I am trying to identify the customer and the period of production for a .30 cal Browning belt manufactured by the British company Thomas French & Sons.
This belt to identify (figure 1) is fitted with a 4 1/2" long brass starter and is marked with the “Fleur de Lys” and caliber designation “.3”. This belt is probably for export to an unidentified country : any idea ?
We can notice that :
- the 4 1/2" long starter has the same length as the pre-WW2 standard US Browning belt (figure 2)
- the caliber designation “.3” is probably typical of some specific countries, but which ones ?
- the weave of the fabric is the same as that found on the belts manufactured in 1942 for export to the US (figure 3)
- cartridge numbering in black ink every 50 rounds
Thanks for any comments,