|Description and Photograph||
Steve Mullinax, author of Confederate Belt Buckles and Plates, suggested that these plates were made locally in New Orleans between April 1861 and April 1862 when the city fell. The CDV shown here (sold separately) supports Steve’s belief. The subject of the Carte De Visite is likely a Washington Artilleryman. It was taken by Samuel Anderson at his 61 Camp Street studio. It was taken in New Orleans during the same time frame that the aforementioned belt plates were being produced, and in the image the subject wears this same type of belt plate offered here.
The plate bears the great seal of Louisiana, a mother pelican feeding her young from the blood of her breast, as do many variations of Louisiana belt plates. This is one of the fifteen star variations, and though excavated, the plate’s condition is perfect in every way.