An original 1908 Pattern Webbing Belt as used by the British Army during the First and Second World War.
This pattern of belt was introduced into service with the British Army shortly before the Great War and saw widespread use throughout the conflict. It stayed in Service throughout the inter-war period before being replaced by the 1937 pattern belt in 1938. The 1908 pattern was still issued during the first years of the Second World War with many being used in the BEF and the Western Desert.
This particular example was made by the Mills Equipment Company as can be seen by the MECo stamp. Following this is a date which is hard to read but looks to be 1919 or similar. The size is marked as 'L' for large and the belt has been blanco'd at some stage.
The belt is in reasonable condition overall and but has signs of wear and age. There is a section of frayed material where the belt has been fastened many times which lets it down and is reflected in the price. If worn or displayed fasten as shown in the pictures but on a tunic it would not be visible.
A reasonable example of a Great War period webbing belt which could suit both the collector or re-enactor well.