PATTERN 1841 US ENLISTED MAN’S WAIST BELT WITH LEATHER KEEPER

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Item Code: 561-14

This style of belt came into use in 1841 and was originally made of white buff but by 1852 buff leather was in short supply and bridle leather began to be used. Also, the new regulations of 1852 called for leather accoutrements to be blackened. These factors would point to this belt being made sometime in the 1850’s.

This particular example meas. approx. 1.50 inches wide x 39.00 inches long. The exterior surface shows some light crazing but is otherwise good.

One end of the belt holds a Pattern 1839 oval US belt plate with arrow hooks and tongue on the reverse. The face of the plate has been lightly cleaned. There is one small indentation at the top and some edge wear at lower right. The opposite end of the belt has four adjustment holes and a leather keeper sewn to it

Just behind the plate the leather is stamped with a New York City maker’s mark but the maker’s name is unreadable.  [ad]

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