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Although the following is from an army book, I imagine it applies to the marines as well:

"Receipt for making Regimental Colouring for the Belts.

Take six pounds of the finest pipe clay, pound it very small, put it in a tub, and put to it about five gallons of cold water. Let it remain for two or three days, stirring it now and then. Then take six ounces of gum dragon, and put it into four quarts of boiling water, and cover it up close for two or three days. When the gum is well dissolved, take a fine hair sieve, and strain it into the pipe clay, and keep stirring the pipe play well all the time you are doing this. Then take half an ounce of stone blue, and dissolve it well amongst your colouring—(This gives a clear gloss to the belts)—Let it all remain one day longer, and it will be fit for use, putting it on lightly and evenly with a sponge. This quantity will serve a troop of thirty three a fortnight."

The Regimental Companion (Volume 1) by Charles James, published in 1800.

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