Buff Belt - ID Please

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Buff Belt - ID Please

Postby Derbys » 20 Jan 2017 13:58

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Hello,
Could anyone ID this belt please ? I was thinking 1871 pattern, but perhaps the number '97' stamped on the inside means '1897' ? Wondering what the other numbers might mean: left to right on inside of belt - 848. 2B (?). A306. 97
Thanks, Chris
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Re: Buff Belt - ID Please

Postby Frogsmile » 21 Jan 2017 14:21

It's from the 1888 (Slade Wallace) Valise Equipment, Chris. Distinguished by the 3 recessed square buckles at centre rear. I can't decipher much from the markings though.
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Relic of many a siege and sack, it points a moral and adorns the back.
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Re: Buff Belt - ID Please

Postby Derbys » 21 Jan 2017 16:34

Thanks Frogsmile, much appreciated. I was getting a bit confused due to those three buckles, but the the lack of the bit of belt that sits behind the buckle I'm sure I've seen somewhere on a belt described as '1882' , and then that '97' stumped on the inside....... Your advice does it for me, thanks again.
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Re: Buff Belt - ID Please

Postby Frogsmile » 21 Jan 2017 17:20

Derbys wrote:Thanks Frogsmile, much appreciated. I was getting a bit confused due to those three buckles, but the the lack of the bit of belt that sits behind the buckle I'm sure I've seen somewhere on a belt described as '1882' , and then that '97' stumped on the inside....... Your advice does it for me, thanks again.


The separate central section of the rear of the belt, with its three buckles, is very distinctive. There is no doubt that it is a Slade Wallace belt (aka 1888 valise).
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Re: Buff Belt - ID Please

Postby timothylrose » 21 Jan 2017 19:12

The 1882 is one piece and has to sliding buckles that are sown into the rear of the belt - the belt keeper was common throughout the valise pattern belts - all that has happened is this one has parted company with the rest of the belt - atb Tim
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