1872 Pattern Infantry Belt
& Cartridge Pouch
The 1872 Pattern Infantry Belt was a trial brace system that was part of a cumbersome brace system to support the infantry knapsack. While the cavalry rejected it, the infantry did not. Although only a trial belt, it was considered to be serviceable and continued to be issued and used in infantry units to about 1885.
The waist belt is shown and described in R. Steve Dorsey’s book “American Military and Navel Belts 1812-1902” pages 92-98.
The belt and pouch are in very good condition with no damage to the leather. Although, the shiny black finish is mostly worn away on the belt, it is still black in color. However, the cartridge pouch retains most of the shiny black finish. An inspection mark “JC?” shows on the front of the belt, near the belt plate. In addition, the belt plate is very good. However, the original applied gilting is worn away and now showing a nice brass patina.
Hagnor Cartridge Pouch
The number 1 and number 2 Hagnor cartridge pouches were originally issued for trial with this belt. Only the number 1 is retained on this rig. It was used for carrying rifle ammunition. The front cover of the pouch is stamped with a stylized “US” and maker marked “J. Davis & Co., Newark, NJ“. In addition, the cover shows a cartouche with “T.J. Shepard” stamped inside.
This belt would display nicely with a Springfield Trapdoor Rifle of the same era.
Clarks Antiques – Antique Gun Leather – 1872 Pattern Infantry Belt – Price $500.00
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