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VIRGINIA CIVIL WAR RELICS

Civil War Buckles

This page last updated October 30, 2014

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Charlottesville, VA 22906

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PC5608
                  US Carbine Sling Buckle

This excavated US carbine sling buckle, from a Shenandoah Valley, VA dug collection, is in very good condition and has a very pleasing reddish-brown patina. Recovered from Brownsburg, VA The center bar is solidly attached with both freely moving tangs present.  The plate has a few small areas on its front where brass is showing through and is most likely a result of rolling around in a relic box along with other relics.  This US carbine sling buckle has no cracks, breaks, bends or repairs and will be an excellent addition to any Civil War buckle or general relic collection.  Approx.  52 x 83 mm.   $95.00   Order Information  or  Questions?

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PC5090
                  US Waist Belt Plate - "Baby Size"

This US "baby size" waist belt plate is clearly in excavated relic condition.  Dug in Amelia County, VA., site of the battle of Amelia Springs.  The brass face showing the smaller letters "US" now has a dirty olive-brown patina.  All of the rim is missing allowing the rear arrow hook to be visible from the front view.  The opposite belt attachment straight hook is no longer present and the remaining solder is stable.  This nice little remnant of the war will be an excellent addition to any Civil War plate or general relic collection.  SOLD

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PC5597
                  Rare CSA Pewter Belt Plate Portion with Letter "A"

This excavated relic is approximately one third of a complete and rare Confederate belt buckle with raised block letters "CSA".  Constructed of solid sand cast pewter, this particular portion has the raised letter "A" and the rear still retains one of the three iron wire belt attachment hooks which is completely bent over to the plate.  This relic was recovered from Port Hudson, LA and has not been repaired.  While this plate portion is in solid condition, there is some moderate pitting.  An example of this plate can be found in Steve Mullinax's book "Confederate Belt Buckles and Plates", 1st edition, on page 55 as plate 094 (also in "Expanded Edition" of same book on page 67, plate 112).  According to Mullinax's description, "As a result of the inferior metal, these are usually cracked when found.  Evidence points toward manufacture in Rome, Georgia by the Noble Brothers foundry."  This will be an excellent opportunity to add a rare Confederate buckle, even if it's a portion, to your collection.  Approx. 50 x 36 mm.  (a complete plate measures 50 x75 mm.)   SOLD

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PC5569
                  New York Militia Officer Waist Belt Plate

This non-excavated New York militia officer waist belt plate is in excellent condition.  The cast brass, with applied brass tongue and integral motif, has a very pleasing toned brass patina.  The front has the old English letters "NY" within a laurel leaf wreath.  The rear has an applied tongue and a stamped bench number of "58" stamped in the outer bar of the belt attachment loop.  An example of this plate can be found in the second edition of O'Donnell and Campbell's "American Military Belt Plates", on page 673 as plate 406.  This plate has no cracks, breaks, bends, or repairs and will be an excellent addition to any excavated Civil War plate or general relic collection.  Approx.  51 x 77 mm.   SOLD

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PC5567
                  US Waist Belt Plate
 
 This non-excavated US belt plate is in very good condition.  Its brass face, with the raised letters "US", displays some minor wear and appears to have been gently cleaned at some point in time.  The lead in the rear is complete and the arrow style attachment hooks are secure and in place.  The single attachment tongue at one end of the rear has the period beveling typically found on this style hook pattern.  An example of this plate can be found as plate 507 on page 314 in O'Donnell and Campbell's book "American Military Belt Plates", 2nd edition.  This belt plate has no cracks, breaks, bends, or repairs and will make an excellent addition to any Civil War plate or general relic collection.  Approx.  53 x 85 mm. 
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PC5507
                  Confederate "Forked Tongue" Frame Waist Belt Buckle - Half Portion

