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Waist Belt Plate, Regulation 1851 Enlisted - Circa 1861

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Cast brass with integral eagle motif and tongue. Nickel-silver wreath applied in 3 separate pieces. Benchmark 288 Typical early-war enlisted sword plate. As required, it measures two inches wide, has an integral tongue and eagle motif, and its applied wreath extends above the wings. Regulations announced in November, 1861, specified a wider plate (2.2 inches) and a shorter wreath was adopted at the same time.

Note: Photography lighting does not allow nickel-silver wreath color to show properly.

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BKL019 Waist Belt Plate, Regulation 1851 Enlisted - Circa 1861 Yellow Brass
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