US CAVALRY M1881 HOLSTER FOR COLT SINGLE-ACTION ARMY SCHOFIELD SMITH AND WESSON

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Item Code: 172-5401

Both the .45 caliber Colt and the Schofield Smith and Wesson were issued to the cavalry and it made sense to devise a holster that would hold either one. The solution was to provide alternate fastening holes in the flap that would let it hold either revolver. This is a good example that retains its belt loop, toe plug, and full flap. The body and flap are solid. The surface shows some old flaking underneath several layers of old varnish and polish, and the oval / US is light, but the holster shows off well and would look good on an Indian War cartridge belt. The belt loop is the taller “fifth type” loop introduced in the mid-1890s to accommodate the double-loop Mills cartridge belt when filled with cartridges, but the holster is for the revolver with the original 7½ inch barrel.

This is a key piece of cavalry gear for the postwar army in the west.  [sr]

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