Civil War Relicman,
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Winchester, Virginia USA, changed hands 70 times in the Civil War!
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All items listed are guaranteed authentic to the Civil War or as otherwise described.
Any excavated relics have been recovered from private property with owners permission.
Any artillery or ordnance relics have been disarmed and rendered safe.
All weapons are pre 1898 antique weapons, and are exempt from Federal regulation, no licenses or permits are required.


P3625...Three Federal plates, Union cartridge box plate and two eagle breastplates dug in one hole at LaGrange Tennessee on March 21, 1975, by Mr John Marks, legendary relic hunter. Three beautiful plates, two shoulder plates, one boxplate, the original find was published North South Trader magazine, volume XXVI, number 3. In addition a follow up article was publshed about this digger, North South Trader article, Vol. XXVII, No. 2 titled "The Way lt Was" by John A. Marks. Plates are high grade with smooth brown 1970's patina. Wire hooks are also intact. The boxplate shows some rim damage, which may have been done deliberately during the period, as this plate is otherwise smooth and pretty as the shoulder plates.

Group of all three plates.
For sale ............$700.
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P0642...New York oval plate, "SNY", style with thin letters, right handed buckle, stud hooks. Buckle depicts "SNY", intended for troops of the State of New York. Plate is oval following the Federal Regulation of 1839, and was designed to secure a belt fitted over a soldier's jacket used to carry his cartridge and cap box, or used as ornamentation on the cartridge box. This die pattern is noted for sharp narrow letters. Small variations will be noted, these plates were produced in quantity and replacement dies were likely to have been used and there may be more than one manufacturer. Brass plate is stamped on thin sheet brass, solder filled. Plate measures 57mm x 88mm approx.
Ref: O'Donnell & Campbell, Plate 542, 543, 544 or 545. Plate is configured as a right handed buckle, studs under the "S", three brass hooks are attached from an "A" frame imbedded in solder backing, two oval washers are peened over the studs, filled with lead and originally covered with a brass cap, thick single hook bent and tapered to a point.

Dug buckle, minor dings and scratches from use, original curve with solder filling intact, stud hooks intact with remnant of leather. Recovered: Seven Pines, Virginia.
For sale...................$1,000.

P0718...Two part Eagle Early Militia, wreath only. Wreath only recovered. Motif originally had eagle encircled by stars. This pattern is known for its crude casting, motiff is not stamped style typical of this period.
Ref: O'Donnell & Campbell, Plate 322.

Dug plate. Recovered: Shenandoah Valley Va.
For sale...................$225.

P1850...Confederate frame buckle, "forked tongue" style, Confederate wartime manufacture. The "tongue" style frame buckles refers to the class of Confederate frame buckles made using some form of a moveable tongue, either a straight tongue, forked tongue, or double tongues. These frame buckles were made during the war in the Confederacy, they were not used by militia units prior to the war and there was no military need for them after the war. These were simple and highly effective designs that the Confederacy could produce in quantity quickly, and the troops in the field in the early campaigns were equipped with them. This pattern employed a forked tongue on a rectangle frame. Manufacturing is crude, and size and dimensions vary considerably.
Ref: Mullinax Expanded Edition, Plate 175 to 179. Tongue style plate is configured with a cast tongue with a "Y" shaped split.

Plate measures 64mm x 97mm. Recovered: in a garden west of Winchester.
For sale...................$700.

P1984...Militia rectangle panel plate, eagle facing right with relaxed wings surrounded by 13 stars. This stock militia "panel" plate was available for purchase by the militia units, in the 1840's or 1850s. It employed a general patriotic design, an eagle facing right, with relaxed wings, surrounded by 13 stars. Most lost in the field were used by southerners, although they were originally supplied to units in both the north and the south. Constructed of rectangle rolled brass, die struck, relatively sturdy plate, tongue and keeper bar were brazed.
Ref: O'Donnell & Campbell, plate 403.

Nondug plate measures 57.5mm x 85mm
For sale ............ $450.

