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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!  $325

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.  $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  -  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!!

6BBL  -  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...$220

8BBL  -  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

10BBL  -  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.  $595

11BBL  -  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 boxes in recent years, and always priced well over ours.  $295

12BBL  -  U.S. M1885 SWORD STRAPS     These went on the Hagner waist belt and on the prairie belts.  Through a bit of unusual fortune, we came across a small lot of these decades ago.  All are very good, showing use and age.  Consists of single heavy brass hook at top, suspending two leather sword straps.  Leather retains flexibility, and most surface finish showing flexing and surface cracking.  We have treated with museum quality restoration oil.  Only 2 left with studs…$50    Only 1 left without studs...$40

13BBL  -  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

14BBL  -  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

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

M64-162Belt.jpg (17299 bytes) 16BBL  -  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

17BBL  -  MODEL 1881 3rd TYPE McKEEVER CARTRIDGE BOX  SOLD  .45-70.   For Trapdoor Springfield, 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.   Face originally had deeply embossed US oval insignia, now relaxed from age to just visible in raking light.   Front face has thick polish coating now with shallow crazing and surface wear.   Back is much smoother.   Flexible closing strap.  Partial marking “…… ARSENAL”.   Inside is quite decent, with 20 stiff cartridge loops.   Inspector stamps along the hinge.   $75

18BBL  -  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.  $69

19BBL  -  MODEL 1881 4th TYPE McKEEVER CARTRIDGE BOX  SOLD  .45-70.  For Trapdoor Springfield, Regulation U.S. Army issue.   See Frasca & Hill’s book, “The .45-70 Springfield”, pg. 270.   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.   Sound condition.   Exterior finish heavily worn and thinly crazed.   Half the interior cartridge loops are fine, though stiff.   Other half has about four loops torn from unknown cause.   Bargain price.   Even has very good embossed US oval on front.   $45

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

21BBL  -  FRAZIER’S 1872 PATENT CARTRIDGE BOX FOR TRAPDOOR SPRINGFIELD  SOLD   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 exceptional.  Probably the best of the lot.  Entire surface has very good-excellent finish.  Black leather surface shows light, even wear, but avoids the almost universal crazing to heavy tarred finish they usually are.  Inscription on front of box under the closing flap is almost crisp as new.  Closing strap a bit more worn then anywhere else.  Very good belt loops. A fine one.   S & S has them in lesser condition for $95.  Our price…$135

22BBL  -  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...$12

23BBL  -  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

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.  $25

25BBL - 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

26BBL  -  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

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.

28BBL  -  M1839 NEW JERSEY CARTRIDGE BOX PLATE, TURNED INTO A BROOCH   Small oval size, 2 7/8" wide.  (No large ovals are known to exist).  Fastening wire loops cut from the back, replaced with a full length horizontal pin with "C" clasp on back.  A very scarce specimen of military jewelry.  Heavy.  Probably more for a woman to wear on a heavy coat or a waist sash/belt worn at a fancy military affair.  Fine condition.  Brass face has medium patina, untouched.   $195

29BBL  -  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

30BBL  -  RECTANGULAR CAST BRASS CSA "CONFEDERATE STATES OF AMERICA" BELT PLATE   Turned into a piece of jewelry by having its hooks ground off the back, and replacing them with a solid, jewelry grade horizontal pin with locking clasp.  Our experience with military jewelry has shown that this practice of making jewelry from military belt plates, and all manner of insignia, was at the height of popularity around the Spanish American War.  This modification likely falls in that time period.  And while we have full confidence that this is an early conversion, which logically requires an early plate, we can't guarantee that the plate dates all the way to the Civil War.  Right around 1 13/16 x 2 5/8".   $495

31BBL  -  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.  $225

32BBL  -  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

33BBL  -  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. Would be great in any display.  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.  $25

35BBL  -  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

38BBL -  WAIST BELT KEEPER FOR CIVIL WAR OFFICER/NCO WAIST BELT  Thin silver plated brass.  For a lighter than average plate.  Measures 2.0" tall.  Narrow tongue hole 0.478" wide.  For the M1851 Rectangular Eagle belt plate, or any one of the many state, city, or organization rectangular plates.  Dimensions will determine whether this keeper fits your plate.  Some fitting may be necessary.  $20

39BBL  -  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  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


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