Confederate Belt Rig with Pistol and Holster - Inventory Number: CON 433 / On-hold
A superb and rare example of a CS tongue and wreath plate, still affixed to its original belt. The two-piece plate is a Richmond Arsenal style plate, which remains in fine to excellent condition with an untouched bronze patina. The plate exhibits some original file, finishing marks on its reverse side and the raised letter “CS” with good detail. The belt is a high quality, tarred leather example with brass adjusting keeper with identical patina. The belt is supple, and the plate is original to the belt. The tarred leather holster is of identical construction and features a brass carriage finial closure tab with matching patina to the belt plate. The closure tab is detached on one side but still solid. The reverse has an integral belt loop cut into the back which seats well on the belt. The revolver is an untouched example of a Model 1849 Colt pocket model revolver with 6” barrel and New York address. The serial number 39,420 was manufactured at the height of the goldrush in 1849. The cylinder retains a good portion of the original engraved scene. The metal is a dusky grey with no pitting and smooth texture. The grips retain most of the original varnish with some wear from use. The brass trigger guard and backstrap show strong traces of a tarnished silver plating in the areas where the soldier’s hand didn’t rub the finish, the balance is an untouched brass with the same patina as the belt plate and holster finial. An absolutely incredible Confederate soldier’s rig!
Inventory Number: CON 433 / On-hold