MILITIA EAGLE PANEL BELT PLATE 1855-1865

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This is a pretty militia plate using an American eagle with arrows and olive branch as the central motif on the scalloped corner panel at center along with a US shield on its chest that has a single star in the canton at top. The outer frame uses a long flowering vine looping around twelve stars, arranged five along the top, five along the bottom, and one on each side. The star on the shield at center is likely intended to make the 13th. This has a medium, aged brass tone, and the applied tongue and belt loop are in place on the reverse, showing some white oxidation of the solder used to attach them. These were gilt brass, die-struck from rolled brass plate. The detail is very good, with some gray in recesses, but a nice even aged brass tone. The reverse has some green near the tongue with the white oxidation near the belt loop.

Panel plates, so called from the use of the central rectangular panel with scalloped corners setting off a central emblem against a frame border, came in around 1835 and became very popular in the 1840s, with an enthusiastic market among militia, fire companies, military schools, bands, etc. This is a nice prewar and wartime example. Some very thinly stamped examples date later, even using the same dies, but often lack the detail as well as using inferior stock. See O’Donnell and Campbell Plate 411 for a similar example and page 250 for discussion of the type.  [sr] [ph:m]

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