Civil War Maryland Sword Belt Plate

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Maryland state seal version of the US Model 1851 sword belt plate for officers, NCOs, and privates of cavalry, artillery, etc., armed with swords. 50 x 90 mm with integral slotted belt loop at side and single narrow belt hook on the reverse. Reverse with stamped bench number "90" for mating with hasp before final mounting on a belt.

Finely stippled background for 1854 style state seal which has the state motto in raised letters on a raised oval border and fine lines in the upper sky area of the motif and well rendered ground and plants on the lower portion.

Illustrated in "Maryland Arms Makers" pg. 113, Fig. A. Likely pre-War militia purchase. Similar plates with known wartime use are noted as worn by a private in the 2nd Maryland and a Marylander Lt. Col. James Breathed in Stuart's Horse Artillery.

Excellent condition with generous amounts of original gilt. Slight stress bend to side bar. Pleasing medium patina with minor age stains. A very scarce plate. 

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