Rare Dug New York Militia Waist Belt Plate

Rare dug New York militia waist belt plate. The front of this buckle features the 1777 New York coat of arms with Liberty and Justice supporting a shield containing a sunrise over the Hudson River. Its rays blanket the entire background while an eagle crest is perched on a globe overhead. The plate has an attractive greenish brown patina and was recovered on private property with permission. It has a crack on the left edge, it has a seam separation on the edge of the shield, it is a bit wavy, and the iron belt keepers have rusted away. It's rarity makes up for these shortcomings. It measures 51.5 x 77 mm's in size. $985