Item: Federal Carbine Sling Buckle
Construction: Cast brass with middle bar and rotating tongues.
Use: Fastened the cavalryman's leather sling which carried a carbine.
Condition: Fair, excavated, unmarked. Its brass has a dark green patina with soil remaining in a few areas. The frame and tongue support bar have moderate inward bends and one end of the support bar is detached from the frame. Both of the original rotating belt attachment tongues are present, freely rotate and are secure to the bar. Two small spots of either "white-out" or paint are present on the rear. There are no cracks or repairs.
Recovered: Albemarle County, VA
Approximate size: 52 x 83 mm.
Reference: Similar examples of Federal carbine sling buckles are pictured in:
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Comments: This carbine buckle was acquired directly from the digger, a resident of Albemarle County, VA. It will be an excellent addition to any excavated Civil War buckle, plate, or general relic collection.
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