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Confederate Belt Buckles & Plates


CSBP 1. Extremely rare Confederate Enlisted Man’s “Heavy Frame” Buckle on it’s original Accoutrement Belt. Identified to Private W.R. Barnett, Co. E, 5th Tennessee Cavalry.

The first thing that stands out is the quality and untouched nature of this fine Confederate Belt, straight out of the family and never before on the market. Note the Thick and heavy Beveled Frame Buckle. I have never seen one of these on its original belt before. The leather belt itself is supple and in fantastic condition. The Percussion Cap Box is a bit rough with broken hand stitched belt loops. Possibly Confederate made. The belt is accompanied by three bound compendiums of the “Confederate Veteran” Magazine dated 1912 to 1917. A nice handwritten presentation to Barnett of these volumes by his family is on the frontispiece of the first volume. The magazines were obviously cherished by Barnett and he saved ferns and oak leaves within some magazine pages, no doubt as souvenirs of special reunions or battlefield visits. I have yet to research Barnett’s War Record in the Army of Tennessee’s 5th Cavalry (McKenzie’s) Regiment. He ended up as a Reverend here in Knoxville TN. and is most likely also buried here. He was very active in the UCV Organization. Very rarely do you see pure and unmolested groupings like this surface.



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CSBP 2. Excavated Confederate Enlistedman’s Belt Plate from the Chancellorsville VA. Battlefield.

Scarce Army of Northern Virginia lead filled “egg” belt plate in good condition. Well struck “CS” on the face with small area of rust through. Iron wire hooks on reverse are rusted away. One can only imagine the circumstances in which this soldier lost his belt on that famous bloody battlefield.



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CSBP 3. Dug Confederate Enlistedman’s Belt Plate.

Fine example of the cast brass “Army of Tennessee” CS belt buckle. Note “spun” hooks intact on reverse. Found in the white sands near Pensacola FL. No repairs or issues. 



CSBP 4. Confederate Tongue and Wreath CS Sword/Saber Belt Buckle produced by Leech and Rigdon.

Classic Leech and Rigdon two piece buckle in outstanding non excavated condition. Totally untouched.



CSBP 6. South Carolina Militia Breast Plate.

Fine non excavated condition with full lead and original attachment pin. This variant is shown on page 215, Plate #396 in Steve Mullinax’s “Confederate Belt Buckles and Plates” reference book.



CSBP 7. Dug Wreath for Virginia Militia Officers Sword Belt Buckle.

Great condition. This one matches plates 424-426 in Steve Mullinax’s “Confederate Belt Buckles and Plates” reference book. pages 229-230. Someone out there must surely have the tongue. Found near Richmond VA.



CSBP 8. Virginia Militia Sword Belt Buckle.

This variant is shown on page 222, Plate #410 in Steve Mullinax’s “Confederate Belt Buckles and Plates” reference book. Excellent non excavated condition with a dark bronze patina. From a long time Virginia collection. 



CSBP 9. Confederate Enlistedman’s Belt Plate.

Rare “CS with Stars” oval belt plate in exceptional non excavated condition. Deep red-bronze patina is totally untouched. Leech and Rigdon produced these buckles in limited quantities and they are only excavated in the wake of the Army of Tennessee. Comes from a long time Confederate collection and was once part of the late George Goebel collection. He owned and operated a gift shop on the Shiloh TN. Battlefield in the 1940s-1950s. It could very possibly have been donated or purchased from a local family there. Certificates of authenticity from Lewis Leigh and Rafael Eledge accompany the buckle.



CSBP 10. Dug Louisiana Militia Belt Plate. 

A very attractive buckle with sharp details and a fine brown patina. Two of the belt hooks have been re-attached but are original to the buckle. Verbal provenance of Northern VA. near Leesburg. Several Louisiana regiments served in Lee’s Army of Northern VA. including four companies of the Washington Artillery. See page 156, Plate #282  of Steve Mullinax’s book, “Confederate Belt Buckles and Plates” for an identical example.



