Item: US Cartridge Box Plate Folded - Camp Art
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: Fair, excavated, iron attachment loops missing. Its brass front, with its raised letters "US", has a rich olive green patina. Both ends of the plate are curled towards the rear. The rim, both above and below the letters "ÜS", is folded over to the front. The rear retains the majority of its solder intact but the attachment loops have rusted away. The plate has no repairs.
Recovered: May 3, 1969 Yorktown, VA area.
Approximate size: 38 x 46 mm. (around 56 x 88 mm. for undistorted box plate)
Comments: This excavated US cartridge box plate was acquired directly from the family of E. V. Smith. Mr. Smith, a lifelong Virginia relic hunter, thoughtfully recorded the plate’s date and location of recovery. There is a small label that includes the recovery information that will accompany the plate. It is my opinion that the plate was intentionally distorted on all four sides by a creative soldier. For those of you that have an appreciation for campsite artwork, this box plate will be an excellent addition to any excavated Civil War buckle, plate, or general relic collection.
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