Civil War Relicman
Harry Ridgeway

Winchester, Virginia USA (changed hands 70 times in the Civil War!)

Ridgeway Reference Library, Civil War plates and buckles
100..Militia and prewar

This is the "Ridgeway Reference Archive", a research tool for educational purposes only, and is provided at no cost to the reader. Some of the relics listed are retained in the author's collection, most reside in other collections and are not owned by the author. None of the items listed in this section are for sale, please refer to sales listings for items offered for sale. This is a work in progress, I list items as I get to them, there are many patterns that are not listed yet, this list will be regularly updated as I get pictures and descriptions for more items. I will also correct mistakes, so if you see any please tell me. All items listed are believed to be authentic to the Civil War or as otherwise described. Any excavated relics have been recovered from private property with owners permission. This information is available for research purposes, pictures may be used by permission only

Most information on this page is from:
Plates and Buckles of the American Military 1795 - 1874, by Sydney C. Kerksis
Confederate Belt Buckles & Plates, by Steve E Mullinax
American Military Belt Plates, by Michael J. O'Donnell & J.Duncan Campbell

110..War of 1812 plates or plates before 1820

click here to view War of 1812 and earlier

120..Militia buckles & plates, square plates

click here to view Militia square plates

130..Militia buckles & plates, rectangle "panel" plates

click here to view Militia rectangle plates

140..Militia buckles & plates, two part general use plates

click here to view Militia two part plates

180..Militia buckles & plates, oval plates

click here to view Militia Oval plates

190..Militia buckles & plates, two part sash plates

click here to view Militia Two Part Sash plates