CSBP 11. Dug Confederate Enlistedman’s Belt Plate. 

Scarce cast brass “Breckinridge” Pattern CS oval buckle with an attractive green patina. One hook present on the reverse. Dug many years ago by Ronnie McCallum near Port Hudson LA. See page 89, Plate #154 of Steve Mullinax’s reference book, “Confederate Belt Buckles and Plates” for an identical example. I believe this buckle may be photographed and published in a past issue of the North-South Trader Magazine. Ex. Bill Blackman collection.



CSBP 14. Dug Palmetto Armory Wreath for Sword Belt Buckle.

Rare Confederate Oak Leaf Wreath with very tall decorated belt loops. Found at the site of the Palmetto Armory in Columbia SC. Most likely fits a South Carolina State Seal tongue.



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CSBP 15. Dug Confederate Enlistedman’s Belt Plate found on the Franklin TN. Battlefield.

This “Breckinridge” style CS oval belt plate was dug way back in 1976 by Wade Buchanan on the Franklin TN. Battlefield. He documented it as being dug approximately 100 yards south east of where Gen. Patrick R. Cleburne was killed while assaulting the Union entrenchments near the Carter Cotton Gin. Buckle retains the original belt hooks. Robert McDaniel touched up some freeze cracks but generally the buckle was found in very good condition. The battle of Franklin marked the twilight of the Confederate Army of Tennessee and resulted in an absolute slaughter. John Davidson Porter, who was on Gen. Otho F. Strahl’s Staff, said that on the following morning, “you could walk upon the bodies of dead Tennesseans as far as you could see and not touch the ground”. Porter later became the first post reconstruction Governor of Tennessee. I believe this one was photographed in the North South Trader Civil War Magazine but cannot tell you which issue. 



CSBP 16. Dug Confederate Sword Belt Buckle Tongue.

A fine example of this Richmond Arsenal product. Fantastic patina. Someone out there has a matching wreath. Provenance of Petersburg VA.



CSBP 17. Richmond Arsenal Confederate Sword Belt Buckle.

Non excavated tongue and wreath CS with a deep, rich patina. Flawless condition. No repairs or restoration. Truly a “10”.



CSBP 18. Excavated Confederate Enlistedman’s Belt Buckle.

Perfect “Standard” Frame Buckle with a green patina. Found near Richmond VA.



CSBP 19. Excavated Virginia Militia Belt Plate found on the Chancellorsville VA. Battlefield. 

Great looking buckle with good details and no major issues other than missing belt loop and front catch. Ex. Rodney Hinkle collection.



CSBP 20. Dug Confederate Sheet Brass Belt Plate.

Really cool early war buckle, possibly worn by Virginia Militia. Note soldier’s field repair. Found many years ago at Fort Huger VA. by M.E. “Mac” Mason. 



CSBP 21. Dug Confederate Enlistedman’s Belt Plate.

Rare pewter CSA that was found in four pieces and subsequently restored. A good representative example. Hooks are original. Provenance uncertain. X-ray accompanies the buckle.



CSBP 22. Dug Confederate Sword Belt Tongue.

Richmond Arsenal variant with slightly shorter than usual belt loops. Provenance uncertain. Looking for a wreath.



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CSBP 23. Non excavated “Snake” Buckle.

Made for linen web belt. See plate # 188 in Steve Mullinax’s reference book “Confederate Belt Buckles and Plates” for an identical example dug in Virginia. Really detailed and anatomically correct snake.



CSBP 24. Dug Southern Militia Wreath for Officer’s Sword Belt Buckle.

This fine wreath could match up with several State Militia tongues. It is a Confederate cast copy of a Northern made wreath. Found N. Virginia.



CSBP 25. Dug Confederate Cavalry Saddle Shield.

These were mounted on the Richmond Arsenal saddles. Flawless condition. Found in Northern VA.