The Civil War Relicman,
Harry Ridgeway
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Winchester, Virginia, USA.
Civil War buckles & plates.

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Ridgeway Reference Archive, Civil War buckles & plates.
Texas buckles and plates.

This is the "Ridgeway Reference Archive", a research tool for educational purposes only, and is provided at no cost to the reader.   Some of the relics listed are retained in the author's collection, most reside in other collections and are not owned by the author.  None of the items listed in this section are for sale, please refer to relicman.com sales listings for items offered for sale.  This is a work in progress, I list items as I get to them, there are many patterns that are not listed yet, this list will be regularly updated as I get pictures and descriptions for more items.  I will also correct mistakes, so if you see any please tell me.  All  items listed are believed to be authentic to the Civil War or as otherwise described.   Any excavated relics have been recovered from private property with owners permission.    This information is available for research purposes, pictures may be used by permission only.



Texas rectangle belt plate, the lone star, stamped and solder filled, southern wartime manufacture.
Buckle
depicts the state seal of Texas, the lone star, intended for Texas units.  This plate was likely made in the south and possibly New Orleans near the beginning of the war.  This pattern features the lone star on a plain background with a wide border, the stamping is simple but somewhat crudely formed.   Plate is stamped on heavy brass sheet, solder filled, tongue hook was wire bent with each end embedded in the solder, long keeper bar was brass bent and imbedded in the solder. Plate measures 60mm X 85mm
Ref: Mullinax Expanded Edition, Plate 320.

P0348.     Texas rectangle belt plate, the lone star, stamped and solder filled, southern wartime manufacture.
 Buckle depicts the state seal of Texas, the lone star, intended for Texas units.  This plate was likely made in the south and possibly New Orleans near the beginning of the war.  This pattern features the lone star on a plain background with a wide border, the stamping is simple but somewhat crudely formed.   Plate is stamped on heavy brass sheet, solder filled, tongue hook was wire bent with each end embedded in the solder, long keeper bar was brass bent and imbedded in the solder. Plate measures 60mm X 85mm.  Dug plate, lower left corner was folded as found, expertly straightened, hooks missing.  Dug plate, lower left corner was folded as found, expertly straightened, hooks missing.  Recovered Culpepper Virginia by John Eden  . 
Ref: Mullinax Expanded Edition, Plate 320.

P0479.     Texas rectangle belt plate, the lone star, stamped and solder filled, southern wartime manufacture.
P0479A.JPG (50974 bytes) P0479B.JPG (68597 bytes) Buckle depicts the state seal of Texas, the lone star, intended for Texas units.  This plate was likely made in the south and possibly New Orleans near the beginning of the war.  This pattern features the lone star on a plain background with a wide border, the stamping is simple but somewhat crudely formed.   Plate is stamped on heavy brass sheet, solder filled, tongue hook was wire bent with each end embedded in the solder, long keeper bar was brass bent and imbedded in the solder. Plate measures 60mm X 85mm.  The keeper bar failed on this example, the soldier punched holes through the plate to fashion a useable keeper.  Recovered: Battle of Chancellorsville, Virginia. 
Ref: Mullinax Expanded Edition, Plate 320.

Ref: Phillips page 32 item1, actual item photographed.


Texas rectangle belt plate, the lone star, lined star on plain background, stamped and solder filled.
Buckle
depicts the state seal of Texas, the lone star, intended for Texas units.  This plate was believed to have been manufactured before the war, however the solder filling was likely added in the field.  This pattern features the lone star, lined, on a plain background with a narrow border, the stamping is well executed.   Plate is stamped on heavy brass sheet, solder filled, brass tongue with long keeper bar.  Plate measures 56mm X 82mm.
Ref: Mullinax Expanded Edition, Plate 323.


P0446.     Texas rectangle belt plate, the lone star, lined star on plain background, stamped and solder filled.
P0446A.JPG (77317 bytes) P0446B.JPG (79070 bytes)  Buckle depicts the state seal of Texas, the lone star, intended for Texas units.  This plate was believed to have been manufactured before the war, however the solder filling was likely added in the field.  This pattern features the lone star, lined, on a plain background with a narrow border, the stamping is well executed.   Plate is stamped on heavy brass sheet, solder filled, brass tongue with long keeper bar.  Plate measures 56mm X 82mm.  Dug plate keeper bar is missing and most of the lead has flaked away.  Recovered: 1862 Battle of Gaines Mills, "Adams Field" near Cold Harbor by Steven M. Smith. 
Ref: Mullinax Expanded Edition, Plate 323.


Texas sword belt plate, state seal, the lone star
Buckle
depicts the state seal of Texas, the lone star, intended for Texas units.  Buckle is rectangle following the Federal Regulation of 1851 and was designed to secure a belt fitted over a soldier's jacket, used to carry a sword , generally for officers or enlisted cavalry.  This pattern features the lone star, which is beveled on a stippled field.  This plate is thought to have been manufactured in Houston, however that has not been proven.  The buckle is a well crafted with a  fancy design, however there is irregularity with the stippling, and it has not been found outside of Texas, this suggests local Texas manufacture may have been limited.  Plate measures 47mm X 76mm.
Ref: Mullinax Expanded Edition, Plate 324.



P0396.     Texas sword belt plate, state seal, the lone star
P0396A.JPG (79787 bytes) P0396B.JPG (59582 bytes) Buckle depicts the state seal of Texas, the lone star, intended for Texas units.  Buckle is rectangle following the Federal Regulation of 1851 and was designed to secure a belt fitted over a soldier's jacket, used to carry a sword , generally for officers or enlisted cavalry.  This pattern features the lone star, which is beveled on a stippled field.  This plate is thought to have been manufactured in Houston, however that has not been proven.  The buckle is a well crafted with a  fancy design, however there is irregularity with the stippling, and it has not been found outside of Texas, this suggests local Texas manufacture may have been limited.  Plate measures 47mm X 76mm. Dug plate, tongue missing.  Recovered: in camp on the J.D. Waters Plantation just south of Houston in Fort Bend County Texas by Bobby McKinney.
Ref: Mullinax Expanded Edition, Plate 324, actual plate photographed.

Ref: Plate was featured in article in the NST Vol XXIV No 6 December 1997 pg 48.