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    Posted 6 months ago

    tintyper
    (101 items)

    I bought this US belt plate long ago when I was about 13. It was sold to me by an early
    Richmond, Va. relic hunter/dealer about 1961. See how he used medical adhesive tape to ID the plate, and
    tell who found it. When this was sold these were not so valuable, and they were sold, if I
    remember right for $6.50 or something very close to that. Today these plates, of course, are
    not cheap!

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    1. scottvez scottvez, 6 months ago
      Nice plate. I like the markings.

      The old collector/ digger white painted information is a favorite of mine. It almost looks like early sign artwork.

      You're right about the prices! I remember the artillery shell jacket that I got in 1982 for about $325, now similar ones (mint and SA lining) are about $2,800.

      scott
    2. dav2no1 dav2no1, 6 months ago
      Nice piece..not sure why the need for the label on the front, seems obvious?
    3. scottvez scottvez, 6 months ago
      Preference of the digger?

      I have seen larger "dug" displays with many buckles and all carried the type of buckle-- "CS buckle", "Virginia Buckle", "Georgia Buckle"... some were not that obvious, but the collector wanted all tagged for uniformity.

      scott
    4. blunderbuss2 blunderbuss2, 6 months ago
      When you consideration devaluation of the money, the prices values haven't risen much.
    5. scottvez scottvez, 6 months ago
      Actually fairly large returns when inflation is considered:

      $6.50 in 1961 equates to $56 in 2020
      $325 in 1982 equates to $872 in 2020

      Here is the inflation calculator that I used:

      https://www.usinflationcalculator.com/

      scott
    6. blunderbuss2 blunderbuss2, 6 months ago
      Scott, you're an optimist. LOL ! Pessimist: Optimist with experience.
    7. scottvez scottvez, 6 months ago
      Nope-- I just did the math.

      Annual return of just under 6% over the 38 years (on the artillery shell jacket) and over 6% for the buckle.

      Not bad for something bought as a collectible to enjoy vs. a pure investment.

      scott
    8. blunderbuss2 blunderbuss2, 6 months ago
      You have a healthy attitude. I've collected antique guns etc. since I was 9 and even might have thought about them as an investment, but 6% over 38 yrs. didn't get The Kennedy's where they are. When I see good repro's selling for more that a nice condition original, it bugs me. But, like you, I've gotten more satisfaction in owning & holding history that a -6% would not bother me. We are on the same page !
    9. scottvez scottvez, 6 months ago
      That is 6% PER YEAR or 850% return over the entire 38 years.

      Agree collecting is more about the history.

      scott
    10. blunderbuss2 blunderbuss2, 6 months ago
      Great ! Will you buy me that 1863 Sharps carbine on AntiqueGuns.com ? LOL !
    11. scottvez scottvez, 6 months ago
      You should have bought one years ago.

      Probably about $15- $20 in the late 50s!

      scott
    12. blunderbuss2 blunderbuss2, 6 months ago
      I did. A percussion shooter. Good bore and tight action. Can't keep everything, but I do miss that one.
    13. scottvez scottvez, 6 months ago
      I like the Bannerman's Catalogs from the 1940s and 50s.

      Amazing what they had in surplus and the prices. I saw Civil War 4- button sack coats priced at less than $5 and bummers caps for about $.50!

      About 30 years ago, I used to buy/ trade with a guy (in his 70s then) who had purchased most of his stuff from Bannerman's. He always had to get the last nickel out of me, which at times was annoying since he had nothing in any of his items.

      scott

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