At the start of the war, southern state militias recruited new members rapidly. The resources were not available to outfit everyone with attractive die stamped accoutrement plates. Consequently, the authorities turned to local contractors to provide simple plates with a military bearing. The result was a thin sheet brass buckle with clipped corners. Some were die stamped, others hand cut following a pattern. Strenuous field duty quickly snapped off the cheaply made soldered belt hooks. This excavated example measures 3 5/8” by 2 5/8” and has a dark green patina. It retains one sheet brass attachment hook and the solder marks of the other two that are missing. The plate has two holes drilled through it that were likely a field modification in order to keep the plate in service.
Comes housed in a 6 x 8 inch display case with red velvet backing and descriptive card.
Inventory Number: CON 270 / SOLD