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MODEL 1909 MOUNTED CARTRIDGE BELT-RIMLESS EAGLE SNAP – AN EXCELLENT SPECIMEN OF A RARE BELT COMPLETE WITH ALL FOUR REVOLVER CARTRIDGE POUCHES:  It is a real pleasure to be able to offer this excellent specimen of the very rare Model 1909 Mounted Cartridge Belt, as issued to the US Army Cavalry troopers during the Mexican Punitive Expedition into Mexico in 1916. 

Originally designed with two revolver ammunition pockets on each side of the front closure, this belt was intended to be issued with the Model 1909 Colt Revolver.  However, as noted in so many other instances through the history of the Ordnance Department’s efforts to coordinate the development and issue of new weapons and the related accoutrements, technological developments outstripped the design and intended use of this belt, and by the time the belt was issued for use in the field most of the mounted soldiers had been issued the Model 1911 Automatic Colt Pistol.  The M1911 Pistol, which required the two pocket magazine pouch to carry additional ammunition, rendered the four revolver ammunition pockets on this belt obsolete.  As a result, most of the Model 1909 Mounted Belts which survive in collections today have had one or both sets of the revolver cartridge pouches removed to make room to carry the Model 1916 Magazine Pouch.  Adding to the rarity of these Model 1909 Belts is the short period of production as they were supplanted the next year with the introduction of the Model 1910 Mounted Cartridge Belt.   

This belt is in remarkable condition given the obvious signs of its issue and use in the field. All of the rimless eagle snaps are intact with no tearing or wear around the snaps, all of the snaps function properly, and all of the grommets are intact with none having pulled through the webbing.  The two revolver ammunition pockets on both sides of the belt front are completely intact and are original to this belt.  Both of the belt’s metal end pieces bear the Mills Company logo and patent information.  There are a few points of slight wear at the top corners of some of the pockets and the third pocket flap in from the right end has a very small wear hole – less than ¼” in diameter – which are barely noticeable except on close inspection and only mentioned here to provide a complete description.  There are no other signs of wear, fraying, fading, tearing or other damage on this belt with all of the flaps and pockets in excellent solid condition.  The original sabre hanger chape is present and intact.  

Introduced in the early years of the 20th Century, these belts were exposed to extensive service to include the Punitive Expedition into Mexico and World War One, with most having been subjected to the modifications described above.  It is believed that only a small handful of these Model 1909 Mounted Cartridge Belts survive today in their original configuration with all four revolver cartridge pouches intact, and even fewer are in such fine condition as this specimen.  Rare pieces such as this belt normally move very quietly from one collection to another in private sales and having one to offer to the collector community is a rare event in its own right and it is a real pleasure to be able to offer this belt for your consideration.  (0810)  $2250



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