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.
Condition: Good, excavated, attachment loops missing. The brass front has a very pleasing taupe-brownish patina. There is a small rust bump directly above the eagle's beak but does not appear to completely break through the brass. The rim is complete. The rear retains a near complete complement of solder with minor overall surface flaking. The plate has no breaks, bends, or repairs.
Approximate size: 63 mm.
Comments: This excavated eagle plate was acquired directly from the family of the digger. It will be an excellent addition to any excavated Civil War accoutrement plate or general relic collection.
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