There are two styles of the CS “Egg”. When viewed from the front, the two are virtually identical. When viewed from the back they are easily distinguishable. The back of the Army of Tennessee style utilizes telegraph wire bent into a three pronged, wire frog and soldered directly to the back of the stamped plate. The Tennessee style is generally found in post 1862 Army of Tennessee camps and battlefields.
The plate shown here is the style issued to the Army of Northern Virginia. The Army of Northern Virginia style also uses telegraph wire to form the belt hooks, but it has a lead filling to give the plate strength and to attach the wire frog to the plate..
Solid Cast Louisiana Button. Only 7 of these extremely rare buttons have been excavated with this button being the best!!! This is by far the best Confederate button I have ever dug!!!
By far one of my favorite items to dig! These little gems were lost by French soldiers who fought at Yorktown in 1781. Over the years I have dug close to 250 of these from 21 different regiments!