Confederate Frame Belt Buckle - "U" Tongue


Item: Confederate Frame Belt Buckle - "U" Tongue - High Quality
Construction: Cast brass.
Condition: Excellent, excavated. Its brass has a pleasing lightly soil coated mossy brown-green patina. Its brazed brass wire tongue is present. There are no cracks, breaks, bends, or repairs.  
Recovered: Fredericksburg, VA area.
Approximate size:
63 x 88 mm.
Reference: Other examples of "U" tongue frame buckles are found in:

  • "Confederate General Service Accoutrement Plates" by Lon W. Keim, M.D. on page 267.
  • "Confederate Belt Buckles and Plates" by Steve E. Mullinax on page 90 (also same plates are found in later "Expanded Edition" of same book on page 103)
  • "Excavated Artifacts from Battlefields and Campsites of The Civil War" by Stanley S. Phillip, page 50, item 6.
  • "Civil War Artifacts" by Howard Crouch, page 223, item 3.

Scans of the above noted reference book pages are included in the additional images.

Comments: "U" tongue frame buckles are rarely dug, especially intact. According to "Confederate General Service Accoutrement Plates" by Lon W. Keim, M.D., "The U-tongue or brazed wire tongue buckles comprise a subgroup of the large forked tongue buckles. Like the large forked tongue buckle, the outer frame is similar in size, construction and composition. The tongues, however, are of two distinct varieties: cast brass or brazed brass wire, both having points in the shape of a U." This "U" tongue frame buckle will be an excellent addition to any excavated Civil War plate or general relic collection.

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