Old South Military Antiques

Mississippi Coin Style CS Two Piece Sword Belt Buckle
Item #: OS6787

When Mississippi seceded in January of 1861, Governor Pettus ordered the state militias to rendezvous in Jackson, Mississippi to equip and train. The Vicksburg Sharpshooters from Vicksburg and the Noxubee Blues from Noxubee County, Mississippi both answered the Governor’s call. This meeting would be the only time that the two units would serve in the same area. The Vicksburg Sharpshooters would go on to become part of the 12th Mississippi Infantry, Army of Northern Virginia. The Noxubee Blues would become Company H, 5th Mississippi and serve in the Army of Tennessee. This is very strong circumstantial evidence that both the VSS and NB buckles were manufactured in Jackson, Mississippi.

It is apparent by the construction of both the "VSS” and "NB” buckles that these and the "Coin Style” shown here were made by the same foundry in Jackson, Mississippi. These were then worn in the Western Theatre, as evidenced by the fact that they are almost exclusively found in areas where the Army of Tennessee campaigned. The excavated example shown here is recorded by the collector who owned it previously, as having been found at Big Black River, Mississippi.

The "C S Coin Style” takes its name from the flat, thin tongue disc, which is about the size of a quarter. While the tongue disc and wreath on the VSS, NB and Coin Style all appear to be strong and well-made when they are interlocked, unlocking them reveals a fatal flaw. The tongue bar is ridiculously weak, and these are seldom excavated in unbroken condition. I have studied this carefully, and am as certain as an experienced man can be that it has not been repaired. This serious flaw in its design, leads me to surmise that it was only made in 1861, not long after the VSS and NB buckles were manufactured. Thus, if not exclusively, certainly primarily it was only used by Mississippi troops.

Notice the extremely heavy green patina. It has been my experience that this patina is only achieved in two ways. One is by burying a reproduction in ground soaked in uric acid to create a fake, the other is if the plate was recovered from an unmarked grave. This buckle is unquestionably genuine, so that leaves me with the idea that it was excavated from an unmarked grave. This of course cannot be proven, but I do firmly believe it to be true. My theory that it was an unmarked grave find, would explain it being discarded even though it is in perfect condition, having an unbroken tongue bar, and that it was actually found together with an identical patina. Still this is only a reasonable, educated guess, not a fact.

This is a very rare Mississippi related plate, in perfect condition, for only $4,500.00

Price $4,500.00 USD

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