Civil War Relicman,
USA, changed hands 70 times in the Civil War!
|P3563...Federal oval plate, regulation 1839, US, small size, Pittman pattern, right handed buckle, arrow hook. Plate depicts "US", and was used by the Federal army as well as the states. Plate is oval following the Federal Regulation of 1839, and was designed to secure a belt fitted over a soldier's jacket used to carry his cartridge and cap box, or used as ornamentation on the cartridge box. Most of the small sized plates were manufactured in the 1840's and 1850's, most of the large sized plates were manufactured 1850's through the end of the Civil War. This die pattern features thin letters, "U" with relatively flat bottom, "S" with rounded opening and pronounced serif. Brass plate is stamped on thin sheet brass, solder filled. Plate measures 41mm x 70mm approx.
Ref: O'Donnell & Campbell, Plate 520. Plate is configured as a right handed buckle with single brass arrow hook under the "U", tongue is bent to a rounded point. Attribution to Pittman is based on similarity of dies in comparison to marked examples.
For sale .....$375.
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