At the start of the war, southern state militias recruited new members rapidly. The resources were not available to outfit everyone with attractive die stamped accoutrement plates. Consequently, the authorities turned to local contractors to provide simple plates with a military bearing. The result was a thin sheet brass buckle with clipped corners. Some were die stamped, others hand cut following a pattern. Strenuous field duty quickly snapped off the cheaply made soldered belt hooks. This excavated example measures 3 ¾” by 2 ½” and has a mellow green patina. It still bears the remnants of an iron wire belt hook soldered to the back. A classic example.
Comes housed in a 6 x 8 inch display case with red velvet backing and descriptive card.
Inventory Number: CON 269 / SOLD