Here is a great addition to your longarm or plate collection. A complete Confederate P53 Enfield Snake accoutrement waist belt.
These waist belts saw dual usage during the Civil War. Some were sent to yankee soldiers, but most importantly, many were sent through the blockade to Confederate troops to accompany the P53 Enfield Rifle-Musket.
This particular Enfield Snake belt came from a large Confederate collection in Virginia, and actually accompanied a CS marked P53 Enfield. Thus, attesting to it's usage.
The waist belt sports the type snake which some call a "duck head" or "duck bill" as it looks a tad like that. But, indeed, it is a snake, and is the same style as listed as Mullinax Plate # 199 ( 2nd Edition - Expanded ). This stylized snake is actually and correctly designated as the King George style snake.
The leather on the waist belt is still "live" and quite pliable. Could be worn today (but don't recommend it.) Additionally, no red rot or cracking is present other than normal age crazing. Overall in great, worn, used condition. A wonderful, deep mustard color patina can be found to the brass.
*Note* The so called snake buckle was amazingly still in use well into the 20th century. Many were used by the British in India well into the 1910's and 1920's. But these post 1870 style "snakes" were wimpy, poorly made and had a brown belt. You can see this style here at our 4-F Site for comparison.
This would be the exact and appropriate accoutrement belt and plate rig to go with your P53 Enfield. Seldom encountered, and now it can be yours. It might be quite some time before you see another for sale.