ITEM# 01082011-3
Description  US M1881 NG Frontplate
Price $ 35.00

Back in the day, ca. 1910, Bannermanís, W. Stokes-Kirk, and other military surplus dealers were confronted with mountains of brass parts for the newly-obsolete M1881 dress helmet. Applying their usual ingenuity, these inventive entrepreneurs worked all the angles to sell this scrap metal as middle class home decor, crafting everything from plume socket candlesticks to nostalgic insignia wall plaques. This Infantry enlisted frontplate is one such, mounted on a heavy card by W. Stokes Kirk for sale as a memento. The plate is National Guard-specific, in that the crossed rifles behind the federal shield are Remington Rolling Blocks. It also differs from RA issue in that its surface is gilded and the nickel silver regimental numeral is the larger, officerís variety. Brass wire fasteners are intact and good, and frontplateís condition is near-mint. Card is good to very good., exhibiting some surface mildew staining. Whether viewed as a National Guard collectible or as a great relic of the heyday of military surplus ingenuity, this is a fine example.