Item: Excavated US Cartridge Box Plate
Use: Cartridge box plates were displayed on the outer flap of the soldier's cartridge box. They were 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 attachment loops.
Condition: Very good, excavated. Its brass front, with its tall raised letters "US", was likely lightly polished at some point but now has aged into a mellow brassy patina. The rim is complete with minor denting. The rear has a near complete complement of solder with a minor portion missing at the rim edge of one end. The attachment loops are present and complete. The plate has no cracks, breaks, repairs, or major bends.
Recovered: Charlestown, WV area.
Approximate size: 56 x 87 mm.
Comments: This large excavated US cartridge box plate will be an excellent addition to any excavated Civil War plate or general relic collection.
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