Accouterments, Buckles and Plates
U.S. "Baby" Plate depicts "US", and was used by the Federal army as well as the states. Plate is oval following the Federal Regulation of 1839, and was designed to weight the flap as well as an ornamentation on the cartridge box. Most of the small sized plates were manufactured in the 1840's and 1850's. $255.00 #BP-0044
Carbine sling buckle, regulation 1841 for cavalry. This plain buckle was used to fasten a shoulder sling, from which the cavalryman could hang his carbine when riding. Construction is simple cast brass, bar is brazed to frame, flippers were cast and then bent into place. A cast brass end plate was fastened to the strap with rivets, intended to give rigidity to end of the wide leather belt, sometimes called a "batwing" by modern collectors. Size and thickness varies, some may have been manufactured by small contractors or could be Confederate copies. This one marked T.J. Shepard US E. Gaylord Chicopee, Mass.
Excavated Brandy Station, VA. #BP-0045 $155.00