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

 

EXCAVATED CONFEDERATE "WISHBONE" BUCKLE
There were lots of prettier buckles, but this is one of the most sensible and serviceable buckles produced by either side!
This is the large size and measures 64mm x 95mm and is in excellent condition.
 
See plate 179 on
page 102 of Steve Mullinax's Confederate Belt Buckles & Plates, Expanded Edition for an example of this style of plate.
 
$ 695.00       

 

EXCAVATED CONFEDERATE "GUTTER BACK" FRAME BUCKLE
And this may be the most sensible and serviceable style of buckle produced by either side!
This is the large size and measures 64mm x 95mm and is in excellent condition.
 
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       

 

EXCAVATED UNION CARTRIDGE BOX STRAP PLATE
Nice dug patina, with great detail and  smooth back with strong iron loops.  The front has a great deep brown patina.  
Dug at the Battle of North Anna, Virginia.

$ 165.00
 

 

CONFEDERATE "CS" TWO PIECE BUCKLE ON ORIGINAL BELT
This 1-1/2" wide, bridle leather belt features the "bullet stitching" associated with products of Richmond and a style of "tongue and wreath" buckle that is also believed to be a product of that city as well, so it is safe to say that this was made in the Capital of the Confederacy!  This originally had hangers for a sword.  These have been removed at some point making it into a waist belt that displays wonderfully! 
See plate 005 on page 12 of Steve Mullinax's Confederate Belt Buckles & Plates, Expanded Edition for an example of this style of plate.
 
$ 6995.00       

 

EXCAVATED MODEL 1851 OFFICER'S GILDED SWORD BELT PLATE, Circa 1861-1862
This gorgeous specimen is approximately 49mm x 81mm and was originally gold gilded with silver plating on the wreath and still retains much of its original gold gilding!
  Has a stamped number "20" on the belt bar.  See plate 630 on page 383 of American Military Belt Plates by Michael O'Donnel & Duncan Campbell for an example of this style of plate.
Dug about 40 years ago in Fredericksburg, Virginia. 
What a beauty!  $ 795.00   
    

 

EXCAVATED MILITIA PLATE, Circa 1818 - 1835
This gorgeous specimen is approximately 68mm x 72mm and retains nearly all of its original gold gilding!  
It is perfect except that the belt bar is missing from the back, which thankfully happened before the soldier had a chance to polish off any of the gold!  Dug in Charleston, South Carolina.
See plate 153 on page 102
of
American Military Belt Plates by Michael O'Donnel & Duncan Campbell for an example of this style of plate.
You'll never need to upgrade this one!

SOLD!!! 

 

RARE EXCAVATED CONFEDERATE DOUBLE TONGUE "WISHBONE" BUCKLE
These are much harder to find than the regular, forked tongue version of this buckle! 
See plate 183 on page 104 of
Steve Mullinax's Confederate Belt Buckles & Plates, Expanded Edition for an example of this style of plate.

Dug in the Fredericksburg, Virginia area.
$ 1495.00       

 

NON-EXCAVATED VIRGINIA TWO PIECE SWORD BELT BUCKLE
This is a beauty!  Die cast tongue with great detail, sweated (soldered) on to a cast brass bar.
This all fits into a cast brass wreath with decorative foliation on the belt loops, resulting
in a plate that is as striking as it is rare!
  See plate 409 on page 222 of Steve Mullinax's
Confederate Belt Buckles & Plates, Expanded Edition for an example of this style of plate!


No need to ever upgrade this one!   $ 5795.00 On Hold!!! 

