Civil War Relicman
Harry Ridgeway

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

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Ridgeway Reference Library, Civil War plates and buckles
453..Federal shoulder plates, Regulation 1826, O'Donnell Campbell pattern 450, 451, and 453

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


Use of the round shoulder plate was approved with the regulation of 1826, most were manufactured 1850's through end of the Civil War. Designed as adornment only for the shoulder strap, the plate was die struck on thin brass sheet, solder filled, wire loop hooks. Plate is usually configured with two iron loop hooks for the enlisted soldier, but is sometimes configured with three iron hooks for the non-commissioned officer.

Federal round shoulder plate, regulation 1826, eagle, die pattern 450, 451 or 453
Plate depicts patriotic eagle, and was used by the Federal army as well as the states. Shoulder plate is round following the Federal Regulation of 1826, most were manufactured 1850's through end of the Civil War, and was used as ornamentation on the shoulder strap. This die pattern depicts eagle with unusually strong detail, left wing breaks with a bold curved flourish, tail feathers are detailed and distinct. Brass plate is stamped on thin sheet brass, solder filled. Plate measures 64mm approx.
Ref: O'Donnell & Campbell, Plate 453. Plate is configured as an enlisted shoulder plate, two iron hooks are formed on a loop with ends bent upward.

P0001...Federal round shoulder plate, regulation 1826, eagle, die pattern 450, 451 or 453
Plate depicts patriotic eagle, and was used by the Federal army as well as the states. Shoulder plate is round following the Federal Regulation of 1826, most were manufactured 1850's through end of the Civil War, and was used as ornamentation on the shoulder strap. This die pattern depicts eagle with unusually strong detail, left wing breaks with a bold curved flourish, tail feathers are detailed and distinct. Brass plate is stamped on thin sheet brass, solder filled. Plate measures 64mm approx.
Ref: O'Donnell & Campbell, Plate 453. Plate is configured as an enlisted shoulder plate, two iron hooks are formed on a loop with ends bent upward.

Plate measures 64mm, approx. This example is extremely poorly struck and shows evidence of movement in the die. Dug plate, one wire hook intact. Recovered: Third Battle of Winchester, Virginia by Harry Ridgeway, in the 1960's.
Old Court House Civil War Museum, Winchester, Virginia

P0002...Federal round shoulder plate, regulation 1826, eagle, die pattern 450, 451 or 453
Plate depicts patriotic eagle, and was used by the Federal army as well as the states. Shoulder plate is round following the Federal Regulation of 1826, most were manufactured 1850's through end of the Civil War, and was used as ornamentation on the shoulder strap. This die pattern depicts eagle with unusually strong detail, left wing breaks with a bold curved flourish, tail feathers are detailed and distinct. Brass plate is stamped on thin sheet brass, solder filled. Plate measures 64mm approx.
Ref: O'Donnell & Campbell, Plate 453. Plate is configured as an enlisted shoulder plate, two iron hooks are formed on a loop with ends bent upward.

Plate measures 64mm, approx. Dug plate, both wire hooks intact but bent. Recovered: Battle of Cedar Creek, Virginia, by Harry Ridgeway, in the 1960's.
Old Court House Civil War Museum, Winchester, Virginia

P0922...Federal round shoulder plate, regulation 1826, eagle, die pattern 450, 451 or 453
Plate depicts patriotic eagle, and was used by the Federal army as well as the states. Shoulder plate is round following the Federal Regulation of 1826, most were manufactured 1850's through end of the Civil War, and was used as ornamentation on the shoulder strap. This die pattern depicts eagle with unusually strong detail, left wing breaks with a bold curved flourish, tail feathers are detailed and distinct. Brass plate is stamped on thin sheet brass, solder filled. Plate measures 64mm approx.
Ref: O'Donnell & Campbell, Plate 453. Plate is configured as an enlisted shoulder plate, two iron hooks are formed on a loop with ends bent upward.

