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Virginia CS Two Piece Waist Belt

Cast Brass Virginia Confederate States belt plate made at Richmond during war years - heavy casting - very sturdy. Matches well to plate shown in Mullinax's book (Plate 003). Probably dug. Comes in Riker case from western NY collection. $3200  Now $2800

                       Excavated Virginia CS Two Piece Waist Belt 

Beautiful two piece "Virginia Style" waist plate with pointed serifs. This example was dug in Confederate General Rosser's 1864 winter cavalry camp ~ 40 miles south of Petersburg near the Little Cattail Creek in the early 1980's by a well known dealer/collector from Virginia.

Beautiful green patina on the buckle and accompanying cavalry relics including two Confederate spur fragments from the same site. Matching halves that fit together wonderfully. Also dug with this plate are the cavalry parking belt hook, two oval attachment rings and two strap studs and an artillery fuse.


This plate matches well with the one from Mullinax's 2nd Edition Book (Plate 008) and is listed as a Rarity 8. in February 2017 Old South Military Antiques stated that this buckle variety as a rare pattern. Comes in a Riker case and with Email affidavit of collector who dug the group . $3200 Now $3000

Confederate Gutter Back Style  Dug Frame Buckle



56 x 65 mm excavated cast brass frame buckle with small prongs. Nice example of a southern buckle, Similar to Mullinax's book  (Plate 171)  $625  Now $550

1834 Pattern Large  Infantry Shako Cap Insignia Circa 1835 - 1850  


A large crossed tassel infantry horn with three attachment loops on the back. Used by officers and volunteer militia, occasionally seen in Civil War dug relics. Matches to Figure 304 in O'Donnell Am. Military Headgear Insignia. Very nice stamped brass item. Note: These prewar infantry insignia were still used to some extent by southern troops as seen on an image of Pvt. Henry Speck, Co. B, 6th NC State Troops "Flat River Guard"

 Price $350

Confederate "CSA" Marked Eagle Staff Officer Coat Button

Albert identification CS 1   26 MM

Button is marked on back Isaacs Campbell & Co. from London. Nice color, non-dug. Comes in Riker Box. These desirable buttons tend to run $1800-2200.


Price $ 1500 - Now $1200

Six (6) Confederate Eagle Staff Officer Coat Buttons - Eagle Facing Left  

Albert identification CS 5   24 MM 

The non-dug six buttons are all marked "Extra Rich / Treble Gilt" on the back. All were made in London. Come in Riker Box.    Price $1400

Pair of Smith Patent Captain Shoulder Straps - Stamped Brass Rigid Double Border        SOLD


A very fine matched pair of Civil War Smith Patent Infantry Captain's Officer Shoulder Straps with Double Border and baby blue color cloth.


On June 18 1861 James S. Smith received a US Patent 158432588 regarding stamped brass embroidered borders for officers shoulder devices. The straps defined the rank of an officer from 2nd Lt. to General. 


The Smith straps were easier to make and clean with better durability than the conventual standard cloth and bullion made embroidered shoulder straps of that period.   


The Smith gum paper labels are missing from the back. The small cut copper wires shown on the back are the trade mark of a Smith made shoulder strap. Each strap is 4" long by 1 3/4" wide.


An example of Cavalry Officer Smith patent captain's shoulder strap with double borders and bars and yellow cloth is shown from a G. Henderschott sales catalog from the early 2000's. 


A great Civil War infantry officer artifact.   Price $575

         US Brigadier General Epaulettes and Hardees Hat Insignia                                                   Price $1150.00

An extremely fine condition pair of Brigadier General Epaulettes and near mint Hardees Hat Insignia. The epaulettes are probably Pre Civil War manufacture, circa 1850's.

The epaulettes measure 8 inches front to back and 6 inches across. They are in original condition, each epaulette stamped with a French hallmark, having an gold gilded US Eagle button and silver thread and sequin embroidered Star. Each epaulette has numerous twisted hanging gold gilded brass fringe.

The back of each epaulette is fully covered with red leather and red felt cloth including the comfort pillow. One epaulette is marked LEFT and the other is marked RIGHT. There are two minor tears to the leather of the RIGHT epaulette. The top surface cover and border of each epaulette are in strong condition.

The Hardees insignia is in near mint condition with original soldered wires.

Both epaulettes have a nice aged and rich patina on the brass.

The group will make a nice addition to any Civil War collection.

Very Scarce Dug Two Piece Virginia Officer Sword Belt Buckle - Recovered from West Woods Area of Antietam Battlefield (One piece cast round state seal disc / tongue bar)

Price $3900  Now $3500


Buckle comes with strong provenance – Reportedly from A.E. Brooks Collection - Comes with Letter dated 2019 from previous collector stating the buckle was found to be correct by two well known collectors/dealers. Buckle comes in a Riker Case.

Based on high casualties in the West Woods, the two piece plate could have come from an officer of the 32nd or 15th Virginia. Both units were under Gen. Paul Semmes’ Brigade of McLaws’ Division. The violence of the fighting is seen in the bent buckle's hasps.  

The 32nd and 15th Virginia regiments marched all night and arrived on the battlefield at Sharpsburg on the morning of the Sept. 17th. They were rushed to the left of the Confederate line about 9am as reinforcements as the remnants of Hood's Division fell back after their assault.

The 32nd, with the rest of the Brigade, attacked north along the Hagerstown Pike from near the Dunker Church, and were successful in pushing the Federal infantry back to Poffenberger's Farm and their artillery, but suffered high casualties in doing so. After withdrawing to the West Woods for ammunition and rest, the Regiment was posted behind the Sunken Road near the Confederate Center for the afternoon, under long-range artillery fire, but not directly engaged.

