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Harry Ridgeway

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This sales listing updated October 13, 2014


Civil War buckles and plates, Relicman sales catalog

All items listed are guaranteed authentic to the Civil War or as otherwise described.
Any excavated relics have been recovered from private property with owners permission.
Any artillery or ordnance relics have been disarmed and rendered safe.
All weapons are pre 1898 antique weapons, and are exempt from Federal regulation, no licenses or permits are required.



P1754...Kentucky Military Institute buckle
Kentucky Military Institute was founded in 1845. This is the early pattern thin brass stamped, solder filled, brass hooks similar to those found on panel plates of the 1840's or 1850's. Dug plate has clean appearance, some bends, some rim damage, these plates are thin, solder filling is partial, tongue present other hooks are missing, rare plate. Recovered: Farmdale, Kentucky by Kenny Copelin, this is site of the school. Plate measures 54mm x 75mm approx (rim damage).
Ref: Mullinax (Expanded Edition), plate 264.............$2,300.


P1799...Federal shoulder eagle plate, pattern 465
Use of the round shoulder plate was approved with the regulation of 1826, most were manufactured 1850's through end of the Civil War. Designed as adornment only for the shoulder strap, the plate was die struck on thin brass sheet, solder filled, wire loop hooks. Die pattern depicts eagle's left wing with small ruffles, three long straight feathers each progressively longer, tails of arrows are long and dense. Plate is configured with two iron loop hooks for the enlisted soldier. Dug plate, both hooks intact. Recovered: Hills Dam, in Virginia, 1995.
Ref: O'Donnell & Campbell plate 465..........$135.


P1964...Federal shoulder eagle plate, regulation 1826, eagle, pattern 468, die variant
Plate depicts patriotic eagle, and was used by the Federal army as well as the states. Shoulder plate is round following the Federal Regulation of 1826, most were manufactured 1850's through end of the Civil War, and was used as ornamentation on the shoulder strap. This die pattern depictseagle with bold large feathers, no break in the wing, arrow feathers are sketchy. This variant has a slightly different artistic presentation of the olive branch. Brass plate is stamped on thin sheet brass, solder filled, configured as an enlisted shoulder plate, two iron hooks are formed on a loop with ends bent upward. Dug plate, with bends, hooks missing, plate has not been cleaned.. Recovered: Warrenton, Virginia.
Ref: O'Donnell & Campbell, Plate 468............$75.


P1972...Alabama oval belt plate, state seal "map on tree", right handed, stud hooks
Buckle depicts the state seal of Alabama, a map on a tree, intended for Alabama units. Buckle is oval following the Federal Regulation of 1839, and was designed to secure a belt fitted over a soldier's jacket, used to carry his cartridge and cap box, along with any other items carried on a belt. Motif is detailed and depicts a map of Alabama nailed to a tree, with prominent branches and roots. Buckle was likely manufactured in the south by a small manufacturer, die stamped on thin sheet brass, configured as a right handed buckle, three brass hooks are attached from a "T" frame imbedded in solder backing, two oval washers are peened over the studs, filled with lead and originally covered with a brass cap, thin single hook bent and tapered to a point. Plate measures 57mm X 88mm (approx due to bends). Recovered: at Camp Nelson, near Lexington, Kentucky by Ray Flora in 1975. Plate is whole, some reverse bend, rim damage and cracks, hooks intact.
Ref: Mullinax Expanded Edition, Plate 216..........Sold.


P1984...Militia panel plate, nondug plate measures 57.5mm x 85mm............ $550.


P1985...Militia panel plate, nondug plate measures 56mm x 83mm.......$550.


P1998....US oval belt plate, stud hooks left handed, Nondug plate.......$325.


P1999....Louisiana rectangle belt plate, pelican feeding her young, stamped and solder filled, southern wartime manufacture, Dug buckle bent and cracked but all parts are intact and orginal. Recovered by Tim Lansberry, Stephens City Virginia............ Sold.


P2000.....US buckle, right handed, arrow hooks.
Dug buckle tongue missing.
Recovered: Shenandoah Valley Va....... $125.

P2001.....US buckle, left handed arrow hooks.
Dug buckle, all hooks intact with partial leather, rim chip.
Recovered: Shenandoah Valley Va............. $175.

P2044...Federal shoulder eagle plate, marked "W.H. SMITH BROOKLYN NY" Dug plate, both hooks intact.
Recovered not determined..........$225.

P2045...US oval belt plate, arrow hooks right handed. Dug plate, all hooks intact, original curve.
Recovered: not determined..........$250.

