GRENADIER OR ORDNANCE SHOULDER BELT PLATE

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Item Code: 410-542

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The flaming bomb was associated in the U.S. military with the Ordnance Department, but comes from a long tradition of the flaming grenade being associated with picked troops detailed to get close enough to an enemy to use grenades. It thus shows up on the cap badges of 18th century British grenadiers and the uniforms of other soldiers claiming an elite status. This is a shoulder belt plate from a U.S. militia unit, likely around 1880, who may have gone for the full-Monty, using bearskin shakos, etc. The reverse is set up like a contemporary waist-belt plate with bar and washer to secure one end of the belt and a wide tongue to fit a hasp on the other end. The brass plate has brown age spotting, but also lots of its muted original gilt. The separately attached flaming bomb or grenade is silver, with a correspondingly aged patina. We have not checked, but the plate may show up in one of the military goods dealer catalogs of the period or even one of the Bannerman surplus listings. It is an attractive belt plate.  [sr]

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