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1BBL - FABULOUS STERLING SILVER AND FIRED ENAMEL PATRIOTIC LADIES BELT BUCKLE, WWII PERIOD Exquisite enamel work. Features a rampant silver eagle on American shield, all against a rounded rectangle border band with gold detail of a belt. Excellent. Exceptional. 1 3/4" wide x 2" high. Stamped STERLING in a couple places on the back, one on the back of the shield and one on the keeper portion. Just beautiful! $295
2BBL - CIVIL WAR LADIES PATRIOTIC EAGLE DRESS BUCKLE Consists of two mirror image halves, split vertically down the middle. Each side has a spread eagle over American Shield over arrows and wreath. Ribband on bottom, reading "E PLURIBUS UNUM". Entire thing has the appearance of dark brown gutta percha, but I suspect it's wood. Design has good depth and is extremely sharp. Too precise to be hand carved, but hard to believe a machine engraver did such a fine job. Pieces lock together on back with blued steel belt loops and tongue. Beautiful display piece. Could be put on a belt of velvet or watered silk. Priced at our cost... $200
3BBL - VERY NICE M1884 U.S. CAVALRY CARBINE BOOT M1884 as slightly modified by the government in 1885, by lowering the bottom strap – see Frasca & Hill on .45-70’s, pg. 283. Heavy black leather body has mostly undisturbed original smooth finish - pattern of surface cracking on the raised portion of the spine, for a few inches, and a little bit of finish cracking in other smaller areas. Well marked “ROCK ISLAND/ARSENAL” with a large 62. The main suspension strap is sound with overall surface flexing. Shows evidence of once having additional suspension rivet, now removed to its original state. Inspector's initials at the bottom of the strap, hard to decipher. Upper strap shows flexing. Lost the front copper rivet, simply replaced. Lower strap doesn’t show flexing. Overall there area very small areas where the black finish is missing, but it is minor compared to the overall condition. Complete. $285
4BBL - VINTAGE RUSSET HOLSTER, POSSIBLY FOR COLT .22 WOODSMAN Dale always had a few boxes where he would just put things that he would eventually get to writing up, but never did. Here is an item I found in a box of old leather pieces/belts. After asking a few friends who know guns, we think it is possibly for a Colt .22 Woodsman. The length overall is 11", and the flap across the top is 5 1/4". The flap closes with a brass rivet type closure. The rear flap has a couple markings, the top one I'm pretty sure is 1309. Under that is 22. I have no idea of age, but it definitely has it. The holster is solid overall, possibly having a few repair stitching, but again, I'm not sure. Has been used a good deal, but is flexible, not stiff. $45
5BBL - WWI U.S. INFANTRYMAN'S STANDARD ISSUE CARTRIDGE BELT Web gear. Consists of 10 pockets for clip ammunition. The two pocket lids, one on each end of the belt, are clearly stamped "AUG 1917/MILLS". Shows very light use. No fraying. Nice early markings on metal adjusters. $195
6BBL - WWII ARMY/MARINE Web BELT COMPLETE WITH SUSPENDERS Stamped with a large U.S. on the front, inside is stamped "HINSON MFG CO 1943". The complete suspender straps are stamped "U.S. / V.B. CO / 1942". 10 pockets. This may be a WWII U.S. Army issue '03 Springfield / M1 Garand 30.06 cartridge belt. I don't know for sure. It is a belt that Dale had specially packed away, as a prime example, but now I can only go by what I find through searching online. He collected M1 Garands for years, so I would guess it is why he had it put away. Overall it shows slight wear and age. Very nice. $145
7BBL - WWII U.S. INFANTRYMAN'S REGULATION ISSUE RIFLE BELT Mint, un-issued condition. Marked with "U.S." and "H S CO/1943". Color is light olive. Has 10 clip pouches. I tried the clips for both the standard rifles, the M1 and M1903 and the belt accommodates both equally. In other words, I put one M1 clip in, which has 8 rounds and also put two '03 clips together, which have 5 rounds each. Got these from Craig Carroll of the old Stars and Bars shop in Chancellorsville decades ago, and tucked them away. Well, we're finding this neat stuff as we break open the boxes of treasures and can offer a few of these, brand new, never used belts. Each...$195
8BBL - 1930'S-1940 SPANISH WAR SOUVENIR BELT PLATE Worn by a Spanish soldier and likely brought home by a U.S. soldier as a souvenir. Solid sheet brass, 2 3/16” wide, 2 9/16” high. Has raised, stamped insignia with spread eagle under a crown, faced by a broad sword below. Reverse has belt loop and tongue. Belt loop has iron bar which holds the belt in place. Minor patina. A Spanish collector has identified this plate as having come from the era of the Spanish Civil War, circa late 1930's or into early 1940. $35
9BBL - BEAUTIFUL & MASSIVE AMERICAN NATIONAL EMBLEM BELT BUCKLES Also known as belt plates. Matched pair, one in gold finish and one in chrome or nickel plate finish. Each measures 3 5/8 x 2 7/8". Identical insignia on each plate - spread eagle, shield, arrows, olive branch, etc. Reverse has belt loop and narrow tongue. For some custom parade unit, exhibition band, or similar showy outfit. Mint condition. Beautiful. Dates WWII or later, in my opinion. Rather amazing. (Photos show reflections) Each...$30 or buy Both for only $50!!
