BACKGROUND: Sam Browne was a British officer who was serving in India when he lost his left arm in combat. In that time, officers wore a sword into battle which hung from the waist belt in a frog, but when charging the enemy, the sword had to be steadied with the left hand. Sam was now unable to perform this movement, but cam up with the alternative of wearing a second belt that extended over the right shoulder and held the scabbard in place. It soon became part of the standard uniform. The "Sam Browne" harness was normally worn by officers with the Service Dress Jacket and consisted of a waist belt, one or two cross braces, a pistol holster, an ammunition pouch and a sword frog with hanger straps. The harness items were made from polished bridle leather and depending on the regiment, with brass or white metal fittings. With the introduction of the austerity pattern jacket, the "Sam Browne" harness was replaced with cloth belts.

PHYSICAL DESCRIPTION: A multi piece, leather constructed, sword hanger, the body consisting of two pieces of leather stitched together to form an open bottomed pocket, it measures about 9cm tall with a curved top, 8cm wide, tapering down to 7cm at the bottom. There are two 2cm wide leather straps, with roller buckles, have overlapping ends that angle out towards the bottom, forming a "V". A flared brass stud is attached to the front at the reinforced "V". The straps of the frog that attach to two separate D rings to the front are dry with some cracking to the leather, but overall the leather is still quite supple. Nice example.

GRADE****                             PRICE $72.00

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