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Confederate Belt Buckles & Plates

CSBP 1. Excavated Confederate Saber Belt Buckle.

This really nice “Richmond Arsenal” CS Tongue and Wreath Belt Buckle was found together and was dug near Winchester, VA. Perfect matching patina. These buckles were used primarily by Enlisted Cavalrymen though officers of all branches were also issued these buckles on their belts.



 CSBP 2. Confederate “Richmond Arsenal” Saber Belt Buckle.

Non excavated. An outstanding example of this thickly cast tongue and wreath variant. Beautiful deep bronze patina. Totally untouched. They don’t get much better than this. Originally purchased from the famous and quite likeable Rafael Eledge of Shiloh Relics.



 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 Confederate Enlistedman’s Belt Plate found on the Resaca GA. Battlefield.

Perfect “Spun Hooks” variant. These buckles were probably cast in Columbus GA. and were distributed exclusively to the Western Armies. 



 CSBP 6. Dug Confederate Enlisted Man’s “Heavy” Frame Belt Buckle.

One of the scarcer patterns of the so called “Georgia Frame” Buckle. This variant is known for it’s thick casting and wide beveled tongues. Slick green patina. Provenance uncertain.



 CSBP 7. Dug Confederate Enlistedman’s Belt Plate.

Scarce Army of Northern Virginia lead filled CS “Egg” Oval Belt Plate with telegraph wire hooks (one is intact). Slick chocolate brown patina and strong “CS” stamp. Provenance uncertain. This buckle was on display for years in the Decatur, Alabama Civil War Museum.



CSBP 8. Dug Confederate Enlistedman’s “Atlanta Arsenal” CSA Belt Plate.

A very fine and sharply cast example. Differentiated from the “Tennessee” pattern by it’s wide border and small periods. Note square iron nail used to secure the leather belt behind the hooks. This great looking Confederate Buckle was dug long ago in Middle TN.



CSBP 9. Confederate “Army of Tennessee” Belt Plate from the Bentonville NC. Battlefield.

The solid cast “CS” Confederate Enlistedman’s Belt Buckle is exclusively associated with the Western Armies. This example was dug back in January of 1981 by Patrick Alford at a site called the “Bull Pen” on the Bentonville NC. Battlefield. This variant has the “Spun” hooks and retains about 50% of it’s original black enamel paint on the face. Upper right hand edge exhibits a casting flaw where the mold did not completely fill. It was issued like this and was lost at the site of savage hand to hand fighting on March 19th, 1865.



CSBP 10. Excavated Confederate Enlisted Man’s Belt Buckle.

Large size Confederate “Wishbone” Frame Buckle in flawless condition. Provenance uncertain.



CSBP 11. Dug Confederate Enlistedmans’ “Baby Wishbone” Frame Buckle.

A rare Confederate Belt Buckle and a very nice example with no issues whatsoever. Nice green patina. Provenance of Northern VA.



CSBP 12. Dug Confederate “Palmetto Armory” Wreath.

Extremely rare South Carolina Wreath with long decorated belt loop. Note “P” and what appears to be an “A” or another “P” stamped into the inset. Dug at the site of the Palmetto Armory in Columbia SC. I have no idea what kind of tongue will fit it but I imagine it is a similarly crude South Carolina Palmetto tongue with a tall belt loop. I know it is out there somewhere. If you can match this one up, you will have one hell of a rare South Carolina Sword Belt Buckle.



CSBP 13. Dug Confederate Enlisted Man’s Belt Buckle.

Rare medium size “Wishbone” Frame Buckle in excellent condition. These are very hard to find. Provenance uncertain. Ex. Sam Padgett Collection.



CSBP 14. Dug Citadel Cadets of Charleston SC. Shoulder Belt Plate.

I picked this piece up at the Charleston Show and it was related to me that it was found in a known camp used by the Citadel Cadets. Good overall condition with four attachment prongs intact.



CSBP 15. Dug Confederate Enlistedmans’ Frame Buckle.

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



CSBP 16. Dug Confederate Enlisted Man’s Belt Plate.

Fantastic early dug example of the stamped brass CS “Egg” oval belt buckle. Loosely patterned after the M-1839 US Belt Plate. Slick chocolate brown patina and intact remnants of the iron wire hooks on the reverse. This one is a screamer with verbal provenance of Gen. Braxton Bragg’s 1863 Duck River Line, Middle Tennessee. 



CSBP 17. Dug Leech and Rigdon Plain Sword Belt Tongue. 

This type is fairly common and fits the typical Leech and Rigdon wreath. Provenance uncertain.



CSBP 18. Dug Confederate Enlistedman’s Belt Buckle.

Wow…this is one heck of a nice Confederate “Standard” Frame Belt Buckle. I love the patina. Provenance has been lost but it was once on display at the Decatur Alabama Civil War Museum.



CSBP 19. Dug Confederate “Rounded Corner” CSA Belt Plate.

This is the only known surviving example of this unusual CSA Variant. Pictured in Steve Mullinax’s Confederate Belt Buckle Book on page 61, it is described as “A rare and distinctly different CSA plate with rounded corners and well shaped letters. Note it’s small size (45 mm x 64 mm) and the proximity of the belt hooks to the edges”. Fantastic patina. Dug long ago by Bill Jarvis near Fredericksburg VA.



CSBP 20. Dug Confederate Enlistedman’s Belt Plate.

Flawless Stamped Brass “Breckinridge” CS Belt Plate with a killer chocolate brown patina. Provenance uncertain. Extremely hard to find in this condition.



CSBP 21. Dug Confederate “Sardine Lid” Belt Plate.

Rare Western Theater variant with the larger and more slender CS letters. Note bench #107 stamped at the top. One of the soldered on hooks fell off while I was photographing the plate so it does indeed have all three belt hooks present. Dug in a yard near Lawrenceburg TN. I purchased this plate directly from the digger.



CSBP 22. Standard Confederate Enlistedman’s “Georgia” Frame Belt Buckle.

Outstanding condition with no ground action and a nice looking patina. Provenance unknown.



CSBP 23. Dug Confederate Sword Belt Buckle produced by Leech and Rigdon.

Dug together, not a marriage. Slick matching green patina on both tongue and wreath. A beautiful buckle. Found at Arkansas Post in 1986.