P1987...Federal oval plate, regulation 1839, US, Gaylord pattern, right handed buckle, stud hooks. Plate depicts "US", and was used by the Federal army as well as the states. Plate is oval following the Federal Regulation of 1839, and was designed to secure a belt fitted over a soldier's jacket, or used to carry his cartridge and cap box, along with any other items carried on a belt, most of the small sized plates were manufactured in the 1840's and 1850's, most of the large sized plates were manufactured 1850's through the end of the Civil War. This die pattern is attributed to E. Gaylord and features a die with boxy style of letters, well formed and struck, "U" with proportionately rounded bottom, "S" with graceful openings. Gaylord produced large quantities of plates, the thickness and depth of the letters seems to vary, apparently dies were replaced, the stamping process may also have been adjusted, minor variations will be numerous. Generally, the letters seem to be slightly wider with less depth in early production, thinner with more depth in later production. Brass plate is stamped on thin sheet brass, solder filled. Plate measures: 54mm x 86mm, approx.
Ref: O'Donnell & Campbell, Plate 505 or 506. Plate is configured as a right handed buckle, studs under the "U", three brass hooks are attached from an "A" frame, two oval washers are peened over the studs, filled with lead and originally covered with a brass cap, thick single hook bent and tapered to a point. Plate is attributed to E Gaylord based on the similarity of die design with marked plates.

Dug plate,stud hooks original bend one hook missing. Recovered: 1864 Shenandoah Valley Virginia campaign, Fishers Hill, Virginia.
For sale ............ $225.

P1989...Federal oval plate, regulation 1839, US, pattern 507, left handed buckle, arrow hooks. Plate depicts "US", and was used by the Federal army as well as the states. Plate is oval following the Federal Regulation of 1839, and was designed to secure a belt fitted over a soldier's jacket used to carry his cartridge and cap box, or used as ornamentation on the cartridge box. Most of the small sized plates were manufactured in the 1840's and 1850's, most of the large sized plates were manufactured 1850's through the end of the Civil War. This die pattern is similar to the E. Gaylord pattern with slight differences in the shape of the "S", the die features smaller proportion letters, well formed and struck, "U" with proportionately rounded bottom, "S" with rounded penings, sharp squared serifs on both letters. Brass plate is stamped on thin sheet brass, solder filled. Plate measures: 54mm x 84mm, approx.
Ref: O'Donnell & Campbell, Plate 507. Plate is configured as a left handed buckle, brass arrow hooks under the "S", with narrow beveled tongue with blunt end.

Dug plate, arrow hooks intact, plate has not been cleaned. Recovered: 1864 Shenandoah Valley Virginia campaign, Fishers Hill, Virginia.
For sale ............ $225.

P2047...Federal oval plate, regulation 1839, US, small size, W.H. Smith pattern, cartridge box plate, marked "W. H. SMITH / BROOKLYN". Plate depicts "US", and was used by the Federal army as well as the states. Plate is oval following the Federal Regulation of 1839, and was designed to secure a belt fitted over a soldier's jacket used to carry his cartridge and cap box, or used as ornamentation on the cartridge box. Most of the small sized plates were manufactured in the 1840's and 1850's, most of the large sized plates were manufactured 1850's through the end of the Civil War. This die pattern is attributed to W. H Smith, Brooklyn NY and features "U" with medium boxy bottom, "S" with rounded openings, soft but clean strike. Brass plate is stamped on thin sheet brass, solder filled. Plate measures 40mm x 71mm, approx.
Ref: O'Donnell & Campbell, Plate 528. Plate is configured as a cartridge box plate and was used as ornamentation on the flap of a cartridge box. Plate is solder filled, two iron hooks are formed on a loop with ends bent upward. Plate is marked: "W. H. SMITH / BROOKLYN".

Dug plate, hooks missing. Recovered: not determined.
For sale ............ $300.

