Navy Admiral or Officer full dress belt with dagger
circa 1947 - 48 issue.
In gold bullion brocade with plush lining in black wool.
Shows superb quality throughout. The massive buckle is in
gilded brass - center piece showing anchor and star, the
outer part having nicely sculptured oak and laurel wreath.
The buckles on dagger straps feature snarling lion heads -
the so-called "angry" lions introduced in 1947. Fully
expanded, this belt should accommodate a waist as large as
48", but it is easily adjustable to any smaller size.
In very good to excellent condition. The brocade is
beautifully preserved, with without tears, loose strands or
stains of any kind. Comes complete with all the hardware
both brocade belt loops present. The original gilt finish
the brass parts is exceptionally well preserved and bright.
There are a few moth bites to the black backing material,
but these of course are not visible from the front and to
not affect the integrity or serviceability of the belt.
There is no active moth problem.
The type of belt with bullion brocade was largely replaced
in the late 40s by the cheaper to manufacture silk brocade
version. The earlier belts are both more spectacular and
harder to find. They are essentially same as WW2 version
used from 1941-47, with the exception of the "angry" lions
(as opposed to "kind" lions on the dagger straps of the
earlier admiral's belts.)