Junior Officers' Dress Sword Belt

Contributed by David L. Velleux

General:

The Junior Officers Dress Sword Belt uses the Model 1872 Officers Belt Buckle, featuring a nickle-plated wreath surrounding the Arms of the United States. The belt has a black leather "base" with an outer "skin" of colored silk grosgrain, in white for Infantry, yellow for Cavalry, red for Artillery and black for all other corps, overlaid by four evenly-spaced 5/16" gold braids. The scabbard bands are similar to the pattern of the belt, differing only in length and width, each with a brass snap hook to attach to the scabbard of the officer's sword. The standard sword for all dismounted officers was the Model 1860 Field and Staff Officers Sword. Mounted Infantry and all Cavalry officers used the Model 1872 Light Cavalry Saber.


Bibliography:

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Field, Ron, Spanish-American War 1898. . (Washington: Brasseys Inc., 1998).

U.S. Army Quartermaster Department, Regulations and Decisions pertaining to the Uniform of the Army of the United States, Second Edition, 20 June 1898, (Washington, Government Printing Office, 1898).


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