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The two piece sword belt shown here utilizes a belt buckle ascribed to Texas circa 1855-1861. It was made by the Ames manufacturing Company of Massachusetts. Ames supplied Texas with belts and swords in the decades leading to the War Between the States.
Because Ames did not turn the disc angle as it relates to the wreath’s rosette in the example Mullinax cited, he naturally assumed the buckle had a left handed tongue, but this is a mistake, he did not take into account that Texans of the antebellum era viewed the star with the point down, like the Star of Bethlehem, not with the star up as we view it today. So the buckle he cited would have been worn with the rosette up, and the star point down. If you study Texas flags or photography you will find that the Texans usually viewed the star with the point down; pointing to Bethlehem or to Texas herself! This example exemplifies this practice since it utilizes the same standard number “62” pattern plate like that cited in Confederate Belt Buckles and Plates, but the star points towards the rosette in this instance, so when holding the belt with the rosette at bottom (as is normal with pattern number 62 wreaths) the star points down as it should.
The buckle is on its original belt and the belt is in very good condition, its only flaw being where a mouse has nibbled on it near the wreath. The belt is strong and supple. The belt buckle is perfect. Ames turned the inside of their wreaths on a lathe and that partially removed the 62 pattern number, but enough remains to clearly see that it was 62.
Belts attributed to Texas are understandably extremely rare and hard to find, and to find one in such good condition is rarer still.