1871 Valise Officers Belt.

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1871 Valise Officers Belt.

Postby Redcoat_Grenadier » 21 Feb 2015 13:36

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Re: 1871 Valise Officers Belt.

Postby rd72 » 21 Feb 2015 16:03

Hi there,

I believe that this is a Staff Sergeant's belt.. Officer's would not have carried the P71 as issued (or rather, bought). Staff Sergeant's were armed with a sword and this belt was for that article. I am away from my references right now but there is a LoC entry for this item.... I am not sure when the brown belt for Staff entered service... (again, away from my refs) but if brown belts weren't introduced until later, then this would be a "Volunteer" example, I should think... I am sure someone will be along to confirm or clarify this as well.
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Re: 1871 Valise Officers Belt.

Postby Redcoat_Grenadier » 21 Feb 2015 16:20

Hi Rob

Many thanks my friend for your input, and I did think of a volunteer but wouldn't they be of white metal not brass ?
I have seen these belts in white at the time of the Zulu wars so maybe this belt is later circa ?

Ok thanks Rob.
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Re: 1871 Valise Officers Belt.

Postby Isandlwana » 22 Feb 2015 16:03

The Army Hospital Corps wore a brown leather belt at the time of the Anglo-Zulu War, that said all the examples I have seen in photographs have the snake fastening rather than the GS buckle shown in the photograph.

For a fine example of Sergeants of the A.H.C. in 1882 wearing such please see:
http://www.royalcollection.org.uk/colle ... yptian-war

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Re: 1871 Valise Officers Belt.

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