A red wool belt that is handsewn onto a red leather backing. A gold crest on the backing reads the manufacturing information: "Edward Smith/From Cater's Pall Mall/139 Ebury St. Eaton Sore S.W." The belt is handsewn with purple thread and includes a large red tassel, gold buckle and grommets for adjusting size.
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This belt belonged to Major Robert Saxton Matthews, an Inglewood resident who was prominent in the military, serving in the Hawera Mounted Rifles, the South African War, the New Zealand Staff Corps and as an Assistant Quartermaster General. He retired in the 1920s and when he died in 1931 a Taranaki Herald obituary noted that "his kindly, courteous, and interesting personality will be greatly missed from this district where he has been held for many years in the very highest esteem."
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