M1851 Federal Eagle Sword Belt Plate with Silver Wreath
This is the M1851 regulation Federal Eagle Sword Belt Plate. As per the U.S. Army Uniform Regulations of 1861; "1513: For all Officers and Enlisted Men-gilt, rectangular, two inches wide a raised bright rim; a
silver wreath of laurel encircling the "Arms of the United States;" eagle, shield. Scroll, edge of
cloud and ray bright. The motto, "E Pluribus Unum," in silver letters, upon the scroll; stars also of
silver; according to pattern."This Solid brass 2-piece sword belt
buckle with a one-piece applied nickel silver wreath was worn by both Confederate and Union Officers during the Civil War. General J.E.B.
Stuart wore this buckle with his uniform, as on display at the Museum of the Confederacy. Copied from an original circa 1853-1860. Approximate Total Length: 3-3/4", Height: 2" Original Enlisted Man's Sword Belt Plate with Keeper (Courtesy: Jay Graybeal)