32nd VA: Initial Strength: 158; KIA: 15; WIA: 57; POW: 8; 3 Officers wounded, 1 Officer killed

15th VA: Initial Strength: 128,  KIA: 11, WIA: 58, POW: 1; 6 Officers wounded

From the 15th Virginia, 14 officers entered the fight and one captain was killed and six other officers were wounded: Captain A. V. England, Co. D  was killed and wounded were Captain E. M. Morrison (commanding the regiment), 1st Lt. Bumpass Co. C, 2nd Lt J. K. Fussell & 2nd Lt J. H. Allen Co. G, 2nd Lt Berry Co. H, 1st Lt G. P. Haw, Co. I

From the 32nd Virginia  3 officers were wounded: 2nd Lt J. H. Barlow Jr Co. C, 2nd Lt H. S. Sinclair Co. I, 1st Lt Robert T. Willis Co. I                                     

Colonels Soft Shoulder Straps of Brig. Gen. Edwin Stoughton Who Was Captured by CSA Major John S. Mosby Mar. 8 1863

Released by the family in a 1999 auction (Catalog included) the large  5 1/8" x 2 1/8" gold braided border straps with silver thread and sequins eagle are available. The front blue cloth has faded some to a greenish color, and reverse has black cloth cover - the straps all hand made.

Stoughton was from Vermont and enlisted as a Colonel 4th Vt. Infantry in 8/1/1861, saw action at Battle of Seven Pines. He had prior military service in the US army from 1859 - 1861 -  a graduate of the USMA in July 1859. He rose to a General rank on Nov. 5 1862. While commanding forces guarding the Washington DC perimeter, he was captured by Mosby on Mar 8 1863 while sleeping in a home in Fairfax County Courthouse area. He was a POW for over 2 months in Libby prison. His Brig. Gen rank expired Mar 4 1863 four days before his capture, so technically he was a Colonel. Due this embarrassing incident, he was not promoted again to Brig. Gen., so he retired from service and became a lawyer in NY City, died December 1868. A very nice pair of scarce historic Colonel's Shoulder Straps. Comes with CW Database Record, Horse Soldier Letter, and article on Mosby Fairfax Courthouse Raid          Price $4400 Now $4100


Pair of Brass Cavalry Spurs w Eagle Wings Marked on Back

Matched pair of cast brass spurs with iron rowels and an inspection mark stamped on the inside of one spur. Two rowels on one spur are diminished from age wear, all others are intact. Both spurs have a molded image of eagle feathers on the back side where rowel shank is attached.  

Very nice set, possibly lower officers grade.

Price: $275

Brass Plated Iron Artillery Officer's Horse Bit w USA Rosettes  -  Mint Condition


The horse bit has two brass "USA" entwined rosettes with no dents. Bit is stamped on the inner steel sides/bar in three places with small US marks, plus the maker's stamp "Frazze & Co" and the inspector mark "AGB" on each side of the bit.


Frazze Company was from Newark NJ. An example of this bit is shown in the " Arms & Equipment of The Union" reference book.


This is a museum quality - mint condition rare horse bit. The steel metal bit is brass plated and has a bright color with no corrosion, discoloration or any other issues.


A great addition to any Civil War / Artillery collection.  Price $675

Civil War US Artillery Bit  w Gold Gilded Brass US Rosettes


"US" stamped on cross bar. Excellent condition. Price $250  SOLD

Dark Blue Covered Bulls Eye Canteen w Original Sling / Stopper and an Ornate /  Gothic Like Carved Medical Doctor's Name on Pewter Mouth Piece - Dr. Brinton


There were four Dr. Brinton's that served in the Union Army, but three* of them were high ranking (two Majors and one Lt. Col) US Medical Staff personnel. Base on the used condition of the canteen, Dr. William Bowen Brinton (1842 – 1883) is the highly probable owner. He served in both 4th PA Reserves (33rd PA Vols) & 184th PA Regiment. The sling was repair sewn in three places.

Dr. Brinton enlisted at age 21 as Asst. Surgeon on Mar. 23 1863 into the 33rd PA Inf. and transferred on May 5 1864 into the 164th Inf. as a full surgeon.  He mustered out in DC on July 14 1865.

* Dr. John Brinton - Major - US Army Medical Staff, *Dr. Daniel Brinton - Lt. Col. - US Army Medical Staff, *Dr. Jeremiah Brinton - Major -Purveyor - US Army Medical Staff.

Engagements of the 184th PA: 

Totopotomoy Creek, Cold Harbor, Siege of Petersburg, Deep Bottom, Ream’s Station

Boydton Plank Rd, Hatcher’s Run, Appomattox Campaign, Sutherland’s Station, Sailors Creek, White Oak Rd, Appomattox Court House

Price $950

Civil War Brigadier General Shoulder Straps

Pair of vintage Civil War finely embroidered one star general shoulder straps on black wool in near mint condition. 4" x 1.5" Leather backed with gilded stamp that reads "Joseph Starkey Manufacturer 23 Conduit Street London W". Housed in a Riker case.  Straps were once sold by Union Drummer Boy of Gettysburg. Price $1900

Civil War Colonel Shoulder Straps


A near mint condition pair of Colonel Eagle Shoulder Straps. 4" x 1 3/8" Finely detailed eagles with Federal shield on dark black wool and silk back. Straps were once sold by Union Drummer Boy of Gettysburg.          Price $1700