Civil War Relicman,
Harry Ridgeway

Winchester, Virginia USA, changed hands 70 times in the Civil War!
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This sales listing updated August 12, 2015

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.
P3622.M1343..Federal sword belt rig for enlisted cavalry, regulation 1851, eagle with applied wreath, pattern 663
This belt rig was intended for the Federal enlisted cavalryman., By 1864, the Federal cavalry became a formidable force and dominated the field of battle, the cavalryman was equipped with a Model 1860 saber, and a carbine. This belt rig was intended to carry the saber and his cartridge box. There are two long straps, to lap over his shoulder, the shorter hanger was designed to hang his sword. In addition the cavalryman had a carbine, which was hung from a sling. This sword belt rig is typical of those issued in 1864. The sword plate is well made and matches O'Donnell Campbell pattern 663. Buckle depicts patriotic eagle, was made of cast brass, eagle is integral to the casting, wreath is applied. The eagle faces right, bold rays above the banner and around the wreath, 13 stars, six above the banner, two above banner tail, two left of the eagle's head and three to the right, graceful shield bears stripes in two directions with no stars. The narrow tongue is integral to the casting, thinner tip is bent, intended to fasten to a separate brass keeper. Silver wreath is soldered in one piece below the wing tips. Bench number was used to assist assembly, these are usually three digits and at least a few thousand were produced.
2.Ref: O'Donnell & Campbell, Plate 663.

Belt rig is 100% intact, all straps, rivets, hangers etc are present. Plate is numbered 776, this is thought to be a bench number. Plate measures 55.6mm x 87mm with original bend. Belt is maker marked "J DAVEY, NEWARK NJ".
For sale ............$2,200.
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P3545...Alabama oval belt plate, Alabama Volunteer Corps, stud hooks
Buckle depicts "AVC", Alabama Volunteer Corps. 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. Buckle was likely manufactured in the south by a small manufacturer, die stamped on thin sheet brass, 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.
Ref: Mullinax Expanded Edition
, Plate 217.

Dug plate, recovered Tennessee campaign. Plate has been restored, appears that most of the rim and part of the lead has been filled in.
For sale ..............$2,500.

P3546...Confederate tongue and wreath buckle, CS, Virginia style tongue with flat bar, letters not proportionate, keepers are plain, wreath adorned with laurel leaves, cast, Confederate wartime manufacture
Buckle depicts "CS" and is a two part tongue and wreath plate broadly used in the Confederacy. This style is noted for lettering with small fat letters not proportionate, the top of the S is much smaller than the bottom, wreath with laurel leaves, and plain keepers which are not symmetrical. Plate is cast, tongue disc bar is flat, wreath has a channel around the back side of the wreath. Plate is believed to have been made in Virginia Virginia during the war and production may have been shared with more than one manufacturer, there can be variations one casting to the next.
Ref: Mullinax Expanded Edition, Plate 009.

Dug plate. Plate is a marriage, the parts are correct but were found at two different locations, fit is correct and types are correct. Reciovered: Virginia campaign.
For sale..........$1,800.

P3547...Confederate tongue and wreath buckle, CS, Virginia style with pointed serif, keepers are plain, wreath adorned with laurel leaves, cast, Confederate wartime manufacture
Solid cast, Virginia style plate is noted for its pointed serif, stepped up tongue, laurel leaf wreath.
Ref: Mullinax Expanded Edition, Plate 007.

Dug plate, likely a marriage but is correct combination. Recovered: not known. Plate measures: Tongue keeper 49.2mm, wreath keeper 47.8mm, wreath 49.3mm .
A note about authenticity. Some collectors may question this piece because of the inconsistency of ground action and color of the two pieces, yet consistency of the dirt caked on this buckle. As indicated it is believed that this buckle is a marriage and the dirt caked onto the finish has probably been added after cleaning to blend the patinas. I also note that this buckle is relatively larger in size than many examples and does not match any of the known repros that I am aware of. I believe that this plate is authentic, and other collectors have agreed with this assessment, however, other collectors may question this plate. The pattern is a favorite of the fakers, and at this time it cannot be absolutely proven to be authentic or not authentic. Consequently the collector should factor in the risk associated with this pattern when contemplating a purchase.
For sale ................$2,000.

P3548...Confederate tongue and wreath buckle, CS, Virginia style with exaggerated serif, keepers are plain, wreath adorned with laurel leaves, cast, Confederate wartime manufacture
Buckle depicts "CS" and is a two part tongue and wreath plate broadly used in the Confederacy. This style is noted for lettering with an exaggerated serif, wreath with laurel leaves, and plain keepers. Plate is cast, tongue disc is stepped up for placement in the wreath, back of disc is concave, wreath has a channel around the back side of the wreath. Plate is believed to have been made in Richmond Virginia during the war and production may have been shared with more than one manufacturers, there can be variations one casting to the next. This pattern was probably a derivative or subcontract of the Richmond style, the style is very similar differing primarily with the addition of the exaggerated serif.
Ref: Mullinax Expanded Edition, Plates 005 or 006.

Dug plate. This is a marriage, tongue was recovered Bristow Station, Virginia, wreath recovered Culpeper County, Virginia. Plate measures, tongue keeper 48.8mm, wreath keeper 49.0mm, wreath height 48.4mm.
For sale.......$2,000.

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.
For sale...................$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.
For sale...................$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.
For sale...................$75.

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

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

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

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

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

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.

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

P2070Federal 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.

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.

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.

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

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

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.

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

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.

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.......................Sold.

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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