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Old December 25, 2012, 11:50 AM   #1
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Sam Browne sword hook.

I am making a Sam Browne belt complete with shoulder strap (but on the strong side to support the weight of a holstered handgun). I have got a set of brass fittings that have been salvaged from a British Sam Browne belt, circa early 1900's. I am wondering what the purpose of the "sword hook" is. From watching movies of American Cavalry, and how they slung their sabers from straps on their belts resulting in having to hold the saber with their left hand while dismounted, I suspect that the hook may be for hanging the sword on that hook when the British officer was dismounted, freeing his left hand. But, that is conjecture. Can anyone tell me how that was intended to be used?
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