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Rare Flawed Casting Confederate Two Piece CS Sword Buckle / Belt Rig On its Original Leather w Hanger Straps and Parking Hook

Shown in 1st Edition of Mullinax Book – Plate 051 - It is rare to find a significantly flawed cast​ belt buckle and one that has a high rarity rating per Mullinax assessment. Once owned by famous collector and gun expert Norm Flayderman. Mr. Flayderman often put five point star on his artifacts. The confederate buckle maker sought quantity over quality with the buckle subsequently assembled into a leather belt with bullet stitching used. This reflects the strong need for soldier equipment by the Confederacy. The brass parking hook and shoulder loop also show casting cavities / flaws.

Mullinax Belt Plate Rarity 9 – Large CS Coin Type Disc – Associated w Army of Tenn - "Tongue is same style as previous specimen" (Plate 050 - See page image below from Mullinax Book).

Strong overall leather in pliable condition with no flaking, including the two hanger straps with no problems.

This belt was probably used by a Confederate cavalry soldier  A rare and very unique sword belt rig for number of reasons.  Price $12,500

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Civil War Osnaburg Woven Haversack w Original Internal Rice Bag and a Soldier Repair 

A very nice soldier Mass. Militia issued canvas haversack with a hand sewn repair patch ~3" x 4" on the reverse - the hole was probably worn into the sack while carried over the shoulder and rubbing on the soldier's waist. With the closed flap, the sack measures 10 1/8" tall x 11" across bottom. There are usage stains on the bag, both front and back. The two flap buttons are bone and there are two inner smaller bone buttons used to attach a second bag or pouch, sometimes call a "rice bag". That rice bag is present A few small sections have frayed material on the bag edges and strap, but overall the sack is sound. There are no gussets. A great example of a soldier haversack. Price $950  Now $750   NOTE: Haversack comes with a Civil War soldier tin plate, fork & knife, a clay pipe, small tin cup with handle and pair of spectacles with case. 


Rice Bag shown left.


Note: The haversack shown on the right is identical to the one being offered and is stencil marked to a MASS regiment - sold for over $2000. 

Federal Haversack shown on the left is from Sylvia/O'Donnells' Book "Illust. History of Am. Civil War Relics"  

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Soldier repair shown above

Civil War Cavalry Cross Sabers Hat Insignia w Regimental Number "8" and Company Letter "D" Price $350 ON-HOLD  


Beautiful Dug Arrows Union US Belt Buckle w Green Patina   A dug US waist belt plate from the area around Fayetteville NC lost by a Union soldier as Gen. Sherman's Army marched through NC in 1865.  Great green patina.  Additional recent information from a knowledgeable source suggests this buckle came from a dug grave based on the shadow of burlap wrap weave marks on the surface of the buckle and the lost of lead filler on the back due body fluids over time. Bodies were often wrapped in burlap cloth.  Price $350


Near Mint Condition British Gun Maker Robert Adams 56 Bore (44 Caliber) Double Cavity "Tailed" Brass Bullet Mold - Conical & Ball Style  Very Scarce  Price $695 now $625

R. Adams was a 19th-century British gunsmith who patented the first successful double-action revolver. Adams worked for the London arms manufacturers George & John Deane. On August 22, 1851, he was granted a British patent for a new revolver design.

His molds were often used with cased British made revolvers such as Adams, Tranter, Kerr, Deane/Adams/Deane and Beaumont Adams - many of which were imported to the USA, more particularly to southern states pre and early Civil War. The mold is marked "56" with an oval stamp "REGISTERED - 28 NOV 1851 - R. ADAMS". The mold sprue has original bluing and is overall blemish free. Adams produced his self-cocking or “double action” revolvers in a wide array of calibers, but by early 1853, the standard calibers were 38 bore (.50 caliber), 54 bore (.442 caliber), 56 bore (.436 caliber), 80 bore (.38 caliber) and 120 Bore (.31 caliber).

Some early British revolvers had no loading lever but the gun could be loaded with "wadded" ball. These were both round and conical balls, with a short small diameter pointed tang or tail cast with the base. In use, a lubricated felt wad was pushed onto the tang and protruding portion clinched over, securing the wad. Tailed bullets have been found at Civil War sites but are quite scarce.

