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VIRGINIA CIVIL WAR RELICS

Civil War Buckles

This page last updated April 14, 2014

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Plez Bagby
PO Box 6425
Charlottesville, VA 22906

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PC4437
                  US Belt Plate

This US belt plate, recovered in the Richmond, VA area, is bent at one end and a portion of its solder has melted out of its rear.  The decent condition of its stamped sheet brass face indicates that it wasn't completely ravaged in a fire.  The surface of the brass has a very nice dark green patina with a very light layer of encrusted soil.  The rear has the early war "puppy paw" belt attachment studs with hook still in place and surrounded securely by the approximately fifty percent remaining solder.  My analysis of the curl, at the "S" end, indicates to me that it was purposely put there in such a way for it to be held by some device, possibly over a campfire in order to melt the solder, but this is only my theory.  But then again, why doesn't the brass show more damage?  The plate has not been repaired and its brass face has no cracks or breaks.  It was recovered in the 1950 - 60's by local Virginia relic hunter, Jim Cullinan.  Jim was one of the early Civil War relic hunters that started out with a true "army mine detector" that actually required a backpack to operate. This very interesting US belt plate, with a mystery to unfold, will be an excellent addition to any excavated Civil War belt plate, campsite, or general relic collection.  Approximately 56 x 76 mm. (with bend)   SOLD

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PC4076
                  Federal Sword Waist Belt Plate with Keeper

This Federal sword belt plate and keeper are in very good condition.   Constructed of brass, this belt plate has a brown-green patina with yellow-bronze brass showing in the high relief areas as well as where the applied silver-nickel wreath, which surrounded the eagle, once was attached.  The light glow of the brass in this area beautifully high-lights the the raised eagle clutching arrows in one talon and an olive branch in the other.  It is not unusual for these applied wreaths to be missing mainly due to their construction and from ground action from being in the elements for decades.  The keeper is an excellent match in size, fit, and patina, but the number stamped into it of what appears to be "2969" does not match the number of "282" stamped into the tongue of the plate.  The plate has nice body curve and will be an excellent addition to any excavated plate or general relic collection.   The plate alone measures approximately 52 x 85 mm and, with the keeper, it measures approximately 52 x 94 mm.   $325.00   Order Information  or  Questions?

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PC5360
                  US Waist Belt Buckle - Museum Quality

This excavated US waist belt buckle is in excellent condition and was recovered in the area of Chancellorsville, VA.  The brass face of this plate, displaying the big bold raised letters "US", has a pleasing rich brown patina.  While there are minimal signs of period use and wear, the face is perfect with no cracks or breaks.  The remaining soil around most of the rim nicely highlight the "US".  The rear has both "puppy paw" studs and its belt attachment hook all solidly in place.  Its solder is smooth, stable, and complete.  If you are looking for the best, then this is it.  The plate has no cracks, breaks, bends,  or repairs and, is indeed, a museum quality example and will be an excellent addition to any excavated Civil War plate or general relic collection.   $350.00    Order Information  or  Questions?  SALE PENDING

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PC5269
                  US Sword Belt Plate - Unusual Design

This excavated US sword belt plate, while not the best looking example, is actually in pretty good condition and has a design I have rarely come across.   Constructed of cast brass, this plate still retains most of its nickel-silver applied wreath which, on most excavated examples, is missing.  The unusual design feature of this plate is the fact that the wing tips of the eagle arc high above the plate allowing the nickel-silver wreath uninterrupted passage underneath.  According to O'Donnell and Campbell's second edition of "American Military Belt Plates", the "thin wing tips appear to have been cast with the plate, then bent into position.  An example of this type of plate can be found in the aforementioned book on page 375, as plate 616.  This plate still has a nice a nice body curve and a secure integral tongue still present.  There is a slight bend in the belt loop from what I would presume to be a result of period use but otherwise there are no other bends.  The brass portion of this plate has no cracks or breaks, and no portion of the plate has been repaired.  This sword belt plate will be an excellent addition to any excavated Civil War plate or general relic collection.  Approx. 51 x 86 mm.   SOLD

