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VIRGINIA CIVIL WAR RELICS

Civil War Eagle Plates

This page last updated February 28, 2015

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Charlottesville, VA 22906

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PC5737
                  Eagle Plate - Marked "W. H. SMITH BROOKLYN" - John Marks Collection

This excavated US eagle plate plate, recovered in LaGrange, TN., is in very good condition and is from the recently released Civil War relic collection of longtime Tennessee relic hunter John A. Marks.  It is another one of the best documented relics that I have had the opportunity to offer, and it is with great pleasure that I can make it available on this website.  Mr. Marks relic hunted over a span 33 years beginning on January 11, 1967 and recovered a copious amount of relics during that time.  The meticulous Mr. Marks managed to document each relic he recovered by marking it with its date of recovery and his letter and number code indicating area of recovery.  Many of the relics Mr. Marks pulled out of the ground were pristine in condition.  Mr. Marks passed away on March 13, 2000 but what he left the Civil War relic collecting community, as well as Civil War historians, will be forever appreciated.  DESCRIPTION:  The brass front of this eagle plate has a smooth even rich brown patina and shows an eagle clutching arrows in its right talon and an olive branch in its left. There are no cracks, breaks, bends, or repairs to the face of this plate.  The rear, with one iron belt attachment loop remaining, is in good condition with minor surface flaking of the now stable solder back.  It has not been repaired.  Stamped in the rear is the manufacturer's mark of "W. H. SMITH  BROOKLYN".  While the mark is incomplete, the majority of the letters are visible.  Also on the rear in black ink is Mr. Marks' recovery date of "1-7-72" and his location code of "LG10+" with the "LG" indicating the LaGrange area and the "10+" indicating a more specific area of LaGrange where this fine relic was recovered.  Mr. Marks included this find in his first journal which is dated "11 Jan. 1967 to 24 Oct. 1983".  In the picture enlargements of this piece, I have included a copy the page from his journal that includes the entry he made for this particular find on 1-7-72.  A copy of this page, along with a copy of the North South Trader article titled "The Way It Was" by John A. Marks will be included with this relic.  Click the preceding link to read the article now.  This very nice belt plate will be an excellent addition to any excavated Civil War belt plate or general relic collection.  Approx. 65 mm.  $250.00   Order Information  or  Questions?

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PC5693
                  US Eagle Plate

This excavated US eagle plate is complete and its stamped brass front sports a very pleasing even chocolate brown patina.  Its coloring, combined with its well-defined eagle clutching arrows in its right talon and an olive branch in its left, is absolutely gorgeous and will display very nicely.  The rear has both iron attachment loops and a complete complement of solder. The plate has no cracks, breaks, bends, rust-throughs, or repairs and will be an excellent addition to any Civil War plate or general relic collection.  Approx. 63 mm.   $250.00   Order Information  or  Questions?

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PC5204
                  Eagle Plate

This excavated eagle cross belt plate was recovered in Hanover County, VA and is in very good condition.  Its brass face has a brown patina with areas of original brass showing through mainly on the higher areas of the raised eagle holding arrows and and olive branch in its talons.  There are still areas of the face where soil remains from where it rested since the great war.  The rear has both iron attachment loops present, complete, solid and nearly straight up.  There is a complete complement of solder remaining in the rear as well.  While the plate does have a slight wave in its body, there are no cracks, breaks, or repairs and this plate will be an excellent addition to any Civil War plate or general relic collection.  Approximately 64 mm.   165.00   Order Information  or  Questions?  

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PC5504
                  Eagle Plate

This excavated eagle plate is in decent condition and was recovered in Chancellorsville, VA area.  Its brass front, showing an eagle clutching arrows in its right talon and an olive branch in its left, has a brown patina.  There is a rust spot on the eagle's neck and upper breast area, but otherwise, it has no cracks or breaks.  The stamping of the eagle in the sheet brass is crisp and very well defined.  The rear has a complete complement of solder with one rusty iron cross-belt attachment loop still in place.  The plate has no 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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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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