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VIRGINIA CIVIL WAR RELICS

Civil War Buckles

This page last updated May 28, 2015

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Plez Bagby
PO Box 6425
Charlottesville, VA 22906

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PC5620
                  US Waist Belt Buckle

This non-excavated US waist belt plate is in excellent condition.  Its brass face, with the long tall letters "US", has aged into a very pleasing dull brass patina.  The rear has a complete complement of solder and all three waist belt attachment hooks solidly in place.  An excavated example of this plate is pictured in the second edition of O'Donnell and Campbell's "American Military Belt Plates", on page 312 as plate 504.  There are no cracks, breaks, bends, or repairs and this fine buckle will be an excellent addition to any excavated Civil War plate or general relic collection.  Approx. 57 x 86 mm.   $295.00   Order Information  or  Questions?

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PC5779
                  State Wreath for Confederate Tongue and Wreath Belt Plate

This excavated state wreath for Confederate tongue and wreath belt plate is in very good condition with the exception of its bent belt attachment loop which is bent inwards and slightly downward.  The brass has very pleasing dusty green patina and there is a 1/4 inch area on the edge of the wreath where a bit of shiny brass is exposed likely due to a misplaced digging tool.  There are a couple of other areas at the edge of the belt loop and on the rear, where there are traces of what I believe to be, gold gilt either exposed or showing just under the surface patina.  Should you have a tongue that you wish to match to this wreath, I have included an image on the image enlargement page (click on thumbnail image to left) that shows the detailed approximate measurements in millimeters.  This wreath, recovered Charles Town, WV,  has no cracks, breaks, or repairs and will be an excellent addition to any excavated Civil War plate or general relic collection.   $850.00   Order Information  or  Questions?

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PC5773
                  Confederate Frame Waist Belt Buckle

This excavated Confederate frame waist belt buckle is in very good condition and was acquired direct from the digger who recovered it from Spotsylvania County, VA.  Constructed of cast brass which, over the course of many decades buried in the ground, has aged into a very pleasing dark green patina with .  Both tangs are present and the center bar is solidly connected.  According to Lon W. Keim, M.D., author of "Confederate General Service Accoutrement Plates", these buckles were "perhaps the most reliable of all Civil War accoutrement plates.  Without movable parts or soldered hooks, these sturdy plates were virtually impervious tot he rigors of field wear."  This buckle has no cracks, breaks, or repairs and will be an excellent addition to any excavated Civil War belt plate or general relic collection.  Approx. 63 x 73 mm.  SOLD

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PC4937
                  Sword Belt Plate

This excavated Federal sword belt plate is clearly in dug relic condition and if you want that excavated war-ravaged look, then this plate is for you.  Constructed of cast brass, the face shows an eagle clutching arrows in its left talon and an olive branch in its right.  The applied nickel-silver wreath is no longer present and there are two small holes directly next to each other in the lower left front view corner of the plate.  The plate's body has waves and is thin in the area of the two holes.  It is my opinion that this plate was likely subjected to a just enough heat, perhaps from a campfire, that would have melted the wreath and also create the holes and waves.  All of the defects appears period and create a since of wonderment and curiosity about exactly what this sword belt plate went through.  The rear has still retains its belt keeper attachment tongue and the plate has an overall reddish-brown patina.  Other than the aforementioned holes, I have observed no other cracks, breaks, or repairs and this buckle will be an excellent addition to any excavated Civil War plate or general relic collection.  Approx. 55 x 82 mm.   $165.00   Order Information  or  Questions?  

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PC5568
                  US Waist Belt Plate - "Baby Size"

 This non-excavated 1839 pattern US waist belt plate is the small or "baby" size type.  The face, with its very pleasing darkened brass patina, is nearly flawless.  The solder filled rear has the attachment hooks in place and solidly attached.  This plate has no cracks, breaks, bends, or repairs and will be an excellent addition to any Civil War plate or general relic collection.  Approx. 40 x 70 mm.  $350.00  
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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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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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                  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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US Medium Size Belt Plate

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                  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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