CONFEDERATE ENLISTED MAN’S FRAME BUCKLE FROM CHICKAMAUGA

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Item Code: 490-5788

Chickamauga, fought in September 1863, was the bloodiest battle fought in the west, and a significant Confederate victory that destroyed a few Union reputations, like that of Rosecrans, and made a few, like that of George H. Thomas. This is a classic Confederate buckle from that battle. These brass frame, fixed-tongue buckles come in a variety of sizes and slight variations making them a distinct category for collectors of Confederate field gear and belt plates. They were strong, light, simple to make, widely produced, and saw service in every theatre of the war.

The buckle is well made, cast and finished with the frame, teeth and center bar flat on the face and the bar and teeth raised on the reverse, the teeth having long points and rounded on the back near the edge of the frame. The center bar has a rounded raised spine extending onto the frame and tapering at its outer edge. The face and edges of the plate were well finished, with smooth surfaces and sharp inner and outer corners. The reverse of the prongs and center bar were also smoothed off, though the side bar flats show some of the rougher signs of sand casting. We see just a little roughness to the edges of the teeth from the casting, a very, very slight wave to the center bar, and one spot on an inner edge of the frame where the finisher’s file slipped slightly. There are no cracks or breaks and the color is a pleasant olive green mixed with a little brown and gray, more on the back than the front.

If you want a classic Confederate soldier’s belt buckle with an historically important find location this would be a good candidate.  [sr][ph:L]

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