POST CIVIL WAR VIRGINIA TWO-PIECE SWORD BELT BUCKLE

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This sword belt plate is very similar to some wartime and prewar Virginia plates, but we feel it probably postdates the war, though excavated in Orange, Virginia. The central disk with narrow edge features the standard standing female figure leaning on a spear in her left hand and holding a sword in her right, pointed down, with recumbent figure at bottom. The figures are rendered rather crudely and while the motto “sic semper tyrannis” is present in an arc at top there is no “Virginia” at bottom. The wreath is rather well rendered by contrast with oak leaves and acorns and four ties distinct, though not rendered in detail. The inner bars of each belt loop have floral decoration, indicating it was likely an officer’s plate.

The reverse shows signs of sand casting and the tongue of the sidebar steps down to the disk and does not cross it.  Mullinax (1991) offers some close wartime or prewar parallels, some omitting the state name and having similar renderings of the leaves on the wreath, though different ties, but we see none that match precisely. This is a nice looking Virginia plate, regardless- complete, with no breaks, bends or repairs, and dead-real.    [sr] [ph:m]

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