P2064...New York oval plate, "SNY", style with broad letters, right handed buckle stud hooks. Buckle depicts "SNY", intended for troops of the State of New York. Plate is oval following the Federal Regulation of 1839, and was designed to secure a belt fitted over a soldier's jacket used to carry his cartridge and cap box, or used as ornamentation on the cartridge box. This die pattern is noted for a style of letters that are relatively broad, softly struck but distinct. Brass plate is stamped on thin sheet brass, solder filled. Plate measures 55mm x 87mm approx.
Ref: O'Donnell & Campbell, Plate 546, 547, 548. Plate is configured as a right handed buckle, studs under the "S", three brass hooks are attached from an "A" frame imbedded in solder backing, two oval washers are peened over the studs, filled with lead and originally covered with a brass cap, thick single hook bent and tapered to a point.

Dug plate, part of lead is flaking. Recovered: not determined.
For sale ......$500.

P2111...Federal round shoulder plate, regulation 1826, eagle, W.H. Smith pattern, marked: "W. H. SMITH / BROOKLYN". Plate depicts patriotic eagle, and was used by the Federal army as well as the states. Shoulder plate is round following the Federal Regulation of 1826, most were manufactured 1850's through end of the Civil War, and was used as ornamentation on the shoulder strap. This die pattern is attributed to W. H Smith, Brooklyn NY and depicts eagle with graceful detail, right wing shows feathers progressing in size, slight ruffle but no break, arrow tails are feathery. Brass plate is stamped on thin sheet brass, solder filled. Plate measures 65mm approx.
Ref: O'Donnell & Campbell, Plate 462. Plate is configured as an enlisted shoulder plate, two iron hooks are formed on a loop with ends bent upward. Marked: "W. H. SMITH / BROOKLYN".

Dug plate, hooks missing, plate has not been cleaned. Recovered Charles Town Virginia (now WV) area.
For sale ......... $175.

P2119...Rifleman two part clasping belt plate, regulation 1855. This plain buckle was authorized by regulation in 1855 and was used to fasten the infantryman belt from which a saber bayonet could be hung when not in use. The saber bayonet was carried like a sword and it could either be used as a sword or be affixed to the musket and used as a bayonet. Use of this belt rig was short lived, the new socket bayonet, adopted for the Regulation 1855 and 1861 muskets was carried on the end of the musket and no longer needed to be hung from the belt. The clasping buckle was made in four parts, the clasp on the back is brazed, the two keepers were designed to adjust the slack. Plate measures 73mm, keepers are longer.
Ref: O'Donnell & Campbell, Plates 903.

One part with keeper. Dug plate. Recovered Charles Town Virginia (now WV) area.
For sale ......... $150.

P3546...Confederate tongue and wreath buckle, CS, Virginia style tongue with flat bar, letters not proportionate, keepers are plain, wreath adorned with laurel leaves, cast, Confederate wartime manufacture. Buckle depicts "CS" and is a two part tongue and wreath plate broadly used in the Confederacy. This style is noted for lettering with small fat letters not proportionate, the top of the S is much smaller than the bottom, wreath with laurel leaves, and plain keepers which are not symmetrical. Plate is cast, tongue disc bar is flat, wreath has a channel around the back side of the wreath. Plate is believed to have been made in Virginia Virginia during the war and production may have been shared with more than one manufacturer, there can be variations one casting to the next.
Ref: Mullinax Expanded Edition, Plate 009.

Dug plate. Plate is a marriage, the parts are correct but were found at two different locations, fit is correct and types are correct. Recovered: Virginia campaign.
For sale..........$1,500....Sale pending.
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P3549...New York oval plate, "SNY", style with thin letters, right handed buckle, stud hooks. Buckle depicts "SNY", intended for troops of the State of New York. Plate is oval following the Federal Regulation of 1839, and was designed to secure a belt fitted over a soldier's jacket used to carry his cartridge and cap box, or used as ornamentation on the cartridge box. This die pattern is noted for sharp narrow letters. Small variations will be noted, these plates were produced in quantity and replacement dies were likely to have been used and there may be more than one manufacturer. Brass plate is stamped on thin sheet brass, solder filled. Plate measures 57mm x 88mm approx.
Ref: O'Donnell & Campbell, Plate 542, 543, 544 or 545. Plate is configured as a right handed buckle, studs under the "S", three brass hooks are attached from an "A" frame imbedded in solder backing, two oval washers are peened over the studs, filled with lead and originally covered with a brass cap, thick single hook bent and tapered to a point.

