Leather & Plates
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CAP BOX WITH STAMPED U.S. ON FLAP - Completely
unmarked other than the rarely seen stamped U.S. on flap.
Retains all wool, no pick. Good condition with exception of 1
missing belt loop and 1 broken belt loop. Would still look good in
SPECTACULAR C.S.A. BELT PLATE ON ORIGINAL BELT -
Fresh out of a Bay City, Michigan estate - thick Georgia style
C.S.A. belt plate on original belt. Plate has a fantastic deep
redish brown patina (this is not the Bannerman copy from the
early 1900's - guaranteed), belt is well worn and has been on
since day one. The belt is not a U.S. belt but a more crude
copy. There is a deep worn in area under the plate hooks. The
only flaw is that one of the hook holes of the belt is ripped
open, otherwise you won't find much better.
CIVIL WAR PISTOL CARTRIDGE BOX - Unmarked pistol box
which is solid but has cracked finish and is missing some of the
finish. Closing tab is also missing.
M-1851 DRAGOON SWORD BELT - As described in
Lea-53 this was pulled from a house attic near
Juliustown, NJ. It is a buff leather belt with a beautiful
chocolate brown M-1851 rectangular plate that has the
applied german silver wreaths prominantly standing out.
Is missing shoulder strap and has one of the sword
hangers broken (but present). Does not have clips. Again
as above the leather is somewhat stiff yet pliable and still
retains that attic 'dirty dust'. Will need to be cleaned. No
makers markings on belt or plate.
OFFICER'S SWORD BELT PLATE - DUG - Recovery
location unknown. This plate has seen it all - many
nicks, etc (most probably from plows). Narrow tongue
denoting an earlier plate. German silver applied wreaths
are gone, has a bench number of 48 on reverse.
OFFICER'S WAIST BELT AND PLATE - Very nice
bridle leather belt & eagle plate with applied German
silver wreath, leather is not stiff at all. No visible
makers markings on belt. Plate has 3 digit bench mark
on reverse - keeper has nothing.
U.S. CARTRIDGE BOX PLATE - Dark patina with some nicks
along the edges. A musket worm had been used to screw into the
lead back of the plate - for what reason I don't have a clue. Both
U.S. BELT PLATE - This plate was dug near Prudence, West
Virginia back in the 1960's. Face had been cleaned ages ago but
long enough to where there is now a nice patina, the lead back
has that nice deep gray color. VGC
M-1839 SMALL PATTERN RIFLEMAN'S CARTRIDGE BOX
PLATE- Only measures approx. 1.60" x 2.80". Unfortunately
much of the gilt has been scratched and a deep patina covers
those areas. One loop missing & the other cut and twisted.
M-1851 RECTANGULAR EAGLE SWORD BELT PLATE WITH 3
PC. APPLIED GERMAN SILVER WREATH - Nice looking plate
with the 3 piece applied wreath, no keeper and has bench mark of
382 on the tongue.
CAP BOX WITH US PLATE - Good solid cap box made and well
stamped by H.D. Haedrich. The US plate is a lead filled M-1839
Rifleman's small style plate (the reason it fits on a box this small).
for the most part the finish is still on the leather but there are
places as can be seen in the photos where the finish is worn off.
Only traces of the wool left and no pick. Good condition.
.58 CAL. CARTRIDGE BOX - Complete with US plate, roller
buckles and tins. Marked on inner flap "Watertown Arsenal 1864".
In some areas that were more exposed to the elements (front flap)
the finish on the leather has cracked off but in an appealing way.
There are several holes (can be seen in photos) on the front flap -
for what reason I don't have a clue. Rear and sides of the box are in
excellent condition. Overall good condition.
C-1830's SWORD BELT - 1 5/8" wide x 28" long red leather sword
belt, has gold tooling. This came with a second one just like this but
there was an 1830's New York rectangular belt plate on that one. Has
had a repair as can be seen in photos - only one sword hanger. Shows
CIVIL WAR PERIOD ENLISTED MANS WAIST BELT & PLATE -
Rather large belt (in length) and has an oval US belt plate with a very
dark patina. Plate does have several initials carved into the lead on
reverse. Belt shows a good amount of wear and one of the holes for
the arrow hook of the plate is broken through.
