Item: Excavated US eagle plate with rare brass loops.
Construction: Stamped thin sheet brass with solder fill and two iron wire loops.
Condition: Excellent, excavated. Its brass face has aged into an even dark brown patina on a well-defined eagle, clutching arrows in its right talon and an olive branch in its left. The rear has a nearly full complement of solder with some minor surface loss at the rim. There is a very small ding and break in the rim just above the eagle's beak at about the 1 o'clock position. Both brass belt attachment loops are present but bent over. The plate does have general wear and tear from period use but otherwise has no cracks, repairs, major bends or other breaks.
Recovered: Near Murfreesboro, TN
Approximate diameter: 64 mm.
Comments: An example of this type of plate is pictured in the second edition of O'Donnell and Campbell's "American Military Belt Plates", as plate 453 on page 285. The author's description describes the brass loops as "An unusual feature, likely a manufacturer's variation, brass wire loops also accompanied a few US cartridge box plates, Ohio state seal shoulder belt plates and "flat-letter" style OVM cartridge box plates." A considerable quantity struck from this die has been recovered from Civil War sites, nearly all equipped with standard iron wire attachment loops." This eagle plate, with brass loops, will be an excellent addition to any excavated Civil War plate or general relic collection.
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