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MODEL 1910 MILLS OFFICERS GARRISON SABRE BELT – EXCELLENT CONDITION - COMPLETE WITH SABRE HANGER:  In the opinion of many collectors, the most attractive and desirable of all of the 20th Century US Army Sabre Belts, the Model 1910 Officers Garrison Sabre Belt was the last of the sabre belts worn by the officers when under arms and carrying out their assignments during the course of the duty day.  The sabre belts which would follow were all intended for wear with the dress uniform and then only for ceremonial occasions.   

Manufactured by the Mills Woven Belt Company, this belt saw a very limited production in two apparent runs – the first when the belt was initially introduced in the original green color, and the second in 1917, evidently with an eye to the increased numbers of officers who would join the ranks in preparation for the United States’ entry into World War One, which was produced in khaki.   

Contributing to the scarcity of specimens of these belts which are found complete with the distinctive plate, and the sabre chape and hanger, was the discontinuation of the practice of carrying a sword or sabre for normal duty assignments and the later adaptation of these plates for the general officer pistol belts.    

I am fortunate to have one each of the early and the latter pattern Model 1910 Officers Belt to offer here.  Each is described below with accompanying photographs.  That both were found in the same collection is remarkable in itself, and a credit to the collector who was wise enough to add them to his display years ago when the opportunity presented. 

 

NO. 1  MODEL 1910 MILLS OFFICERS GARRISON SABRE BELT – GREEN  - DATED 1915:  An very good specimen, this 1915 dated khaki belt is complete with all the components.  Showing a little evidence of use and wear, the rear inside of the belt body is stenciled “E. D. D.” and the rear surface of the sabre chape is ink marked “E D”, both likely the initials of the same officer and owner of this belt.    

The tongue-in-wreath style Officer’s Plate with the applied US Army coat of arms eagle surrounded by a wreath of acanthus leaves retains 99% of its original brilliant blue finish, with only very minimal wear to the high points, highlighting the features.  All of the web components, to include the belt body, sabre hanger and the sword chape, are clean, with a bright green color showing no sign of fading, and only the slightest of wear to the sabre straps.  There is a very slight difference in hue of green between the belt and the sabre hangers which is far more apparent in the photographs than it is in person - a vaguery of digital photography.  The first photo of the entire belt shown below is an accurate representation of the color of both the belt and hanger. 

The inside of the belt body, the underside of the sabre chape, and the reverse of one of the sabre straps are properly marked with the “MILLS” cartridge logo ink stamp.  The belt body and the sabre chape has the proper “1915” date stamp (no month was included in these earlier versions).  The bullet logo stamp on the sabre strap is lighter, but is still discernable.  The darkened bronze belt tips bear the Mills markings: on one side the Mills cartridge logo and “Patented Apr. 18, 1905”; and on the other “MADE BY THE MILLS WOVEN CARTRIDGE BELT CO. WORCHESTER, MASS U.S.A.”.  The detachable sabre hanger is complete with all the fittings, the straps are full length showing no signs of wear, and both sabre snaps have the functional locking rings.    

This is a very nice specimen of a scarce belt and even with the obvious signs of use, is one that has survived in remarkable condition.  (0425)  $995

 

NO. 2  MODEL 1910 MILLS OFFICERS GARRISON SABRE BELT – KHAKI - DATED 1917:  An excellent specimen, this 1917 dated khaki belt is complete with all the components.   

The tongue-in-wreath style Officer’s Plate with the applied US Army coat of arms eagle surrounded by a wreath of acanthus leaves retains all of its original brilliant blue finish.  All of the web components, to include the belt body, sabre hanger and the sword chape, are clean, with a bright khaki color showing no sign of fading.   

The inside of the belt body, the underside of the sabre chape, and the reverse of one of the sabre straps are properly marked with a legible “MILLS” cartridge logo ink stamp and with the matching “MAY 1917” date stamp.  The darkened bronze belt tips bear the Mills markings: on one side the Mills cartridge logo and “Patented Apr. 18, 1905”; and on the other “MADE BY THE MILLS WOVEN CARTRIDGE BELT CO. WORCHESTER, MASS U.S.A.”.  The detachable sabre hanger is complete with all the fittings, the straps are full length showing no signs of wear, and both sabre snaps have the functional locking rings.  

This is a beautiful specimen of a scarce belt and one that is difficult to locate in this exceptional condition.  SOLD

 
 
 
 
 
 

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