Item: Eagle Plate
Use: Federal. 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.
Design: A raised eagle clutching arrows in its right talons and an olive branch in its left talons.
Condition: Good, excavated, attachment loops missing. The brass front has an even dusty brown patina and a well-defined eagle. The rim is complete with no issues. The rear has a complete complement of solder. Both iron attachment loops are partially missing. Printed on the rear in blue ink is "Bethesda Church / 1963 / Found by E V Smith". The plate has no cracks, bends, or repairs.
Recovered: 1963 Bethesda Church, VA area.
Approximate size: 64 mm.
Comments: This excavated eagle plate was acquired directly from the family of E. V. Smith. Mr. Smith, a lifelong Virginia relic hunter, thoughtfully recorded the plate’s date and location of recovery. This plate will be an excellent addition to any excavated Civil War eagle plate, accoutrement, or general relic collection.
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