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Belt and cutlass scabbard holder

Object Number: 
1879.3c
Date: 
1850-1862
Medium: 
Leather, brass
Dimensions: 
Overall: 41 1/2 x 1 7/8 in. ( 105.4 x 4.8 cm )
Marks: 
handwritten: belt interior: "Jan. 7/1879"
Description: 
Leather and brass sword belt; brown buff leather with frog sewn to loop that suspends from left side of belt, and brass hook at right end that fastens to holes on left; handwritten mark on belt interior.
Gallery Label: 
According to accession records, this belt for a sailor's boarding cutlass was salvaged from the sinking Union frigate Cumberland after her bombardment by the Confederate steamer Merrimack on March 8, 1862.
Credit Line: 
Gift of Lindley Murray
Due to ongoing research, information about this object is subject to change.
Creative: Tronvig Group