U.S. PATTERN 1826 EAGLE BREAST PLATE – IDENTIFIED TO OHIO SOLDIER

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Item Code: 236-197

This U.S. eagle plate was affixed to the front of the shoulder belt for the infantry cartridge box.

It features the spread-winged eagle design. Brass face exhibits a beautiful, smooth chocolate brown patina. No wear, dings, or dents. Complete lead fill on reverse with both iron loops.

There is carving in the lead. At first glance, “BONG” jumps out. Upon closer examination, there is two lines of text. “ONG” which turns out to represent “Ohio National Guard” is above the last name “Binning”.

Alexander Binning was in Company D of the 191st Ohio Infantry. He enlisted on March 8, 1865 and was mustered out on August 27, 1865.

In perfect “dug” condition. Recovered by author/publisher Dean Thomas on Maryland Heights overlooking Harpers Ferry. Specifically, this relic was recovered from a hut site; just one hut of the many that dotted the back side of the Heights.    [jet] [ph:L]

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