Item: Brass Butt Plate for Enfield Musket
Use: Protective metal plate on the end of a gun stock.
Approximate size: 4-13/16 inches overall length. Original length is slightly longer. 5-1/2 ounce overall weight.
Condition: Fair, excavated with a very pleasing deep army green patina including a light layer of yellow surface soil. Both bottom end and tang are bent and its original complete iron screw is still lodged in the bottom hole. The screw will not dislodge due to bend. The tang is broken at the screw hole resulting with a missing tip. Printed on the rear, in what is believed to be white paint, is "TREVILIAN'S STATION / NOVEMBER 25, 1977". No repairs.
Recovered: November 25, 1977, Trevilian Station, VA
Reference: An example of a brass butt plate for Enfield musket is found in the following Civil War relic reference books:
See the above pages in the additional images.
Comments: The damage to this butt plate appears to be period and it is interesting to contemplate what force may have caused the damage to this hefty cast brass plate. It was acquired directly from the digger's family. The digger hunted Civil War trails, campsites, and battle sites throughout central Virginia and adjacent states for several decades. If you appreciate that excavated war torn appearance, then this relic is for you. It will be an excellent display piece and addition to any excavated Civil War accoutrement, battlefield, or general relic collection.
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Call or Text: 804-873-5462