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Z1780     Original Brass Working Die for a Civil War Breastplate (W.H. Smith Brooklyn Pattern)

Description: Here is an original working die for a Civil War breastplate. This die is made from a piece of solid brass. The main female die is stamped into a brass ingot with posts on the back. This created a working die that could be used, melted, and remade rather than destroying the main die. The brass knobs on the back helped to fasten the die to the top of the press (fly press or screw press). A thin piece of brass was laid over a plate of lead. Once the die came down, the soft lead backing and pressure would assist in shaping the stamped brass item. The edges would then be trimmed, and the back would be filled with lead covering the attachment loops. These types of dies are quite scarce because they would wear down after about a 1,000 or so stampings. They would then be melted and used again. This particular pattern was produced by W.H. Smith of Brooklyn, New York. The die pattern is well known and a lot of plates matching this die have his manufacturing mark on the back. This die is a little larger than our other one (Z1779). The outside edge of the top has been slightly ground down. You can clearly see this die was pressed out of another die as there are several pin marks on the back that are out of line.

Measures: 3.75" x 4"

Recovered: Non Excavated

Price: $595.00

Z1779     Original Brass Working Die for a Civil War Breastplate (W.H. Smith Brooklyn Pattern)

Description: Here is an original working die for a Civil War breastplate. This die is made from a piece of solid brass. The main female die is stamped into a brass ingot with posts on the back. This created a working die that could be used, melted, and remade rather than destroying the main die. The brass knobs on the back helped to fasten the die to the top of the press (fly press or screw press). A thin piece of brass was laid over a plate of lead. Once the die came down, the soft lead backing and pressure would assist in shaping the stamped brass item. The edges would then be trimmed, and the back would be filled with lead covering the attachment loops. These types of dies are quite scarce because they would wear down after about a 1,000 or so stampings. They would then be melted and used again. This particular pattern was produced by W.H. Smith of Brooklyn, New York. The die pattern is well known and a lot of plates matching this die have his manufacturing mark on the back.

Measures: 3" x 3"

Recovered: Non Excavated

Price: $695.00

Z1774     Excavated Square Militia Waist Belt Plate 1818-1835

Description: Here is a very nice excavated militia waist belt plate used in the 1820's-1830s. This one has a pleasing patina and both of the iron keepers are still intact which is rare for a dug plate.

Measures: 68 mm x 71 mm

Recovered: Unknown

Reference: O'Donnell & Campbell Plate 154

Price: 495.00

Z1697     Regulation 1826 Pattern Eagle Breasplate (W.H.Smith Brooklyn)

Description: Here is a nice excavated eagle breasplate. This one was recovered near Brownsville, Maryland. It is flat and is missing both of the attachment loops. The back is maker marked.

Backmark: "W.H.SMITH / BROOKLYN"

Measures: 65 mm

Recovered: Route 67 Washington County Maryland across from Brownsville October 1994

Price: $150.00

Z1696     Federal Regulation 1839 Pattern US Cartridge Box Plate (Boyd & Sons Boston)

Description: Here is another very nice maker marked boxplate. This one has a great patina on the face and both iron loops are still on the back. The makers mark is clear and partially hidden by the digger's tag. The plate is flat and displays very nicely.

Backmark: "BOYD & SONS / BOSTON"

Measures: 56 mm x 89 mm

Recovered: Pleasant Valley Rd. Rt. 609 Va. Three miles from Bull Run Battlefield 1987

Price: $295.00

Z1695     Federal Regulation 1839 Pattern US Cartridge Box Plate (E.Gaylord)

Description: Very nice excavated US cartridge box with both iron loops intact. This particular plate is stamped E. Gaylord on the back. This plate is completely flat and has a wonderful patina!

Backmark: "E.GAYLORD"

Measures: 55 mm x 86 mm

Recovered: Unknown

Price: $325.00

Z902     Tongue from a Militia Buckle Marked "76"

Description: Here is an excellent relic from Frederick, Md. This is a massive tongue! Unfortunately the large wreath wasn't found with this tongue. The plate was recovered July 23, 1989 North of Frederick, Md. where Route 26 splits off of 15. The exact location is where the State Farm building is located today. I haven't been able to track down another buckle like it anywhere in my books. I have a strong feeling this buckle belonged to someone in the 76th New York Infantry Regiment. Based on where the plate was found I would think it would have been lost during the Maryland 1862 Campaign or during the fallback from Gettysburg. The 76th New York was in this area during both time frames. A little more research needs to be done. The left side of the belt keeper is bent forwards and needs to be straightened. The tongue area is nice with some verdigris. There is a slight shovel scrape across the face touching on the tops of both numbers and the top edge. These oddball plates are fun to research and I would bet it would be easy to track this to the 76th N.Y.I.R.

