Old South Military Antiques

Virginia Style CS “Egg”
Item #: OS-7440

There are two styles of the CS "Egg”. When viewed from the front, the two are virtually identical. When viewed from the back they are easily distinguishable. The back of the Army of Tennessee style utilizes telegraph wire bent into a three pronged wire frog and soldered directly to the back of the stamped plate. The Tennessee style is generally found in post 1862 Army of Tennessee camps and battlefields.

The plate shown here is the style issued to the Army of Northern Virginia. The Army of Northern Virginia style also uses telegraph wire to form the belt hooks, but it has a lead filling to give the plate strength and to attach the wire frog to the plate. Virginia "Egg” plates are found in early war Virginia camps and battlefields, thus the name "Virginia Style”.

The Virginia Style of CS Egg is much rarer than the Tennessee style. In fact in my database of plates that I have owned, the Tennessee style outnumbers the Virginia Style four to one. Its not scientific but it is an important measure. When encountered, these nearly always have had the ends crumpled and have been straightened; this one has not. It is in virtually perfect condition.

This is the first non excavated example with all of the hooks that I have come across in several years. This is very hard to find in this condition.