South Carolina Palmetto Tree Buckle


  • Circa 1845
  • Historical reproduction, copied from a museum piece
  • 100% solid brass
  • Hand cast in Virginia
  • D Loop and Hook on back fit modern belts
  • Fits 1 ½ inch belt
  • Size of the plate is 3” x 2.5”


For South Carolina, the Palmetto Tree, much like the crescent symbol, dates back to the First War for Independence. The tree is said to have been inspired by the palmetto logs used in the construction of Fort Moultrie on Charleston harbor. Because palmetto is resilient, the logs absorbed the shock from British cannon balls instead of shattering under them; they are credited with contributing to the successful defense of Charleston on June 28, 1776. Shortly after the battle, the palmetto was adopted as the central device of the Great Seal of South Carolina. (information taken from the book The Flags of the Confederacy by Devereaux D. Cannon, Jr.)

Additional information

Weight .175 lbs
Dimensions 3 × .25 × 2.5 in