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
456..Federal shoulder plates, Regulation 1826, O'Donnell Campbell patterns 456 and 457, Boyd

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, pattern 456
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 strong detail, left wing breaks with a bold separation of short and long feathers, outer feather is shorter than third feather, stems of the arrows are short and wide. Brass plate is stamped on thin sheet brass, solder filled, configured as an enlisted shoulder plate, two iron hooks are formed on a loop with ends bent upward. Marked by the maker: "BOYD & SONS / BOSTON", this mark with two straight lines is in contrast to the arched mark. Also marked by the inspector, "T J SHEPARD".
Ref: O'Donnell & Campbell, Plate 456.

P1341...Federal round shoulder plate, regulation 1826, eagle, pattern 456.
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 strong detail, left wing breaks with a bold separation of short and long feathers, outer feather is shorter than third feather, stems of the arrows are short and wide. Brass plate is stamped on thin sheet brass, solder filled, configured as an enlisted shoulder plate, two iron hooks are formed on a loop with ends bent upward. Marked by the maker: "BOYD & SONS / BOSTON", this mark with two straight lines is in contrast to the arched mark. Also marked by the inspector, "T J SHEPARD". Plate measures 64mm, approx. Dug plate, one wire hook remains, marks are partial. Recovered: not known.
Ref: O'Donnell & Campbell, Plate 456.
Old Court House Civil War Museum, Winchester, Virginia


Federal round shoulder plate, regulation 1826, eagle, pattern 457
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 strong detail, left wing breaks with a bold separation of short and long feathers, outer feather is shorter than third feather, stems of the arrows are short and wide. Brass plate is stamped on thin sheet brass, solder filled, configured as an enlisted shoulder plate, two iron hooks are formed on a loop with ends bent upward. Marked by the maker: "W. H. WILKINS / SPRINGFIELD MASS". Also marked by the inspector, "T J SHEPARD / US".
Ref: O'Donnell & Campbell, Plate 457.

P0005...Federal round shoulder plate, regulation 1826, eagle, eagle, pattern 457.
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 strong detail, left wing breaks with a bold separation of short and long feathers, outer feather is shorter than third feather, stems of the arrows are short and wide. Brass plate is stamped on thin sheet brass, solder filled, configured as an enlisted shoulder plate, two iron hooks are formed on a loop with ends bent upward. Marked by the maker: "W. H. WILKINS / SPRINGFIELD MASS". Also marked by the inspector, "T J SHEPARD / US". Plate measures 64mm, approx. Dug plate, wire hooks missing, marks are strong. Recovered: Battle of Cedar Creek, Virginia, by Harry Ridgeway, in the 1960's.
Ref: O'Donnell & Campbell, Plate 457.
Old Court House Civil War Museum, Winchester, Virginia


Federal round shoulder plate, regulation 1826, eagle, pattern 456 or 457
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 strong detail, left wing breaks with a bold separation of short and long feathers, outer feather is shorter than third feather, stems of the arrows are short and wide. Brass plate is stamped on thin sheet brass, solder filled, configured as an enlisted shoulder plate, two iron hooks are formed on a loop with ends bent upward.
Ref: O'Donnell & Campbell, Plates 456 or 457.

P1612...Federal round shoulder plate, regulation 1826, eagle, pattern 456 or 457.
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 strong detail, left wing breaks with a bold separation of short and long feathers, outer feather is shorter than third feather, stems of the arrows are short and wide. Brass plate is stamped on thin sheet brass, solder filled, 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 are missing. Recovered: Shenandoah Valley, Virginia.
Ref: O'Donnell & Campbell, Plates 456 or 457.

P1731...Federal round shoulder plate, regulation 1826, eagle, pattern 456 or 457.
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 strong detail, left wing breaks with a bold separation of short and long feathers, outer feather is shorter than third feather, stems of the arrows are short and wide. Brass plate is stamped on thin sheet brass, solder filled, 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 intact. Recovered: Spanish Fort, Blakeley, Alabama from 1957 to 1963!
Ref: O'Donnell & Campbell, Plates 456 or 457.

P1800...Federal round shoulder plate, regulation 1826, eagle, pattern 456 or 457.
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 strong detail, left wing breaks with a bold separation of short and long feathers, outer feather is shorter than third feather, stems of the arrows are short and wide. Brass plate is stamped on thin sheet brass, solder filled, 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 are missing. Recovered: not known.
Ref: O'Donnell & Campbell, Plates 456 or 457.

P1884...Federal round shoulder plate, regulation 1826, eagle, pattern 456 or 457.
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 strong detail, left wing breaks with a bold separation of short and long feathers, outer feather is shorter than third feather, stems of the arrows are short and wide. Brass plate is stamped on thin sheet brass, solder filled, configured as an enlisted shoulder plate, two iron hooks are formed on a loop with ends bent upward. Plate measures 64mm approx. Dug plate, small rim chip, hooks missing. Recovered: central Virginia.
Ref: O'Donnell & Campbell, Plates 456 or 457.