This is the first one like this I have seen on the market since the early 1980s and is beyond just rare–closer to IMPOSSIBLE to find. The belt is woven linen with leather adjusting strap sewn on and has an over the shoulder sling, most likely indicating mounted use. The pattern of the slightly concave sheet iron clipped corner plate is pre-Civil War in style and could date as early as the War of 1812–but without question, American made. The set is totally unmolested and probably dates from the 1830s, but clearly many like this saw Civil War service with Confederate forces as the plates are often dug in known Confederate camps. The strap is in need of minor conservation/repair but otherwise this set is ROCK SOLID. There are some initials scratched in the front of the plate that I cannot clearly make out–I will leave that mystery for the next owner! This I promise: you will NEVER find another like it!