Gilt cast brass plate with die-struck tongue disc. Bench-assembled with four slashes on back of each belt loop. Bench-assembled construction and tight fit of tongue bar thought to date this stock pattern device from the Civil War period. Its eagle motif’s rounded wings and uninterrupted arc of stars above the acorn, was patterned after the standard design of the Navy’s contemporary general service plates.
"American Military Belt Plates” by Michael J. O'Donnell & Duncan Campbell, Pg. 600, Plate #1007.