H x W (Case closed): 3 7/8 × 3 9/16 × 7/8 in. (9.8 × 9 × 2.2 cm)
H x W (Case open): 3 13/16 x 7 x 7/16 in. (9.7 x 17.8 x 1.1 cm)
1861 - 1865
In black thermoplastic case with brass hinges and red velvet liner; Preserver and mat: brass decorated with eagle, 2 American flags, cannon, and E Pluribus Unum set in a red velvet liner; tintype with cover glass of an African American Union soldier with a moustache and beard, holding a pistol across his chest. His buttons and belt buckle are hand-colored in gold paint. The hand-coloring on the buckle reads backwards "SU," which when considered that the image is reversed, reads "US," the traditional inscription on Union Civil War belt buckles.