Old South Military Antiques

Louisiana Belt Plate
Item #: OS-6989


This model 1851 sword belt plate bears the Louisiana State Seal, a mother pelican feeding her young from the blood of her breast centered below a ribbon bearing the War Between the States era motto "Justice, Union and Confidence”. This positively dates it to the War or a little before. After the War the motto was changed to "Union, Justice and Confidence” making the point that Union was more important than Justice to the reconstruction government.

The plate is cast of solid brass and has a thin, sheet brass keeper hook soldered onto the back. The keeper is slightly bent, but still firmly attached. The casting is rather crude and the plate lacks a bench number; two things that may indicate that it is a Southern War-time copy of a pre-War belt plate.

Price $3,940.00 USD