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Old South Military Antiques

Medium Forked Tongue Waist Belt Buckle
Item #: OS-7877

The Confederate States General Issue, Forked Tongue Waist Belt Buckle is made of sand cast brass and measures 58 x 92 mm. There were three sizes produced as early as 1861 by Confederate Governmental contract; this is the "medium”. Rarity of the three sizes run from small, or "Baby” the rarest, to the large size, which is the most common. Just like its size, this one comes down in the middle of the rarity scale.

Because this plain buckle was so easy to make and use, they saw widespread use, much more so than the buckles with the letters CS found thereon. These were made and used in quantity in every theatre. In excavated condition these buckles are one of the most commonly found Confederate general issue buckles, but because they had not the "magic CS” letters they were not often put away by their owners or captors as souvenirs. These were so useful on the farm to repair harness or to strap something together that their belts were used up and the buckle set aside or discarded. I once excavated one along the base of a collapsed barn where it had been hung on the wall of the barn prior to its disintegration.

This buckle has a written, but unsigned history of having been excavated in a camp near Fredericksburg, Virginia. Its condition is flawless.

Because this is under the $1000.00 dollar threshold, there will be a $20.00 Fed Ex shipping charge in addition to the purchase price.