🥇 BANNER 1800s waist belt plate wohooo!

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1800's waist belt plate wohooo!

Got out for a quick hunt this morning at an old house built in 1840. Got a strong signal and dug up this waist belt plate. First belt plate I have ever dug. Not sure why there are holes in it, maybe the person had it mounted somewhere later on. Would love more detail if anyone can identify this.
 

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villagenut

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That is one awesome looking plate. Looks to be light artillery from 1820 period.
 

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I was thinking this was from the War of 1812, but then again I'm no expert. :dontknow:

The holes are definitely a mystery, hope you get it solved!

Dave
 
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Just found this link, looks to be the same plate
 

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WHEN IS A BANNER A BANNER DONT WANT TO GIVE PRAISE THAT IS NOT APPROPRIATE BUT DAMN THATS A HECK OF A FIND , IT AMAZES ME WHAT YOU SEE ON TNET, THAT IS SO MUCH DIFFRENT FROM GOING TO YOUR HOME TOWN MUSEUM, JUST SO MUCH VARIETY. THAT BUCKLE IS JUST BASKING IN HISTORY,NICE FIND LISFISHER.....VANNZUTPHEN
 

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Man Oh man! Congrats on one SUPER find!
 

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That's a great find! No doubt at least the rusty holes were from a field repair.
 

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killer piece of history, but im lost as to the holes
very cool find, not every day they pop up, congrats!!
 

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LisFisher ,just got up and had to take a look at your buckle again. Boy it draws you in with eagle and shield , pikes, cross cannons you name it as im sitting here caught in a dream thinking what the soldier was going thru BOOM big crack of thunder made me feel like I was just there somewhere, I know,,, this guys going over board nuts about this buckle now hallucinating. Really a heck of a relic zoomed in so close went cross eyed from trying to see the detail. My god friend best of luck with your special find and may you find more , for digging your first you are one lucky fella.....vanzutphen- /////// EVEN THOUGH THIS WAS BEFORE THIS IS MY TAKE. AS I SEE THE SMOKE ARISING AS I LIE HERE AGAINST THIS FENCE,FOR THE TEARS ARE STREAMING DOWN MY CHEEKS FOR MY COMRADES IN THE TRENCH. NO MOVEMENT ONLY STILLNESS AS IF ALL HAVE STOPPED IN TIME, BROTHERS AGAINST BROTHERS FOR A CAUSE WHERE MANY DIED. AND SO DEAR GOD ASK THEE TO BLESS THESE SOLDIERS OF THESE CIVIL WARS FOR BLUE AND GRAY FOR WHAT EVER COLORS THEY STAND FOR SO MUCH MORE!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
 
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Great save !!!!!! :occasion14:
 

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Absolutely awesome buckle find! Congrats! Very personalized by the perforations.
 

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WOW!!! Great find. Very high on my wish list. Super nice. Congrats!
 

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I can't stop looking at this thing. Congrats on a great find.
 

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Awesome find, congrats.
 

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This one in Figure 59 seems close to yours.
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The design of this rectangular plate, struck in rather heavy brass, is the same as that offered as the
1814-pattern cap plate for the light artillery, although it is the product of a different and somewhat more crudely sunk die. The piece is dominated by an eagle with wings upraised, a shield on its breast, three arrows in its right talon, and an olive branch in its left talon. Crossed cannon are in the foreground, and there is a pile of six cannon balls in the lower right corner. The whole is superimposed on a trophy of colors and bayoneted muskets. Above is a 5-pointed "star of stars" made up of 20 5-pointed stars.
 

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That is a GREAT piece of American History right there!!!!!! Outstanding find!!!!!!!!!!!!!:icon_thumright:
 

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The one in the pic pepperj put up has holes in it too. Weird. Awesome find!
 
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I was just told by a civil war historian and relic collector that the holes in belt plates such as this one were punched into the plate to hold letters / numbers that would designate the military unit.
 

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