Relatively rare item and believed produced for the New Hampshire State Militia as early as 1855. Seldom seen other than in era photographs, this is a 100% original and authentic belt plate on the original dyed brown/black buff leather belt, complete with original brass keeper. Condition is EXCEPTIONAL and the leather is supple. Only a few of these plates are known to have been excavated in Civil War sites, with at least one known to have been found in the area around Petersburg, Virginia. New Hampshire also had cartridge box plates made with the same initials, “NHSM,” and they, too, are fairly uncommon. The plate retains all of the attaching hooks and tongue and has a very mellow overall age patina. Every Granite State collector should have one! First we have had in over a decade and right from an old collection just a few days ago.