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
825..Confederate buckles and plates, cast rounded corner CS plates

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

The manufacturing quality of these cast Confederate plates, varies considerably one casting to the next. Flaws in the master will theoretically appear in each successive example, but there are also flaws introduced or "cleaned up" one casting to the next. In addition, the rough castings needed to be milled and finished, and this process may introduce more variation, particularly as to size. In addition production may have been shared amongst more than one small producer, in which case some original castings could have been made from second generation master patterns. These flaws have been aggressively exploited by the fakers, some fakes are very difficult to tell, some authentic examples may have been inadvertently condemned by the "experts", or the experts simply cannot agree. There is no absolutely certain way to determine the authenticity of any of the plates, other than by making comparison to other examples and having definite irrefutable documentation of original ownership or provenance. An attempt is being made here to narrow the possibilities by showing multiple examples, by comparison conclusions can be drawn and and judgments made, more examples will be added as they can be found to analyze and publish.

Confederate rectangle belt plate, CS, rounded corner, cast, spun hooks, Confederate wartime manufacture
Buckle depicts "CS" and is a rectangle belt plate broadly used in the Confederacy. This style is noted for CS on a cast rectangle with wide border, and rounded corners, background is coarse and is sometimes lacquered, the plate is found predominantly in the western theater. The casting is crude, round prongs were originally cast straight up, the area around the base of the hooks was milled and spun, then the hooks bent into position. Production may have been shared with more than one manufacturers, there can be variations one casting to the next.
Ref: Mullinax Expanded Edition, Plates 125 to 128.

P0320...Confederate rectangle belt plate, CS, rounded corner, cast, spun hooks, Confederate wartime manufacture.
P0320.jpg (36699 bytes) P0320B.jpg (36751 bytes) Buckle depicts "CS" and is a rectangle belt plate broadly used in the Confederacy. This style is noted for CS on a cast rectangle with wide border, and rounded corners, background is coarse and is sometimes lacquered, the plate is found predominantly in the western theater. The casting is crude, round prongs were originally cast straight up, the area around the base of the hooks was milled and spun, then the hooks bent into position. Production may have been shared with more than one manufacturers, there can be variations one casting to the next. Plate measures 46.2mm X 72mm. Dug plate, never cleaned, hooks intact with fragment of leather, small scrape on the face was diggers shovel. Recovered: Blakely Alabama, by Don Meacham, in the 1970's.
Ref: Mullinax Expanded Edition, Plates 125 to 128.