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    Can anyone ID this belt plate I found today? **Update 1850 militia panel plate**

    ***Got this email from 1 expert, two more are still reviewing it. Not nearly as much as we'd all hoped, but can't complain ...almost enough to by my new CZ3D for more relic hunting!:
    Hi Aaron,
    This is an 1850's era Militia style plate known as a Panel Plate,
    Very Nice find!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
    Value 300.00 to $500.00,
    Here is a Picture of one I have on an original belt.
    Thanks Stan Hughes


    Got out hunting with Merf at an 1850's house. We asked the owner pretty late in the day after field hunting, so we didn't have much time. Found this belt plate about 6" down right where the front porch would have been. We have found a lot of civil war history in the area (mainly eagle buttons) can any ID this? And yes, I did gouge it

    I see no marks or writing on it.
    Thanks for your help!
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    Re: Can anyone ID this belt plate I found today?

    Can't help with the i.d. but I'm sure someone will chime in shortly. That is most certainly an excellent find!!!
    Congrats...
    "The spirit of resistance to government is so valuable on certain occasions, that I wish it to be always kept alive. It will often be exercised when wrong, but better so than not to be exercised at all. I like a little rebellion now and then. It is like a storm in the atmosphere"

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    Re: Can anyone ID this belt plate I found today?

    Whether it's CW or just an old 'civilian belt buckle', it's a great-looking item and an outstanding find.

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    Re: Can anyone ID this belt plate I found today?

    General??
    The Last of the Truly Free Men.
    Protected By The Constitution.

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    Re: Can anyone ID this belt plate I found today?

    It looks civil war period. Could it be a Texas lone star buckle?
    Dman

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    Appears to be a c. 1850-65 Miltia panel plate. Listed as such on p. 262 of O'Donnell & Campbell's American Military Belt Plates.

    Sometimes attributed as a Texas or Mississippi belt plate and therefore often brings four-figure prices.
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    Re: Can anyone ID this belt plate I found today?

    Too bad that you scraped that one - looks to me like a Texas circa 1840's plate to me........a good pic of a replica can be seen at this site http://hanoverbrass.com/more5.htm .... its the 9th plate down.

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    DeKalb, IL.. Home of Cindy Crawford and EDDE
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    Re: Can anyone ID this belt plate I found today?

    Wow thanks for the info everyone!
    We will be back at that location tomorrow, hopefully more will pop up!

    Any idea what the value is?

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    Re: Can anyone ID this belt plate I found today?

    ''Sometimes attributed as a Texas or Mississippi belt plate and therefore often brings four-figure prices.''


    A Fantastic find my friend,
    That might pay for that new detector you mentioned. 8)

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    Re: Can anyone ID this belt plate I found today?

    Quote Originally Posted by PBK


    Appears to be a c. 1850-65 Miltia panel plate. Listed as such on p. 262 of O'Donnell & Campbell's American Military Belt Plates.

    Sometimes attributed as a Texas or Mississippi belt plate and therefore often brings four-figure prices.
    Beautiful!!!!!

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    Re: Can anyone ID this belt plate I found today?

    Did he say four figures?? Nice find WTG

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    Re: Can anyone ID this belt plate I found today?

    Nick if I had known the value of it when I found it there is a good chance that I may have dropped a load in my pants. Thank god merf gave me an extra pair of underwear today

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    Re: Can anyone ID this belt plate I found today?

    That is a once in a lifetime find.I would hang onto it as long as i could,because you could get some serious $$ for that.Texas plates are on everybody wish list.Very desirable by collectors.My hat is off to you (you are my hero)LOL.

    Congrats!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    fortbball9

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    So many old sites to hunt....so little time.

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    Re: Can anyone ID this belt plate I found today?

    Wow!!!! four figure price range I'm gonna say that this deserves the banner if that's the case.......and it probably is because I value PBK's opinion greatly on this site.
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    Re: Can anyone ID this belt plate I found today?

    WHOA! Nice condition too! Congrats Hogge
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