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RARE MILLS EAGLE PLATE MOUNTED ON A BLUE MILLS SINGLE LOOP WOVEN CARTRIDGE BELT:  This rare belt and plate set is believed to pre-date the Spanish American War, and was certainly a design that appealed to the nationalistic emotions of that era.  The Eagle Motif, 1887 Pattern Cartridge Belt Plate, manufactured by the Mills Belt Company, is truly a rare plate, and is seldom seen offered for sale.  

The plate and matching keeper are in full form with no damage and an overall very nice patina.  The dark blue Single Loop Mills Woven Cartridge Belt is in excellent condition - full length with all 45 cartridge loops present and intact.  The blue webbing retains a strong, even color with no fading or discoloration, is very clean and free of any soiling, and the edges of the cartridge loops are intact with no wear or fraying.  The belt was originally manufactured with the black oilskin binding on the ends of the belt, but this binding, never particularly substantial, has worn away through time, however the ends of the belt have not suffered and show no evidence of raveling or loss.   

This is indeed a rare Mills belt and plate set, and one that would display very well with a Spanish American War grouping.  (0222)  $950



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