Item: Confederate Oval Virginia Militia Shoulder Belt Plate
Construction: Rolled brass.
Condition: Very good, excavated, missing attachment pin. The plate has a light brown patina. One end has minor edge wear and small slit of approximently 3 mm in length. Visible on either end of the rear are areas of solder remnants where the attachment pin and loop were once affixed. There are no bends, cracks, or repairs.
Recovered: Spotsylvania County, VA area.
Approximate size: 62 x 82 mm.
Reference: Similar examples can be found in in the following Civil War reference books:
See the above pages in the additional images.
Comments: According to "The Hammond Civil War Collection" by Mike O'Donnell & Howard Crouch, on page 273, "the state (Virginia) acquired around 10,000 of these oval ornaments from the Richmond shop of Mitchell & Tyler and well known New York military supplier, James S. Smith." Many of Smith's examples were stamped on the rear with "J. S. SMITH & SONS", however this one is not. This particular Virginia shoulder belt plate was acquired directly from the local Virginia digger. It will be an excellent addition to any excavated Civil War plate, buckle, or general relic collection.
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Call or Text: 804-873-5462