CONFEDERATE RIFLE MUSKET SLING

$2,750.00

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Item Code: 1142-91

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This sling is constructed in the same way as a standard U.S. sling, with fixed brass hook on one and standing loop on the other, but shows poor alignment of the holes and irregular spacing that would never pass a U.S. inspector who would feel free to reject anything offered by contractor that did not measure up. The leather has a brown tone and shows wrinkles and crazing to the finish from use, and the base of the hook has broken through the leather on the underside where it is folded over and stitched down to help secure it. The standing loop is in place, but also shows use, tending to fold back on the sling from decades of being mounted on a rifle and drawn tight to the sling swivel. The sling measures 1-inch wide and about 50-inches long. This is a tad longer than the Civil War U.S. sling at 46-inches, but nowhere near the later trapdoor slings measuring well over 60-inches.

The standing loop is securely in place. The hook is place, but would not take any weight or stress, so it might be mounted on a rifle for display, but would have to be handled with care. This is a scarce piece, showing typical southern concern for utility and function over appearance in the rush to arm and equip large numbers of new troops.  [sr] [ph:m/L]

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