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: Very good, excavated. Its brass front has a mixed reddish-brown patina. The very edge of the rim under the "US" is rippled with a bit of lighter brass color showing and is likely the result of a minor repair to the brass rim. The rippling is not visible in the front view of the plate. The rear has nearly all of its solder with some minor surface flaking. The manufacturer's stamp of "W. H. SMITH BROOKLYN" is stamped into the rear with nearly every letter still visible. Also, under the letters "LYN" of "BROOKLYN" and to the right of the belt tongue hook, is what appears to possibly be "XIX", perhaps Roman numerals?? See the additional images for close-up views of this area. All three belt attachment hooks remain in place. The plate has an overall nice rounded body curve with no cracks or breaks.
Recovered: Fredericksburg, VA
Approximate size: 55 x 86 mm.
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 and a great day for any relic hunter. This belt plate will be an excellent addition to any excavated Civil War plate or general relic collection.
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