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VIRGINIA CIVIL WAR RELICS

Civil War Eagle Plates

This page last updated September 12, 2014

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PO Box 6425
Charlottesville, VA 22906

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PC5444
                  Eagle Plate

This excavated eagle plate is in very good condition and was recovered from Spotsylvania Courthouse, VA.  Its brass face depicts an eagle clutching arrows in its right talon and an olive branch in its left. The majority of the brass has aged into a very handsome chocolate brown patina.  The rim of the plate has the typical tan residue resulting from a chemical reaction where the front brass meets the rear solder.  At the top of the eagle’s left wing there appears to be a small area where the brass has worn away and the rear solder is showing.  The rear has a full complement of solder, a couple of rust bumps, and both iron belt attachment loops still complete and erect.  There are no cracks, breaks, bends, or repairs and this plate will be an excellent addition to any excavated Civil War plate or general relic collection.  Approx. 63 mm.  SOLD

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PC5516
                  Eagle Plate - Triple Marked - "W.H. WILKINSON SPRINGFIELD MASS. / T. J. SHEPPARD / U.S."

This excavated eagle plate has just been acquired direct from the digger who excavated it in New Kent County, VA.  What makes this plate particularly unique is the fact that its rear is triple marked "W. H. WILKINSON SPRINGFIELD MASS", "US" and "T. J. SHEPPARD".  Wilkinson was the manufacturer and Sheppard was the inspector.  Most eagle plates are not stamped with their manufacturer and, of the ten or so various known manufacturer stampings found on plates, the Wilkinson mark is a moderately rare mark to find.  The brass face on this plate is outstanding, with an even brown patina and a very well defined eagle stamping.  The face has no cracks or breaks.  The rear has a complete complement of solder and both complete iron belt attachment loops with one loop bent over.  As you will see in the in the image enlargements of this plate, all three marks are legible in good lighting.  The body of this plate has a very slight bend from period use.  There are no repairs.  This plate is typically a difficult plate to find and one in this condition will be an excellent addition to any excavated Civil War plate or general relic collection.  Approx. 64 mm.   SOLD

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PC5505
                  Eagle Plate

This excavated eagle plate is in fair condition and, if you are looking for that just dug appearance, then this plate is for you.  Its brass front, showing an eagle clutching arrows in its right talon and an olive branch in its left, has a mixed dirty brown-green patina.  There are two rust spots which are a result of the iron attachment loops, both now missing, bleeding through into the brass front.  The rear has the solder backing which now has a pebbled surface.  The plate was recovered in Chancellorsville, VA area, has no cracks, bends, or repairs and will be an excellent addition to any excavated Civil War plate or general relic collection.  Approx.  63 mm.   $115.00   Order Information  or  Questions?

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PC4658
                  Eagle Plate

This eagle plate is in fair condition and was recovered in the Remington area of Fauquier County, VA by a local digger.  The brass face of the plate has a dusty brown patina and does have several cracks running from the edge of the plate inwards.  The rear is missing its two iron attachment loops and pat of its solder backing.  While this plate is not in perfect condition its face still makes it a very displayable relic.  Approx. 64 mm.   SOLD

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