Dug plate, hooks intact. Recovered northern Virginia.
For sale......$500.

P3555...Texas rectangle belt plate, the lone star, lined star on plain background, stamped and not solder filled. Buckle depicts the state seal of Texas, the lone star, intended for Texas units. This plate was believed to have been manufactured before the war, it never had solder filling. This pattern features the lone star, lined, on a plain background with a narrow border, the stamping is well executed. Plate is stamped on heavy brass sheet, solder filled, brass tongue with long keeper bar. Plate measures 56mm X 82mm.
Ref: Mullinax Expanded Edition, Plate 323. Plate is configured as a right handed buckle.

Dug plate, hooks missing. Plate was bent one corner broken, has been straightened and reinforced, all parts are original. Recovered northern Virginia.
For sale ......$6,000.

P3558...Federal sword belt plate, regulation 1851, eagle with integral wreath. Buckle depicts patriotic eagle, and was used by by officers carrying swords, and enlisted cavalry, following the regulation of 1851, most were manufactured 1850's to end of the Civil War. This well made plate was sold commercially through Schuyler, Hartley & Graham and was prominently advertised in their catalog. The plate was made of cast brass, eagle and wreath are integral to the casting. The eagle faces right, rays above the banner, 13 stars, six above the banner, two above the banner tail, two left of the eagle's head and three to the right, nearly symmetrical shield bears stripes in two directions, no stars, background is finely stippled. The narrow thin tongue is brazed, and bent, intended to fasten to a separate brass keeper. Wreath is integral but made to appear in three parts above and below the wing tips. Bench number, "098" was were used to assist assembly.
Ref: O'Donnell & Campbell, Plate 644.

Plate measures 50.7mm x 89.9mm. Bench mark "998". Dug plate, hooks missing. Recovered northern Virginia.
For sale .....$400.
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P3559...Federal sword belt plate, regulation 1851, eagle with applied wreath. Buckle depicts patriotic eagle, and was used by by officers carrying swords, and enlisted cavalry, following the regulation of 1851, most were manufactured 1850's to end of the Civil War. The plate was made of cast brass, eagle is integral to the casting, wreath is applied. The eagle faces right, bold rays above the banner and around the wreath, 13 stars, six above the banner, two above banner tail, two left of the eagle's head and three to the right, graceful shield bears stripes in two directions with no stars. The narrow tongue is integral to the casting, thinner tip is bent, intended to fasten to a separate brass keeper. Silver wreath is soldered in one piece below the wing tips. Bench number was used to assist assembly.
Ref: O'Donnell & Campbell, Plate 663.

Plate measures 55.6mm x 88mm. Brench mark 668.Nondug plate.
For sale .....$375.
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P3563...Federal oval plate, regulation 1839, US, small size, Pittman pattern, right handed buckle, arrow hook. Plate depicts "US", and was used by the Federal army as well as the states. Plate is oval following the Federal Regulation of 1839, and was designed to secure a belt fitted over a soldier's jacket used to carry his cartridge and cap box, or used as ornamentation on the cartridge box. Most of the small sized plates were manufactured in the 1840's and 1850's, most of the large sized plates were manufactured 1850's through the end of the Civil War. This die pattern features thin letters, "U" with relatively flat bottom, "S" with rounded opening and pronounced serif. Brass plate is stamped on thin sheet brass, solder filled. Plate measures 41mm x 70mm approx.
Ref: O'Donnell & Campbell, Plate 520. Plate is configured as a right handed buckle with single brass arrow hook under the "U", tongue is bent to a rounded point. Attribution to Pittman is based on similarity of dies in comparison to marked examples.

