Fakes, reproductions, replicas,
an investigative report, by Harry Ridgeway 

Fakes, reproductions, replicas,
CS two part buckle, flat back, disproportionate S, Confederate plates 009 to 012

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Broad grouping of CS two part buckles noted for flat back tongues, and disproportionate S, which is much wider at the bottom than the top.  This is arbitrary division, there are quite a few different patterns and manufacturers in this category.  Originals are often noted for badly mismatched keepers.  (the belt covered the keepers so it was not important for the keepers to match, only the fit of the tongue in the wreath was important)

F1226       "CS" two piece buckle, manufactured by Tim Parsley
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Tongue keeper 45.7mm
Wreath keeper 46.9mm
Wreath height 47.3mm

Editor note: Plate was obtained directly from Tim Parsley as a sample of his production to be used in this presentation

F1025    "Virginia Style" CS 2-Piece Belt Buckle, manufactured by Hanover Brass
"This reproduction CS "Virginia Style" bar style Two Piece is a MUST for anyone who enjoys civil war belt buckles. It is cast from red brass. Has original look."

Source:  ebay auction by jaglady003/12/06 "Virginia Style" CS 2-Piece Belt Buckle Plate copy from original buckle in the VA .Historical Society Item number: 6611820587"

Editor note: "jaglady00" is Hanover Brass, items sold as reproductions.   

F1057     Another Virginia style CS two piece, is this piece good or bad?

"Flat dimensions of just over 48mm X just over 81mm. it corresponds with Plate 009 in "Confederate Belt Buckles & Plates" expanded edition by Steve E Mullinax. I bought this item back in mid 90s at a show in Nashville. I'm thinning out of my collection for some new items. Please write if you have any questions. You will have 5-day inspection period. If for any reason, you don�t like this item during this time period.I will refund your money back to you, As long as the buckle is returned in the same condition as sent. Please write with if you have any questions. I have had questions about my private auction policy. The reason for the use of private auctions is my bidders have received bogguss second chance offers. This has happened more than once. I feel that it is my obligation to protect my bidders."

Source ebay auction by tricitytrader 4/25/06 "Confederate Belt Buckle, Virginia Style 2 Piece Low Revserve Item number: 6623179208"  (Auction is "Private listing"

Editor note:  This seller sells on ebay auction under "Private Auction".  It is highly doubtful this piece can be shown to be authentic.

F1185     CS Buckle, oak leaf wreath

"Send me your best offer. Hello folks and thanks for looking at my auction. Here is a Civil War CS Confederate brass belt plate worn by southern troopers during the Civil War. This is the rare "Culpepper" style plate. This fine example was purchased at the 2004 Nashville Civil War show. I received some history on the belt plate as follows: the belt plate was excavated near Winchester Virginia sometime before 1980 by Mr. James Releford of Leetown, Virginia. I don't know the exact location or date of excavation.

The belt plate is brass showing a very nice patina. The very diserable "chocolate" patina is seen on much of the belt plate. There is minimal pitting and loss of brass. The tongue and wreath fit very snugly. This style belt plate is shown in the two "bibles" of Civil War era belt plates; Kerksis and Mullinax. The measurements of the belt plate are correct, approximately 90mm wide by 47mm tall. Mullinax Plate 010, page 14 in the Expanded Edition.

The belt plate is 100% guaranteed to be authentic from the Civil War era. The winner has a 10 day inspection period for return minus shipping and insurance costs. I have set a very low reserve to protect my investment. Send me an offer if you like. Please bid with confidence, this belt plate is right as rain!

I will accept certified funds for payment. Money order or cashier check. I will also accept a personal check but must have a short waiting period for the check to clear the account. I am sorry but I do not accept Paypal. Shipping and handling cost is $8 to the USA. Insurance is required and will be calculated at the close of the auction. International bidders are encouraged to bid. I will answer any quesions you may have, just email me. Thanks for your attention and good luck.

Source: ebay auction by myoldrelics "Civil War CS Confederate Culpepper Belt Plate 2 Piece 100% Authentic Winchester Virginia With History Low Res Item number: 130014660856"

Editor note:  This seller sells on ebay auction under "Private Auction" It is highly doubtful this piece can be shown to be authentic.

CS two part buckle, Virginia style    

CS two part buckle, Virginia style    

CS two part buckle, Virginia style two part    

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