First of the officially issued army cartridge belts.
The army had its trouble finding a suitable accoutrement that would best serve the soldier in the field, and the Model 1876 was the first issued cartridge belt that met that need, while finding favor with the troops, who had be modifying issue equipment since the end of the Civil War.
The belt has 54 .45 caliber cartridge loops. The leather belt tab is full length and marked Watervliet Arsenal (stamp is weak). There is a name written on the inner surface, first name William but can’t make out the rest. The webbing overall is very good which is soiled, but has that great untouched campaign look. The leather surfaces are crazed with some chipping along the edge, and a few insect tracks.
A very nice example.
USPS Priority Mail $10.00