Civil War Relicman
Harry Ridgeway

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

http://relicman.com/

Ridgeway Reference Library, Civil War plates and buckles
300..Federal oval plates

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 relicman.com sales listings for items offered for sale. This is a work in progress, I list items as I get to them, there are many O'Donnell Campbell die 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
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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


318..Federal oval "US" buckles & plates (Regulation 1839), small size plates, O'Donnell Campbell die patterns 518 and 519, thin letters

click here to view oval plates, patterns 518 and 519

320..Federal oval "US" buckles & plates, regulation 1839, small size plates, O'Donnell Campbell pattern 520

click here to view oval plates, pattern 520

323..Federal oval "US" buckles & plates (Regulation 1839), small size plates, O'Donnell Campbell die pattern 523 to 527, Pittman

click here to view oval plates, patterns 523 to 527, Pittman

328..Federal oval "US" buckles & plates (Regulation 1839), small size plates, O'Donnell Campbell die pattern 528, W.H. Smith

click here to view oval plates, pattern 528, Smith

331..Federal oval "US" buckles & plates (Regulation 1839), small size plates, O'Donnell Campbell die pattern 531 and 532, Boyd & Sons

click here to view oval plates, pattern 531, Boyd

333..Federal oval "US" buckles & plates (Regulation 1839), small size plates, O'Donnell Campbell die pattern 533, Massachusetts

click here to view oval plates, pattern 533, Massachusetts

340..Federal oval "US" buckles & plates (Regulation 1839), small size plates, O'Donnell Campbell die patterns not otherwise listed

click here to view oval plates, small size variants

345..Federal oval "US" buckles & plates (Regulation 1839), O'Donnell Campbell die pattern 512 small size militia plates

click here to view oval plates, pattern 512, US militia

358..Federal oval "US" buckles & plates (Regulation 1839), O'Donnell Campbell die pattern 478, manufacturer not known, thick letters early style

click here to view oval plates, pattern 478 thick letters

359..Federal oval "US" buckles & plates (Regulation 1839), O'Donnell Campbell die pattern 479 and 480, Pittman

click here to view oval plates, patterns 479 to 480, Pittman

362..Federal oval "US" buckles & plates (Regulation 1839), O'Donnell Campbell die pattern 482, manufacturer not known, wide letters early style

click here to view oval plates, pattern 482 wide letters

363..Federal oval "US" buckles & plates (Regulation 1839), O'Donnell Campbell die pattern 483 W.H. Smith

click here to view oval plates, pattern 483, W.H. Smith

365..Federal oval "US" buckles & plates (Regulation 1839), O'Donnell Campbell die pattern 485, 486, 495 to 498 Boyd & Sons

click here to view oval plates, patterns 485, 486, and 495 to 498, Boyd

368..Federal oval "US" buckles & plates (Regulation 1839) O'Donnell Campbell die pattern 488, E. Gaylord early O'Donnell Campbell die pattern

click here to view oval plates, pattern 488 Gaylord early

369..Federal oval "US" buckles & plates (Regulation 1839), O'Donnell Campbell die pattern 489, manufacturer not known, boxy U

click here to view oval plates, pattern 489 boxy U

370..Federal oval "US" buckles & plates (Regulation 1839), O'Donnell Campbell die pattern 490, manufacturer not known, tall plate fat letters

click here to view oval plates, pattern 490 tall plate fat letters

381..Federal oval "US" buckles & plates (Regulation 1839), O'Donnell Campbell die pattern 501 and 502, manufacturer not known, tall sloppy O'Donnell Campbell die pattern

click here to view oval plates, patterns 501 and 502 tall sloppy

383..Federal oval "US" buckles & plates (Regulation 1839), O'Donnell Campbell die pattern 503, Dingee, tall thin rounded U

click here to view oval plates, pattern 503 Dingee Rounded U

384..Federal oval "US" buckles & plates (Regulation 1839), O'Donnell Campbell die pattern 504, tall thin boxy U

click here to view oval plates, pattern 504 tall thin boxy U

385..Federal oval "US" buckles & plates (Regulation 1839), O'Donnell Campbell die pattern 505 and 506, E. Gaylord

click here to view oval plates, patterns 505 and 506, Gaylord

387..Federal oval "US" buckles & plates (Regulation 1839), O'Donnell Campbell die pattern 507

click here to view oval plates, pattern 507, Gaylord

390..Federal oval "US" buckles & plates (Regulation 1839), variant O'Donnell Campbell die patterns not otherwise listed

click here to view oval plates, large size variants

P0366...Hooks from US buckles, used as independent buckles

Hooks from US buckles follow generally two styles, early studhooks or "puppy paw" hooks, or later "arrow hooks". Often these hooks are found in camps, having been melted out of the US buckles. Both are made of brass. The stud hooks are cast as one piece, the studs are capped with a washer, lead filled over the washer, then a brass skin applied over the lead, often the brass skin is worn away or flaked off, but apparently it was originally applied to most of them. The arrow hook style is much simpler to make, the tongue and hooks were both cast or cut out of flat brass made in two parts, the tongue is riveted to the hooks, both pieces then bent into position, giving the appearance of a "U" frame. Additional patterns have been noted (not photographed) appear to have been made differently, the tongue forms a "T" shape, and the two hooks mounted on either end of the "T" with rivets.
Recovered: Harry Ridgeway Frederick County, VA