US CARTRIDGE BOX PLATE - RECOVERED FROM
SPOTSYLVANIA, VA- Front of plate in good condition, still has a
bit of gilt shining through along the rim. Reverse has about 50% of
lead missing and loops rusted off.
US BREAST PLATE - RECOVERED FROM WASHINGTON, D.C.
AREA- Front of plate in very good condition, great detail still
showing. Reverse is in decent condition, retains loops but they are
CONFEDERATE SHEET BRASS WAIST BELT PLATE - Approx. 2
1/2" x 3 3/4". Front of plate in very good condition. Reverse shows
where 'wire hooks' were attached although the actual hooks are
missing. Good patina.
CIVIL WAR CARBINE SLING SWIVEL - MARKED U.S. AND MAKER
- Standard US sling swivel, marked on the bottom of the belt roller
"U.S. / T.J. Shepard / E. Gaylord / Chicopee". These signed units are
getting tougher to find. Most are unmarked. Some light pitting on
areas of the metal as can be seen in the photos. Good condition.
M-1851 RECTANGULAR SWORD BELT PLATE WITH
INITIALS ON REVERSE - Dug M-1851 eagle sword belt plate
with applied German silver wreath. Recovery sight unknown.
Plate has owner's initials of "T.I.P." stamped in reverse side
of plate - unknown. Small bend in the belt keeper side but
VMM - MAINE PLATE - BATTLEFIELD RECOVERED - In
two pieces and missing 95% of the lead on the back of the
plate - just a small blob left. Plate has extensive damage and
distortion as can be seen. Recovery site unknown. Fragile
MANN PATENT CARBINE CARTRIDGE BOX - Designed
by Col. W.D. Mann of the 7th Michigan Cavalry these
cartridge boxes were not made until 1864 and in low
numbers but were praised by many in the service. The
extra strap was meant to distribute the weight of the box
more evenly. There were some that cut the strap off also
as was done with this box. The flap tab is torn but intact
and the insert is still present. Solid box. and not always
CAP BOX - H. HEAD - QUINCY, ILLINOIS - Well used cap box by one
of the harder to find contractors, H. Head of Quincy, Illinois. Still
retains some of the wool inside but does not have the pick. The inside
flap has a good legible contractor's stamp but the finish is cracked a bit
and a bit fragile on the hinge. The rest of the box shows good wear
from use but is solid. One belt loop has less wear than the other but
looks to be all original.
2ND NEW YORK VETERAN CAVALRY LEATHER RIG -
Sword belt with eagle plate, carbine cartridge box and cap box
belonging to Alonzo P. Slocum of the 2nd NY Veteran
Cavalry. ID'd with a nice period tag in period ink that was
inside the cartridge box. Everything in this rig is far from
excellent but it is ID'd. Belt is well worn, eagle plate has had a
good portion of the German silver wreath knocked off. The
same bench mark of 110 is on both the plate and keeper. The
tag is in two pieces but clearly legible. The cap box is well
worn with most of the leather finish worn off especially on the
flap. All that can be seen of the maker's stamp is 'New York'.
The flap latch is ripped off as is one of the belt loops. The
cartridge box is also very well worn, most of the finish is off
the outer flap and a good amount on the rest of the box. One
belt loop is broken and the flap latch is torn off. Both roller
buckles are intact and the wood cartridge insert is present.
The manufacturer's stamp of J.E. Condict of New York is
clearly visible and by this stamp it appears the cap box is from
the same. Both boxes are actively flaking. Slocum was in the
2nd NY Vet Cav from pretty much the start, Dec., 1863 but
his muster out date is not known. The 2nd NY Veteran Cav
spent it's time in the Louisiana, Mississippi and Alabama
CAVALRY CARBINE BOOT - Leather boot with strap & buckle,
these were mounted to the saddle with the strap and the carbine
barrel would be placed through it to keep the gun in place while
riding. Unmarked and in very good condition.