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Chad4707 Apr 2020 1:02 p.m. PST

I have a source that describes the belts and straps of Russian infantry as Red Elk leather. My question is how red such belts should be?

Frederick Supporting Member of TMP07 Apr 2020 3:03 p.m. PST

I think the reference to Red Elk is to the species not the colour – my refs show the belts to be a reddish brown, but certainly more brown than red

Personal logo Herkybird Supporting Member of TMP07 Apr 2020 3:47 p.m. PST

Frederick is correct as always, this is a typical image from the Osprey 'Russian army of the Seven Years War' books


Chad4708 Apr 2020 3:28 a.m. PST

Many thanks

von Schwartz11 Apr 2020 6:14 p.m. PST

Kronoskaf also describes the cartridge boxes of most of the French cavalry and dragoons as being "red leather". To my mind leather is leather regardless of which species it comes from. But perhaps something in the tanning or finishing process served to make this particular type of leather more reddish in hue.

Stoppage12 Apr 2020 2:39 p.m. PST

Russian birch-oiled leather?

Red-coloured being the best (& exported), blackened being reserved for soldiers' boots:

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Water-proof, insect-resistant – nice aroma of Cusson's Imperial Leather soap – perfect for a giberne.

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