A Good Antique Civil War - Plains Indian War Period Federal Officer's Leather Waist Belt with Eagle & Wreath Brass Buckle
A Good Antique Civil War - Plains Indian War Period Federal Officer's Leather Waist Belt with Eagle & Wreath Buckle. This is the style that was worn on the sword belt of many Civil War - Plains Indian War cavalrymen and officers. It has the beautiful spread wing pattern eagle in the center of the buckle. The eagle has the ribbon coming from the beak that reads the motto in Latin that reads "E PLURIBUS UNUM", "(OUT OF MANY, ONE!). This is the pattern that has the integrally cast wreath (with silver overlay, now tarnished dark gray) around the eagle with the pebble grain style background. On the back of the buckle it has the original large size keeper hook intact. The buckle is attached to the original leather covered fabric waist belt.
NOTE - The brass Eagle buckle was designed after the pattern 1851 Federal Officer's buckle. There are several variations of this form of buckle and was produced up to the Spanish American War. This variety is mold pressed as apposed to solid cast.
LEATHER BELT - The overall condition of the leather belt if good at best. The leather remains supple but slowly falling apart and there are tears, cracks, scratches, and loses but remains in full length.