Item: Excavated Confederate plain rectangular pewter waist belt plate.
Construction: Flat pewter with flattened brass belt hooks.
Condition: Very good, excavated, all hooks present. The body of the plate has a wave and, within the valley of the wave, are a couple of small holes that can be seen when held up to a light. Small portions of two corners of the plate are missing. All three attachment hooks are present and the plate has not been repaired.
Comments: Since these plates were made of white metal, or pewter, excavated examples were subject to easily crumbling while buried in the soil. It is unusual to recover one as complete as this example is. In the additional images, I have included one of page 117 from Charlie S. Harris' reference book "Civil War Artifacts of the Western Campaigns" that shows a similar excavated example of this plate which is described and pictured. Other similar excavated examples can be found in "Confederate General Service Accoutrement Plates" by Lon W. Keim, M.D. on pages 91-93. This plate will be an excellent addition to any excavated Civil War plate or general relic collection.
Recovered: In the area of Alexandria, LA
Approximate size: 49 x 75 mm.
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