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Cartridge belt

1800/1850

Museo de Artes y Costumbres Populares de Sevilla

Museo de Artes y Costumbres Populares de Sevilla

A cartridge belt with capacity for 11 loads. It is an accessory used to carry the loads of a muzzle-loader. The belt is closed with a flap embroidered with floral motifs and on both sides are pockets for coins. The laces that close one of the pockets are not original, having been replaced before it entered the museum.

Cartridge belts replaced other more old-fashioned tools used for carrying ammunition in hunting, such as gunpowder horns. This piece, specifically, was acquired by the first head of the Museum of Popular Arts and Traditions, Seville, between 1972 and 1978, Salvador de Sancha, in the Huelva mountain area. The belt came with a group of hunting items: two centrefire shotguns, one English from the latter part of the 19th century and another from EIBARRESA dating from the early 1900s; a French carabine from the second half of 1800s; and, a wooden box with different materials for maintaining the firearms in good condition; gun oil bottles, ramrods, locks, etc. They were probably used by a local hunter.

The rich decoration of this piece reveals that it may originally have been used by someone from a middle or upper class background and that it was intended more for sport than for subsistence hunting. The possible Portuguese origin of the belt highlights the intense ties that existed, and still exist, between the Huelva and Andévalo mountains and the Portuguese Algarve and Alentejo.

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Details

  • Title: Cartridge belt
  • Date Created: 1800/1850
  • Location: Portugal
  • Physical Dimensions: 9 x 108 x 4,5 cm
  • Type: Man's belt accessory for hunting
  • Medium: Tanned leather, hand-sewn and embroidered

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