Waist belt

Object Number: 
INV.11295
Date: 
ca. 1840
Medium: 
Leather, brass, gilt
Dimensions: 
Overall: 35 3/4 x 2 1/8 in. ( 90.8 x 5.4 cm )
Description: 
Leather, brass, and gilt waistbelt; red leather with three roped gilt strands and six sets of shield, two halberds, two spears, and trophy flag stamped on belt exterior, and with rectangular brass plate at left end that fastens to holes on right end of belt; plate stamped with wreathed border and eagle in center with branch in left talon and three arrows in right talon.
Gallery Label: 
According to military expert Bruce Bazelon, this waist belt was of the type made ca. 1840 and worn by non-commissioned officers. United States generals also wore gilt-decorated, red leather belts from the 1850's through the early 1870's.
Due to ongoing research, information about this object is subject to change.
Creative: Tronvig Group