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.
“American Military Belt Plates” by Michael J. Odonnell & Duncan Campbell, Pg. 376, Plate #618