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Belt Buckles, Sword Belt Plates and other such accoutrements used by soldiers in the Civil War

 


EXCAVATED CONFEDERATE TWO PIECE SWORD BELT BUCKLE, Chancellorsville

A
beautiful "Virginia Style" CS two piece sword belt buckle with a great history of being dug near Chancellorsville in 1959!! You won't find one much prettier than this!   

See plate 004 on page 11 of Steve Mullinax's Confederate Belt Buckles & Plates, Expanded Edition for an example of this style of buckle

2795.00  

 


EXCAVATED VIRGINIA STATE SEAL TWO PIECE SWORD BELT BUCKLE
Approximately 52mm x 88mm.  This is a beautiful dug example of the two piece buckles that fastened the leather belts that officer's and cavalrymen's swords hung from,  with the "tongue & wreath" design making it quick and easy to don the sword rig when needed.  The tongue has a bit more gilt than the wreath, but this just adds contrast and displays perfectly!    

See plate 406 on page 220 of Steve Mullinax's Confederate Belt Buckles & Plates, Expanded Edition for an example of this style of buckle

What a beauty!!  
SOLD!!

 


EXCAVATED VIRGINIA STATE SEAL STAMPED BRASS BELT BUCKLE
Approximately 51mm x 70mm. This absolutely beautiful belt plate was made by James S. Smith & Sons of New York and is one of the rare examples that bears their mark stamped into the tongue!  The belt bar that was held only by two solder joints is missing, which is not unusual, but the soldier drilled two holes on the edge of the plate so that he could continue using it in time of war!  

See plate 431 on page 233 of Steve Mullinax's
Confederate Belt Buckles & Plates, Expanded Edition for an example of this style of buckle


$ 3895.00

 

DUG EAGLE BREAST PLATE, Maker Marked: J I Pittman
Solid condition with smooth, dark chocolate brown patina, with one of the iron loops remaining on the back. The maker mark of J I Pittman is all there and readable!
No record of where it was dug, but somewhere in the Fredericksburg area.  
$ 225.00

 

NON-EXCAVATED VIRGINIA STATE SEAL TWO PIECE SWORD BELT BUCKLE
Approximately 50mm x 90mm.  These two piece buckles fastened the leather belts that officer's and cavalrymen's swords hung from,  with the "tongue & wreath" design making it quick and easy to don the sword rig when needed.  They are also one of the more attractive designs of Civil War belt plates!
This one is in perfect condition with a beautiful antique brass patina.  
See plate 406 on page 220 of Steve Mullinax's Confederate Belt Buckles & Plates, Expanded Edition for an example of this style of buckle
Reduced.....  $ 4295.00

 


EXCAVATED CONFEDERATE WREATH PORTION OF TWO PIECE SWORD BELT BUCKLE

Approximately 50mm x 67mm.  Nice brown-green patina
.  If you have a dug tongue this is your chance!

SOLD!!!

 


NON-EXCAVATED MEDIUM SIZE "OVM" OHIO VOLUNTEER MILITIA BELT BUCKLE
Approximately 52mm X 88mm.  A small quantity of these medium size OVM waist belt buckles were issued during the war.   These are hard to find and this one is in very nice condition with a nice, antique brass patina and full lead backing.  There are a few tiny edge dings, but nothing that detracts!

See plate 553 on page 340 of American Military Belt Plates
by Mike O'Donnell & Duncan Campbell for an example of this style of buckle.

$ 2595.00 

 


EXCAVATED MEDIUM SIZE CONFEDERATE "WISHBONE" BELT BUCKLE
Approximately 55mm X 88mm.  These are one of the more distinctive types of Confederate buckles, easily identified by the movable forked or "wishbone" tongue.  Both the tongue and frame are constructed of cast brass and provide a sturdy, lightweight and practical piece of equipment.  The simple design also made it easy to manufacture and it was made in three basic sizes... small, medium and large, with the large version being the most common.  This medium version is very hard to find and this one is in very nice condition!
See plate 178 on page 102 of Steve Mullinax's
Confederate Belt Buckles & Plates, Expanded Edition for a similar example of this style of buckle or
page 229 of Confederate General Service Accoutrement Plates by Lon W. Keim for and exact example..
SOLD!!! 

 


EXCAVATED SNAKE BELT BUCKLE, 1861 - 1865 
Approximately 62mm X 87mm.  These English import snake buckle were typically used by Confederates during the Civil War. This buckle is complete with both keepers. The snake-hook portion and attached keeper have a green-brown patina with strong detail on the snake. The other keeper is more brown in color, and could be a marriage, though the head of the snake that hooks through it has a bit of similar toning, so perhaps they were both affected by some nearby iron in the ground. The shortage of Southern manufactured accoutrements forced the Confederacy to turn to outside sources such as the British firms that produced buckles like this for the British army.  Many of these were smuggled and run through the Yankee blockades to the Confederate Army.
See plate 199 on page 112 of Steve Mullinax's
Confederate Belt Buckles & Plates, Expanded Edition for an example of this style of buckle.
SOLD!!! 

