1846 US Militia Officer's Tongue Belt Plate


Item: Excavated ca.1846 US militia officer's tongue for two-piece waist belt plate.
Construction: Rolled brass plate with die-struck tongue disc and belt loop.
Condition: Good, excavated. The brass has aged into a very pleasing green patina.  The eagle shows some wear but is still fairly detailed.  While the belt loop is broken where it joins the tongue bar, the rest of the tongue is in very solid condition with no cracks, repairs, major bends or other breaks. 
Comments:  The eagle rests on a lined field surrounded by 28 stars representing the number of states in the union until Iowa was added as the 29th on December 28, 1846.  The two letters "LL" stamped in to the tongue bar are likely the inspectors mark.  An example of this plate can be found in "American Military Belt Plates" by O'Donnell and Campbell on page 200 as plate 298.
Recovered: Columbia, TN.
Approximate size: Disc height 35.88 mm.  Belt loop height is 55.74 mm.  Overall tongue length (including belt loop) is 67.35 mm.

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