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Mills Cartridge Belt, Dark Blue 45 Loops


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This is my latest acquisition from Advance Guard Militaria. It is a Mills 45 loop cartridge belt with 1887 cast belt plate. This belt would have been used to carry the .45 rounds for the 1873 "Trapdoor" Springfield Rifle.

 

My knowledge of these early belts is limited and I need to pick up copies of Dorsey's American Military and Naval Belts 1812-1902 and McChristian's two volume Uniforms, Arms, and Equipment: The U.S. Army on the Western Frontier 1880-1892. Please correct me if I have any info wrong and also feel free to add anything to this topic.

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Detail of the early stitching reinforced belt ends which was used through 1894 on Mills/ Orndorff made belts. This would later be upgraded to a brass plated belt end which also held the clasps to adjust the belt. See my topic on the 100 loop Krag rifle belts to see the later belt end- http://www.usmilitariaforum.com/forums/ind...c=41363&hl=

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Frankie G.

 

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Got a lead for you. I just checked it long enough to see that he had 45-70 trapdoor bayonets and scabbards. there are a number of variations of attachments for securing the scabbard to the belt. Google trapdoors galore and you will come up with it. good hunting great looking belt. hope this helps. Also google trapdoor bayonets and you will come up with a ton of info and items for sale.

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Got a lead for you. I just checked it long enough to see that he had 45-70 trapdoor bayonets and scabbards. there are a number of variations of attachments for securing the scabbard to the belt. Google trapdoors galore and you will come up with it. good hunting great looking belt. hope this helps. Also google trapdoor bayonets and you will come up with a ton of info and items for sale.

 

Thanks Texasscothman, I checked out the Trapdoors.com Galore site and saw a very nice scabbard and loose bayonet. Both are $195 together vs. a very nice scabbard and bayonet on Dorsey's site for $225. I sent an inquiry about the bayonet and scabbard on the Trapdoor site.

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Outstanding condition!

 

It's one thing to find a belt in an unfaded and un-tattered condition; yet, to be so fortunate as to mate

it to a century old leather accoutrement in near pristine condition makes for a display to be proud for.

 

 

I suspect that, based upon other items from this era that you have posted, that you are putting the

finishing touches upon a mannequin display of a S.A.W. infantryman.

 

Msn

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Outstanding condition!

 

It's one thing to find a belt in an unfaded and un-tattered condition; yet, to be so fortunate as to mate

it to a century old leather accoutrement in near pristine condition makes for a display to be proud for.

 

I suspect that, based upon other items from this era that you have posted, that you are putting the

finishing touches upon a mannequin display of a S.A.W. infantryman.

 

Msn

 

Thanks for the comments Mike. Yes my 1899/1900 display is almost complete. All I need is the 1874 tin cup and I'm hoping I can win one for less than $125 on eBay. It's a pretty common item and they are all over the internet but I'd prefer to get one for less than the typical $150-$175 prices.

Frankie G.

 

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