Nondug plate.
For sale .....$375.
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P3565...Carbine sling buckle, regulation 1841 for cavalry. This plain buckle was used to fasten a shoulder sling, from which the cavalryman could hang his carbine when riding. Construction is simple cast brass, bar is brazed to frame, flippers were cast and then bent into place. A cast brass end plate was fastened to the strap with rivets, intended to give rigidity to end of the wide leather belt, sometimes called a "batwing" by modern collectors. Size and thickness varies, some may have been manufactured by small contractors or could be Confederate copies.
Ref: O'Donnell & Campbell, Plates799 or 800.

Plate measures 51.1mm 83.5mm. Dug plate both hooks intact. Recovered: northern Virginia.
For sale .....$100.

P3567...Federal oval plate , regulation 1839, US, Dingee pattern with tall letters, right handed buckle arrow hooks. Plate depicts "US", and was used by the Federal army as well as the states. Plate is oval following the Federal Regulation of 1839, and was designed to secure a belt fitted over a soldier's jacket used to carry his cartridge and cap box, or used as ornamentation on the cartridge box. Most of the small sized plates were manufactured in the 1840's and 1850's, most of the large sized plates were manufactured 1850's through the end of the Civil War. This die pattern features tall letters, "U" with slightly rounded bottom, "S" with simple openings, letters are often poorly struck, solder filling and hook placement is irregular, manufacturer is likely HA Dingee, or associated subcontractors, manufacturing quality is poor. Brass plate is stamped on thin sheet brass, solder filled. Plate measures: 57mm x 87mm, approx.
Ref: O'Donnell & Campbell, Plate 501, 502, 503, or 504. Plate is configured as a right handed buckle, brass arrow hooks under the "U", with narrow beveled tongue. The hooks may be pointed or may be rounded due to milling or wear.

Dug plate, hooks intact. Recovered northern Virginia.
For sale .....$225.

P3571...Federal oval plate , regulation 1839, US, Dingee pattern with tall letters, left handed buckle arrow hooks. Plate depicts "US", and was used by the Federal army as well as the states. Plate is oval following the Federal Regulation of 1839, and was designed to secure a belt fitted over a soldier's jacket used to carry his cartridge and cap box, or used as ornamentation on the cartridge box. Most of the small sized plates were manufactured in the 1840's and 1850's, most of the large sized plates were manufactured 1850's through the end of the Civil War. This die pattern features tall letters, "U" with slightly rounded bottom, "S" with simple openings, letters are often poorly struck, solder filling and hook placement is irregular, manufacturer is likely HA Dingee, or associated subcontractors, manufacturing quality is poor. Brass plate is stamped on thin sheet brass, solder filled. Plate measures: 55.5mm x 86mm, approx.
Ref: O'Donnell & Campbell, Plate 501, 502, 503, or 504. Plate is configured as a left handed buckle, brass arrow hooks under the "S", with narrow beveled tongue. The hooks may be pointed or may be rounded due to milling or wear.

Dug plate, hooks intact, rim damage. Recovered northern Virginia.
For sale .....$150.

P3574...Federal round shoulder plate, regulation 1826, eagle. Plate depicts patriotic eagle, and was used by the Federal army as well as the states. Shoulder plate is round following the Federal Regulation of 1826, most were manufactured 1850's through end of the Civil War, and was used as ornamentation on the shoulder strap. This die pattern depicts eagle with unusually strong detail, left wing breaks with a bold curved flourish, tail feathers are detailed and distinct. Brass plate is stamped on thin sheet brass, solder filled. Plate measures 64mm approx.
Ref: O'Donnell & Campbell, Plate 453. Plate is configured as an enlisted shoulder plate, two iron hooks are formed on a loop with ends bent upward.

Dug plate, hooks missing. Recovered: northern Virginia.
For sale ......$100.

P3576...Federal round shoulder plate, regulation 1826, eagle. Plate depicts patriotic eagle, and was used by the Federal army as well as the states. Shoulder plate is round following the Federal Regulation of 1826, most were manufactured 1850's through end of the Civil War, and was used as ornamentation on the shoulder strap. This die pattern depicts eagle with unusually strong detail, left wing breaks with a bold curved flourish, tail feathers are detailed and distinct. Brass plate is stamped on thin sheet brass, solder filled. Plate measures 64mm approx.
Ref: O'Donnell & Campbell, Plate 453. Plate is configured as an enlisted shoulder plate, two iron hooks are formed on a loop with ends bent upward.

