Re: Civil War Saber Belt
If it isn't original, it certainly looks like it could come from that time from looking at a couple of photographs. Your best bet, if you don't want to send it to an expert, is to do research into the machining of snaps, spring loaded hooks (for the saber frog) and things like that from the period, when different fittings changed, styles of hooks, etc. Thats the biggest thing that experts look at on things like this, because when you make a reproduction or a fake, you can artifically age things, but its hard to get little commonly found fittings made like they were earlier. That can help a lot in dating it and help in spotting a reproduction.