U. S. Waist Belts options

thewarning

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I was thinking of getting a U. S. Waist Belt from MB&S and noticed they have three options: 1. Belt With Standing Loop 2. Belt With Brass Clip 3. Plain Belt (No Loop, No Clips). I heard the brass keeper didn't come till later in the war. Any recommendations/preferences or information on what was most common?
 

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captaindrew

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I'm not sure when the brass keeper came into use but I've never spotted many in period photos. And coming from experience my Union kit had a keeper on the belt and it is a pain in the neck passing accoutrements over it, I ended up cutting it off. If it were me I'd pass on the keeper and the loop and keep it plain. You've gone to the right place by the way, I have a pair of shoes from him and a set of CS accoutrements and they are first class. Nice guy to boot if you get him on the phone.
 

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I spoke to Robert at MB&S and he said the standing loop is the earliest. I was also on Jarnigans site and he shows pics from an original 1839 pattern with a loop.
Their info is most likely correct. I’ve made mistakes before. When I do I’m willing to eat crow. I prefer it with a bunch of hot sauce.
 


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