Item: Non-excavated British Rifle Corps Two-Piece Belt Plate.
Construction: Cast brass.
Condition: Excellent, non-excavated. It has an overall dark patina with a few areas of lighter coloring along with a minor amount of verdigris. It has no cracks, breaks, bends, or repairs.
Comments: According to Mike O'Donnell, co-author of "American Military Belt Plates", "during the mid-19th century, the British had an organized, uniformed Rifle Corps that functioned like our National Guard. These militiamen were called up for emergencies. This was one of their standard enlisted belt buckles from the 1850s or 1860s. A few of this style have a Civil War provenance. Of course, the vast majority of these plates remained in England." This British buckle will be an excellent addition to any Civil War period buckle collection.
Approximate size: Overall length 84 mm. Wreath ht. 44 mm. Tongue keeper ht. 57 mm. Wreath keeper ht. 57 mm
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