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Federal US Regulation Soldier Waist Belt

Brown Buff Leather Belt ~37" long. Marked with oval R. White inspectors stamp. Arrows type brass US belt plate and brass keeper.

Note: Close up photos off buff leather buckle in second row.

Near mint condition Price $525

Confederate Georgia Frame Buckle Waist Belt on Its Original Leather

A very desirable and scarce Confederate soldier Georgia frame buckle leather waist belt with no issues - strong and supple. Came from the Bill Ivey Collection of NC. The buckle prong track marks are very visible on the leather created over time when the soldier cinched up his belt around his waist. One of the best examples - comes in a nice display box. Frame buckles are mostly found dug - this one is non-dug on its original leather belt.      Price $7200

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Page on right from Bill Ivey Book "North Carolina Schools of Long Rifles 1765 - 1865" showing frame buckle waist belt as offered.

 Above - Confederate Soldier with Frame Buckle Waist Belt 

Strong Condition Confederate Flap Type Holster with Roller Buckle Tab / Latch 

Hard to find, this is a non-regulation brown leather holster made to accommodate a 36 caliber Colt Model 1851 style revolver. The holster fits perfectly to a Confederate made Leech & Rigdon or Rigdon Ansley revolver. 

The holster measures about 14” length from the top of the flap to the bottom. Holster is made from two pieces. The flap sewn to the main body - there is a 3/4" leather break on the right side where the flap is sewn to the body. The holster is well stitched, sturdy and made from thick brown leather. The closure tab is sewn to the flap with a with a roller buckle sewn into the holster body to receive the tab.

Holster has a 2” wide belt loop sewn on the reverse and is still strongly stitched in place. The loop is strong and flexible. Holster has a closed muzzle end - normally the end is open on purpose or from use. Leather has a mottled appearance but is in overall fine condition for its age. All stitching remains strong. This holster came out of a NC collection. A great original quality piece made for a 36 caliber revolver. Price $2900

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Very Fine 1864 Dated Mann's Patent Carbine Cartridge Box with Finger Pull Up Tin

 

This cartridge box is a different style ammunition box - it was a leather accoutrement carried by many Federal cavalrymen during the last part of the Civil War.  Referred to as the Mann’s Patent box, it was introduced in December 1863 by Colonel W.D. Mann of Detroit, MI, and was designed to replace earlier traditional type cartridge boxes. 

 

This accoutrement had a single hook end leather strap that enabled the box to be worn on the waist belt of the trooper with the strap placed over the shoulder and attached to a brass belt half ring for better support. The new equipment combined a cartridge box, pistol box and cap box all in one belt rig with crossing straps that enabled the soldier to carry more ammo as held in the older boxes.

The leather of this cartridge box is very fine condition, very strong and smooth, with minimal surface scuffs.  It has a well embossed oval US marking on the box flap with a double-bordered oval with 1” high embossed letters “US” inside. Within the border is stamped, “COLONEL MANN’S PATENT REISSUED JUNE 7TH 1864 / E. GAYLORD MAKER-CHICOPEE, MASS.” A well stamped script “US” and rectangular sub-inspector’s stamp of "T.J Shepaprd". Box outer flap has the original leather closure tab that is strong and complete and fits tightly onto the original pear-shaped brass finial at the bottom of the cartridge box. 

 

Outer flap also retains both end-pieces and is strongly stitched in place. Leather tool pouch is very strong and complete.  Box has a 1 3/8” wide, leather strip or loop stitched and riveted to the backside enabling it to be used as a waist belt. Leather shoulder carry strap was cut off which often done.  The all brown leather box is in very fine condition with a few tiny areas of scattered surface wear / marks. The metal cartridge tin medium has a gray coloring and is in fine original condition.  It has a finger-pull ring centered on the tin frame for raising the lower level of cartridges.  Price $850 Now $750

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Page above from F. Gaede & P. Johnson pamphlet on Mann Patent Accoutrements - Pub. 2011

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  Full Length Civil War Federal Cavalry Carbine Sling w Snap Hook $975 SOLD

This sling with a "snap hook" was designed to support a cavalry trooper's carbine while riding his horse on the field. The sling was cross slung over the shoulder and the snap hook clipped on the saddle ring of the carbine. The sling supported the carbine while riding and left the trooper's hands free for controlling his mount. The length is 56" and 2 3/8" width. Very nice condition. The snap hook is stamped by E. Gaylord and inspected by T.J. Shepard. Pattern M-1855 sling.

