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Confederate Frame Buckle dug in a CS camp in Virginia


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This is another great piece being offered, it is a Confederate Frame buckle. Like some other versions of this example, it is sand-cast brass with a cross bar, but it is made with a hollow back, commonly referred to as “Gutterback Buckles”. It is thought that the hollow back was probably an effort to conserve brass without sacrificing too much strength. Overall measurements are 60mm by 68mm and an example is in “Confederate Belt Buckles & Plates”, by Steve Mullinax (see pictures). It was dug in a Confederate camp near Casanova, Virginia (Fauquier County) in the 1990s by Paul Tessendori.

During the Civil War, the town was near the scene of battles and skirmishes during which the churches and schools were used as hospitals, frequently occupied by Federal troops (see pictures). This area was also the object of raids by Colonel John S. Mosby, known as the "Gray Ghost," who later made his home there and practiced law on Court Street.

There is a slight bend in the buckle, otherwise this is a nice, excavated example of the Confederate frame buckle, second in popularity to the “standard” version. There was also less finishing work involved since the back of this style plate usually shows the crude casting. Many Confederate soldiers wore these buckles (see period photographs). It comes in the glass top display case pictured.

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