10BBL - SPANISH AMERICAN WAR LADIES DRESS PATRIOTIC BUCKLE An openwork frame consisting of a series of rococo scrolls and sprays. Made from stamped sheet brass, gilded. Top has a billowing American flag applied, done up in precise detail, and full color fired enamel. Reverse has belt loop and tongue. Some minor tarnish spots. Flag is missing a tiny bit of enamel. 2¼” high. $50
11BBL - SPANISH AMERICAN WAR PATRIOTIC DRESS BUCKLE 2" diameter ornately decorated gilt sheet brass face with a large, flowing American flag applied at center. Reverse has friction clasp for belt material (probably light web) and small tongue. Bright, excellent. $40
12BBL - PATRIOTIC DRESS BUCKLE - SPANISH AMERICAN WAR Imitates the general form of the regulation Army-Navy officer’s dress buckle, but is more decorative and is made of crisply stamped thin sheet brass with thin gilt finish. Known as a tongue & wreath form. Consists of a laurel wreath around a highly domed center with spread wing eagle and red-white-blue American shield at center. Belt loops supported by rococo scroll bases flank the central wreath. Worn on a heavy silk belt (not provided) by men and women. Very handsome, and when worn originally, made a real fashion statement. $95
13BBL - RARE, RARE CIVIL WAR INFANTRY CARTRIDGE BOX CONVERTED TO .50-70 CARTRIDGE BOX FOR THE EARLY INDIAN WARS See pg. 35 of McChristian’s “U.S. Army in the West”, for this one. This is a regulation Civil War .58 caliber Infantry cartridge box converted to carry .50-70 metallic cartridges, by removing its tins and replacing them with sheepskin fleece lining. I haven’t had one of these (or even seen one) for at least 15 years. Marked on each end “C.S. STORMS/MARKER N.Y.”. Excellent overall condition. Minor fine grained cracking to surface finish of closing flap. Some minor flaking along upper bend. Large grained cracking to finish of inner flap. Thick fleece lining to box and lower half of closing flap. Complete with buckles on bottom. Rest of box has overall lustrous finish with very excellent leather. Virtually impossible to replace. The first cartridge box for the M1866 Allin, and the '68 & '70 Trapdoors. $575
14BBL - CIVIL WAR CAVALRY CARBINE CARTRIDGE BOX Standard Union issue black bridle leather with wood block insert drilled large enough to take 20 rounds of any carbine. Nice flexible leather. Cover flap finish has pattern of fine cracking but no flaking. Inner flap about good as new. Minor pattern of finish cracking to implement pouch flap. Complete with buckles and straps. Closing strap broken short at hole. Cover flap marked by maker “J. DAVY/Newark, N.J.”. Very scarce box. $250
15BBL - UNIQUE INDIAN WAR OFFICER'S RECTANGULAR EAGLE BELT PLATE C.1875-85 Heavily gilded stamped brass, with a 1/4" wide border entirely surrounding the main design...a decorative variation we've never seen before. Certainly a private purchase (as most were), by someone looking or something different. 3 3/8" wide, 2 1/4" high. Has belt loop and narrow tongue on back. Retains most gilt overall. $150
THE FOLLOWING McKEEVER AND FRAZIER BOXES ARE THE LAST THAT DALE ACQUIRED SOME DECADES AGO. I WILL NOT HAVE ANY MORE IN THE FUTURE.
