Item: US 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: Stamped thin sheet brass with solder fill and two iron wire loops.
Condition: Excellent, excavated. Its brass face has an even rich brown patina over a highly detailed, well-defined eagle clutching arrows in its right talon and an olive branch in its left. There is one very small dent in the rim that cannot be seen from the front view. The rear has a near full complement of solder with both iron attachment loops that are rusty, yet complete and nearly straight-up. The plate has no cracks, breaks, bends, or repairs.
Approximate diameter: 65 mm.
Comments: If its high quality you are after, then this eagle plate will be an excellent addition to any excavated Civil War plate or general relic collection.
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