 

EXCAVATED UNION CARTRIDGE BOX PATE
The face on this one is super slick!  The loops are gone.... they look like they fell out, and the lead backing is very thin.  I think some contractor was skimping on materials!  We know when and where it was dug.... on U.S. Ford Road in the Chancellorsville, Virginia area on December 4th, 1977. 
SOLD!!
EXCAVATED UNION CARTRIDGE BOX STRAP PLATE
December 4, 1977 was a lucky day for our digger!  This one must have been dug close to the plate just above!  It also has a slick face and the loops are gone.... they also look like they just fell out!  And, of course we know when and where it was dug.... on U.S. Ford Road in the Chancellorsville, Virginia area on December 4th, 1977. 
SOLD!! 

 

EXCAVATED UNION BUCKLE & PLATE SET
Belt Buckle, Cartridge Box Plate and Cartridge Box Strap Plate dug in the late 1950's by Wallace "Wally" Mann in the Fredericksburg area. Wally was an early pioneer of Civil War Relic Hunting and was also involved in some of the earliest Civil War Relic Shows. These were three of the first buckles that he recovered, and they are in great condition and could probably be cleaned a bit more.  The photo and caption are from  The Illustrated History of Civil War Relics by Steve Sylvia and Mike O'Donnell in which Wally is mentioned in four different places.

Wally was a good friend of ours, and he had this set displayed in his basement as long as we knew him!

$ 325.00
SOLD!!

$ 225.00 $ 225.00
On Hold!!!

 

STATE OF NEW YORK "SNY" BELT BUCKLE
Excavated on U.S. For Road at Chancellorsville on June 4, 1978!  This one has an absolutely gorgeous face with smooth lead in the back.  Apparently the original brass hook broke and resulted in the ingenious soldier's solution of soldering in an iron replacement!  How cool is that???
See American Military Belt Plates by Campbell & O'Donnel, page 336 for similar examples.
$ 895.00
    

 

STATE OF NEW YORK "SNY" BELT BUCKLE
Beautiful example of the New York militia plate that was excavated at Antietam in 1962!
See American Military Belt Plates by Campbell & O'Donnel, page 336 for similar examples.
SOLD!!!    (39-4)

 

Buckle Related Image!!!!
1/4th PLATE IMAGE OF OHIO BUGLER WITH RARE OHIO SWORD BELT
Approximately 3-3/8" x 4-1/4") ambrotype of a seated musician with his bugle on the table at his side!
This is a beautiful image that clearly depicts a young soldier in a musician's jacket wearing
a sword belt rig fastened by a super rare
Ohio Sword Belt Plate! He is wearing the belt upside down
which was commonly done in photographs.  This was to account for the reversal of the era's photography and
have the sword on his left side.  Unfortunately, the glass plate is broken, but at least the cracks don't
greatly affect the image. 
 See page 409 of AMERICAN MILITARY BELT PLATES by Michael O'Donnel & Duncan Campbell.
$ 995.00 

 

"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

 

EXCAVATED CARBINE SLING BUCKLE
Perfect condition buckle that includes the brass sling tip.
$ 135.00 
 
(Mg-177)    
 

 

DUG "US" BELT BUCKLE with Arrow Hooks
In excellent condition with smooth, chocolate brown patina and all hooks. This is the regular size (57mm X 88mm) with the
"arrow" hooks that became popular during the Civil War.  The initials "WH" or "HM" are lightly scratched into the back and
there seem to be other letters, but nothing we can make out.  Dug in Stafford County, Virginia.

$ 295.00   (BK4)

 

NON-DUG "US" BELT BUCKLE
This is the early type with oval stud, or "puppy paw" style belt attachments.
The buckle is in great shape with evidence of use, and a wonderful patina, but no real damage!

$ 350.00
 (
BK2)

 

NON-DUG "US" BELT BUCKLE
This is the early type with oval stud, or "puppy paw" style belt attachments.
The buckle is in great shape with evidence of use, but no real damage!

$ 350.00
  (BK6) 

 

DUG "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 fairly solid, with a
wonderful patina (darker & smoother than it appears in the photo) but has some edge damage.

