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CAVALRY MILLS DOUBLE LOOP .30 CALIBER CARTRIDGE BELT – UNIT IDENTIFIED 1ST CAVALRY - EXCELLENT SPECIMEN OF A SCARCE BELT TO DISPLAY WITH YOUR KRAG CARBINE:  This Tan Mills Woven Double Loop Cartridge Belt incorporates 12 .38 caliber revolver cartridge loops and a sabre hanger chape and dismounted hook, features that identify this as a cavalry belt, and one of the scarcer of the series of Mills belts of the period.   

The belt is in overall excellent condition, showing only very minimal wear to the edges of a few of the 50 pairs (100 total) .30 caliber cartridge loops.  The revolver cartridge loops are complete and show no wear to the edges.  The tan webbing retains a clean, even tan color, and the body of the belt shows no wear and no damage.   Both captive brass ends are present and firmly attached, and both are stamped with the patent information “PAT. MILLS & ORNDORFF; AUG 26:67; JULY 31:77; DEC. 28:80; MAR. 19:89; OCT 31:93” and “SEPT 11:94”.  The sabre chape is present with the brass dismounted hook.  Both sheet brass keepers and the heavy cast “C” closure are present and in full form.   

The inside surface of the center of the belt body is stenciled “1 M  25”, a unit inventory number indicating “1ST Cavalry Regiment, M Troop, No. 25”.    

This is an excellent specimen of one of the scarcer, and more desirable, of the Mills cavalry cartridge belts and it is one that would be almost impossible to upgrade.  This is a key belt of the Spanish American War era and is “the” belt to display with your Krag Carbine.  (0133) $775 

 

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

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