Item: Excavated US oval waist belt plate marked "W. H. SMITH BROOKLYN".
Construction: Stamped thin sheet brass, with raised stamped letters "US", rear with solder fill and stud type attachment hooks.
Condition: Excellent, excavated. Its brass front has a chocolate brown patina with a couple of areas showing period use. The rear has nearly all of its solder with some minor flaking mainly in the area of the rim. The manufacturer's stamp of "W. H. SMITH BROOKLYN" is stamped into the rear with nearly every letter still visible. All three attachment belt attachment hooks remain in place and the buckle has no cracks, breaks, repairs, or major bends.
Comments: Though the Smith mark is the most common of manufacturer's stamps, most plates recovered do not have a manufacturer's stamp making those that are recovered, a rarity. This plate is will be an excellent addition to any excavated Civil War plate or general relic collection.
Recovered: Fredericksburg, VA
Approximate size: 54 x 86 mm.
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