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Belt holster (2)

Object Number: 
INV.8671m-n
Date: 
1855-1865
Medium: 
Leather, iron, cotton
Dimensions: 
Overall: 12 5/8 x 5 1/2 in. ( 32.1 x 14 cm )
Marks: 
handwritten: inside flap: "W.H. Paine/...........U.S. Service" (foliate)
Description: 
Leather, iron, and cotton belt holster; stitched black leather holster with flap that fastens to stud on front, and sling with iron buckle at one end running through loop on back of holster.
Gallery Label: 
This belt was probably worn by Lt. Col. William H. Paine, who served as a surveyor in the Army during the Civil War. Paine was responsible for devising systems and tools to better facilitate the surveyor's tasks, including patenting a coiled steel tape measure. It was found among the items in his footlocker.
Credit Line: 
Gift of the Estate of Isidore L. Rosenzweig, in Memory of Bessie and Isidore L. Rosenzweig, 1978
Due to ongoing research, information about this object is subject to change.
Creative: Tronvig Group