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AMERICAN MILITARY AND NAVAL BELTS 1812-1902, by R. S. Dorsey:  The result of over 30 years study and collecting, this book is the most comprehensive work on the subject ever published.  Containing examples of SWORD BELTS; SABRE BELTS OF THE DRAGOONS, CAVALRY AND MOUNTED ARTILLERY; WAIST BELTS; SHOULDER BELTS and LOOPED AND NON-LOOPED CARTRIDGE BELTS; this work is an indispensable collector’s guide to the history, construction, materials, dimensions, buckles and belt plates of this most important accoutrement.  This volume contains over 800 photographs and illustrations, most of them in full color, and over 400 pages of text.

Belts from some of the finest private and public collections in the country are shown in the detail needed to identify and understand their place in American history.  Numerous overviews provide explanations of the development and reasoning behind the experimental, prototype and production belts and put them into a perspective that allows collectors to appreciate the belts in theirs and other collections.  Great attention was given to draw upon original army documentation, correspondence, and specifications, never before published in one volume. 

In addition, for the first time, the history of the MILLS WOVEN CARTRIDGE BELT COMPANY is also made available to the many collectors who have these belts.  Read about Anson Mills, the man, and the creation of the company.  A major research effort presents a detailed listing and discussion of the Mills contracts with the Ordnance Department, allowing the collector, for the first time, to understand the belts of the Indian War and the Spanish American War.  Mills’ relationship with the WINCHESTER REPEATING ARMS Co. is discussed as well as the reasons behind the adoption of the several different cartridge belt plates of the Indian War Period.  Many heretofore unanswered questions are answered about the belts of MILLS, SPAULDING and HULBERT.  EXPERIMENTAL MILLS BELTS such as the Pattern 1902 and the Parkhurst Device Belts are shown and discussed, quoting original army documents. 

The introduction is written by Norm Flayderman, noted museum consultant and antique militaria dealer.  This is an excellent reference and one that has long been needed by museums, historians and collectors alike.   (CURRENTLY OUT OF STOCK)


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