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Belt plate

Belt plate
Title
Belt plate
Date 
1860-1865
Medium 
Brass, lead
Dimensions 
Overall: 1 7/8 x 3 1/2 in. ( 4.8 x 8.9 cm )
Description 
Brass and lead belt plate; lead-backed, oval brass plate with two hooks on back, and stamped lettering on front and mark on back.
Credit Line 
Gift of Carrie Althause
Object Number 
1950.83
Marks 
stamped: front: "US"; back: "W.H. SMITH/BROOKLYN"
Gallery Label 
According to accession records, this plate was worn on the cartridge box shoulder belt of Private William H. Althause of the 128th New York Volunteers during the Civil War.
Due to ongoing research, information about this object is subject to change.
Creative: Tronvig Group