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 a display.
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.
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
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.
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.
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 otherwise
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 available.
2ND NEW YORK VETERAN CAVALRY LEATHER RIG -
Sword belt with eagle plate, carbine cartridge box and cap box
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 areas.
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.
FIELD ARTILLERY FRICTION PRIMER TUBE BOX - The
only Union accoutrement box finished in brown leather and
this is a nice, used but not abused box. Clearly marked "US /
WATERVLIET / ARSENAL". A vent pick has been added as a
field alteration. Still has drilled wood insert and tight
stitching. The flap tab has some loose stitching but that's it.
Good solid box that doesn't show up every day.
CIVIL WAR CAP BOX - Well used and still good finish. No
makers stamp. Owner had carved his initials on the back 'JT'
and inside the flap with a 'XX'. Some light spotting on the one
side where it appears something may have splashed on it and
would probably be covered with a light rubbing of dark brown
shoe polish but I rather the final owner make that choice. No
wool or pick.
CIVIL WAR PISTOL CARTRIDGE BOX - Nice solid pistol box
made by Joseph Davy & Co. of Trenton, NJ and so marked.
Also has some remains of the Federal Inspectors stamps. Most
of finish worn off of closing strap as should be expected on a
RARE BURNSIDE EAGLE BREAST PLATE - DUG - One of the rare
plates to dig, this breastplate, known as the Burnside Breast Plate is
smaller than the regular breast plates by about 5mm in diameter
(59.4mm) - a very noticeable difference. This has the typical 'open
leaves' that are typical of these plates. The loops on the back are very
rusted and one of them has completely rusted through on the curve.
The face is in very good condition, has been cleaned but not to where
the patina has come off, only to the point of showing that smoother
look, as though someone had been rubbing it. There is one push or
slight dent in the rim near the eagle's head. Only know that this was
dug on a Virginia battlefield -no exact location.
EAGLE BREAST PLATE - DUG - Normal Union breastplate
(65.3mm) - only nubs left of the loops but a very decent looking plate
on the face. Only know that this was dug on a Virginia battlefield -no
MARYLAND BELT PLATE WITH NEW YORK G.A.R. TAG -
It doesn't get much better than this for a Maryland /
Confederate collector. The Maryland oval state seal plate alone
is rare. It is marked with the maker's name 'E. Gaylord'. The
great item that accompanies the plate is an old tag, legible but
a bit tough in spots and reads " Rebel / Belt Buckle / taken
from / E. Gaylord / Property of / Ab__ Fulkerson (?) / Wm. E.
Avery / Post 438". The William E. Avery Post 438 was located
in Farmer's Village / Interlagen, Seneca County, New York. I
did find several Fulkerson entries in the data base but none I
could match. Fulkerson comically thought that the maker
Gaylord was the name of the Rebel he obtained it from. Tag
has been creased and someone long ago placed tape on the
back side to keep it intact. The 'puppy paw' plate is absolutely
gorgeous, amazing detail and very little wear only on the high
relief areas. There are a few nicks along the edge.
CIVIL WAR CAP BOX - Sproulles, Meeker & Co., NY maker.
Sound box, missing one of the ears, most of the finish intact but
cracked leather as can be seen in photos. No wool or pick but does
have the wool attachment strip.
CIVIL WAR CAP BOX - S.N. Young, Newark, NJ maker also has
US Sub Inspector's stamp R.L. White. Good sound cap box that
still has the wool or pick (many times boxes will be missing the
wool). Most of the finish still intact but some is worn down from
use especially on the strap and outer edges of the outer flap.
CIVIL WAR BELT PLATE - LEATHER BELT REMNANTS
STILL IN HOOKS - Dug plate recovered outside of Richmond in
the 1970's. Nice chocolate brown patina, lead on reverse chipped
away in spots but still has leather from the belt stuck under each
of the arrows and keeper loop. This would mean that the belt was
still engaged with the plate when it hit the ground. the plate looks
to have been struck with a shovel during the excavation causing a
light crease above the 'S'.
C-1837 OFFICER'S WAIST BELT PLATE - Large plate (approx.
3.1" x 3.77") which you will not see in the Kerksis book on
American Military Plates. The only place I've seen this plate
displayed is in the Smithsonian Institution book 'American
Military Insignia 1800-1851' by J. Duncan Campbell and Edgar
M. Howell. In this book (on pages 92-93) they describe the plate
perfectly as an unusually large plate struck in medium brass and
crimped over a heavier piece of brass backing. They continue
stating that it is believed to be an officer's plate by the ornate
design and dating it by the 25 stars and the fact that the eagle
holds 5 arrows with points pointing inward which was generally
indicative of the period between 1832-1836. The plate is known to
be in both brass and silver - this example is in brass. Face of the
plate has a mellow patina. The reverse of the plate shows four
arrow hooks that are protruding cut-out arrows from the heavier