Early Common Militia 1pc Waist Belt Plate Ca. 1825-1835 BKL070

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Gilt die-struck rolled brass plate with applied brass tongue. One of several similar designs differing in only minor die variations. The stars are either 5 or 6 points and the arc of 13 or 17 stars overhead. The eagle with shield on breast was patterned after the Army’s 1821 cap insignia while the modified sunburst and national motto ribbon were general militia symbols during the 1820’s and 1830’s. Eagle is facing the olive branch.


"American Military Belt Plates, 1st and 2nd Ed.", by O'Donnell & Campbell, Pg. 110, plate 167.