Item: Excavated US cartridge box plate maker marked "W. H. SMITH BROOKLYN".
Use: Cartridge box plates were displayed on 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 attachment loops.
Condition: Excellent, excavated. Its brass front, with the raised letters "US", has a smooth surface, with a pleasing chocolate-brown patina. There is a very slight upward bend in the rim at the top serif of the letter "S", but unnoticeable when viewed from the front. The rear has a complete complement of solder with both loops complete and straight-up. The manufacturer's stamp of "W. H. SMITH BROOKLYN" is clear and complete with every letter visible. Directly under the stamp, a very thin layer of brown solder surface patina was removed exposing some original solder. The plate has no cracks, breaks, or repairs.
Approximate size: 55 x 87 mm.
Comments: The "W. H. SMITH BROOKLYN" stamp on this plate needs no white powder to hi-lite the letters which literally can be seen from across the room. It is one of the clearest marks I have encountered and this, combined with its perfect "US" front makes this a highly collectible plate. This marked cartridge box plate will be an excellent addition to any excavated Civil War maker marked plate, accoutrement plate, or general relic collection.
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