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
898..Confederate buckles and plates, two part snake buckles

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


Two part buckle, "snake" or serpent head with a beak, tall pattern.
These imported plates, referred to as "snake" buckles, actually depict a mythical serpent, this plate bears a head with a beak. Plate is believed to have been manufactured in England and imported, presumably Confederate use but either side could have had them. This tall pattern would accommodate a two inch belt. Measurements of the rounded keepers will vary considerably.
Ref: Mullinax Expanded Edition, Plate 199.

P0358...Confederate buckles and plates, stamped rounded corner CS platesTwo part buckle, "snake" or serpent head with a beak, tall pattern.
P0358A.JPG (38250 bytes) P0358B.JPG (35799 bytes) These imported plates, referred to as "snake" buckles, actually depict a mythical serpent, this plate bears a head with a beak. Plate is believed to have been manufactured in England and imported, presumably Confederate use but either side could have had them. This tall pattern would accommodate a two inch belt. Keepers measure 61mm, approx. Recovered: tongue was found Third Battle of Winchester, by Harry Ridgeway in 1962, the keeper is correct fit and was also found in the 1960's, but found somewhere else.
Ref: Mullinax Expanded Edition, Plate 199.
Old Court House Civil War Museum, Winchester, Virginia

P1334...Confederate buckles and plates, stamped rounded corner CS platesTwo part buckle, "snake" or serpent head with a beak, tall pattern.
These imported plates, referred to as "snake" buckles, actually depict a mythical serpent, this plate bears a head with a beak. Plate is believed to have been manufactured in England and imported, presumably Confederate use but either side could have had them. This tall pattern would accommodate a two inch belt. Keepers measure 68mm, approx. Nondug plate.
Ref: Mullinax Expanded Edition, Plate 199.


Two part buckle, "snake" or serpent head with a beak and a medallian, short pattern
These imported plates, referred to as "snake" buckles, actually depict a mythical serpent, this plate bears a head with a beak. Plate is believed to have been manufactured in England and imported, presumably Confederate use but either side could have had them. This short pattern bears an artistic medallion. Measurements of the rounded keepers will vary considerably.
Ref: Mullinax Expanded Edition, Plate 198.

P1476...Two part buckle, "snake" or serpent head with a beak and a medallian, short pattern.
These imported plates, referred to as "snake" buckles, actually depict a mythical serpent, this plate bears a head with a beak. Plate is believed to have been manufactured in England and imported, presumably Confederate use but either side could have had them. This short pattern bears an artistic medallion. Keepers measure 47mm. Nondug plate.
Ref: Mullinax Expanded Edition, Plate 198.


Two part buckle, "snake" or serpent head with a beak, ornate keeper with a center bar, tall pattern, iron buckle.
These imported plates, referred to as "snake" buckles, actually depict a mythical serpent, this plate bears a head with a beak. Plate is believed to have been manufactured in England and imported, presumably Confederate use but either side could have had them. This long pattern is very light and made from iron, with fancy keepers and a center bar, third matching keeper is a belt adjuster. This is a very large buckle, it may or may not be military, and dating is not determined. Measurements of the rounded keepers will vary considerably.
Ref: Mullinax Expanded Edition, not listed.

P0812...Two part buckle, "snake" or serpent head with a beak, ornate keeper with a center bar, tall pattern, iron buckle.
These imported plates, referred to as "snake" buckles, actually depict a mythical serpent, this plate bears a head with a beak. Plate is believed to have been manufactured in England and imported, presumably Confederate use but either side could have had them. This long pattern is very light and made from iron, with fancy keepers and a center bar, third matching keeper is a belt adjuster. This is a very large buckle, it may or may not be military, and dating is not determined. Measurements of the rounded keepers will vary considerably. Dug buckle, iron, all three pieces found together. Recovered: Virginia location not specified.
Ref: Mullinax Expanded Edition, not listed.