CONFEDERATE IMPORT ENGLISH SNAKE BUCKLE, RECOVERED FROM 2ND MANASSAS

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Item Code: 490-5861

Brass “snake buckle” for waist belts. This excavated example of the English-import snake buckle was typically used by Confederates during the Civil War. This particular specimen is complete and solid and has a uniform dark patina. The two belt loops retain their original shape with very little “pulling”. The snake-hook portion is the type that is unadorned with a central flower.

A very nice buckle originally from the collection of the late Robert Jones, of Hanover, PA.

The shortage of domestically manufactured accoutrements forced the Confederacy to turn to Great Britain as a source. Confederate belts and leathers were purchased through companies such as S. Isaac, Campbell & Company generally conforming to British-Army regulation gear for the Enfield Rifle.

This item is wired to a card with Mr. Jones’ notes. It was dug in 1954 at the site of the Confederate line near the Dogan House at the 2nd Manassas, Virginia Battlefield.

Buckle is in great relic condition, with nice, very dark patina. [jet][ph:L]

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