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Item Code: 490-27
This handsome, brass rectangular waist belt plate is a Massachusetts Militia uniform accoutrement of the post-Civil War period that is in excellent original condition. Advertised in one of the 1885 catalogues from the Ames Sword Company of Chicopee, MA, the militia belt plate enjoyed a long post war life. Quality made, the convex-shaped, large brass device measures 56mm x 89mm and was constructed of gilt cast brass featuring an integral state seal design on the face and a long, narrow brass tongue applied to the reverse. Specimen has a very fine stippled background that is recessed and bordered with a thick rectangular frame edge.
Plate face features an integral center shield motif that includes a standing Indian warrior armed with a bow and arrow. A five-pointed star is highlighted above his right shoulder and the shield device is flanked on both sides with a raised, integral laurel wreath. Streaming pennants decorate the upper part of the shield and bear typical Latin sentiments. Centered above the banners is the crest of the 1780's State of Massachusetts coat of arms… a mailed, right-handed arm brandishing a curved sword. Sunbursts decorate the upper edge of the plate.
Overall wear is very minimal as the plate exhibits sharp and distinct edges about the figure, wreath, pennants and the shield device. A long narrow tongue is applied to the backside and the plate exhibits a benchmark of "10. Face has acquired a most pleasing, rich bronze patina overall. No maker's mark is visible. Here, in very fine condition, is an original post-Civil War Massachusetts Militia officer's rectangular brass waist plate or sword belt plate. Guaranteed to enhance any Massachusetts military collection or belt plate display.