This wonderful example is the exact specimen pictured in American Military Belt Plates by Mike O’Donnell & J. Duncan Campbell, page 190 – plate 279. White metal (pewter or semi-metal) with die struck tongue disk and belt loops, rolled tongue bar and cast ring. The softness of this material and its failure to hold a polish” proved a major drawback.
Silver or “White” was the color prescribed for the insignia of regular infantry between 1821-1851. Militia officers generally followed this convention. The Ordnance Department had recently outfitted the Army with white metal versions of the round eagle plate, therefore it is not surprising to find a contemporary officer’s plate constructed of similar material.
Inventory Number: BEL 299