Sam Browne Belts

Captain Sam Browne served with the 2nd Punjab Irregular Cavalry in the British Army during the Indian Rebellion of 1857. It was during an engagement near Seeporah that he received two sword cuts from a cannon crew he was attacking at the time – one injury to the left knee and the other which severed his left arm at the shoulder. Whilst he survived these injuries, it did mean that he was no longer able to draw his sword from his scabbard because he didn’t have a hand to hold it as he did so (believe me, this is true!). So being a resourceful type and not wanting to give up his commission he designed himself a second belt which went over his shoulder and held the scabbard in place. The Sam Browne belt was thus invented and went on to become a regular piece for many military and police uniforms (think of the Canadian Mounties and even Adolf Hitler himself was seen sporting one at times). We believe that a reflective Sam Browne belt is as important to helping a cyclist to be seen as Captain Browne did for drawing his sword - so we stock a good quality example made by Reflexite.
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