Plate measures 64mm, approx. Dug plate, both wire hooks intact. Recovered: Fishers Hill, Virginia, by Kenny Beauchamp.
Old Court House Civil War Museum, Winchester, Virginia

P1649...Federal round shoulder plate, regulation 1826, eagle, die pattern 450, 451 or 453
Plate depicts patriotic eagle, and was used by the Federal army as well as the states. Shoulder plate is round following the Federal Regulation of 1826, most were manufactured 1850's through end of the Civil War, and was used as ornamentation on the shoulder strap. This die pattern depicts eagle with unusually strong detail, left wing breaks with a bold curved flourish, tail feathers are detailed and distinct. Brass plate is stamped on thin sheet brass, solder filled. Plate measures 64mm approx.
Ref: O'Donnell & Campbell, Plate 453. Plate is configured as an enlisted shoulder plate, two iron hooks are formed on a loop with ends bent upward.

Plate measures 64mm, approx. Dug plate, both wire hooks intact. Recovered: Virginia campaign.

P1766...Federal round shoulder plate, regulation 1826, eagle, die pattern 450, 451 or 453
Plate depicts patriotic eagle, and was used by the Federal army as well as the states. Shoulder plate is round following the Federal Regulation of 1826, most were manufactured 1850's through end of the Civil War, and was used as ornamentation on the shoulder strap. This die pattern depicts eagle with unusually strong detail, left wing breaks with a bold curved flourish, tail feathers are detailed and distinct. Brass plate is stamped on thin sheet brass, solder filled. Plate measures 64mm approx.
Ref: O'Donnell & Campbell, Plate 453. Plate is configured as an enlisted shoulder plate, two iron hooks are formed on a loop with ends bent upward.

Plate measures 64mm, approx. Dug plate, wire hooks missing. Recovered: Spotsylvania County, Virginia.

P1798...Federal round shoulder plate, regulation 1826, eagle, die pattern 450, 451 or 453
Plate depicts patriotic eagle, and was used by the Federal army as well as the states. Shoulder plate is round following the Federal Regulation of 1826, most were manufactured 1850's through end of the Civil War, and was used as ornamentation on the shoulder strap. This die pattern depicts eagle with unusually strong detail, left wing breaks with a bold curved flourish, tail feathers are detailed and distinct. Brass plate is stamped on thin sheet brass, solder filled. Plate measures 64mm approx.
Ref: O'Donnell & Campbell, Plate 453. Plate is configured as an enlisted shoulder plate, two iron hooks are formed on a loop with ends bent upward.

Dug plate, both wire hooks intact. Recovered: Tennessee campaign.


Federal round shoulder plate, regulation 1826, eagle, die pattern 450, 451 or 453
Plate depicts patriotic eagle, and was used by the Federal army as well as the states. Shoulder plate is round following the Federal Regulation of 1826, most were manufactured 1850's through end of the Civil War, and was used as ornamentation on the shoulder strap. This die pattern depicts eagle with unusually strong detail, left wing breaks with a bold curved flourish, tail feathers are detailed and distinct. Brass plate is stamped on thin sheet brass, solder filled. Plate measures 64mm approx.
Ref: O'Donnell & Campbell, Plate 450 or 451. Plate is configured with three iron hooks for the non-commissioned officer, three iron hooks are formed on a loop with ends bent upward.

P1855...Federal round shoulder plate, regulation 1826, eagle, die pattern 450, 451 or 453
Plate depicts patriotic eagle, and was used by the Federal army as well as the states. Shoulder plate is round following the Federal Regulation of 1826, most were manufactured 1850's through end of the Civil War, and was used as ornamentation on the shoulder strap. This die pattern depicts eagle with unusually strong detail, left wing breaks with a bold curved flourish, tail feathers are detailed and distinct. Brass plate is stamped on thin sheet brass, solder filled. Plate measures 64mm approx.
Ref: O'Donnell & Campbell, Plate 450 or 451. Plate is configured with three iron hooks for the non-commissioned officer, three iron hooks are formed on a loop with ends bent upward.

Dug plate with rim damage. Recovered: Lovettsville, Virginia, Potomac River crossing south east of Harpers Ferry.