Confederate Standard Frame Waist Belt Buckle


Item: Confederate Standard Frame Waist Belt Buckle
Construction: Sand cast brass.
Condition: Very good, excavated. Buckle has an overall very pleasing dusty-green patina and retains its original shape with the exception of a mild inward bend likely from period use. Minor surface ground action present. There are no cracks, breaks, or repairs.
Recovered: Ashland area of Hanover County, VA
Approximate size: 63 x 72 mm.
Reference: Other examples of standard frame buckles are pictured in:

  • "Confederate General Service Accoutrement Plates" by Lon W. Keim, M.D. on page 13 & 161.
  • "Confederate Belt Buckles and Plates" by Steve E. Mullinax on page 86 as plate 152 (also in later "Expanded Edition" of same book on page 99, plate 173)
  • "Civil War Artifacts" by Howard Crouch, page 222, item 3.
  • "Excavated Artifacts from Battlefields and Campsites of The Civil War" by Stanley S. Phillip, page 49, items 4.
  • "Plates and Buckles of the American Military 1795-1874", by Sydney C. Kerksis on page 554.

See the above pages in the additional images. 

Comments: 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." This Confederate frame buckle will be an excellent addition to any excavated Civil War plate, battlefield, or general relic collection.

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Call or Text: 804-873-5462