P2046...US oval cartridge boxplate. Dug plate, hooks missing.
Recovered: not determined..........$100.

P2047...US oval cartridge boxplate, small size, marked "W.H. SMITH BROOKLYN NY". Dug plate, hooks missing.
Recovered: not determined..........$325.

P2048...Federal shoulder eagle plate, Dug plate, hooks missing.
Recovered not determined...........$100.

P2052...Federal shoulder eagle plate, marked "H.A. DINGEE", Dug plate, hooks missing,
Recovered Chancellorsville, Va...........$225.

P2053...Federal shoulder eagle plate, Dug plate both hooks intact.
Recovered: Chancellorsville, Va............$135.

P2054...Federal sword belt plate, with applied wreath. Dug plate, partial wreath, bench mark 486, plate has not been cleaned.
Recovered: Stafford County, Va. .........$200.

P2056...Louisiana rectangle belt plate, pelican feeding her young, stamped and solder filled, southern wartime manufacture.
Buckle depicts the state seal of Louisiana, a pelican feeding her young, intended for Louisiana units. This plate was likely made in New Orleans near the beginning of the war and before the city fell in 1862. This pattern features a pelican in a relaxed position feeding her young, surrounded by a wreath and stars, plain background, with an outer border. Plate is stamped on heavy brass sheet, solder filled, hooks were made from scraps and individually soldered into place over the solder back. Stamping quality can vary considerably with this pattern, this due to variation of the stamping pressure applied and quality of the materials. The corners are sometimes clipped or rounded, this was probably done in the field, this big rectangle plate would undoubtedly wear better without the sharp corners. Measurements not obtained. Dug plate, nothing missing. Recovered: Signal Mountain, Chattanooga, Tennessee.
Ref: Mullinax Expanded Edition, Plates 282 to 286...........$4,300.

P2057...Louisiana rectangle belt plate, pelican feeding her young, stamped and not solder filled, southern wartime manufacture
Buckle depicts the state seal of Louisiana, a pelican feeding her young, intended for Louisiana units. This plate was likely made in New Orleans near the beginning of the war and before the city fell in 1862. This pattern features a pelican in a relaxed position feeding her young, surrounded by a wreath and stars, plain background, with an outer border. Plate is stamped on heavy brass sheet, is not solder filled, hooks were made from scraps and individually soldered into place over the solder back. Stamping quality can vary considerably with this pattern, this due to variation of the stamping pressure applied and quality of the materials. The corners are sometimes clipped or rounded, this was probably done in the field, this big rectangle plate would undoubtedly wear better without the sharp corners. This plate was never lead filled, it was probably made early in the production run. Corners were clipped in the field. Nondug plate, hooks are broken, tongue intact. Plate measures 54.7mm x 79mm.
Ref: Mullinax Expanded Edition, Plates 282 to 286...........$4,000.


P2058...Confederate oval belt plate, CS, "Breckinridge" style, die stamped brass, not filled, sheet brass hooks,Confederate wartime manufacture
Buckle depicts "CS" and is an oval belt plate broadly used in the Confederacy. This style is noted for crudely formed letters, oval is nearly round, border is not distinct. Plate is called the "Breckinridge" style by early relic hunters because some were found in camps occupied by the famous general, however there is no evidence actually linking this to Breckinridge because they are also frequently found in Tennessee. Plate is stamped on thick sheet brass, scraps of brass were cut into hooks and soldered into place, the plate never was filled. Plate measures 59mm x 88mm approximately, plate is hand cut and edge is irregular. Dug plate, all three hooks present, one was reapplied.  Recovered Tennessee campaign.
Ref: Mullinax Expanded Edition, Plates 148 to 150.............$3,500.

P2060...Federal sword belt plate, officer plate, cast plate with integral cast wreath,,small tongue, these were finely crafterd plates were sold from a catalog to higher ranked officers. Dug plate with traces of gilding, tongue intact...........$325. ......Sale pending.

P2061Federal sword belt plate, enlisted style with applied silver wreath above and below the wing, long footed tongue. Nondug plate with dark patina. Old tag indicates it was purchased from shop in Luray Virginia in 1960, tag suggests who may have had it but it does appear to be speculation without research or proof, the tag is interesting and it could lead to a research project....$300.

P2062Federal sword belt plate, applied wreath, long footed tongue. Dug plate, applied wreath is missing, original curve, tongue intact.
Recovered: not determined......$200.

