For sale is an antique Original Civil War, Model 1851 NCO Sword Belt Plate Buckle made of brass with a one-piece applied German Silver wreath. The back has a narrow 1/2 wide hook on back, and is stamped with number 715. The best part is having the history with it!!! The reason the family decided to part with it is due to not having a family member to pass it down to.
This buckle belonged to William Henry Wagner, (1829 - 1892) who served in the civil war and wore this piece. He was in one of three regiments from his area, B Company, E Company, or F Company... The family couldn't remember which one, and later served in GAR, which the family said stands for "Grand Army of the Republic". Warner is buried in Brookfield Cemetery, Massillon, Ohio. Pictures of his tombstone are included in this post.
In regards to the buckle, it is seasoned with age and patina and has not been cleaned. As for the "design", the buckle has the GREAT SEAL OF THE UNITED STATES, (first publicly used in 1782) with scroll in the eagles beak bearing the motto E PLURIBUS UNUM (which is a little hard to read), an olive branch in the dexter talon, and 13 arrows in the sinister talon.
There is a constellation of 13 stars above the ribbon and around the eagles head, and Crest covering the eagles body. The buckle is slightly curved and measures roughly 3 1/2" x 2 1/8". Please see pictures for details and condition. The item "Original Civil War, Model 1851 NCO Sword Belt Plate Buckle with Family History" is in sale since Saturday, May 18, 2019. This item is in the category "Collectibles\Militaria\Civil War (1861-65)\Original Period Items\Belts & Belt Buckles".The seller is "51rustic" and is located in Ossian, Indiana. This item can be shipped to United States, Canada, United Kingdom, Denmark, Romania, Slovakia, Bulgaria, Czech republic, Finland, Hungary, Latvia, Lithuania, Malta, Estonia, Australia, Greece, Portugal, Cyprus, Slovenia, Japan, China, Sweden, South Korea, Indonesia, Taiwan, Thailand, Belgium, France, Hong Kong, Ireland, Netherlands, Poland, Spain, Italy, Germany, Austria, Bahamas, Israel, Mexico, New Zealand, Philippines, Singapore, Switzerland, Norway, Saudi arabia, Ukraine, United arab emirates, Qatar, Kuwait, Bahrain, Croatia, Malaysia, Uruguay, Russian federation.