See American Military Belt Plates by Campbell & O'Donnel, page 323 plate 524.
$ 250.00
    (Box1)

 

DUG CARTRIDGE BOX PLATE
This is the regular size (55mm X 86mm) used from the 1850's on into the Civil War. The plate is solid, with a
nice patina, but does have a rust bump on the face.  The back is mostly smooth, with both iron loops intact.

$ 135.00
    (Box4)

 

DUG CARTRIDGE BOX PLATE
This is the regular size (54mm X 85mm) used from the 1850's on into the Civil War. The plate is solid, with a
great patina.  The back is smooth with some flaking lead, and both iron loops are intact.

$ 195.00
    (Box6)

 

DUG CARTRIDGE BOX PLATE
This is the regular size (58mm X 88mm) used from the 1850's on into the Civil War. The plate is solid, with a
great patina.  The back is smooth with some flaking lead, and both iron loops are strong.

$ 195.00
    (Box7)

 

DUG EAGLE BREAST PLATE
Absolutely beautiful dug condition, with a slick face and mostly smooth back. The iron loops are there, but one has broken off.
The front shows almost no wear and has a great deep brown patina. 
Dug in the Fredericksburg area.

SOLD!!!  
(
EP3)

 

DUG EAGLE BREAST PLATE
Beautiful dug patina, with a slick face, great detail and mostly smooth back with strong iron loops.
The front shows a little wear and has a great deep brown patina, but there is a flattened edge
and some stick stuff on the back that would probably wash off with acetone / fingernail polish remover. 
Dug in the Fredericksburg area.

$ 185.00  
(
EP6)

 

DUG EAGLE BREAST PLATE
Nice dug patina, with a slick face, great detail and mostly smooth back with strong iron loops.
The front shows some wear and has a great deep brown patina. It has been clear coated, but if you
wanted to, it would wash off with acetone / fingernail polish remover. 
Dug in the Fredericksburg area.

$ 135.00  
(
EP7)

 

DUG EAGLE BREAST PLATE
Still has dirt on face, good detail and smooth back with one strong iron loop.
Dug in the Fredericksburg area.

$ 165.00  
(
EP9)

 

DUG EAGLE BREAST PLATE
Slick dug patina, with well worn detail and the back retains one iron loop.
The front still has a little dirt in places. 
Dug in the Fredericksburg area.

$ 135.00  
(
EP10)

 

DUG EAGLE BREAST PLATE
Nice dug patina, with a smooth face, great detail and a smooth back with one iron loop.
The front shows lots of wear and has a deep green-brown patina. This one saw lots of service!
Dug in the Fredericksburg area.

$ 185.00  
(
EP13)

 

DUG EAGLE BREAST PLATE
Nice dug patina, with all of the lead in the back with no loops.
The front shows some wear and has a great deep brown patina. It has been clear coated, but if you
wanted to, it would wash off with acetone / fingernail polish remover. 
Dug in the Fredericksburg area.

$ 125.00  
(
EP15)

 

EXCAVATED "CONFEDERATE STYLE" CARBINE SLING BUCKLE
Thick brass, slightly undersized (49mm x 77mm) sling buckle often attributed to CS manufacture.
Dug in Culpeper, Virginia on August 18, 1992
.
$ 295.00

 

EXCAVATED US RIFLEMAN'S BUCKLE
All matching with the same patina.  Appears to have all been dug together.
$ 395.00

 

NON-EXCAVATED UNION MODEL 1851 SWORD BELT PLATE
Beautiful example of this style with the rays surrounding the eagle! Some use wear on the shield
but otherwise in fine condition.  Bench marked
on the back with number "25".
Nice, used condition! 
$ 350.00
 

 

EXCAVATED US BREAST PLATE
Nice, excavated condition.
Dug in Fredericksburg, Virginia area.     
$ 195.00 (
BP-5)

 

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Nice, excavated condition.
Dug in Fredericksburg, Virginia area.     
$ 185.00 (
BP-16)