat shorter than would be if cast fully.  The leather waist belt is a captured Federal belt, which was very often the case.  This will be a museum quality addition to someone's Confederate display.--$5,350.SOLD

  2. Super rare, excavated, solid cast brass, rectangle C.S.A. waist belt plate.  This buckle was recovered on private property by Paul Kennedy in 1972.  Paul recovered the plate from the position of Forrest's Cavalry along Old Town Creek at the Battle of Tupelo, Mississippi.  The buckle has been bullet struck with the bullet passing from the front to rear, clipping off the upper left corner of the plate and folding the edge of the plate to the rear where the bullet passed, and also at the same time severing one hook from the reverse.  It is almost a certainty that the Confederate soldier wearing this plate received a severe (likely life threatening) injury.  The buckle has crisp detail and a nice brown/green woods patina.--$2,895.SOLD

  3. Very scarce to recover - This is the small center disc Leech and Rigdon "C.S." 2-piece sword belt plate.  It was recovered a good many years ago on private property at Mansfield, LA.  The two pieces were right together and match perfectly.  It has been in the Super C.S. buckle collection of Coy Kitchens for years and years.  This pattern is sometimes called the "0 - 8" variety because the C almost forms an"O" and the S very nearly forms an "8".  Just a first class excavated Western Theater Production C.S. 2-Piece Saber Belt Plate.--SOLD

  4. Quite rare excavated plain face stamped brass rectangular enlistedman's waist belt plate made by Noble Bros. of Rome, GA.  This plate was recovered from private property near Corinth, MS.  You can clearly see the similarity in this plate's hooks to those on the well known Noble Bros. pewter "C.S.A." waist belt plate.--$375.SOLD

  5. SUPER RARE Noble Bros. Pewter "C.S.A." recovered on private property near Savannah, GA.--SOLD

  6. Quite attractive, and rare as can be - excavated lead filled rectangular Louisiana State Seal waist belt plate.  This buckle was recovered on private property in North Mississippi from the camp of the 3rd Louisiana Infantry.  When recovered this plate had one corner bent and has been nicely restored back into it's proper position - also one hook needed to be re-attached.  Both have been professionally done and the plate currently is stable and looks great.--$2,850.SOLD

  7. Extremely rare, excavated, small rectangular, lead-filled "Star" waist belt buckle that was recovered many years ago from a Texas camp on private property near the Battle of Mansfield, Louisiana.  This buckle was hand fashioned by the soldier from a pre-war lead-filled "Star" motif oval militia buckle.  Texas related "Star" motif buckles are among the rarest waist belt plates of all Civil War plates to recover.--$1,350.SOLD

  8. Excavated, die-stamped, rectangular, South Carolina waist belt plate.  This buckle was recovered from private property near Savannah, Georgia, and is from the nationally known Civil War collection of Charlie Harris.  It is the actual waist belt plate pictured on the top right of page 253 in Charlie's book, Civil War Relics of the Western Campaigns.  Every collector likes to have a few artifacts that are actually "the very examples" pictured in the reference books.--SOLD

  9. Very attractive excavated Western Theater style "C.S." 2-piece sword belt plate made by Leech and Rigdon of Memphis, TN.  This plate was recovered many years ago by Wade Buchannan  from a Confederate camp located on private property along Duck River near Shelbyville, TN.  The two halves were found in the same camp about 30 feet apart and fit nicely.  One belt loop is a bit heavier than the other, but that isn't at all uncommon with these rather crude Western Style C.S. plates.  As you can see - The "C.S." really stands out well and the plate has a pretty brown/green woods patina.--$2,450.SOLD

  10. Perfect condition, excavated, tongue portion of a Leech and Rigdon plain face, two-piece saber belt plate.  This artifact was recovered over 40 years ago on private property at Ft. Donelson by Otis Brown.--$650.SOLD

  11. Quite attractive, and rare as can be - excavated lead filled rectangular Louisiana State Seal waist belt plate.  This buckle was recovered on private property in North Mississippi from the camp of the 3rd Louisiana Infantry.  When recovered this plate had one corner bent and has been nicely restored back into it's proper position - also one hook needed to be re-attached.  Both have been professionally done and the plate currently is stable and looks great.--$2,850.SOLD

  12. Small size CONFEDERATE carbine sling buckle recovered from a Confederate Cavalry camp on private property near Chickamauga, GA.  The buckle is complete except for missing the very tip of one tongue.--SOLD