Dug plate, hooks missing. Recovered: northern Virginia.
For sale .....$100.

P3577...Federal round shoulder plate, regulation 1826, eagle. Plate depicts patriotic eagle, and was used by the Federal army as well as the states. Shoulder plate is round following the Federal Regulation of 1826, most were manufactured 1850's through end of the Civil War, and was used as ornamentation on the shoulder strap. This die pattern depicts eagle with unusually strong detail, left wing breaks with a bold curved flourish, tail feathers are detailed and distinct. Brass plate is stamped on thin sheet brass, solder filled. Plate measures 64mm approx.
Ref: O'Donnell & Campbell, Plate 453. Plate is configured as an enlisted shoulder plate, two iron hooks are formed on a loop with ends bent upward.

Dug plate, hooks missing. Recovered: northern Virginia.
For sale .....$150.

P3581...Federal round shoulder plate, regulation 1826, eagle, W.H. Smith pattern. Plate depicts patriotic eagle, and was used by the Federal army as well as the states. Shoulder plate is round following the Federal Regulation of 1826, most were manufactured 1850's through end of the Civil War, and was used as ornamentation on the shoulder strap. This die pattern is attributed to W. H Smith, Brooklyn NY and depicts eagle with graceful detail, right wing shows feathers progressing in size, slight ruffle but no break, arrow tails are feathery. Brass plate is stamped on thin sheet brass, solder filled.
Ref: O'Donnell & Campbell, Plate 462. Plate is configured as an enlisted shoulder plate, two iron hooks are formed on a loop with ends bent upward. Plate is not marked, attribution to WH Smith is based on the die design.

Dug plate, hooks missing. Recovered: northern Virginia.
For sale .....$100.

P3582...Federal round shoulder plate, regulation 1826, eagle. Plate depicts patriotic eagle, and was used by the Federal army as well as the states. Shoulder plate is round following the Federal Regulation of 1826, most were manufactured 1850's through end of the Civil War, and was used as ornamentation on the shoulder strap. This die pattern depicts eagle with graceful detail, right wing shows feathers progressing in size with no break, arrow tails are long, dense and symmetrical, small variations in the stem and leaf configuration of the branch, pattern is attributed to Dingee and Pittman, who were partners. Brass plate is stamped on thin sheet brass, solder filled. Plate measures 64mm, approx.
Ref: O'Donnell & Campbell, Plate 460. Plate is configured as an enlisted shoulder plate, two iron hooks are formed on a loop with ends bent upward.

Dug plate, hooks missing. Recovered: northern Virginia.
For sale .....$100.

P3583...Federal oval plate, regulation 1839, US, Gaylord pattern, cartridge boxplate. Plate depicts "US", and was used by the Federal army as well as the states. Plate is oval following the Federal Regulation of 1839, and was designed to secure a belt fitted over a soldier's jacket, or used to carry his cartridge and cap box, along with any other items carried on a belt, most of the small sized plates were manufactured in the 1840's and 1850's, most of the large sized plates were manufactured 1850's through the end of the Civil War. This die pattern is attributed to E. Gaylord and features a die with boxy style of letters, well formed and struck, "U" with proportionately rounded bottom, "S" with graceful openings. Gaylord produced large quantities of plates, the thickness and depth of the letters seems to vary, apparently dies were replaced, the stamping process may also have been adjusted, minor variations will be numerous. Generally, the letters seem to be slightly wider with less depth in early production, thinner with more depth in later production. Brass plate is stamped on thin sheet brass, solder filled. Plate measures: 54mm x 86mm, approx.
Ref: O'Donnell & Campbell, Plate 505 or 506. Plate is configured as a cartridge box plate and was used as ornamentation on the flap of a cartridge box. Plate is solder filled, two iron hooks are formed on a loop with ends bent upward Plate is attributed to E Gaylord based on the similarity of die design with marked plates.

