Original U.S. Indian Wars New Jersey Model 1874 Leather Waist Belt And Buckle
Original Item: Only One Available. Dating from the Indian Wars in the 1870s and 1880s, this is known as a Model 1874 Waist Belt, as used by the U.S. Army for the last decades of the 19th Century. It is of simple sturdy leather construction, with a heavy N.J. Brass Belt Plate Buckle, with a hook on the back that attaches to the end fitting on the other end. The belt could be used to suspend holsters, ammunition cartridges, and other field gear items for use in combat.
It is offered in very good condition and is nicely stamped on the leather near the buckle catch with G.S. The belt is 1 7/8" wide, and measures approximately 33" from hook to clip, though it could probably be extended another few inches. There are also numerous size holes to make it smaller.
The belt has a lovely color and patina, with only surface finish cracking, and no real tears or other issues, as shown. The brass buckle and end fitting have a lovely aged patina. There is a period hole drilled near the center of the buckle, which may have been used for a unit marker or something similar.
A very nice example, ready to add to your Indian Wars collection!
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