Union Buckles and Plates


USBP 3. “Ancient and Honorable” Artillery Belt Plate Ca. 1820.

Rare early Waist Belt Plate in superb non excavated condition. This is the actual plate pictured on page 125 of  O’Donnell and Campbell’s U.S. Military Buckle Book. This early Massachusetts Militia Artillery Company was formed in 1638. Ex. Duncan Campbell Collection.


USBP 4. Excavated Ohio Volunteer Militia Belt Plate.

This variant is the smaller pattern with a single arrow hook. Dug by Charlie Harris near Scottsboro, Alabama and pictured in his book “Relics of the Western Campaigns”.


USBP 5. Pennsylvania State Militia (Philadelphia Reserve Brigade) Belt Plate.

This unit was formed in 1862 and there are documented camp and battlefield recoveries. Condition is superb. An example of this rare plate is shown on page 358 (plate#587) of O’Donnell and Campbell’s American Military Belt Plates Book.


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. Ohio Volunteer Militia Breastplate.

Another Ohio Plate in superb condition. Eyeballed in the 1940’s on Missionary Ridge by the late Bill Hickey.


USBP 8. Dug U.S. Enlisted Man’s Belt Plate from Fort Fisher, NC.

Excellent condition with full lead and all hooks. Dug by Ben Ingraham.



USBP 9. Dug Early Militia Shoulder Belt Plate.

This unusually thick cast Brass Shoulder Belt Plate was dug by Brad Dilbeck in an early Militia Camp near Savannah, GA.


USBP 10. Dug U.S. Militia Belt Buckle found in the camp of the 1st Mississippi Cavalry, CSA.

Scarce thick die struck brass variant (ca. 1845), evidently sturdy enough for field use. Both pieces were dug together in the camp of the 1st Mississippi Cavalry near Mulberry, TN. in 2008 by Dwayne Davis. This type of buckle is pictured in O’Donnell and Campbell’s Buckle Book on page 213, plate 323.


USBP 11. Dug Federal Officer’s Sword Belt Plate and Keeper.

Thin cast brass variant with sharp design and gold plating. What a great looking plate. Dug at Fort Fisher, NC. Very similar to the one pictured on page 386 (plate 367) of O’Donnell and Campbell’s Buckle Book.


USBP 12. Excavated U.S. Enlisted Man’s Belt Plate.

Dug in 1970 near the Chancellorsville, VA. Battlefield. Superb condition.


USBP 13. Dug U.S. Breast Plate for Cartridge Box Sling.

Here is a beauty. Both attachment loops intact and full lead back. Dug at New Bern, NC. by Herbie Parham.


USBP 14. Dug Volunteer Maine Militia Cartridge Box Plate.

Scarce lead filled variant in excellent condition with both iron attachment loops intact. Provenance uncertain but most likely Northern VA.


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USBP 15. Excavated U.S. Carbine Sling Buckle.

Mint condition. Dug near Rocky Face, GA. by Bill Rowland in the early 1970′s.


USBP 16. 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 18. Excavated State of New York Militia Enlisted Man’s Belt Plate. Petersburg, VA.

An untouched beauty, just as it came out of the ground. Dug two years ago near Petersburg, VA.


USBP 19. Dug U.S. Enlisted Man’s Belt Plate.

Another very fine example of the Federal Infantryman’s US Belt Buckle. Dug by Wes Small in March of 1960, 3rd Corps Camp near Stoneman’s Switch, VA.


USBP 20. U.S. M-1839 Enlisted Man’s Artillery Sword Belt Buckle.

Mint condition with a rich, untouched mustard colored patina.


USBP 21. Dug U.S. Enlisted Man’s Belt Plate.

A very good and affordable example dug near Culpeper, VA.


USBP 22. M-1851 U.S. Stamped Sheet Iron Belt Plate.

Extremely rare copper or brass plated sheet iron Saber or Sword Belt Plate in flawless condition. A few examples have been excavated in Civil War Battle and Camp sites, mostly in Northern Virginia. Surprisingly rigid considering it’s thin construction. One example dug by “Mac” Mason is pictured in O’Donnell and Campbell’s U.S. Military Belt Plate Book.


 USBP 23. 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 24. 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 25. 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 26. Excavated M-1851 U.S. Officer’s Sword Belt Plate.

Beautiful buckle, totally untouched. Solid Cast Brass. Dug near Fredericksburg, VA.


USBP 27. Excavated Ohio Militia Breast Plate for Cartridge Box Sling.

Very nice excavated example of this very rare plate. Plate has great detail and has some slight bends. Brass attachment loops intact but bent over. Displays fantastic. No repairs or alterations whatsoever. Dug near Richmond, VA.



 USBP 28. Dug U.S. Enlisted Man’ Belt Plate.

Flawless E. Gaylord Contract pattern. Dug near Fredericksburg, VA. A killer.


USBP 29. M-1851 U.S. Enlisted Cavalry/ Artilleryman’s Saber Belt Plate.

Beautiful buckle, classic style for saber belt rig.


USBP 30. U.S. Infantryman’s Eagle Breastplate for Cartridge Box Sling.

Perfect non excavated example. Ready or a sling or to display in a case on it’s own. A beauty.


USBP 31. Dug 1808 Pattern Cross Belt Plate.

Great looking early plate. Dug at Berkeley Plantation near Richmond, VA.



 USBP 32. Dug U.S Cartridge Box Plate marked “BOYD & SONS, BOSTON”.

Flawless plate. Dug near Chancellorsville, VA. in 1973 by Dean Thomas. A killer.


USBP 33. Dug State of New York Militia Belt Plate.

Nice looking plate. Main belt hook is missing. Provenance of Northern VA.



USBP 34. Dug U.S. M-1839 Belt Plate.

Early, small U.S. Belt Plate in untouched excavated condition. Full lead and belt hooks intact on reverse. Provenance uncertain.


USBP 35. Excavated U.S. Officer’s Sword Belt Plate.

Great looking dug plate that was found at Hartwood, VA. which was along the line of Burnside’s Winter Campaign also known as the”Mud March”.  Slight service bends but still a beauty.



USBP 36. Dug U.S. M-1839 Cartridge Box Plate.

A beauty. Full lead and both attachment loops intact. Solid South Carolina provenance on back.


USBP 37. Dug U.S. Enlisted Infantry Man’s Belt Plate.

Can you say “Cream Puff” This plate also comes from John Sease’s Collection and no doubt was dug in Northern, VA. Unfortunately, this one was not cataloged. This variant is known as the “Gaylord” Contract Pattern.


USBP 39. Dug U.S. Cavalryman’s Carbine Sling Buckle and Belt Tip.

Great provenance on this one. Dug in the camp of the 1st Iowa Cavalry near Otterville, Missouri by Jim Ketchum. Always a pleasure to offer honest Trans Mississippi Relics.


Real deal Federal Infantryman’s Belt that saw service. Leather is pliable but could use some conditioning. US Belt Plate is untouched with a mellow bronze patina and has been on this belt since the war.