FEDERAL OFFICER’S LEATHER WAIST BELT WITH ITS RECTANGULAR M1851 OFFICER’S BELT PLATE

$450.00

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Item Code: 172-2933

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This uniform accoutrement is a Civil War officer’s leather sword belt and plate with one saber strap hanger. Leather specimen is in good but broken, partial condition. Belt retains a very fine M1851 officer’s rectangular brass plate secured to the leather via a stationary brass loop adjuster and small leather adjuster. Unfortunately, the leather belt is missing a large 10” section at the opposite end where the keeper would be located. Also missing on the belt is the shorter saber strap. Longer strap, in very good condition, is complete with sliding belt loop, brass ring and the original brass saber hook or drop.

The waist belt uses a course, stiff batting material as the core wrapped with a thin sheet of black bridle leather. Leather stitched tight on the backside at the centerline along with four lines of stitching tooling on the exterior surface. In used condition, the leather belt measures 28” long x 1 5/8” wide. Leather shows no maker’s mark and has moderate surface cracking and some scuffing.

Matching brass rectangular belt plate typical of the type worn by Federal officers before and during the Civil War. Plate features a highly detailed, integrated spread-winged eagle on the face surrounded with a brass laurel wreath, all on a fine stippled background. Wears a mellow bronze patina. Backside of plate has a long applied tongue and displays its benchmark # 570 on the edge. A nice collectible at a reasonable price.

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