British WWI Pattern Sam Browne Belt with Shoulder Cross Strap - Black Leather
New Made Item: Official British Issue Sam Browne belts were brown, however a variety of commonwealth troops (and other Nations) used them in Black, therefore we now offer the same excellent quality belt and cross strap in rich black leather with all brass hardware.
These are identical to those issued since the turn-of-the-century and through both world wars. Complete with double prong brass buckle, brass sword fitting mounts and over the shoulder cross strap. Ready for use with any British brown leather .455 cal. or .38 revolver holster.
This belt set is not a cheaply made knock-off so often encountered. Examine the quality of the workmanship, the quality of the brass fixtures, and the texture of the leather that make this reproductions stand out above all the rest.
Belt Adjustable to approx sizes: 48-52. For smaller sizes, additional holes may need to be made in the leather. Belt width is 2 inches, and thickness is approximately 3/16 inch.
History of the Sam Browne Belt-
Sam Browne was a British army officer serving in India in the 19th century. In those days officers always carried a sword into battle. It hung from a little metal clip on the waist belt, called a 'frog'. However, the scabbard tended to slide around a lot when they charged the enemy, meaning that it had to be steadied with the left hand before being drawn.
During the Indian Rebellion of 1857 in India, Captain Sam Browne was serving with the 2nd Punjab Irregular Cavalry. On 31 August 1858, Captain Browne was involved in the fighting near Seerporah. As he charged a cannon being reloaded, he was attacked by one of its crew. Browne received two sword cuts, one on the left knee and one which severed his left arm at the shoulder. He survived the injuries but without a left hand, he found that he was now unable to control or draw his sword.
Browne came up with the idea of wearing a second belt which went over his right shoulder and held the scabbard in just the spot he wanted. This would hook into a heavy leather belt with "D-rings" for attaching accessories. It also securely carried a pistol in a flap-holster on his right hip and included a binocular case with a neck-strap. Other cavalry officers in the Indian Army began wearing a similar rig and soon it became part of the standard uniform. During the Boer War, the rig was copied by Imperial and Commonwealth troops and eventually became standard issue.
Infantry officers wore a variant that used two suspender-like straps instead of the cross-belt. It was supposedly invented in 1878 by Lieutenant Sir Basil Templer Graham-Montgomery, 5th Baronet Stanhope of the 60th Rifles while serving in India. There has been a great deal of discussion as to whether Browne modified Graham-Montgomery's design or vice-versa. Since there were no patents issued for either design and both camps have accounts backing up their claims, it may never be decided.
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