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
848..Confederate buckles and plates, CS oval belt buckles, "Breckinridge" 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
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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, "Breckinridge" style, die stamped brass, not filled, sheet brass hooks, Confederate wartime manufacture
Buckle depicts "CS" and is an oval belt plate broadly used in the Confederacy. This style is noted for crudely formed letters, oval is nearly round, border is not distinct. Plate is called the "Breckinridge" style by early relic hunters because some were found in camps occupied by the famous general, however there is no evidence actually linking this to Breckinridge because they are also frequently found in Tennessee. Plate is stamped on thick sheet brass, scraps of brass were cut into hooks and soldered into place, the plate never was filled. Plate measures 59mm x 88mm approximately, plate is hand cut and edge is irregular.
Ref: Mullinax Expanded Edition, Plates 148 to 150.

P0659...Confederate oval belt plate, CS, "Breckinridge" style, die stamped brass, not filled, sheet brass hooks, Confederate wartime manufacture.
P0659.jpg (26828 bytes) P0659B.jpg (24047 bytes) Buckle depicts "CS" and is an oval belt plate broadly used in the Confederacy. This style is noted for crudely formed letters, oval is nearly round, border is not distinct. Plate is called the "Breckinridge" style by early relic hunters because somewere found in camps occupied by the famous general, however there is no evidence actually linking this to Breckinridge because they are also frequently foundin Tennessee. Plate is stamped on thick sheet brass, scraps of brass were cut into hooks and soldered into place, the plate never was filled. Plate measures 57mm X 87mm. Dug plate, hooks intact. Recovered: Shelbyville Tennessee.
Ref: Mullinax Expanded Edition, Plates 148 to 150.

P1434...Confederate oval belt plate, CS, "Breckinridge" style, die stamped brass, not filled, sheet brass hooks, Confederate wartime manufacture.
Buckle depicts "CS" and is an oval belt plate broadly used in the Confederacy. This style is noted for crudely formed letters, oval is nearly round, border is not distinct. Plate is called the "Breckinridge" style by early relic hunters because somewere found in camps occupied by the famous general, however there is no evidence actually linking this to Breckinridge because they are also frequently foundin Tennessee. Plate is stamped on thick sheet brass, scraps of brass were cut into hooks and soldered into place, the plate never was filled. Measurements not obtained. Dug buckle, hooks intact. Recovered: Franklin Tennessee.
Ref: Mullinax Expanded Edition, Plates 148 to 150.

P1478...Confederate oval belt plate, CS, "Breckinridge" style, die stamped brass, not filled, sheet brass hooks, Confederate wartime manufacture.
Buckle depicts "CS" and is an oval belt plate broadly used in the Confederacy. This style is noted for crudely formed letters, oval is nearly round, border is not distinct. Plate is called the "Breckinridge" style by early relic hunters because somewere found in camps occupied by the famous general, however there is no evidence actually linking this to Breckinridge because they are also frequently foundin Tennessee. Plate is stamped on thick sheet brass, scraps of brass were cut into hooks and soldered into place, the plate never was filled. Measurements not obtained. Dug buckle, hooks intact, small bend on right side has been straightened. Recovered: Columbia Tennessee, original discovery was published in the North South Trader Volume 30 No 3 2004 page 31.
Ref: Mullinax Expanded Edition, Plates 148 to 150.

P1546...Confederate oval belt plate, CS, "Breckinridge" style, die stamped brass, not filled, sheet brass hooks, Confederate wartime manufacture.
Buckle depicts "CS" and is an oval belt plate broadly used in the Confederacy. This style is noted for crudely formed letters, oval is nearly round, border is not distinct. Plate is called the "Breckinridge" style by early relic hunters because somewere found in camps occupied by the famous general, however there is no evidence actually linking this to Breckinridge because they are also frequently foundin Tennessee. Plate is stamped on thick sheet brass, scraps of brass were cut into hooks and soldered into place, the plate never was filled. Plate measures 57mm X 87mm. Dug plate, one hook missing, tongue is separated but original to this buckle, small crack near the "S" is reinforced and stable. Recovered: Tennessee campaign.
Ref: Mullinax Expanded Edition, Plates 148 to 150.

P1674...Confederate oval belt plate, CS, "Breckinridge" style, die stamped brass, not filled, sheet brass hooks, Confederate wartime manufacture.
Buckle depicts "CS" and is an oval belt plate broadly used in the Confederacy. This style is noted for crudely formed letters, oval is nearly round, border is not distinct. Plate is called the "Breckinridge" style by early relic hunters because somewere found in camps occupied by the famous general, however there is no evidence actually linking this to Breckinridge because they are also frequently foundin Tennessee. Plate is stamped on thick sheet brass, scraps of brass were cut into hooks and soldered into place, the plate never was filled. Measurements not obtained. Dug plate, apparently there is a small crack above the C that has been filled and reinforced. Recovered: Franklin Tennessee, Lotz house collection.
Ref: Mullinax Expanded Edition, Plates 148 to 150.

