A scarce catalog Circa 1921, for the Mills Belt Company, Inc.
Catalog- Mills Woven Cartridge Belts For Sportsmen. This is one of the companies last catalogs printed C-1921-1931. 1931 us when this Mills Belt Company went out of business. The rear cover has a brief history of the firm beginning in 1877, created by Anson Mills, a regular army officer who’s web belt designs, and later web equipments of all sorts revolutionized not only the American Army, but many other nation’s militaries around the globe.
This is a 15 page catalog, with many illustrations, primarily focusing on sportsmen’s, belts, and equipment, yet many of the designs offered are military, marketed for the civilian. The belts in this period were designed to hold numerous cartridges of many calibers, and there is a two page spread showing the cartridges that would fit Mills equipments.
Some of the military items still sold as sportsmen items were haversacks, bags,and 1st aid pouches.
The catalog shows use, with typical soiling, minor staining, and a few small holes on the back cover (which does affect a small area of print, a hole about 1/8 inch round).
There is no denying the importance to the invention of web equipments by Anson Mills, and his company, and this is pretty much the last attempt to maintain their presence in this market.