Measures: Tongue 42mm Belt Keeper 68.25mm

Recovered: North of Frederick Maryland off of Route 26 near the State Farm building.

Price: $995.00 On Sale $795.00

Z1631     Federal Regulation 1839 Pattern Waist Belt Plate

Description: Here is an excavated US waist belt plate that was obviously recovered in the water and possibly on shipwreck. This one is missing the stamped brass front and the attachment hooks on the back are long gone. This one is similar to those recovered from the Suwanee/Governor wreck.

Recovered: Unknown

Price: $65.00

Z1624     Federal Regulation 1839 Pattern US Cartridge Box Plate

Description: Nice plate with a pleasing patina on the face. Both iron loops are attached and nearly all of the lead solder remains.

Backmark: None

Measures: 56 mm x 88 mm

Recovered: Fredericksburg, Virginia

Price: $195.00

Z1623     Eagle Breastplate, Regulation 1826 Pattern

Description: Nice excavated eagle breastplate. This one still has the two iron loops on the back. Nearly all of the lead solder remains. There are two minor issues around the edge of the plate.

Backmark: None

Measures: 65 mm

Recovered: Fredericksburg, Virginia

Price: $165.00

Z1622     Federal Regulation 1839 Pattern Waist Belt Plate (Arrow Hooks)

Description: Here is an excavated waist belt plate with all of the attachment hooks intact. There are two small freeze cracks to the face of the plate. The left edge of the plate has some lead loss and rim damage.

Backmark: None

Measures: 58 mm x 88 mm

Recovered: Catlett, Virginia

Price: $165.00

Z1621     Federal Regulation 1839 Pattern US Cartridge Box Plate

Description: Nice excavated cartridge box plate with both iron loops intact. This one has Bill Gavin's tag on the back. There is one period cut to the lead on the back. The tag reads, "Fussell's Mill, VA. Aug '64 Aug '55.

Backmark: None

Measures: 56 mm x 88 mm

Recovered: Fussell's Mill, Virginia August 1955 by Bill Gavin

Price: $250.00

Z1456     Federal Model 1874 Belt with a Hagner 1972 Pattern New Jersey National Guard Buckle

Description: Here is a nice M74 belt with a heavily gilted New Jersey Hagner buckle. The buckle may not have been original to this belt but fits nicely. The leather is still soft and pliable with some crazing. There are two parts on the buckle where there appears to have been an attachment at one time. I'm not sure if they were meant for a hanger strap or shoulder strap. Near the adjustor hook, there is a light maker's mark that I can't quite make out. The initials "R.D.W." are written on the inside of the rig. This set would make a nice addition to any late 1800's Indian War or Spanish American War collection.

Measures: 46" without buckle

Recovered: Surplus Stocks

Price: $195.00

Z1440     Federal Regulation 1839 Pattern Waist Belt Plate (Arrow Hooks / Maker Marked)

Description: Here is another maker marked US waist belt plate. This one has a deep "T.J.SHEPARD" marking and a very light "BOYD & SONS" marking with only a few visible letters. This mid to late war plate has a dark patina with some verdigris highlights. The plate retains it's original shape and curvature. The hook assembly is made out of brass and is of the arrow hook variety. The back retains nearly all of the lead solder with a few small pitted areas. There is one small dot on the "U" where there is a ding.

Backmark: "BOYD & SONS/BOSTON" and "T.J.SHEPARD"

Measures: 56mm x 86mm

Recovered: Petersburg, Virginia

Reference: O'Donnell & Campbell Pg. 309

Price: $295.00

Z1439     Federal Regulation 1851 Pattern Waist Belt Plate

Description: Here is an excellent early war enlisted sword belt plate. This one still retains it's original curvature with a slight wavy. The patina is a flawless chocolate brown. The motif and tongue are integral to the buckle. This one still has the remains of the nickel-silver wreath. This variant is scarce because the wreath is positioned beneath the eagle's wing tips. O'Donnell states that this design was adopted in the fall of 1861. You can still see some of the gilt below the eagles feet where the wreath would have been.

