MILLS CAVALRY CARTRIDGE BELT RIG – COMPLETE WITH MILLS “US” REVOLVER BELT PLATE AND .38 CALIBER HOLSTER

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Item Code: 172-5473

This is an excellent Mills cavalry pistol cartridge belt set from the Spanish American War era, ready to display with your Model 1892 Colt Revolver.  This belt pattern is well documented in Dorsey’s American Military and Naval Belts 1812-1902.

The Mills revolver cartridge belt is full length, and has all forty-five .38 caliber cartridge loops present, all in excellent condition with no wear or fraying.  The belt is fitted with the scarce Mills “US” Revolver Cartridge Belt Plate, complete with the proper catch and the plate tongue is stamped with the correct February 1881 patent information.  The plate is full form with no damage or wear; having a nice mellow patina.

The belt webbing has a nice even dark blue color with no color loss or fading.  The body of the belt is fitted with brass grommets for mounting the equipment hanger wires, with all the grommets still firmly mounted and intact.

The belt is fitted with the 4-inch long Mills holster wire hanger and with one of the two sabre strap wire hangers.  These wire hangers, in particular the holster hanger wire, have all but disappeared from the collector’s market and are very rare pieces in their own right.

The black leather holster is complete.  The leather surface is mostly smooth with little crazing, except on the “hinge” of the flap. No weak points.  Holster features the embossed “US” in an oval and is stamped “ROCK ISLAND / ARSENAL” on the flap (top line hard to read amid crazing). All stitching remains strong and unbroken.

This is a particularly nice set that will be a fine addition to your Spanish-American War collection displayed with one of the early .38 revolvers.  [jet]

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