P2058...Confederate oval belt plate, CS, "Breckinridge" style, die stamped brass, not filled, sheet brass hooks,Confederate wartime manufacture
Buckle depicts "CS" and is an oval belt plate broadly used in the Confederacy. This style is noted for crudely formed letters, oval is nearly round, border is not distinct. Plate is called the "Breckinridge" style by early relic hunters because some were found in camps occupied by the famous general, however there is no evidence actually linking this to Breckinridge because they are also frequently found in Tennessee. Plate is stamped on thick sheet brass, scraps of brass were cut into hooks and soldered into place, the plate never was filled. Plate measures 59mm x 88mm approximately, plate is hand cut and edge is irregular. Dug plate, all three hooks present, one was reapplied.  Recovered Tennessee campaign.
Ref: Mullinax Expanded Edition, Plates 148 to 150.

P2124...Confederate oval belt plate, CS, "Breckinridge" style, die stamped brass, not filled, sheet brass hooks,Confederate wartime manufacture
Buckle depicts "CS" and is an oval belt plate broadly used in the Confederacy. This style is noted for crudely formed letters, oval is nearly round, border is not distinct. Plate is called the "Breckinridge" style by early relic hunters because some were found in camps occupied by the famous general, however there is no evidence actually linking this to Breckinridge because they are also frequently found in Tennessee. Plate is stamped on thick sheet brass, scraps of brass were cut into hooks and soldered into place, the plate never was filled. Plate measures 59mm x 88mm approximately, plate is hand cut and edge is irregular. Dug plate, hooks intact, bend in middle was straightened. Recovered: Mufreesboro Tennessee.
Ref: Mullinax Expanded Edition, Plates 148 to 150.


Confederate oval belt plate, CS, "Breckinridge" style, die stamped iron, not filled, sheet brass hooks, Confederate wartime manufacture.
Buckle depicts "CS" and is an oval belt plate broadly used in the Confederacy. This style is noted for crudely formed letters, oval is nearly round, border is not distinct. Plate is called the "Breckinridge" style by early relic hunters because somewere found in camps occupied by the famous general, however there is no evidence actually linking this to Breckinridge because they are also frequently foundin Tennessee. Plate is stamped on thick sheet iron, scraps of brass were cut into hooks and soldered into place, the plate never was filled.
Ref: Mullinax Expanded Edition, Plate 152.

P0371...Confederate oval belt plate, CS, "Breckinridge" style, die stamped iron, not filled, sheet brass hooks, Confederate wartime manufacture.
P0371.jpg (25024 bytes) P0371B.jpg (33849 bytes) Buckle depicts "CS" and is an oval belt plate broadly used in the Confederacy. This style is noted for crudely formed letters, oval is nearly round, border is not distinct. Plate is called the "Breckinridge" style by early relic hunters because somewere found in camps occupied by the famous general, however there is no evidence actually linking this to Breckinridge because they are also frequently foundin Tennessee. Plate is stamped on thick sheet iron, scraps of brass were cut into hooks and soldered into place, the plate never was filled. Plate measures 59mm X 87mm (plates hand cut). Dug plate, this one has been clear painted to prevent further deterioration, one hook missing. Recovered: Atlanta campaign.
Ref: Mullinax Expanded Edition, Plate 152.


Confederate oval belt plate, CS, "Breckinridge" style, cast, integral hooks, Confederate wartime manufacture
Buckle depicts "CS" and is an oval belt plate broadly used in the Confederacy. This style is noted for crudely formed letters, oval is nearly round, border is not distinct. Plate is called the "Breckinridge" style by early relic hunters because somewere found in camps occupied by the famous general, however there is no evidence actually linking this to Breckinridge because they are also frequently foundin Tennessee. Plate is cast, probably copied from a stamped version, the hooks are very long and narrow and were cast straight and then bent.
Ref: Mullinax Expanded Edition, Plates 154 to 155.

P0319...Confederate oval belt plate, CS, "Breckinridge" style, cast, integral hooks, Confederate wartime manufacture.
P0319.jpg (20581 bytes) P0319B.jpg (27504 bytes) Buckle depicts "CS" and is an oval belt plate broadly used in the Confederacy. This style is noted for crudely formed letters, oval is nearly round, border is not distinct. Plate is called the "Breckinridge" style by early relic hunters because somewere found in camps occupied by the famous general, however there is no evidence actually linking this to Breckinridge because they are also frequently foundin Tennessee. Plate is cast, probably copied from a stamped version, the hooks are very long and narrow and were cast straight and then bent. Plate measures 54.4mm X 80.3mm. Dug plate, tongue is broken. Recovered: Lovejoy GA by Don Odom, original discovery was published NST Vol X, No 2, January - February 1983, pg. 4.
Ref: Mullinax Expanded Edition, Plates 154 to 155.