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. 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. Excavated Confederate Enlisted Man’s Belt Plate.

Complete “Rope Border” oval CS in good condition with some freeze cracks. The stamped brass attachment hooks were found with the buckle and glued back in place by the digger. An attractive example that could be easily touched up by a professional like Robert McDaniel or Roland Frodigh. Dug long ago near Iuka Mississippi by John Gilmore.



 CSBP 5. Dug Confederate Enlisted Man’s Belt Buckle.

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



CSBP 6. 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 7. 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 8. North Carolina Militia Officer’s Sword Belt Buckle.

The number of these rare buckles in non excavated condition can be counted on one hand. This beauty still retains 100% of it’s original gold plating and is absolutely stunning. During it’s period of use it was converted by the soldier to left hand use as can be seen in the solder residue on the reverse. This pattern was produced by N.P. Ames shortly before the war broke out.



CSBP 9. 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 10. 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 11. 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 12. Dug Confederate Saber Belt Buckle Tongue.

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



  CSBP 13. 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 14. 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 15. Dug CS Tongue for Richmond Arsenal Sword Belt Buckle.

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



CSBP 16. 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 17. 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 18. South Carolina Militia Belt Plate.

A beautiful and near perfect example with a great untouched bronze patina. Note sharply struck Palmetto Tree with “1776” at the base on obverse. Attachment bar and belt hook present on reverse. Non excavated.

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CSBP 19. 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 20. 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 21. 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 22. Excavated Confederate Sword Belt Buckle Tongue.

This Memphis Novelty Works AKA “Leech and Rigdon” Tongue was dug in Middle Tennessee according to verbal provenance. Someone out there has a wreath that will fit it and look fabulous.



CSBP 23. 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 24. Excavated Snake for a three piece Accoutrement Buckle.

Typica Issacs and Campbell style imported from England for the Confederacy. Dug near Chattanooga Tn. by Eric Steele.



  CSBP 25. 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 26. Excavated Confederate Conversion of a US Belt Plate with fragment of original belt. 

This particularly well done example was found in a trash pit at a hospital site near the 3rd Winchester VA. Battlefield. Dug by Jim Goodrich back in the 1960’s. Great condition with a fantastic patina.