Die-stamped brass and solder cartridge box plate, 2.5 in. diameter, with two eyes on reverse. Bears state seal of South Carolina, with two ovals linked by branches of the palmetto tree and two state mottoes surrounding the two ovals. On the left is "Animis Opibusque Parati" (Prepared in Mind and Resources), while on the right is the more well-known motto "Dum Spiro Spero" (While I Breathe I Hope). "1776" at base of tree.
This exact plate is pictured in Sydney Kerksix's Plates and Buckles of the American Military 1795 - 1874 (Figure 409, page 415). The die and stamping of fine quality. Because of its remarkable appearance this plate has been used in a number of color photos in various books.
Provenance:Formerly in the Collection of Norm Flayderman
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