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PC5270
                  Confederate Carbine Sling Buckle - Heavy & Thick Size

This Confederate carbine sling buckle is noticeably heavier and thicker in design.  Constructed of cast brass, it has a very pleasing chocolate brown patina with no cracks, breaks, bends, or repairs.  The middle bar still has its two tangs which still freely move.  The rear has a removable label that indicates that this buckle was recovered in "Fredrick, Md. 6-3-89".  This buckle will be an excellent addition to any excavated plate or general relic collection.  Approximately 50 x 83 mm.   SOLD

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PC5273
                   Confederate Early War Shoulder Militia Belt Plate

This Confederate shoulder belt plate, recovered in Caroline County, VA., is constructed of sheet brass which has aged into a very nice chocolate brown patina.  The face of the plate is plain and the rear still has the solder remnants where the three attachment hooks were attached.  These plates were definitely worn by Confederate militia in the early days of the Civil War and have been found regularly in CS campsites.  A similar example of this style plate can be found in Howard Crouch's book "Civil War Artifacts" on page 220, item #5.  Other than missing its attachment hooks, this plate has no cracks, breaks, bends, or repairs and will be an excellent addition to any excavated plate or general relic collection.   Approximately 62 x 83 mm.   SOLD

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PC5190
                  Confederate Belt Buckle Tongue

This Virginia style CS belt plate portion is the tongue half of a Confederate "tongue and wreath" belt buckle.  It is constructed of cast brass which now has a very pleasing brown-green patina.  The device has raised letters "CS" and is in very good condition as it has no cracks, breaks, bends, or repairs.  It was recovered in the area of Chancellorsville, VA and will be an excellent addition to any excavated plate or general relic collection.  Loop height 46.7 mm.  Inside loop length 40.7 mm.  Entire tongue length 56.8 mm.  Disk diameter 30.3 mm.  All measurements are approximate.   SOLD

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PC5091
                  South Carolina Belt Buckle

This very rare South Carolina belt buckle is in fair condition.  The buckle is constructed of stamped sheet brass and solder and, is complete with the exception of its rim.  The brass face has a very pleasing brown/green patina and the two letters "SC" are clearly visible.  The rear has all three "puppy paw" style belt attachment hooks present.  This solid plate has some bends and a few small cracks in the brass face.  A similar example of this belt buckle can be found in Steve Mullinax's reference book "Confederate Belt Buckles and Plates", 1st edition, on page 190 as plate 352 (also in his "Expanded Edition" of the same book on page 212, plate 390)   This is a very rare opportunity to own a buckle, that according to Mullinax, has a rarity of 7 on a scale of 1-10 with 10 being the rarest.  This South Carolina belt buckle will be an excellent addition to any excavated Civil War belt plate or general relic collection.   Approx.  43 x 62 mm.  (without rim damage it would measure approximately 48 x 77 mm.)   $1,575.00   Order Information  or  Questions?

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PC5203
                  Confederate "Egg-Shaped" Belt Buckle  -- "Mission Ridge"

This excavated Confederate "egg-shaped" oval belt buckle is in very good condition and is tagged "Mission Ridge".  The buckle is die-struck rolled brass which has now aged into a very pleasing even brown patina.  The plate shows no bright brass showing through on the front or rear and, while there is some minor bending from period use, it is still in good form.  The face still shows some remaining soil in areas around the letters "CS" which are quite prominent.  Just above these letters, affixed to the plate, is a very old black label with now darkened gold lettering which reads "Mission Ridge" which indicates its recovery location of Missionary Ridge, TN.  The plate was originally given to a gentleman (and most recent owner) direct from the digger.  The rear has the remnants of the continuous wire belt attachment hooks with one of the three hooks still present.  These plates contained just enough solder to secure the hooks to the rear.  An example of this plate can be found in Steve Mullinax's book "Confederate Belt Buckles and Plates", November 1991 first edition, on page 66 as plate 116 (also in the August 1999 "Expanded Edition" of this book on page 79, plate 136).  According to Mullinax, "records indicate that telegraph wire was employed as belt hooks".  This plate has no cracks, breaks, repairs, or major bends and will be an excellent addition to any Civil War belt plate, buckle, or general relic collection.   Approx. 54 x 91 mm.  $2,650.00   Order Information  or  Questions?

