Nice Dug ca. 1835-1855 Enlisted Marine Waist Belt Plate
NEW ! Here is a Fine Excavated ca. 1835-1855 US Marine Enlisted Man’s Waist Belt Plate ! The same plate was also used by some early Militia, and there are a couple of examples of it in O’Donnell & Campbell’s book, American Military Belt Plates. Plate 827 on page 494, and plate 985 on page 586, are both of this pattern. Though sometimes identified as plain sheet brass Confederate Plates, the thickness, small size, and type of attachments on the reverse are all nearly a match for the Marine/Militia Plates. This plate measures 44mm x 69mm with a nice smooth mostly brown/plumb patina on the front, and mostly plumb on the reverse. The reverse also shows two oval solder spots, and one triangular spot, where the attachment hooks once were. There are some very minor bends to the plate, but no cracks, breaks, or repairs. A Fine Pre-Civil War Marine & Militia Waist Belt Plate ! It was recovered in Central Virginia.
Nice Die Stamped Confederate Virginia State Seal Waist Belt Plate - Recovered Chancellorsville, VA., in the 1950s.
Here is a Nicely Detailed Stamped Brass Virginia State Seal Waist Belt Plate ! It’s the pattern believed to have been manufactured by James S. Smith & Sons/New York in 1860-1861. There is a non-dug example in Mullinax’s book, Confederate Belt Buckles & Plates, on page 233, plate number 431, that is so marked on the tongue, though Mullinax notes that some have unmarked tongues. This one was part of a small collection of belt plates I bought at auction recently, all of which were early [1950s] recoveries. There were two US sword belt plates, a beautiful Baby Forked Tongue buckle, and a rectangular shoulder belt plate, most marked on the reverse with Location/date. This Virginia Plate has a wonderful smooth brown/green patina highlighting the details of the device nicely. Reverse shows same patina with a little more ground action and some dirt still in the low areas. Visible from both sides is damage to both upper and lower left corners, consistent with heat or melt damage. Tongue and belt bar are missing from reverse as is common with these plates. I wondered about the “melted” corners since the entire plate doesn’t have the look you often see in “fire pit” recovered plates. Finally, it occurred to me that a soldier may have been trying to re-attach the belt bar himself, maybe even in the field, got too much heat and eventually gave up, discarding the plate. It might also have been laying on the field, and fire burned up to it but not completely over it. No way of really knowing I guess. Also visible on reverse in old blue ink or felt tip pen is, “ Chan “ and “1955”. One of the eagle plates I got in the same lot was marked, “Chan.Vil 1957”, and I’m confident that Chancellorsville is where this one was recovered. All the plates in the auction lot were from the Chancellorsville, or Orange County, Virginia, area. The plate measures 51mm x 70mm, as it should, and comes with a written lifetime guarantee of authenticity. Not perfect but priced to sell ! Despite the slight damage to the left corners, this is a Fine Virginia State Plate, that Still Displays Beautifully ! Recovered Chancellorsville, Virginia.
Rarely Ever Recovered Anymore, - US Officer's Gilted Sword Belt Plate w/Considerable Gold Gilt Remaing
NEW ! Here is a Beautiful Gold Gilded US Officer’s Sword Belt Plate! It has 25-40% of its original gold gilt still intact in the recessed areas of the sun-rays, the eagle’s wings, and some of the stippling. The gilt really highlights the details of the device on the front. The rest of the brass is showing a nice smooth mostly green patina with a few areas of brown. The cast loop on the end is slightly bent back, but not too bad, and this plate will still go in a display case perfectly. The reverse shows a small belt tongue still nicely intact and all the brass wearing a nice smooth brown/green patina, with a few tiny areas of gilt also present there. It’s very uncommon to dig these gilded officer plates. The only recovery location I got with this one was North Carolina. A Superb Displaying Gold Gilded Officer’s Sword Belt Plate!
$375 plus shipping
Nicely Gilted Dug Civil War Period Officers Sword Belt Plate
Here is a Nicely Gilted Civil War Officer’s Sword Belt
Plate ! It’s a mid to late war pattern with integral cast
wreath retaining a generous portion of it’s original gold gilt
on the plate and device itself, along with small areas of the
original silver plate on the wreath. Reverse shows applied
tongue intact, though belt bar is broken. The device is finely
detailed and plate is very similar to Plate 646 in O’Donnell
& Campbells book, American Military Belt Plates, except
that 646 in the book is entirely silver plated. That plate is
one of just a few in the book with six-point stars like this
example, instead of five-point. The authors note that it is
“possibly Marine Corps, ca. 1865-1875.”The Marine Corps
adopted the same 1851 pattern plateas the army, gilt with
silver hightlites, until after the war, when the entire device
was silver plated, like the example in the book. This one
though is gold gilted with silver wreath, suggesting war
date production. A Nicely Gilted Dug Officers Sword
Belt Plate, possibly worn by a Marine Corp Officer !
