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Today we are excited to offer for sale a rare 19th century British/Canadian militia leather and brass belt! This handsome and stately belt features a finely crafted brass buckle. The buckle, in the spoon and locket style, features a center medallion with the royal British crown. The belt was most likely used by a 19th century Canada Militia/Victoria Rifles general service voluntary officer. The Victoria Rifles of Canada was an infantry regiment of the Canadian Army that originated in Montreal, Quebec, on 22 January 1862, as The 3rd Battalion Volunteer Militia Rifles Canada. The regiment went through several changes of designation throughout its history. It was reduced to nil strength and transferred to the Supplementary Order of Battle on 5 March 1965. The stately brass buckle is attached to the original brown leather belt which features 18 notches. The set presents well, with wear and patina commensurate with age and type of use. Brass buckle is in very good antique condition, with wear/scuffing, tarnishing and patina commensurate with age. The leather belt is in fair condition, with wear/scuffing, cracking and peeling and minor losses commensurate with age; the stitching at one end of belt is undone. This is a great opportunity to own a rare and all-original period item from Canadian military history! This beautiful belt will make a fine addition to any Canadian or British Empire military collection. Fresh to the market!
Dimensions: approx 52″ in length x 1-3/4″ in height; buckle 3-1/2″ in length x 2-1/4″ in height
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