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PC4269
                  US Belt Plate

This US belt plate is in good condition and its rear is marked "JOHN WARD CAMP".  The assumption is that this buckle was recovered in this camp but I have not been able to determine exactly which John Ward camp this was.  According to my research Gen. John Ward was appointed  the colonel of the 38th New York infantry and was present at First and Second Bull Run battles, and commanded the brigade at Fredericksburg and Chancellorsville, VA.  Ward was eventually wounded in the head at the Battle of Spotsylvania Courthouse and was removed from command on May 12, 1864 by Major General Winfield S. Scott for "misbehavior and intoxication in the presence of the enemy at the Battle of the Wilderness".  He was arrested on June 12 and, despite these charges, he was nevertheless honorably mustered out on July 18, 1864.  The plates brass face, with its long tall letters "US", is in fair condition and has a mostly brown patina with a rust bump at the bottom portion of the letter "U".  The rear has nearl a full complement of solder and all three arrow style attachment hooks.  The plate has no cracks, bends, or repairs and will be an excellent addition to any Civil War excavated plate or general relic collection.   Approx. 56 x 86 mm.   $215.00   Order Information  or  Questions?

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PC1519
                  US Belt Plate - for Dragoon or Rifleman

This excavated US belt plate is in very good condition.  The face of the plate has a pleasing chocolate brown patina showing areas of wear at the high points of the serifs of the two raised letters "US".  The glare or shine visible in the images of the face is a result of my photography lighting.  The rear has full lead and all three belt attachment hooks solidly in place.  In this case the two fixed studs are situated behind the letter "S" indicating dragoon or rifleman usage.  According to O'Donnell and Campbell's "American Military Belt Plates" reference book, "The dragoon saber belt plates issued by the Army, 1839-1851, had belt hooks reversed from the arrangement on the smaller infantry plates.  With shoulder straps and sling straps in the way, the cartridge box (and later cap box) had to slide over the end of the belt on the wearer's right, requiring the US plate have the two fixed studs on the wearer's left (behind letter "S").   The edges of the plate show some denting indicating that this plate has "been there, done that".  This fine belt plate is very attractive, has no cracks or repairs, and will make an excellent addition to any excavated Civil War plate or general relic collection.  Approx.  53 x 85 mm.  $295.00   Order Information  or  Questions?

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PC4985
                  Confederate "MEDIUM SIZE" Forked Tongue Belt Plate

This Confederate "medium size" forked tongue belt plate is in good condition and has an awesome woodsy green patina.  When recovered, on the day before Easter of this year from Quinton, VA, it was missing its tongue, but the digger kept digging and recovered it from the same hole a few minutes later.  The break in the stem of the tongue is clearly old damage as there is no bright brass showing in this area.  Also recovered, only few inches away, was a complete drummers buckle with the same patina.  This frame buckle has no cracks, bends, or repairs, measures approximately 57 x 89 mm., and will be an excellent addition to any Civil War belt plate or general relic collection.   $650.00   Order Information  or  Questions?

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PC5010
                  State of New York Belt Plate

This State of New York belt plate is in good condition and was excavated in the area of Bermuda Hundred, VA.  The brass face of the plate showing the letters "SNY" has aged into a very pleasing brown patina and is basically flawless with the exception of a nearly invisible hairline crack below the "N" which is recognizable under a strong light and magnifier.  The rear has both puppy paw attachment studs but is missing its belt hook which may explain why it was left behind.  There is a full complement of solder and the plate has no major bends or repairs.   This belt plate will be an excellent addition to any Civil War belt plate or general relic collection.   $550.00   Order Information  or  Questions?

