EXCAVATED CONFEDERATE STATES CIVIL WAR “GUTTER-BACK” FRAME BUCKLE” RECOVERED BY BILL GAVIN

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Item Code: 575-13

This original, Confederate waist buckle is a good dug specimen of a brass, rectangular ‘gutter-back frame’ buckle recovered from a CS camp site near Hamilton’s Crossing in Fredericksburg, VA. Once part of the renowned ‘Bill Gavin’ collection, he recovered this buckle on January 25, 1959 on the scene of Union General Meade’s attack against CS General Gregg’s brigade at Fredericksburg.

Constructed in the sand-cast mold process, this desirable, dual fixed tongue accouterment with a distinct ‘deep grooved’ surface frame is in good, dug condition but exhibits only one of the fixed tongues and a center bar that is slightly offset. Tongue was forcibly broken off and took with it a section of the frame that is missing. Artifact is in good shape with a smooth hard finish to the face and back. With no moving parts to contend with, these sturdy plates could and did absorb the rigors of hard field use. This buckle measures approximately 57 x 65 mm. No maker’s mark visible.

Buckle comes with a small modern paper, handwritten note from Bill Gavin that gives the battlefield location, date and subsequent values.

This Confederate issue ‘fixed tongue frame buckle’ with the ‘gutter back’ frame is the second most common style of buckle after the standard CS frame buckle. Found at the famous battlefield of Fredericksburg, it would enhance any Confederate collection or American military belt plate display.

This item is from the collection of the late William G. "Bill" Gavin (1924 - 2010), who was one of the nation's most prominent and esteemed Civil War relic collectors. Following graduation from West Point [Class of 1946], Gavin became a pioneer in applying WWII mine-detector technology to relic hunting. Along the way, he became an avid historian whose collection, with its origins dating back to the 1930's, was enhanced by his acute knowledge of battlefield troop movements. His service to his country included six years in the U.S. Army, followed by a seven year period in which he was a member of the U.S. Army (Ready) Reserve. Mr. Gavin shared his Civil War knowledge via the publication of four books and several magazine articles. In 1963 he authored one of the earliest books on relic buckles (Accoutrement Plates North and South, 1861-65), and in the 1970s established the Rectory Museum in Harper's Ferry, while becoming owner of The Cliffside Inn. He was also the owner of Happy Retreat, the 18th century home of Charles Washington, youngest brother of George Washington, located in Charles Town, WV.  [jet] [ph:L]

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