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Belt Buckles, Sword Belt Plates and other such accoutrements used by soldiers in the Civil War

 

DUG "BABY" US BELT BUCKLE
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his is the small size (41mm X 71mm) pre-war style that was obsolete by 1861.
Beautiful dark brown patina with full lead back.  No repairs, but the back was clear coated years ago. 
Dug in Stafford County, near Bethel Church in 1976.

SOLD!!  

 

DUG "US" BELT BUCKLE, Maker Marked "W.H. Smith / Brooklyn"
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his is the regular size (55mm X 85mm) with the "puppy paw" studs used at the beginning of the Civil War.
Beautiful brown patina with excellent lead fill and marking.  There is one small area of light flaking on the back. 
Dug in Henrico County (Richmond area) in 1976.

SOLD!!    (BKwhs)

 

DUG CONFEDERATE "GEORGIA FRAME" BUCKLE
Approximately 72mm x 63mm.
Perfect, "as dug" condition with no apologies!

$ 595.00 

 

DUG "US" BELT BUCKLE with Arrow Hooks
In excellent condition with smooth, chocolate brown patina and all hooks. This is the regular size (57mm X 88mm) with the
"arrow" hooks that became popular during the Civil War.  The initials "WH" or "HM" are lightly scratched into the back and
there seem to be other letters, but nothing we can make out.  Dug in Stafford County, Virginia.

$ 295.00   (BK4)

 

WAR OF 1812 ERA MILITIA BELT WITH BUCKLE
Beautiful red belt with no hangers, or signs of them ever being there.  The plate is the style that entered service in
the War of 1812 era and was used into the 1820s.  The belt is a bit stiff and has a
few weak spots including a couple of cracks.
See pages 102 to 104 in American Military Belt Plates by Mike O'Donnel and Duncan Campbell for similar buckles.
$ 795.00  Reduced Price!   $ 650.00 SOLD!!  (15-23)

 

REGULATION BLACK BUFF UNION ENLISTED MAN'S BELT
Near mint condition buff belt, dyed black on the outside with the "arrow hook" style US Buckle and complete with the brass
end retainer. This one is pretty minty, so not much description required!
Super display piece!   
SOLD!!

 

NON-DUG "US" BELT BUCKLE
This is the early type with oval stud, or "puppy paw" style belt attachments.
The buckle is in great shape with evidence of use, and a wonderful patina, but no real damage!

$ 350.00
 (
BK2)

 

NON-DUG "US" BELT BUCKLE
This is the early type with oval stud, or "puppy paw" style belt attachments.
The buckle is in great shape with evidence of use, but no real damage!

$ 350.00
  (BK6) 

 

DUG "BABY US" CARTRIDGE BOX PLATE
This is the small (41mm X 71mm) type used from the 1840's on into the Civil War. The buckle is fairly solid, with a
wonderful patina (darker & smoother than it appears in the photo) but has some edge damage.

See American Military Belt Plates by Campbell & O'Donnel, page 323 plate 524.
$ 250.00
    (Box1)

 

DUG CARTRIDGE BOX PLATE
This is the regular size (55mm X 88mm) used from the 1850's on into the Civil War. The plate is solid, with a
wonderful patina (darker & smoother than it appears in the photo) with both loops intact (one bent over).

$ 195.00
    (Box2)

 

DUG CARTRIDGE BOX PLATE
This is the regular size (57mm X 88mm) used from the 1850's on into the Civil War. The plate is solid, with a
great patina.  The back has some flaking lead, but both iron loops are intact.

SOLD!!!    (Box3)

 

DUG CARTRIDGE BOX PLATE
This is the regular size (55mm X 86mm) used from the 1850's on into the Civil War. The plate is solid, with a
nice patina, but does have a rust bump on the face.  The back is mostly smooth, with both iron loops intact.

$ 135.00
    (Box4)

 

DUG CARTRIDGE BOX PLATE
This is the regular size (57mm X 86mm) used from the 1850's on into the Civil War. The plate is solid, with a
great patina.  The back is smooth with some flaking lead, and both iron loops are intact.

$ 195.00
    (Box5)

 

DUG CARTRIDGE BOX PLATE
This is the regular size (54mm X 85mm) used from the 1850's on into the Civil War. The plate is solid, with a
great patina.  The back is smooth with some flaking lead, and both iron loops are intact.

$ 195.00
    (Box6)

 

DUG CARTRIDGE BOX PLATE
This is the regular size (58mm X 88mm) used from the 1850's on into the Civil War. The plate is solid, with a
great patina.  The back is smooth with some flaking lead, and both iron loops are strong.

$ 195.00
    (Box7)

 

DUG CARTRIDGE BOX PLATE
This is the regular size (58mm X 88mm) used from the 1850's on into the Civil War. The plate is solid, with a
great patina.  The back is smooth with some flaking lead, and both iron loops are strong.

$ 195.00
    (Box8)

 

DUG EAGLE BREAST PLATE
Absolutely beautiful dug condition, with a slick face, smooth back and the iron loops are very strong.
The front shows almost no wear and has a great deep brown patina. 
Dug in the Fredericksburg area.

SOLD!! 
 (EP1)

 

DUG EAGLE BREAST PLATE
Another beautiful dug plate, with a slick face, only this time the iron loops are missing and there is a bit of flaking to the lead fill.
The front shows only minor wear and has a great deep brown patina.  Dug in the Fredericksburg area.