Dug plate, both hooks intact. Recovered: northern Virginia.
For sale .....$150.

P3584...Federal oval plate, regulation 1839, US, Gaylord pattern, cartridge boxplate. Plate depicts "US", and was used by the Federal army as well as the states. Plate is oval following the Federal Regulation of 1839, and was designed to secure a belt fitted over a soldier's jacket, or used to carry his cartridge and cap box, along with any other items carried on a belt, most of the small sized plates were manufactured in the 1840's and 1850's, most of the large sized plates were manufactured 1850's through the end of the Civil War. This die pattern is attributed to E. Gaylord and features a die with boxy style of letters, well formed and struck, "U" with proportionately rounded bottom, "S" with graceful openings. Gaylord produced large quantities of plates, the thickness and depth of the letters seems to vary, apparently dies were replaced, the stamping process may also have been adjusted, minor variations will be numerous. Generally, the letters seem to be slightly wider with less depth in early production, thinner with more depth in later production. Brass plate is stamped on thin sheet brass, solder filled. Plate measures: 54mm x 86mm, approx.
Ref: O'Donnell & Campbell, Plate 505 or 506. Plate is configured as a cartridge box plate and was used as ornamentation on the flap of a cartridge box. Plate is solder filled, two iron hooks are formed on a loop with ends bent upward Plate is attributed to E Gaylord based on the similarity of die design with marked plates.

Dug plate, both hooks intact. Recovered: northern Virginia.
For sale .....$150.

P3585...Federal oval plate , regulation 1839, US, Dingee pattern with tall letters, cartridge box plate. Plate depicts "US", and was used by the Federal army as well as the states. Plate is oval following the Federal Regulation of 1839, and was designed to secure a belt fitted over a soldier's jacket used to carry his cartridge and cap box, or used as ornamentation on the cartridge box. Most of the small sized plates were manufactured in the 1840's and 1850's, most of the large sized plates were manufactured 1850's through the end of the Civil War. This die pattern features tall letters, "U" with slightly rounded bottom, "S" with simple openings, letters are often poorly struck, solder filling and hook placement is irregular, manufacturer is likely HA Dingee, or associated subcontractors, manufacturing quality is poor. Brass plate is stamped on thin sheet brass, solder filled. Plate measures: 56mm x 87mm, approx.
Ref: O'Donnell & Campbell, Plate 501, 502, 503, or 504. Plate is configured as a cartridge box plate and was used as ornamentation on the flap of a cartridge box. Plate is solder filled, two iron hooks are formed on a loop with ends bent upward. Plate is attributed to H A Dingee based on the similarity of die design with marked plates.

Dug plate, hooks intact. Recovered northern Virginia.
For sale .....$150.

P3591...Federal oval plate, regulation 1839, US, W.H. Smith pattern, cartridge boxplate, marked "W. H. SMITH / BROOKLYN". Plate depicts "US", and was used by the Federal army as well as the states. Plate is oval following the Federal Regulation of 1839, and was designed to secure a belt fitted over a soldier's jacket used to carry his cartridge and cap box, or used as ornamentation on the cartridge box. Most of the small sized plates were manufactured in the 1840's and 1850's, most of the large sized plates were manufactured 1850's through the end of the Civil War. This die pattern is attributed to W. H Smith, Brooklyn NY and features medium width letters nearly symmetrical, rounded "U", soft but clean strike. Brass plate is stamped on thin sheet brass, solder filled. Plate measures 55mm X 87mm, approx.
Ref: O'Donnell & Campbell, Plate 483. Plate is configured as a cartridge box plate and was used as ornamentation on the flap of a cartridge box. Plate is solder filled, two iron hooks are formed on a loop with ends bent upward. Marked: "W. H. SMITH / BROOKLYN".

Dug plate, one hook intact. Marked: "W. H. SMITH / BROOKLYN". Recovered: northern Virginia.
For sale .....$150.

