1872 Pattern Infantry Officers Dress Sword Belt


A nice example of a true Indian Wars era infantry dress belt in tin.

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1872 Pattern Infantry Officers Dress Sword Belt, that is in a SHANNON, MILLER & CRANE, NEW YORK tin.  The buckle his marked HORTSMANN, PHILA.  It is likely the buckle is a replacement, but one put on by the original officer/owner, as the fold in the adjustment buckle beneath the belt plate. The buckle is a heavier, and nicely detailed earlier style plate. The belt has no maker embossed stamp.

The bullion tape is in very good condition, with the three strips of blue running through, indicating a company grade officer (captain and lieutenants). There are small areas where stitching has popped the hold the bullion to the leather belt, and is common to these belts the way they were rolled up and put away in these tins over the years. The dual sword hangers exhibit the same wear, and include the gilt brass snap swivels. The pattern of this belt changed in 1902, going to a single snap-on hanger.

The tin box retains most of the original black japanning.

I place this belt in the 1870s-80s era.



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Weight 3 lbs