I have recently obtained a blue .45 rifle or carbine size looped Mills belt. It has the typical Mills adjustments with hooked end pieces where the 6 patent markings, ending in 1894, are usually found. However there are only two patent markings (one the 1894) and the Mills "Cartridge" logo more usually seen on the post 1903 pocketed belts. I am puzzled as to the production date of this belt as the calibre argues pre 1894 intended use but the patent markings and colour suggest an 1894-ca. 1902 dating - at least in military use. The belt is of identical military quality to other belts with the more usually encountered markings I have. Can anyone inform me as to the earliest period of use of the Mills "Cartridge" logo and a likely dating for this interesting belt? Thank you for reading this and in advance for any help.
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