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This picture from my collection, is of a Victorian production of G & S's 'The Pirates of Penzance' at the County Theatre Bedford.

I was struck by the similarity of the belts being worn, to the pattern 1914 belts worn in WW1.

Was this a common belt style prior to WW1 that was adapted for war time use?

Any help greatly appreciated.

Cheers

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I believe it was a quite common model. The Belgian army had them too before WW1!!

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Thanks for that Kristof.

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I even think the French had them too, but often the "snake" is different.

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John.

Belts with snake buckles go back along way. The strapping arrangment on the back of the P14 belt is unique (except I think some WWII homeguard belts had something similar).

Joe Sweeney

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Hi

Snake buckle belts go back to the Napoleonic wars, especially with the Rifle Regiments and have been changed to suit every pattern of leather equipment since.

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Kristof, Joe and T8HANTS.

Thank you one and all for your answers, so these guys may actually be wearing proper police uniforms of the day.

Cheers

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O yes!!!

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