M1840 U.S. Militia Belt Plate
M1840 U.S. Militia Belt Plate - Scarce, thick die struck brass variant (ca. 1845), evidently sturdy enough for field use; several examples of this type of belt plate have been excavated in Civil War camps and on battlefields. This plate exhibits a two -piece gilded brass interlocking eagle plate buckle, with a spread wing eagle on the tongue surrounded by a plain, unadorned wreath. This type of buckle is pictured in O’Donnell and Campbell’s Buckle Book on page 213, plate 323. This plate is in excellent, non-dug condition, with much of the original gilding remaining.