Item: Non-Commissioned Officer Eagle Plate
Use: Non-Commissioned Officer or NCO eagle plates, were worn on an infantry NCO's shoulder belt to support his Model 1840 sword. See the additional images in this listing for an image showing its use.
Construction: Stamped thin sheet brass with solder fill and three iron wire hooks.
Design: A raised eagle clutching arrows in its right talons and an olive branch in its left talons.
Condition: 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: A similar example of this NCO eagle plate is pictured in:
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 original NCO eagle plate will be an excellent addition to any Civil War plate or general relic collection.
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