Union Buckles and Plates


USBP 3. Dug State of New York Militia Belt Plate.

Rare early wartime variant with large letters as pictured on page 336 of O’Donnell and Campbell’s Military Belt Plates Book. Superb condition. Dug on Hilton Head, SC.


 USBP 4. Dug Ohio Volunteer Militia Cartridge Box Plate.

More scarce than the belt plate, this example is near flawless. Dug on Thacker’s Hill just South of Shiloh Battlefield Park in the mid-1980’s.


 USBP 5. U.S. Officer’s Sash Buckle.

Perfect untouched condition and hard to come by.


USBP 6. U.S. Militia Belt Plate ca. 1832-1847.

Mint condition with copious silver plating. An example of this extremely rare plate is shown on page 132 (plate 209) of O’Donnell and Campbell’s American Military Belt Plate Book.


USBP 7. Dug U.S. Enlisted Man’s Belt Plate.

This buckle has a fantastic patina. Note remnants of leather belt on the hooks. Dug near Spotsylvania Court House, VA. Originally purchased from Roger Catlett in the 1970’s.


USBP 8. Mills Pattern US Cartridge Belt Plate.

Untouched patina on this fine looking US Indian Wars Belt Plate. This is a less common type.


 USBP 9. Dug U.S. Breastplate for Cartridge Box Sling.

Dug back in 1969 near Cold Harbor, VA. by Steve Mullinax.


 USBP 10. Dug Volunteer Maine Militia Belt Plate. 

Great looking buckle. Untouched condition, just as it came out of the ground.


Another plate with solid provenance dug by Steve Mullinax. Includes Steve’s provenance card.



 USBP 12. Dug U.S. M-1851 Pattern Sheet Brass Belt Plate.

This rare and  early thin stamped brass plate is in excellent condition and was dug by Charlie Harris near Chattanooga, TN.


Very hard to find in this condition. Dug long ago by Jack Wells near Fort Fisher, NC.


USBP 15. Dug U.S. Breastplate for Cartridge Box Sling.

Another nice looking Federal Breastplate. Dug on John’s Island, SC. by Herbie Parham. Both attachment loops intact.


USBP 16. U.S. Cartridge Box Plate.

Flawless non excavated example with an untouched deep mustard patina. Common variant. Perfect for your cartridge box or to display on it’s own.


 USBP 17. U.S. Enlistedman’s Breast Plate for Cartridge Box Sling marked “BOYD & SONS BOSTON”.

Sharp non excavated example with an untouched mustard patina. Strong “BOYD & SONS BOSTON” makers stamp.


USBP 18. M-1851 U.S. Officer’s Sword Belt Plate.

This type was made for high ranking officer’s. Note sharp details, silver plated wreath and lavish gold plating. This is a very fine Federal Officer’s Sword Belt Buckle.


USBP 19. U.S. Enlistedman’s Cartridge Box Plate.

Standard Watertown Arsenal Contract Pattern in flawless condition. Patina is untouched and this plate would be perfect to put on your cartridge box or to display on it’s own.


USBP 20. U.S. M-1832 Artillery Sword, Scabbard and Belt Rig.

A complete and high quality example with original buff leather belt and frog. Scabbard is in good shape and the sword is exceptional. Brass guard is perfect and the blade has it’s original mirror like finish with no nicks or sharpening. Ricasso is well marked with “US”, “1843” and “JCB” on one side. Federal Eagle with “N.P. AMES SPRINGFIELD” on the other. The belt is also in good shape with a fine looking “US” Artillery tongue and wreath buckle.



USBP 21. Rare U.S. Cartridge Box Plate produced by Moore’s and Co. Cincinnati, OH.

These relatively crude and distinct plates were produced by Moore’s and Co. of Cincinnati, Ohio, one of only three producers of Accoutrements in that city. Their plates are very thin and have a distinct thin outer rim. I have deduced this maker due to the fact that I recently had an untouched U.S. Cartridge Box with the “MOORES & Co. CINCINNATI OH.” stamp on inner flap and this same type of plate affixed to it. This is a rare and unusual Western variant.


USBP 22. U.S. Officer’s M-1851 “Sheet Iron” Belt Plate.

Rare plate listed in O’Donnell and Campbell’s book on page . This example is in pristine condition and appears to be copper plated. Plate is surprisingly sturdy considering it’s thin construction of stamped iron. Possibly used as a Sash Buckle.


USBP 23. U.S. Enlisted Man’s Accoutrement Belt and Buckle.

The iconic Federal Infantryman’s Belt Rig in excellent condition with brass adjuster and supple leather belt. Belt Plate is flawless with a great untouched patina.


 USBP 24. U.S. Breast Plate for Cartridge Box Sling.

A fine example. Outstanding condition and patina on this non excavated plate. Perfect for your cartridge box sling or to display on it’s own.


USBP 25. Excavated “BOYD & SON BOSTON” marked US Cartridge Box Plate.

This fantastic plate is in great condition with a super smooth chocolate brown patina. Well marked on back “BOYD & SONS BOSTON”. Provenance uncertain.


USBP 26. Excavated U.S. Cartridge Box Plate.

A beauty with intact attachment loops. Dug near LaGrange, TN.


USBP 27. Dug U.S. Cartridge Box Plate from Shiloh, TN.

This top notch plate has a killer patina. From a very early West Tennessee digger’s collection.


 USBP 28. U.S. Breastplate for Cartridge Box Sling picked up on the Gettysburg, PA. Battlefield in 1864.

Perfect untouched condition. Written in old white paint on the reverse is “Gettysburg 1864”.


USBP 29. Excavated U.S. Oval Militia Belt Plate.

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


USBP 31. Federal Cartridge Box Plate struck by a Buck Ball or Revolver Bullet.

A relic from the June, 1863 Battle of Fairfax Station VA. There is a tag on the back dated 1-1-1965. Ex. Joe Leisch Collection.