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
480..Federal shoulder plates, Regulation 1826, variant pattern01

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, variant pattern 01
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 depictsgraceful eagle with long proportionate wings with no breaks, right ring extends beyond the leg of the eagle, a feature not repeated on any other patterns. 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, plate not listed.

P0927...Federal round shoulder plate, regulation 1826, eagle, variant pattern 01.
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 depictsgraceful eagle with long proportionate wings with no breaks, right ring extends beyond the leg of the eagle, a feature not repeated on any other patterns. 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 63mm, approx. Dug plate, both wire hooks intact. Recovered: Cedar Creek, Virginia, by Kenny Beauchamp.
Ref: O'Donnell & Campbell, plate not listed.
Old Court House Civil War Museum, Winchester, Virginia.

P1688...Federal round shoulder plate, regulation 1826, eagle, variant pattern 01.
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 depictsgraceful eagle with long proportionate wings with no breaks, right ring extends beyond the leg of the eagle, a feature not repeated on any other patterns. 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 63mm, approx. Dug plate, wire hooks missing. Recovered: Maryland campaign, by Steve Kirby.
Ref: O'Donnell & Campbell, plate not listed.
Old Court House Civil War Museum, Winchester, Virginia.

P1815...Federal round shoulder plate, regulation 1826, eagle, variant pattern 01.
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 depictsgraceful eagle with long proportionate wings with no breaks, right ring extends beyond the leg of the eagle, a feature not repeated on any other patterns. 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 63mm, approx. Dug plate, both wire hooks intact. Recovered: Third Battle of Winchester, Virginia, near Winchester Country Club.
Ref: O'Donnell & Campbell, plate not listed.

P1853...Federal round shoulder plate, regulation 1826, eagle, variant pattern 01.
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 depictsgraceful eagle with long proportionate wings with no breaks, right ring extends beyond the leg of the eagle, a feature not repeated on any other patterns. 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, some dings, hooks missing. Recovered: Lovettsville, Virginia by Ed Barber.
Ref: O'Donnell & Campbell, plate not listed.
Old Court House Civil War Museum, Winchester, Virginia.