During the American Civil War the Confederate army utilized a wide assortment of belts, especially in the early stages. Despite the notion that every soldier bore the classic brass oval “CS” buckle, a great number wore roller buckle belts. Handmade by local harness shops, they came in many different configurations. Measuring roughly 124.5cm long including the buckle (120.5 cm without), and 4cm in width, the belt features uneven punched holes at 13cm, 24.5cm, 30cm, and 35cm respectively. The belt features a non removable buckle held tied down by a piece of genuine cowhide leather. The magnetic buckle shows considerable tooling marks, appearing hand forged from iron.
The belt itself shows considerable age from the wearing of cowhide leather to the wear on the third punched hole. Like many other early Confederate examples, the belt does not feature any kind of maker mark. Acquired from Arkansas, via an estate-sale the previous owner had catalogued it as an “1860s belt Confederate?”.