Item: Excavated US eagle plate.
Construction: Stamped thin sheet brass with solder fill and two iron wire loops.
Condition: Excellent, excavated. Its brass face has an even chocolate brown patina and a well-defined eagle, clutching arrows in its right talon and an olive branch in its left. The rear has both iron attachment loops that are rusty, but sturdy, nearly straight-up, and complete. Interestingly, the rear solder would be complete except for the fact that either a soldier or a varmint either carved or gnawed on the area just inside the rim. This affected area extends all the way around the rim, except in the area of the loops. It also extends approximately 5/8 inch in towards the center leaving a smooth plateau of the original surface in the middle. The patina of the solder in both the carved area non-carved area matches, except in the areas where there is no solder remaining. That area is now brown from the chemical reaction between the solder, exposed brass, and elements. My guess is a varmint, perhaps a squirrel, feasting on some fine Civil War solder, is responsible for damaging this US government issued eagle plate! The plate, otherwise, has no cracks, breaks, bends, or repairs.
Approximate diameter: 65 mm.
Comments: This eagle plate will be an excellent addition to any excavated Civil War plate or general relic collection.
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