Civil War Relicman
Harry Ridgeway

Winchester, Virginia USA (changed hands 70 times in the Civil War!)

Ridgeway Reference Library, Civil War plates and buckles
900..Postwar plates manufactured after 1865

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 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

290..Federal sword plates, Hagner, regulation pattern 1872, (Indian War period 1872 to 1890's)

click here to view sword plates, Regulation pattern 1872 Hagner

295..Federal sword plates, regulation 1874, (Indian War period, 1874 to 1890's)

click here to view sword plates, Regulation 1874

910..Veteran plates

click here to view plates of Veteran organizations

920..Militia plates, Indian War period, 1866 to 1890's generally

click here to view postwar Militia plates