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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

1861 Pattern Type I 58 Caliber Rifle Musket Cartridge Box w Sling and Breast Plate, Fully Complete w Maker Mark and Identified Soldier ID - 37th Illinois  Price $1400   SOLD

This Civil War leather accoutrement is an original Federal Pattern of 1861 rifle-musket cartridge box used to hold forty .58 caliber paper cartridges. The box has its original oval US brass box plate on the outer flap and twin tins for ammunition, and a "US" stamp on the outer flap below the box plate. This cartridge box is a Type I issued to Federal infantry early in the war until it was replaced by the 1864 pattern. The US Ordnance Dept 1861 pattern box have the maker’s name on all contract procured items to allow the government to maintain control of the various box patterns. This cartridge box was produced by Christian Storms of New York City who was one of the high quality specimens provided to the Federal government during the war.

A thin leather tool pocket is present with an intact closure tab. Leather outer flap closure tab is near perfect and sewn on securely.  The Maker’s ID “C. S. STORMS / MAKER N. Y.” is stamped on both upper sides just behind the ears, the left side a little weakly stamped vs the right side. Outer flap is strong and clean. The sling is strong and has a standard eagle breast plate.

 

The fine condition US plate has a pleasing bronze patina - no maker mark - shows some very minor age use. Plate measures 3 5/16” x 2 1/8” and is secured on the inside of the flap with two short pieces of  leather thong. Sewn to the outer flap in a straight line is the leather closure latch tab, 3 5/8” L by 1 1/8” W that kept the flap secure. A pear-shaped brass finial on the box bottom closed the latch tab. The original japanned black roller buckles are both tightly attached to the box bottom with two straight lines of strong stitching. Backside of box near at the top have two, stitched horizontal belt loops for the shoulder belt strap to pass through. Two upright (vertical) loops for a waist belt to pass through are sewed and riveted with a copper rivet at each end.

On the under side of the outer flap is a pencil written/impressed Name and Regiment in medium letters/numbers expressed as

A. Clapp No. 37, with double lines used on the "A", "L" and "PP" as was often done in marking names. Using the Am Civil War Database to research A. Clapp, there were 42 Union and 6 Confederate names found. None were associated with a 37th regiment. Looking up the 37 Infantry, there were 27 units both Union and Confederate. No A. Clapp was found but a George A. Clapp of the 37th Illinois was identified along with a Geo C. and Wm H. Clapp - both of 37th MA.  

 

This great early box belonged to Pvt. George A. (Abalene) Clapp who enlisted as a private in Co. K on June 9 1862 and mustered out on June 9 1865. Personal statistics: age 19, 5' 4", light hair, blue eyes, complexion light, home Vermilion County IL. Mustered out on June 9 1865 at Mobile AL. Born Dec. 26 1843 - died April 15 1914, Buried in Price Cemetery Russellville, Lawrence Co. IL.

 

The history of the 37th Infantry Regiment is a good one - formed in August 1861 in Chicago, Illinois after the Union defeat at First Bull Run. The 37th mustered into service on September 18, 1861. The regiment served through May 15, 1866 and saw service in Missouri, Arkansas, Louisiana and Texas before mustering out. During this five-year period, the 37th Regiment served two years in southwest Missouri and Northern Arkansas. They were called the Fremont Rifles for Gen. J.C. Fremont. The regiment travelled extensively and took part in the following battles Pea Ridge, Prairie Grove, Cape Giarardeau, Chalk Bluffs, Vicksburg, Sterling Farm, Spanish Fort and Fort Blakely. 

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Sides of box shown w makers stamp on left and right - below inside of outer flap shows soldier name and regiment confirmed by Am. CW database

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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 $975

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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Indian War US Infantry Waist Belt with Jeb Stuart Type Clip on Sword Straps

A nice example of an adjustable US waist belt and clip on sword straps. Belt shows inspector / vendor markings. No major problems.  No marks on strap rig.  Price $375   SOLD

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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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“Army of Tennessee” Confederate CS Rectangular Belt Plate On its Original Leather Belt

Fine example of “Army of Tennessee” solid cast brass CS round corner buckle with a dark, consistent patina and straight line hooks. The shadow / impression of the buckle can be easily seen on the original leather belt from both sides of CS buckle. The leather belt is ~40" long with seven adjustment holes. The surface has smooth tar like finish possibly for wet conditions. Hooks are "line-in" type - very scarce. This buckle as cast by or for the Confederate government. This is a very nice buckle rig for any Civil War collection. Comes in an oak wood display case with locking wood frame glass lid.   $6900  SOLD

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Shadow / impression of buckle shown on leather belt above and right 

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CAVALRY CARBINE CARTRIDGE BOX BY DINGEE AND LORIGAN   Price $495 

This is a Civil War carbine cartridge box has used color and finish. The japanned buckles, tab and finial are in place as is the interior wood block bored out for twenty carbine cartridges such as Spencer rounds. The outer and inner flap cover and bottom shows some minor crazing from flexing and usage. The side ears are good. On the box’s back side, the two vertical leather waist belt loops were period replaced with a single horizontal leather strip 5” long riveted and sewn the box for easy slide on attachment to a carbine sling.

The inner flap is nicely stamped, “Dingee & Lorigan / Makers / New York.” Henry A. Dingee was the son of Robert Dingee, a well known early maker of U.S. army accoutrements. Henry and his brother, Robert Jr., had carried on the business until Robert’s death in 1851, and Henry continued on thereafter. He had several army and marine corps contracts in the Civil War and also partnered with George T. Lorigan on contracts from 1863 to 1865 that included infantry accoutrements in 1863-64 and contracts for 18,550 carbine boxes and 20,000 carbine slings starting in May 1864.

The box is a good example of the universal style of carbine box that became standard, with a removable wood block that could be changed to fit different cartridges. The box has the mid-war style of attaching the latch tab more securely with a rivet and semi-circle of stitching, but still conforms to older specifications in having a horizontal belt loop and bottom buckles for use on a shoulder sling if employed. The rear vertical belt loops serving to mount it on a saber belt or carbine sling have been cut away. The tool pouch attached to the front of the box is in place along with its flap and locking tab with very nice finish. A very good carbine cartridge box. 

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