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Shoulder belt plate

Object Number: 
Brass, iron
Overall: 2 1/2 in. ( 6.4 cm )
stamped: along edges of left shield: "ANIMUS OPIBUSQUE PARATI"; right shield: "DUM SPIRO SPERO, SPES"
Brass shoulder belt plate; circular brass plate with two iron loops fastened to back, and palmetto tree stamped on front center, flanked on left and right by two oval shields encircled by inscriptions along edges that lean against bottom of trunk, and with mark stamped on patch of land below tree.
Gallery Label: 
This plate was probably worn on the shoulder belt of a South Carolina private during the Civil War.
Credit Line: 
Gift of Thomas Ollive Mabbott
Due to ongoing research, information about this object is subject to change.
Creative: Tronvig Group