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MODEL 1910 FOUR POCKET CAVALRY .45 CALIBER REVOLVER CARTRIDGE BELTS –  VERY SCARCE EAGLE SNAP BELTS IN BOTH MOUNTED AND DISMOUNTED VERSIONS IN VERY NICE  CONDITION:  As issued with the Model 1909 .45 Colt Revolver, these US Army Model 1910 4 Pocket Pistol Belts with the Rimless Eagle Snaps have survived the years in very nice to excellent condition.  These early 20TH Century pocketed cartridge belts pre-date World War One and they saw extensive use along the border during the Mexican Punitive Expedition in 1916, resulting in them being far from common in any condition.   

Procured in very limited numbers for a short period of time, these Model 1910 4 Pocket .45 Caliber Belts are quite scarce, and when found, often display evidence of heavy use and wear. 

As documented on page 51 of Dorsey’s U.S. MARTIAL WEB BELTS AND BANDOLIERS: 1903-1981, these four pocket belt were manufactured by the Mills Woven Belt Company which feature blued or subdued colored eagle snaps and belt ends and the ends bear all of the standard Mills Company stamps.  There are also specimens of this belt which feature nickel plated eagle snaps and belt end pieces which are unmarked, and it is believed these unmarked specimens were produced by the Russell Manufacturing Company. Other than the lack of markings and the subdued vs. nickel plated fittings, the only other appreciable difference is that the Russell belts appear to have a shade or two lighter green color than the darker green Mills belts, but they have to be compared side by each in order to discern this minor difference. 

All three of these belts are in very good to excellent condition.  The belt bodies feature an even green color and the belts show very little evidence of wear or soiling.  All of the rimless eagle snaps are functional, solidly attached, and none show any signs of the tearing that is common to find around these snaps.  All of the grommets are intact and solidly mounted in the webbing.  The pouches are intact and the puckered bottoms of the pouches are not worn.  The flaps are likewise in very good condition and show very minimal wear that is commonly seen on the upper corners of the flaps associated with wear against the rim of the cartridges.   Any further specifics regarding condition or wear are cited in the individual descriptions below. 

I have an embarrassment of riches in that I currently have the following examples of this scarce belt, and each is individually listed below with accompanying photographs. 

 

NO. 1  MILLS MODEL 1910 FOUR POCKET MOUNTED .45 CALIBER REVOLVER CARTRIDGE BELT:  This is the much scarcer mounted version of the 4 Pocket Belt, identified by the presence of the sabre hanger box ring riveted to the right side of the lower edge of the belt.  Manufactured by the Mills Woven Belt Company, and so identified by the company name and patent information stamped into both sides of the belt tip.  This belt features the correct subdued blue finish to the eagle snaps, keeper slide, grommets, and belt tip adjustment hook.  The subdued finish is overall excellent and intact, showing very little evidence of wear. 

Interestingly, this belt was indeed issued, evidenced by the crossed sabres and the numeral "14" stenciled in ink on the outside of the adjustment end of the body of the belt. 

These mounted versions of the Four Pocket Belts which are identified to a cavalry unit are seldom encountered, and this particularly nice specimen, in overall excellent condition, will be a notable addition to your collection which likely could never be upgraded. (0932) $775

 

NO. 2  RUSSELL MODEL 1910 FOUR POCKET DISMOUNTED .45 CALIBER REVOLVER CARTRIDGE BELT:  This is a dismounted version of the 4 Pocket Belt, identified by the absence of the sabre hanger box ring.  Believed to have been manufactured by the Russell Manufacturing Company, this belt features nickel plated eagle snaps, keeper slide and belt adjustment hook.  The belt end bears no maker mark, consistent with the Russell made belts, but the belt tip is stamped “59”, most likely a unit inventory number.   The nickel plating is overall excellent, showing very little wear. 

This is a particularly nice specimen in overall excellent condition, to add to your collection and it would never need to be upgraded. (0314) $625

 

NO. 3  RUSSELL MODEL 1910 FOUR POCKET DISMOUNTED .45 CALIBER REVOLVER CARTRIDGE BELT:  This is a dismounted version of the 4 Pocket Belt, identified by the absence of the sabre hanger box ring.  Believed to have been manufactured by the Russell Manufacturing Company, this belt features nickel plated eagle snaps, keeper slide and belt adjustment hook.  The belt end bears no maker mark, consistent with the Russell made belts.  The nickel plating is overall very good, showing some minor wear to the high points of the eagle figures on the snaps.  

Overall this is a very nice specimen which would never need to be upgraded. (0931) $575

 
 
 
 
 
 
 

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