  13. Extremely rare to recover - Confederate Local 2-piece Georgia State Seal tongue and wreath sword belt plate.  This plate was recovered on private property near Orchard Knob at the base of Missionary Ridge, Tennessee.  It is out of the personal collection of Civil War author, Charlie Harris.  Very few Confederate buckle collections include this rare CS Local Georgia 2-piece State Seal.  It is the patterned plate with decorated inner loop on both the tongue and wreath.--$3,850.SOLD

  14. Extremely rare, excavated, "Early War Issue", Confederate "Coin Style" C.S. two-piece, interlocking, saber belt plate.  This beautiful plate was recovered on private property at the base of Missionary Ridge, Tennessee.  It is out of the personal collection of Civil War author, Charlie Harris.  The early war pattern of this buckle differs from the latter war style by having  lighter weight and daintier belt loops and is considerably rarer to find in nice complete condition.  This is an excellent example and would be very hard to improve on.--$2,850.SOLD

  15. 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.

  16. 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.--$3,500.SOLD

  17. 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.

  18. 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.SOLD

  19. 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.
  20. 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

  21. 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.
  22. 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.}
  23. 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.
  24. 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.
  25. 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. Really nice excavated large size lead filled "VMM" (Volunteer Maine Militia) cartridge boxplate.  This plate was recovered on private property just off Route 5 near Berkeley, VA.--$1,295.SOLD

  2. Absolutely "Drop Dead" beautiful excavated large size, arrow hook lead filled U.S. oval waist belt plate.  This excellent plate was recovered about 40 years ago from private property near Fussel's Mill, VA.  I don't think that you could recover a more perfect example.--SOLD

  3. 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.

  4. Very nice condition, excavated, large size, stamped brass, Volunteer Maine Militia (VMM), cartridge box plate recovered by Charlie Harris approximately 40 years ago from private property  near the 1863 Siege of Vicksburg, Mississippi.  This rare plate is the actual example pictured lower left on page 146 of Charlie's reference book, Civil War Relics of the Western Campaigns.  Everyone likes to have a couple artifacts in their collection that are the actual examples pictured in the well known reference books.--$950.SOLD

  5. Nice, attractive, excavated, lead-filled, circular, Federal Eagle breastplate.  This plate was recovered many years ago from private property near Fair Oaks, Virginia.  Nice detail and a chocolate brown patina.--$150.SOLD

  6. Quite pretty excavated large size lead filled "U.S." oval cartridge boxplate.  This was recovered about 40 years ago by my old digging buddy - Wayne Tucker - on private property at the base of Missionary Ridge - Chattanooga, TN.--$195.SOLD

  7. Excavated large size "U.S." oval waist belt plate recovered many, many years ago on private property here at Stones River by my old digging buddy - Wayne Tucker.  This is an arrow hook style buckle, and has two of the three hooks intact.  I'm sure I have an extra hook that I have dug over the years that I can include for display.  The plate has a very nice face with a smooth  chocolate brown patina.  (I have dug out a correct style hook that I recovered here at Stones River and have glued it on for nicer display.)--$195.SOLD

  8. Absolutely beautiful rich, aged bronze patina on this early "Puppy Paw" hook style U.S. oval on original black leather belt with cap box.  The belt remains soft and pliable and was purchased by Brendan Synnamin from an estate sale within 30 miles of Gettysburg, PA.  The cap box still has original percussion caps inside.--$650.SOLD

  9. Nice condition and very unusual circular, lead-filled, Federal Eagle breastplate that has been field modified from a cross belt plate into a waist belt buckle.  This was done by adding lead to the reverse over a set of iron buckle hooks.  This rare and unusual waist belt plate was recovered by Wayne Tucker over 40 years ago from a Confederate Camp on private property near Ft. Morgan, Alabama.  Definitely a rare and unusual find.--$295.SOLD

  10. Very attractive, non-excavated, cast brass, Federal Model 1851 Eagle sword belt plate and keeper.  This plate has a nice aged patina and shows clear evidence of usage with wear on the plate's high points.  The applied silver wreath remains 100% intact, and the belt loop on the reverse is a Civil War Era field repair that was expertly done.  A nice plate at a very reasonable price.--$295.SOLD

  11. 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.

  12. 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.

  13. 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.

  14. 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.
  15. 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.SOLD
  16. 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.
  17. 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.
  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. 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.
  20.  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.SOLD
  21. 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.
  22. 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.
  23. 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.
  24. 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.
  25. 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.

  26. 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.

  27. 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.

  28. 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.SOLD

  29. 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.

  30. 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.

  31. 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.

  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. 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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