VERY SCARCE MARKED MCELROY & HUNT MARKED CS BUCKLE

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Item Code: 766-1525

Very scarce maker marked Confederate fixed-tongue frame buckle. This was a classic Confederate buckle, easy to make in sand moulds, sturdy, widely produced, and used in every theatre of the war. If there is a Confederate counterpart to the oval US plate as the most common belt buckle this is probably the type. McElroy and Hunt were the exception to the rule in marking their products. This shows their characteristic mark “MCELROY & HUNT” on the top bar of the flat reverse and “MACON, GA” on the lower bar. The face shows correct bevelled edges to the frame and teeth.

This has a nice surface and even gray-green patina with good definition to the lettering. It does have one fault that is not readily evident: when found there was break to one side bar just at the level of the points of the teeth, and on the other side at the join of the crossbar. This was repaired by one of the most skilled conservators in the business and would pass most examinations readily. We offer it as a good example of a very rare buckle at an affordable price.  [sr]  [ph:m]

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