MANN’S WAISTBELT WITH BUCKLE AND CAP BOX

$425.00 ON HOLD
Originally $495.00

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Item Code: 668-335

William Mann, an officer in the 7th Michigan Cavalry, patented a system in late 1863 for both cavalry and infantry that distributed the weight more evenly and placed the burden mainly on the shoulders rather than the waist and groin. This is a very scarce example of the Mann’s patent waistbelt for infantry that was produced in 1864. Several Union regiments were issued Mann’s accoutrements for field trials but the system was never adopted and examples are rare.

The waistbelt offered here is in good condition. The leather is supple and strong. The width of the belt is approx. 1.75 inches. The belt plate is the same arrow hook and tongue attachment as found on the reverse of the pattern 1839 oval “US” plate but without the brass face and lead fill. Also attached to the belt are four “D” rings, two on top and two on the bottom for attaching other parts of the brace system. The belt is faintly maker and inspector marked just behind the attachment holes for the buckle. Unfortunately, the marks are too faint to be read. Also attached to the belt is a standard US leather cap box in very nice condition. There is no fleece or pick inside but there is some cotton and a few percussion caps. Cap box is unmarked. [ad] [ph:L]

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