CSBP 1. Excavated Confederate Enlisted Man’s Belt Plate.
Rare Leech and Rigdon pattern CS Oval with 11 stars. Condition is superb. Dug near Thomasville, NC. in 2010. Thomasville saw heavy Confederate traffic. Here is a quote from a history of Thomasville,” What once served as a major artery carrying volunteers to the seat of war now represented the last leg of a long journey home for veterans of both the Army of Northern Virginia and the Army of Tennessee. Soldiers after receiving their parole, would often spend the night in Thomasville, since it was a full day’s walk from Greensboro for the foot-sore veterans. One account describes many Confederate soldiers throwing off their uniforms and boiling them in large kettles. Others contend that paroled troops would acquire new clothing and then burn their disease-infested uniforms. Men of the Ninth Tennessee remember making their way through Thomasville, hiding fragments of their regimental flag on their persons to avoid surrendering to the Union at Greensboro.” More detailed provenance will be provided to the buyer.
CSBP 2. Confederate Enlistedman’s Belt Plate.
Rare non-excavated, Army of Northern Virginia lead filled CS Oval Belt Plate in excellent condition. The copper-brass alloy face still retains some original finish and the “CS” stands out in high relief. The lead filled reverse is in great condition though at some point, possibly in the re-union era, a pin or bar was soldered on to replace the two wire prongs which may have broken off with use. The main iron wire hook is original to the plate. Again, these are rarely encountered non dug.
CSBP 3. Dug Georgia Militia Belt Plate.
A very nice early find with no ground action, full lead and a beautiful patina. Dug near Fredericksburg, VA.
CSBP 4. 6th North Carolina Infantry Regiment Belt Plate.
These rare plates were manufactured by a railroad workshop at Burlington, NC. to outfit the local 6th North Carolina Infantry Regiment. Condition is superb with two of the attachment hooks intact. Dug in a North Carolina State Troops camp near McDowell, WV.
CSBP 5. Excavated Confederate Enlisted Man’s Belt Buckle.
Here is a beauty. An untouched “Gutter Back” Frame Buckle dug in the Shenandoah Valley near Fort Defiance, Virginia.
CSBP 6. Confederate Officer’s Sword Belt.
Rare and untouched, this large pattern tongue and wreath buckle is found only in the wake of Lee’s Army of Northern Virginia. Rarity 8 according to Steve Mulinax on page 19 of his Confederate Buckle Book. This is not an enlisted man’s “Richmond style” tongue and wreath pattern as you most commonly see but definitely an officer’s. Note the oak leaf pattern on wreath. Belt is unquestionably original to the buckle and is supple with no flaking whatsoever.
CSBP 7. Dug Confederate Belt Plate.
Top of the line example with stark black paint in the background and a stunning green patina. Dug long ago by Larry Pistol near Tunnel Hill, GA.
CSBP 8. Dug North Carolina Militia Sword Belt Buckle.
Beautiful Buckle. Wreath and tongue dug within a few miles of each other by different diggers near Fredericksburg, VA. Match is perfect in both fit and color. One of the rarest of the Southern State Buckles.
CSBP 9. Dug Leech and Rigdon Saber/Sword Belt Buckle Tongue.
Perfect condition with no bends or repairs. Has a great look and might fit your wreath. Dug at Port Hudson, LA.
CSBP 10. Louisiana Militia Belt Plate.
This is the most commonly encountered Louisiana Buckle, issued to enlisted men in the infantry. These have been excavated in Western and Eastern Theatre sites. Condition is excellent.
CSBP 11. Mississippi Militia (Johnston Avengers?) Belt Plate.
No doubt made for a local Southern Militia Company. A very similar plate with the letters “AMG” (Kerksis Buckle Book page 235) was dug in an Alabama Troops camp near Vicksburg, MS. Company F, 38th Mississippi Regt. (Johnston’s Avengers) and Company H, 37th Mississipi Regt. are the most likely possibilities. Both units are documented as being active where this buckle was excavated. The buckle is featured in the North South Trader Magazine Vol. 30, #2/ 2004. Dug by Jackie Sarrett near Bovina, MS.
CSBP 12. Dug U.S. Breast Plate converted to a Belt Plate by the Confederate Arsenal.
Extremely rare Confederate Conversion. This type is pictured on page 49 (plate 076) of Steve Mullinax’s Confederate Belt Buckle Reference Book. Condition is superb, though missing one hook which is no doubt why it was discarded. These conversions were done early in the war out of sheer necessity. The same arsenal that produced the pewter CSA rectangular buckles also made these conversions. Possibly in Nashville, TN. Dug at Iuka, MS. by John Gilmore.
CSBP 13. Dug Confederate Enlisted Man’s “Wishbone” Belt Buckle.
Relatively common large size example with a sea green patina and light use bends. Dug on Brandy Station, VA. Battlefield.
CSBP 14. Dug Confederate Enlisted Man’s Belt Buckle.
Scarce smaller pattern with wider teeth also known as a “Baby” or “Cavalry Frame” buckle. Excellent condition. Provenance unknown.
CSBP 15. Dug Maryland Militia Belt Plate.
This plate is more rare than most collectors realize. Condition is excellent with full lead and no repairs or monkey business. A beautiful Maryland Militia Coat Button loaded with gold was also dug with the buckle on the same day by Kyle Proffit near the June, 1862 Gaines Mill, Va. Battlefield in an area occupied by the 2nd Maryland Infantry Regiment, CSA.
CSBP 16. State Militia Belt Buckle Wreath.
Non excavated wreath that may possibly fit a South Carolina, Virginia, Maryland, Kentucky or Alabama tongue. There are also Federal Militia patterns that it may match as well. Height of belt loop and outer diameter of wreath is 50 mm. Inner diameter is 35 mm.