An original British Victorian 19th Century Army Officer’s Sword Belt. These belts are quite hard to come by as most of them have been discarded over the years or just fallen apart. This example comprises a brass buckle with applied white metal royal cypher of Queen Victoria (1837-1901), royal crown and victory wreath to either side. The leather belt is sewn with silver bullion wire and there is a smaller gilt brass, double-lionshead buckle. These sword belts were carried by both infantry and cavalry officers and I would date this one to around 1860-1880. Condition is good although it has seen some service wear. Have measured the belt and I would say that it would fit a man with a waistline of around 30 inches – soldiers were much slimmer then!
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