Item: Federal 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: Fair. Its brass face has a lime green patina over a well defined eagle holding arrows in its right talons and an olive branch in its left. The rim has nicks and bends, and the body of the plate has an inward bend. The rear has most of its solder still intact which was lightly clear coated at some point to prevent any further deterioration. The iron attachment loops are missing. The plate has no repairs.
Recovered: Charlestown, WV area.
Approximate size: About 65 mm (diameter varies slightly due to condition).
Comments: This eagle plate will be an excellent addition to any excavated Civil War plate or general relic collection.
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Call or Text: 804-873-5462