BURNT CONFEDERATE TWO-PIECE BELT PLATE FROM ANTIETAM – BILL GAVIN COLLECTION

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Item Code: 33-488

An excavated Confederate officer’s belt buckle. Cast brass buckle created in two pieces; a tongue and a wreath.  The "CS" at center on tongue stands out well.  Recovered from a fire pit at Antietam and is partially melted. Mixed patina; some a charred green and some areas of yellow brass. More than half of both belt loops (being the thinnest portion) has melted away. Approximately 1/4 of the wreath portion has also melted away. The two pieces do still fit together well. Recovered from Antietam, Maryland and has an old piece of cloth tape on back with “Antietam”. From the Bill Gavin collection.  Originally sold as item# 601-376.  [jet]

This item is from the collection of, and was recovered by, the late William G. "Bill" Gavin (1924 - 2010) who was one of the nation's most prominent and esteemed Civil War relic collectors. Following graduation from West Point [Class of 1946], Gavin became a pioneer in applying WWII mine-detector technology to relic hunting. Along the way, he became an avid historian whose collection, with its origins dating back to the 1930's, was enhanced by his acute knowledge of battlefield troop movements. His service to his country included six years in the U.S. Army, followed by a seven year period in which he was a member of the U.S. Army (Ready) Reserve.

Mr. Gavin shared his Civil War knowledge via the publication of four books and several magazine articles. In 1963 he authored one of the earliest books on relic buckles (Accoutrement Plates North and South, 1861-65), and in the 1970s established the Rectory Museum in Harper's Ferry, while becoming owner of The Cliffside Inn. He was also the owner of Happy Retreat, the 18th century home of Charles Washington, youngest brother of George Washington, located in Charles Town, WV. The Horse Soldier joins the national Civil War community in mourning Bill Gavin's passing, and is proud to be able to offer items from his exceptional collection.

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