Measures: 52mm x 86mm

Recovered: Unknown

Reference: O'Donnell & Campbell Pg. 375

Price: $350.00 Sale $325.00

Z1438     Federal Regulation 1839 Pattern Waist Belt Plate with Leather Patch

Description: Here is a very nice excavated waist belt plate with the original leather patch on the back. The leather patches were originally intended to keep the lead from wearing off on the buff belts. This one still retains it's original shape and curve. The face exhibits an even brown tone with some lighter highlights. The back retains nearly all of the lead solder with some small freeze cracks here and there. The stud assembly is made out of brass.

Measures: 57mm x 88mm

Recovered: Unknown

Price: $325.00

Z1437     Colonel William Dalton Mann's Patented Infantry Waist Belt Plate (December 8, 1863)

Description: Here is an excellent buckle that is difficult to find. These show up in late war sites and saw limited use. This group includes the buckle and one chape. Two identical chapes would have been affixed to the belt rig in a vertical position. The top "D" ring was used to attach the Mann's patented Infantry cartridge box. The bottom "D" ring was used to attach the lower knapsack straps. The chapes are considerably longer and were riveted to the waist belt in the center. The chape measures approximately 89mm x 33mm.

Measures: 34mm x 54mm

Recovered: Petersburg, Virginia

Reference: O'Donnell & Campbell Pg. 541

Price: $295.00 Sale $270.00

Z1405     Volunteer Maine Militia (VMM) Cartridge Box Plate

Description: Very nice excavated plate with a great patina. This one has nearly all of the lead solder intact and still has one attachment loop on the back.

Measures: 57 mm x 88 mm

Recovered: Remington, Virginia

Price: $895.00

Z1318     Federal Regulation 1839 Pattern Cartridge Box Plate (Rare Brass Looped Variant)

Description: Here is one that you just don't see every day. They are rare to dig and even rarer to find in non excavated condition. This is the version with the rare large brass attachment loops. This one has a beautiful face, and the back retains all of the solder. Both large brass loops are still intact and slightly bent towards the center of the plate. There are small scratches on both loops where someone tested the loops to see if they were iron. I have sold a lot of rare maker marked plates, and I can tell you, this is a rare variant!

Backmark: None

Measures: 57mm x 89mm

Recovered: Non Excavated

Reference: O'Donnell & Campbell Plate 490

Price: $325.00

Z1287     Federal 1851 Pattern Waist Belt Plate

Description: Here is a nice Federal waist belt plate that dug many years ago. This plate was cleaned at one time but now has a soft patina coming back. This plate is cast brass and had an applied nickel-silver wreath applied which is now missing. This is quite common on dug examples. This one retains it's original curve and is missing the keeper.

Measures: 56 mm x 83 mm

Recovered: Unknown

Price: $225.00

Z1285     Eagle Breastplate, Regulation 1826 Pattern

Description: Here is another nice breastplate with a pleasing patina. The back still retains nearly all of the lead solder and a partial iron loop.

Measures: 66 mm

Recovered: Unknown

Price: $115.00

Z1284     Eagle Breastplate, Regulation 1826 Pattern

Description: Here is non dug breastplate pattern that was commonly stamped by Boyd & Sons of Boston or T.J. Shepard. Unfortunately, this one isn't stamped by either and is missing both iron attachment loops. It appears this piece. There are two areas on the outer rim that have damage.

Measures: 63 mm

Recovered: Non Excavated

Price: $110.00

Z1252     Federal 1851 Pattern Waist Belt Plate

Description: Here is an excavated waist belt plate that features a fully cast eagle and wreath. This one is missing the tongue and keeper bar and is probably why it was discarded. The body of the plate is a little wavy but still retains a dug/uncleaned patina.

Measures: 49.5mm x 78mm

Recovered: Approximately 5 Miles South of Hagerstown, Maryland. Pennington Farm

Price: $145.00

Z1232     Federal 1839 Pattern Waist Belt Plate (Stud Hooks)

Description: Here is another dug buckle from Virginia. This one has a nice face and the studs and attachment hook are present. There is some very light lead lass in some areas.