16BBL - MODEL 1881 3rd TYPE McKEEVER CARTRIDGE BOX FOR TRAPDOOR SPRINGFIELD .45-70. Regulation U.S. Army issue. See Frasca & Hill’s book, “The .45-70 Springfield”, pg. 269. Indian War cartridge box used concurrently by the military, along with the Frazier, Hagner & Dyer boxes. Black leather 4 x 6 ½”. Internal cartridge loops for 20 rounds. Stiff but pliable. Retains most original finish, now with pattern of surface cracking, trace of flaking, and scattered worn spots. Has a legible US oval insignia on front of box. Couple inspector stamps on side of hinge. Bargain priced. $75 (MJ)
17BBL - McKEEVER M1881 3rd TYPE CARTRIDGE BOX FOR TRAPDOOR SPRINGFIELD Regulation U.S. Army issue. See Frasca & Hill’s book “The .45-70 Springfield”, pg. 269. Indian War .45-70 cartridge box used concurrently by the military, along with the Frazier, Hagner & Dyer boxes. Black leather 4 x 6½”. Internal cartridge loops for 20 rounds. Face originally had embossed US in oval. This has faded away, and during its period of use, the U.S. was covered with a brass oval plate which may have been blank (for decoration) or had a state’s initials, such as NJ for New Jersey militia. Condition is very good. Has virtually all its original finish, wish some surface crazing from age. There are four holes in face from where the brass plate was affixed. Rear of closing strap has somewhat legible “Watervliet Arsenal” markings. Also has SMITH inspector markings inside box. $65 (D)
18BBL - MODEL 1881 3rd TYPE McKEEVER CARTRIDGE BOX FOR TRAPDOOR SPRINGFIELD .45-70. Regulation U.S. Army issue. See Frasca & Hill’s book, “The .45-70 Springfield”, pg. 269. Indian War cartridge box used concurrently by the military, along with the Frazier, Hagner & Dyer boxes. Black leather 4 x 6 ½”. Internal cartridge loops for 20 rounds, stiff but flexible. Retains most finish, a lot fairly smooth, the rest with shallow crazing, a bit of flaking…some nice smooth luster. Missing tip of the closing strap. Had US oval insignia impressed on face, but is age relaxed to traces. $65 (MK)
19BBL - MODEL 1881 3rd TYPE McKEEVER CARTRIDGE BOX FOR TRAPDOOR SPRINGFIELD .45-70. Regulation U.S. Army issue. See Frasca & Hill’s book, “The .45-70 Springfield”, pg. 269. Indian War cartridge box used concurrently by the military, along with the Frazier, Hagner & Dyer boxes. Black leather 4 x 6 ½”. Internal cartridge loops for 20 rounds, flexible but stiff. Retains most original finish with overall pattern of shallow surface cracking. Some pebbly along the top bend. Ends the same. Has shallow US oval insignia on front. $70 (ML)
20BBL - FRAZIER’S 1872 PATENT CARTRIDGE BOX FOR TRAPDOOR SPRINGFIELD Indian War .45-70 cartridge box used concurrently with the M1874 McKeever, the Dyer, and the Hagner. Sold to numerous U.S. National Guard/state militia units. Black leather, 4 x 7”, with internal wood block drilled to hold 18 .45-70 cartridges. Face of box, when cover flap is open, reveals several stamped markings reading “FRAZIER’S PATENT, FEBy 5TH 1872/REISSUED MCH 5TH 1878/PATENT APRIL 23RD 1878/McKENNEY & CO./NEW YORK”. Condition is sound and very good. Inscription on front of box under the cover flap is very good, with minute crazing to the surface which slightly dulls the markings. Exterior of box has better finish than most…thin tar overall with a slightly bubbly appearance from heat in storage. Back, belt loops, ends better and smoother. Flexible closing strap needs oil. One piece of curved end, in lid, is partly loose and could use a bit of re-sewing, but is not really noticed for display. S & S has them in lesser condition for $95. Our price…$79 (FI)
21BBL - FRAZIER’S 1872 PATENT CARTRIDGE BOX FOR TRAPDOOR SPRINGFIELD Indian War .45-70 cartridge box used concurrently with the M1874 McKeever, the Dyer, and the Hagner. Sold to numerous U.S. National Guard/state militia units. Black leather, 4 x 7”, with internal wood block drilled to hold 18 .45-70 cartridges. Face of box, when cover flap is open, reveals several stamped markings reading “FRAZIER’S PATENT, FEBy 5TH 1872/REISSUED MCH 5TH 1878/PATENT APRIL 23RD 1878/McKENNEY & CO./NEW YORK”. Condition is sound and very good. The inscription on front under cover flap is crisp and nearly as new. Exterior face retains most heavy tarred finish, which now shows heavy crazing to top, face and ends. Face of box is nearly good as new. One of the curved end pieces is partially loose and needs to be softened and re-sewn. Closing strap shows age and wear. Flexible. Belt loops very good. Back and bottom of box is very good. Some edge wear. A little surface cracking. Offered at wholesale. S & S has these in lesser condition for $95. Our price…$75 (FG)
