TWO PIECE VIRGINIA PLATE WITH BELT

$7,500.00

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Item Code: 1000-767

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Belt is made of leather covered canvas and meas. approx. 31.50 inches long, not including the plate, and 1.75 inches wide. The leather is folded over the canvas and sewn down the center of the back of the belt. Most of the stitching of this central rear seam is gone but in the areas behind the plate it is holding. There are also two separate leather tabs on the reverse showing where the sword drops once were but they are now gone.

On the front of the belt the leather is mostly present and holding well in place. Approx. 5.00 inches behind the tongue of the plate there is a brass oval buckle for adjusting size. This area has a piece of missing leather exposing the canvas below it. This area meas. approx. 1.50 x 1.50. Also, just behind the tongue there is a smaller area of exposed canvas that meas. approx. 1.25 x 1.00 inch.

According to O’Donnell and Campbell’s book “AMERICAN MILITARY BELT PLATES” the two piece plate is the 1840-1847 Virginia Militia Officers example. A plate of this type is pictured as plate 303 on page 202. Plate has a wonderful matching dark patina on both halves. The wreath is decorated with laurel branches and intertwined ribands while the tongue shows an Amazon standing over a fallen tyrant. Above is “VIRGINIA” and below is “SIC SEMPER TYRANNIS.” The center face of the tongue has a shallow push and despite the dark patina the plate shows excellent detail.

This rare item would fit nicely into any Confederate collection.  [ad]

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