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What you have is a genuine enlisted man's belt buckle for the leather sword belt as worn by cavalry and artillerymen as well as infantry NCO's, though it is on a likely post-war civilian or veteran's belt. Welcome to the forums!
 
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What you have is a genuine enlisted man's belt buckle for the leather sword belt as worn by cavalry and artillerymen as well as infantry NCO's, though it is on a likely post-war civilian or veteran's belt. Welcome to the forums!
Thanks! Judging by the location and number of stars, the shape of the crest, and some other research I think this is the exact one that I have:

http://www.relicman.com/plates/zLibraryPlate.223.Fed.Sword.Pattern623.htm

I believe our common ancestor was in an Ohio cavalry regiment so it's got me to wondering if this was his...
 

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Thanks! Judging by the location and number of stars, the shape of the crest, and some other research I think this is the exact one that I have:

http://www.relicman.com/plates/zLibraryPlate.223.Fed.Sword.Pattern623.htm

I believe our common ancestor was in an Ohio cavalry regiment so it's got me to wondering if this was his...
The one pictured in your link is the officers' version with the cast wreath like in this post: https://www.civilwartalk.com/thread...lt-and-cartridge-box-plates.81279/post-600929 Below is another link to photos showing the one in my collection most like yours on the roughout buff leather belt it came on; from what I understand this would be appropriate wear for an infantry sergeant. Cavalry and artillery enlisted men wore the exact same buckle (although there very slight manufacturer differences) on smooth-side-out leather belts dyed black, making it entirely possible the one you have could've been his, only remounted postwar on the current belt. Unfortunately, it's also possible that the belt and its buckle came together from one of the many suppliers of reunion and veteran uniforms and equipment marketed to members of groups like the GAR (Grand Army of the Republic). Even if that's the case, that wouldn't make it a postwar buckle, however - only a war surplus one.

https://www.civilwartalk.com/thread...lt-and-cartridge-box-plates.81279/post-600912
 


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