VERY NICE CONFEDERATE OVAL SHOULDER BELT PLATE FROM SHEPHERDSTOWN, WV.

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Item Code: 490-5880

This is a rolled brass, oval breast plate that was worn on cotton web shoulder straps.

Very good, excavated condition, missing the pin and hook on the back. The plate has a fine dark brown patina. Two solder marks remains where the pin and hook were once affixed.

There are no bends, cracks, or repairs. Measures approximately 62 x 82 mm. Recovered at Shepherdstown, WV.

Reference the book "The Hammond Civil War Collection" by Mike O'Donnell & Howard Crouch, on page 273, and see, "the state (Virginia) acquired around 10,000 of these oval ornaments from the Richmond shop of Mitchell & Tyler and well-known New York military supplier, James S. Smith."

A very fine example of this early style of cross belt plate. [jet] [ph:L]

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