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M1917 Garrison Belt STYLE COMMERCIAL COPY


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Guys,

I came across this belt in a grouping and when I first looked at it it looked like one of the early varations that are listed in Dorsey's book but with closer examination I do not believe its military any more. Its the same size weave and weight as a military pistol belt. It only has one group of grommets and all are steel. The more and more I think about it I am fairly sure that it is just some civilian belt but let me know what you guys think.

Thanks,

Kevin

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Looks like you have a Model 1917 Garrison Belt. It held the single Pouches for rifle ammo that slid on thats why theres no gromets other than the ones in the middle for size adjustment. Page 99 and 100 of military Belts by Dorsey shows it. Looks like you have a rare Belt

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That is what I thought that it was a 1917 garrison belt and in Dorseys book he states that the fittings should be darkened brass. However I had read elsewhere that there were some belts that were experimentatal with different fittings. Steel/ zinc. Any thoughts?

Kevin Braafladt

 

Looking for items relating to the 91st Infantry Division from WWI. Especially anything pertaining to the 364th Infantry Regiment.

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I don't believe it is military, it certainly is not the WW1 garrison belt. As stated, the belt hooks are blackened brass. The ones on the one in question are the typical WW2 alloy style (note the web on each side of the female section, not introduced until 1943). I agree it is most likely a post WW2 commercial belt.

 

Here is a Model 1917 Garrison belt:

 

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Gary Cunningham - Bayonetman

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I am 99% positive that it's a civilian tool belt worn by construction workers. I should know, I used to wear one for a living.

Exactly!!! Once in a while such stuff appears on the market hoping someone would think to some rare variation. US martial belts never had buckle loop riveted but stitched. Webbed alloy buckle was introduced half 1942 and steel ridged keepers are post WWII. Definitively a commercial utility belt.

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