CLASSIC CONFEDERATE FORKED-TONGUE, “WISH-BONE,” BELT BUCKLE

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Item Code: 1126-20

This distinctive Confederate waistbelt buckle was widely produced during the war, in several sizes and with minor variations in construction. It is frequently seen in armed images of Confederate soldiers and, along with fixed tongue buckles, is a basic piece in a CS collection. The tongue is in place and complete with both prongs.   The brass has a nice mellow color with darker, age areas. There are no breaks or repairs. There is a slight wave to the border above and below the fork, and curving to the prongs, which is a nice sign of field use and the pull of the belt as worn. As is typical, the surface of the plate was finished to a degree, but there was no intention of removing every sign of the casting. The reverse has a faint collector’s inventory number in white and the remains of some tape with a find location in red.

This is a nice looking example of a distinctive and classic “Johnny Reb” buckle. See especially Keim’s Confederate General Service Accoutrement Plates for examples and variations of this widely used buckle.  [SR][PH:L]

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