P3593...Federal round shoulder plate, regulation 1826. Plate depicts patriotic eagle, and was used by the Federal army as well as the states. Shoulder plate is round following the Federal Regulation of 1826, most were manufactured 1850's through end of the Civil War, and was used as ornamentation on the shoulder strap. This die pattern depicts eagle with unusually strong detail, left wing breaks with a bold curved flourish, tail feathers are detailed and distinct. Brass plate is stamped on thin sheet brass, solder filled. Plate measures 64mm approx.
Ref: O'Donnell & Campbell, Plate 453. Plate is configured as an enlisted shoulder plate, two iron hooks are formed on a loop with ends bent upward.

Dug plate, hooks present. Recovered: northern Virginia.
For sale .....$125.

P3595...Federal round shoulder plate, regulation 1826, eagle, W.H. Smith pattern 462, marked "W. H. SMITH / BROOKLYN". Plate depicts patriotic eagle, and was used by the Federal army as well as the states. Shoulder plate is round following the Federal Regulation of 1826, most were manufactured 1850's through end of the Civil War, and was used as ornamentation on the shoulder strap. This die pattern is attributed to W. H Smith, Brooklyn NY and depicts eagle with graceful detail, right wing shows feathers progressing in size, slight ruffle but no break, arrow tails are feathery. Brass plate is stamped on thin sheet brass, solder filled. Plate measures 65mm approx.
Ref: O'Donnell & Campbell, Plate 462. Plate is configured as an enlisted shoulder plate, two iron hooks are formed on a loop with ends bent upward. Marked: "W. H. SMITH / BROOKLYN".

Dug plate, hooks present, Marked: "W. H. SMITH / BROOKLYN". Recovered: northern Virginia.
For sale .....$225.

P3603...Federal sword belt plate, eagle with applied wreath., with belt. Buckle depicts patriotic eagle, and was used by by officers carrying swords, and enlisted cavalry, following the regulation of 1851, most were manufactured 1850's to end of the Civil War. The plate was made of cast brass, eagle is integral to the casting, wreath is applied. The eagle faces right, rays above the banner, 13 stars, six above the banner, two above the banner tail, two left of the eagle's head and three to the right, graceful shield bears stripes, with faint stars. The long narrow tongue is wide footed, intended to fasten to a separate brass keeper. Silver wreath is soldered in three pieces, above and below the wing tips.
Ref: O'Donnell & Campbell, Plate 615.

Plate measures 52.2mm x 84.7mm. Non dug plate with belt and keeper.
For sale......... $600.
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P3609...Federal oval plate , regulation 1839, US, Dingee pattern with tall letters, cartridge box plate. Plate depicts "US", and was used by the Federal army as well as the states. Plate is oval following the Federal Regulation of 1839, and was designed to secure a belt fitted over a soldier's jacket used to carry his cartridge and cap box, or used as ornamentation on the cartridge box. Most of the small sized plates were manufactured in the 1840's and 1850's, most of the large sized plates were manufactured 1850's through the end of the Civil War. This die pattern features tall letters, "U" with slightly rounded bottom, "S" with simple openings, letters are often poorly struck, solder filling and hook placement is irregular, manufacturer is likely HA Dingee, or associated subcontractors, manufacturing quality is poor. Brass plate is stamped on thin sheet brass, solder filled. Plate measures: 56mm x 87mm, approx.
Ref: O'Donnell & Campbell, Plate 501, 502, 503, or 504. Plate is configured as a cartridge box plate and was used as ornamentation on the flap of a cartridge box. Plate is solder filled, two iron hooks are formed on a loop with ends bent upward. Plate is attributed to H A Dingee based on the similarity of die design with marked plates.

Dug plate, hooks missing, rim damage. Recovered northern Virginia.
For sale.......$75.

P3611...US belt plate, right handed buckle, arrow hooks.

Dug plate, arrow hooks are intact, rim damage. Recovered northern Virginia.
For sale .....$50.

P3613...Sword belt keeper.

Dug plate. Recovered: northern Virginia.
For sale .....$25.

P3623...Cartridge box, Model 1861, SNY, marked Baker

Cartridge box, Model 1861, marked Baker, SNY boxplate, tins original.
For sale ............$800.
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