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C & D Jarnagin Company


Waist Belts



Leather Terms

* Waxed - Vegetable tanned leather finished on the flesh side, "rough out".
*Bridle -Vegetable tanned leather finished on the grain size, "smooth out".
* Buff -Not a vegetable tanned leather. It has a loose fiber structure with grain side removed by the tanning process.
*Black Buff - Buff leather dyed black.

Please note the hand stitching done in linen thread and the careful finishing job done on these goods. This fine hand craftsmanship is done by American workers here in our workshops. 


We are the manufacturer and may not have all items in stock.


Other information links of interest.  

Leather Preservation  Please follow this link for more information on the care and feed of leather.


All "smoothout" leather (bridle) items (black and russet) are finished with period stains or dyes applied using period techniques.  This has all come out of my extensive research on the 19th century tanning industry.  The leather also has built in mold and mildew resistance in these period finishes.  To see pictures of the dyeing process in action please follow the link below.

To see more pictures how they dyed leather during the 19th century.

We use 1860's period techniques to dye leather.  An entire side is dyed at once and allowed three days to fully set up.  The drying process makes the finish water resistant as called for by the Ordnance Dept.

Following period methods has made it difficult to stock leather items so there may be a delay in getting your leather goods.

This way of finishing can cause the dyed surface to turn white in cold weather.  This is a common problem in period leather as well.  This white can be cleared with an application of white vinegar. 

This is all done in order to give you, the consumer the closest copy of the original items as possible.


Some are selling what they call "real" buff that is a yellowish color that is very soft and spongy, but according to the Ordnance dept. of the time the leather should be of a firm consistency, and should not be Spongy.  Our buff leather is specially tanned for us and very closely matches what the original buff leather was like.

Please allow 4 to 6 weeks on all blackened buff orders, due difficulty of dyeing the buff black properly.


Federal Waist Belts


Please follow this link to find out how to put a plate on a belt.

1839 Belts

All Belts Are Hand Made Here In Our Leather Shop The 1839 belt issued to the infantry was a 1.5 inch wide belt with a loop on one end, this belt uses the small US belt plate.  In 1851 the width of the waist belt was increased to 1.9" wide, this belt uses the larger plate. This belt can be made in either in white buff or the white buff dyed black or waxed and black bridle leather. Civil War photographs show evidence of the 1.9" wide belt was used by Federal troops during the war.
(Order Buckle Separately)
Follow this link to see an original looped belt.  Please note how small the loop is. 

#270      White Buff Belt (Narrow)              $69.50

Uses #296 small US belt plate (order separately).

These belts are made with period loops.  The loop is not large enough for the buckle to pass through. 

If you wish to have a larger loop on your belt you will need to specify when ordering.  The larger loop is not period.


#271      White Buff Belt (1.9" wide)              $69.50

Uses #298 Large US belt plate (order separately)
The loop on this belt is made (very tight) as original. It is difficult to fit the buckle through. If you wish to have the loop loose specify so when ordering.

These belts are made with period loops.  The loop is not large enough for the buckle to pass through. 

If you wish to have a larger loop on your belt you will need to specify when ordering.  The larger loop is not period.


#270A      Black Bridle Leather Belt (Narrow)              $46.00

Uses #296 small US belt plate.

These belts are made with period loops.  The loop is not large enough for the buckle to pass through. 

If you wish to have a larger loop on your belt you will need to specify when ordering.  The larger loop is not period.


"Waxed" leather was allowed for use on Waist belts and Cartridge box belts on December 4, 1857 due to the shortage of "buff leather".

#271ABWX      Black Waxed Leather Belt (1.9" wide)              $46.00

Uses #298 Large US belt plate.

These belts are made with period loops.  The loop is not large enough for the buckle to pass through. 

If you wish to have a larger loop on your belt you will need to specify when ordering.  The larger loop is not period.


Sept 1862 the change was made for all belts and cartridge box belts to be made of bridle leather.

#271A      Black Bridle Leather Belt (1.9" wide)              $46.00

Uses #298 Large US belt plate.

These belts are made with period loops.  The loop is not large enough for the buckle to pass through. 

If you wish to have a larger loop on your belt you will need to specify when ordering.  The larger loop is not period.



#273      US Enlisted Waist Belt              $46.00

This belt appeared toward the latter part of 1863, when loop was replaced by a brass clip. Uses the #298 large US plate. These belts are made in bridle leather unless on special request the buff dyed black may be ordered.  Please see note below on the buff dyed black.  Add $15.00 for blackened buff.

Please note that the buff dyed black waist belts with the clip were made after July 4, 1864.  This was done by special permission from the Ordnance Dept.  These belts will come with both makers and inspectors marks.
 

Uses the #298 large US plate. (Order Buckle Separately)



#274      1851 Pattern Waist Belt (NCO)              $95.00

This belt can be made in either Black Buff, Waxed, or bridle leather. The plate supplied is the cast Eagle plate with the applied silver wreath. You will receive bridle leather unless otherwise specified.
(Buckle is provided with this belt - Provide Waist Measurement when ordering.)

There is an $16.00 extra charge for blackened buff.  These are dyed and finished as was done originally.  The blacking will come off and it will turn to a dark brown over time.

