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Randall House - Wolfville Historical Society

Belt


Accession number: 07.23.2D
Object subtype: Boy Scout Uniform
Date: 1954 – 1961
Materials: Leather
Measurements: 92 cm L x 3.5 cm WWith clasp knife hook: 10 x 3cm
Marks/Label: Belt: A. B. F. Connelly/Wolfville; buckle: Boy Scouts Canada/Be Prepared
Group: Boy Scouts
Narrative: The belt was part of a Boy Scouts uniform worn by Dr. Alan (Pete) Connelly when he grew up at 23 Linden Avenue, Wolfville. He spent two years in Cubs and seven years in Scouts and then became a Queen Scout. In 1959 aged 16, as a troop leader he was chosen to participate in the World jamboree in which thousands of boy scouts from around the world met in the Philippines, the first jamboree to be held in Asia. The uniforms were purchased at Phinney's, Kentville. Phinney was also a scout leader. Accompanying the uniforms are the manuals which explain many aspects of the scouting movement including the uniform and each badge. Also provided is a photograph copy of Dr. Connelly in his complete uniform.
Description: Brown leather belt with buckle and safety hook. One end of the buckle is circular with a hole in it and the other end is an open rectangular frame with a centre bar and prong on the centre bar which allows the belt to be threaded through and held in place with the prong inserted through a hole in the leather. The other end of the buckle has a small circle attached to an open rectangular frame of metal by which the opposite end of the belt is looped around and sewn down. There are nine holes in the belt. Joined near the small buckle end is another piece of leather looped over the belt and sewn down and kept shut by a snap. The buckle has Boy Scouts' motto in raised lettering. Attached to the loop of leather is a brass safety hook. This is worn on the left front.