P2063Federal sword belt plate, enlisted style with applied silver wreath, long footed tongue.prominent casting sprue on the back. Dug plate, partial wreath, original curve, tongue intact,
Recovered: not determined......$200.

P2064New York oval belt plate, SNY, stud hooks, right handed, wide letter style. Dug plate, part of lead is flaking.
Recovered: not determined...... $600.

P2065US oval cartridge boxplate, marked "W.H. SMITH BROOKLYN NY". Dug plate, both hooks intact.
Recovered not determined............$225.

P2066US oval belt plate, arrow hooks right handed. Dug plate, arrow hooks intact, original curve.
Recovered not determined............$225.

P2067US oval cartridge box plate. Dug plate, both hooks intact but weak, original curve.
Recovered not determined............$125.

P2068US oval belt plate, arrow hooks, left handed. Dug plate with hooks intact, fragmenst of leather from both ends, original curve.
Recovered not determined............$250.

P2069Federal shoulder plate. Dug plate, both hooks intact.
Recovered not determined............$135.

P2070Federal shoulder plate. Dug plate, both hooks intact.
Recovered not determined............$135.

P2071Federal shoulder plate. Dug plate, both hooks intact.
Recovered not determined............$135.

P2072Federal shoulder plate. Dug plate, both hooks intact, one is bebnt.
Recovered not determined............$135.

P2073Federal shoulder plate. Dug plate, both hooks intact.
Recovered not determined............$135.

P2074Federal shoulder plate, small size "Burnside" style. Dug plate, both hooks intact, plate has not been cleaned.
Recovered not determined............$225.


P2075Confederate frame buckle,"standard" style. Plate measures 70mm x 62mm, approximate plate has some minor bends that distort the measurements. Dug plate, nice patina, good original Confederate piece.
Recovered not determined............$475.


P2099...Two plates, shoulder plate and boxplate, dug by Bill Gavin Hall Town Lines Rion Hall Nov 69 Crooks Corps, Home of Judge Lucas, Halltown West Virginia. Shoulder plate is nice clean one with both hooks, US boxplate is straight but missing the hooks, both have Gavins tape on the back documenting provenance, great relics from the legendary Mr Gavin.
Both plates, mounted in display case.................$450.


P2100...US oval cartridge boxplate. Dug plate, original curve, no hooks, plate has not been cleaned.
Recovered Charles Town Virginia (now WV) area.......... $125.

P2101...Federal shoulder plate. Dug plate missing hooks some flaking.
Recovered Charles Town Virginia (now WV) area..........$90.

P2102...US oval belt plate, right handed. Dug plate arrow hooks intact some reverse curve.
Recovered Charles Town Virginia (now WV) area...........$175.

P2103...US oval cartridge boxplate. Dug plate, no hooks, plate has not been cleaned.
Recovered Charles Town Virginia (now WV) area............$90.

P2104...Federal shoulder plate. Dug plate,no hooks, plate has not been cleaned.
Recovered Charles Town Virginia (now WV) area............ $90.

P2105...US oval cartridge boxplate. dug plate, one rim nick, hooks missing.
Recovered Charles Town Virginia (now WV) area............. $90.

P2106...US oval cartridge boxplate. Dug plate both hooks, minor bend that could be straightened.
Recovered Charles Town Virginia (now WV) area.........$135.

P2107...Federal shoulder plate, marked "JJ PITMANN". Dug plate, with mark, no hooks.
Recovered Charles Town Virginia (now WV) area............$200.

P2108...US oval belt plate, arrow hooks, left handed. Dug plate, original curve and arrow hooks intact, apparently recovered from a fire pit, most of lead is melted out but face is pretty.
Recovered Charles Town Virginia (now WV) area.......... $150.

P2109...Virginia militia waist belt plate plain style. These were issued to enlisted members of the Virginia militia units prior to the war, extensive use was made during the Civil War, the soldered hooks failed on most of them. Dug plate, hooks missing.
Recovered Charles Town Virginia (now WV) area..........$200.

P2110...US oval cartridge boxplate. Dug plate, minor bends no hooks, plate has not been cleaned.
Recovered Charles Town Virginia (now WV) area..........$90.

P2111...Federal shoulder eagle plate, marked "W.H. SMITH BROOKLYN NY". Dug plate, hookjs missing, plate has not been cleaned.
Recovered Charles Town Virginia (now WV) area.......... $200.

P2112...US oval cartridge boxplate, WH Smith style but mark is obliterated by rusted hooks. Dug plate, hooks missing.
Recovered Charles Town Virginia (now WV) area.......sold.

