POSTWAR TWO-PIECE INTERLOCKING STAR SWORD BELT PLATE

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Formerly in the Texas Civil War Museum, this is a very good example of a postwar militia belt plate using the star motif. This was suitable for use by a militia unit of any state who might select their own uniforms and gear, but the star is most often associated with Texas and Mississippi units. This is a nice example still retaining part of its original leather belt and has the matching bench number “44” on both tongue and wreath, used to keep the parts together after final finishing and hand fitting until they could be mounted on a belt.

The belt loops have rope borders visible and the wreath shows a small rosetted at bottom with branches of loosely overlapping leaves coming up on either side. The star is high relief. The reverse shows some rough traces of casting in the channel of the wreath. The disk shows the faint impression of an eagle on the reverse indicating the maker is likely using a die strike to enhance the detail of his cast pieces and taken a cast tongue piece with an eagle design and placed it in a die with the star design to change the resulting face. The brass has a medium patina with some darker age staining and a little verdigris on the reverse of the disk.

This would be nice addition to a collection of US military belt plates. See, in particular, O’Donnell and Campbell for similar examples.  [sr][ph:L]

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