Item: Excavated US oval waist belt plate.
Construction: Stamped thin sheet brass with raised letters "US". Rear with solder fill and stud type belt attachment hooks.
Condition: Good, excavated. Its brass front has a dark green-brown patina and shows wear from period use. The rear has nearly all of its solder with only with small areas of surface flaking near its rim. While the two rear studs (puppy paws) are present, the single belt hook is missing and is likely why the plate was tossed by the soldier. The plate still has a very nice body curve with no cracks, repairs, or unusual bends.
Approximate size: 57 x 87 mm.
Comments: A plate with the flat bottom "U" is an unusual find. According to O'Donnell and Campbell's "American Military Belt Plates" reference book, plates with the flat bottom "U", due to their recovery location where Massachusetts troops have been present, have been positively associated with 15th Massachusetts Infantry Regiment. An example of this type plate can be found in the above mentioned book on page 305, plate 489. The flat bottom "U" design is seldom encountered and this buckle will be an excellent addition to any excavated Civil War plate or general relic collection.
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