Item: Eagle Plate - Field Artwork - Edge Ripples
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: Very good, excavated, attachment loops present. The brass front has a chocolate brown patina with tan soil nicely highlighting the raised eagle design and rim. The rim is complete with regular dents spaced all the way around the edge creating a rippling appearance. This was likely done by an idle soldier in camp. The denting is significant enough that a bit of force was used. The rear has a complete complement of solder that also shows carved circles around its perimeter and lines running between the loops which are present, complete, and straight up. The plate has no cracks, breaks, or repairs.
Recovered: Cold Harbor, VA area.
Approximate size: 63 mm. (varies due to rippling)
Comments: This excavated eagle plate is an interesting piece of soldier field artwork that is in remarkably good shape. It will be an excellent addition to any excavated Civil War eagle plate, accoutrement, or general relic collection.
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