$195 plus shipping
Fine Excavated M1851 Eagle Sword Belt Plate
Here is a beautiful, excavated example of the typical Civil War,
Sword Belt Plate. Remnants of the German silver wreath remain,
plate has good details on the face, and a very pretty green and
plumb patina. Standard Civil War period narrow tongue still intact
on the back, and retains the original body curve. Just a very nice
excavated sword plate that would be hard to upgrade, and will
display perfectly ! Recovered at a Massachusetts house site. $225 plus shipping
SuperFine Excavated US Waist Belt Plate - w/Smooth Chocolate Patina
Here is an Absolutely Beautiful Dug US Waist Belt Plate ! It’s got a wonderful smooth chocolate brown patina, on the front with just a few touches of ground action around the outer edges, but otherwise no damage whatsoever. Reverse shows all attachment hooks intact, and 99.5% of the lead solder fill still intact, in mostly smooth condition, with just a little ground action around the end near the tongue. One of the arrow hooks has a corner clipped off, or maybe a manufacturing flaw, and issued that way. I just can’t tell you in words how stunning this buckle is in person. Just a gem! I noticed this plate was a bit small as soon as I picked it up. The plate is noticeable smaller than the dozen or so I have here, and I first thought it to be a "medium" size, but have been informed it is not. It measures approximately 53mm top to bottom, by 83mm wide. A Beautiful US Waist Belt Plate Though, nearly impossible to upgrade !
$295 plus shipping
Fine Excavated U.S. Carbine Sling Buckle and Belt Tip/Batwing
Here is a Fine Excavated US Cavalryman’s Carbine Sling Buckle & Belt Tip or Batwing ! Though there is some slight bending to the buckle, there are no cracks, breaks, or repairs of any sort, and both tongues are present and move freely. It has a nice smooth, mostly brown patina to the frame with a few small areas of green verdigris, and an almost plumb patina on the tongues. The batwing has all four small brass pins present, with small portions of the original leather belt still underneath them on the back side. Buckle measures approximately 84mm tall by 55mm wide. A Fine Displaying Carbine Sling Buckle & Batwing !
Fine Excavated U.S. Carbine Sling Buckle & Belt Tip
Here is a Nice Dug U.S. Carbine Sling Buckle & Belt Tip ! Both pieces have a nice mostly plumb patina, with the buckle itself also having several areas of green verdigris. Both tongues are present on the buckle and move freely. All four of the brass pins are still present in the belt tip and two have the peened washers still on the reverse. Looking at the reverse side of the buckle, one end of the center bar appears to be partially melted, though still firmly connected to the frame, making you think the buckle may possibly have been recovered from a fire pit. Buckle measures about 84mm x 52mm. Just a Fine Displaying Carbine Sling Buckle & Batwing !
Helena NCO Eagle Plate
Here's a Very Nice Displaying 3-Hook NCO Eagle Plate ! The front or face has a nice smooth patina, with good details, and two small areas where the iron loops on reverse, rusted thru. Plate is nice and flat though, with almost no edge damage. Reverse shows 98-99% lead solder fill remaining in smooth condition. Iron hooks are mostly gone, with about half of one remaining, and stubs where the other two were. Traces of iron running thru the lead solder leave no doubt that this was manufactured as a 3-hook NCO plate. A Non-Commissioned Officer's Eagle Plate With a Nice Look ! Recovered Helena, Arkansas. $225plus shipping
Nice Dug Clipped Corner Rectangular Shoulder Belt Plate
Here is a Fine Dug Condition Early Shoulder Belt Plate !
It’s a clipped corner plate that originally had the single long
pin on reverse for attachment. Two holes in center likely
for a Company letter or other identifying device, that is long
gone. Reverse shows points where attachment pin once was,
and same brown patina, with copper highlights as the front.
Plate still retains some if not all of its body curve. The line
running diagonally across the front is not a crack or bend,
but rather a surface blemish or flaw in the manufacturing
process. These plates can date from the 1840s, thru the
1870s. Although recovery location of this one is unknown,
it is from the same collection as the Chancellorsville area
plates. A Nice Displaying Shoulder Belt Plate !
$120 plus shipping
Fine Unrepaired Large US Cavalry Soldered Filled Martingale Heart Plate
Here is a Beautiful Dug Large Heart Shape Cavalry Martingale Plate ! It's the pattern that measures about 2.625 inches tall, by 2.5 inches across. The front has a wonderful mostly smooth green patina with a few creases and dents, but nothing major. Reverse shows about half of the original lead solder fill still remaining along with rusty remnants of the iron attachment hooks, and someone's old collection number of #39 in black marker. The Best Thing about this Plate is that is has No breaks, No Major Damage, and No Repairs ! The last few years I have seen a few of this size dug martingales, but a good portion of them had been broken and repaired. Not the case here ! Just a First Rate, Uncommon Military Size Heart Shaped Martingale Plate ! Recovered Seven Days Battlefield near Richmond, Virginia.
Beautiful Excavated US Eagle Breast Plate
Here is a Beautiful Excavated Eagle Breastplate ! It’s got a wonderfully smooth brown patina on the front with no damage of any sort. Reverse shows 95%+ of the lead solder fill still nicely intact, with a couple of small gouges, mostly near the edge. Both iron loops are intact and tight, and look very well preserved. As dug Eagle Breastplates go, this one is really “Top Drawer,” and displays even better than it looks in my pictures. Recovery location unknown.
Very Fine Excavated Confederate Forked Tongue/Wishbone Waist Belt Buckle
Here is a Fine Excavated Confederate Forked Tongue Waist Belt Buckle ! These frame buckles are also sometimes called a “Wishbone” buckle and this is the larger size measuring approximately 65 x 96mm. The entire buckle has a mottled dark green/brown patina that displays quite nicely. File finishing marks are plentiful on both the inside and outside edge of the frame itself and even on the center bar. The casting is crude and uneven but the buckle does have a curve to it. Some folks call it a body curve but I think it comes from use or the soldier slightly bending them as I have seen them that were almost flat also. The tongue still moves freely and there are no cracks, bends, breaks, or repairs of any kind. This one originated out of a local man’s almost 50 year collection. A Superb Confederate Forked Tongue Buckle ! Recovery location is unknown.