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