Looks just like a $200 dollar plate from the front, but it's only $ 135.00
  (EP2)

 

DUG EAGLE BREAST PLATE
Absolutely beautiful dug condition, with a slick face and mostly smooth back. The iron loops are there, but one has broken off.
The front shows almost no wear and has a great deep brown patina. 
Dug in the Fredericksburg area.

$ 175.00  
(
EP3)

 

DUG EAGLE BREAST PLATE
Absolutely beautiful dug patina, with a slick face, great detail and mostly smooth back with strong iron loops.
The front shows a little wear and has a great deep brown patina, but there are some edge bends. 
Dug in the Fredericksburg area.

$ 175.00  
(
EP5)

 

DUG EAGLE BREAST PLATE
Beautiful dug patina, with a slick face, great detail and mostly smooth back with strong iron loops.
The front shows a little wear and has a great deep brown patina, but there is a flattened edge
and some stick stuff on the back that would probably wash off with acetone / fingernail polish remover. 
Dug in the Fredericksburg area.

$ 185.00  
(
EP6)

 

DUG EAGLE BREAST PLATE
Nice dug patina, with a slick face, great detail and mostly smooth back with strong iron loops.
The front shows some wear and has a great deep brown patina. It has been clear coated, but if you
wanted to, it would wash off with acetone / fingernail polish remover. 
Dug in the Fredericksburg area.

$ 135.00  
(
EP7)

 

DUG EAGLE BREAST PLATE
Still has dirt on face, good detail and smooth back with one strong iron loop.
Dug in the Fredericksburg area.

$ 165.00  
(
EP9)

 

DUG EAGLE BREAST PLATE
Slick dug patina, with well worn detail and the back retains one iron loop.
The front still has a little dirt in places. 
Dug in the Fredericksburg area.

$ 135.00  
(
EP10)

 

DUG EAGLE BREAST PLATE
Beautiful dug patina, with a slick face, great detail and mostly smooth back with no iron loops.
The front shows almost no wear and has a great deep brown patina. 
Dug in the Fredericksburg area.

$ 165.00  
(
EP11)

 

 

DUG EAGLE BREAST PLATE, Maker Marked
Beautiful dug patina, with a smooth face, great detail and a smooth back stamped "W.H. Smith / Brooklyn" with both iron loops.
The front shows almost no wear and has a deep brown patina, but the edge is bent down a bit in two areas. 
Dug in the Fredericksburg area.

SOLD!!  
(
EP12)

 

DUG EAGLE BREAST PLATE
Nice dug patina, with a smooth face, great detail and a smooth back with one iron loop.
The front shows lots of wear and has a deep green-brown patina. This one saw lots of service!
Dug in the Fredericksburg area.

$ 185.00  
(
EP13)

 

DUG EAGLE BREAST PLATE
Wonderful dug patina, with a smooth face, great detail and a smooth back with both iron loops, though one is broken.
The front no wear and has a deep smooth brown patina.
Dug in Caroline County, Virginia.

$ 175.00  
(
EP14)

 

DUG EAGLE BREAST PLATE
Nice dug patina, with all of the lead in the back with no loops.
The front shows some wear and has a great deep brown patina. It has been clear coated, but if you
wanted to, it would wash off with acetone / fingernail polish remover. 
Dug in the Fredericksburg area.

$ 125.00  
(
EP15)

 

DUG "US" BELT BUCKLE with "Puppy Paw" Studs
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his is the regular size (55mm X 87mm) with the "puppy paw" studs used at the beginning of the Civil War.
The buckle is complete, but is bent up along some of the edge, with some hairline cracks. 
Dug in the Fredericksburg area.

$ 265.00
   (BK5)

 

EXCAVATED "CONFEDERATE STYLE" CARBINE SLING BUCKLE
Thick brass, slightly undersized (49mm x 77mm) sling buckle often attributed to CS manufacture.
Dug in Culpeper, Virginia on August 18, 1992
.
$ 295.00

 

EXCAVATED US RIFLEMAN'S BUCKLE
All matching with the same patina.  Appears to have all been dug together.
$ 395.00

 

U.S. MODEL 1851 WAIST BELT
Complete, but with some condition issues, this belt turned up in Greensboro, North Carolina.
The tongue has broken off the buckle and some critter snacked on the belt a bit.
A similar buckle is on page 379, plate 624 American Military Belt Plates by O'Donnell & Campbell.
     
$ 395.00  

 

NON-EXCAVATED UNION MODEL 1851 SWORD BELT PLATE
Beautiful example of this style with the rays surrounding the eagle! Some use wear on the shield
but otherwise in fine condition.  Bench marked
on the back with number "25".
Nice, used condition! 
$ 350.00
 

 

EXCAVATED UNION MODEL 1851 SWORD BELT PLATE
And here's a nice example of this plate in dug condition! No real wear on the
shield or wings, but the German silver wreath is gone, as is typical on these dug plates. 
Accompanied by a belt keeper that fits fairly well, but probably not original to it.
Dug in the Chancellorsville, Virginia area.  
$ 250.00
 

 

EXCAVATED US BREAST PLATE
Nice, excavated condition.
Dug in Fredericksburg, Virginia area.     
$ 195.00 (
BP-4)

 

EXCAVATED US BREAST PLATE
Nice, excavated condition.
Dug in Fredericksburg, Virginia area.     
$ 195.00 (
BP-5)

 

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Nice, excavated condition.
Dug in Fredericksburg, Virginia area.     
$ 185.00 (
BP-16)