ITEM# 01082011-5
Description  US M1881 Infantry EMís Frontplate
Price $ 85.00

Original M1881 Infantry enlisted frontplate for the fulldress spiked helmet, in excellent condition. This example is of 1880s manufacture, as is underscored by the unusual detail seen in its stamping (the dies were new) and its three brass wire affixing prongs (not the later brass wire loops more commonly seen). This example has been polished since its manufacture, but not recently, and bears a nice patina. Nickel silver regimental numeral is that of the 1st Infantry, which saw extensive field service on the frontier during the Indian Wars. These early frontplates are far scarcer than is commonly acknowledged.