✅ SOLVED Mystery belt buckle

Squatty

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Definitely need help identifying this one. My buddy found this near a cellar hole, and we are thinking it is Revolutionary War. There was a NH military unit called Berry's Company in 1775, associated with the 53 - but I haven't found anything yet. Maybe it's Civil War? Anyone have any ideas?



 

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Think ya might have something rare there!
 
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jamey

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nice find for sure and nhbenz nailed it i would think.
 
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DigIron2

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looks like a banner find to me!
 
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Doubter in MD

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looks like a banner find to me!

If it's real (not a repro) I agree. I am not saying it isn't real. I know nothing about such things but it is in incredible shape.
It probably won't get enough attention to make banner in this forum though.
 
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Doubter in MD

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Should the original poster put this in a forum where more people would see it?
 
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Doubter in MD

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Never mind. It's not his so it can't make banner. The owner would need to post it.
 
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OWK

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On this PAGE a bit past halfway down, will be found a button, with the number "53".

It was from the 53rd foot regiment of General Burgoyne's British troops. They fought at Ft Ticonderoga, as well as Mount Independence in Vermont.

I would think it likely that this belt plate is from the same unit, and was probably claimed as a war prize by a Continental regular who took it home.
 
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ivan salis

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the pegs and tongue style could be from either war --area found and the history of the area might give some clues as to which -- looks to me to be british 53rd from rew war -- as a earlier poster said --a possible "war prize" type of item.
 
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bigfoot1

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magnificent find,congradulate your buddy for that one:occasion14:
 
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kypo

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On this PAGE a bit past halfway down, will be found a button, with the number "53".

It was from the 53rd foot regiment of General Burgoyne's British troops. They fought at Ft Ticonderoga, as well as Mount Independence in Vermont.

I would think it likely that this belt plate is from the same unit, and was probably claimed as a war prize by a Continental regular who took it home.

If so, you would think it should have the same font. This does not match the button but then again, I could be comparing it to the wrong button. Never the less, very nice find.
 
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Old Dude

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Might be the most beautiful and perfect belt buckle posted while I have been a member at least! Absolutely an incredible find!
 
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Iron Patch

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Seems there's still some question about exactly what it is... and what it is, is a Rev War period British 53rd plate, most likely shoulder belt plate. I happened to be talking to someone earlier today who collects such material, and he has one, and said this is the 4th he is aware of. Still a rare and very good find.
 
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Now that we know what it is... I don't think anyone would have any heartburn if I reposted in a more frequented forum, do you? Love to get this on the banner. I
 
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