The bridle leather surface shows use but is very strong and mostly supple with very light areas of crazing. Brass buckle and tip “batwings” original to the sling having never been cleaned. The number "14" is stamped on the back of the buckle.  A very nice example with supple bridle leather. 

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CONFEDERATE ENFIELD CARTRIDGE BOX  w ORIGINAL ONE PIECE - FIVE COMPARTMENT TIN 

 

This is a 1860 pattern Enfield rifled musket cartridge box (no pouch) which measures about 4" tall and 7-3/4″ across, and held 50 - 0.577 musket rounds. This box is maker marked on the underside corner of the cover flap for a known Confederate supplier:

“S. ISSAC CAMBELL & CO. / JERMIN ST / LONDON” in 3 lines.

 

This maker stamp is misspelled: Campbell and Jermyn Street. The S. Isaac Campbell & Co secured their accouterments from a variety of sources and contractors, with Alexander Ross of London being one of the primary suppliers along with London makers Hebbert & Company and William Middlemore. Birmingham accoutrement makers were Frederick Barnes & Company, Robert Fletcher and J Scholefield Son & Goodman.

Most of the Confederate purchases are unmarked, although when they are the mark, S. Isaac, Campbell & Co and A. Ross & Co are the ones most often encountered. This box's maker mark appears to be an anomaly from a supplier source to S. Issac Campbell. 

This box clearly shows real use with some wear but the box is complete with most of its original untouched black finish though scuffed from use as well as its original one piece - five compartment tin. There is some wear on the cover and on the shoulder strap loops which are distorted from having attached straps carrying up to 50 rounds.

The closure tab on these boxes are generally white buff leather with the Confederacy sometimes making a cut on the left edge of the tab toward the tab hole to make the box easier to open for the soldier. Images of Confederate soldiers having Enfield cartridge boxes show both white buff leather and black bridle leather being used as slings. as shown in photo below. 

 

Enfield cartridge boxes are scarce Civil War accoutrements - this is an a nice and unique example retaining an aged leather black finish.   Price $2700  

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Five compartment tin for 50 Enfield Musket Rounds 

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Virginia Style CSA Plate on its Original Leather   Price $6800 Now $6500

A "Virginia Style" CSA buckle made in the 1862 to 1863 period for the Army of Tennessee with all three hooks and a sewn on belt loop on end of the belt. The belt is about 38" long with one attachment hole and the buckle measures 70 mm x 48 mm. The plate has a more yellow/gold color to the cast metal with the normal edge file marks on all four sides. The buckle has a more pointed letter "A" and thinner casting as defined in the Kerksis Book along with other characteristics such as well centered letters with large periods that clearly make this a Virginia type buckle - many of which were found in by relic hunters in General Longstreet camps in Virginia. The buckle has a very slight warp from casting. A really great non-dug CSA plate example - the appearance and availability of Virginia type buckles is a lot less for some reason than the Atlanta style in my opinion.  Comes on a nice wood oak display box with red interior and cover locking glass lid.  The rig comes in an oak wood display box with a locking wood frame glass lid.

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CS Tongue & Wreath Officer Sword Belt Plate On the Original Patent Leather Belt w Straps

ID’D To Capt. John R. Nunn of Clarke County VA - 122nd VA Militia & 2nd VA Inf. – Stonewall Brigade

Price $12,500

A very scarce example of a cast brass CS tongue and wreath plate, still affixed to its original sword belt. The plate is a Richmond Arsenal style plate which exhibits some original file and finishing marks on its reverse side, as well as some remnants of original gilding. This plate matches exactly to PLATE 012 from Mullinax’s Book – Confederate Belt Buckles & Plates - 2nd Edition. Per Mullinax the buckle is “is well made on fine leather sword belt showing traces of gold gilt which indicates an officer - large Roman numerical VI is scratched on the back of the tongue bar - Others have been noted”.  This buckle has Roman Numerical V on the tongue disc back.

This belt comes with a 1982 letter of provenance from long time and highly respected Civil War collector, Don R. Tharpe of Winchester VA, indicating that the belt was the war time possession of Captain John R. Nunn of the VA Militia and Co. I (Clarke Rifles) - 2nd Virginia Infantry of Stonewall Jackson’s Brigade. The rig came from Winchester VA area.

