Old South Military Antiques

Army of Alabama Belt Plate
Item #: OS-6976


With War looming on the horizon, the Governor A.B. Moore of Alabama recommended to the legislature on January 14, 1861 that an Army of State troops be raised and designated monies to arm and equip the new troops. Since the 1850s the seal of Alabama showed a scroll nailed to a large tree, growing strong and getting its nourishment from the soil of Alabama. A crude map and the words "MAP OF ALABAMA” were placed upon the scroll. This "Map on Tree” was placed upon oval, rectangular and two piece buckles. The oval is the rarest of the three and is one of the true prizes of Confederate buckle collections. The oval has documented use by both officers and enlisted men. The same firm who made this buckle also made the rare North Carolina "NC” oval waist belt plate.

This excavated example has an extremely deep dark patina and full lead in the back, but I can see that the lead in the back has artificial coloring, which tells me that this plate has been repaired to some extent. I cannot tell where, but I want to be clear that something has been done, the color does not look natural to me. It is priced accordingly.
Price $8,500.00 USD