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James

These buckles were first introduced as part of the waist belt for the British for the kit worn by there riflemen, starting in the early 1800s.  It was, as Dev says, widely adopted and remained popular until the introduction of webbing equipment to replace leather - in 1908 in the UK.  In fact, the leather belt with snake buckel, authorized or not - I'm not sure - stayed popular for 'walking out dress' throught WWI and was a sign of an old sweat, not a wartime recruit.  I owned one for years - the belt I mean - and both Canadian soldiers and our RCMP wore it too.

Here's a brief bit of history: http://www.actionarchaeology.ca/index.php/projects/featured-artifacts/its-all-about-that-belt/

:)

Peter

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