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

Fakes, reproductions, replicas,
Militia plate, patriotic motif, square stamped, Federal plates 152 to 155

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Original was finely struck on heavy sheet.  This was a well made plate from the 1830's

F1460      Militia square plate, manufactured by Historical Reproductions  

This plate is cast thick and is very close to the original.   
Buckle measures  69mm x 68/mm  (there is no border so measurements are not very meaningful. 

Editor note: Plate was obtained directly from Historical Reproductions, Jeff Posey, as a sample of his production to be used in this presentation Maker marks are present but they are weak.  

F1171      Militia plate, patriotic motif
"Very nice early war of 1812 era eagle beltplate. Excellent condition with intact hooks on the back, but missing the belt attachment piece on the back. Wonderful color and patina and a great addition to your collection. key words federal, revolution, militia. See my other auctions for more great stuff.

Source: Ebay auction by mushes 7/28/06, "SUPERB EARLY BRASS EAGLE BELT PLATE WAR OF 1812 Item number: 190011514700"

Editor note:  This plate may have been sold innocently but it is a fake nonetheless.  It is clearly a modern casting of this plate, the original was die stamped.

F1090   Militia rectangle plate by Hanover Brass  
"This Early reproduction Militia plate is cast in red brass. Originals have been dug from battlefields and campsites. For a belt plate that is sand cast it has beautiful detail. Wearable or collectable"

Source: ebay auction by jaglady00 3/14/06 "Ca.1818-1835 Militia Belt Buckle Plate Item number: 6612345273"

Editor note: "jaglady00" is Hanover Brass, items sold as reproductions.   

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