U.S. MODEL 1872 HAGNER PATENT NEW YORK BELT PLATE

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Item Code: 490-2824

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The leather belt is 1.75” wide and approximately 50” long overall. Belt is made of bridle leather with a brass keeper sewn and riveted on one end and a brass adjustment hook riveted to the other.

The waist belt plate is based on the Model 1872 belt plate featuring a raised “US” within a raised oval. The plate is cast brass with a slight curve. What makes this plate different from the Model 1872, are the loops cast onto the top of the plate and keeper. These are for use with the Palmer brace system.

The leather on this belt shows moderate surface crazing to the finish but remains supple. Belt plate and keeper are in excellent condition with dark patina.

The Palmer brace was a system of over-the-shoulder straps that was recommended for adoption by the US Army but was short lived. As described and illustrated in Ordnance Memoranda No. 19, and worn in concert with the Model 1874 Infantry Waist Belt, the Model 1874 Palmer Infantry Brace System was one of the last of several attempts by the 19th century Ordnance Department to provide the foot soldier with a load bearing system that would distribute the weight of his equipment.

The Model 1874 Palmer Infantry Brace System provided the soldier a uniform method of carrying his McKeever ammunition boxes (2), haversack, clothing bag, mess gear, cup, blanket, and bayonet.  Consisting of shoulder straps that descended down the front of the soldier’s body to connect to the brass standing loops on each side of the Model 1874 Infantry belt plate, a back pad that would distribute the weight and attaching billets to mount the haversack and clothing bag, what appears to be a fairly confusing collection of leather straps when viewed in hand, provided an orderly harness when worn.  In spite of the well-intentioned design, the troops rejected the system and it was eventually withdrawn from service by 1878.     [jet] [ph:L]

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