|Description and Photograph||
The sword belt plate pictured here follows the U.S. 1851 pattern. Only a small quantity of these rare plates were manufactured. They were made by Emerson Gaylord of Springfield, Massachusetts. This plate would have been produced sometime between 1856 when Gaylord first went into business and early 1861 when all shipments South were cut off.
Gaylord achieved the superior detail by first casting and then die stamping the plate. This particular example is pictured as figure #374 of Sidney Kerksis, 1974 work, Plates and Buckles of the American Military 1795-1874. It also appears in Steve Mullinaxs Confederate Belt Buckles and Plates expanded edition as plate #308. The plate is accompanied by its matching keeper #103. The belt has been added for display purposes and is not original to the belt.