Fakes, reproductions, replicas,
an investigative report, by Harry Ridgeway 

Fakes, reproductions, replicas,
Virginia shoulder plate, Confederate plates 436 to 439

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The original of this plate is finely stamped on heavy sheet brass, not lead filled.  Detail is usually crisp, it was a well made die.

F1223   Virginia shoulder plate 
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Editor note:  This piece of shit was sold to my father in 1962, by John Brackin.  We were brand new collectors at the time, had not found a dozen plates by then.  The good news was, my father was so pissed off he never bought another relic again from anybody!  Technically this is a fantasy, it is not a copy of a period plate.  The die is totally different from any of the authentic plates, and it is lead filled.  The lead was once gray, it has gotten scratched up, this plate has been handled over the years more than most Civil War pieces ever were.

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