Sword shoulder belt plate

Object Number: 
1977.60
Date: 
1799-1800
Medium: 
Silver
Dimensions: 
Overall: 3 1/8 x 2 3/8 x 1/2 in. ( 7.9 x 6 x 1.3 cm )
Marks: 
engraved: center: an American bald eagle standing on a drum with an American shield at its breast, swaged cannons below its wings and a banner above inscribed, "E PLURIBUS UNUM" in roman letters, all over, "8 REGT." in roman letters stamped: underside: "
Description: 
Wrought silver infantry sword shoulder belt plate; domed oval engraved with an American bald eagle standing on a drum with an American shield at its breast, swaged cannons below its wings and a banner above inscribed, "E PLURIBUS UNUM" in roman letters, all over, "8 REGT." in roman letters; tapering pin applied to the upper back, and two buttons applied at the bottom; maker's mark stamped between the buttons.
Gallery Label: 
This sword shoulder belt plate conforms to the General Orders of Regulation Sizes, 1795, declaring that infantry plates be made 2 1/4 x 3 inches. They were a common uniform ornament during the undeclared war with France at the turn of the 19th century.
Credit Line: 
Gift of Mr. Robert G. Goelet
Due to ongoing research, information about this object is subject to change.
Creative: Tronvig Group