M 1955 Waist Belt with Hangers for Navy Officer Dagger, circa late 1950s - early 1960s.
Heavy duty black silk ribbon with velvet lining, anchors and stars on brass buckles, larger round buckle on the front. The way it's set up, it will fit up to size 31" (Small) when fully extended, but it can be conceivably extended by up to 11" extra (this will require tweaking the brass fitting to allow the extra leather reinforcement to go through - something we would not recommend.)
The belt is in excellent condition, completely intact and clean despite showing some minimal service wear. The black ribbon obverse is essentially perfect, without tears or noticeable scuffs. The velvet liner on the back is likewise completely intact, with an exception of a tiny tear; it is free of mothing. The leather strap at the end is somewhat dry and may benefit from an application of leather preparation, but it is still pliable enough to work and does not have any cracks. The leather strap shows faint maker marks on the reverse which are illegible.
With the exception of occasional very faint spots of verdigris on the back, the buckles and brass fittings are free of significant oxidation. The anchors and other details of the buckles are perfectly preserved and crisp.
This belt can be a nice addition to a Soviet naval dagger and can work equally well with either a 1950s dated ZIK blade or 1970s Bulat.
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