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    VERY RARE LEECH & RIGDON TWO PIECE INTERLOCKING BUCKLE ON THE ORIGINAL SWORD BELT. - Rather crude two piece cast brass plate, 90mm X 50mm, original leather belt, with two original suspensory straps, snap hooks with crudely cast relief decoration, attached to the belt with circular brass loops. S shaped brass suspension hook, crudely cast in the form of a snake, attached at the belt. The longer of the two straps utilizes a lacquered iron adjusting buckle. This very rare plate is the only rectangular design used in fabricating two piece Confederate buckles. A casting flaw between the C and S at the top edge of the tongue has been noted on other existing specimens. The original brown leather belt has a Moroccan style finish and incorporates a folded iron wire hook for adjusting. One of the rarest of all Confederate general service plates and one of only a handful of specimens extant on the original belt. Probably furnished early in the war, with a Memphis Novelty Works sword. An exceptional opportunity for the advanced collector.

    CONDITION
    : Completely untouched. All brass with a wonderful 'attic' patina, retaining traces of the original gilt in recessed areas. Steel snap hook springs, attached with small brass pins w/deep dark patina and some light scattered surface rust. Iron adjusting buckle on the long suspensory strap retains 50% of the original lacquer. Belt also untouched, very sound and supple with just a couple of noteworthy worn spots by the sword hangers, obviously the result of honest use.

    Provenance: The Tharpe Collection of American Military History

    Exhibited: The Liberty Heritage Society Museum




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    Auction Dates
    December, 2007
    1st Saturday
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