OVAL US DRAGOON STYLE BELT PLATE

$450.00

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Item Code: 1156-09

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Introduced in 1839, these plates are stamped rolled brass with a lead-solder filled back securing the belt hooks and were initially issued to both foot troops and dragoons with differences over the years in size and style of fastening hooks. The difference between the dragoon and infantry patterns is the placement of the studs so as to be on the wearer’s left as he fastens the belt, i.e. under the “S.” This allowed for adjustment over the loose belt end on his right. This was necessary because the saber was carried on the left and its slings were fastened to brass loops on the left side of the belt, which were in turn secured by chapes of leather doubled over and sewn to the belt, making it impractical to place adjustment holes on that side or think of fastening the buckle over the chapes securing the forward sling. The 1851 pattern sword belt and plate, of course, took its place and by 1857 the distinction in placement of the studs was no longer observed in the plates issued to infantry and other foot troops.

This is non-excavated example with a mellow patina and some age stains and dings from use, but with a nice rim and full, level back with studs and hook in place. [sr] [PH:m]

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