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unusual decorated Civil War era sheet-iron MESS PLATE



Now fully operational from the beautiful Pacific North West, we encourage all to keep a close eye as we unpack posted offerings and continue what will be an ongoing effort of unpacking the collection while taking stock with an eye toward thinning out our accumulation of treasures. After years of seeking out and acquiring all manner of quality antique Americana from simple but seldom surviving items of special interest to historically important treasures, Janet and I look forward to offering the fruits of our years of seeking out such to new and appreciative homes.

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Another piece carved out of our own accumulation of Civil War vintage stuff, this neat old hand crafted mess plate measures a full 10 inches in diameter and remains in pleasing condition yet with good evidence of age and originality. Hand formed of sheet-iron then geometrically hand decorated using hand punches or dies* the plate is finished with rolled over and flattened rim. A classic process of the period tin-smith as he plied his trade without benefit of more efficient sheet metalwork equipment found in commercial shops. (* The punches used were handmade resembling stencil cutting or wood working chisels but rather than a cutting tool, were dulled at the edge so as to create a shaped indentation in sheet iron.) A lot to say about a mess plate I suppose but we sell what we like and as an old Maine Mill, Master Journeyman I do get caught up in the intricacies of the old trades.
Buy with confidence! We are pleased to offer a no questions asked three day inspection with return as purchased on direct sales! Just send us a courtesy e-mail to let us know your item will be returned per these provisions and your purchase price will be refunded accordingly. Thanks for visiting Gunsight Antiques!

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