finally available is an accurate recreation of a set of British Infantry belts
from the Seven Years War.
The waistbelt is based on the only known
surviving original, located in a small County Museum in England.
and belt was designed after an original in a private collection.
Together they complete an important part of the puzzle of what the British
soldier wore during the time of the French and Indian War.
first striking element one notices when looking at these belts is their buff
colour created by the nature of the leather and enhanced by applications of pipe
clay and ochre.
The cartridge box or block is designed to hold 21
rounds and sits in a soft leather pouch.
The flap of the cartridge pouch is made rough side out while the
interior leather is smooth side out.
The pouch is suspended from two
straps with brass double-D buckles.
It was common at this time to suspend
the soldier's pick and whisk from the front buckle or or from the front pouch
This practice carried on into the Napoleonic period, depending on
beauty is always in the detail.
A unique quality of the waistbelt is the
blind stitching of the
The wide curve of the frog itself assisted in protecting the
soldier's clothing from the rubbing of the sword.
The length of the
waistbelt itself allowed the soldier to wear the belt over his shoulder while on
this pattern of belting was made obsolete in 1768, it is likely saw service with
Loyalist Regiments and the Continental Army at the beginning of the American