Cape Breton Militia Cartridge Case & Belt
A truly rare piece of Cape Breton military history. This is an 1860's cartridge case and belt named to Henry James Fixott of Arichat. The Mulgrave Rifles came into being in the early 1860's, along with many other small town militias, at the request of Nova Scotia's commander-in-chief, The Earl of Mulgrave, in response to the increasing escalations of the American Civil War. Mulgrave pushed for the formation of small volunteer rifle corps to beef up the provincial militia. However, within a few years, the enthusiasm for the militia movement passed, and with it many of these smalltown volunteer groups dissolved, which makes this cartridge case and belt a fairly rare item. The cartridge case is missing its closure tab as well as one of the side suspension rings, otherwise it is in remarkably good condition. The belt retains the original solid brass buckle and the owner did a fine job of burning his name and info into the backside in a beautiful decorative script. This item was purchased directly from a descendant of Henry James Fixott. It is an interesting piece of history from a small point in time relating to the evolution of the proud Cape Breton Highlanders.