LANZ, OWEN & CO. MAKER MARKED INDIAN WAR US CAVALRY PATTERN 1881 HOLSTER WITH 1896 MODIFICATION

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This is a very nice example of a full-length 1881 pattern cavalry holster for the Colt Single Action Army and the Smith and Wesson Schofield .45 caliber revolvers. Both were issued to cavalry units and the 1881 pattern holster was provided with two holes in the flap to allow the angle to be changed to contain either revolver. These holsters were often shortened later for use with the shorter barrel Colts issued to all branches of service, but usually called the “artillery” model. This holster, however, is still full length and the body shows a wonderful, smooth finish, with just a few creases, but literally no crackling or crazing, and has a very sharp oval and US stamp. The flap has areas of finish loss, which is not unusual from repeated flexing from drawing the pistol. This might be better disguised, but old polish has reduced the contrast somewhat. The rear of the belt loop shows some cratering to the finish that could also be improved without much effort. The seams are tight and the toe plug is in place.

The belt loop has a six-rivet attachment that is characteristic of the 1896 belt loop alteration. The army discovered the old loops would not accommodate a filled double-loop .30-40 cartridge belt and sent out larger replacement loops to cavalry companies to be attached by post or company saddlers. They were instructed, unless otherwise directed by a company commander, use three additional rivets along the bottom of the loop rather disturb existing stitching by sewing on the new ones.  Maker mark is faint but legible.

This is a very good example of a regulation US cavalry holster showing a modification done in the field and one of several variants of this pattern, all of which deserve a place in cavalry collection. [sr]

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