MAKER MARKED 1880’S US MILITIA SHOULDER BELT & POUCH

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Item Code: 665-29

Black leather belt approx. 2.25 inches wide meant for wear over one shoulder. The ends of the belt are connected to a small cartridge box or pouch.

The black leather shows heavy crazing on its surface but the surface finish is good throughout. The leather edging is held in place by thread that has rotted in some places with an attempt at resewing being done poorly. Attached to the front of the sling is a wonderful lion head and below that is a very nice shield with spread-winged eagle. A delicate chain ran between the shield and the lion head but it is now broken with three-quarters of it remaining. The back of the belt also has a large and impressive “batwing” tip and brass adjustment buckle.

The small cartridge box or pouch on the belt has a flap that is outlined with a brass frame and has a brass number “1” at top center of the flap. Below the number is the outline of a monogram that is now gone. From a shadow on the leather the missing monogram appeared to be “GHG.” Under the flap the pouch is stamped “RIDABOCK / SUCCESSORS TO J. H. MCKENNEY & CO. / NEW-YORK.”  [ad]

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