P2113...US oval belt plate, arrow hooks right handed. Dug plate, original curve, arrow hooks intact, tongue hook missing, plate has not been cleaned..
Recovered Halltown, Virginia (now WV)......... $150.

P2114...US oval belt plate, stud hooks, left handed. Dug plate, with bends, stud hooks intact, tongue hook missing.
Recovered Charles Town Virginia (now WV) area.......$100.

P2115...Carbine sling buckle with batwing. Dug plate, both flippers intact, batwing included with partial rivets.
Recovered Charles Town Virginia (now WV) area..........$110.

P2116...Carbine sling buckle with batwing marked TJ SHEPHERD" and "E GAYLORD/ CHICOPEE / MASS" . Dug plate, both flippers intact, batwing included with all rivets.
Recovered Charles Town Virginia (now WV) area..........$200.

P2117...US oval belt plate, marked "E GAYLORD", stud hooks left handed. Dug plate with original curve and stud hooks intact, marked Gaylord, plate has not beebn cleaned.
Recovered Charles Town Virginia (now WV) area......... $450.

P2118...US oval belt plate small style, iron hooks left handed. Dug plate, iron hooks are partial, early style.
Recovered Charles Town Virginia (now WV) area..............$200.

P2119...Rifleman buckle one part with keeper. Dug plate.
Recovered Charles Town Virginia (now WV) area........$150.

P2120...Wreath, laurel leaf style keeper is about 49.2mm, measurement is approximate due to the bend, wreath height 50.5mm, wreath opening 17.8 x 35.0 approx, well diameter 34mm.
Recovered Charles Town Virginia (now WV) area.........$500.

P2123..US oval belt plate early Boyd style, round stud hooks, left handed. Dug bucklem, stud hooks intact, tongue hook missing.
Recovered Charles Town Virginia (now WV) area.........$90.

P2124...Confederate oval belt plate, CS, "Breckinridge" style, die stamped brass, not filled, sheet brass hooks,Confederate wartime manufacture
Buckle depicts "CS" and is an oval belt plate broadly used in the Confederacy. This style is noted for crudely formed letters, oval is nearly round, border is not distinct. Plate is called the "Breckinridge" style by early relic hunters because some were found in camps occupied by the famous general, however there is no evidence actually linking this to Breckinridge because they are also frequently found in Tennessee. Plate is stamped on thick sheet brass, scraps of brass were cut into hooks and soldered into place, the plate never was filled. Plate measures 59mm x 88mm approximately, plate is hand cut and edge is irregular. Dug plate, hooks intact, bend in middle was straightened. Recovered: Mufreesboro Tennessee.
Ref: Mullinax Expanded Edition, Plates 148 to 150........$2,000.

P2128...Federal shoulder eagle plate, marked "W.H. SMITH BROOKLYN NY". Dug plate, mark is weak and partial but is present, hooks missing, some lead flaking.
Recovered Richmond Va........... $100.

P2129...US oval cartridge boxplate. Dug plate some lead missing.
Recovered: Orange County, Va .........$75.


P2131...Carbine sling buckle with batwing. Dug plate, both flippers intact, batwing included with all rivets.
Recovered White House Va. ...............$110.

P2132...New York oval belt plate, SNY, stud hooks, right handed. Dug plate, stud hooks intact, tongue hook missing, rim damage.
Recovered not determined................$250.

P2133...US oval belt plate, arrow hooks, left handed. Dug plate, arrow hooks intact, some bends.
Recovered not determined................ .............$200.

P2134...US oval belt plate small size,single brass arrow hook. Dug plate, most of lead flaked out, hooks have been reattached but are original.
Recovered: Murfreesboro Tennessee..........$235.

P2135...Snake for a snake buckle This one actually has a snake head, most have bird heads. Snake only recovered, this one is gilded.
Recovered: Shenandoah Valley Va .........$100.

P2136...Federal shoulder plate, Plate is configured with three wire hooks for a non commissioned officer (sergeant). Dug plate, hooks are missing.
Recovered: Charleston SC...............$100.

P2137...Eagle Militia Plate, two part First sale of this plate was by Larry Hicklen, he stated that the two halves were recovered from the same general site by the same digger but were not found together. This is a nice looking marriage of a militia plate, tongue is cast, wreath is stamped, the two parts are likely from different manufacturers, however fit and patina are good matches, this piece will display well.
Recovered: Shelbyville, Tennessee. ...........$300.
 


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