US PATTERN 1839 CARTRIDGE BOX PLATE EXCAVATED AT 1ST MANASSAS BY SYD KERKSIS IN 1954

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Item Code: 2022-1717

This plate was recovered on the battlefield of Cedar Creek by Syd Kerksis, one of the legendary early relic hunters and collectors, author of books on military belt plates and Civil War projectiles. The plate comes with Kerksis’ original paper storage envelope bearing his ink notation that he found it in March 1954 along the 19th Corps line.

The plate is the pattern 1839 cartridge box plate used throughout the Civil War and is in very good excavated condition. Both hooks are present on the reverse though rusted; nearly all lead fill remains.  Minor dents/wear along edge. The face has a nice light chocolate patina, with a few shallow dents.

This plate was recovered at a location related to then-Colonel Erasmus D. Keyes’ 1st Brigade of the 1st Division.  His after action report may be read here.

This is a nice plate, with a legitimate find location and provenance to one of the great early collectors.   [LD] [ph:L]

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