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Confederate Belt Buckles & Plates

CSBP 1. Dug Confederate Enlistedman’s Belt Plate.

You rarely see this “Stamped Iron CS” variant offered for sale and when you do, they are usually in bad condition. This buckle is a fantastic example with only light surface rust and great detail. Very similar to the ‘Breckinridge” oval pattern. The soldered on hooks are missing and were probably left in the hole. There are traces of the solder on reverse. Rarity 8. See Steve Mullinax’s Confederate Buckles and Plates reference book, page 88 Fig. 153 for identical example. Provenance uncertain.



CSBP 2. Dug Virginia Militia Waist Belt Plate.

1850’s stamped brass pattern with highly detailed relief of the Great Seal of The State of Virginia. Very slick dark patina. Attachment hooks are missing and I am sure the digger left them in the hole. See Steve Mullinax’s “Confederate Belt Buckles and Plates” reference book, page 234, plate # 432 for this thicker variant. This plate was dug many years ago and is in amazing condition. Provenance uncertain but most likely Virginia.



CSBP 3. 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.



CSBP 4. Excavated Confederate Cast Brass Wreath for a Virginia Militia Officer’s Sword Belt Buckle.

Excellent condition. Typical local casting with flaws. This wreath fits the Virginia State patterns on page 229 of Steve Mullinax’s Confederate Buckle Book. Provenance of Northern VA.



CSBP 5. Dug Mississippi Militia Cartridge Box Plate.

Produced in limited quantities by E. Gaylord prior to hostilities. This example was dug long ago on the Gaines Mill, VA. Battlefield by Tom Everett. Very rare plate with solid provenance.



CSBP 6. Dug Confederate Enlistedman’s Belt Buckle.

This variant is known as the “Standard” Type Frame Buckle. Issued in large quantities to Confederate Troops early in the war. Perfect condition. Provenance uncertain.



CSBP 7. Dug Confederate Enlistedman’s Belt Plate.

This “Atlanta Arsenal” CSA buckle was found many years ago on the 1865 Five Forks Va. Battlefield and comes with the digger’s display card. Buckle appears to have been a little over cleaned when found but the patina has come back over time. Main belt hook is broken and is no doubt why it was discarded. An affordable example lost in the very last hours of the Southern Confederacy. See page 56, plate 091 in Steve Mullinax’s “Confederate Belt Buckles and Plates” reference book for an example of the variant.



CSBP 8. Dug Mississippi Militia Saber Belt Plate.

Flawless example dug many years ago in the Shenandoah Valley near Luray, VA. This is the actual buckle photographed in Steve Mullinax’s first edition of “Confederate Belt Buckles and Plates” book on pg. 159, plate 281. 



CSBP 9. Dug Confederate Enlistedman’s Belt Plate.

My pictures simply don’t do this buckle justice. This Army of Tennessee pattern “CS” has a fantastic emerald green patina and retains 100% of the original black enamel paint in the background. All three “spun” down hooks are present on the reverse. If you are looking for a stunning example of this classic Confederate belt buckle, here it is. Provenance uncertain but probably Tennessee.



CSBP 10. Dug Confederate Enlistedman’s Belt Plate.

Top of the line example of the “Atlanta Arsenal” pattern CSA Belt Buckle in pristine condition. Found many years ago by Lawrence Christopher in CS General Joseph E. Johnston’s 1864 Winter Camp at Dalton GA.



CSBP 11. South Carolina Militia Sword Belt Buckle.

Here is a top notch example of the classic South Carolina Tongue & Wreath Belt Buckle. Condition is fantastic with 90% original gold plating intact and no repairs or other issues. This type is shown on page 193, plate 353 of Steve Mullinax’s “Confederate Belt Buckles and Plates” reference book (expanded edition). Ex. Walter Lineberger, Ex. Sam Padgett collection.



CSBP 12. Dug Issacs and Campbell Confederate “Snake” Buckle.

Classic example. Dug long ago near the Spotsylvania VA. Battlefield. Condition is excellent with a nice matching oak woods patina. These buckles were issued on accoutrement belts along with knapsacks, cartridge boxes, uniforms and cap boxes. All produced by the firm London firm Issacs, Campbell & Co. These were imported through the Federal blockade in large quantities. See pages 112 and 113 of Steve Mulinax’s “Confederate Belt Buckles and Plates” (expanded edition) reference book for more information and a photo of a Confederate soldier sporting a complete Issacs and Campbell accoutrement set. 



CSBP 13. Dug Confederate Enlistedman’s Belt Plate.

Rare “Sardine Lid” CS Belt Plate with a very nice pea green patina. When digger recovered the buckle it was bent down the middle and he subsequently had it straightened. The hooks are missing in action but you can see the solder marks on the reverse. Found in the early 1980’s near Fredericksburg VA. 



CSBP 14. Virginia Militia Officer’s Waist Belt.

Scarce variant with an oak leaf pattern wreath and decorated belt loops. Sharp details on the tongue with slight service wear to the high points. Gorgeous untouched patina. The leather belt is stitched around a linen core. Note minor separation of the stitching. Brass belt adjuster and leather retainer loops intact.



CSBP 15. Dug South Carolina Militia Shoulder Belt Plate.

I picked this piece up at the Charleston Show and it was related to me that it was a type used by the Citadel Cadets. Good overall condition with four attachment prongs intact. Found in a Confederate camp at Nelson’s Ferry, Santee River (Lake Moultrie) SC.



CSBP 16. Dug Confederate Enlistedmans’ Frame Buckle.

Ye olde “Standard” Pattern Confederate Frame Buckle in very nice condition with a green patina. Provenance uncertain.



CSBP 17. Dug Confederate or State Militia Shoulder Belt Plate.

These stamped brass oval plates are found mostly in early war Confederate camps. Condition is very good with no repairs or issues. Found near Champion Hill, Mississippi by Mike Rejebian.



CSBP 18. Dug Confederate Cavalry Saddle Shield.

Flawless stamped brass type with a nice green patina and sharp “CS” stamp. Provenance uncertain but likely from Northern VA. Ex. Joe Haile collection.



CSBP 19. Dug Confederate “CS” Marked Cavalry Saddle Shield.

Perfect condition with a smooth brown patina. Provenance of Central VA. near Suffolk.



CSBP 20. Dug Confederate Enlistedman’s Belt Plate.

Classic “Tennessee” or in this particular case,”Virginia” style CSA Rectangular Belt Plate since it was dug near Petersburg, VA. This pattern is generally thinner than it’s “Atlanta Arsenal” counterpart. Also note thinner border and larger periods between the letters. Condition is superb and it also has a great look with an untouched green patina contrasting perfectly with the dirt. This one is a beauty!



CSBP 21. Dug Confederate Cavalryman’s Carbine Sling Buckle.

Scarce smaller variant in flawless condition with an untouched patina. Found in King George County, VA. See page 100, plate 174 in Steve Mullinax’s “Confederate Belt Buckles and Plates” reference book (expanded edition) for an identical example.



CSBP 22. Confederate Enlistedman’s Accoutrement Belt.

Nice looking “Rope Border” CS Oval Belt Plate mounted on a Confederate leather belt. I honestly cannot tell with certainty that this belt is original to the buckle but it certainly looks fantastic with it and the buckle has a great untouched patina.



CSBP 23. Dug Wreath for two piece CS Sword Belt Buckle.

This variant fits several Virginia Pattern CS Buckles including the scarce “Script CS”. Found many years ago on the Spotsylvania VA. Battlefield.