Z4463 Minty Excavated "VMM" Volunteer Maine Militia Box Plate (Bill Gavin)
Description: Here is a minty "VMM" boxplate with great provenance and it may be the earliest of it's type found with a detector in the area. This example has a beautiful mellow face with no issues. The back is full of solder and both loops are intact. On the very left edger of the plate there appears to be a dent. It's actually the edge of the brass sheet that was used in manufacturing. The die was larger than the sheet and created a clipped edge. There is tape residue on the back with U 0142 which designates this as Gavin's 142 Union plate. This was once on display at the old Rectory Museum in Harper's Ferry along with Gavin's entire collection at one point. His original hand written tag says, "Found Nov. 22 1953 by WGG "Chandler" Line Chancellorsville Battlefield- 3rd Corps #0142. They don't get much nicer than this!
Measures: 56 mm x 87 mm
Recovered: November 22, 1953 on the "Chandler" line Chancellorsville, Va. by William Gavin
Reference: O'Donnell & Campbell Pg. 343 Plate No. 558
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