Wonderful Historical Artifact: Gilt USN Officer's Belt Buckle Cast from Salvaged Bronze of USS Maine

Wonderful Historical Artifact: Gilt USN Officer's Belt Buckle Cast from Salvaged Bronze of USS Maine

Code: usnpg00008b


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ARTIFACT: This is a wonderful historical a United States Navy officer's belt buckle cast from salvaged bronze from the USS Maine. The sinking of the Maine precipitated the Spanish-American War, brought about by an explosion at Havana Harbor on February 15, 1898. The Maine was raised in 1912 and scuttled off of Florida. The buckle is of two-piece construction and is gold-plated. It was thought that perhaps the buckle had been presented to Captain Charles Dwight Sigsbee, but the dates engraved do not seem to correspond to dates of any significance in his life.

VINTAGE: Circa 1900.

SIZE: Approximately 1-15/16" in height and 3-1/8" in width (when attached, as shown).

MATERIALS / CONSTRUCTION: Gold-plated bronze.


MARKINGS: 7-13-76 10-13-78 2-22-81 9-18-82 11-31-86 11-29-89; C.S. M-8-13-73 RELIC OF U.S.S. MAINE; R.T. M.C.T.

ITEM NOTES: This is from a United States Marine Corps officer collection that we will be listing more of over the next few months. ebay MCJJX13 VFGEX9/13

CONDITION: 8- (Very Fine-Excellent): The buckle has only some light wear.

GUARANTEE: As with all my artifacts, this piece is guaranteed to be original, as described.