US REVENUE CUTTER BELT RIG & PLATE

$1,100.00

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Item Code: 1052-236

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Belt is made of one piece of leather with the leather from each edge folded toward the middle. Belt meas. approx. 40.25 inches long x 1.75 wide. The interior of the belt has a good straight seam running down the center while the exterior face of the belt has a tooled line running along each edge. Face does show some moderate wear and surface finish loss. The right side has a brass adjustment buckle for size.

Attached to the left side of the belt is a sliding leather shield and one short drop. The leather shield is made of two pieces that have been sewn together. The seams on each side have split but it is holding across the bottom. The single drop slides with the shield and is very short. Only 3.00 inches long.

The plate is a two-piece tongue and wreath Revenue Cutter Service plate with a spread-winged eagle with a shield on his chest standing on a horizontal anchor with 13 five-pointed stars in a cluster above his head on a lined globe surrounded by a rope border. The shield is poorly cast but the rest of the detail is good. The wreath consists of large laurel leaves. The reverse of the wreath is marked “6” while the plate bears the number “15.” The fit is passable. The two pieces have been together forever as the patina on both matches perfectly.

The Revenue Cutter service became part of the Coast Guard in 1915. Officers and men belonging to this Treasury Department revenue collection service were armed and outfitted in a fashion similar to the U.S. Navy. Anything relating to this organization is rare.  [ad] [ph:L]

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