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CS Buckles

  1. 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

  2. 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

  3. snakebuckle.JPG (81784 bytes)Very cool find - This is the effects of one of Wheeler's Cavalry who was apparently a casualty at the Battle of Farmington, TN.  This find was made only about 400 yards from the little Confederate cemetery at the site of the engagement.  The Southern Cavalry trooper appears to have been equipted with Enfield accouterments, and apparently with an Enfield carbine as well.  The entire large size English Snake buckle was there along with Enfield bullets, and several beautiful gilted floral buttons from the Southern Trooper's Shell jacket.  A find like this will only happen to you a couple times in a lifetime of relic hunting.--$475.SOLD

  4. carbslng.jpg (62420 bytes)Excavated regulation Federal carbine sling buckle and brass belt tip {that is totally covered with leather on the reverse}.  This carbine sling rig was apparently "borrowed" from the Federal Cavalry because it was recovered from an Alabama Cavalry camp located near Chapel Hill, TN.--$125.SOLD

  5. 2piececs.jpg (83572 bytes)2piececsrev.JPG (73348 bytes)Excavated C.S. 2-piece saber belt plate.  This is a quite crude style C.S. buckle, and was recovered from an 1863 Confederate winter camp along Duck River here in Middle Tennessee.  Judging from the crudity of the buckle - I suspect that the buckle is likely a Leech and Rigdon product.  The "C' cast very clearly, but the "S" almost completely filled in and looks somewhat like an "8".  The two halves were dug about three feet apart, so were definitely being worn together.  It has a very attractive brown/green patina, and with the exception of the belt loop on the wreath side being bent up some - is an attractive and complete Western Style C.S. 2-Piece Saber Belt Plate.--$1,850.SOLD

  6. CSATNGEWR.JPG (85782 bytes)CSATNGEWRREV.JPG (84384 bytes)Excavated Richmond Arsenal style "C.S." tongue and wreath 2-piece sword belt plate.  The buckle has a nice fit - and was dug together on private property near Brandy Station, VA.  It has a smooth chocolate brown patina, and was recovered about 30 years ago.  The plate has a first class display look.--$2,250.SOLD

  7. 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.
  8. modbuckle.JPG (80409 bytes)modbucklerev.JPG (78689 bytes)Very, very cool excavated Confederate buckle clearly showing the extreme lengths that Confederate soldiers had to go to to keep serviceable equipment.  This buckle was originally a large size Confederate "wishbone" frame waist belt plate.  The outside frame of the buckle apparently broke as well as one of the points of the forked tongue.  The Confederate soldier very craftily modified the buckle into a more conventional "D" style frame buckle to where he could continue using the waist belt plate.  This is an item that will be a nice conversation piece in any collection.--$295.SOLD

  9. cstandw.jpg (95229 bytes)cstandwrev.JPG (94058 bytes)Nothing short of "Drop Dead Beautiful" !!  Officer's grade Richmond Arsenal C.S. 2-piece recovered together on private property near Greensboro, N.C.  This buckle has the prettiest matching emerald green patina that you could hope to recover.  Don't worry about ever upgrading this one !!--$2,850.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. 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.
  13. 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. !!!!!}
  14. keepers.jpg (82490 bytes)keepersrev.JPG (87182 bytes)Pair of perfect condition excavated cast brass sword belt plate keepers.  Both were recovered on private property at Franklin, and have beautiful green patinas.--$35 each or both for $60.SOLD
  15. 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.
  16. 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.
  17. 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.
  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. 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. 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.

  2. 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

  3. usbuckle.jpg (73997 bytes)usbucklerev.JPG (88351 bytes)Beautiful condition non-excavated large size lead filled regulation "U.S." oval waist belt plate brought home from the Civil War by Oscar Hare - originally of the 6th Regimrnt - Co. "G" Michigan Volunteer Infantry, and for the later years of the Civil War was a member of the 6th Regiment Michigan Heavy Artillery, and served at Fort Morgan - Fort Blakely - and Spanish Fort, AL.  He was discharged at Jackson, Mich. on Sept. 5, 1865.--$350.SOLD

  4. eagbrstplt.JPG (82634 bytes)eagbrstpltrev.JPG (85885 bytes)Beautiful condition non-excavated circular lead-filled Federal Eagle breastplate.  It has a nice age patina and you couldn't ask for a nicer one if you need one for a cartridge box rig.--$250.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. usovalbeltrig.JPG (39497 bytes)usovalbeltrigcls.JPG (75738 bytes)usovalbeltrigrev.JPG (37583 bytes)Absolutely beautiful large size "U.S." oval arrow hook style Federal waist belt plate on it's original black leather waist belt.  This belt rig has a museum type look and the leather remains nice and pliable.--$450.SOLD
  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. eaglebeltrig1.JPG (41635 bytes)eaglebeltrig1cls.JPG (79698 bytes)Hard to find anymore - Model 1851 Federal Cavalry Saber Belt Rig.  The cast brass eagle sword belt plate is just stunning with full silver wreath.  The leather belt remains nice and pliable with some pretty "fancier than normal" tooling.  The bench mark number on the sword belt plate and the number on the brass keeper are different numbers, and this is a quite common thing.  Both leather sword "drops" remain intact, and is going to display really nice.  {I just discovered that there is a name scratched into the back of the plate, but part of it is worn away, and I can't read it - maybe you can !!}--$695.SOLD
  10. 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.
  11. 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.
  12. ovalusbuckle.JPG (73782 bytes)ovalusbucklerev.JPG (71575 bytes)SOOOOO  Pretty excavated large size U.S. oval lead filled cartridge boxplate.  This was recovered in 1969 on private property near Shiloh by Dr. Rees Buttram.  It has a beautiful face - full lead - and one of the two iron loops still intact.  It would be nearly impossible to recover a slicker one.--$195.
  13. 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.
  14. 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.
  15. dugeagle.JPG (80587 bytes)dugeaglerev.JPG (75979 bytes)Eagle breastplate found at a pipeline construction project here at Stones River yesterday.  A solid plate with full lead, and lots of calcium from the Stones River limestone rocks.--$135.SOLD
  16. 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.
  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. 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.
  19. 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.
  20. 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.
  21. 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.
  22. 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.
  23. 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.
  24. 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.
  25. 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.
  26. 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.
  27. 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.
  28. 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.
  29. 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.
  30. 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.
  31. 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.
  32. 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.
  33. Attractive excavated large size "U.S." oval lead filled cartridge boxplate.  This was recovered on private property at Chickamauga several years back.--$150.
  34. 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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