It's a great artistic touch how the details of the eagle fit the round frame, isn't it? The slope of the neck and shoulders of the wings to accomodate the space. 19th century Americans weren't terribly infuenced by symetry (sp?); notice that the talons aren't mirror-images of each other, but, again, are molded to fit the space. Do we know who designed the Federal eagle as he appears on the cross-belt plate, or is it more an item of American folk-art?
Pine River Boys, Co I, 7th Wisconsin
"We're... Christians, what read the Bible and foller what it says about lovin' your enemies and carin' for them what despitefully use you -- that is, after you've downed 'em good and hard."
-Si Klegg and His Pard Shorty