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RARE M 1872 INDIAN WARS OFFICER'S GOLD BULLION & LEATHER SWORD BELT

Indian Wars Period

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Presented is a post Civil War era officer's dress saber belt with four bands of gold bullion embroidery sewn on a black Russian leather belt. It is in remarkably fine original condition and has its original  M 1872 spread-winged eagle plate buckle. The rig was made by Pettibone Mfg. Co from prior to the turn of the 20th Century.

This company grade officer's in excellent original condition. The thick Russian leather belt still retains both sword hangers, each with a brass snap shackle, one brass sword hook and one leather belt loop adjuster, and one brass keeper. The belt measures approximately 43" long x 13/4" wide. The stitching holding the bullion braid to the leather is mostly intact along the top edge, but much of it is loose along its bottom edge.

The cast plate used the sand mold construction method. It measures approximately 3" x 2 1/16" and exhibits a fine old bronze patina overall. The casting detail is sharp and distinct without foundry imprint.

The belt's interior leather surface is in excellent condition with only a few abrasion marks show where the black finish has been worn off. There is creasing on the leather showing where it was folded. The maker's mark Pettibone Mfg. Co., Cin OH is stamped within an oval on the leather tongue. They used that name from 1865 to 1900 at which time they were labeled as The Pettibone Bros. Mfg. Co. Sword straps are intact and clip to the belt proper and are in excellent condition.
This wonderful original specimen of a company grade officer's bullion leather sword belt complete with its original spread winged eagle plate is a rare specimen that will appeal to a collector of the finest post Civil War display.
            Back of buckle with leather tongue
               Sword strap and swivel
                 Hook for sword ring
                      Original M 1851 plate
BELT IDENTIFICATION: We are grateful to s director and officer of the United States Cavalry Association who provided us with the following information:

If the colored silk in the belt is white then it is infantry branch after 1885.  If yellow, its cavalry and could be anytime from 1872 to early 1900's.  The infantry went back to blue some time before WW I. 

The Field Grade belt had two large, wide gold bullion stripes in place of the four narrow stripes of the company grade belt.  The 1872 uniform also specified gold bullion chest cords (which are actually the retention cord for the Prussian style helmet), and gold bullion shoulder knots. 

For further reference see Farrington “Arming and Equipping the United States Cavalry 1865-1902”, pp 195-198

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OUR UNCONDITIONAL GUARANTEE: If not completely satisfied with your purchase it may be returned, if without damage, within three days of receipt in its original packaging. Return items must be insured for their full value. A prior email authorization by us for the return is required. Unfortunately, shipping charges are not included in this offer and are non-refundable unless due to our error.

 This is a fine quality Indian Wars Period company officer's rig complete in all respects. It is in near mint condition. It is very scarce and should appeal to the most sophisticated collector the best.

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