I would note the infantry waist belt of 1 1/2 inch width was required to be no less than 38 1/2 inches long, not just that width. Thus please make your repoduction long enough to fit you, and don't stick slavishly to 38 1/2 inches. Actually that requirement was in effect for all ewaist belts through the Civil War. I would also note that the first waist belt plate for that belt had three wires to attach it to the belt, not the single hook and single arrow hook combination adopted later. Finally, I am working on what I would call an 'update' of Ted Huntington's work, more clearly emphasizing the work of the 'Fenwick' Ordnance Board of 1837-8 in creating the precursors to CW accoutrements. The infantry waist belt was actually adopted in 1837, but delays in getting the entire 'system' of accoutrements approved and into the field led to its incorporation into the Pattern of 1839 accoutrements. Since the Ordnance Department also called the items by that terminology we as collectors and historians have continued with it. There were Regular Army units that did not have all of the new items until the eve of the Mexican-American War.
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