Belt holster (2)
Leather, iron, cotton
Overall: 12 5/8 x 5 1/2 in. ( 32.1 x 14 cm )
handwritten: inside flap: "W.H. Paine/...........U.S. Service" (foliate)
Leather, iron, and cotton belt holster; stitched black leather holster with flap that fastens to stud on front, and sling with iron buckle at one end running through loop on back of holster.
This belt was probably worn by Lt. Col. William H. Paine, who served as a surveyor in the Army during the Civil War. Paine was responsible for devising systems and tools to better facilitate the surveyor's tasks, including patenting a coiled steel tape measure. It was found among the items in his footlocker.
Gift of the Estate of Isidore L. Rosenzweig, in Memory of Bessie and Isidore L. Rosenzweig, 1978
Due to ongoing research, information about this object is subject to change.