Old South Military Antiques

Virginia in Arc Sword Belt Plate
Item #: OS-6568

  Most of the Original Gilt Remains


  Number 57 Stamped to the Left of the Tonque

This Virginia sword belt plate is based on the model 1851 Federal sword belt plate. This pattern and a similar variation were manufactured from the 1860s until well after the War. Fortunately, the War era examples can be distinguished from the post-War pattern. There are a couple of differences in the Wartime plates and the plates made for Virginia Militia after the War. Based on excavated examples it is thought that only the War era plates have a number stamped into the reverse of the plate; this is number 75.

The enlisted and the officer’s plate can be distinguished one from another by their respective finishes. The enlisted plate is gilted brass, while it is believed those that are gilted and have silver on the wreath, and the arced Virginia were for officers.

This enlisted plate is in near pristine, though in well used, condition.

The rarity rating system used in Steve Mullinax’s, Confederate Belt Buckles and Plates gives this plate a rarity rating of five, which is one number lower than the Gaylord manufactured cast Virginia plate. However, I have owned at least a dozen of the Gaylord pattern and this is only the fifth Virginia in Arc that I have owned.

The plate’s non-excavated condition is perfect and most of its original gilt remains.


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