22BBL - FRAZIER’S 1872 PATENT CARTRIDGE BOX FOR TRAPDOOR SPRINGFIELD Indian War .45-70 cartridge box used concurrently with the M1874 McKeever, the Dyer, and the Hagner. Sold to numerous U.S. National Guard/state militia units. Black leather, 4 x 7”, with internal wood block drilled to hold 18 .45-70 cartridges. Face of box, when cover flap is open, reveals several stamped markings reading “FRAZIER’S PATENT, FEBy 5TH 1872/REISSUED MCH 5TH 1878/PATENT APRIL 23RD 1878/McKENNEY & CO./NEW YORK”. Condition sound and very good. Stamping under closing flap is crisp as new. Exterior has light age and wear. Generally a mellow fairly smooth finish. Crazing to bottom. Some light surface cracking to back. A good one. S & S has them in lesser condition for $95. Our price…$85 (FL)
23BBL - ORIGINAL CIVIL WAR KNAPSACK HOOKS Representative sample shown Brass. Came in left and right orientation. Sold in pairs. Consists of a disc shaped stud on one end of a heavy brass hook. Prox. 1 3/4" long. About good as new. Minor tarnish. Have a few pair from very old inventory stash. Repros cost the same as these originals. Each pair...$10
24BBL - WWII ERA MILITARY EAGLE MOTIF METAL BELT Consists of 1 x 1 7/8" bronze finished steel links, held together by heavy wire rectangular loops which allow the links to hinge a bit, one to the next. Each rectangular link has the same stamped insignia which takes about 1/3rd of the space on the link. The insignia is a spread eagle sitting on an American shield...the Navy insignia minus the crossed anchors. Perhaps you can identify for us what exactly does the insignia belong to. Belt is in excellent shape and is 32" long. Can be made shorter by removing the links. 32" however, is the maximum length. $20
25BBL - SPLENDID PATRIOTIC SPANISH AMERICAN WAR OFFICER'S BELT PLATE Sold for civilian wear, as a showy display of support for the military and the War with Spain. Actually a regulation pattern of 1851 officer's belt plate which saw long service thereafter. This one was enhanced for patriotic wear by the addition of bright, glossy fired enamel colors in the upper third. Classic design of spread eagle/shield within wreath, with ribband/motto, star field and sunburst above. Stamped brass with fine raised detail. Measures 2 x 3". Tongue and belt loop on back. Exceptional and rare variation. $125
26BBL - WWII LADIES PATRIOTIC BELT BUCKLE 2 1/4" diameter. Face has eagle National emblem which about covers the face. Edged with twisted rope border. Both are brass. Reverse has narrow tongue and double loop belt hook. Some green corrosion stain on back edge. $30
27BBL - ORIGINAL WRAPPER FOR 50 CIVIL WAR U.S. OVAL BELT PLATES We had one in this section a while back, and it sold immediately. We thought that was the only one, until we opened another box in storage for 30+ years. This is the last wrapper for belt plates that were held back so many years ago. All came from a small accumulation of wrappers I saved over the past 46+ years in the militaria business. It is absolutely original Civil War, as described. Inside, it once held five paper wrapped packets of ten US ovals, each in the same heavy paper as used for the outer wrap. Prox. 17 x 20”, dark tan, and appears to be waxed or oiled, giving it a somewhat shiny surface. I can personally guarantee this to be original and genuine, as I opened it many, many years ago and one by one, sold the plates. Obviously it shows a number of folds, but quite good, and a unique and rare curiosity from the Civil War. Fascinating and rare relic. Would be great in any display. $25
28BBL - SPANISH AMERICAN WAR ERA NOVELTY PATRIOTIC BELT Meant for a very slender woman or child. These belts came out in several variations right at the height of patriotic fervor caused by the War. The length of the belt is made up of a string of 22 U.S. Army regulation officer eagle buttons. The clasp in front (buckle) is a decorative square brass frame around a circular celluloid button in white with a flying US flag at center. 24" long, end to end. Very nice condition. $95
29BBL - CIVIL WAR CARBINE SNAP SWIVELS Found these four originals in Dale's desk. We had recently talked about putting them up for sale, but he never did the write-ups. They are all original. The bottom one needs repair, so it will be cheap...$35. The other three are $100 each.
