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    Exceptional Virginia Buckle and Sword Belt Belonging to Colonel E. J. Harvie, Army of Tennessee. Also a Beautiful Pair of Eagle Head Spurs. Colonel Edwin James Harvie was Inspector General on General Joseph Johnston's headquarters staff. He was raised on Flat Creek Plantation at Chula, Virginia in Amelia County. The plantation remained in the family until 1967 at which time the contents were sold by a Richmond auction house. Many of Colonel Harvie's effects were sold at that time including the buckle and sword belt in this lot.

    The buckle measures 50mm x 83mm, wreath height 50mm. This buckle type is listed as Plate 370 in Steve E. Mullinax's Confederate Belt Buckles & Plates, Alexandria: O'Donnell Publications, 1991 (Plate 409 in the expanded 1999 edition). It features a cast brass plate with a die-stamped brass tongue disk. The Virginia state motto "Sic Semper Tyrannis" appears in raised letters on the buckle. There are no maker's marks present but this style of buckle was common among various pre-war state and local Virginia militias and also widely used during the war. The original leather is in exceptional condition with only minor crazing and a few scuffs here and there. Two wonderfully ornate gilt-link sword hangers attached to leather slides remain on the belt. The belt and buckle come with a letter of authenticity signed by Steve E. Mullinax, author and noted expert on Confederate buckles. Also included is a notarized statement of provenance confirming that the buckle was indeed sold in the 1967 auction of the Harvie plantation.

    Included with Harvie's belt and buckle are a pair of brass spurs with a beautifully detailed eagle's head motif. The spurs are not attributed to Col. Harvie but are a style frequently worn during the Civil War. The spurs are of two piece construction with the eagle's head and neck forming the shank which is attached to the winged embellished yokes. A delicate twelve-point rowel and original leather straps and buckles complete the spurs. While no maker's marks are present, it is obvious that these spurs are of exceptional quality. Though the leather straps are dry and slightly crazed, these spurs are otherwise in fine condition.


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    Auction Dates
    June, 2008
    29th-30th Sunday-Monday
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