Original U.S. WWI Engineer Uniform Jacket with Hate Belt

Item Description

Original Item: Only One Available. WWI wool army tunic with colorful embroidered Engineering insignia, chevron on left sleeve and Engineer collar disc. Overall condition is very good.

Approximate Measurements:
Collar to shoulder: 10”
Shoulder to sleeve: 26”
Shoulder to shoulder: 17”
Chest width: 18”
Waist width: 17”
Hip width: 20”
Front length: 30”

Also included is a Hate Belt. American soldiers were known for their love of souvenirs in the Great War; So, a lot of material history of the war came across the Atlantic with returning soldiers. Among collectors of military memorabilia from World War One "HATE BELTS" are items of interest.

This example offered in very good condition features features over 20 buttons, badges, coins and pins from both Allied and Axis nations. It is one of the most stunning examples of a hate belt we've ever seen.

German soldiers' leather belts, and other belts from participating armies, that were festooned with buttons from soldiers uniforms are called Hate Belts / Souvenir Belts / Grave Digger Belts. These made for excellent collector's pieces.

"Hate Belt": the idea was that if an American soldier had killed or captured a German soldier, then he would have the button from the newly deceased or captured soldier attached to his belt as a kind of notch of conquest on his belt. This, no doubt,
is the most intriguing explanation for those decorative belts.

"Souvenir Belt": this description is apt for many of the belts that are in circulation today. The souvenir belt would involve a German infantryman's belt being decorated with buttons and tabs from troops BOTH Allied and CENTRAL Powers and kept as a remembrance of The War.

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