The Civil War Relicman,
Harry Ridgeway
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Winchester, Virginia, USA.
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Ridgeway Reference Archive, Civil War buckles & plates.
Federal sword belt plate, regulation 1874.

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Use of the rectangle sword waist plate approved with the regulation of 1874 was to be worn by officers carrying swords, and enlisted cavalry. The keeper visible from the front of the regulation 1851 plates was replaced by a bar on the back.  Primary use of this plate dates during the Indian War period, late 19th century.



Federal sword belt plate, regulation 1874, eagle with integral wreath, die stamped.
Buckle depicts patriotic eagle, and was used by by officers carrying swords, and enlisted cavalry, following the regulation of 1874.  The keeper visible from the front of the regulation 1851 plates was replaced by a bar on the back.  Primary use of this plate dates during the Indian War period, late 19th century.  The eagle faces right, bold rays above the banner and around the wreath, 13 stars, eight above the banner, two above banner tail, two left of the eagle's head and three to the right, shield bears stripes only.   Plate is die stamped, wide tongue is brazed. 
Ref: O'Donnell & Campbell, Plate 914 to 924, not listed.

P1929.     Federal sword belt plate, regulation 1874, eagle with integral wreath, die stamped.
Buckle depicts patriotic eagle, and was used by by officers carrying swords, and enlisted cavalry, following the regulation of 1874.  The keeper visible from the front of the regulation 1851 plates was replaced by a bar on the back.  Primary use of this plate dates during the Indian War period, late 19th century.  The eagle faces right, bold rays above the banner and around the wreath, 13 stars, eight above the banner, two above banner tail, two left of the eagle's head and three to the right, shield bears stripes only.   Plate is die stamped, wide tongue is brazed.  Plate measures 51mm x 74mm.  Dug plate gilded, breaks and bends but whole, partial hooks.   Recovered: Virginia.
Ref: O'Donnell & Campbell, Plate 914 to 924, not listed.


Federal sword belt plate, regulation 1874, eagle with integral wreath.
Buckle depicts patriotic eagle, and was used by by officers carrying swords, and enlisted cavalry, following the regulation of 1874.  The keeper visible from the front of the regulation 1851 plates was replaced by a bar on the back.  Primary use of this plate dates during the Indian War period, late 19th century.  The eagle faces right, bold rays above the banner and around the wreath, 13 stars, eight above the banner, two above banner tail, two left of the eagle's head and three to the right, shield bears stripes only.   The wide tongue is brazed, wreath is integral to the casting. 
Ref: O'Donnell & Campbell, Plate 914 to 924, not listed.

P1810.     Federal sword belt plate, regulation 1874, eagle with integral wreath.
 Buckle depicts patriotic eagle, and was used by by officers carrying swords, and enlisted cavalry, following the regulation of 1874.  The keeper visible from the front of the regulation 1851 plates was replaced by a bar on the back.  Primary use of this plate dates during the Indian War period, late 19th century.  The eagle faces right, bold rays above the banner and around the wreath, 13 stars, eight above the banner, two above banner tail, two left of the eagle's head and three to the right, shield bears stripes only.   The wide tongue is brazed, wreath is integral to the casting.  Dug plate is fully intact.  Recovered: Richmond, Virginia area.
Ref: O'Donnell & Campbell, Plate 914 to 924, not listed.


Federal sword belt plate, regulation 1874, eagle with integral wreath, Robbins Co..
Buckle depicts patriotic eagle, and was used by by officers carrying swords, and enlisted cavalry, following the regulation of 1874.  The keeper visible from the front of the regulation 1851 plates was replaced by a bar on the back.  Primary use of this plate dates during the Indian War period, late 19th century.  The eagle faces right, bold rays above the banner and around the wreath, 13 stars, ten above the banner, one above banner tail, three left of the eagle's head and three to the right, shield bears stripes only.   The wide tongue is brazed, wreath is integral to the casting.  Marked "ROBBINS CO/ ATTLEBORO / MASS".
Ref: O'Donnell & Campbell, Plate 914 to 924, not listed.

P1826.     Federal sword belt plate, regulation 1874, eagle with integral wreath, Robbins Co..
Buckle depicts patriotic eagle, and was used by by officers carrying swords, and enlisted cavalry, following the regulation of 1874.  The keeper visible from the front of the regulation 1851 plates was replaced by a bar on the back.  Primary use of this plate dates during the Indian War period, late 19th century.  The eagle faces right, bold rays above the banner and around the wreath, 13 stars, ten above the banner, one above banner tail, three left of the eagle's head and three to the right, shield bears stripes only.   The wide tongue is brazed, wreath is integral to the casting.  Marked "ROBBINS CO/ ATTLEBORO / MASS".  Plate measures 52mm x 75mm, approx.  Nondug plate is gilded, wreath is silvered, original curve, nice marked plate.
Ref: O'Donnell & Campbell, Plate 914 to 924, not listed.