Item: Militia Belt Plate, ca 1825-1835
Construction: Die-struck rolled brass plate with applied brass tongue and belt loop bar with two iron tangs.
Condition: Excellent, non-excavated. Its front has a nice mellow dull brass patina that shows a spread wing eagle with a lined shield, an olive branch in its right talon, and three arrows in its left talon. The rear has the brass tongue and belt loop bar with both tangs. It has no cracks, breaks, bends, or repairs.
Approximate size: 60 x 70 mm.
Comments: An example of this pre-Civil War plate is pictured in the second edition of O'Donnell and Campbell's "American Military Belt Plates", as plate 167 on page 110. A scan of this page is included in the additional images. This buckle will be an excellent addition to any excavated pre-Civil War plate or general relic collection.
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