Item: Excavated US militia officer's tongue for two-piece waist belt plate ca. 1846-1875.
Construction: Solid cast brass plate tongue disc and belt loop.
Condition: Excellent, excavated. The brass has aged into a very pleasing dusty brown-green patina. While the high relief ares of the eagle shows wear, the stars, olive branch, arrows, wing and tail feathers are visible and fairly detailed. The cast brass tongue is in very solid condition with no cracks, breaks, bends, or repairs.
Recovered: Chickamauga, GA area.
Approximate sizes: Disc height: 31.49 mm. Disc width: 32.42 mm. Belt loop height: 48.91 mm. Overall tongue length (including belt loop): 53.12 mm.
Comments: The eagle rests on a plain field surrounded by approximately 27 stars representing the number of states in the union until Iowa was added as the 29th on December 28, 1846. A similar, but not exact example, of this tongue can be found in "American Military Belt Plates " by O'Donnell and Campbell on page 212 as plate 322.
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