CARTRIDGE BOX PLATE RECOVERED AT GETTYSBURG

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Item Code: 490-5811

This cartridge box plate was recovered at Gettysburg, though we have no specification find location on the field.  This is the standard M1839 cartridge box plate used by Union infantry throughout the war as an ornament on the cartridge box flap, and to help keep the flap down if the soldier forgot to latch it again after drawing a cartridge. This has an even, rich brown patina to the face, with some faint green tones to the rim, and some lighter brown in indentations along the rim when viewed from the edge. There are two narrow, sharps dings to the right rim, one of which is in line with a scratch across the lower part of the “S” and onto the right leg of the “U;” two narrow nicks to the rim at bottom center; and a few shallow bumps to the rim, mostly at the top, and a couple at bottom left. The lead solder fill is all there on the back of the plate, showing a mix of gray and white, with brown stains from the iron wire loops that have rusted away and a slightly stippled surface with shallow corrosion spots.

This is a nice looking regulation accoutrement plate recovered from the most famous battlefield of the war.    [SR] [PH:L]

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