 

EXCAVATED "VMM" VOLUNTEER MILITIA OF MAINE  CARTRIDGE BOX PLATE
The Volunteer Militia of Maine was organized in1851 and restructured in 1861 to raise and equip ten regiments of infantry for two years of Federal service. They were initially outfitted with "VMM" plates
.  The iron loops are gone from the back of the plate, but when it was dug it was resting on a piece of the original cartridge box leather flap that had been protected from decay by the metal oxides off of the plate, and that is included! 
See plate 558 on page 343 of O'Donnell and Campbell's
American Military Belt Plates
for an similar example of this style of plate.
 

$ 1395.00  

 

DUG "US" BELT BUCKLE WITH "ARROW" HOOKS
In excellent condition with beautiful smooth, chocolate brown patina and all hooks. This is the regular size (55mm X 85mm) with the arrow style 
hooks that were introduced in early 1863, during the Civil War.    No record of where it was dug.

SOLD!!!   (M-11)
DUG EAGLE BREAST PLATE
In excellent condition with beautiful smooth, dark chocolate brown patina and both loops. This is the regular size (64mm).
No record of where it was dug, but it is a beauty! 
 
SOLD!!!   (M-3)
DUG EAGLE BREAST PLATE
In excellent condition with beautiful smooth, dark chocolate brown patina and both loops. This is the regular size (65mm).
This beauty was dug at Utoy Creek (
August 47, 1864, during the Atlanta Campaign) and is marked so on the back! 
SOLD!!!   (M-7)
 

 

DUG CARTRIDGE BOX PLATE
In excellent condition with beautiful smooth, chocolate brown patina and both loops. This is the regular size (57mm x 88mm).
Dug near Chancellorsville, VA in 1961!

SOLD!!!   (M-8
DUG CARTRIDGE BOX PLATE
In excellent condition with beautiful smooth, chocolate brown patina and both loops. This is the regular size (55mm x 85mm).
Dug near Brooke Station, VA.

SOLD!!!   (M-4
DUG CARTRIDGE BOX PLATE
In excellent condition with smooth, chocolate brown patina and both loops. This is the regular size (58mm x 88mm).
Dug near Chancellorsville, VA in 1961!

SOLD!!!   (M-9

 

RARE NON-EXCAVATED CONFEDERATE "GUTTER BACK" FRAME BUCKLE
Measuring 70mm x 62mm, this is one is beautiful with a nice clean patina and perfectly formed teeth.  The surface is clean, but with enough patina in the low areas and some over the file marks to confirm its age! Steve Mullinax's Confederate Belt Buckles & Plates, Expanded Edition doesn't have much on frame buckles, but there are a couple of generic examples on page 98.   On the other hand, Lon Kiem's Confederate General Service Accoutrement Plates has a near exact match for this buckle in figure 336 on page 209!
$ 1295.00   On Hold!!!

 

EXCAVATED CONFEDERATE FRAME BUCKLE
Measuring 76mm x 65mm, this is one of the larger sizes of the frame style buckle, and this one is beautiful,
with a gorgeous patina, and perfectly formed teeth.
See plate 173 on page 99 of Steve Mullinax's Confederate Belt Buckles & Plates, Expanded Edition for an similar example of this style of plate.
$ 575.00   On Hold!!

 

NON-EXCAVATED MILITIA PLATE, circa 1818 - 1835
Approximately 70mm x 70mm" stamped brass plate in wonderful, condition with belt bar and tongue.
This is just a beautiful example of American military accouterments!
See page 103 of American Military Belt Plates by
Michael J. O'Donnell and  J. Duncan Campbell.
$ 795.00
 
 

 

EXCAVATED CONFEDERATE "GUTTER BACK" FRAME BUCKLE
These Confederate plates may be the most sensible and serviceable style of buckle produced by either side! About 63mm X 70mm
This is the style with the depressed "gutter" on one side and is in excellent condition.
Dug in the Fredericksburg, Virginia area.  
See plate 171 on
page 98 of Steve Mullinax's Confederate Belt Buckles & Plates, Expanded Edition for an example of this style of plate.
 
$ 550.00       
  On Hold!!!

 

"BABY US" CARTRIDGE BOX PLATE
This is the small (41mm X 71mm) type used from the 1840's on into the Civil War. The buckle is just about perfect,
with the back being as good as the front!

See American Military Belt Plates by Campbell & O'Donnel, page 323 plate 524.
$ 395.00
    (SmBx)

 

WREATH FROM CONFEDERATE TWO PIECE BUCKLE
This is for the "CS" buckle and is approximately 51mm tall at the belt loop and the wreath itself
is about 50mm.   Dug at Monroe Bridge, Virginia.

$ 795.00  Reduced Price!  $ 695.00