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”.

$1850.00 HOLD

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. Dug M-1841 Rifleman’s Belt Buckle and Adjusters.

These belt rigs were issued with the M-1841 Mississippi Rifles and supported the Saber Bayonets that were issued with them. Provenance of Northern VA.


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 State of New York Militia Belt Plate.

Better than average example with a smooth chocolate brown patina. Dug at Wauhatchie, TN. and lost by one of Gen. Joe Hooker’s New York Soldier’s.


USBP 10. Dug U.S. Cartridge Box Plate.

Boyd and Sons Contract Pattern with a slick chocolate patina. Full lead and intact attachment loops. Dug Northern, VA.


USBP 11. U.S. M-1851 Enlisted Man’s Saber Belt Plate.

Untouched patina. A beauty. Issued to Federal Cavalry and Artillerymen.



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.


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 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 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 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.