Leather Goods

Federal US Regulation Soldier Waist Belt

Brown Buff Leather Belt ~37" long. Marked with oval R. White inspectors stamp. Arrows type brass US belt plate and brass keeper.

Note: Close up photos off buff leather buckle in second row.

Near mint condition Price $525

Model 1851 Federal Cavalry Sword Belt Rig

With Original Polished Leather Belt, Hanger Straps, Shoulder Sling and  Cast-Brass Eagle Belt Plate w Applied Silver Wreath

This eagle plate buckle matches the one shown in Mike O'Donnell's Book on American Military Belt Plates, Plate 625. The belt plate is circa 1862-1863 with a slightly wider design. There are no plate bench marks, there is a US stamped on the leather shoulder sling. 

 

This extremely fine enlisted cavalryman's leather belt is complete, and remains soft and pliable with no breaks or repairs.  The cast-brass Eagle sword belt plate has a rich, aged patina with the full silver wreath remaining intact. 

 

This cavalry sword belt rig is one of the nicest Federal Cavalry rigs that is 100% original and would be a nice addition to any Civil War collection. 

Price $1600

Federal US Regulation Soldier Waist Belt

Black Buff Leather Belt ~37" long. Marked with oval R. White inspectors stamp. Arrows type brass US belt plate and brass keeper.

Oval Ordnance Inspection Stamp is on outside of leather. Comes with Horse Soldier Letter.

Absolutely Mint Condition Price $695

Very Nice Davy 44 Cal. Revolver Cartridge Box - All Original

 

Extremely fine condition cartridge box with maker's mark "DAVY & Co. NEWARK NJ" stamped on tongue with "T.J. Sheppard"  inspector marked on the front flap. The company received various contracts for both infantry and cavalry units in 1862 and 1863. Belt loops and latch tab are riveted and sewn. Brass finial is pointed round. Box measures about 5 1/4  x 3 1/2  x 1 1/8  inch. Leather condition is flexible for the latch tab, straps, and flap - markings are very readable. 

Price $225   

Scarce Model 1851  DIE STAMPED Officer's Brass Eagle Waist Belt Plate on Black Patent Leather 

This thin die stamped rolled brass eagle belt plate with an applied small tongue was probably made around 1855 period, but could be an earlier militia waist belt by an unknown maker. 

 

From O'Donnell's book on Am. Military Belt Plates, the eagle's design is very similar to Figures 605 and 606 with the five wing feathers closest to the shield pointing down toward the olive branches and arrows. Most M-1851 belt plates have a round curved flow of the wing feathers pointing outward. Most Model 1851 buckles are cast brass. The buckle's reverse shows the die stamped construction - it was not lead filled. 

 

This plate shows a strong die crack coming out of the left feather into the side border. The photos show two leather ties holding the belt together but only for ease of handing. The leather condition is pliable and extremely fine with the 4 rows of decorative stitching all intact. The overall belt is about 38"in length including the buckle.

This specific variant buckle is not shown in O'Donnell's book.

A very nice scarce Officer Waist Belt.

 Price: $875.00

 

“E. Gaylord/ Chicopee/ Mass.” Marked 44 Cal. Revolver Pistol Cartridge Box

 

 Approx. 5 1/8 x 1 x 6.5 Inch brown leather, w/reverse belt loops and bottom finial and strap. Leather and stitching very good. Final strap moderately worn. Maker's mark is strongly stamped on the reverse. Some small leather finish missing on body under the flap. 

Leather condition is flexible for the latch tab, straps, and flap

Price $175

Very Fine 1864 Dated Mann's Patent Carbine Cartridge Box with Finger Pull Up Tin

 

This cartridge box is a different style ammunition box - it was a leather accoutrement carried by many Federal cavalrymen during the last part of the Civil War.  Referred to as the Mann’s Patent box, it was introduced in December 1863 by Colonel W.D. Mann of Detroit, MI, and was designed to replace earlier traditional type cartridge boxes. 

 

This accoutrement had a single hook end leather strap that enabled the box to be worn on the waist belt of the trooper with the strap placed over the shoulder and attached to a brass belt half ring for better support. The new equipment combined a cartridge box, pistol box and cap box all in one belt rig with crossing straps that enabled the soldier to carry more ammo as held in the older boxes.

