Civil War Relicman,
USA, changed hands 70 times in the Civil War!
|P3558...Federal sword belt plate, regulation 1851, eagle with integral wreath. Buckle depicts patriotic eagle, and was used by by officers carrying swords, and enlisted cavalry, following the regulation of 1851, most were manufactured 1850's to end of the Civil War. This well made plate was sold commercially through Schuyler, Hartley & Graham and was prominently advertised in their catalog. The plate was made of cast brass, eagle and wreath are integral to the casting. The eagle faces right, rays above the banner, 13 stars, six above the banner, two above the banner tail, two left of the eagle's head and three to the right, nearly symmetrical shield bears stripes in two directions, no stars, background is finely stippled. The narrow thin tongue is brazed, and bent, intended to fasten to a separate brass keeper. Wreath is integral but made to appear in three parts above and below the wing tips. Bench number, "098" was were used to assist assembly.
Ref: O'Donnell & Campbell, Plate 644.
Plate measures 50.7mm x 89.9mm. Bench mark "998". Dug plate, hooks missing. Recovered northern Virginia.
For sale .....$400.
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