Confederate painted cloth belt
This belt is made from painted cloth that is folded and machine sewn. It has an 1851 sword plate buckle. This buckle is the early variety with applied silver wreath. Both the buckle and keeper have numbers stamped in the brass. There is an adjustment hook sewn to the belt and holes on the inside for adjustment. The keeper is sewn to the belt and the original stitching looks untouched. These belts were a stopgap effort due to leather shortages and painted cloth items are scarce. The belt is in very nice condition with little wear. The buckle shows some wear but was probably gleaned from a battlefield. A nice example of confederate painted cloth belt.