This is a very fine mold in "unused" condition - a great addition to any military collection.


Above - Example of Adams Tailed Mold 54 Bore from The English Connection

Right - Examples of rounds cast from mold being offered

Right Bottom - Information on Tailed Rounds and their scarcity

Bottom - Examples #517 & #518 of dug, tailed conical and round type revolver bullets


Bullet mold includes 1850's Tranter Lubricating Bullets Tin - Japanned w label below

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Very Fine Gardner Confederate Dark Cherry Wood Canteen w Original Spout, Sling & Carved Letter "J" For Regimental Company or Owner - Soldier Repair Made to Sling 

Canteen is rock solid with no wood gaps as often seen on face or rim, minimal usage marks and strong bands and sling loops. This is beautiful rich colored canteen with its original sling (not often found with canteens) and has a sling repair made by its owner. Canteen has an attached old ink marked collector or museum inventory tag "166".  Mouth piece is solidly attached and original to the canteen. One of the best examples.  Price $4800  Now $4500 


Letter "J" carved on canteen face above - old inventory tag attached on sling loop right


Non-Dug US Federal Cartridge Box Plate w Original Loops  -  Nice plate for a box that needs a US Plate  Price $280  Comes in Riker Case


Three (3) Excavated Confederate Snake Buckles From John E. Turner Collection - Author of New Book "Snake Buckles" Published in 2020


The double duck head buckles come from the Turner collection - Mr. turner passed in 2021. Each buckle comes in a Riker case. Two of the buckles are heavy duty type and in excellent condition with very good casting detail of the duck creatures.


The large gold gilded brass buckle is 3 1/2" long with 2 1/4" wide hasps and has detailed belly band. Price $425 SOLD

The other large brass buckle has great head feathers detail on each duck head as well as defined leaves at the belly band. It is 3" long with 2 1/4" wide hasps.  Price $425 SOLD

The small duck head buckle has very unique belly band and raised bumps or scales along the body. It is 2 1/2"  long with 1 3/4" wide hasps.  Price $400 SOLD



The buckles were found in either Virginia or Tennessee and are in very fine condition with no problems. Each one has its own age coloration from ground action over time.


Crudely Cast Georgia Confederate State Seal 2 Piece Waist Belt Plate  - Locally Cast 


This buckle comes as a consignment from a NC collector who has previously done historical research for Cowans Auction for a number of years. This buckle came from the collection of Russell Morgan and was found in the Gettysburg area. 

Per both Mullinax and Kerksis books on buckles & plates, this variety of a Georgia belt plate was made in some sizeable numbers on a local - in state basis from higher quality/better detail real buckle examples to prepare a sand molds.

The dimensions of this buckle are:   hasp height: 46/47 mm x 83 mm overall length

Mullinax two examples: 46 mm x 86 mm and 47 mm x 79 mm  

Kerksis example: 51 mm x 84 mm

This very scarce buckle is on the heavy side with nice age patina showing high copper content.  Comes in a Riker case.        Price: $5900

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Excavated Georgia State Seal Oval Cartridge Box Plate

Found in 1975 along the Ogeechee River Near the Large Confederate Earthen Fort McAllister       SOLD

On July 7 1861 Company A - 1st Georgia Infantry ("DeKalb Rifles") was detached and ordered to build a fort with available materials south east of Savannah to protect the city from naval / land assault. In addition to the DeKalb Rifles, a cavalry unit, known as the Hardwicke Mounted Rifles, protected the fort. The Hardwicke Mounted Rifles were under the command of Capt. Joseph McAllister after whom the fort is named in his honor because he owned the land.

Union attacks on the fort occurred on July 1 & 29 1862 along the Ogeechee River on which the fort was built.

After the encounter of July 29, the fort was reinforced by members of the elite Savannah Republican Blues and Martin's Light Battery. In September, the DeKalb Rifles were ordered to withdraw, a movement they completed in October.

They were replaced by the Emmett Rifles, 2nd Co B 1st Georgia Regulars.

