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
884..Confederate buckles and plates, sheet brass 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


Rectangle belt plate, plain sheet brass, likely Confederate wartime manufacture
Plate was hand cut out of plain sheet brass, iron hooks soldered, construction is simple and could be done by almost any blacksmith or small metal working shop. Size of the buckle and thickness of the sheet varies considerably.
Ref: Mullinax Expanded Edition, Plates 184 to 186.

P0362...Rectangle belt plate, plain sheet brass, likely Confederate wartime manufacture.
P0362A.JPG (44406 bytes) P0362B.JPG (40060 bytes) Plate was hand cut out of plain sheet brass, iron hooks soldered, construction is simple and could be done by almost any blacksmith or small metal working shop. Size of the buckle and thickness of the sheet varies considerably. Plate measures 44mm X 65mm. Dug plate, hooks missing. Recovered: Third Battle of Winchester, by Harry Ridgeway in the 1960's.
Ref: Mullinax Expanded Edition, Plates 184 to 186.
Old Court House Civil War Museum, Winchester, Virginia.

P0284...Rectangle belt plate, plain sheet brass, likely Confederate wartime manufacture.
P0284A.JPG (32360 bytes) P0284B.JPG (51492 bytes) Plate was hand cut out of plain sheet brass, iron hooks soldered, construction is simple and could be done by almost any blacksmith or small metal working shop. Size of the buckle and thickness of the sheet varies considerably. Plate measures 46mm X 72mm. Dug plate, hooks missing. Recovered: Shenandoah Valley, Virginia by Steve Baker.
Ref: Mullinax Expanded Edition, Plates 184 to 186.
Old Court House Civil War Museum, Winchester, Virginia.

P0285...Rectangle belt plate, plain sheet brass, likely Confederate wartime manufacture.
P0285A.JPG (44177 bytes) P0285B.JPG (40152 bytes) Plate was hand cut out of plain sheet brass, iron hooks soldered, construction is simple and could be done by almost any blacksmith or small metal working shop. Size of the buckle and thickness of the sheet varies considerably. Plate measures 51mm X 75mm. Dug plate, hooks missing. Recovered: Shenandoah Valley, Virginia by Steve Baker.
Ref: Mullinax Expanded Edition, Plates 184 to 186.
Old Court House Civil War Museum, Winchester, Virginia.

P1224...Rectangle belt plate, plain sheet brass, likely Confederate wartime manufacture.
P1224A.JPG (48752 bytes) P1224B.JPG (75707 bytes) Plate was hand cut out of plain sheet brass, iron hooks soldered, construction is simple and could be done by almost any blacksmith or small metal working shop. Size of the buckle and thickness of the sheet varies considerably. Plate measures 44mm X 70mm. Dug plate, iron hooks are partial. Recovered: Port Hudson, Louisiana, by Emile Mancuso.
Ref: Mullinax Expanded Edition, Plates 184 to 186.

P1264...Rectangle belt plate, plain sheet brass, likely Confederate wartime manufacture.
P1264A.JPG (44295 bytes) P1264B.JPG (52506 bytes) Plate was hand cut out of plain sheet brass, iron hooks soldered, construction is simple and could be done by almost any blacksmith or small metal working shop. Size of the buckle and thickness of the sheet varies considerably. Plate measures 56mm X 86mm. Dug plate, iron hooks are missing. Recovered: Fredericksburg, Virginia.
Ref: Mullinax Expanded Edition, Plates 184 to 186.

P1396...Rectangle belt plate, plain sheet brass, likely Confederate wartime manufacture.
Plate was hand cut out of plain sheet brass, iron hooks soldered, construction is simple and could be done by almost any blacksmith or small metal working shop. Size of the buckle and thickness of the sheet varies considerably. Plate measures 45mm X 75mm. Dug buckle, iron hooks are partial. Recovered: South Mountain Maryland.
Ref: Mullinax Expanded Edition, Plates 184 to 186.

P1921...Rectangle belt plate, plain sheet brass, likely Confederate wartime manufacture.
Plate was hand cut out of plain sheet brass, iron hooks soldered, construction is simple and could be done by almost any blacksmith or small metal working shop. Size of the buckle and thickness of the sheet varies considerably. Plate measures 44mm x 70mm. Dug plate, hooks missing solder marks are strong, face has been brushed. Recovered: Virginia campaign.
Ref: Mullinax Expanded Edition, Plates 184 to 186.

P1922...Rectangle belt plate, plain sheet brass, likely Confederate wartime manufacture.
Plate was hand cut out of plain sheet brass, iron hooks soldered, construction is simple and could be done by almost any blacksmith or small metal working shop. Size of the buckle and thickness of the sheet varies considerably. Plate measures 52mm x 76mm. Dug plate fragments of iron hook remain. Recovered: Virginia campaign.
Ref: Mullinax Expanded Edition, Plates 184 to 186.