Item: US Cartridge Box Plate
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 attachment loops.
Condition: Very good, excavated, iron attachment loops present. Its brass front, with its raised letters "US", has a dark greenish patina. There are two small rust bumps, one to the left of the letter "U" and one to the right of the letter "S". Both of these correspond with the rusting of the loops on the rear. The rim is complete. There is a moderate inward bend in the body of the plate which is most likely the result of period use. The rear solder is solid and complete. Both attachment loops are present and complete. Printed in blue ink on the rear is "WHITE HOUSE / 1964 / FOUND BY E V SMITH". There is a small bit of old masking tape residue in the center rear area. The plate has no cracks, breaks, or repairs.
Recovered: White House, VA.
Approximate size: 57 x 87 mm.
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. It will be an excellent addition to any excavated plate or general relic collection.
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