CONFEDERATE “EGG-SHAPED” OVAL CS BELT PLATE

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Item Code: 766-1597

It was a not very well-kept secret among collectors in the 1970s and 1980s that the best place to find Confederate material was New England, where it was brought home as a souvenir and ended up in one of those fabled New England attics instead of being used as necessity demanded and then discarded. This classic oval CS “eggshell” buckle is a good example of that adage, having been recovered in Concord, New Hampshire, where it was obviously taken home by a Union soldier as a war souvenir. It obviously spent some time in or on the ground, either before it was picked up or after it was no longer a prized memento, but it has no dings or damage to the edges and has a nice light green patina with distinct rim and raised “CS.”

There are several types of oval CS buckle made in imitation of the U.S. 1839 pattern. All are scarce. This style, with more elongated ends, is usually associated with the western theatre and Army of the Tennessee, and has the wire hooks simply soldered in place. The wire hooks are gone on this one, but it shows the lead-filled back of those tied to the Army of Northern Virginia and more likely came from an eastern battlefield in the hands of a New Hampshire soldier or veteran. This is an excellent example of a scarce plate that displays very well and would add to a Confederate collection. [sr] [ph:L]

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