Item: Excavated US Cartridge Box Plate - Larger Brass Loops
Construction: Stamped thin sheet brass with solder fill and brass attachment loops.
Condition: Good, excavated. Its brass front, with raised letters "US", has a very nice dusty brown-green patina. There are several freeze fractures in the brass face and the plate has some mild body bends. The rear has a near complete complement of solder and both attachment loops which are complete and larger than typical iron loops found on most cartridge box plates. The plate has not been repaired.
Recovered: Disputanta area of Prince George County, VA
Approximate size: 57 x 89 mm.
Comments: This very attractive excavated large size US cartridge box plate with the oversized brass loops is indeed a fairly rare find. Of the US cartridge box plates recovered, 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. An example of this rare plate can be found in the second and third editions of the above mentioned reference book, as plate 490 on page 305. This US cartridge box plate will be an excellent addition to any excavated Civil War plate or general relic collection.
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