My hunting partner, Buck, obtained permission for us to hunt a farm hay field that his research indicated an old store, Post Office and house was located. The site is on a road that was used during the Civil War by both Confederate and Union troops moving about the countryside. It is in the Piedmont area of North Carolina.
This buckle was issued by the Federal Government to the states for the arming of the militia. They are generally dated in the 1810-1820 time range. The Southern States issued these to their armies at the start of the Civil War as they were already in hand and useful. There is a infantry version with no cannons on it. We don't know if this was an early militia use that was lost or an early Civil War loss. We suspect the Civil War because of the troop activity in the area it was found.
I found this buckle with my Minelab Safari detector about 12" down in the ground. This image is the buckle after being restored. I also have images of it prior to restoration.
Would this be a candidate for your new back page, "Relic Spotlight"?