CIVIL WAR MASSACHUSETTS OFFICER’S BELT AND BELT PLATE

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Item Code: 490-2626

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This is an excellent example of O’Donnell and Campbell Plate #700 in American Military Belt Plates. It is complete with its keeper and is on its original belt. The detail of the plate good enough that the authors suggested the maker may have used a secondary die strike after casting. When the book was published (1996/2000,) they suggested the design dated 1861-1865, but since none of the relic hunters they talked to had found one, they cautiously dated it 1865-1890, but the plates are now known to be wartime, dating 1864-65.

The belt is also of typical wartime construction, made of sewn, folded leather made with a rectangular safe to avoid staining the officer’s uniform or snagging his sash. There are no sword slings or signs of any having been fixed to the belt and they were likely mounted with their own sliding belt loops so they could be removed at will and the belt worn with or without them. The belt is in very good condition with nice surface, brown/black in color, and with only a few minor wear spots or small flakes from the finish.

This is a very nice example of the plate on its original belt that would fit perfectly in a Massachusetts collection. We see only a few small spots of verdigris on the plate in recessed areas at left center and bottom.  [sr] [ph:m]

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