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Non-Dug Civil War Cartridge Box Plates & Sling Plates
Misc. Non-Excavated
51st Missouri Attributed Burnside Pattern Eagle Cartridge Box Breastplate
Item #: A6820
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This is a very tough to find cartridge box sling plate to find in nice non-excavated shape. This is the pattern that is illustrated as figure #448 of the O'Donnell and Campbell buckle book. It is the version known to collectors as the "Burnside" pattern eagle plate. They get their name because most of the excavated examples were found in the area of the 9th Corps Campsites that served under General Burnside. They look just like a standard eagle breastplate except they are small in diameter. They measures 59 mm across where most of the standard eagle plates are about 64 mm across. There have been a couple of non-excavated ones that have shown up on boxes made by Thaxter of Portland, Maine. The face of the plate is made of brass and has the Union eagle with the arrows of war in one talon. In her other talon she holds the branch of peace. This one has both of the original iron attachment loops intact on the reverse. It also has very nice lead for an excavated plate. Another thing that makes it a wonderful piece is that it is still attached to a large section of the leather shoulder strap. This plate was part of the award-winning collection of Mr. Ernie Arnold. Mr. Arnold was fascinated by these Burnside pattern breastplates. He was able to amass 111 of these plates which was the largest collection of them ever assembled. This one still has the label from his collection attached to the loop. It notes that the piece belonged to Amos Baker. It is accompanied by a binder full of information about Baker. He was born in 1841. He enlisted on February 22nd 1865 with the 51st Missouri Infantry. They served until August 31st 1865. It It is hard to find a nice Burnside pattern eagle plate but this one is a fine displaying non-excavated one with Missouri attribution.

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