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Maryland Sword Belt Plate
Item #: MD Sword Plate GJ
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This is a beautiful example of a cast brass Maryland state seal sword belt plate believed to have been manufactured just before the war for officer's and mounted troops. As war loomed on the horizon various militia units ordered additional supplies of buttons and accoutrement plates bearing the state's seal. Emerson Gaylord of Chicopee, Mass, sold a number of their plates to such units just prior to the outbreak of hostilities. As expected, many Maryland militiamen headed south to join the Confederacy outfitted in their Maryland militia uniforms.

This non-excavated specimen is nearly mint measuring just over 51mm wide and approximately 88mm long. The brass tongue is 23mm long and was brazed onto the reverse. The plate is slightly convex with a sharply detailed motif of Maryland's state crest in an oval within a stippled background with raised border. There are no benchmarks or maker marks anywhere on the plate but its quality implies pre-war northern manufacture.

This exceptional example was formerly in the collection of renowned Maryland Civil War military scholar and collector, Dave Mark.

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