VERY PRETTY EXCAVATED CARTRIDGE BOX SHOULDER BELT PLATE

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Item Code: 1156-15

This plate has a very pleasing brown patina to the face and the details are sharp. There is a very small gray spot at upper left near the rim that hardly detracts and the edges are great, with no dents or dings. The lead solder back shows gray and white. There is a faint number written in black- perhaps the finder’s inventory number. The iron wire loops are present and very good. This is a nice-looking plate recovered in central Virginia that displays very well.

These plates were adopted in 1826 with hooks on the reverse for the bayonet shoulder belt and made of brass for artillery and white metal for infantry. This was changed to brass for both services in 1831 and when the bayonet was moved to the waist belt around 1842, the plates were redesigned with two loops on the back for wear as fixed ornaments on the cartridge box sling and plates with hooks were relegated to the NCO and musician’s sword shoulder belts. (Some militia versions used hooks at a different angle for wear on the waist belt.) Although in theory the plate was dropped with introduction of the 1864 cartridge box rigs with no plates, the plate remained in use in the field and was not discontinued until the new 1872 sets of accouterments were distributed.    [sr] [ph:L]

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