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Buckles and Plates

"Real plates don't say 'China' on 'em. CSA, maybe, but not 'China'..."

(overheard at Civil War show)

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Every collection of dug artifacts should have at least one "buckle" (properly known as "plates"). The options are either go dig one yourself (mighty hard to do nowadays), or purchase one. If you decide on the former way, we can sell you batteries. But if you decide on the latter way, we hope you will select one of these plates from our stock...

Description

Item #

Price

 

 

Union Eagle Breastplate: No hooks, some lead loss on back as shown, includes small Riker case

MD741DEJJ $95

Eagle Breastplate:  Great detail, no ground action, and good lead back. Has some wrinkles on face probably from a plow. Found at Mavern’s Hill, Va. Just Added

 

PE379GEJJ

 $120

Eagle Breastplate: Complete, bent rim, no hooks, most lead intact. Found on Stanley Road on 11-3-88, near Hardees Salient, Marietta, Ga. With digger’s tag. Was found with US boxplate below, #DM 149.From the Don McMichael collection.

DM150 $115

  US Boxplate: Rim damage, no hooks, most lead intact. Found on Stanley Road on 11-3-88, near Hardees Salient, Marietta, Ga. With digger’s tag. Was found with breastplate above, #DM 150 From the Don McMichael collection.

DM149 $99

US Belt Plate: Found on Stanley Road on 7-6-92, near Hardees Salient, Marietta, Ga. Rim Damage front and back as shown, coated on lead to seal it. Arrow hooks intact. With digger’s tag. From the Don McMichael collection.

DM148 $130

Indian War Officer’s Sword Belt Plate: 1874 Pattern, Great condition, non dug, most of gilt finish remains. From the Don McMichael collection.

DM107

$165

“WH Smith/Brooklyn” Marked US Box Plate: Non dug, one edge slightly bent up, likely when it was pried from the leather cartridge box. Cool thing is it still has the wire used to hold it on the leather, Beautiful patina, full lead, and clear stamping. From the Don McMichael collection.

DM109

$325

US Civil War Officer’s Sword Belt Plate: 1851 Pattern, fully gilted, similar to plate #645 in American Military Plates by O’Donnell & Campbell. Tongue tip broke during use but you can tell by wear marks that it was still used by the officer. A beautiful non dug Civil War era officer’s buckle. From the Don McMichael collection.

DM110

$325

Baby (small size)  US Boxplate: Non dug, came from a cartridge box (hooks were bent) so it was likely used and not surplus. Great condition, pleasing mellow non-dug brass, good lead back, only problem is one of the loops broke off. Good news is that hook is included (see photo). From the Don McMichael collection.

DM113

$275

 US Civil War Enlisted Man’s Sword Belt Plate: 1851 Pattern, non dug, Plate #663 in American Military Plates by O’Donnell & Campbell. Mellow patina and shows use. Bench mark #682.From the Don McMichael collection. 

 DM117

$275

US Civil War Enlisted Man’s Sword Belt Plate: 1851 Pattern, dug Plate #663 in American Military Plates by O’Donnell & Campbell. Heavy ground action, lots of pitting, but dug with keeper. From the Don McMichael collection. 

DM118

 $245

US Civil War Enlisted Man’s Sword Belt Plate: 1851 Pattern, has complete silver wreath still attached. Non-dug. Keeper has scarce high benchmark of 1599. Plate #663 in American Military Plates by O’Donnell & Campbell. Other than keeper having a darker patina, this plate is tight and a beautiful example of what the average Union cavalryman wore during the Civil War. From the Don McMichael collection.

DM119

$335

US Civil War Officer’s Sword Belt Plate: 1851 Pattern, non dug, has “RK” scratched in back. Plate #657 in American Military Plates by O’Donnell & Campbell. From the Don McMichael collection. 

DM116

$275

Eagle Cross Belt “Breastplate”: Found in Dallas Georgia, I THINK. North Georgia for sure. Great detail, solid lead, no flaking or rim damage at all, both hooks missing. From the Don McMichael collection. 

DM120

$135

Eagle Cartridge Cross Belt Plate-Winchester, VA:  This one has slick brass and lead, but is otherwise beat up, plus has small section of rim missing and cracked. Another plate identified by location when we got them, giving great providence. 

PE48EJJJ

 $90

 

Belt Keeper: Great dug condition, could probably be used if you want. Central Tennessee find.

MD664JAJJ $10

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