Confederate Belt Buckles & Plates


  CSBP 1. Dug Confederate Enlisted Man’s Belt Plate.

Another great looking Confederate Buckle. This type was issued to the Army of Tennessee in limited quantity and is one of the most attractive patterns. Known as the Army of Tennessee “Round Corner” CS. There are two variants of this plate. This one is the larger and heavier type known as the “Port Hudson” style. Note the fantastic aqua green patina with 100% of the black enamel paint in the background thoroughly highlighting the “CS”. Dug several years ago at Unionville, TN. by Bryce Smelcer. This may be the finest excavated example known.



 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. 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. Dug Pewter CSA Belt Plate.

Rare early war plate dug at Sweeten’s Cove, TN. by Charlie Harris. These were brittle and prone to break. A third of this plate is missing and despite great effort, the other piece has not been recovered. The patina is unbelievable and this buckle displays like a champ despite being broken. Someone out there has the other piece.



 CSBP 4. Dug Confederate Enlisted Man’s Belt Buckle.

Scarce “Heavy Frame” Buckle with the wide teeth dug near Richmond, VA. Excellent condition.



CSBP 5. Excavated Confederate Enlisted Man’s Belt Plate.

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



 CSBP 6. Excavated Confederate Enlisted Man’s Belt Plate.

This good looking CS “Rope Border” Oval Belt Plate is made of die-stamped sheet brass and was dug by Charlie Harris near Corinth, MS. It is featured on page 76 of his reference book “Relics of the Western Theater”. Totally untouched since it was dug.



CSBP 7. Excavated Confederate Enlisted Man’s Belt Plate.

Another great looking Confederate Buckle. This “Atlanta Arsenal” CSA Rectangle has very nice coloring and was also dug near Dalton Ga. This is a heavy plate and thicker than most examples.



CSBP 8. Confederate Grouping from the family of Fontaine Watts Mahood, 2nd Lieut. Co. G, 24th VA. Infantry and Co. A of Otey’s Battery, 13th VA. Artillery Battalion.

This grouping surfaced recently in Greensboro, Alabama and consists of Fontaine W. Mahood’s original Richmond Arsenal Belt and several UCV and USCV medals along with a genealogical book concerning the family. The Confederate notes came with the collection but are being offered separately. Mahood originally enlisted as a private in Co.G, of the 24th VA. Infantry on May 2nd, 1861. He was eventually promoted to 2nd Lieutenant of said regiment. Mahood fought with the regiment at the Battle First Manassas and the Battle of Williamsburg. On May 10, 1862 Mahood was discharged from the 24th (reason unknown) and re-enlisted as a Corporal of Co. A, Otey’s Battery, 13th Light Artillery Battalion. This unit served in Southwest Virginia and East Tennessee. Sometime after the Battle of Cloyd’s Mountain, the battery was summoned to the defense of Petersburg where it served with distinction, Particularly at the Battle of the Crater. Mahood survived the war and eventually wrote a History of the Confederate Commissary Dept. Mahood was also active in UCV affairs and his son of the same namesake became Chief Historian of the United Sons of Confederate Veterans. Mahood died post 1900 in Washington, DC. His Grandson married into a Greensboro Alabama family and hence the origin of the estate. The CS Richmond Arsenal Buckle is on it’s original belt. One end of the belt has a repair where it evidently wore through at the belt loop. The medals are all reunion era and are in great condition. There is a small silk Confederate Flag in the grouping which is frayed. More research can be conducted on this interesting Confederate Family but I will leave that to the buyer.



 CSBP 9. Dug Confederate Saber Belt Buckle Tongue.

Perfect condition. Dug North of Richmond, VA. near North Anna by Alvin Whitbeck.



  CSBP 10. 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 11. 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 12. Confederate Sword Belt Buckle by Leech and Rigdon of Memphis, TN.

Very nice non excavated example of the early war Memphis Novelty Works two piece CS buckle. These were issued with various swords that were also made by this West Tennessee firm. Condition is superb and untouched. Much less common that the Richmond Arsenal counterparts.



CSBP 13. 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 14. Dug Confederate Enlistedman’s Belt Plate.

This rare pewter rectangular belt plate is in fantastic condition. Front retains all of it’s lead sheathing. Iron attachment hooks totally intact. Dug near Shiloh, TN. back in the 1960’s by Tedford Coln.



CSBP 15. Excavated Oval Militia Belt Plate.

Early 1812 era plate in very good condition though missing attachment hooks. Dug in the Confederate Camps near Fairfield TN.



CSBP 16. 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 17. 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 18. Army of Tennessee Enlisted Man’s Accoutrement Belt. 

This great looking “Round Corner” CS Belt Plate and original leather belt have been together since they were issued. Most Confederate Belts you encounter are marriages to Yankee leather. This one is not. Condition is excellent. Buckle has a beautiful untouched patina. Belt is pliable but does show it’s age. There is something written on the inside but I can’t make it out. Ex. Jerry Fertitta Collection.



CSBP 19. Matching set of dug Confederate Knapsack Hooks.

Dug together near Bovina, MS. by Bob Bankston, these distinct hooks are from the English made Issacs and Campbell Infantryman’s Knapsack. These high quality accoutrements were imported through the Federal Blockade.



CSBP 20. Excavated Snake for a three piece Accoutrement Buckle.

Unusual slender style. Dug near Chattanooga Tn. by Eric Steele.