Item: Excavated Federal sword belt plate.
Construction: Cast brass plate with integral tongue and eagle motif with applied three piece nickel-silver wreath (now missing).
Condition: Very good. Its brass has aged into a very pleasing dusty brown patina. The face shows a spread-wing eagle clutching arrows in its left talon and an olive branch in its right talon. Remnants of the applied wreath are present but mostly missing. The belt loop has a slight bend or wave likely from period use and the rear retains its belt attachment hook. The plate has lost some of its body curve and, is therefore flatter, which explains its slightly longer measurement. It has no cracks, breaks or repairs.
Recovered: Area of Spotsylvania Court House, VA.
Reference: A similar example of this plate can be found in "American Military Belt Plates" by O'Donnell and Campbell on page 378 as plate 621.
Approximate size: 51 x 87 mm.
Comments: This buckle has that very desirable excavated appearance and will be an excellent addition to any excavated Civil War buckle or general relic collection.
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