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blue Mills-style cartridge belt with no marks


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This was in a good-sized batch of surplus filed gear. It has no maker's marks that I could find. I assume it's a copy?

 

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Looks like a standard Pattern 1894 belt; how many loops (45 or 50) and does a .45-70 round (Trapdoor) fit or a .30-40 round (Krag)? These have been reproduced for several years so most likely a reproduction.

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Looks original to me.

 

From what I understand a lot of these old belts were Bannermans surplus

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Are the loops woven integrally into the belt itself? The only other company with the looms for such weaving was Russell Manufacturing Company.

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In Memoriam:
Lieutenant J.Kostelec 1-3 First Special Service Force MIA/PD 4 March 1944 Italy
I HAVE SEEN THE ENEMY AND IT IS DAYLIGHT
Forget about the tips..We'll get hell to pay (AC/DC)
"If you cant get out and run with the big dogs then sit on the porch and bark at the cars going by.."

Have you Hugged a Clown Today?

You Cant Get A Sun Tan On The Moon..





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That is very interesting. I was unaware of a reproduction Mills belt that had integrally-woven loops. I was under the assumption that the only surviving Mills reduction weaving looms in India had broken down after making a run of dismounted eagle snap M1910 cartridge belts for Schipperfabrik.

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Its an unmarked rare Mills .45 Cal Infantry Belt with captive wire ends. as covered in pages 288-289 of "American Military & Naval Belts 1812-1902". Yours appears to be missing the keepers though.

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