US Model 1885 Carbine Sling
Item #: WR346
This is a Cavalry Carbine sling from the American Indian Wars. This Model 1885 issued sling is made from black bridle leather and remains in amazing condition. The leather is still flexible and very supple. There is very little crazing on the exterior side of the belt and no flaking anywhere. There are no makers marks or inspector stamps to be found on the belt. There are several numbers stamped on the leather in different places. The number 37 is stamped at the end of the sling by the batwing. The number 888 is stamped near the edge of the sling 13 1/2" above the last adjustment hole in the sling. The number 28 is stamped on the opposite side of the sling. The sling measures 60 1/2" in length, and 1 1/2" in width. Many of these slings were shortened, as the men who used them weren't very tall. The brass single prong buckle and batwing tip have a beautiful patina. The steel snap swivel is not maker marked. The There are just traces of the original bluing left on the snap hook. These slings were worn over the troopers shoulder and the snap hook was attached to the sling bar of his Springfield Trapdoor carbine. This allowed the rider use of both hands for his reins while on the march or in an attack. If you have a cavalry collection it's not complete without one of these!
Your Price $450.00 USD
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