This 1874 pattern Light Artillery belt utilized the 74 waist belt with leather sliding loops vs. the brass slides on the cavalry model.
The Pattern 1874 Light Artillery Saber Belt, in essence was the standard 1874 waist belt having leather slides with attached slings for mounting the 1840 Light Artillery Saber. The forward hanger mount has the applied saber dismount hook. Why the Ordnance Department chose to use these all leather hangers vs. the cavalry brass slides with removable hangers is uncertain.
This belt is marked with a faint stamping for Rock Island Arsenal just to the right of the keeper on the front leather. The inspector’s initials “D.C.L.” is stamped on the back side near the stitching. A gorgeous ’74 plate US plate and keeper match perfectly. All the leather components have the same finish and wear. The brass on the hangers has not been cleaned.
These are more scarce than the cavalry saber belts, as there far less regiments of artillery during the Indian Wars, and of those, only 2 companies were designated to be light companies.
A great example.