US NAVY HOLSTER FOR 1895 DOUBLE ACTION COLT

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This holster pattern was adopted by the Navy in 1889 for the new .38 Caliber double-action revolvers ordered that year, most of which were returned to Colt for alteration to the Model 1895 cylinder locking system and are sometimes referred to as the “1895 New Navy.” The holster is made to hold the pistol on the right side with butt to the rear, and has a belt loop on the reverse secured by three rivets. A fourth was used to reinforce the body of the holster at the point of contact with the triggerguard. The flap is fastened by a brass snap and is embossed “USN” in an oval. As with most of these there are no maker’s marks, but variations in the USN embossing suggest there were several contractors.

The holster is solid, with good color. The toe plug and belt loop are both in place and secure. The finish is good overall, showing mostly just some wrinkles, but the holster has seen some use. The top of the flap shows some wear spots along the bend and at the forward tip. The belt loop shows some loss of finish on the top of the loop, forward edge, and around the rivets from wear and flexing. There is a little verdigris on the base of the snap and its cap shows some dings to the edge that keep it from fastening. We also note that a narrow slot with rounded bottom was cut at the upper rear edge of the body, just forward of the reinforcing rivet. This would seem to be an alteration allowing the pistol to be drawn with the finger on the trigger, indicating the user wanted to be ready for unexpected and immediate action. These pistols and holsters were used in the era of “Uncle Sam’s little wars,” the Spanish-American War, Philippine Insurrection, and Boxer Rebellion, to name but three, in which the Navy played a key part not only in ferrying and supporting marines, but in sending ashore naval landing parties who might be drawn into fighting at any time.    [sr][ph:L]

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