New York National Guard cartridge belt. This was likely produced
between 1912 and 1917.
I know very little about these. All the ones that I have seen, and
this one that I own is not manufacturer marked. Construction is
crude and the belt grommets are not attached in a symmetrical manner
like the 1912 pistol belts produced by Mills or Russell.
The basic components may have been supplied in an unfinished state
and then Depot manufactured. The upper and lower rows of grommets
are used as rivets to attached the pouches to the belt. The quality
control is abysmal, as several of the New York state seal buttons
are attached upside down, and are incapable of being rotated into a
I welcome additional photos posted here from fellow forum members
who own specimens in their own collections.