Sand-cast brass. The tongue disc makes a sharp step-up from the tongue bar. The reverse of the disc bears a rough impression of the letters “CS”. This draw-down happens during the casting process as the brass cools. Also, note the beveled edges on the connecting bars - a standard feature of this style. This plate was probably made by the same Richmond foundries responsible for the Va. style two-piece CS buckles. It is found in the Va. theater.
“Confederate Belt Buckles and Plates” by Steve E. Mullinax, Pg. 8 plate #002