Item: Large Waist Belt Buckle - Pre-Civil War/Colonial Period
Construction: Sheet brass.
Condition: Very good, excavated, belt attachment hooks missing. Mixed brown-green patina. On the rear are remnants of where the three belt attachment hooks once were as well as the digger's inventory number in black on what is believed to be a "White-Out" background. The plate has slight bends but nothing major. There are no cracks, breaks, or repairs.
Recovered: February 1985, eastern Henrico County, VA
Approximate size: 63 x 101 mm. (tip to tip)
Comments: The unique design of this large buckle indicates that it was likely manufactured prior to the Civil War during the Colonial period. Also included are two plain cuff buttons, one with shank, and one without (see additional images). The buttons were included within the digger's buckle display and presumably recovered with it. This buckle was acquired directly from the digger's family. The digger hunted Civil War trails, campsites, and battle sites throughout central Virginia and adjacent states for several decades. Included in the additional images of this relic is an image of the digger's index card indicating, in most cases, the relic's identification, assessment of condition, recovery date & location, and other general information. An image of this index card will be included along with the description and image of the buckle. NOTE: This particular index card also refers to another waist belt buckle the digger recovered "within 2' of (A-20)" which is also listed for sale as PC9182. In instances where there are discrepancies between the digger's description and Virginia Relic's description, Virginia Relic's description shall be deemed correct. This buckle will be an excellent addition to any excavated Civil War plate or general relic collection.
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