Measures: 54mm x 85mm

Recovered: Old Union Road in Charles City County Virginia by Mark Stephens

Price: $325.00

Z1224     Federal 1839 Pattern Waist Belt Plate (Arrow Hooks)

Description: Here is a nice excavated US buckle. This one has a nice face and all of the attachment hooks are present on the back. This plate still retains a slight natural curve and the majority of the lead solder. There is a tad of rim damage/lead loss at the 2 O'clock position.

Measures: 58mm x 88mm

Recovered: Culpeper, Virginia

Price: $185.00

Z1222     Federal 1839 Pattern Waist Belt Plate (Stud Hooks)

Description: Here is a nice early buckle from the Antietam area. This one has a nice face and retains nearly all of the lead solder. This plate was once part of a large collection of relics dug from Washington County and Frederick County Maryland. This plate is intact but slightly wavy.

Measures: 55mm x 86mm

Recovered: Wheeler Rd. Between Keedysville, MD. and Boonsboro Md. 11/18/1990

Price: $295.00

Z1201     Regulation 1841 Carbine Sling Buckle

Description: Here is a carbine sling buckle that appears to have been dug in a sandy area or perhaps a fire pit. Fortunately, this one isn't bent too far out of shape like most examples. There is still one full flipper and part of another. Neither of them are movable.

Measures: 51mm x 81mm

Recovered: Chancellorsville, Virginia

Price: $65.00

Z1198     Eagle Breastplate, Regulation 1826 Pattern

Description: Here is another excavated eagle breastplate with both of the iron loops. This one has some small holes on the face around the neck and wing. The back retains nearly all of the solder except in one small area. The plate is flat and displays quite well. Both of the iron loops are intact but one is weaker than the other.

Measures: 65mm

Recovered: Chancellorsville, Virginia

Price: $135.00

Z1194     Federal 1839 Pattern Cartridge Box Plate

Description: Here is a very nice excavated cartridge box plate. This one has a nice face and is flat as a pancake. Both of the iron loops are present on the back and one is slightly bent over. The back retains nearly all of the lead solder. The face has a nice patina but there are a few shiny spots on the face.

Measures: 58mm x 88mm

Recovered: Central Virginia

Price: $175.00

Z1167     Eagle Breastplate, Regulation 1826 Pattern

Description: Here is a nice excavated eagle breastplate. This one has a very nice dark brown patina on the face. The back retains nearly all of the lead solder and both hooks. There are a few small rust burrs around one of the hooks. Plates like these are hard to dig today!

Measures: 63mm

Recovered: Unknown

Price: $195.00

Z1151     Eagle Breastplate, Regulation 1826 Pattern

Description: Here is a very nice breastplate with both of the iron loops intact. This one retains nearly all of the lead solder and the face has great detail. There is a very slight bump to the edge. There are no cracks or rust burrs on the face. This would make a great addition to any plate collection!

Backmark: None

Measures: 65mm

Recovered: Unknown

Price: $195.00

Z1147     Excavated Federal 1839 Pattern Waist Belt Plate (Arrow Hooks)

Description: Here is a nice buckle excavated in the Shenandoah Valley. This one is still dirty and could be cleaned up a little more. Both of the arrow hooks and tongue are attached on the back. There is some lead solder loss around the curled edges.

Backmark: NONE

Measures: 58mm x 90mm

Recovered: Kernstown, Va.

Price: $150.00

Z1143     Eagle Breastplate, Regulation 1826 Pattern

Description: Here is a nice excavated eagle breastplate. This one is perfectly flat. The back retains 99.9% of the lead solder and both hooks are intact. The hooks have rusted through the lead but are extremely sturdy. The face has very nice detail and the patina is a dark brown.

Backmark: NONE

Measures: 64mm

Recovered: Tennessee July 1994

Price: $175.00

Z1139     Excavated Federal 1839 Pattern Waist Belt Plate (Arrow Hooks)

Description: Very nice excavated US buckle. This one has the mid to late war arrow hooks on the back. The lead solder is almost fully intact. The face of the plate has a dirty patina with a few small freeze cracks. The plate is a little wavy around the edges but is rather flat. The back of the plate does have some period carving on it. This would make a great addition to any buckle collection.

Backmark: NONE

Measures: 58mm x 90mm

Recovered: Unknown

Price: $185.00

Z1135     Excavated Federal 1839 Pattern Waist Belt Plate (Arrow Hooks)

Description: Very nice excavated US buckle. This one has the mid to late war arrow hooks on the back. The lead solder is almost fully intact. The face of the plate has a pleasing dark patina. The plate is a little wavy around the edges but is rather flat. This would make a great addition to any buckle collection!

