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Bandolier

Below is a Bandolier or Bandoleer, the bandolier in the cabinet belonged to a UVF volunteer and dates back to its use in the Boer War which started in October 1899 and finished in May 1902. 

The Bandolier was invented by J.W Oliver a surgeon in the British Army. The Bandolier entered production in 1898 and is a pocketed belt for holding either individual bullets, or belts of
ammunition.

 

It is usually slung sash-style over the shoulder and chest, with the ammunition
pockets across the midriff and chest. 

 

Though functionally similar, they are distinct from chest rigs, which are designed to hold
magazines instead.

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