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WORLD WAR ONE MILLS EAGLE SNAP MEDICAL OFFICER’S BELT – COMPLETE w/ THE RARE CONTENTS – AN EXCELLENT SPECIMEN: A rare offering, this excellent Mills Rimmed Eagle Snap Medical Officer’s Belt in like new condition and has survived the passage of time intact with the special medical equipment and supplies that were originally carried in the belt by the doctor. 

The belt proper is complete with all the eyelets and closures which still retain all of the original blackened finish, the eagle snaps are all present, retain their subdued finish and all function properly with no fasteners pulled loose from the woven material.  The belt shows no wear or damage and all of the edges are still crisp.  The rear adjustment section of the belt is ink stamped “MAR 1918” and the underside of the flaps on both large pouches is stamped “APR 1918”, and all three dates are accompanied by the Mills Bullet logo.  Both of the blackened belt tips still bear the legible Mills Company patent and logo stampings. 

The contents of the pockets are as follows: 

Left Front Large Pouch:  The aluminum Pill Bottle Carrier with all of the metal spring clips intact and in full form.  These aluminum bottle carriers are virtually non-existent on the market today and this is one of the rare components which have remained with this belt.  The carrier has all five bakelite pill bottles, each complete with its screw on lid, and each in very good condition with no cracks or breaks.  Four of the five bottles are still legibly marked with decals indicating the contents: 1) PILULAE CATHARTICAE COMP. (almost full of tablets); 2) MISTURA GLYCYR (full of tablets); 3) PULV. IPECAC ET. (half full of tablets); 4) QUININE SULPHAS 200 MGM (full of tablets).  The fifth pill bottle is unmarked and empty.      

Left Front Small Pouch:  A Syringe Case in the original OD green felt bag, complete with the snap.  The aluminum syringe case is marked “MED DEPT U.S.A.” on the hinged lid and the case is full form with no dents and the lid opens freely on the intact hinge.  The case contains the fully functional and complete syringe – marked “TAG”, one of the known manufacturers of these sets - , the two needle assemblies, and the needle cleaning wires in the tube, all cushioned with the original tissue batting in the lid.  

Of special note, is the extremely rare aluminum case with extra needles for the syringe kit.  This 2” by 1.5” case is marked “MEDICAL DEPT. U.S.A.” and the manufacturer’s name on the sliding cover.  The case contains the full complement of the original 12 syringe needles, all cushioned by the original piece of tissue paper.  These needle cases are virtually impossible to find on the loose and almost never are found intact in the belts.  The left front small pouch has a special compartment for this case and although every belt was supplied with this needle case, very few of these small cases survive today.  

Model 1910 Diagnostic Tag Pouch:  Mounted on the lower edge of the belt below the belt’s Right Front Small Pouch, this Model 1910 Diagnostic Tag Booklet Pouch matches the same excellent condition as the belt.  The snaps retain their original blackened finish and are fully functional with no wear or tearing.  The inside of the pouch flap is ink stamped “JULY 1918” with the Mills in the Bullet logo.

Found in the diagnostic pouch when this belt was acquired is a World War One Medical Arm Band.  The band is full length, and secures around the arm with two buttons, both of which are present.  The white cotton material band is in very good condition showing minimal effects of age and to the band is stitched a red Geneva cross made of wool felt.  The wool felt shows a little wear along one edge of one of the extensions of the cross, but is otherwise full form.  

Right Front Large Pouch:  A canvas Medical Officers Instrument Belt Case, complete with the field surgical instruments, two packets of ligatures, and one packet of surgeon’s suturing needles.  The pouch is in excellent condition with all seams intact, no wear or damage, and both snaps intact and functional.  All of the instruments are present and have survived in “like new” unissued condition, showing no signs of use.  All of the pieces are manufacturer marked and the metal finishes are overall bright.  The three packets are unopened. 

Right Front Small Pouch:  A glass bottle with black rubber stopper and a nickeled screw top which still retains the cork washer.   

Model 1910 Field Dressing Pouch with Dressing:  Mounted on the lower edge, and in the center of, the rear adjustment section of the belt, this Model 1910 First Aid Pouch matches the same excellent condition as the belt.  The snaps retain their original blackened finish and are fully functional with no wear or tearing.  The inside of the pouch flap is ink stamped “THE M-H CO.  7-1918”.   The pouch contains a Model 1907 Carlisle Field Dressing, the brass canister containing an individual field dressing.  The canister shows evidence of age with some dents, but it is still sealed with the pull tag fully intact, and the brass retains the majority of the original brown japanned lacquer finish. 

This Medical Officer’s Belt is in excellent condition – truly a spectacular specimen, complete with the correct and necessary medical equipment and supplies, including three of the rarest and almost impossible to find pieces.  To find such a belt of this quality with the contents intact is becoming increasingly difficult and this specimen is one worthy of adding to most collections.  This is the quality of belt that normally moves quietly from one collection to the next with never seeing the light of day. (0908)  $2150

 

 
 
 
 

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