Item: Excavated US cartridge box plate with leather attachment thong.
Use: Cartridge box plates were attached to the outer flap of the soldier's cartridge box. Not only ornamental but more practically used as a weight to keep the cartridge box flap closed to prevent cartridge loss. See the additional images in this listing for an image showing its use.
Construction: Stamped thin sheet brass with solder fill and iron wire hooks.
Condition: Excellent. Its brass front, with the raised letters "US", has a soil coated brown patina. The rear has nearly all of its solder fill which is moderately pitted. Its iron attachment loops are both present but rusty and fragile. This plate has no cracks, breaks, bends, or repairs.
Recovered: Henrico County, VA. in the area of Fort Brady.
Approximate size: 54 x 86 mm.
Comments: It is rare to find a plate with a leather thong and this relic will be an excellent addition to any excavated Civil War plate or general relic collection.
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