Item: US Cartridge Box Plate - Rare Large Brass Loops - Ohio Troops
Construction: Stamped thin sheet brass with solder fill and brass attachment loops.
Condition: Excellent, excavated. Its brass front, with raised letters "US", has a brown patina with a light surface layer of encrusted yellow soil. The rear has a near complete complement of solder with mild surface flaking which is now stable. Both brass wire attachment loops are present and complete with one being partially bent. The plate has no cracks, breaks, repairs, or body bends.
Approximate size: 57 x 89 mm.
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Comments: US cartridge box plates with over-sized brass loops are significantly harder to recover than the typical iron looped box plate, and all plate collections should include an example. Of the US cartridge box plates recovered, approximately 99% will have smaller iron attachment loops or at least remnants thereof. These rarer plates have always had an association with Ohio troops. According to O'Donnell and Campbell's buckle reference book, "American Military Belt Plates", the brass loops of these 1839 pattern plates, can also be found on the 1826 pattern eagle plate, as well as the flat letter style Ohio "OVM" cartridge box plate and Ohio state seal shoulder plates. This US cartridge box plate with brass loops will be an excellent addition to any excavated Civil War plate or general relic collection.
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