Confederate Standard Frame Buckle Portion with Fixed Tongues


Item: Excavated Confederate Standard Frame Buckle Portion with Fixed Tongues.
Construction: Solid cast brass. 
Condition: Fair, excavated. This portion represents approximately one half of a complete buckle. The brass has a pleasing overall deep green patina. There is no bright brass showing anywhere including the areas of the two breaks which have the same patina as the rest of the buckle. The additional images will clearly show the manufacturing crudeness, typical of Confederate military products, especially along the edges of the buckle where mold flaws and file marks are visible. There are no cracks or repairs.
Recovered: From the camp of 17th Mississippi Vol. Inf., along the Rappahannock River, Virginia.
Approximate size:
? x 66 mm. 
Reference: Other examples of standard frame buckles are pictured in:

  • "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)
  • "Confederate General Service Accoutrement Plates" by Lon W. Keim, M.D. on page 148.
  • "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.

Scans of the above noted reference book pages are included 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." Clearly the example offered in this listing wasn't that impervious as some major event tore this buckle apart. This Confederate frame buckle portion will be an excellent addition to any excavated Civil War plate, battlefield, or general relic collection.

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