The belt is a high quality, pleated and folded leather style, retaining both of its original sword hanger straps, with all studs and snaps in place - there is a period repair near the end of the longer sword hanger as listed in the provenance letter defined above by joining the original two lengths which had become separated. From an advanced active collector of Ames products (see below), this sword may have been produced by the famous Ames Manufacturing Co of Chicopee MA during the first half of the of 1861 before supply routes from the north were cut off to the south.

Nunn first enlisted as a captain in Co. A of the 122nd Virginia Militia in June 1861. This unit was consolidated into the 2nd  VA Infantry in March 1862 and he was made 1st Sergt. Following the 2nd Manassas Battle Nunn was promoted to 3rd Lt. after the loss of many officers.

 

During the Civil War, Nunn was Wounded in Action at the Battles of Malvern Hill and Chancellorsville.

His second wounding forced him to forego active field duty and he was made Provost Marshall of Harrisonburg VA.

This is a very fine example of a Confederate officer’s belt, identified to a Virginia infantry officer. The belt and plate are in very fine – extremely condition.  Per Ron Maness of SC, an expert in Ames Sword Co (See article in MI Magazine - Issue Autumn 2020), the belt and buckle were probably by Ames in the early months of the war.

Accompanying the belt is a lengthy, three page wartime letter dated October 4th, 1861, written and signed by Captain Nunn, to Lt. George W. Diffenderfer. Captain John R. Nunn of the 122nd Virginia Militia addresses the lack of pay to the regiment's men: "I am truly sorry to hear of the dissatisfaction among the men in consequence of not being paid. I appreciate the feeling of those whose families are in a needy condition and regret most deeply that they cannot be paid at once, but I must say in all candor, that I am astonished and pained at the conduct of those who are not in urgent need of the money. I think it betrays a want of loyalty and patriotism, which they should not exhibit. It shows a want of faith in the stability and honesty of our new government. I honestly believe that you all will be paid very shortly provided you remain in service". 

This is a great identified Confederate sword belt rig with excellent history and provenance! Comes in a display box and a notebook of information with the Nunn letter, a book "History of the Lower Shenandoah Valley with references to Nunn and the Stonewall Brigade and other photocopies of pertenent history.

Captain John R. Nunn Background 1829 - 1904

Born July 22 1827 in King & Queen County VA – eldest child of George C. Nunn and Lucinda Townley of Essex County.

John was sent to the best schools of the neighborhood and in 1845 entered Columbian College, graduated in 1847. He taught school for two years in Henrico County and in 1850 married Elizabeth Ury Castleman, widow of his cousin Dr. John Mercer Nunn – practicing physician in Berryville but died young. 

Captain Nunn remained in his county for two years, then moved to Clarke County and located near Berryville. He successfully engaged in farming until the Civil War began.

The 122nd Virginia Militia, Co. A began active service in mid-June 1861 in Clarke County as a captain. The company was discharged in March 1862 and joined the 2nd Virginia Infantry Co. I - Stonewall Brigade.* The regiment took part in Jackson’s Shenandoah Valley campaign as well as around Richmond to General Lee in defeating Gen. McClellan attempts to capture the city.

Through most of the Seven Days Battles of June 25 – July 1 Captain Nunn passed safely until he was severely wound at the end of Battle of Malvern Hill near the James River.

Upon recovery from his wounds, Captain Nunn was again wounded at the Battle of Chancellorsville April/May 1863. From this wound, he did not recover sufficiently for active field service. Captain Nunn was appointed provost marshal of the town of Harrisonburg VA – a position he held till the end of the war.

After the war he returned to his farm which was greatly ravaged by Gen. Sheridan’s cavalry. But Captain Nunn resolutely rebuilt his farm (buildings, fences, livestock, crops) with limited funds over several years. But eventually the farm became productive and successful.

In 1880 Captain Nunn sold the farm, moved to Berryville VA and desiring employment, he helped local citizens organized a bank (Bank of Clarke County) which was needed. He was appointed cashier and worked at the bank until illness forced his retirement.

Captain Nunn died in Richmond and is buried in Green Hill Cemetery at Berryville near Winchester VA.

*  The Stonewall Brigade Regiments  (2nd, 4th, 5th, 27th, 33rd) were formed by General Jackson at Harpers Ferry April 27 1861

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