Dug CS Tongue and Wreath Belt Plate



Dug CS Tongue and Wreath Belt Plate – This tongue and wreath dug together and their state of corrosion are indicative of having been in a fire, at some point. Interestingly, a significant segment of belt leather remains attached to part of the keeper of the tongue portion; this portion had detached from the tongue proper, when the plate was excavated. The plate appears to be a Virginia style plate, probably manufactured in Richmond. The tongue, keeper and wreath are in reasonable condition, exhibiting ground and possibly fire action, but all remain solid and highly displayable. The plate was dug some time in the 1970s or 1980s and came from the collection of Frederick Goodwin, former Rector of c. 1859 Emmanuel Episcopal Church, in Richmond, Virginia. Mr. Goodwin was an avid relic hunter and collector; he dug many fine items, but it is not known if he dug this specific plate. All items in his relic collection were excavated in the Richmond area.