Item: US Eagle Plate
Use: Eagle plates, also known as breast plates, shoulder belt plates, and cross belt plates, were displayed on the belt that held the soldier's cartridge box. They were purely ornamental and proudly worn by Union soldiers with the belt slung over the shoulder and across the chest. See the additional images in this listing for an image showing its use.
Construction: Die stamped thin sheet brass with solder fill and two iron wire loops.
Condition: Good. The brass front has an even rich brown patina. There is a small hole in the plate above the eagle's head that extends through the rear likely put there for display purposes. On the left wing in the high relief area is a small hole in the brass front that extends only to the rear solder. This may be a result of wear or possibly a manufacturing flaw. The rear has a near complete complement of solder with only mild old surface flaking which is now stable. The wire attachment loops are no longer present. The plate has not been repaired.
Approximate size: 63 mm.
Comments: This eagle plate has a very pleasing appearance and will be an excellent addition to any excavated Civil War plate or general relic collection.
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