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    Posted 13 years ago

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    A rare Texas Militia belt plate with the keeper and adjuster as well as part of the original leather belt. Found just a couple of weeks ago in Olathe, Kansas. Have learned that these belt plates date from the time of the Texas Revolution to Texas statehood. Some Texas militia units even wore them in the early part of the Civil War as dug examples have been found in northeastern Oklahoma. (Then Indian Territory). Paid only $39.00 for this historic artifact.

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    1. shortfellow shortfellow, 13 years ago
      nice buckle
    2. NHCollector, 13 years ago
      Can you email more photos to
    3. scottvez scottvez, 13 years ago
      I don't agree with the TX attribution or the age.

      I have collected CW items for over 30 years.

    4. flyrr100, 13 years ago
      I've never see this buckle. Been collecting, studying civil war collectables for ages. Mississippi also used the star, but I doubt if any Mississippi unit would have any business in Kansas. Almost 100% sure it's post 1900s.
    5. marksmilitaria, 12 years ago
      Sorry.Modern made fantasy. No such buckle with *rivits made during Civil War.
      Suggest you go to Savage-Arms /fake buckles section
      Has the famous *patina in a Bottle* applied.
    6. BobbyA, 11 years ago
      This plate (other exact examples) has surfaced in the last two decades and most experts agree it is post-war (1890s to 1910s) due to the construction of the Rivets. The Rivet patterns are not a pattern seen on any other Civil War period riveted accouterments, whereas this rivet patter is quite common after 1900. The litmus test is that there is not a single other plate (any other state, nor regiment north or south that is constructed in this fashion.) However it is a common construction technique appearing in the early 1900s. These have been attributed to Texas Rangers of the 1900s - and not Military Civil War era. The motif on the corners of the plate (acorns, flowers, plants) is something that also leads it away from the established Texas Military pattern - and puts it more into the Cowboy - Ranchero usage. It has been left out of nearly all of the Civil War Military plate books published in the last 2 decades for that reason.

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