Civil War Relicman,
Harry Ridgeway

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This sales listing updated June 9, 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.


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..........Sale pending.


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.


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...Eagle round shoulder 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.


P1841...Eagle sword waist plate, eagle with applied wreath, pattern 665, (number "29")     
Use of the rectangle sword waist plate was approved with the regulation of 1851 to be worn by officers carrying swords, and enlisted cavalry. Most were manufactured 1850's through end of the Civil War.  The plate 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 with weak stars.  A low spot was cast into the back to even the thickness behind the shield, even with this improvement the detail in the shield is weak.  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.  Plate measures: 55.5mm x 87mm, approx.  Nondug plate, with wreath, hooks and original bend.  Soldier initials are scratched onto the back. 
Ref: O'Donnell & Campbell, Plate 665....................Sold.


P1944...Federal round shoulder plate, regulation 1826, eagle, Dingee or Pittman pattern 461, 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 depicts eagle with graceful detail, right wing shows feathers progressing in size with no break, arrow tails are long, dense and symmetrical, small variation in the leaf configuration of the branch, pattern is attributed to Dingee and Pittman, who were partners.  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.  Plate measures 62mm approx.  Dug plate, hooks missing.   Recovered:  not known.
Ref: O'Donnell & Campbell, Plate 461. ........Sold.


P1945...Federal round shoulder plate, regulation 1826, eagle, pattern 446
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 depicts eagle with ruffle in left wing leaving strong separation of long feathers, the last feather is longest, tail feathers are distinct.  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.  Plate measures 62mm approx.  Dug plate, hooks missing.  Recovered: not known.
Ref: O'Donnell & Campbell, Plate 446...........Sold.


P1964...Federal round shoulder 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 depicts eagle 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.



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