Confederate Belt Buckles & Plates


 CSBP 1. Confederate Sword Belt Buckle.

One of several variants of the “Richmond Arsenal” Tongue and Wreath CS Sword Belt Buckles. Condition is superb with an untouched deep mustard patina. Used primarily by Cavalry and Artillery enlisted men as well as officers.



 CSBP 2. Dug South Carolina Militia Belt Plate.

This rare South Carolina Buckle is in remarkable condition and was dug many years ago in Northern Virginia by George Nance. This is the actual one photographed and published on page 29 of Stanley Phillip’s Excavated Relic Book Vol. 1. No rim damage and belt hooks intact. Full lead as well. Face has some minor blemishes that don’t look nearly as bad when buckle is in hand. This one is the small variant, same size as it’s M-1839 US counterpart.



 CSBP 3. Extremely rare Confederate Enlisted Man’s “Heavy Frame” Buckle on it’s original Accoutrement Belt. Identified to Private W.R. Barnett, Co. E, 5th Tennessee Cavalry.

The first thing that stands out is the quality and untouched nature of this fine Confederate Belt, straight out of the family and never before on the market. Note the Thick and heavy Beveled Frame Buckle. I have never seen one of these on it’s original belt before. The leather belt itself is supple and in fantastic condition. The Percussion Cap Box is a bit rough with broken hand stitched belt loops. Possibly Confederate made. The belt is accompanied by three bound compendiums of the “Confederate Veteran” Magazine dated 1912 to 1917. A nice handwritten presentation to Barnett of these volumes by his family is on the frontispiece of the first volume. The magazines were obviously cherished by Barnett and he saved ferns and oak leaves within some magazine pages, no doubt as souvenirs of special reunions or battlefield visits. I have yet to research Barnett’s War Record in the Army of Tennessee’s 5th Cavalry (McKenzie’s) Regiment. He ended up as a Reverend here in Knoxville TN. and is most likely also buried here. He was very active in the UCV Organization. Very rarely do you see pure and unmolested groupings like this surface.



 CSBP 4. Excavated Confederate Enlisted Man’s Belt Plate.

An attractive example of the “Atlanta Arsenal” CSA Belt Plate. Very nice condition with. Dug along Gen. Joe Johnston’s defensive line and 1864 Winter Camps near Dalton, GA.



CSBP 5. Excavated Louisiana Militia Belt Plate.

Excellent looking plate with a great looking face. Soldered on hooks are missing but most of lead fill is intact. Verbal provenance of Shiloh, TN. area.



 CSBP 6. Virginia Militia Belt Plate.

Superb example of the 1850’s era stamped brass Virginia Militia Belt Plate (Originally worn on linen or white buff leather belts) Sharp details and traces of gold plating. Very uncommon non excavated. This buckle comes from a long time and most discriminating Virginia Collection.



  CSBP 7. Dug Confederate Pewter Belt Plate.

Scarce Confederate Pewter Belt Plate with soldered on iron wire hooks. Condition is superb. Identical to the two plates pictured on page 93 of Lon W. Keim’s “Confederate General Service Accoutrement Plates” book. This one was dug on private property South of the Shiloh, TN. Battlefield.



 CSBP 8. Dug Confederate Sword Belt Buckle Wreath.

This Army of Northern Virginia Two-Piece CS Wreath was dug near Richmond, VA. by Alvin Whitbeck and can fit several variants of CS Tongues including the Script “CS”. Diameter of opening is 30 mm. 



CSBP 9. Dug CS Tongue for Richmond Arsenal Sword Belt Buckle.

Perfect condition and waiting to get married. Found near Fredericksburg, VA.



CSBP 10. Dug Confederate Saber Belt Buckle Tongue.

Scarce Leech and Rigdon plain faced tongue dug in Middle TN. Perfect condition and ready for your wreath.



CSBP 11. Dug Confederate Enlisted Man’s Belt Buckle with fragment of leather belt.

Found during construction in downtown New Bern NC. It was possibly bullet struck during the battle.



CSBP 12. Dug Confederate Wreath for “Coin Style” CS Belt Buckle.

Rare variant with small belt loops and wide Oak Leaf Wreath. Someone out there has a CS “Coin” Tongue that will fit this perfectly. Dug near Abbeville, MS. by Bill Shaner.



CSBP 13. Dug Confederate “Palmetto Armory” Wreath.

Extremely rare South Carolina Wreath with long decorated belt loop. Note “P” and what appears to be an “A” or another “P” stamped into the inset. Dug at the site of the Palmetto Armory in Columbia SC. I have no idea what kind of tongue will fit it but I imagine it is a similarly crude South Carolina Palmetto tongue with a tall belt loop. I know it is out there somewhere. If you can match this one up, you will have one hell of a rare South Carolina Sword Belt Buckle.



CSBP 14. Dug Confederate Enlisted Man’s Belt Plate.

“Atlanta Arsenal” style CSA in good condition though it has obviously seen some hard campaigning. Untouched patina. Provenance uncertain.



CSBP 15. Dug Georgia Militia Cartridge Box Plate.

Great looking plate with sharp detail. Dug on the 1862 Gaines Mill VA. Battlefield by Tom Everette. No repairs or monkey business.



CSBP 16. Dug Virginia Militia Stamped Brass Belt Plate.

Sharply detailed with an untouched patina. This great looking plate was found long ago by Tom Everette on the June, 1862 Gaines Mill, VA. Battlefield.



CSBP 17. Richmond Arsenal Military Belt Rig.

Leather is in remarkable condition with strong bullet stitching. Fabulous patina on the CS Tongue and Wreath Buckle. Note intact leather thong adjuster. They don’t get much better than this.

8995.00 HOLD D.B.


CSBP 18. Dug Confederate Enlisted Man’s Belt Buckle.

Scarce “Double Tongue” Frame Buckle in excellent condition. Note how soldier modified the tips of the tongues, probably to keep belt from sliding. Provenance uncertain. Ex. Claude Maley Collection.