Available With early plate upon request.  When ordering please state that you want the 1851 early NCO plate.

There is a $15.00 extra charge for the early plate.

The description for the new plate can be found in the 1851 Regulations as follows:

90. For all officers and enlisted men--gilt, rectangular, two inches wide, with a raised bright rim; a silver wreath of laurel encircling the "Arms of the United States;" eagle, shield, scroll, and rays bright.  The motto "E Pluribus Unum." 

This style plate was used up until the pattern change in 1861, when the height of the plate was changed and the upper parts of the wreath were dropped. 



1855 Rifleman’s belt $220.00   (please state which frog style when ordering.)

This is copied after our original belt which is a waxed leather belt for the 1855 sword bayonet with the staple in the throat.  This belt is not for use with the 1855 rifled musket (3 bands) but it used with the Mississippi rifle or the (2 Band) 1855 rifle.    


In the pictures you will see two different frogs on the belt and the one with strap and buckle is for the 1855 rifle sword bayonet with the staple and the one with just the hole is for the sword bayonet with the button.


This belt is not for the 1855 (3 Band) musket with the triangular bayonet!!!!!

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Please note the differences between the two frogs, one with strap and buckle is for the 1855 rifle sword bayonet with the staple and the one with just the hole is for the sword bayonet with the button.

 


Sword Belts

 


#232 US M1841 Dragoon Sabre Belt $175.00

White Buff Only. Puppy Foot U S Buckle is provided. Includes shoulder strap and saber hangers. 100% hand-sewn with waxed linen thread. (Provide Exact Waist Measurement When Ordering)

 


#231A      The Pattern 1851 Sword Belt (Enlisted)              $145.00

This belt can be made in either Black Buff, Waxed or bridle leather. The plate supplied is the cast Eagle plate with the applied silver wreath. Maker marks and inspectors marks are used only upon request.  The saber belt has shoulder straps and saber hangers. You will receive bridle leather unless otherwise specified.

There is an $45.00 extra charge for blackened buff.  These are dyed and finished as was done originally.  The blacking will come off and it will turn to a dark brown over time.
(Buckle is provided with this belt - Provide Waist Measurement when ordering.) (Snap are not included on enlisted sword belt)

Available With early plate upon request.  When ordering please state that you want the 1851 early NCO plate.  

There is a $15.00 extra charge for the early plate.

The description for the new plate can be found in the 1851 Regulations as follows:

90. For all officers and enlisted men--gilt, rectangular, two inches wide, with a raised bright rim; a silver wreath of laurel encircling the "Arms of the United States;" eagle, shield, scroll, and rays bright.  The motto "E Pluribus Unum." 

This style plate was used up until the pattern change in 1861, when the height of the plate was changed and the upper parts of the wreath were dropped. 

US enlisted sword belt shown in waxed leather.

This cavalry Sword belt made after the 1858 change in leather.


#OF231      US Officer Sword Belt  Without shoulder strap            $199.00 (this one is shown in picture below)

#OF231S US Officer Sword Belt With shoulder strap  $220.00 (not shown)

This belt is also made in the folded leather but you will need to contact us for price.

This belt is patterned from an original. The original belt has the later officer belt plate. It is all brass with the wreath cast on the plate. (Buckle and Brass Swivel Snaps are provided with this belt. Provide Exact Waist Measurement when ordering. We allow for it to fit over clothing)

(If you want the early plate, which had an applied silver wreath you will need to specify at the time of your order.) 

There is a $15.00 extra charge for the early plate.




Officers Sword swivel snaps

We just got in a new batch of really nice snaps that are gold plated like the originals and have steel springs unlike many out there with brass springs.  These are true Civil War snaps and not the post war snaps that many are selling.

#231B      Brass Saber Swivel Snaps              $35.00 per pair


Sword Knots

#925      Officer's Gold Sword Knot              $25.00


White Buff Sword Knot

#2708WB   Buff sword Knot   $99.00

#2708BDB   Buff Dyed black Sword Knot   $129.00

This sword knot is copied after an original in the Jarnagin collection.   This knot first came available in the 1840's and was made through the 1850's


#2708      US Enlisted Saber Wrist Strap (Black Only)              $65.00

 


Crown soap-  4oz of soap in a tin container $6.95

We are now offering this period soap for cleaning leather.  This is based off a period recipe for soap liked by harness makers.  This is not like modern saddle soaps but instead is mostly made from cod oil.  This type of soap will clean the leather but not be harsh enough to damage the leather.   Leather items should be cleaned with soap several times a year in order to prevent the build up of dirt and other things that will damage the grain surface. 

#113      Neatsfoot Oil 8 fl. oz. 100% pure              $6.95

#PW124        Preservation Wax                            $12.95

This is specially designed product to give you maximum life out of your leather items.  This is the clear wax, for use on russet items.  This wax contains a natural mold and mildew inhibiter, along with protection from insect damage.   

 #BPW125        Black Preservation Wax              $15.95

This is specially designed product to give you maximum life out of your leather items.  Lamp black has been added to help maintain the black color of your leather items.   This wax contains a natural mold and mildew inhibiter, along with protection from insect damage. 

Leather Preservation  Please follow this link for more information on the care and feed of leather.


Please follow this link to find out how to put a plate on a belt.

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