N.Y. State artillery belt w/slings: red

Object Number: 
1778
Date: 
1800-1815
Medium: 
Leather, gilt, brass, iron
Dimensions: 
Overall: 37 7/8 x 2 1/8 in. ( 96.2 x 5.4 cm )
Marks: 
stamped: inside scroll: "EXCELSIOR" (New York State officer's sword belt)
Description: 
Leather, gilt, brass, and iron sword belt; red leather belt has scabbard sling sewn near center with iron hook at end that fastens to scabbard sling sewn on left side, stamped gilt design on belt edges and five stars at intervals in center, stamped gilt S-shaped links on edges of slings, and rectangular brass plate at right end that fastens to hook on left; plate has stamped eagle in center flanked on both sides by two flags and cannon, with inscription inside scroll above, and inside a corner-cut rectangular border encircled by a wreath.
Gallery Label: 
This sword belt may have been worn by a New York State militia artillery officer during the War of 1812.
Credit Line: 
Presented by DeWitt M. Lockman in December, 1931
Due to ongoing research, information about this object is subject to change.
Creative: Tronvig Group