This Confederate frame waist belt buckle, most assuredly, has the look of war with only half of it present.  This, of course,  conjures up thoughts as to how it got this way.  Was it an explosion, a farmer's plow or something else that rendered it in this condition?  We will never know for sure.  What we do know is that its the half with the forked tongue still affixed to its intact bar.  The brass was cleaned at some point but has begun to return to its darker patina.  This buckle was recovered in the area of Chancellorsville, VA and, after measuring and taking into account the bending and the absence of one end, I have determined that this is the medium size forked tongue buckle.  This fine Confederate relic will be an excellent addition to any Civil War plate or general relic collection.   $265.00   Order Information  or  Questions?   SALE PENDING

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PC5570
                  Militia "Panel" Waist Belt Plate 

This non-excavated militia "panel" waist belt plate is complete and in very good condition.  It is constructed of rolled brass with an applied brass tongue and belt loop bar with two tangs.  According to O'Donnell and Campbell's "American Military Belt Plates" reference book, these plates were manufactured circa 1855-1865 and known as "panel" plates "because of the raised inner border and scalloped corners surrounding the motif resembling a panel superimposed on a highly decorated outer area".  The brass has aged into a very pleasing dull brass patina.  While there is some very slight bending in the body of this plate, there are no cracks, breaks, repairs or other bends.  This panel plate will be an excellent addition to any Civil War plate or general relic collection.  Approx. 57 x 82 mm.   SOLD

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PC5416
                  US Belt Buckle

This US belt waist belt buckle is in very good condition and its brass face, with raised letters "US", has an even chocolate brown patina.  The rear has all three arrow type belt attachment hooks and a near complete complement of solder with some surface flaking.  This buckle was acquired directly from the digger and was recovered from Spotsylvania Courthouse, VA.  It measures approximately 56 x 88 mm  and has no cracks, breaks, bends, or repairs.  This buckle will be an excellent addition to any excavated Civil War plate or general relic collection.   $295.00   Order Information  or  Questions?

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PC5268
                   Plain Waist Belt Plate Tongue

This excavated plain waist belt plate tongue is constructed of sand cast brass which now has a very pleasing light green patina.  This particular tongue was recovered in the Richmond, VA area and, while it shows moderate wear, it is in very good condition with no cracks, breaks, bends, or repairs.  A similar example can be found on page 174 in the second edition of O'Donnell and Campbell's "American Military Belt Plates".  The authors list this plate as  "Waist Belt Plate, Possible Mounted Rifleman's "Artillery Plate", ca. 1849."  In the description of their plate it is suggested by O'Donnell and Campbell that their example may have had raised letters "US" on its tongue disc that were filed off.  Further in the description, it states that "The  Confederates copied this pattern with letters "CS" replacing original "US"." 

 Civil War author and plate expert, Mike O'Donnell, kindly provided the following information regarding this plate.

"Confederate enlisted man’s “Artillery Plate” worn with a wide waist belt supporting a CS copy of the Model 1832 U.S. Artillery short sword. It was a contract plate almost certainly made in 1861, prior to the introduction of the more familiar two-piece CS buckle as the Army standard for their sword belt plates. To fashion this mold pattern, a Southern shop began with an existing pre-war U.S. plate, carefully removed the offending letters, and proceeded to cast hundreds of copies. Based upon a comparison of surviving examples, this work was performed by more than one foundry and they have been recovered in both theaters of the war. The more common version employed an actual 1839 pattern U.S. Artillery Plate with shorter belt loops as a mold pattern. The extra tall belt loops seen here indicate that a 1849 variation of the Artillery Plate intended for the Regiment of Mounted Riflemen served as the mold pattern. Sometime around early 1862, a contract was let for a final batch of this design with raised letters “CS” added to the formerly plain tongue discs."

The measurements arė:  tongue disc diameter is 31.5 mm., exterior belt loop height is 63 mm., interior belt loop height is 55 mm.   This tongue will be an excellent addition to any excavated Civil War plate or general relic collection.  $1,195.00   Order Information  or  Questions?

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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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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.)   SOLD

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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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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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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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