Non-Commissioned Officer Eagle Plate - Three Hook

Item: Non-Commissioned Officer Eagle Plate - Three Hook 
Stamped thin sheet brass with solder fill and three iron wire loops.
Excellent, non-excavated. Its brass face has a very pleasing even mellow brown patina. It shows a well-defined eagle clutching arrows in its right talon and an olive branch in its left. The rim has light bending and a few dents but nothing major. The rear has a full complement of solder with all three iron attachment loops solidly intact. Lightly etched into the solder surface is "1845-1865". The plate has no cracks, breaks, or repairs.    
Approximate diameter: 63 mm.
Reference: Other examples of three hook eagle plates are pictured in:

  • "American Military Belt Plates" by Michael J. O'Donnell and J. Duncan Campbell, on page 281, as plate 444.
  • "Civil War Artifacts" by Howard Crouch, page 189, item 1.
  • "Excavated Artifacts from Battlefields and Campsites of The Civil War" by Stanley S. Phillip, page 7, items 1 & 2.

Scans of the above noted reference book pages are included in the additional images.

Comments: Three hook NCO eagle plates predated the more common two hook type for the enlisted men. The face of the this plate is simply outstanding with its smooth even patina coupled with its highly detailed eagle. This NCO eagle plate will be an excellent addition to any Civil War plate or general relic collection.

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