|Description||Waist belt: brown leather, believed cow, covered in snakeskin, with brass pattern 1851 U.S. eagle and silver wreath plate (.37a), brass hardware. Stitching on left side of belt indicates it was a sword belt.|
|Material||leather (snake and cow); metal|
|Dimensions||W-2 L-30 inches|
|Owned||unidentified Confederate soldier|
Worn by a confederate soldier.
"Alligator skin belt worn by an Arkansas soldier."
Modern research indicates the skin is not, in fact, alligator, as alligators do not have scale patterns like the one exhibited on the belt. This is likely snakeskin, specifically rattlesnake skin of the genus Crotalus, as evidenced by the scale type (i.e., keeled and lacking an apical notch) and shape, estimated number of scale rows, and estimated size of the skin. Fading and age have greatly diminished the color pattern of the scales.
unidentified Confederate soldier