Civil War Relicman,
USA, changed hands 70 times in the Civil War!
|P3559...Federal sword belt plate, regulation 1851, eagle with applied 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. The plate was made of cast brass, eagle is integral to the casting, wreath is applied. The eagle faces right, bold rays above the banner and around the wreath, 13 stars, six above the banner, two above banner tail, two left of the eagle's head and three to the right, graceful shield bears stripes in two directions with no stars. The narrow tongue is integral to the casting, thinner tip is bent, intended to fasten to a separate brass keeper. Silver wreath is soldered in one piece below the wing tips. Bench number was used to assist assembly.
Ref: O'Donnell & Campbell, Plate 663.
Plate measures 55.6mm x 88mm. Brench mark 668.Nondug plate.
For sale .....$375.
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