US Cartridge Box Plate - Small Size

Item: US Cartridge Box Plate - Small Size
Use: Cartridge box plates were attached to the outer flap of the soldier's cartridge box. Not only were they 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:
 Good, excavated. Its brass front, with its slender raised letters "US", has a rich brown patina with small glimpses of lighter brass showing on the edges of the letters "US". Also on the front are two very minor surface rust-throughs, one in the middle of the letter "U" and the other situated just to the right of the letter "S". Rust bumps appear as a result of rusting iron leaching through from the embedded rear attachment loop bar. The plate has a very slight body curve from use, and its rim is in good shape. The rear solder is complete and stable. One of the two wire attachment loops is present. The plate has not been repaired.
Recovered: During the 1970s from the Petersburg, VA area.
Approximate size: 42 x 72 mm. 
Reference: An image of a similar small size cartridge box plate is found in the following Civil War reference book: 

  • "American Military Belt Plates" by Michael J. O'Donnell and J. Duncan Campbell, second edition, on page 322, as plate 522.
  • "Field Guide to Excavated Federal Plates" by Daniel J. Peters on page 39.

See scan of the above page in the additional images.

Comments:  According to O'Donnell and Campbell's buckle reference book, "American Military Belt Plates", on page 322, "thin-letter style thought to date from the Mexican War period". Also from the same page, Plate 522, "These (thin letter style small plates) were prescribed for the flaps of pistol, rifle and carbine cartridge boxes between 1839-1861." This small size cartridge box plate will be an excellent addition to any excavated Civil War accoutrement plate or general relic collection.


Product Code:
PC7714

Price:
$265.00

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