M 1940 Waist Belt with Hangers for Navy Officer Dagger, 1940-1947.
In black tape ribbon of 1" width, much narrower pattern than the 1950s and later issues. Black velvet lining. The buckles feature so-called "kind lions" as opposed to the snarling or "angry" lions of the similar 1947 model. Snake clasp on front instead of the larger round buckle found on the 1950s and later waist belts. Size is adjustable, will fit up to a 42" waist, although from the way the belt is configured now it is obvious that its original owner was a very slim man with about 32" waist.
Excellent condition. There is only minimal wear to the black "ribbon"-like exterior where it came in contact with the buckles, but no tears or fraying. The velvet lining is almost pristine. Almost all of the original gilt on the brass fittings is still present.
Perfect for display with a wartime dated or very early post- war naval dagger.
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