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Here's my latest acquisition of a post 1901 tan Mills double loop cartridge belt for the Krag rifle. I plan to display this one on a 1903/1904 display I'm putting together. This belt differs from earlier versions in that it has two eyelets on the back to carry a first aid dressing which was in it's experimental stages in the early part of the 20th century from 1900-1903.

 

Here's a link to another belt I recently acquired but in the 1894-1898 dark blue version- http://www.usmilitariaforum.com/forums/ind...c=41363&hl=

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Eyelets on the back of the belt for the experimental first aid pouches.

 

Here are a few excerpts from the 1902 and 1903 Annual Reports to the Secretary of War mentioning the first aid pouches

 

Hoffs pouch for first-aid packet.—Col. J. Van K. Hoff, Medical Department, proposed a form of pouch designed to be attached to the cartridge belt for carrying the first-aid packet. On July 12, 1901, an allotment of $500 was made for the purchase of a number of these pouches. These have been issued to troops in the Philippines for trial, but no report has been received.

 

From the 1903 Annual Reports-

Hoffs pouch for first-aid packet. — Col. J. Van R. Hoff, Medical Department, U. S. Army, proposed a form of pouch designed to be attached to the cartridge belt for carrying the first-aid packet. On July 12, 1901, an allotment of $500 was made for the purchase of a number of these pouches, which were issued to troops in the Philippines for test. All the reports received were distinctly favorable to the device, and accordingly on April 3, 1903, the Board recommended its adoption as a part of the equipment of every soldier in the field.

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The belts that you have displayed are excellent examples. Their

colour is strong and they are free from material staining or

gross tatters along the edges.

 

I have watched a few Ebay sale of belts in lesser condition, and

have lost one auction recently for a nice belt (tan). These are

not so rate that I'm not willing to wait for just the right one

to bid upon; I'd be pleased with outstanding condition and accept

some fading. Yours are wonderful in both colour and condition.

 

Thanks for posting.

 

Msn.

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The belts that you have displayed are excellent examples. Their

colour is strong and they are free from material staining or

gross tatters along the edges.

 

I have watched a few Ebay sale of belts in lesser condition, and

have lost one auction recently for a nice belt (tan). These are

not so rate that I'm not willing to wait for just the right one

to bid upon; I'd be pleased with outstanding condition and accept

some fading. Yours are wonderful in both colour and condition.

 

Thanks for posting.

 

Msn.

 

Hi Mike, I know what you mean with finding a nice belt. These two came from eBay within the past month and the tan one may be the belt you bid on. Keep your eye on eBay, some other nice belts may pop up and right now prices are pretty low because of the economy. Both of my belts were won for less than $200.

 

Charlie that is a neat photo. I saw that one on eBay a month ago. Thanks for posting it here!

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Here are a few additional photos I culled from the internet. I can't remember the source for this one. This Regular Army soldier wears the dark blue double loop belt. State militia and volunteers would have been armed with the Trapdoor Springfield Rifle and wore 45 loop cartridge belts.

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This is a very nice photo found on http://www.trapdoorcollector.com/index.html

 

The Regular Army soldier here has the dark blue double loop belt plus full accouterments of the 1878 pattern- blanket bag with shelter half and poles, canteen, and haversack. My guess is that this dates to 1895-1897.

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A recent acquisition: 100 Round (i.e. double looped) belt. The condition is outstanding in that

there are neither snags, nor tattered edges; however, there is some water spotting that gives

a mottled appearance. Unfortunately, the belt came with only one keeper, so do any of ya'll

have a spare for sale, or know a militaria dealer with one for sale?

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A recent acquisition: 100 Round (i.e. double looped) belt. The condition is outstanding in that

there are neither snags, nor tattered edges; however, there is some water spotting that gives

a mottled appearance. Unfortunately, the belt came with only one keeper, so do any of ya'll

have a spare for sale, or know a militaria dealer with one for sale?

 

Nice! So maybe soon we'll see a display here?

 

Does your belt have the grommets for the first aid pouch or is the earlier one with the grommets for the wire bayonet hanger?

 

Unfortunately I can't think of where to get your missing keeper. I thought I knew of a site but I can't find it. I think it was Hayes Otoupalik that had some. If I'm remembering correctly I think there's a site that sells repro keepers if you ever get desperate.

Frankie G.

 

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