A number of battles with Union gunboats took place on November 19 1862 and January 27, February 1 & 28, and March 3 1863. The fort was finally captured on December  13 1864 and with its capture ended Sherman’s march to the sea. A total of 9 battles took place with Union forces at Fort McAllister over 3 plus years.

The GA cartridge box plate was probably lost by a soldier of the Republican Blues or the Emmett Rifles. These Georgia State Seal box and belt plates were generally made prewar by Gaylord.

The number of existing GA State Seal cartridge box plates is probably lower than the equivalent belt buckles based a statement from Bill Gavin’s 1963 Book  “Accoutrements Plates / North and South 1861-1865 based on his statements: At least three specimens of the oval state seal box plate which were converted into belt plates have been noted, all in a uniform manner leading to the conclusion that this was a systematic alteration.

From the book “Confederate Odyssey” Geo. Wray Civil War Collection it is stated in 1861 state authorities ordered cartridge box plates to be altered into belt plates using a three copper wire soldered belt hooks. 

A very nice box plate example with its loops from Georgia.       Price $4800   SOLD

Note: I recently attended the 2022 Marietta GA Civil War Show where I met the man, Paul Chance, of the Savannah GA area who found this box plate in 1975 when he was 14 years old. He and a friend were wading in the river edge close to the Confederate fort in knee high water digging out spent bullets when his foot felt a sharp object and he pulled it out and it was this GA box plate. This plate is shown in the 1987 Book by Charles S. Harris "Civil War Relics from the Western Campaign" - See book photo reference below. 


Great Example of Confederate Drum Type Tin Canteen w Original Sling and Cork Stopper

A wonderful original tin drum canteen with original cotton strap and its roller buckle for sling length adjustments by the soldier as well its cork stopper. This is the classic style of a tin drum canteen seen in many war Civil War images. Complete with its original tin spout, attached cork and all three sling keepers present. The soldier tied a string to the cork and a sling loop so it would not easily get lost. The end of the sling show a hole or two when the hand forged roller buckle was being used to adjust the overall length but presently the sling is tied into a knot. The roller buckle is composed of a rolled tin piece as the roller and a bent over square head nail on a frame as the tongue (see close up photos).


The canteen seams are solid and tight as well as the sling loops and mouth piece. Measures 6 5/8” in circumference by 1 13/16” wide. The total body is solid with no deterioration / holes. One very minor dent and a few minor light scratches from age and use. Metal surfaces have a nice aged patina and the metal side wall shows the shadow outline of the cotton strap over time as it interacted with the metal. A great addition to any collection. Price $2800  NOW $2500  ON-HOLD

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Dug US Breast Plate Found at Mayre's Heights in Fredericksburg 

 Fine​ Breast plate with loops amd Dealer provememce letter. Comes in Riker Case.  Price $275

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Civil War Confederate Rifleman "R" Button NON-DUG Price $575

Button is Albert #CS-201-A HT&B MANCHESTER. The patina and surface indicate it was probably on a coat at one time. Nice addition to any Civil War collection. No problems. Stippled variety - comes in a Riker case. 


Albert #CS-201-A HT&B MANCHESTER Backmark shown above

Dug Army of Tenn CS Brass Belt Buckle  Price $4400  SOLD       

A very nice example of a cast brass, round corner CS buckle with all three full hooks. It has the bold "CS" letters on the front of the buckle. Remnants of black enanmel paint can be seen on the background of the perimeter area of the front. The letters show a nice copper color. This pattern resembles figure #128 of the revised edition of Mullinax' book on Confederate belt buckles with a clip corner cast on the top corner of the lower serif of the "S" letter. The dimensions are the same as well. This is a very attractive buckle with even age patina on the face and no major problems.


The back of the buckle has the three original hooks intact with circular shadows of the spin hook type. Reportedly found in the Chickamauga area of Georgia.  A great piece of Confederate history. Comes in a Riker case. 