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PC4872
                  US Belt Buckle

This excavated US belt plate is complete and was recovered in Culpeper County, VA.  Its brass face has a very nice green-brown patina and is in good condition with the exception of a small break in the rim above the letters "US".  This break does not appear to be recent as there is no bright brass showing in this area, otherwise, the face has no cracks or other damage.  The rear is solid with all three belt attachment hooks in place and a full complement of solder with the exception of a small amount at the area of the aforementioned rim break.  This plate will be an excellent addition to any Civil War belt plate or general relic collection.  Approx. 54 x 85 mm.   $250.00   Order Information  or  Questions?

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PC4865
                  Confederate Knapsack Buckle

This excavated two-piece Confederate knapsack buckle is in excellent condition and both pieces were recovered off Boydton Plank Road in Dinwiddie, VA.  These sturdy brass buckles were produced by S. Isaacs Campbell & Company, London and it is this company that supplied numerous articles of war to the Confederacy.  The buckle portion with the ring and tang has a brown patina while the hook portion has a lighter chocolate brown patina.  The digger advised that they were recovered from the same campsite, on the same day, but not recovered together which may explain the differing patinas.  The buckle has no cracks, breaks, bends, or repairs and will be an excellent addition to any Civil War buckle or general relic collection.  The buckle's approximate overall length and width measures 33 x 72 mm.    SOLD

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Federal Carbine Sling Buckle - Double Marked

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                  Carbine Sling Buckle - Double Marked

This excavated Federal carbine sling buckle is in very good condition and is direct from the digger.  Recovered in New Hope, VA., the brass has a very nice brown patina and is clearly marked "E. GAYLORD. CHICOPEE MASS" and "T. J. SHEPPARD".  What is interesting about this buckle is that the tangs were installed incorrectly as the tang flat side should rest on the buckle top and not bottom.  One of the tangs is bent but complete, and there are no cracks, breaks, repairs or other significant bends.  This fine marked cavalry carbine sling buckle will make an excellent addition to any excavated Civil War cavalry or general relic collection.  Approx.  52 x 82 mm.   $165.00   Order Information  or  Questions?

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US Medium Size Belt Plate

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PC3088
                  US Belt Plate - Rare Medium Size

This excavated medium size US belt plate is a rare find.  Large size US belt plates typically measure around 55 x 86 mm. with the small size plates measuring around 40 x 71 mm. The medium size plates measure around 46 x 77 mm.  Taking the rim damage into account, this example would have measured approximately that size.  With its rim damage, it measures approximately 41 x 71 mm.  The smaller size puppy paw hook arrangement on the rear also indicates that this is indeed the medium style plate and not a large style US plate.  Small size plates did not use puppy paw style hooks.  The brass face is very attractive with its nice even light green patina.  All three attachment hooks are solidly present with one stud out of place.  The lead is solid with some loss at the areas of missing rim.  An example of this plate with the same letter style and size can be found in  the second edition of O'Donnell and Campbell's "American Military Belt Plates", as plate 514 on page 318. This relic was excavated, with permission, at Harrison's Landing in Charles City County, VA., by Gene Cooley.  Mr. Cooley is in his late 80's and still relic hunts today.  To read more about Mr. Cooley please click here.  $195.00   Order Information  or  Questions?

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PC1002
                 US "Puppy Paw" Belt Plate

This US belt plate with the "puppy paw" style attachment hooks has that just dug look.  This plate is actually out of a 20 year old private collection of relics and was excavated in the Richmond, VA area.  The plate is in near perfect condition with only one flaw.  Located at the 2 o'clock position is a slight nick in the rim where most likely it was struck by the digger's tool.  The brass face of the plate with areas still soil covered has a light yellow brown appearance.   The rear lead is smooth and complete with all attachment hooks present.  This plate has no cracks, no breaks (other than the nick mentioned above) and no bends or repairs.  This plate is a very nice looking "definitely dug" example.  Approx.  54 x 85 mm.  $335.00   Order Information  or  Questions?

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