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WORLD WAR ONE MILLS EAGLE SNAP MEDICAL OFFICER’S BELT – COMPLETE w/ MANY OF THE SCARCE CONTENTS – A VERY NICE SPECIMEN: A scarce offering, this very nice Mills Rimmed Eagle Snap Medical Officer’s Belt in almost like new condition and has survived the passage of time intact with many of the pieces of special medical equipment and supplies that were originally carried in the belt by the doctor. 

The belt proper is complete with all the eyelets and closures which still retain all of the original blackened finish, the eagle snaps are all present, retain their subdued finish and all function properly with no fasteners pulled loose from the woven material.  The belt shows no wear or damage and all of the edges are still crisp.  The rear adjustment section of the belt is ink stamped “MAY 1918” and the underside of the flaps on both large pouches is stamped “MAY 1918”, and all three dates are accompanied by the Mills Bullet logo.  Both of the blackened belt tips still bear the legible Mills Company patent and logo stampings.  The only sign of wear is a pair of small holes with stain halos on the reverse side, at the bottom, of the left hand pocket.  This is the pocket which carries the medicine and pill vials, and apparently one of the vials leaked its contents, staining the web material.  The holes are quite small and the stains are likewise small and not noticeable when the belt is displayed. 

The contents of the pockets are as follows: 

Left Front Large Pouch:  The pouch contains six bakelite pill bottles, each complete with its screw on lid, and each in very good condition with no cracks or breaks.     

Left Front Small Pouch:  A Syringe Case in the original OD green felt bag, complete with the snap.  The aluminum syringe case is marked “MED DEPT U.S.A.” on the hinged lid and the case is full form with no dents and the lid opens freely on the intact hinge.  The case contains the syringe – marked “TAG”, one of the known manufacturers of these sets - , the two needle assemblies, and the needle cleaning wires in the tube, all cushioned with the original cotton batting in the lid.  The bottom of the green felt bag has some of the characteristic wear from abrading against the bottom of the web pocket, but the pouch is solid and full form. 

Model 1910 Diagnostic Tag Pouch:  Mounted on the lower edge of the belt below the belt’s Left Front Small Pouch, this Model 1910 Diagnostic Tag Booklet Pouch matches the same condition as the belt.  The snaps retain much of their original blackened finish and are fully functional with no wear or tearing.  The inside of the pouch flap is ink stamped “RH LONG 6 - 18”.  The exterior of the flap is soldier decorated with a hand applied painted red cross with a square border around the cross.   

Right Front Large Pouch:  A canvas Medical Officers Instrument Belt Case.  The pouch has some minor surface soiling, but is otherwise in excellent condition with all seams intact, no wear or damage, and both snaps intact and functional. 

A full, unopened paper packet of 12 suture needles, the packet dated with the 1917 contract information.     

Right Front Small Pouch:  A glass bottle with a nickeled screw top which still retains the cork washer.   

This Medical Officer’s Belt is in very nice condition, and features the majority of the  correct and necessary medical equipment and supplies.  To find such a belt of this quality with the contents intact is becoming increasingly difficult and this specimen is one worthy of adding to most collections.  This is the quality of belt that normally moves quietly from one collection to the next with never seeing the light of day. (1022)  $1150

 

 
 
 
 
 
 
 

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