This excavated small style standard Confederate frame waist belt buckle is in very good condition and was recovered from the Chancellorsville, VA area. It is constructed of cast brass which, over the course of many decades buried in the ground, has aged into a dark green patina. Both fixed tangs are present and the center bar is solidly connected. Whatever residual soil that was remaining on the front was removed at some point, leaving a slick dark green surface, while the rear, some of the sides and center bar have been left untouched. The buckle exhibits the typical crudeness found in so many Confederate relics, many of which are visible in the additional images. 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 to the rigors of field wear." A similar example can be found in the above mentioned book on page 147, figure 222. This buckle has no cracks, breaks, bends, or repairs and will be an excellent addition to any excavated Civil War belt plate or general relic collection. Approx. 56 x 66 mm.
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