CIVIL WAR NCO ROUND EAGLE SHOULDER BELT PLATE

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Item Code: 1184-136

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These plates were introduced in 1826 for use on the bayonet shoulder belt. When the bayonet was switched to wear on the waistbelt in the early 1840s these plates with hooks were relegated to use on the shoulder belts for the 1840 pattern non-commissioned officer and musician swords, and the designed changed to use loops on the back for wear in a fixed position on the cartridge box sling until abolished in favor of new accoutrements in 1872.

This is a very nice excavated example of the Civil War NCO plate using three doubled iron-wire hooks on the reverse held in place by a lead solder fill. The edge has just a few light dings and the face has a nice chocolate brown patina with a little rubbing to the high points showing a very pleasing patinated brass that highlights the great detail. The solder fill is nice and level, not overly oxidized, but still showing gray, with very little corrosion and sharp enough to show an “A” scratched into it by the soldier.

This was excavated in Orange, Virginia, on private land with the owner’s permission.  [sr] [ph:L]

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