Item: Excavated US eagle plate.
Construction: Stamped thin sheet brass with solder fill and iron wire attachment loops.
Condition: Very good, excavated. Its brass face has a brown patina with a light layer of encrusted soil in a few areas and displays a detailed eagle, clutching arrows in its right talon and an olive branch in its left. There are bends in the plate primarily in areas of the rim. The rear solder is nearly complete with some minor loss in areas of the rim. There are a couple of rust build-up points on the surface of the solder between the two iron attachment loops which are present and complete. The plate has no cracks, breaks, or repairs.
Recovered: In the area of the Howlett Line, Chesterfield County, VA
Approximate diameter: 63 mm.
Comments: This relic was acquired directly from the digger, Robert Braswell, Jr. of Gaston, NC., who recovered many fine relics from both North Carolina and Virginia over several decades. Learn more about Robert and his relic detecting by clicking on his name above. This eagle breast plate will be an excellent addition to any excavated Civil War plate or general relic collection.
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