Baldrics were leather shoulder belts carried by some officers. They were often festooned with gold lace and a lion's head usually of gilded brass was fixed to the front. Three brass chains were suspended from the lion's mouth with pins on the end that fitted behind a shield made out of the same metal. Suspended by rings from the belt was a small brass mounted leather box. The length of the belt was adjusted by a brass buckle with a brass tip and loop and the purpose of the baldric was purely ornamental. Baldrics had originated in the 16th Century when the boxes were used to hold cartridges and the pins were used to clear out the touch holes of muzzle loading pistols.
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