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Edged Weapons
6th Plate Ambrotype of a Rifleman with His Mississippi Rifle & Saber Bayonet
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This is a great looking 6th plate ruby ambrotype image of a Civil War Union soldier. These ruby ambrotype images were produced on a piece of red tone glass. This images what collectors referred to as a sixth plate image that measures 2.625" x 3.25" in overall size. It comes in the half of a leatherette case that displays well. This image is very clear with the few lines that you can see. The young wooly soldier holds his rifle on one side. When you look closely, you see the rifle is the famous model 1841 rifle that is better known as a "Mississippi" rifle. Attached to the end of the rifle, it has the saber style bayonet. In his other hand, he holds the hat. One thing that makes this one special is that around his waist he wears a scarce buckle. It is the belt buckle for holding the saber bayonet for the U.S. model 1855 rifle. This is a 4-piece buckle that displays beautifully in the image as you can see. This is the pattern that is illustrated on pages 534 and 535 of the Belt Buckle & Plate book by O'Donnell & Campbell. They tell how they were patterned after a French design of 1847 "Chasseur a pied". This is a great looking Civil War infantryman with his Mississippi rifle image and the rifleman buckle around his waist.

Item #: B3110
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