The leather of this cartridge box is very fine condition, very strong and smooth, with minimal surface scuffs.  It has a well embossed oval US marking on the box flap with a double-bordered oval with 1” high embossed letters “US” inside. Within the border is stamped, “COLONEL MANN’S PATENT REISSUED JUNE 7TH 1864 / E. GAYLORD MAKER-CHICOPEE, MASS.” A well stamped script “US” and rectangular sub-inspector’s stamp of "T.J Shepaprd". Box outer flap has the original leather closure tab that is strong and complete and fits tightly onto the original pear-shaped brass finial at the bottom of the cartridge box. 

 

Outer flap also retains both end-pieces and is strongly stitched in place. Leather tool pouch is very strong and complete.  Box has a 1 3/8” wide, leather strip or loop stitched and riveted to the backside enabling it to be used as a waist belt. Leather shoulder carry strap was cut off which often done.  The all brown leather box is in very fine condition with a few tiny areas of scattered surface wear / marks. The metal cartridge tin medium has a gray coloring and is in fine original condition.  It has a finger-pull ring centered on the tin frame for raising the lower level of cartridges.  Price $850

Page above from F. Gaede & P. Johnson pamphlet on Mann Patent Accoutrements - Pub. 2011

  Near Full Length Civil War Federal Cavalry Carbine Sling

 

This sling with a "snap hook" was designed to support a cavalry trooper's carbine while riding his horse on the field. The sling was cross slung over the shoulder and the snap hook clipped on the the saddle ring of the carbine. The sling supported the carbine while riding and left the trooper's hands free for controlling his mount. The length is 53" and 2 3/8" with - standard length is 56". Very Nice condition with border trim on each side. The snap hook is stamped by E. Gaylord and inspected by T.J. Shepard. Pattern M-1855 sling.

The bridle leather surface is very strong and supple with very light areas of crazing. Brass buckle and tip “batwings” original to the sling having never been cleaned!  A very nice example with supple bridle leather. 

Price $950 

Extraordinary ID'd Confederate Officer Roller Buckle Waist Belt w Holster / Pouch / Side Knife

Old Label marked "George W. Singleton" on Inside of Belt Tongue

      Rig Comes with:

  • With Roller Buckle Holster Flap

  • With Roller Buckle Cap/Ball Pouch

  • 12 ¼” Length Clip Point Bowie Knife with Sheath

  

 

Singleton, George W., Corpl. 2nd Lt. Co. A, 12th La. Inf. En. Aug. 23, 1861, Camp Moore, La. Present on Roll to Oct. 31, 1861. Roll dated June 28, 1862; Present, promoted to 2nd Lt. May 10, 1862, formerly a Corpl. Rolls Nov., 1862, to June, 1863, Present. Roll July and Aug., 1863

 

Absent at Coushatta Chute, La., on leave of absence from 6th. Rolls Sept., 1863, to Aug., 1864, Present. Official Rolls Paroled Officers, C. S. A., Paroled Natchitoches, La., June 7, 1865, as Capt. Cons. 12th La. Inf., Co. A, Singleton, G.

This belt rig is in strong condition but shows usage wear, the cap pouch is slightly stiff - the leather pieces are hand sewn with a roller buckles used on the main belt, holster and cap / ammo pouch! The holster will only fit a 31 cal. revolver with a 4" barrel - typical of an officer's gun. There are examples of Confederate holsters with roller buckle flaps. A great Confederate belt rig.  Comes in a glass lid wood stained display box as shown. The artifact comes from the Bill Erquitt collection.   Price $5900




 
 

From  Am CW Database - 8 men are listed.

Best Match based on an Officer’s Belt Rig is:

George W. Singleton – Co. A, 12th LA Infantry  

Served Aug. 1861 – June 1865

Promoted from Corp. to 2nd Lt. May 1862

Promoted to Captain before paroled June 1865

All other men listed were regular soldiers

Example of a Confederate Captain belt rig from Book "Collecting Confederate" on left and Confederate roller buckle holster on bottom.

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