Compare the clip corner edge on bottom Serif of letter S and the notch on the S curve near the left corner of the upper serif to photo from Mullinax book - See marked photo below


Confederate Fork Tongue Brass Cast Frame Buckle Found on Cole'S Hill Near Culpeper VA

A nice large size frame buckle in excellent condition, measures 65 mm x 96 mm. The elevated land of Cole's Hill and Hansbrough Ridge was a strategic location throughout the Civil War and passed between Union and Confederate control several times. Troops from both sides marched to Stevensburg and Hansbrough's Ridge at the beginning of the war and additional action took place on June 9, 1863, during the Battle of Brandy Station. Confederate forces controlled the ridge that day and prevented a Federal division from joining nearby forces fighting against General J.E.B. Stuart and his cavalry. From the Nance collection.  Edges show file marks - no bends or breaks  Price $1100  SOLD


Heavy Gauge Confederate Tin Canteen

A very well-constructed 5 3/4" diameter x 2" wide metal canteen with 1" length mouth piece and three solid sling loops. There are no dents, cracks or punctures - it holds water. The surface has some age corrosion and minor rust, but it also has great overall color and patina after 160 years. Price $850    SOLD


Solid construction and patina - typical tin canteens shown below


Atlanta Style Dug Confederate CSA Belt Plate  Price $4200  SOLD

This is a handsome excavated Atlanta Style C.S.A. Belt Buckle with original untouched patina. The letters "C.S.A." show the mold was wearing out with the left serif of the letter A and the three periods not fully completed. There is mold field debris showing near the letter S loops and upper triangle of the letter A. There is also field debris cast along the inner left, right and upper border edge of the plate.

The Atlanta style name is derived from plates made in greater Atlanta area during the war. This one is very similar in design to the one listed as Plate #092 in the book, "Confederate Belt Buckles & Plates- Expanded Edition" by Steve E. Mullinax. The buckle measures 48mm by 69mm in size and is a thick, heavy weight type.

It has all three of the original attachment hooks intact on the back of the buckle. All four edges of the buckle have evidence of hand filing marks done by the maker to smooth off the rough edges from casting process. The face shows a nice consistent medium dark brown color with light tones of green tint from the brass.

The buckle came with an old brown envelope that it was stored in for decades by D.R. Landon or Landers, the man who excavated the buckle. His writing states that it was recovered in September of 1969 in a Confederate Cavalry Camp of General Joe Wheeler. It was found in Tunnel Hill, Georgia. This is one of the camps occupied by the soldiers trying to keep General Sherman out of Atlanta during the winter of 1863/1864. More than likely the Confederate soldier wore this belt plate was in the Battle of Chickamauga in September 1863 and Ringgold in November 1863.     A fine buckle with well documented excavation provenance.


File marks shown on the four edges of the buckle

Written provenance on an envelop by the digger above  

This buckle was once offered by Shiloh Relics

Dug Two Piece CS Waist Belt Plate  Price $3500

A beautiful two-piece CS buckle found in the Fredericksburg VA area. The ground patina on the tongue and wreath is amazing and consistent as if it was painted on. The back of the wreath shows a trace of green from the brass. The buckle matches well with Plate #009 from Steve Mulinax's  book "Confederate Buckles & Plates- Expanded Edition". This buckle has a Roman numerical III bench mark on the back of the wreath and tongue. The cast brass tongue shows a small casting flaw of excess metal in the upper loop of the letter S. The buckle is well detailed and solid - a very nice example. 


Atlanta Style Non Dug Confederate CSA Belt Plate  Price $3800 

This is a nice Atlanta Style C.S.A. Belt Buckle with original untouched age patina. The letters "C.S.A." show oblong - out of round perods after the C. S. and A. letters rather circular periods. There are molding cavities and file marks along the four edges. of the plate. The plate is a little be crude in casting. 


The Atlanta style name is derived from plates made in greater Atlanta area during the war. This one as described above is similar to the plate listed as Plate #099 in the book, "Confederate Belt Buckles & Plates- Expanded Edition" by Steve E. Mullinax which defined having irregular shaped periods. The buckle measures 47mm by 67mm in size and is a thick heavy weight type with wider more rounded point grooved hooks. The hooks are also raised as seen in Plates #096 and 097.

The buckle came from Roger Horsey (deceased) collection out of Hilton Head SC. Comes in a Riker case.


Shown right are examples of grooved and raised hooks from Plates 096 and 097 shown in Mullinax reference book.

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