30BBL - ORIGINAL CIVIL WAR CAVALRY CARBINE SLINGS!! ONLY ONE LEFT!! If you’ve been looking for one of these, you know how few appear on the market, and the enormous prices they bring. The last price guide I saw had them listed at $1200-1800, depending on condition. Reassembled ones, well done, if you can find one of these, have been priced around $800, at least in my experience. We have an offer for you, which we believe you can’t refuse. About 40 years ago, I had the opportunity to buy a small lot of Cavalry Carbine Slings which came from Bannermans, from which the brass buckle and brass tip had been cut off for scrap. The slings had all been used in the Civil War, and ranged in condition. They were still tied together, as Bannerman had sold them, in a pack of 25. At the time, I thought these things would be worth something, some day, so I put them in storage. We’ve just rediscovered them during our recent move, and I have reassembled them into complete slings. The leather sling is original, the steel snap swivel is original, and the brass buckle and V-tip are exact reproductions. The brass parts are so good that they can only be told from original with great difficulty. Price will depend on condition and markings, if any. Few are marked and are a premium. There were so many makers that considerable minor variations exist between specimens, including length. These completed slings are less than 2” shorter than they were originally, and are done up to exacting standards, a long and tedious job. Please note, when these are gone, they are gone forever. Original slings, or original slings rebuilt are both rare on the market and are in great demand today. It is unlikely that any other dealer will ever have anything similar to offer.
D. CLICK FOR PHOTOS On Hold Cavalry Carbine Sling - GOOD-VERY GOOD 47 1/2” long. 2 3/8” wide. Sound, flexible. Retains most original surface finish, with generalized pattern of fairly heavy surface cracking, and one area 9” long, with almost 70% flaking. Embossed edge line border. Smooth, thin brown patina on excellent snap swivel easily cleaned. $325
31BBL - M1881 MILLS CARTRIDGE BELT WITH EXTREMELY RARE PLATE I don't even remember ever having this variety before; probably a state militia purchase during the hasty equipping for the Spanish American War. The wide "H" pattern stamped sheet brass plate, has no insignia at center, AND IMPORTANTLY, it has no oval depression at center. I have seen only a couple of examples with depressed oval, but no insignia. This one is entirely blank on the face, made for the user to apply letters or numbers (but was never done on this one). Marked on the reverse "ANSON MILLS PAT. FEB 1, 1881 / T. C. ORNDORFF SOLE MANF / WORCESTER, MASS / USA". Comes on original khaki web cartridge belt, now just dusty and with a bit of damp stain. Cartridge loops so carefully removed, you would barely know they had been there. Came from family who said the owner carried four McKeever cartridge boxes on the belt instead, but the loops would have had to have been modified to fit. Span Am War combat belt, modified to carry a real load! Priced for the plate alone, and is at our cost. $150
Over the decades, I collected anything unusual for our personal collection. Below are four different GUARANTEED ORIGINAL buckles turned into brooches, purchased separately over the years, as I found them.
33BBL - INDIAN WAR OFFICER'S M1851 RECTANGULAR CAST BRASS BELT PLATE C.1874 Transformed into a large brooch. Very high quality, high relief eagle wreath design, 2 7/8" wide. Hook and belt loop removed from the back and replaced with strong T-bar pin and "C" clasp. Very strong. Probably made for a woman to wear at festive occasion on heavy coat or belt/sash. Very scarce item. Very popular during the 1860-1900 period, and many varieties of military jewelry were created from all manner of insignia. Fine condition. $125
35BBL - CIVIL WAR U.S. OVAL CARTRIDGE BOX PLATE, TURNED INTO A BROOCH Beautiful bright condition, 3 3/8" wide. Wire loop fasteners on reverse were cut off, and replaced with a strong, full length horizontal pin with "C" clasp. Now a heavy piece of military jewelry. Unknown how this brooch was intended to wear, but over the past 50 years in the militaria business, we've encountered several examples of belt plates/box plates transformed in this manner. We've always considered these as fascinating in that they employ Regulations, original military insignia, and exhibit modification, most probably for ladies wear. $195
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