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
836..Confederate buckles and plates, CS oval belt buckles, "egg" shaped 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
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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


Confederate oval belt plate, CS, irregular "egg" shape, die stamped, solder filled, wire hooks, Confederate wartime manufacture
Buckle depicts "CS" and is a crude oval belt plate broadly used in the Confederacy. This style is noted for simple letters weak stamping, thin border around the edge, and oval shape that is more egg shape than oval. Plate is stamped on thick sheet brass, the die was primitive, iron wire was looped around to form hooks, back is filled with a poor quality solder. This is believed to have been issued to Mississippi troops, but it could have been used by others.
Ref: Mullinax Expanded Edition, Plate 138 to 139.

P0318...Confederate oval belt plate, CS, irregular "egg" shape, die stamped, solder filled, wire hooks,Confederate wartime manufacture.
P0318A.jpg (26175 bytes) P0318B.jpg (37751 bytes) Buckle depicts "CS" and is a crude oval belt plate broadly used in the Confederacy. This style is noted for simple letters weak stamping, thin border around the edge, and oval shape that is more egg shape than oval. Plate is stamped on thick sheet brass, the die was primitive, iron wire was looped around to form hooks, back is filled with a poor quality solder. This is believed to have been issued to Mississippi troops, but it could have been used by others. Plate measures 54.5mm X 90mm, approx. Dug plate, hooks were intact when recovered, but are weak and are mostly broken away. Recovered: Pumpkin Ridge, near Clearbrook, Virginia, by Harry Ridgeway, in the 1960's.
Ref: Mullinax Expanded Edition, Plate 138 to 139.
Old Court House Civil War Museum, Winchester, Virginia.

P0546...Confederate oval belt plate, CS, irregular "egg" shape, die stamped, solder filled, wire hooks,Confederate wartime manufacture.
Buckle depicts "CS" and is a crude oval belt plate broadly used in the Confederacy. This style is noted for simple letters weak stamping, thin border around the edge, and oval shape that is more egg shape than oval. Plate is stamped on thick sheet brass, the die was primitive, iron wire was looped around to form hooks, back is filled with a poor quality solder. This is believed to have been issued to Mississippi troops, but it could have been used by others. Measurements not meaningful. Dug plate, missing hooks, rim damage and some lead loss. Recovered McCann Lane, Stephenson's Depot, Virginia.
Ref: Mullinax Expanded Edition, Plate 138 to 139.

P0990...Confederate oval belt plate, CS, irregular "egg" shape, die stamped, solder filled, wire hooks,Confederate wartime manufacture.
Buckle depicts "CS" and is a crude oval belt plate broadly used in the Confederacy. This style is noted for simple letters weak stamping, thin border around the edge, and oval shape that is more egg shape than oval. Plate is stamped on thick sheet brass, the die was primitive, iron wire was looped around to form hooks, back is filled with a poor quality solder. This is believed to have been issued to Mississippi troops, but it could have been used by others. Plate measures 54.5mm X 90mm. Dug plate, missing hooks, rim damage and some lead loss. Recovered Clearbrook, Virginia.
Ref: Mullinax Expanded Edition, Plate 138 to 139.

P1193...Confederate oval belt plate, CS, irregular "egg" shape, die stamped, solder filled, wire hooks,Confederate wartime manufacture.
Buckle depicts "CS" and is a crude oval belt plate broadly used in the Confederacy. This style is noted for simple letters weak stamping, thin border around the edge, and oval shape that is more egg shape than oval. Plate is stamped on thick sheet brass, the die was primitive, iron wire was looped around to form hooks, back is filled with a poor quality solder. This is believed to have been issued to Mississippi troops, but it could have been used by others. Measurements not obtained. Dug plate, hooks missing and some lead loss. Recovered: Newport News, Virginia.
Ref: Mullinax Expanded Edition, Plate 138 to 139.

P1454...Confederate oval belt plate, CS, irregular "egg" shape, die stamped, solder filled, wire hooks,Confederate wartime manufacture.
Buckle depicts "CS" and is a crude oval belt plate broadly used in the Confederacy. This style is noted for simple letters weak stamping, thin bodrer around the edge, and oval shape that is more egg shape than oval. Plate is stamped on thick sheet brass, the die was primitive, iron wire was looped around to form hooks, back is filled with a poor quality solder. This is believed to have been issued to Mississippi troops, but it could have been used by others. Measurements not obtained. Dug plate, hooks missing, section of brass has rusted through. Recovered: Malvern Hill, Virginia.
Ref: Mullinax Expanded Edition, Plate 138 to 139.

P1974...Confederate oval belt plate, CS, irregular "egg" shape, die stamped, solder filled, wire hooks, Confederate wartime manufacture.
Buckle depicts "CS" and is a crude oval belt plate broadly used in the Confederacy. This style is noted for simple letters weak stamping, thin border around the edge, and oval shape that is more egg shape than oval. Plate is stamped on thick sheet brass, the die was primitive, iron wire was looped around to form hooks, back is filled with a poor quality solder. This is believed to have been issued to Mississippi troops, but it could have been used by others. Dug plate, hooks missing, upper right corner was bent and has been straightened, bend is not broken and is not glued, iron hooks missing as usual. Recovered: Virginia campaign.
Ref: Mullinax Expanded Edition, Plate 138 to 139.