Item: Excavated Louisiana "Pelican with Rays" Waist Belt Plate.
Construction: Stamped thin sheet brass with spread wing pelican and rays.
Condition: Good, excavated. The plate has a base brown patina with areas of green on both front and rear. The belt attachment hooks are no longer present and a very small corner of the plate has broken off but was recovered and will be included. The plate has slight bends but there are no cracks, repairs, or other breaks.
Comments: This rare plate was just recovered this year and was acquired directly from the digger. These plates were part of the uniform of the Washington Artillery of New Orleans. An example of this plate can be found in Steve Mullinax's book "Confederate Belt Buckles and Plates", 1st edition, on page 148 as plate 271 (also in "Expanded Edition" of same book on page 163, plate 295). According to Mullinax this plate "is one of the less common designs found in Civil War sites. New Orleans boasted a number of small shops and craftsman capable of such fine die work and construction." This plate will be an excellent excellent addition to any excavated Civil War plate or general relic collection.
Recovered: June 2016 Orange County, VA.
Approximate size: 56 x 76 mm.
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