Item: Excavated Federal Sword Belt Buckle
Construction: Cast brass plate with integral tongue and eagle motif with applied three piece nickel-silver wreath (wreath missing).
Condition: Very good. Its brass has aged into a very pleasing green-brown patina. The face shows a spread-wing eagle clutching arrows in its left talon and an olive branch in its right talon. The applied nickel-silver wreath is no longer present as is typical with excavated examples. The rear is in great shape and retains its belt attachment hook. The buckle still has a nice body curve with no cracks, breaks, bends, or repairs.
Reference: A similar example of this plate can be found in "American Military Belt Plates" by O'Donnell and Campbell on page 378 as plate 621.
Approximate size: 53 x 87 mm.
Comments: This sword belt buckle has the "look" that is appreciated by many diggers and collectors, and will be an excellent addition to any excavated Civil War buckle or general relic collection.
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