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

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Item Code: 1184-122

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This is an excellent excavated example of a classic and distinctive Confederate buckle. 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 perhaps the closest the Confederacy came to a counterpart to the oval U.S. as a general service belt buckle.

This is complete, with no bends, breaks or repairs. Tongue and both prongs are in place and not bent. The side bars of the frame and central bar are even and smooth, the maker taking some care to finish the piece. The face shows largely as light brown with some darker brown areas, but all smooth metal. The reverse is somewhat the opposite, with more darker brown showing than light.

This was recovered in Orange Virginia and is a nice looking example of a distinctive and classic “Johnny Reb” buckle that is an essential piece in any CS buckle collection. See especially Keim’s Confederate General Service Accoutrement Plates for examples and variations of this widely used buckle.   [sr] [ph:m]

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