Object Title

Belt with pouches and powder flask (kamar)

Belt with pouches and powder flask (kamar)

Date

1801-1830

Object Number

XXVIF.38 A

Provenance

Presented by the East India Company, 1851.

Physical Description

The belt is of leather covered in crimson velvet, embroidered with gold orris thread at either end, and fitted with a circular iron buckle. It is fitted with three small bullet pouches, each secured by a flap with the remains of a crimson velvet covered strap, one of which retains its small, gilt iron, circular buckle. All the pouches are of leather covered with crimson velvet, the flaps embroidered with gold spangles. The powder flask is of nautilus shell form, of wood covered with crimson velvet and embroidered on the front with gold spangles. It has a turned ivory spout, with a small wooden stopper on one end of a crimson cord with a small circular pad, of crimson velvet embroidered around the edges with gold orris, at either end. In one pouch are ten lead bullets. In another is a cylidrical ivory match holder retaining a length of singed cotton, and with a suspension loop of white cord. Between two of the pouches is an iron hook for the suspension of a length of match.

Dimensions

BeltLength1230 mm

Inscriptions and Marks

None.

Bibliographic References

J. Hewitt, Official catalogue of the Tower Armouries, London, 1859, no.xv 42, p. 95

Viscount Dillon, Illustrated guide to the Armouries, London, 1910, no.xv 118, p. 16