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WORLD WAR ONE MILLS EAGLE SNAP MEDICAL OFFICER’S BELT – COMPLETE w/ MANY OF THE SCARCE CONTENTS – A VERY NICE SPECIMEN: A scarce offering, this very nice Mills Rimmed Eagle Snap Medical Officer’s Belt in almost like new condition and has survived the passage of time intact with many of the pieces of special medical equipment and supplies which 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 faintly ink stamped “MAR 1918” – difficult to make out in the photography, but much more legible when viewed in person.  The underside of the flaps on both large pouches is stamped “APRIL 1918”.  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 only sign of wear is a pair of small wear points on the face of the left front large pocket.  This is the pocket which carries the medicine and pill vials, originally in the aluminum spring mounted carrier, and apparently the tips of the springs or the attaching rivets wore through the webbing from abrading against the inside of the pocket.   The holes are quite small and they are covered when the pocket flap is lowered in the closed position, not noticeable when the belt is displayed. 

The contents of the pockets are as follows: 

Left Front Large Pouch:  The pouch contains six bakelite pill bottles, each complete with its screw on lid, and each in very good condition with no cracks or breaks.     

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 syringe – marked “TAG”, one of the known manufacturers of these sets - , the two needle assemblies, and the needle cleaning wires in the tube.  The green felt bag has some of the characteristic wear from abrading against the web pocket, but the pouch is still solid and full form with the seam intact. 

Right Front Large Pouch:  A canvas Medical Officers Instrument Belt Case.  The pouch is very clean and in excellent condition with all seams intact, no wear or damage, and both snaps intact and functional. 

A full, unopened paper packet of 12 suture needles, the packet dated with the 1917 contract information.     

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

This Medical Officer’s Belt is in very nice condition, and features the majority of the  correct and necessary medical equipment and supplies.  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 your collection.  This is the quality of belt that normally moves quietly from one collection to the next with never seeing the light of day. (1023)  $975

 

 
 
 
 
 
 
 

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