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
410..Federal shoulder plates, Regulation 1826, O'Donnell Campbell patterns 260 to 273, officer rectangle

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 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



Federal rectangle shoulder plate, US surrounded by wreath and rays, company officer, regulation 1839
Plate depicts "US" surrounded by a wreath intended for officers during the Mexican War period. Plate is rectangle, fine casting, US and wreath were made separately and applied, hooks were integral casting and then bent, round impression in the back may be an indication that the plate was die struck after casting to sharpen it.
Ref: O'Donnell & Campbell, Plate 262.

P1523...Federal rectangle shoulder plate, US surrounded by wreath and rays, company officer, regulation 1839
Plate depicts "US" surrounded by a wreath intended for officers during the Mexican War period. Plate is rectangle, fine casting, US and wreath were made separately and applied, hooks were integral casting and then bent, round impression in the back may be an indication that the plate was die struck after casting to sharpen it.
Ref: O'Donnell & Campbell, Plate 262.

Plate measures 65mm X 81mm. Nondug plate, hooks were clipped off and two very small holes drilled for mounting on an old relic display, the holes are notdistracting and can be filled.