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date: 03 March 2024

Sam Browne belt 

Source:
A New Dictionary of Eponyms
Author(s):

Morton S. Freeman

A Sam Browne belt is a sword or pistol belt for officers. The strap supports the left side from the hip, passing over the right shoulder. Originally the belt was supported by two shoulder straps that crossed each other, one for each shoulder. Later only one strap was used, and it passed over the left shoulder to keep the trouser from sagging from the weight of the sword. Still later, when the belt became primarily an ornament of dress, the belt was transferred to the right shoulder. The belt became de rigueur for dress uniforms in the British army and was widely used by armies throughout the world.... ...

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