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Object Name BELT
Catalog Number 0985.01.00037
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
Provenance Belt said to have been worn by a Confederate soldier from Arkansas.

"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.
People unidentified Confederate soldier