This lot belonged to the Old Guard- those confederate veterans of the Gate City Guards of Atlanta, Georgia.
The Gate City Guards, of Atlanta, Georgia, were formed in 1858, and originally were comprised of 100 officers and men. At the beginning of the Civil War, the guards were the first militia unit to offer their services to the governor of Georgia, eventually joining the 1st Georgia Regiment.
The “Old Guard” were the confederate volunteers, who had been long members of the Gate City Guards, yet, now to old to be of great use in a military capacity, these veterans form themselves as the Old Guard, and still a part of the original organization, which formed in 1893.
A well designed belt buckle has at it’s center a fireman’s badge, which is representative of fledgling fire company in Atlanta, many of which formed the guards before the war. It is made by The Pettibone Mfg. Co., Cincinnati, Ohio. It measures 2 1/8 x 2 7/8 inches.
The cap plate for the Old Guard has the Georgia seal encircled by a wreath, and is screw back. It measures 48mm.
Both of these 2 items retain most of the original gilt finish. They are both from the 1900 era, give or take a few years.
Included in the lot is a small badge for the Old Guard with Gate City Guards 1858 around the former. Missing the ribbon and pin brooch.
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Fine- excellent condition.
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