TWO PIECE CONFEDERATE CS BUCKLE

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Item Code: M26552

This is a scarce, non-excavated example of the classic Confederate “Two-piece CS” plate of a pattern associated with the Army of Northern Virginia. These plates were patterned after the US 1836 pattern plates and were widely produced in the south using simple sand molds for casting, and are usually associated with sword belts, officers or enlisted.

The rectangular belt loops are plain. The bar meets the central disk with a step down, rather than extending fully across its back. The plate as a whole is well finished. The details of the wreath are indistinct, as is often the case sand-cast plates, but the edges of the plate and belt loops have been both filed and polished to remove most of the file marks, perhaps making it more likely from an officer’s belt.

In any case, the lettering on the central disk is distinctive. Like the wreath, the letters are not sharp in detail, but they do have a distinct, curved upper serif on the “C,” showing a straight, vertical forward edge combined with a noticeable inward curl. This is a trait characteristic of two-piece CS buckles with Army of Northern Virginia associations. We know of one excavated at Malvern Hill by Gary Williams, and another in the Maryland-Steuart Collection at the Virginia Historical Society.

Most CS two-piece buckles are excavated. This is a nice example of one worn home by a Confederate veteran or brought north by a Yankee souvenir hunter. The plate has no damage and the belt loops are not twisted or bowed. It would be a nice addition to a display of non-excavated Confederate gear or a good comparison piece for a dug example. The overall length is 80 mm. The belt loops are 45 mm tall. The wreath height is 48 mm.  [sr]  [ph:L]

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