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