Backmark: None

Measures: 58mm x 92mm

Recovered: Unknown

Price: $195.00

Z1103     Federal Regulation 1839 Pattern US Waist Belt Plate (W.H. Smith Brooklyn)

Description: Nice excavated US buckle with a dark patina. This one is maker marked and still has some leather on the back.

Backmark: W.H. Smith / Brooklyn

Measures: 54mm x 86mm

Recovered: Unknown

Price: $395.00

Z981     New York Militia Waist Belt Plate

Description: Here is a very nice early New York panel waist belt plate. It was recovered at an unknown site in Connecticut many years ago by a local relic hunter. This one was cleaned but the patina is very nice! The tongue and attachment bar are still in place. The iron keepers have rusted off which is common on dug examples. This plate still has a little bit of gilt peaking through on the front. This plate is relatively flat but does show a little tweaks due to use. This was recovered by a digger in the Connecticut area many years ago and is fresh to the market.

Measures: 53mm x 78mm

Reference: American Military Belt Plates by O'Donnell Page 252 Plate#397

Recovered: Connecticut

Price: $395.00 

Z929     Eagle Breastplate, Regulation 1826 Pattern

Description: Here is another excavated eagle breastplate. This one has a slight forward curve to the face. There is some rim loss to the front and the back has a small chunk of the lead solder missing. The iron attachment loops are missing as is common on dug examples.

Measures: 65mm

Recovered: Fairfax County Virginia Collection

Price: $65.00

Z928     Eagle Breastplate, Regulation 1826 Pattern

Description: Here is another eagle breastplate. This one has some issues around the edge. A decent portion of the lead solder is still intact and the iron loops have rusted away. This one is maker marked on the back.

Backmark: BOYD & SONS / BOSTON

Measures: 65mm

Recovered: Fairfax County Virginia Collection

Price: $90.00

Z926     Eagle Breastplate, Regulation 1826 Pattern

Description: Here is another excavated eagle breastplate. This one has a slight curve but displays nicely. Most of the lead solder on the back is still present and the iron attachment loops have rusted away. There is some rim damage on this example almost the entire way around.

Measures: 65mm

Recovered: Fairfax County Virginia Collection

Price: $65.00

Z871     Federal Eagle Breastplate, Regulation 1826 Pattern

Description: Here is a nice excavated eagle breastplate. This one is missing the hooks but does have most of the lead solder on the back. It is curved quite a bit but could clean up a little nicer.

Recovered: Fairfax County Virginia Collection

Price: $65.00

Z870     Federal Eagle Breastplate, Regulation 1826 Pattern

Description: Here is a rough eagle breastplate. This is another out of the Fairfax, Virginia area. This one has  pleasing patina that could clean up more. Unfortunately, the hooks are missing and there is some rim loss around the edges.

Recovered: Fairfax County Virginia collection.

Price: $65.00

Z824     Regulation 1826 Pattern Eagle Breastplate

Description: Here is a very nice eagle breastplate from the Fairfax County area. This one is still dirty and could be cleaned a little more. The plate is flat and both iron attachment loops are still present on the back. Most of the lead solder still remains but is a little flaky.

Measures: 64mm

Recovered: Fairfax, Virginia Collection

Price: $165.00

Z733     Confederate Cast Brass Wreath for Two Piece Buckle

Description: Here is a well worn wreath for a two piece buckle. When this was dug, it was in three pieces and the digger tried to glue it together at one time. The outside rim measures approximately 43mm in width. The inside dimensions measure approximately 31mm x 17mm. This was recovered with a lot of other relics in the Chambersburg, Pa. area that was used as a retreat route after the battle of Gettysburg.

Recovered: Gettysburg Retreat Route, Chambersburg, Pa. area

Price: $275.00

Z235     US 1839 Pattern Cartridge Box Plate

Description: Very nice excavated cartridge box plate. The front of this plate has a dark brown patina with a few dull spots. The back of the plate retains nearly 100% of its lead solder. Both hooks are strong and still present. This plate was excavated long ago and is as flat as a pancake.

Measures: 55mm x 86mm

Recovered: Unknown

Reference: O'Donnell & Campbell, plate 505 (boxplate)

Price: $225.00

 

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