Tuesday, July 30, 2013

NC: Objects Stolen from Museum

WILMINGTON, N.C. –  Cape Fear Museum has been targeted in a theft of five Civil War-era objects from a display cabinet. They were found missing on the morning of Friday, July 26, 2013.

The items are as follows:

  • One (1) United States Army oval brass belt plate (buckle) with “US” stamped on face
  • One (1) Confederate infantry brass button stamped with “I” on face; aged green patina
  • One (1) Confederate artillery brass button stamped with “A” on face; aged brown patina
  • Two (2) Confederate North Carolina brass buttons stamped with “NC” and a seven-point starburst pattern; aged green patina

Barbara Rowe, Museum curator comments, “It is very distressing that we would have been targeted in this manner. We take the security of our collections seriously and are working closely with New Hanover County Property Management, Museum staff and the New Hanover County Sheriff’s Office to thoroughly investigate this incident. Our utmost priority is working with the sheriff’s office to recover these objects to our collection.”
Anyone with any information on this crime should contact the New Hanover County Sheriff’s Department Detective Division at 910-798-4260. The Museum encourages pawn and antique business owners as well as private collectors of such objects to keep a watchful eye out in case they are offered anything resembling these items.


Amy Mangus | Public Relations Specialist
Cape Fear Museum | New Hanover County
814 Market Street
Wilmington, NC 28401
(910) 798-4367 p | (910) 798-4382 f


  1. I have a couple of those "US" belt buckles, which I purchased over the Internet from the Crossed Sabers Chapter Souvenir Shop.


    When I was serving as a scout (MOS 11 D 20) in the 1st Cavalry Division at Fort Hood, Texas, the "US" buckle was part of our daily uniform.

    We also wore a black beret, and scouts wore Prince of Wales style spurs on their jump boots.