One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
A leather belt with a supporting strap that passes over the right shoulder, worn by army and police officers.
- ‘Turner was always sartorially elegant, often in yellow beige riding breeches, Sam Browne belt, powder blue tweed coat, gleaming boots, and military hat.’
- ‘These simple alterations allowed every officer who so desired to be armed with one of the finest sixguns ever to be worn on a Sam Browne belt.’
- ‘The Sam Browne belt worn by the Army officers had been abandoned in 1937 because they could not be worn under a parachute harness.’
- ‘‘He was wearing a poilu helmet and a Sam Browne belt holster with a revolver stuck well into it,’ he said.’
- ‘In front were two officers on horseback, with highly polished Sam Browne belts, rifles in leather covers on the sides of their horses.’
Early 20th century: named after Sir Samuel J. Brown(e) (1824–1901), the British military commander who invented it.
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