Fine condition scarce Civil War bridle leather sword belt for the 1833 Ames short sword.
The first pattern of these artillery belts came in white buff leather, and multi- sectioned buckles beginning in 1832 with the issue of the first Ames artillery short sword. Later the buckles were reduced to a two piece inter-locking buckle worn for dress for all foot artillery troops. During the Civil War, these belts were worn pretty much by Non Commissioned Officers and were worn with the 1851 eagle plate with applied silver wreath.
Usually seen in black buff leather, this scarce example was made in bridle leather with integral frog suspended from mounting rings incorporated into the waist belt. The only marking, and faint, but visible is the makers name, “GAYLORD,” a Chicopee, Massachusetts contractor.
This 1851 plate has a four piece applied silver wreath; matching bench marks (“192”). There is some heavy patina on some of the surface, otherwise the belt shows little wear.
The leather and stitching is sound, with nearly the entire surface showing age crazing and some worn areas. Although the description sounds a bit harsh, the look overall is fine, as this is the nature of bridle leather from this period. Still retains the two original slides.
A great and desirable accoutrement.