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It is hard to tell from the limited pictures but I think it is a Model 1881 Cavalry Belt as it appears to have brass grommets on the inside back and the saber hanger. If these two features are absent then it is the then it is the more common Model 1876.

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The only Model 1885 belt I can find has a brass inter-locking buckle. These belts were in a constant state of flux at the time and there is a model for almost every year in the late 1870s through the early 1890s. Most of the changes were to the buckle system but there were a few other things like the grommets on the back. Plus the army modified old belts to make new belts. Then add to the mix that Bannerman made up his own versions using surplus parts (the first of the "surplus store specials"). These old belts are often hard to pin down and small details make all the difference.

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