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    Sword Hanger?

    One thing I've learned hunting Indian War sites is that they used a lot of things that are hard to identify. This piece for example. Functionally, based on the shape, I would guess it was used to hang something from. The two parallel hooks seem like they could hang over a belt and the lower hook was used to hang "whatever "....a sword perhaps? I own at least a half dozen detailed books about military items from the 1870-1890 period and there's not one item that even resembles this piece. Some notes about it: I think the lower hook piece was originally straight. If you look close you can see some metal fatigue cracks where it was bent. Also there's a small rivet/brad in the center and the lower piece swivels around 360 degrees on that point. Any ideas?
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    Your find is not a sword-hanger... it is the belt-attachment hooks out of the back of a solder-filled (yes, it's actually solder, not lead) Oval-US belt buckle. Two of the hooks being arrowhead-shaped means it's a civil war era version of the US buckle, not the 1840s/50s version. The arrowhead-hooks version of US Oval buckle stayed in service for long after the end of the civil war, used extensively by Enlisted-men's ranks (Private, Corporal, Sergeant) in the "Indian Wars" era.

    Closely examine the photo below. The "main body" of the hooks is usually completely submerged in the solder-filler but is visible in this photo when you click on it to enlarge it.
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    Last edited by TheCannonballGuy; Sep 10, 2021 at 07:57 PM. Reason: Clarification, about the buckle's back being filled with solder, not lead.
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    Quote Originally Posted by TheCannonballGuy View Post
    Your find is not a sword-hanger... it is the belt-attachment hooks out of the back of a solder-filled (not it's actually not lead-filled) Oval-US belt buckle. Two of the hooks being arrowhead-shaped means it's a civil war era version of the US buckle, not the 1840s/50s version. The arrowhead-hooks version of US Oval buckle stayed in service for long after the end of the civil war, used extensively by Enlisted-men's ranks (Private, Corporal, Sergeant) in the "Indian Wars" era.

    Closely examine the photo below. The "main body" of the hooks is usually completely submerged in the solder-filler but is visible in this photo when you click on it to enlarge it.
    CG, you are truly an encyclopedia of knowledge. Thank you once again!!
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