MAINE VOLUNTEER MILITIA CARTRIDGE BOX PLATE FROM CASTLEMAN’S FERRY

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This is a nice chocolate brown color excavated VMM box plate found at Castleman’s Ferry, Virginia. This is on the Shenandoah River and was the scene of the Battle of Cool Spring in 1864, but was the location of several army camps and skirmishes earlier. These plates were patterned after the U.S. box plate, but were stamped VMM for Volunteer Militia of Maine, and are thought to have been issued to Maine’s ten volunteer infantry regiments raised in 1861.

Maine issued two forms of the plate: one with a lead solder fill and one without, the latter simply soldering the iron wire loops in place. This is a nice example of that second type. On the reverse a small portion of the iron wire is left, showing great rust, of course, and the back shows a mix of brown brass, some gray solder, and darker brown rust spots from the wire. The rim channel is very well defined. The face has a very nice chocolate brown patina showing just a little gray at upper right and a few traces at lower left next to the rim. There are just few tiny spots or scratches, and the rim shows just few minor dings with no large wrinkles or bends.

The reverse bears and old collector’s label with the find location noted. See O’Donnell and Campbell, Plate 558 and 559 for a discussion of the VMM box plates where they note this is the scarcer pattern, that with the solder fill being the “usual” one found.  [sr] [ph:L]

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