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

 

NON-EXCAVATED 2-PIECE EAGLE PLATE, Circa 1851 - 1855

This beautiful die stamped center disc soldered to cast brass bar features a nice, spread-wing eagle and 31 stars.  The tradition of adding stars to this style stopped at 31 following the statehood of California in 1850, and it looks like squeezing more that onto a disc this size was just too problematic!  This laurel leaf pattern wreath was copied for thousands of Confederate 2-piece sword belt plates.  This style of buckle faded from use as it was replaced by the 1851 rectangular eagle sword belt plate with the applied silver wreath. 
For reference:
see plate 305 on page 203 of American Military Belt Plates by O'Donnell & Campbell.  

$ 895.00 

 

EXCAVATED I.D. DISC, 2nd Lieutenant Edgar E. Herrick, 6th Vermont 
Beautiful smooth brown face and smooth solder filled back that is stamped by it's maker "W.H. Smith / Brooklyn".  Also has a tape tag that indicates it was dug on the 20th of January in 1974!  The tag also has the name "Burgess" but we really don't know exactly who that refers to.... could be the digger, a property owner.
$ 275.00  On Hold!!! H-29

 

EXCAVATED "US" CARTRIDGE BOX PLATE, Maker Marked!
Beautiful smooth brown face and smooth solder filled back that is clearly stamped with the early version of "Boyd & Sons / Boston".  Later in the war the Springfied Armory required both the contractor and the inspector's name so Boyd & Sons used a totally different stamp
! 
See page 309 of O'Donnell and Campbell's
American Military Belt Plates
for examples of the differing styles.
 

$ 295.00 Sold!!! H-35

 

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
SOLD!!!

 


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  
   On Hold!!!

 


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

 

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  

 

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