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VIRGINIA CIVIL WAR RELICS

Civil War Cartridge Box Plates

This page last updated August 21, 2014

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PC5503
                  US Cartridge Box Plate

This US cartridge box plate is in excellent condition and was recovered in the area of Chancellorsville, VA.  These plates were used as not only an ornament on the soldiers cartridge box but its weight also helped keep the flap of the box closed to protect the cartridges from the elements.  The brass face of this example, with the tall raised letters "US", has aged into a very pleasing dark brown patina.  There is still some encrusted Virginia soil lingering on its face and rim.  The rear has a full complement of solder and both flap attachment loops, which are complete, though rusty and delicate.  This plate has no cracks, breaks, bends, or repairs and will be an excellent addition to any excavated Civil War plate or general relic collection.  Approx. 57 x 88 mm.   $225.00   Order Information  or  Questions?

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PC4421
                  US Cartridge Box Plate

This "US" cartridge box plate is in very good condition and is constructed of stamped sheet brass with a solder filled rear and iron wire attachment loops.  The brass face has aged into a very nice chocolate brown patina and the rear solder is nearly complete with some areas of surface flaking.  The iron loops though rusty, are complete and straight up.  It was recovered in the Richmond, VA area in the 1950 - 60's by local Virginia relic hunter, Jim Cullinan.  Jim was one of the early Civil War relic hunters that started out with a true "army mine detector" that actually required a backpack to operate.  This plate is actually a very nice example that has no cracks, breaks, bends or repairs and will be an excellent addition to any excavated Civil War plate or general relic collection.  Approx. 54 x 85 mm.   $195.00   Order Information  or  Questions?

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PC5265
                 6th or 9th Militia Regiment - Cartridge Box Plate

This small size cartridge box plate is constructed of gilt die-struck rolled brass which has aged into a very pleasing brown-green patina.  It was manufactured with two holes that allowed two wires to pass through in order to hold a number "6" or number "9" to its face.  The number for this plate, as well as its rear box attachment loops, are no longer present.  These plates have been recovered with and without solder filled backs and this example does not have any solder.  While the face of this plate does not have any gilt remaining, it does shows a lightly stippled surface.  These rarely seen plates are pictured and described in not one, but four Civil War relic reference books that I have found thus far.  They are: O'Donnell and Campbell's second edition of "American Military Belt Plates", on page 345, as plate 563 with a description that states "Regiment marked on plate, likely belonged to a finely attired zouave or militia unit.  Several examples have been recovered, all displaying the same number.  No known waist belt plates of this pattern."  Also found in,  "Excavated Artifacts From Battlefields and Campsites of The Civil War 1861-1865 Supplement I" by Stanley S. Phillip on page 6 as item 5 where Phillips states "This type plate has been found near sites where 9th. N.Y. Infantry camped.  The author has seen many that were of stamped brass, but without the solder-filled backs."  Also found in: "Excavated Artifacts From Battlefields and Campsites of The Civil War" by Stanley S. Phillip on page 32 as item 4.  And finally in: Dr. Lon W. Keim's "Confederate General Service Accoutrement Plates" on page 40 as figure 30.  The cartridge box plate offered in this listing has no cracks, breaks, repairs, or major bends and will be a very nice addition to any excavated Civil War plate or general relic collection.    This plate measures approximately 41 x 70 mm.   SOLD

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PC3766
                  US Cartridge Box Plate

This excavated US cartridge box plate is complete and in good condition.  Its brass face has an absolutely stunning chocolate brown patina showing well defined letters "US".  The rim at the ten o'clock position to the left of the "U" is slightly curled upwards.  The rear has full solder and both hooks are present and bent.  This plate shows wear and clearly got some use!  This very handsome boxplate has no cracks, breaks, repairs, or other major bends and will make a nice addition to any excavated Civil War relic collection.  Approx. 54 x 85 mm.   $185.00   Order Information  or  Questions?

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