A Mills patent cartridge belt with a single row of loops for .45-70 cartridges. These woven cartridge belts came into use for field wear starting in the 1870s. This one is dark blue and bears a New York belt plate for issue to one of that state's regiments. Even after the regular army went over to the Krag rifle in the 1890s, state volunteers, including for instance the 71st NY, were largely armed with .45-70 trapdoors and took them into action in Cuba and the Philippines. This belt is in very good condition, with no pulls or holes in the web and just a little verdigris on the prongs of the belt plate that will clean.