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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.



CSBP 2. Confederate Enlistedman’s Accoutrement Belt. 

Rare CS “Egg” style belt plate on what appears to be its original black leather belt. This is the stamped copper version with iron wire hooks as shown on page 80, Plate 137 of Steve Mullinax’s “Confederate Belt Buckles and Plates” reference book. The buckle has a super, untouched bronze patina and the belt is supple with no issues. These belts were issued to Western Theater troops. 



CSBP 3. Dug Confederate Enlistedman’s Belt Plate.

Top of the line example of the “Atlanta Arsenal” pattern rectangular “C.S.A.” belt buckle. Thick heavy variant with casting flaws on the face and all belt hooks present on the reverse. Excellent patina. Provenance of Atlanta GA. vicinity.



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.



CSBP 15. Excavated Kenansville Field and Staff Sword Guard.

Found many years ago in the James River by the late diver/relic hunter Sam White at City Point, VA. Sam was tragically killed while disarming excavated Civil War ordnance. This relic comes directly from his family and was the pride of his collection. I knew Sam, he was a nice guy and was super passionate about finding the relics. Think about how much rarer this is to dig than a CSA belt plate. A lot of Confederate relic for the $$



CSBP 16. Dug Confederate Wreath for “Richmond Arsenal” Sword Belt Buckle. 

Found many years ago near Petersburg VA. Untouched green patina. This variant with beveled neck also fits the Script “CS” buckle. This one should be easy to match with a tongue.



CSBP 17. Dug Confederate “Snake” Buckle for Accoutrement Belt.

Scarce slightly smaller size military buckle found at the site of the Confederate Ordnance dump in the Savannah River. This variant has elongated duck or monster heads. See page 116, plate 204 of Steve Mullinax’s book, “Confederate Belt Buckles and Plates” for an identical example. All of these belt rigs were imported from England by the Confederacy. Ex. Allen Bennett collection.



CSBP 18. Dug Confederate Enlistedman’s “Baby” Frame Belt Buckle.

This tiny buckle measures only 54 x 45 mm. It is a finely made variant of the iconic Confederate “beveled edge” Frame Buckle. Unlisted in any of the reference books. It really is that rare. Found many years ago at “Battery Thunderbolt” near Savannah GA.



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. Confederate “Lion Head” Accoutrement Belt.

There is a photograph published on page 88, Vol. I  in William C. Davis’ book “Photo History of The Civil War” depicting a group of Charleston SC. Confederates wearing these Lion Head belts. These were imported from England in very limited quantities and probably outfitted a company of Charleston based troops. The belt is fragmentary and made of tarred leather that has bullet stitching similar to the Richmond Arsenal belts. Buckle, keeper, and belt adjuster present. An identical belt is illustrated on page 352 of Corky Huey and Russ Pritchard’s landmark reference book “The English Connection. This is a rare and positively Confederate belt rig. Ex. Allen Bennett collection.



CSBP 21. Dug Confederate “Snake” Buckle for Accoutrement Belt.

The most common variant. Fantastic condition with a dark slick patina. Complete sets of British accoutrements were imported by the Confederacy from the London firm S. Issacs & Campbell. The heavy duty belts were fastened by these Snake Buckles with duck heads. See page 112, plate 199 of Steve Mullinax’s book, “Confederate Belt Buckles and Plates” for an identical example. Both sections found together in South Alabama. Ex. Allen Bennett collection.



CSBP 22. Dug Confederate Sword Belt Tongue.

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



CSBP 23. Dug Confederate “Lion Head” Belt Buckle.

Rare dug example of this English made buckle. A Charleston SC. based Confederate unit is known to have been outfitted with these Lion Head accoutrement belts. Corky Huey had this buckle in his collection and it is the very one photographed on page 352 of his reference book “The English Connection”. The provenance is almost certainly from the Charleston SC. area. 



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.