EXCELLENT CIVIL WAR BUFF U.S. INFANTRY BELT AND OVAL US PLATE

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Item Code: M26504

This is the regulation Union infantryman’s waistbelt with original 1839 pattern stamped brass and solder-filled oval US plate with arrow-back or “snake-head” prongs and belt hook in place. The belt is full-length and flexible, made buff leather, originally black, now oxidized to a pleasant brown from the use of iron in the dye. (Experiments indicate this likely took place not long after issue and field use. Many belts also show efforts by soldiers at re-blacking.) The reverse of the belt shows a natural cream color. The flat brass open-C retaining clasp with some of its original gilt finish is still in place on one end, keeping the belt end from dropping down when worn, but allowing for quick unfastening. On the other end the plate has just minor handling marks, no edge dents, and a nice mellow patina. There are a few stains to the reverse of the belt and small ones on the plate, but this is in excellent condition and would be the basis for a nice set of Civil War infantry accouterments.   [sr]

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